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Joe Hertz
Joe Hertz
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 24, 2012
Last Seen
9 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.
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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
Copy to my cards View/Print
Defending a “psych”
If you ask what 2N promises by agreement for values, and get told Invite+ and it turns out to a way less than invitational hand, then it's a psych because the Invite+ was part of the agreement. Conversely, if you get told "nothing", then the bid was tactical, because ...
Should score be adjusted?
What John L said. I can two responses to this typically. Maybe three "But we discussed this!" 1) OMG. Youre right. I'm sorry I forgot! 2) No we didn't! 3) Yes, and you're still wrong! In the absence of other data, #1 means there's an agreement ...
Another idea to improve system compliance
Disable this feature at clubs unless you want to scare away the novices even more.
Should score be adjusted?
@Richard, what part of "you're right" isn't sufficient there? Did he need to say, "I forgot" too? Clearly he already had. Does he really need to say "I forgot that we had agreed" in exactly those words? Please tell me the standard here isn't "beyond a reasonable ...
Should score be adjusted?
Fine. Say this is what happened at the end. "We talked about this yesterday" "Omg. You're right! We did!" Is that not enough proof of an agreement? And if it is enough, even with the MI stipulated, I again ask how would that not reduce to "no damage unless ...
Should score be adjusted?
Lets play it your way then. I think it's established here that the agreement was for takeout but let's assume they can't prove that somehow Say West asked what the X meant and instead got told the factually correct answer: "no agreement". It's then passed back ...
Should score be adjusted?
"...And he is entitled to know that North-South do not agree on the meaning of 2..." Is he? They had an agreement. One party forgot what it was. The former datum he is entitled to know about. The latter datum he is not. Yes he would get that knowledge ...
Should score be adjusted?
To sum this up: A) If South had the agreement right, North apparently wants to penalize. B) If North had the agreement right, South apparently wants to penalize. West ran in the face of situation A. Is he likely to sit for situation B? Probably not. I hate this sort ...
Corrected score?
Was the actual agreement natural and forcing, or just forcing? Because the X followed by the 3NT bid, sure appears to be east pretending to have the diamonds covered.
In Praise of Richard Willey
Richard Willey is a crank, but he's our crank. He even got a dubious honor from the ACBL for being a crank on BridgeWinners.

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