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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
5 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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What's this double (#206)
It shows extra hcp values but mundane distribution. Partner is allowed to convert. Implies 2-3 spades.
What do you do about this curious explanation
I'm sorry that your attempt to bamboozle opponents by playing 10-13 1N was foiled by their playing a convention you don't approve of.
Continuations after opener's jump shift
I wrote an article for TBW about ten years ago with the same title as your post. I would raise to 4 (raises above 4 are barred), intending to pass 4 or bid 6 over 4 (implies 3=5=4=1). Yes, you can address ...
Rich Newell's bidding problem: 65 AT982 J72 JT2
If lefty plays some spade contract I prefer to deflect a lead.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
Peg, if your partner has the club king it's very likely he will not pass 1, and by not jamming your own auction you might get to a surprising contract like 3N or slam. When I have a good hand I prefer to start low so long as ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
I am talking about sequences that use the cheaper minor as a second negative, not 2-2, which was originally proposed by Roth. If Roth thought it was useful I have no doubt that it was. The textbooks usually cite 2-2-2M(no kokish)-3-3M which can ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
No examples?
Ron Smith's bidding problem: KQ Kxx AQTx QJxx
I am not optimistic about our chances but I think I have to bid 3N. If lefty were an unpassed hand I might pass. The "flexibility" of double is illusory--it really only adds 3-doubled to the menu, and that is not very likely to be our best spot.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
The concept of second negatives gets in the way of finding the right fit in many auctions. E.g., 2-2-2-3 is "waiting" or "suspect". It allows responder to differentiate between hands with 5 hearts (bid 3 directly) and those with only 4. I have very ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
I see. Al himself would have made the "right" bid of responding 1, but his partners weren't allowed to.

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