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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
46 minutes 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
Format for 5 team Round Robin?
Yes, this stage will eliminate 1 team. When you say sessions of 12 or 16 boards, you're leaving out 14 - I think we've settled on this format (since no one can figure out anything better) and 7 board segments, which makes each "session" 14 boards long - 2 matches ...
Format for 5 team Round Robin?
This isn't for the Open - we're fine with sitouts there. It's for the Women, who have only 5 teams, so if we use the "stout" method each team play only 80% of the boards in play, which is a significant reduction in the number of boards per ...
USBC Scheduling
We hold the Women's event concurrently because it is so small that it is not economically feasible to hold it stand-alone. when we did hold it as a separate event, we held it at a Regional and although that solved the "it's too small" issue, it raised others.
We need to Decide about the Bye Requirements in light of the Soloway
It's way above my head too, but it's not an increase of 1/3. If you won all of the PP events in a cycle before the Soloway, you'd get 336 PPs. If you won all of the PP events in a future year, you'd get ...
We need to Decide about the Bye Requirements in light of the Soloway
We already voted on that one - you abstained :-) - 100% of those voting (there were 14, which may not be very many, but is a substantial number of the TAC members) voted to have the same PP schedule for the Soloway as for the Vanderbilt & Spingold. So that was the starting ...
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
You are probably right, even though I'm in the second group & don't expect to become a GLM. But if I cared about being a GLM, I could just play more and get those extra masterpoints; it's not so easy for someone who has played a lot and not won a qualifying event to do so.
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
I have a fair amount of experience with smaller events, both from the Women's NABC events and the USBCs. Usually, an event becomes smaller because the teams that are less likely to do well decide not to enter, not because the stronger teams don't enter. In other words ...
We need to Decide about the Bye Requirements in light of the Soloway
Yes - the only change is to add the Soloway to the Vanderbilt & Spingold.
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
That was correct until the WBF added the Mixed Team event to all of the World Championships recently. I see the the Mixed USBC (aka Trials) hasn't been added to the list of GLM eligible events.But I expect it will be.
WBF Leaves International Olympic Committee
It was a VERY long time ago (my second NABC, Chicago in the summer of I guess 1971 from the Wikipedia list of locations, although I thought it was earlier). I have no idea whether the rule is still the same now!

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