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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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
2/1; 5 card Majors; 1!C NAT or BAL, with transfer responses
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
You and I figure out a great cheating scheme. We use it and do extremely well, winning some major titles. People raise questions. We're told that we're under investigation. We decide that we don't want to be investigated, so we announce - formally - that we will never play ...
Not for me
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
ACBL removed the 2015 Spingold title (and second) from the teams that had players who were convicted of collusive cheating. Unfortunately, they didn't remove all traces. If you look at the Atlanta Daily Bulletin list of Spingold winners on page 11, you find 2015: 1. vacated; 2. vacated. But ...
MANFIELD Wins Mixed Teams
I actually don't see the limited time as a reason to have a 3rd/4th playoff. I don't know what prompted that decision, perhaps they didn't want the possibility of 6 pairs dropping into the Mixed Pairs Final, which was limited to 26 pairs.
MANFIELD Wins Mixed Teams
There are only so many days in a week. In Sanya 4 years ago, the WBF added days to the Mixed events and cut the Rosenblum and Open Pairs. This year, they put the days back into the Rosenblum (and McConnell & Rand) and the Open, Women's & Senior Pairs, which ...
The Hungarian Bridge Federation switches to play with tablets instead of cards
If you have screens, you're mainly with one opponent, but the other (and your partner) are still there on the other side of the screen.
The Hungarian Bridge Federation switches to play with tablets instead of cards
Yes, you're still at a table with your partner and opponents, so the social aspects of "real" bridge remain.
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
I'm confused by the number of stanzas also, but I think I understand the underlying rule, which applies only for eligibility to earn WBF masterpoints and placing points, not the title and medal. As I understand it, you have to have played 1/3 of the total boards played ...
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
I don't know any more than that they said there wasn't enough business to justify the cost of personnel.
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
There were refreshment stands outside the playing area the first 3 days of the tournament, but they did so little business that the hotel refused to have them there.

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