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Joe Hertz
Joe Hertz
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 24, 2012
Last Seen
6 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
Assign blame for missing game
I'm curious as to what South says is he reason he bid 3. It's clearly meant as an invite, but what was he expecting North to accept with? Surely he can't really want P to go for it with average high card strength, but a totally ...
Apportion the blame - no play slam
Gotta give some credits to the opps, but East was the one who showed the extras. West's error was to take that too seriously.
Surely not another missed game with 10 trumps
I think it comes down to, "does XX deny a fit?". Yes? Blame West No? Blame East.
ATB -- Missed slam
Whoever is bidding 3NT is going to make his partner think the spades are okay. Are the other options (aside from a 3 splinter) lies? Yes. But they are smaller lies and get you to far better contracts than this one.
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
Clearly gifts under deductible unless made to charity. The only tax benefit for anyone would be in it's not taxable income for the recipient (and thus the amount of your "gift" would probably be less than it would be if the recipient had to pay income taxes on it ...
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
Well I do have an interest in that deviation from the original topic because I do pay for a housekeeper that visits periodically. I'm quite curious where the line is as she does do this for other clients of hers.
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
But presenting "the other side of an argument" that isn't about bridge or the ethics involved in paying a pro (irony alert) "under the table". It was just a screed about excessive taxes. It was however, a very carefully worded screed, meant to mimic Frances' comment's structure. Undoubtedly ...
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
Here's a funny thought experiment. Pay someone $15K as a gift to avoid taxes, with the understanding he'd wink-wink play bridge with you or perform some other service. 1) That's not a gift. You expect something in return. 2) Also -- good luck trying to sue the bridge ...
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
Ken -- From Topic #756 "Household employees include housekeepers, maids, babysitters, [b]gardeners[/b], and others who work in or around your private residence as your employee. Repairmen, plumbers, contractors, and [b]other business people who provide their services as independent contractors, are not your employees[/b]. Household workers are your ...
bidding question
Most likely: Partner meant to pass and pulled the wrong card.

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