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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.


    • 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 calling the director on them.


    • That being said, both of the people I've filed player memos on are dead now.




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
Silver Life Master
Joe And Mike O
Walsh Style 2/1 GameForce
Copy to my cards View/Print
MI (?) Ruling
I gotta admit, without the caveat that 2 was considered natural, and thus making the double takeout (presumably of spades) I thought the auction began normally. South's nebulous bid gets responded to by north with 2, not because that's what north has but because it might ...
MI (?) Ruling
My only regret is that I can only like Chris Miller's comment a single time.
MI (?) Ruling
Y'know, all of this could have been avoided if N/S were required to provide E/W with a written defense to the Multi-2 opening.
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Also for other the 5.0 voters, I'm curious if the Helen Sobel "Queen discovery play" acceptable. My understanding (and I may be wrong) is that when faced with a double finesse where she had to choose which opp held the queen, she'd lead a card and then ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
I'm a 4.9. It's totally fine to exploit the opponents mannerisms. I'd even say that there should be an active campaign to correct the players who think it is not kosher. That being said, the players who think they are owed honest tells from their opponents ...
If it was a simply signoff, why did he bother with the transfer first? Might be worth knowing what options he had. What sort of Stayman do we play? If partner wanted my input towards a grand, why not 5NT? Even if I sign off in 6 of something, he ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
Agreed Ed, but in this case, it appears to be a misexplanation. I'm not aware of any claim by South that he forgot. Just that he was on a different page and then never does anything to prevent the MI from damaging the opps. So once we get to ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
I honestly see it both ways. Yes, all they are entitled to know is about the actual agreement, not the mixup. I'm usually quite militant about that in threads like this. But the mixup must be disclosed before the opening lead, and at that point the mixup itself would ...
Student Scam Emailed from ACBL
It's a variation on a Craigslist scam where they offer to overpay you for whatever it is you are selling to "cover the shipping". Ship it and pay them whatever excess they gave you. Sounds downright trusting. The problem is that the check won't ever clear. The scam ...

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