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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Actuary; avid interests in bidding theory and professional basketball; teaching the game to 5 grandsons, ages 3-9.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A sectional swiss ten+ years ago where my team tied for first with a team that included several world class players; my partner was my daughter, Carla, and my teammates were my wife, Helen and our friend Alex Perlin.
Bridge Accomplishments
100+ sectional and regional wins; 2 seconds in NABC+ events
Regular Bridge Partners
Helen Raleigh, Alex Allen
Member of Bridge Club(s)
(the original) Cavendish in NYC
Favorite Tournaments
Nationals; my favorite site is Wash DC; second favorite is New Orleans except the food is too good to play bridge well
Favorite Conventions
Hyper-Extended Drury
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Open Philadelphia Discussion Thread
I had the same problem. It took me awhile to realize that if you scrolled down from the unreadable bracket on ACBL live you will find a traditional listing of team rosters along with victory point totals. The "unreadable" bracket is a little hard to follow, but it does enable ...
What will keep you coming back to NABCs?
Location is number one for me. I will probably go to all nationals that I can get to by a train ride or drive from where I live (NJ). Ones that I have to fly to I will often skip unless I really like the city--e.g., New Orleans or ...
North should respond 2, not 2. This happens to get you to the better trump suit, but the real reason is that it conserves space. E.g., now if opener raises your minor you will have room to rebid 3. North's 3N call is also misguided ...
Excerpts from ACBL/BBO Individual
Michal Congrats. But they seem to be under the impression that you qualify for fight B! Based on your comments on this site, I say BS to that!
Unifying 2/1 -- Conclusions
Hey Larry--alas I had to stop playing ten years ago. Too frustrating. I hear you've gotten really good. I envy you. On the first hand, isn't 2 clear for strength or shape players? On the second I probably would have rebid 2 before reading this thread ...
Unifying 2/1 -- Conclusions
Hi Larry I think most players, in a given situation, would choose between shape and strength, where there is a discrepancy, based on their judgment and experience. I suppose as a matter of style one player might tend towards strength and another towards shape, but this seems like a style ...
Who will watch the watchers?
I was once involved in an appeal where there was a dispute as to whether there was a break-in-tempo. A kibitzer's testimony was permitted to be heard in the hearing to decide the issue. At the time I thought that was, err, unusual.
Unifying 2/1 -- Conclusions
Pardon me for raining on the parade, but is this news? Yes, 2/1 GF quite often requires a decision as to whether to bid out your shape or to constrain yourself to prevent getting too high. Usually, resolving the tension is a matter of judgment rather than methods. Most ...
Meaning of 2NT
They say one should never bid 2N to play in a competitive auction. I agree, except when it's right. In this situation, I don't really need to play 2N as good or bad, or scrambling in the minors. With hand-types that would match those meanings, I would have ...
New Tournament Policy
I agree that if we are truly interested in growing our game it is absurd to charge people an extra $8 to play in a novice game. Arguably the entry fee should be heavily subsidized. If we are interested in milking every dollar we can out of a death-spiral situation ...

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