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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
54 minutes 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
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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After 1!C (P) 1!H (P) 1NT (P), under what conditions should you bid 2!H with a five-card heart suit?
I answered never although we all know there is no such thing as never in bridge. I have observed that most players, especially pros playing with clients, rebid 2 with 5 almost reflexively. Who knows; maybe this is a winning strategy for them since they play the cards so ...
Paul Hightower's bidding problem: QJT6 T52 AQ J964
You didn't ask for feedback on the method, you asked for feedback on the advisability of getting involved at this point in the auction. Personally I kind of like the method.
Paul Hightower's bidding problem: QJT6 T52 AQ J964
I might think about getting involved at different colors at matchpoints against certain opponents. The more I play, the more I realize that disturbing the opponents' notrump opening is a winning strategy, especially against weaker players. They know what they play over 1N, but when the auction gets competitive they ...
Jack Spear's bidding problem: KQ982 --- KQJT8432 ---
This is matchpoints, so I'll go with frequency. I think it's about 3-1 against that partner has a black ace, so 5 is what I expect to be able to make. If partner has the A of spades he might decide to raise. In the meantime I ...
Jim Munday's bidding problem: QJ Qx QJxxx AKJx
I would be more terrified of bidding if it was imps. To invoke a few cliches: A stopper is as good as it sounds They didn't raise It's only matchpoints
Richard Margolis's bidding problem: A964 73 Q9753 A8
Agree with Tom about pass being random. As between 1 and 2, in theory am I not supposed to deduct a king in this position? Besides, the Q of diamonds is a dubious value in spades. I prefer 2 by a passed hand to be 5 most ...
Good riddance?
Yes, it definitely makes sense to get rid of the stop card in tournaments because a couple of baboons in a club game used it to convey information to each other.
Tom Allan's bidding problem: KJ7 J97 Q AKQT43
Just because you only play support doubles through 2 of responder's major doesn't mean this is a penalty double. It's still a takeout double. However, I wouldn't make it anyway because I don't have the defense to support a pass if partner feels that's ...
Joshua Donn's bidding problem: KJT8 7652 9 KJ93
I would have responded 1 rather than 1. The reason is that over 1 partner will often bypass a 4-card spade suit to rebid 1N and we will miss a 44 spade fit. It is true that if I respond 1 we might miss a 44 ...
What is this double
Is there really a difference between DSI and penalty? Do those who voted penalty think the double shows a diamond stack? I doubt it, It shows extra values in context and suggests partner pass unless he has extra distribution or extra values in context. I call this a "law-enforcing double".

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