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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

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

Actuary; avid interests in bidding theory and professional basketball; teaching the games to 5 grandsons, now ages 5-11.

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
Alex Perlin, James Sundstrom, Mike Prahin, Alex Allen, Jeff Morgan
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
Drury Doubles; Ultra Hi Def
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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David Caprera's bidding problem: KQ94 Q6 AJ86 QT3
If partner were a passed hand, I'd overcall 1. Since he is unpassed, he could be quite strong, and distorting my shape by overcalling in a 4-card suit could prevent us from getting to the right strain and level. Personally I'd never dream of overcalling 1n.
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
Well, they were 3-2; it's just that the 3 and the 2 were in the same hand. Seriously, I see nothing unethical about the response. I suppose it is slightly obnoxious, but many bridge players have personalities like that and you shouldn't take it personally. Also, you have ...
How strongly do you feel?
Unlike Michael R, I believe that there is a strong correlation between double dummy simulations and at the table play, so I think they are very relevant. (I also think well-judged preempts work most of the time.) My gut was to lead a spade--interesting issue which spade spot to lead--hoping ...
How do you play this double?
The shapes I mentioned are what I expect. The doubler can have other shapes I suppose but then he is "on his own". His partner will pass unless he has undisclosed shape. If partner passes and it doesn't work out because the doubler is off-shape, then its on the ...
How do you play this double?
I call doubles where one or both sides have bid and raised a suit "law-enforcing". They imply extra convertible values in context and suggest partner pass unless he has undisclosed shape. In this case, I'd expect the doubler to be 2=6=3=2 or 2=6=2=3.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 97532 Q4 T AQJ97
I have the values to consider double, but the defense could be problematic. Often when we have them dead to rights in 1n, they can run to a red suit. In situations like this, it's time to start showing your suits. My shape suggests that if I bid 2 ...
Finn Kolesnik's bidding problem: ATx AKQ Txx KQT9
In my pet system, I open this hand with 2, showing either 18-20 balanced or a GF.
Meaning of bid
I prefer to play that all super-accepts start with 2N or 3M, so I would play 1N-2-3 as natural, but that is not in the conditions. Given the conditions, I'd interpret 3 as a useful doubleton.
Tom Townsend's bidding problem: --- KT85 KQT52 KQJ9
Partner doesn't have to pass the double just because he has spade length.
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: A853 K5 K985 J82
The K of doesn't rate to be worth much as either as opener is a favorite to hold the A. And the J of certainly isn't a world-beater. Maybe you better pass.

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