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Joe Hertz
Joe Hertz
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 24, 2012
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me


    • Designated TechnoGeek of ACBL Unit 218 (Northern Virginia). Where I come from, gcc is a compiler, not a convention chart.


    • I want to play against everyone. I prefer Stratified to StrataFlighted events. I wonder if I'm the only one who feels that way.
    • My least favorite event is whatever the Swiss is happening on the last day of a Sectional or Regional. If it's round robin, you're all but guaranteed to run into an opponent who is having a really bad day wishes they had gone home early. Good luck with that.


    • I'm 13-0 in team matches vs people who were booked when I asked about their if I ask you, please say yes.



    • I once had an opp compliment me on how nice I was about it when calling the director.


    • That being said, the first player memos I ever filed were on people who died within 2 years.




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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A long shaggy dog story when I was a NLM, involving a whiny opponent when Jeff Roman jumped into the argument and showed me how the clowns would eat me unless I played A/X exclusively. Six months later, I wound up winning the D6 GNT-C, and immediately thanked him for slapping some sense into me.
Bridge Accomplishments
2010 GNT-C QF
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Joe And Mike O
Walsh Style 2/1 GameForce
Copy to my cards View/Print
You be the Judge - missed game over weak 2
You have exactly half the high card strength in the deck, and are missing three (!!) kings. It's a perfecto, making only because of the stiff diamond and enough working finesses Did they bid it at the other table? Did you beat them anyway?
Rebidding a second suit after Jacoby 2NT
Taking up the room doesn't bother me that much here. Bidding the 2nd suit at the 4 level necessarily shows you have shortness elsewhere, so choosing to bid a new suit at the 3 level (shortness) tends to deny a 5 card side suit. So yeah, bidding the 2nd ...
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
I've had cases where opps try to turn their cards over quickly in, what I suspected, was the hope that I don't notice the bad break in the suit I just got. I didn't suspect that was the case until I asked to see the card and ...
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
I'd submit that if the heart suit is irrelevant to your play right now, sure, claim. But you should be entitled to see who had what hearts until such time as you place your hand back into the board. If you get to see what card was played until ...
Is this "Reverse" Forcing?
I don't get the confusion to the "If 1 isn't forcing, how could 2 be?" line of thought. The reverse or jump shift is a forcing bid [b]because[/b] partner could muster some response. Without that, your new suit isn't any more forcing than ...
Director's ruling opinions?
"I knew it wasn't preemptive" makes "Not sure" an insufficient of explanation at best. I'm fine with the director's ruling for them. You were entitled to know what he knew, and chose poorly as a result. But I'm not 100% you should be entitled to that ...
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
Comedy of errors: how do you straighten it out?
Please tell me Mercutio gets to be on the committee.
Education Via the Scorecard
Leading out of turn is an improper procedure. We don't assign PP's for that. It's the penalty that's procedural, not the act it's penalizing. And yes, it's punitive. Assigning trick transfers due to established revokes aren't penalties. They are corrections or adjustments. I ...
When and how should directors educate players about ethics?
I've quit assuming people know what they are doing. I hope and give them the benefit of the doubt, but nothing ever surprises me anymore. At a regional, I've had an opp tell me that, when I am dummy, I should not be telling my partner which hand ...

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