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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
2 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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Jim Fox's bidding problem: 92 AJ654 QJ A854
I hate 4, but I wouldn't be too crazy about any of the alternatives either, so here we are. I am trying to go low and partner is trying for a slam; in the meantime I have two undisclosed bullets and great support for his other suit. Six ...
Direct Cue Over Weak 2S (Poll)
The stopper-ask interpretation can be used to show a great hand with game-going values and intense slam interest. E.g., (2)-3-(p)-3n-(p)-4! This is stronger than (2)-4. Or (2)-3-3n-5? Raise to 6 with a top spade ...
Russell Samuel's lead problem: xx ATxx Q98xxx x
Lead-directing doubles? I think it was Versace who said: "My partner..he know what to lead." Only pros playing with clients feel the need to make lead-directing doubles.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AKJ9x AKx A9x Ax
The goal of bidding is to get to the right contract, not to describe your hand. Besides, this hand is indescribable. Why preempt your own auction by bypassing your great spade suit? Let's put it this way: give me a hand where you'll get to a better contract ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AKJ9x AKx A9x Ax
Birthright Schmirthright. Start by describing this as a very good hand with primary spades and you won't miss a lot of good slams.
How do you interpret 5!s?
I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be happy with partner's unilateral decision to throw the 5 card onto the table, but that doesn't mean I think he has serious slam interest or that I should compound the felony by doing something else unilateral. Recently ...
Alan Wilson's bidding problem: KT9 952 Q43 JT96
I respond as if the auction started with 1. I am too good to pass in the modern era where partner might be very strong, but not good enough to raise directly, which would show 7-9 support points.
Strong, Invitational, or Weak -- What do you play?
My answer is that it's closer to preemptive than invitational. Playing strength based on length, but with most minimal doubles, partner should pass.
Steve Zolotow's bidding problem: --- JT64 3 KQJT8743
4 is out as we could easily be cold for 3n. 3 seriously understates the playing strength aside from possibly keeping us out of our heart fit. I guess pass is "normal", but how do you describe a hand like this after an initial pass? Jumps in clubs ...
How do you interpret 5!s?
If partner had a "serious" five spade call he could cue 3 then jump to five spades. Therefore this is a preempt. As for what it shows...

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