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Bridge Winners Profile for Bob Heitzman

Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
Nov. 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Actuary; avid interests in bidding theory and professional basketball; teaching the games 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
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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Gonzalo Goded's bidding problem: KQJ73 K87 963 J9
I would either double or pass. At mps, I might need to double to protect my equity if 3 is rolling. However, I lack sure defensive tricks so double is very dicey. Besides at these colors, double may only turn +50 into +100, which may be very similar matchpoint ...
Definition of a penalty double
In this situation, the word "penalty" implies some kind of trump stack. If you expect to beat it purely based on power, the word "optional" is more appropriate--meaning "I think it's our hand, but I'm not sure what our best strain is." "Takeout" would be appropriate if the ...
Special Bridge Rate
The latter, of course. I wouldn't lie! Also, by the way, IBM was an actuarial client on several occasions over the years. I once spent a week in Paris with one of their executives helping him design a global compensation plan. I don't actually know what was technically ...
Sam Ehrlichman's bidding problem: 86 765 QT63 AJ62
Pass at imps; 2 at mps. We might beat it a lot or we might not beat it. Beating it a lot is a huge pick-up at imps. Not beating it is a disaster at mps.
Special Bridge Rate
Well, I did have an IBM computer at the time. It's not my fault they sold their PC line to Lenovo. I also owned 100 shares of IBM stock.
Special Bridge Rate
Back when I went to regionals more often I would ask for the "IBM rate" which was usually the lowest available. Nobody ever asked me if I worked for IBM or had any connection to them at all.
Your preferred defenses vs. 1NT
Start with landy--the best way to show both majors, the most important hand-type. From there it depends on your appetite for complexity. In direct seat, transfer overcalls in the majors is probably optimal, with 2 and 2N being raptor. In balancing seat, I use 2 as dont, and ...
ATB - 7N a no-no
Over 4, the west hand is so good that a grand is certainly possible. It is tough to bid grands without using blackwood. As for east, he had a choice of showing the spade Q or denying it and of showing the heart void or concealing it. I would ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: T752 4 A65 AJ985
I disagree about "flatly deny" but I do agree it undersells the hand, since 2 might float. I am not that bullish on game anyway since my spades are so bad. If our fit is in clubs, 11 tricks is a lot. I am more interested in strain than ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: T752 4 A65 AJ985
2 is the clear winner if someone bids over it, provided they leave me room to bid 2, which would then describe my hand very well. If it floats it could also be a winner although I'd admittedly be nervous. Jumping in either black suit is too ...

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