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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
16 minutes 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
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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What Does This Bid Mean?
I would never bid 2 without 4+ and partner can pass it if his initial response was sub-minimal and he has 3+ hearts. His raise imo guarantees 4+ as well, so hearts is our fit. 3 is either a slam try or an attempt to maneuver into 3N ...
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: AK752 32 AKJ 432
Recounted by Phil Martin in an article on his website among other sources. John was playing at that time with Chuck Lamprey. He kept finding reasons not to open 1N with relatively balanced hands and Chuck noticed that every time he did that, they got a bad result. He begged ...
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: AK752 32 AKJ 432
This reminds me of a John Lowenthal story.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: AK752 32 AKJ 432
1N has better preemptive value than 1.
Steve Myerson's bidding problem: 43 A65 QT953 K74
Odd that you don't actually mention what your hand was.
Andy Stark's bidding problem: 864 QJ95 3 QJ753
Have you ever overcalled 1N with 5 in opener's suit?
Andy Stark's bidding problem: 864 QJ95 3 QJ753
Double is takeout but pd can pass with 4 diamonds. I cannot have 5 hearts as I would have transferred, so pf must pull 2 with a doubleton. It's possible to play 2 from here.
RIP Harold Feldheim
One of my fondest bridge memories was a regional swiss I played in with John Solodar, Harold, and Paul Kinney. All are now gone :((. We had the event won after 7 matches. When I first met him, I found him difficult. He seemed to have an uncanny knack for getting ...
RIP Harold Lilie
Remind me David, who sponsored that team? Oh, that's right, no one! (Unless now you're going to tell me Harry was paying you guys?) Can you imagine encountering such a team at a local tournament nowadays? This is how bridge has changed.
David Yates's bidding problem: AK 84 KQ864 8763
Deals like this usually belong in 1N if there is no game especially at mps. Neither opponent was sufficiently motivated to bid hearts despite the colors, so I'm less concerned about a heart lead.

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