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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
48 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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Senior USBC seeding from 2020 on
Actually, perhaps I should be more clear. The one thing I am [b]not[/b] willing to do here is maintain a separate database of USBF Senior seeding points with entries from different events - maintaining the PP schedule is a lot of work and that's by team. To do ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
Usually committees impose probation in days. The old ACBL rule was stated in days. Obviously there is a big difference between suspension and probation. And in my experience, a big difference between probation for less than a year and probation for a year or more. I had hoped that people ...
Senior USBC seeding from 2020 on
I'm sure that ACBL isn't going to continue doing this, and as the person who would have to do it if USBF did it, I don't see the benefit. The major contribution will be from performance in the Open events, so why shouldn't we just use ...
Senior USBC seeding from 2020 on
I wasn't thinking of limiting VSR points to senior teams. Just taking the VSR points of the players on teams entered in the Senior USBC and using them to seed the event. Edit to add - I don't see why only performance when a player was a senior is ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
The Board meets next week and unless more people weigh in here, I'm going to ask them to decide this question, so if you have an opinion and haven't yet expressed it, please do so promptly.
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
1. We do have a separate section about "cheating" in the General Conditions of Contest. However, that doesn't cover "cheating" convictions by other than USBF or WBF. However, I have a sense that people who are convicted of collusive cheating are expelled, so we could consider saying that anyone ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
The question is whether a really long probation should make a person ineligible, or a probation following a suspension?
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
One thing at a time :-). This is about the Conditions of Contest. The Bylaws are being revised, but that's a different issue.
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
Agree. That's probably the thing we want to focus on, although I guess we should affirm that ACBL suspension makes someone ineligible. The question about probation is should it ever make a player ineligible, and if so, how long should the probation be (I think original term is what ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
Where do you find that provision? I looked at General Conditions of Contest going back to 2004 (the first one I have) and there was nothing about 90 days probation until 2016. Your language sounds like ACBL language, not that our Conditions of Contest, because it refers to "ACBL NCBO ...

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