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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
20 minutes ago
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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The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
I do what you do more or less, but I am not particularly happy about having to self-destruct and then explain to my partner why it was his fault. Do your clients like it when you do that?
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Not sure what you mean by theoretician, but if you mean bidding theory I'd have to go with Al Roth over Edgar. I would say Edgar was the leading authority on the laws in his time.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Not really. It doesn't matter what someone says or thinks his call or play would be. What matters is what the logical alternatives are and whether they are indicated or contra-indicated by the UI. This is usually a lot easier to ascertain than what the normal call is. But ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Max Thx for quoting the relevant law for your point of view and I"m sorry I can't be equally precise in citing the source for my point of view. But I understand there is also a rule that a player may not take UI into account in choosing ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
"I once played with a guy who during a lengthy opp sequence asked the meaning of a club bid three times. Obviously I felt obliged not to lead a club and inadvertently found the only lead to beat them. h\e was asking knowing it would pressurise me into leading ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
What I think is unethical is to choose a call that would not be your normal call but that you strongly suspect is right based on the UI.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Max, I think you are confusing two issues. The first issue is how we should adjudicate situations where there is UI, the second is what players should do at the table when confronted with UI from their partner. I believe, along with the Bridge World and various other authorities that ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
That is my point, Gerben. My experience was that not being able to preempt in some situations was a problem--we didn't generate enough action.
Kieran Dyke's bidding problem: A6 75 KJ4 AQJ964
I can't. So you have to decide which suit is higher priority if you want to play one or the other. As I implied above, I prefer to play 3@H differently--suggesting diamond support and indecision between 3N and a diamond contract.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Ok. Let's just say I was using "sloppy" as a polite euphemism for "slimy". No one I have ever known has committed an ethical violation and then admitted later that he did it with malice aforethought. I truly believe you can never tell the difference no matter what the ...

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