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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
15 minutes 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. 

United States of America

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
WEAK NT; 2/1 ALMOST GAME FORCING; 1!C may be short
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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So you want to be a Vugraph operator
Definitely! The one thing I never leave out, no matter how quickly I am trying to train someone, is that the ONLY times you can talk to the players are if they put the wrong board on the table or put a board on the table backwards and no one ...
So you want to be a Vugraph operator
Many thanks to Georgiana and the other Houston-ites who helped us with hospitality and Vugraph for this year's USBC. The Vugraph operators were great under sometimes trying circumstances - the hotel internet seemed to be fine and then all at once it would drop someone. We think it had a ...
That's really tough, with teams dropping into USA2 all the way to the Semi-Finals. I can't think of any way to include USA2 in a Fantasy Bracket (except maybe as a tie-break). But I know that the collective minds of BridgeWinners are much smarter than I am, so ...
USBC Round of 16, Day 1
Tie break on rr result should be in General COC. I’ll see what’s wrong with posted version tomorrow.
We’ll figure something out if there is a tie.
Don't feel discriminated against, Max - I didn't ask anyone. I'm just planning to tell the winners that to earn their subsidy for the Bermuda Bowl they have to do this :-).
ROBINSON Wins USBC Round Robin
We often hear that the additional seeding points from the Round Robin don't make any difference but this year, Robinson moved up a position as a result of the extra seeding points from the Round Robin, and so did Juster.
USBC round robin format
In addition to the possibility of dumping by a team that knows they have qualified, the sequestering is designed to reduce swinging by teams that are close to qualifying but know that they need a big score in the final match. Obviously, that can still happen, but our hope is ...
ACBL Search Committee Up and Rolling
And no one has ever paid me a penny, but I'll bet that Marty's "rule" will classify me as a pro, which is one of the reasons I agree with Christopher that the right term is something other than "pro"
Thanks, Paul - although I'm not sure why I wanted a Fantasy Bracket considering how completely hopeless I am at doing them! I did get the Vanderbilt winner of course, but still did terribly!

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