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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
6 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
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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Jack Spear's bidding problem: A A32 A432 QJ432
I would have bid 2 over 1.
That 4D-5C hand again
When I opened the hand, I wasn't hoping for a 1 response so I could rebid 2N. I would have much preferred a 1 or 1 response. A 1 response is what I got apparently so now I'm making the best of it. I ...
That 4D-5C hand again
I evaluate it as about 18, so I don't think it is light for a 2N rebid. The hand is ace-rich and quack-poor, and also has a 5-card suit. As to which is the better description--2N or 2--I think 2N is if that's what it means. I ...
That 4D-5C hand again
I personally don't open 1N with stiff A or stiff Q. Furthermore, this hand is too good to open 1N. I personally would never open 1 with this shape, I don't like playing in 42 fits except as a last resort, So 1 it is. If ...
Critique This Auction with Satan
I would think 4 agrees diamonds absent discussion and 4N is to play. So with spades and slam interest, maybe you bid 5? Whether 4 and 5 are key-card asks is up for grabs. Seems reasonable to play them that way. If you discussed it, you ...
Claim ruling poll
It is fairly common for people, even some fairly intelligent ones, to discount the likelihood of unlikely events. I don't have my Bridge Odds handy, but I think the odds of a 4-0 break are less than 10%. Imo, the issue of 4-0 diamonds and the possible blockage in ...
What is this double?
No matter how crazy this double seems, situations like this do seem to come up, even with good partners. I don't believe it is possible for a passed hand to have a pure penalty double of 2, so as usual I play this double as takeoutish. If partner ...
Utility of a 3-card super-accept raise over Jacoby Transfers and a Strong NT
At imps it is mandatory. At matchpoints it may not seem like a great idea, but I've been doing it for 20 years and can report that it works very well. It's not just about bidding games; it also improves your position on many competitive deals. Yes, every ...
Claim ruling poll
Debbie, I think you might be missing the reason why many voted to give declarer 5 diamond tricks. Yes, we differ on the likelihood that an unknown declarer will get this wrong. David thinks its 10%, you seem to think it's much higher. I personally would say about 5 ...
Who should have bid?
"West could double, and Not Vul. I probably would (IF partner wasn't a passed hand), but that's very aggressive and doesn't fit most people's styles." I believe this is exactly backwards. I would double with the West hand BECAUSE partner is a passed hand. If he ...

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