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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
30 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. 

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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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Pro bridge - players, clients and fees
Once upon a time, the ACBL selected pairs for the World Women's Pair event based on performance in ACBL National Women's pair events and teams for the Venice Cup based on performance in ACBL National Women's team events. Sometime in the 1980's, we (women ACBL members ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
WAY too early! You can find the teams who bought entries on Bridge Winners by clicking on the link to buy entries at the top of the home page and then on the number of Spingold entries (there are 16 now), but entries don't close until sometime on Sunday ...
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
My first Spingold I had the pleasure of losing to a team including John Solodar and George Rapee. Down over 100 after 3 quarters, we told them we wanted to continue playing and to play as if we were even - they were totally and completely gracious about that and to ...
VOTE on Tardiness Penalty
No, the language I quoted first is what we now have. The language I quoted second is the proposed change, which says that both pairs have to be prepared to start playing at the announced starting time, it doesn't say they have to arrive 5 minutes early. It penalizes ...
System Filing for Late-Added Pairs
@Max - I'm not sure what we'd gain by having a pair that isn't yet on a team file a SSF and CC. Would players on entered teams really want to look at systems information for a pair that isn't entered? If they did, how would they ...
System Filing for Late-Added Pairs
I have no idea what you mean by "early" - but I think letting teams enter after the deadline for system submission would be bad for everyone. This year we had a new situation where players who had qualified in one event could still play in a subsequent event. We closed ...
Discuss a Tardiness Penalty
Yes, that situation, in a Round Robin, is my recollection of the only time the tardiness penalty has arisen in the Women's. Our new, improved method of having each team have a "home" table for the Round Robins helps with that, but doesn't completely solve it.
Discuss a Tardiness Penalty
The rules are currently being enforced, but it doesn't do any good, because there is no difference between arriving late and taking too long to play. The directors were the ones who asked me to change to something similar to the Women's. Even in the Round Robin, the ...
Discuss a Tardiness Penalty
In my experience, we haven't had to apply those tardiness penalties in the Women's since we started having them (which is at least 10 years ago), so they're working.
Discuss a Tardiness Penalty
I suppose we could adopt the WBF procedure of requiring written submission of lineups at least by the team that doesn't have seating rights. I have the software to do it online, although It's very old - we tried it once and the players had so much trouble with ...

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