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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
3 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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How do you play this double
It's a valid point, Mike. I think most experts probably play that double is penalty when 1N is natural and support when it is sandwich or raptor. My experience has been that lucrative penalties are often available after sandwich or raptor, but not so often after an overcall in ...
Jim Munday's bidding problem: K5 A4 KJ52 A8762
I hope we play redouble as expressing doubt because I certainly have it! But red at imps I think I must bid 3N.
How do you play this double
Personally I prefer to play this double as penalty whatever 1N means (i.e., if it is sandwich or natural or raptor). Bidding in sandwich position is dangerous--you want to make them pay when you can and you know a lot about the hand. If partner responded on air he ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: A 762 KQJ98643 6
I wouldv made a support double. Really. Now I have a complete guess.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: A94 Qx KQT9542 A
I would have started with gerber, because really all I care about is aces and kings as far as getting to 6 or 7 goes, and I don't plan to play in diamonds anyway. Now all I can do is bid 4 and hope partner cue-bids a major ...
Falling numbers in Orlando
30 or 40 years ago LV was a funky town where you could get a room and food very cheaply, and there were lots of relatively inexpensive ballrooms in hotels and convention centers to hold bridge tournaments in. Now it has morphed into a resort destination, not that different from ...
Falling numbers in Orlando
I played in Phili, altho not in the Transnational Teams. Frankly it was not a positive experience. The one positive was the use of screens for all events, including the mixed pairs. There were a few other technological advances that made ACBL-Live look like the piece of doo-doo it is ...
Did The Blue Team Cheat?
I think many people seem to agree with this notion--they must have been innocent because they were not caught. The corollary is: cheating is ok so long as you get away with it.
Double of an "either/or bid"
Negative with respect to spades. Shows a relatively balanced hand with enough values to suspect we should be competing at the 3-level. Implies a doubleton spade so that opener may convert with 4 spades.
Lose the Bermuda Bowl With Me
Ok, so I guess it's all kind of random and we should forget about this silly notion that the Blue Team were cheating?

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