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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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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 ...
Assess the blame (15)
3 set trumps and North tried for slam. South has the worst possible hand for slam especially when he learns north is short in diamonds. 3N regressive and to play would be nice. If that is not available, then 4.

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