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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours 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
bobh1
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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YBTJ (and Jury?) - Regional Swiss Teams
North's bidding imo was normal. South's was close to normal but a South in first heat would cue-bid over 3N. North's hand-type is ambiguous--he might have long running spades as he does on the actual deal or he might have a hand worth a 2N opening (or ...
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: A5 K732 8 K97653
I definitely would have overcalled 2 over 1, but I didn't abstain or bid 7 because there is a way home from here. Yes, partner almost always will be short in clubs and long in the red suits, but no reason to confuse the improbable with ...
Marion Gebhardt's bidding problem: 84 J94 A53 AT532
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Marion Gebhardt's bidding problem: 84 J94 A53 AT532
I think p has majors. Without discussion, playing with a good partner I would expect that 3m is a sound invite in the corresponding major and 3M is obstructive. So 3. Playing with an unimaginative partner, 3. Close enough for government work.
Cuebid or natural?
I think it is natural and can be passed. I also think it implies tolerance for diamonds, so should not be passed with club shortness. Even if 2 directly would have been clubs (my preference) it also shows some playing strength, so the initial pass doesn't preclude the ...
How to bid a strong hand?
I am comfortable opening 1 and rebidding 3N over any response. An exception would be if partner responds 1 and I played 2N as 3-card heart support and forcing, which is what I play in my preferred methods at imps. Another would be if I played a 3N ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: x AKQxx J8 T9xxx
There are many layouts where 4 is a better contract than 5. Double is out as I'm fairly certain I don't want to defend. 4 is inadequate. 4 is unilateral. That leaves 4.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A6 AKT6 AKT4 974
3N was my gut reaction but then it occurred to me that if partner cannot reopen with a double we may not be able to make 3N, and if he can reopen with a double we might collect a huge number. Especially at cross-imps, you need to collect some numbers ...
Peter Gill's bidding problem: A75 982 KQJ62 AT
"Hopefully partner knows how to advance balancing overcalls." With T9xx KQx Tx KQxx he should not pass a 2 balance. With the KQ of hearts well-placed, 2N is quite comfortable. A more sophisticated player might make an "active cue" of 2 so that we don't miss a ...
Peter Gill's bidding problem: A75 982 KQJ62 AT
Even though a balancing notrump doesn't promise a stopper, imo it implies one. I.e., you should try to have a stopper but in a pinch you can fudge. But here you have a good 5-card suit so there is no need to get creative. Hopefully partner knows how ...
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