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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
4 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. 

Country
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
JanM
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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MeyersSeamon-Molson
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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Ten Seconds
If only players could figure out what goes there! Although in fairness, it's gotten a lot better over the years.
Offer to fund development of a speed bridge teaching app
I’ve always thought what we need is a “video game” that starts with something really simple, like a position where you have AQ opposite xx and if you play an x to the Q, you get fireworks and rewards (stars, points, gold coins, whatever) and then you advance to ...
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
Of course that's possible, but for some reason bridge players always want to play all the boards!
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
I agree, but we do have a "ladder of penalties" for slow play in the KO stage already. We can revisit the slow play section of the GCOC if you want to do that. But there is an enormous difference between the KO and the Round Robin. In the KO ...
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
I'm trying to explore what we should do both in the situation where a board is removed and both pairs are at fault (if one pair had been at fault their team would have been penalized 3 IMPs - if both pairs are at fault, should there be any penalty ...
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
I'm not sure we're all discussing the same issue here. When a table in the Round Robin hasn't started a board at the end of regulation time, the Conditions of Contest provide that the Director removes that board and assesses a 3 IMP penalty against the pair ...
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
1. We already have cameras (recording on computers or SD cards) at each table. 2. When we get the software to use tablets for bidding, we will have an easy way to measure time taken in the bidding, as well as the time each hand starts. We won't need ...
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
I don't think Tom is talking about preparing defenses at the table, but rather at asking about the meaning of bids (after all, you can't discuss your defense with your partner during the auction).
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
I don't think it would be hard to tell if that's happening - we have video, we have hand records, we can easily see if someone is using time unreasonably. And we should very heavily penalize anyone who does that. Incidentally, we already have a warning and a subsequent ...
VOTE on VP Penalty for both teams in Round Robin match that finishes late
Sorry, I probably should have put x, y, & z with the real numbers to be determined later. Although for the [b]fourth[/b] time a pair is late, I don't think 10 is too much - that's pretty egregious, isn't it?
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