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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
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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2019 General Conditions of Contest Final Review
I have revised the Draft based on McKenzie's comments and posted a new one. In a day or two I will post on the ITTC Forum for a more general review.
2019 General Conditions of Contest Final Review
Pg 2 - there are some issues about how to determine whether a player has met the play requirement when a team either withdraws or is disqualified after having played part of the Round Robin. If we re-do the play requirement when a team is disqualified, based on the remaining number ...
2019 General Conditions of Contest Final Review
I think we ended up deciding there was no good tie break if the teams hadn't met in the Round Robin. And you are correct that only the Seniors has matches starting mid-day and only the Open has teams that don't play in the Round Robin.
2019 General Conditions of Contest Final Review
Multi players need to bring the ACBL defenses to the table for their opponents. Maybe silly, but it saves making everyone carry the multi defense in case their opponents are playing multi (at least for those who use the ACBL defense).
What Methods should Require Advance Submission Forms & Written Defenses?
@MR: The WBF allows written defenses to Brown Sticker Bids, and also to Multi, which would be BS if it were not expressly exempted. So our teams are going to compete in events where written defenses are allowed, and it seems to me that we should allow them also. Of ...
What Methods should Require Advance Submission Forms & Written Defenses?
You haven't played in a USBC for some time, Tom, so I guess you aren't familiar with the system disclosure used. The ASF is a very detailed description of really unusual bids. It includes things like what are normal responses to the opening bid, and what happens in ...
2019 Eligibility Conditions for players entering multiple USBCs
Of course that's up to the Credentials Committee, but I don't think so. That would almost certainly be something a person knew before or during the USBC, wouldn't it?
Mugford Triple Multi 2/3 Diamonds
I think you are misreading the Open+ chart. Numbers 8 & 9, which you quote, would bar the use of the 2 bid, which can have length only in diamonds (#8) and shows length in an unknown suit with 3 possibilities (#9). Note that those two restrictions are not limited ...
What Methods should Require Advance Submission Forms & Written Defenses?
Yes, the only real difference is Multi and the Round Robin matches are 6+ boards.
What Methods should Require Advance Submission Forms & Written Defenses?
Unless I am misreading the Open+ Chart (which is entirely possible), an opening Preempt that can have length in one unknown suit is limited to 2 possibilities. So 2 Multi is okay, but if 2 showed a one-suited hand with a Major or clubs, it would not be ...

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