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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
3 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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Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: KT53 9 AJ652 KJ7
At imps, the risk of going down in hundreds when it is your hand in clubs is too great, so I think the "standard" pull to 2 is indicated. At matchpoints, or even white at imps, I'd be more inclined to pass and make them figure out how ...
Jacoby 2NT?
The most surprising comment to me in this thread was Michael saying: "I don't play Drury in competition." It seems to me that competition by fourth seat is the very situation in which you are most likely to need drury, because you are very likely to need to decide ...
Would you have opened and if so, what now?
Why did my partner bid 2 in the face of an obvious spade stack against him?
Jacoby 2NT?
I guess I don't need the p-1M-2-2 bid because my partners are supposed to have a 4-card limit raise (or a relatively good unbalanced 3-card limit raise because p-1M-2M is still 7-9 support point) when they respond 2. I am actually surprised to find that, for ...
Jacoby 2NT?
Lol, I guess I'm not good enough to just sit there and win. I have to generate some action. Third seat for me is the best action-generator available. By the way, if -300 on a hand where par is -110 is the worst thing that ever happens to you ...
Jacoby 2NT?
Just to expand on my answer above, with 5 hearts and a 4-card minor and light values, I would almost always open 2 in third seat. With 5 spades and a 4-card minor I sometimes would open 2, depending on colors and suit texture. As to playing in ...
Jacoby 2NT?
Light 5431, 5422, and 4441 hands pass 1N. While it is true that sometimes we are better off in a suit contract, some of those times if we tried to play in our suit the opponents would successfully compete in a higher-ranking suit once they realized we have a fit ...
Jacoby 2NT?
I agree with one-way drury, mostly because I have come to the conclusion that drury should usually not be used with 3-card support anyway. Just respond 1N; if partner passes and you miss a 5-3 major suit fit, it's not a big deal. In fact, especially at matchpoints, it ...
Gavin Wolpert's bidding problem: AKQJ9 Q43 85 T92
I play that 2 is non-forcing with many partners and suspect that is the best agreement. Even if 2 is forcing, undiscussed I would expect it to be a real suit. 3 is unambiguously forcing and "suspect". WTP?
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJ AKJ9632 --- KQT9
I would rather not be playing step responses when I have a void, but I still open 2. Don't know how I will ever describe this hand if I don't. At least opening 2 buys some time.

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