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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours 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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Boyd, Bramley, and Radin Elected to ACBL HOF
Really excellent choices.
Forcing or nonforcing 4!D?
Okay. How about 4351? Or, as suggested by Andy Bowles above, 46 in spades and diamonds. (It's not easy being dyslexic.)
Is there a PROVEN best carding method?
There is another dimension to this issue. Why are you signalling? If the answer is always to convey a message to partner, then I suspect upside-down or parity-signalling or some more exotic arrangement is technically superior. Personally, I don't signal that much, especially at imps, and when I do ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: T 743 AKQ82 AKT7
I think I meant to say 2N would imply a stopper.
Forcing or nonforcing 4!D?
A semi-forcing 1N response means that opener must bid if he wants to be in game opposite a 3-card limit raise or an invitational 2N rebid by responder. My partners and I use the term "almost-forcing" to describe reverses--they are forcing unless responder's initial response was on air. I ...
Danny Sprung's bidding problem: AKQT9 4 KQ QJ932
4 i guess
Danny Sprung's bidding problem: AKQT9 4 KQ QJ932
More than 3 years later (and wiser?), I have changed my mind. I now double. If partner bids 3, I'll raise. Over three of a red suit, I'll try 3N. The problem with bidding 3 is that partner might pass when game is cold.
Sam Ehrlichman's bidding problem: AK4 986 J9 AK984
BTW, I play that 2 inferentially denies a 4-card major, so 2 reverts to being just a fragment. It's true that opener might choose to bid 2 with 47 or something like that, but this is not something we budget for systemically.
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
I usually announce "15-17 or thereabouts". To say "good 14 to 17", as it seems almost all experts do, would be misleading as I demote 18-counts as often as I promote 14-counts. When to open 1N with hands nominally out of range is a style issue rather than methods, imo ...
Sam Ehrlichman's bidding problem: AK4 986 J9 AK984
It seeems that 2 implies 4, so I should find another call. At the table I'd probably bid 2N in tempo but as a theoretical answer. 3 seems ok.

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