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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 Junior Celebrity Guest Night: Jeff Meckstroth
The wonderful people at BBO tell me that they did in fact record last month's match and the video is available at They hope to be able to record this month's match as well, but this type of Vugraph is still ...
USBF Junior Celebrity Guest Night: Jeff Meckstroth
I'll see if there's any way we can record and post the audio, if it isn't included on the BBO archive.
Senior USBC Entries Still Open
Yes, it is. If a team is reduced to fewer than 4 players because some or all of the players qualified for the Bermuda Bowl, it can withdraw and receive a full refund of the entry fee. It a team loses players because they qualified for the Bermuda Bowl, it ...
USBF Junior Celebrity Guest Night: Jeff Meckstroth
There isn't video of this event (the players are playing online, from home), so I don't think youtube makes sense, does it? You can see the record of play and at the table comments on the BBO Vugraph archive at I ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
I think eliminating the Open Flight would make the other flights less attractive - one of the nice things (I hope) for players in lower flights who get a chance to go to the NABC is that they play for a few days in the same room as the "big boys ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
@Phil - I thought the proposal was that anyone who has won once at the National level or 3 times at the District level would be barred. I actually meet both of those criteria, although I don't play any more, so am not actually protesting on my own behalf, just ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
You aren't seriously suggesting that I should be forever barred from the GNT because I won it at the National level once, are you? I can't tell you how wrong that feels to me! Back in the dawn of time, when I won the GNP (now the NAOP ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
Plus having it start on Wednesday already makes the Summer NABC a very long tournament!
The GNT's, a modest proposal
Reading this poll made me a little sad. Looking back over my bridge life, the two wins that have meant the most to me (apart from my first Sectional, Regional & National wins, which of course will always stand out because they were the first) are the GNP and GNT. They wouldn't have meant nearly as much to me if those events had been limited. Even in years when I didn't win, I always enjoyed playing in those events because of the great competition. I know that one of the reasons I won the GNT was because Peggy Kaplan and her teammates beat the Florida team in the first or second KO round; obviously Peggy didn't win that event, but I'll bet it's on her "all time favorite" list ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
I agree that the reasons weren't wonderful, but I voted for that answer anyway :-).

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