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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

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

Consulting Actuary; married almost 40 years to Helen Raleigh; 3 daughters, Carla, Emma and Willow Star (all bridge players) and 5 grandsons: Isaac, Raleigh, Noah, Robert, and James.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A sectional swiss teams five to ten years ago in which my team tied for first with a team that included, among some other great players, John Kranyak; my team was myself and my daughter Carla, who had about 100 masterpoints at the time, with my wife Helen Raleigh at the other table playing with 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 in Wash DC or New Orleans
Favorite Conventions
Hyper-Extended Drury
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
1!S-2!H=GF; 1M-2m=GF or 3-cd lr w 3+ in m; 1!D-2!C: force to 2N or 3!C
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John Solodar, RIP
There is no hand that is too good for a weak two that is not good enough to open one.
Bob Okker's bidding problem: KT32 KQ983 A6 AQ
Therein lies the problem. Yes, this is a textbook 4 call--4=5=2=2 with 18-20 hcp; the problem is that players often bid 4 with something other than a textbook hand, so their partners have no idea what they have and good slams are missed. This is ...
Julien Christen's bidding problem: 9 A4 AT98732 964
I have no problem opening 1--7 losers, 2 quick tricks. My preference would be 3N showing the equivalent of a 4m opening, which is attractive because of my major suit shortness. If the same hcp were, say, 3=2=7=1, 1 would be perfectly fine. Pass is ...
John Solodar, RIP
I forgot to mention another young whipper-snapper that was on that BB team--one Robert Levin.
John Solodar, RIP
I got the chance to play with John over a five-year period several years ago, before he and Sue Ellen moved to PBG. We won a couple of regionals together. Having dinner with the "Hopper" was always one of the highlights of the day (in those days, events started at ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: J J854 K8753 A52
I expect we will beat it, but unless W is seriously looney tunes, we won't beat it more than the value of our game. If W had not intervened, I was going to bid 3N over partner's 2 response to stayman. I will continue with that plan ...
Tom Allan's bidding problem: J983 5 Q KJT7543
If partner has 3 decent spades for me, I expect to be able to scramble 7 tricks in 2 on a modified cross-ruff, although not against best defense, which is fortunately not usually forthcoming.
Richard Granville's bidding problem: J64 AQ943 852 T7
It depends on your agreements. My preferred agreement is that partner is showing 5+ clubs with this sequence. This is not mainstream. The normal assumption is only that he is not 4-by-3, but otherwise could have a balanced hand. Some purists would bid 1 even with 4-by-3. Opener is ...
Tom Allan's bidding problem: J983 5 Q KJT7543
My gut reaction was 3, but on reflection decided to "try" 2. I cannot bring myself to surrender at the 2-level with a singleton in their suit. I suspect they will bid again whatever I do. I'm not sure when 2 is any better than 3 ...
Danny Sprung's lead problem: Q8 AQ32 T9 A9765
At matchpoints, I need solid evidence to deviate from what is almost certain to be the field lead--a low club. The fact that I have so many hcp suggests that partner may not have any decisions to make later, in turn suggesting dissembling re my club length.

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