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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, 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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How do you play this double?
The shapes I mentioned are what I expect. The doubler can have other shapes I suppose but then he is "on his own". His partner will pass unless he has undisclosed shape. If partner passes and it doesn't work out because the doubler is off-shape, then its on the ...
How do you play this double?
I call doubles where one or both sides have bid and raised a suit "law-enforcing". They imply extra convertible values in context and suggest partner pass unless he has undisclosed shape. In this case, I'd expect the doubler to be 2=6=3=2 or 2=6=2=3.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 97532 Q4 T AQJ97
I have the values to consider double, but the defense could be problematic. Often when we have them dead to rights in 1n, they can run to a red suit. In situations like this, it's time to start showing your suits. My shape suggests that if I bid 2 ...
Finn Kolesnik's bidding problem: ATx AKQ Txx KQT9
In my pet system, I open this hand with 2, showing either 18-20 balanced or a GF.
Meaning of bid
I prefer to play that all super-accepts start with 2N or 3M, so I would play 1N-2-3 as natural, but that is not in the conditions. Given the conditions, I'd interpret 3 as a useful doubleton.
Tom Townsend's bidding problem: --- KT85 KQT52 KQJ9
Partner doesn't have to pass the double just because he has spade length.
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: A853 K5 K985 J82
The K of doesn't rate to be worth much as either as opener is a favorite to hold the A. And the J of certainly isn't a world-beater. Maybe you better pass.
3 level matchpoint decision
It's very unlikely that selling out to 3 undoubled is optimal at mps. I would usually either bid or double. I'm not saying I'd choose double very often but I think it should be on the radar screen. Partner is marked with values and they might ...
Trouble with doubles - assess the blame
I am not rooting to hear partner pass. The vast majority of the time he will bid a suit and we'll get to our best spot, because this is a takeout double. I think I'm more likely to find the best contract if I do this rather than ...
Trouble with doubles - assess the blame
To all those who virtuously eschew the double--congratulations. you saved yourselves 2 imps. To save the other 5, you need to bid 2--assuming that at the table both 2 and 2 make. That's what I'd do at mps. At imps, the upside of 2-doubled--they ...

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