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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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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USBF conditions of contest issue
You are misunderstanding. At the end of the Round Robin, the teams are ranked by Positioning Points (bye teams) and then seeding points (everyone else - seeding points include Individual Positioning Points for players who earned Positioning Points in the cycle). Teams 1 & 2 are set. For the rest, teams are randomly assigned to pairs of bracket position. So teams 3 &4 are "shuffled" and assigned to bracket positions 3 & 4; teams 5 & 6 are shuffled and assigned ...
Internet Hotel Marketing Affecting Room Guarantees In Hotel Contracts?
It's not always true that there will be cheaper rates available from sources other than the bridge tournament. The problem is that hotels don't know what their room availability will be in 2, 3 or even more years, so they make their best guess and we (tournament organizers ...
USBF conditions of contest issue
I don't think this could ever affect a team without a bye. It's really only going to be relevant when the top 2 teams both have byes to the Round of 8 (or the Semifinals, but given the current by requirements that's not going to happen), so ...
USBF conditions of contest issue
The precedent was because the Conditions of Contest did not adequately address the issue, and the first time it came up it was interpreted to mean "deep bye PPs" - I do not know why the Conditions of Contest weren't clarified that time, they certainly should have been. We continued ...
Non Pro Turkish Pair wins the European Champ Open Pairs!
In odd-numbered years, the European Championship is open to players from any country, not just to Europeans, just as the North American Bridge Championship is open to players from countries other than those in North America. In even numbered years, the European Championship is the selection event for the following ...
ACBL Official Disappears!
Perhaps ACBL employees are more concerned with getting ready for Toronto than with posting on BridgeWinners?
Table pitch
If you change the directions every other table, then the hand that can be seen at the next table is your own. At least I know that works for screen tables. edit to add - of course that means the moving pair have to actually look at their direction at each ...
Stratford Festival Toronto NABC
Okay, so highjacking a little :-), what's the best dim sum restaurant within walking distance of the playing site? And is it open during the week or just weekends? Any other restaurant recommendations?
Stratford Festival Toronto NABC
I'm also hoping to go to Saint Joan - there's a bus that goes from Toronto (leaving from the Royal York Hotel, which is reasonably close to the tournament site) each day in time for the matinée performance.
ACBL Tests Online NABC Event
@ Don: I was going to mention IRD also, but you beat me to it - for those who don't remember him, he was a player's dog who made life master.

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