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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. 

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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Information about Orlando World Bridge Series
The Mixed Pairs, which is at the end of the tournament, is four days - 2 days qualifying, 1 day Semifinal and 1 day Final.
commentating on other table
I am very aware of the many ways to watch both tables, but I find it is sometimes distracting to do so. On the other hand, I appreciate knowing what is happening at the other table. So I appreciate it when the commentators give some insight into the other table ...
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
I can't help pointing out that my brilliant husband actually commented at the other table that the spade layout would be fascinating if NS bid 6, and he would expect a good declarer to go down. His explanation of why is identical to Kit's.
NABC Contracts
JoAnn - I'm sorry to hear that. I thought the whole property was non-smoking, but I guess it's only the rooms (and there are rooms with balconies where people can smoke).
I apologize for the misunderstanding about Vugraph. I thought when I did the BBO schedule I said something about "Championship Flight" but it is possible I didn't. I'm afraid we never have enough operators that first weekend to cover all of the flights.
NABC Contracts
The Cosmopolitan is a non-smoking property. I'm not sure whether there were other reasonable non-smoking options when the NABC contract was negotiated.
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
I'm not sure, but I just checked the scores after 11 matches and they are even more distorted - USA1 is shown as having 667+ VPs. After 18 matches, they're shown as having "only" 545.
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
So am I. And of course the list of scores after 18 rounds has all of the scores doubled (maybe not the final match last night?). But the ranking is correct :-)
ACBL Membershp Follies
I've wondered whether the ACBL decision only to allow ACBL members to access the online Bulletin is wise. I understand the reason - the Bulletin is one of the benefits of ACBL membership and ACBL wants to encourage people to be members. But the downside is that we don't ...
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018

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