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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
6 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
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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Open Lyon Discussion Thread
My understanding is that the 6 IMPs was a slow play penalty, where Netherlands was assigned a 7 IMP penalty and NZ was assigned a 13 IMP penalty, which netted to 6 IMPs against NZ. Nothing to do with systems.
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
From the Supplementary Conditions of Contest for Lyon: Section 17.2 "HUM Systems and Brown Sticker Conventions will be authorized for use in the Knock Out stages in both the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup but not for the d’Orsi Seniors Trophy and only provided additional, separate convention cards ...
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
That seems strange (BSC), because although they are allowed in the KO, they have to be submitted well in advance and only New Zealand submitted any BSC.
Lyon Round-Robin, Day 7
Although it is unlikely to matter, the tie-break is based not on Round Robin finish, but on which team won the Round Robin match between the two teams. So, for example, if the Quarterfinal match between USA2 and Sweden ends in a tie, USA2 will win, although Sweden placed higher ...
Who Will Win the Bermuda Bowl?
@ Peter - I'll give you any odds you want on Poland not winning - they are not playing in the Bermuda Bowl :-)
Soloway KO Positioning Points & Change to Bye PP numbers
Tom, the PPs a team earns when it has ineligible players are significantly reduced from those earned by an all-US team. A team with 1 ineligible player earns 75% of the PPs earned by an all-US team. A team with 2 ineligible players earns 50% of the PPs earned by ...
Soloway KO Positioning Points & Change to Bye PP numbers
Thanks for looking at the Conditions of Contest - I wish more people would. There's a long history behind these particular Conditions of Contest, and they have changed over that history. In drafting them, at least in the past, we have agreed that the primary purpose of this event is ...
Flipping for Winning
There is a special rule for Vugraph tables because that is the only situation in which a person could use a cell phone to cheat without having a second person involved (by looking at BBO), so there is a stronger reason for wanting to be certain that players don't ...
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Could have been, although it was a large room.
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Moved to right place

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