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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
5 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. 

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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
WEAK NT; 2/1 ALMOST GAME FORCING; 1!C may be short
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
Upsets Mark USA1 Senior Quarterfinal
Correction: The Wolfson team did not select Cappelli. In this event pairings are based on bracket position, not selection by High finishers in the round Robin.
More VuGraph Coming
Thanks, Michael - I usually do link to the results from an article under the Tournaments menu - will do that now :-).
More VuGraph Coming
There are too many security risks involved with showing Round Robins on Vugraph, so no, it will not.
2017 USBC Discussion Thread
Yes. Unfortunately, we only have 6 operators for Thursday, so will cover the two USA1 Semifinal matches and 1 USA2 match. For Friday I'm hoping we'll be back to 8 operators.
2017 USBC Discussion Thread
Vugraph records aren't up yet. Hand records are there (link at the bottom of the page; 1st quarter is boards 1-30 yesterday morning; 2nd quarter is yesterday afternoon, etc. we may change that naming convention, as it seems to confuse people. And as I was writing this, I see ...
2017 USBC Discussion Thread
We are not able to live stream the video because the internet isn't fast enough. We will try to get them posted as soon as we can.
2017 USBC Discussion Thread
Additional seeding points from the Round Robin are 1st 8 (plus the reshuffle option); 2nd 8; 3rd 4; 4th 2. Sometimes the additional seeding points mattered. I was doing so much last night I don't remember for certain, but I think they did not matter this year. The reshuffle ...
2017 USBC Discussion Thread
Mahaffey's sit out match vs bye was the last match, so the 10 for the sit out didn't post until the rest of the last round scores were posted.
DWYER Leads USBC Round-Robin
Although we do have the programming in place to show scorecards, we aren't getting board by board results, so there aren't any scorecards to be shown. I will try to remove that sentence so it isn't confusing.
VuGraph Commentators Needed
One little mistake :-). The Women's finishes on May 10th, the Open finishes on May 11th and I get a few days off before the Seniors starts on May 17th

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