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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
4 minutes 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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Opening standards: LTC vs Point Count
I open all hands with 12 hcp. I open most 11 counts with a 5 card suit. I open pure 10 counts with a 5 card major. In second seat I open 64 and 55 hands with 7 or fewer losers. Third seat I open very light and in fourth ...
Preferred Method (if Any) for Showing “Bust Hand” After Partner’s Strong 2!c Opening
Aside from the weak balanced alternative, which in standard bidding is 22 23 bal, I define a 2 opener as a hand that will have a reasonable play for game opposite a balanced yarb (and also that has more playing tricks than losers). If I need a card to ...
Bidding in Competitive NT auction
I prefer to play that 2M is natural. 2n is relay to better minor, after which 3M implies stopper in that major, not the other. All direct 3 level bids, including 3M, are natural GF. Double is negative with respect to .
Jeff Ruben's bidding problem: 95 AK975 532 K43
This is a style issue. My style is that 1 promises five plus clubs so I rebid 3. Most of the time I won't really know what my partner's style is, so I'll just have to guess and I would guess he is like me ...
Cue Bid Over Weak 2 Diamond Openings
My preference is to play it as a stopper ask that doesn't necessarily show running clubs. Could be a strong hand with a major. 3M could be used to show majors. I think undiscussed should assume majors.
System Notes and Online Play
After reading the comments I have changed my vote to "no", with the proviso that we are discussing "serious" online play. Consulting of notes should be permitted during "casual" play. How do you distinguish? If the event has something like a camera focused on the player which might conceivably be ...
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
Never understood why so many good players seem to hate gerber. In addition to the normal situations where it follows a notrump call, I find it very useful after stayman and transfers. Otherwise you have to go above the safety level to ask for keycards. Np with switching 4 ...
Opponents Preempt after Partner's 2!C Opener
2 (4) is fairly easy. Pass is forcing and suggests interest in bidding on. Double suggests defending but doesn't promise a trick. Double would rarely be a singleton spade. Assume the auction was something like 1 2n (4). 2 (2) is also ...
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: K5 AKJT96 --- AJ642
My second choice is 4.
What is this 2NT?
Good point. I just said it would be takeout, not legal.

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