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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. 

United States of America

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
The Kibs Are Not Alright
People can (and do) say things on the internet that are based on speculation and even building "straw men" - I know that a lot of people seem to think that a delay would be just for the spectators, not the commentators. But I don't know of anyone who's ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
@David - I don't know of anyone who's suggesting that commentators should be allowed to watch a match in real time if it is being delayed - that would make it possible for a commentator to collude with a player, or for someone to claim that a commentator had colluded ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
@David - if kibitzing is delayed, that includes for Vugraph commentators - they will be watching the exact same delayed broadcast as the spectators.
The Kibs Are Not Alright
Greg is right that the only way we've figured out to do delayed Vugraph is less enjoyable for commentators and spectators and more difficult for organizers than real time Vugraph. But that's because BBO hasn't yet come up with a way to allow kibitzing of what happened ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
And me, although I don't play any more, so maybe I shouldn't be "voting" :-). And just to be clear for anyone who doesn't know it, I was one of the strongest opponents to having Vugraph delayed when serious bridge was all face to face. I'm not ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
Of course there is - allow kibitzing but only with a delay from when the deal was actually played. For that to work well, we need BBO to implement something better than we can do now.
To BBO: Please eliminate UI from insta-actions
The best feature of screens is that you don't have to see your partner's face :-)
USBF Invitational 2 in August
Sixteen teams have now entered the USBF INV2, so entries are closed except for teams that want to be on a waiting list.
Is it my imagination, or has navigating this site slowed down of late?
me too - I was glad to see this article so I knew it wasn't my issue. Thanks.
Convention Cards and online tournaments (mostly ACBL)
If you have your EBU convention card in electronic format, you can make a tinyurl or bitly URL to it (I like bitly because you can make the URL what you want, like Kalfcc), and you can paste the URL into the BBO convention card so people can copy and ...

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