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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I've been playing bridge for over 60 years, seriously for the last 50 or so. Bridge has brought me two wonderful husbands, as well as many wonderful friends. 

I'm the COO of the USBF, which means I manage the USBF's selection trials each year and also maintain the USBF website and membership records. 

I've been a strong proponent of BBO Vugraph for as long as I can remember (in fact, before it even existed) and have put my money where my mouth is by volunteering to organize Vugraph broadcasts at NABCs as well as USBCs for the last decade or so. That has brought me more friends, whose faces I wouldn't recognize, but whom I happily chat with on BBO.

If you can't find me at my computer or a bridge tournament, I'm at the barn, riding one of my two adult horses, or playing with my new filly. 

I confess I had to go to the acbl website to find out how many masterpoints I have and what "rank" that equates to. Masterpoints have never been a big motivator for me. Playing against good players and playing well are more my goals. 

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Too many to choose just one, but if I had to it would probably be the one and only one session when I really felt I was "in the zone" - there was one hand where I knew declarer was cold for their contract but if I had some card it might be tougher and thought "what would I play if I had it" - if only one could create that kind of focus at will.
Bridge Accomplishments
NAP, GNT, Women's KO, Swiss, BAM and Pairs wins.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Jan Martel & Chip Martel
2/1; 5 card Majors; 1!C NAT or BAL, with transfer responses
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
It makes sense to have an outside meeting planner instead of doing that in-house. After all, ACBL only has 3 meetings (NABCs) a year - that really isn't enough to have an in-house person do it. But I keep worrying that we'll have On Peak as our meeting planner ...
There actually were volunteers in Orlando, just not local ones. The registration desk staff were 2 WBF employees, who I assume were being paid, and me, who definitely wasn't, and 4 young Europeans who I'm pretty sure were just given transportation and a shared hotel room. The Vugraph ...
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
I was also wondering if there wasn't some middle ground between 10 & 3 and 1 & 7, but I just don't know what would work. I do think that having earlier start times on the West Coast and later on the East Coast might work.
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
Chris & I often disagree :-), but in this case, I want to second what he said - I've had a little experience negotiating with hotels (for a [b]much[/b] smaller event of course), and when I ask about separating rooms from space, they either say no or ask an astronomical ...
I remember many years ago someone (sorry I've forgotten who, but it might have been the late Peter Pender) suggested we should have one NABC a year that just had a major KO event, in addition to the three big NABCs. Maybe that would be a possible option. To ...
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
You and I figure out a great cheating scheme. We use it and do extremely well, winning some major titles. People raise questions. We're told that we're under investigation. We decide that we don't want to be investigated, so we announce - formally - that we will never play ...
Not for me
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
ACBL removed the 2015 Spingold title (and second) from the teams that had players who were convicted of collusive cheating. Unfortunately, they didn't remove all traces. If you look at the Atlanta Daily Bulletin list of Spingold winners on page 11, you find 2015: 1. vacated; 2. vacated. But ...
MANFIELD Wins Mixed Teams
I actually don't see the limited time as a reason to have a 3rd/4th playoff. I don't know what prompted that decision, perhaps they didn't want the possibility of 6 pairs dropping into the Mixed Pairs Final, which was limited to 26 pairs.
MANFIELD Wins Mixed Teams
There are only so many days in a week. In Sanya 4 years ago, the WBF added days to the Mixed events and cut the Rosenblum and Open Pairs. This year, they put the days back into the Rosenblum (and McConnell & Rand) and the Open, Women's & Senior Pairs, which ...

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