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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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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Mark Bartusek's bidding problem: 98654 8762 KT 65
Although I prefer stsyman and smolen because I almost never open 2N with a 5-card major, on this hand I don't mind playing puppet because all I will miss is a 53 spade fit, which might be ok. For those who are obsessed with never missing a 53 major ...
An awkward 2NT opener auction
In principle I do not open 2N with a 5-card major; therefore 4 is available. I suppose 4, 4N, and 5 should be sign-offs. Perhaps 4 and 5 should be slam tries in spades and diamonds, respectively? If responder accepts, he could answer showing key-cards.
David Yates's bidding problem: A7 JT2 3 AQJT953
i think 4 basically says: "tell me what to do over 4". If it was intended as a walk-the-dog effort and the double was slow, i would not allow a pull. If the double was made in tempo (unfortunately, doubles like this rarely are, pulling is ok. I ...
Irwin Miller's bidding problem: Ax QJx QT9x AQxx
David Caprera's bidding problem: QJ9x J8xxx x KTx
The problem with double is that partner might convert. Having smolen available, I would use it. If partner has some ratty 15-count, its his problem. The alternative is to wimp out in 2.
Liam Milne's bidding problem: AKQJ72 J9 T874 8
At mps, 3. At imps, 3. Our slam prospects depend on the solidity of partner's diamonds and this gives me the best chance to find out about that. At mps, it is too likely that 4 is the right contract.
Jordan Lampe's bidding problem: AQT86 AKJ3 T4 AK
At mps, I like 5. My teammates are not likely to appreciate such frivolity.
Irwin Miller's bidding problem: Ax QJx QT9x AQxx
There is no rush to bid 3--that's what I plan to do next.
Assess the blame (15)
FWIW, I play that 3 shows 3 hearts and any other bid implies only 2 hearts. Nothing about strength. Your hand is already fairly narrowly constrained so no need ever to jump to 4. Give responder room to describe his hand. I don't even know what it ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: 8432 T2 T864 K63
Would like to know what redouble would have meant. I play that system is on here and redouble is a relay to 2, so my rho is implying some values. Partner has extra strength, but to me it feels like passing is shooting craps. At imps I might pass ...

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