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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
33 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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2NT and puppet stayman
I do like puppet over 1n. I will never give up opening 1n with a 5-card major. I do have some rules--eg, I won' do it with a 5-card major, a worthless doubleton, and a 4-card side suit. Otherwise bombs away. It has incredible preemptive value; you get to explore ...
2NT and puppet stayman
I do not play puppet for two reasons--one is that having to memorize many sequences that might come up once a year or so is not a productive use of partnership time. And puppet is not viable if you don't do things as discussed above. E.g., modified ogust ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: AK6 A63 AQ97532 ---
I think I said it is standard or a viable leaf of standard which pretty much captures your sentiment Marshall.
Followups to a penalty double of a (strong) 1NT opener
Ha ha. I got it mixed up with when they double us! What I meant to say was that sys on is more flexible than natural runouts. In my defence, I did say redouble is controversial. :))
If my rusty spanish is working, it looks like they still play rubber bridge in Havana bridge clubs. Much better than a weak matchpoint game!
Followups to a penalty double of a (strong) 1NT opener
Liam Milne's bidding problem: AK6 A63 AQ97532 ---
For a jump shift to the 3-level yes--that is gf. As for 1m-1-2 or 1-1-2M, no we do not all agree.
Unfortunate Result
I think it depends on whether pass over 5 is forcing or not. If it is forcing then imo double is very bad. If it is not forcing then double seems reasonable and pass imo is very bad--partner is telling you it's our hand and your o/d ...
Followups to a penalty double of a (strong) 1NT opener
1. My experience has been that doubling with unbalanced hands is disaster-prone. When you have a good unbalanced hand, it is often a competitive deal where the priority is to find your fits, and the odds that they will let you pound them in 1N-doubled are very low. 2. Partner ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: AK6 A63 AQ97532 ---
"2S, a strong jump-shift as opposed to a reverse, is GF" Jeff Rubens changed this maybe 20 years ago or at least made reverse-values vs. gf values a viable leaf of standard methods. I agree that in casual partnerships, 2 ends up being gf, but that's because few ...

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