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Joe Hertz
Joe Hertz
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 24, 2012
Last Seen
Jan. 15
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.
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  • I want to play against everyone. I prefer Stratified to StrataFlighted events. I wonder if I'm the only one who feels that way.
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  • My least favorite event is whatever the Swiss is happening on the last day of a Sectional or Regional.
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  • I'm 13-0 in team matches vs people who were booked when I asked about their if I ask you, please say yes.
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  • I have a severe hearing loss. My first duplicate bridge partner is blind. Our card's "general approach" box said "Bid No Evil". 
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  • I once had an opp compliment me on how nice I was about calling the director on them.
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  • That being said, both of the people I've filed player memos on are dead now.
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United States of America

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
Bronze Life Master
Joe And Mike O
Walsh Style 2/1 GameForce
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Cell Phone Penalty
Btw, my fitbit usage has inadvertently saved me from cell phone penalties in club games. Because I wear hearing aids, it's just easier for me to always leave the ringer off and rely on the fitbit that is bluetooth paired to it, and is on my wrist, to vibrate ...
Cell Phone Penalty
I must abstain. The MidAtlantic Bridge Conference used to go 12 imps. Then a match I was involved in happened. Our teammates were juniors David Soukup and Hakan Berk. At their table an opponent's cell phone went off, our teammates called the director, 12 imps were assessed and we ...
ABA Summer National in Lombard, Illinois
Heck, the ABA uses ACBLScore.
ABA Summer National in Lombard, Illinois
That's pretty much what happened to me at last year's summer ABA Nationals when they were near me. We showed up. Some of the director staff already knew us, and put us in the right place.
Should District 9 have resigned?
Don -- That is precisely what happened in one of the flight B GNT round of 16 matches this time. As I understand it, the leading team tried to play for (what they assumed would be aggressively bid) pushes and got doubled where the trailing team wasn't quite so pushy ...
Wrong boards in Toronto Swiss
I've had the wrong opponents brought to my table by TD's. When I asked if they were team #N, I was told "there was no team #N", and then to "not worry about it". Sure enough one board later, (6NT making 7 our way with the opps not ...
Extreme Bridge #9: Uncontrolled Bidding
I don't know if I should admit this, but the first time I heard the rule against "psychic controls", this maneuver is what I thought it was referring to.
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
@Ron It's not a question of if any given call is destructive. It's a question of if an agreement's purpose is *primarily destructive* which is an important distinction. Is the call in your example destructive? Sure to a point. A better example for your point would be ...
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
Yu- Yes, there can be places it's advantageous to do it. But I can't think of a reason why you would specifically *agree* to do it for any constructive purpose. I might be lacking in imagination, but the operative point I see here is that they say 3 ...
The problem is bigger than the Stop Card
Orlando Brown got suspended for pushing the official to the ground in response and sued. He got a settlement later, but my understanding was that the vision in that eye was trashed going forward. After the incident, officials were instructed to try to throw at the *ground* of the area ...

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