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Joe Hertz
Joe Hertz
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Member Since
April 24, 2012
Last Seen
3 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
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Walsh Style 2/1 GameForce
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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 ...
When and how should directors educate players about ethics?
I've yet to meet a learning bridge player that didn't appreciate having the law or basis for it explained. My 199ers often ask me to show them the part of law book I read from after I make a ruling, just so they can understand what they should ...
Does an "Attitude Signal" signal "what you want/don't want" or "what you have/don't have" (or something else?)
Not for nothing, but if a signal tells partner about your holding and not about what you think of the suit being lead, it really should not be called an "attitude signal". It may very well be useful data for your partner to have in some situations, but that data ...
When and how should directors educate players about ethics?
Randy, Not at all. I'm saying Debbie knows better than to treat Juniors in the crummy manner you describe.
When and how should directors educate players about ethics?
Given Debbie's well documented background in helping to mentor junior players, I cannot imagine that scenario as coming anywhere remotely close to happening. I'd have called it unthinkable, except someone just thought of it.
When and how should directors educate players about ethics?
I was about to say that if this opp really understood what his obligations were and was intentionally trying to escape from them -- ethics be damned, then he had a "far more effective" escape route: Had he not told the opps there was a failure to alert, now it just ...
BIT - Logical Alternatives Poll
I'm thinking the hitch was considering bidding 3. Or maybe even 4 since he thinks I've got at least a doubleton in the suit. So unless I've got some agreements about follow-ups in this auction, 3NT is the only choice.
Mass ACBL E-Mails
[i]Charging for the e-mails is helpful because it causes people to behave responsibly. No more abuses and multiple sends.[/i] This implies that abuse and multiple sends have been a problem. I'll buy the latter. People should think twice before they hit the send button to make sure ...
Help needed with a player upset with a director's ruling
There should have been a unit recorder that would (should?) have had a file on these folks if they have the habit the director says they have. Surely this director would have filed a player memo with them, right? If they really have this history, the director had a place ...

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