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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
Dec. 5
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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Overcalling 1NT When Holding a Good 5 Card Major
As a matter of theory, one should never overcall 1N with a 5-card major. There is a flawed theory that overcalling 1N is safer than overcalling 2M because if they double you in 1N, you can run to your major. The flaw is that it is SO much easier to ...
Steve Zolotow's bidding problem: A9 42 543 JT9843
Simulations tell you what the double dummy result is, not the likely result at the table. When responder has a hand like this, the result in 1N is very dependent on things like the choice of lead, subsequent defense, etc. I.e., suppose they have a blind guess between major ...
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: T82 AQ3 5 KQ9843
Imo, 1N>3 (if the latter is invitational).
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: J8753 A975 T7 Q5
I think -500 or -800 are more likely than a double partscore swing. If I wanted to bid 3 I would have done it a round earlier (I might have at mps). The Q of clubs is a hint not to bid.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: J8753 A975 T7 Q5
I might be tempted to bid at matchpoints but red at imps, there is significant downside to bidding and relatively little upside.
Online NABC - Congrats to Phil Clayton
Well done Phil! Basically 70% for 24 boards 3 days in a row. Wow. I don't know what's more impressive, the magnitude of your average or the consistency of your results. Do you have any special techniques to share with us?
David Moss's bidding problem: AJ43 9632 5 8643
Hmmm... I answered 1 honestly before reading David's "answer". My reasoning is fairly simple--if I am going to miss a 44 major fit, I'd rather it be hearts than spades. I bid my stronger major after a one of a minor opening when 44, and planning to ...
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: T82 AQ3 5 KQ9843
Unfortunately I think the prevalence of pro bridge and the desire to make things simpler for the client have made this treatment (invitational jump shifts) popular. Anyway, I'll take a chance and force to game if them's my choices.
Jacob Freeman's bidding problem: QJx Axxx xxx Axx
Depends on who my partner is. If it's GIB or a human functional equivalent, 1 because if I open 1 GIB will raise or use drury with 3-card support. With an enlightened partner, who will respond 1N with 3-card support unless he has side shortness, 1 ...
New suit forcing after overcall or not?
I play it as forcing and possibly as few as 4 cards. I think this is very important. I also play that new suits at the 2-level are forcing--e.g., (1)-1-(p)-2--but I don't think this is as important. The reason it is important ...

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