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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
12 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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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 ...
Bob Heitzman's lead problem: KJT83 J94 K53 KT
At the table, a heart (or club) lead would make it hardest on declarer, although he would probably make 11 tricks on any lead. I posted the problem to settle a bet about how many would lead a heart. I think I won the bet but was surprised to see ...
How Do You Raise -Part 2
If I was a passed hand, I'd respond 1N, and feel strongly about it. If partner passes, I like our contract. If he bids I'll bid 2 (or pass 2). This hand is much closer to a weak preference than it is to a limit raise ...

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