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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 2018 Team Trials: You Lose Some and You Win Some
And for those of you who don't know her, Rena was definitely the USBF's best contact at ACBL. We still miss her!
USBF 2018 Team Trials: You Lose Some and You Win Some
Although the finals had only 2 operators at a time, we actually had 4 operators who had the pleasure of "working" the finals: me (it's my reward for organizing the early days of an event to be an operator in the Semi Finals and sometimes the Finals), Phillip and ...
So you want to be a Vugraph operator
@ Nic - that almost certainly means that the Vugraph operator or players made a mistake in the claim so it had to be corrected in the movie, which wipes out the bidding and play, and then after the event Al Hollander, who does an amazing job of cleaning up LIN files ...
So you want to be a Vugraph operator
Definitely! The one thing I never leave out, no matter how quickly I am trying to train someone, is that the ONLY times you can talk to the players are if they put the wrong board on the table or put a board on the table backwards and no one ...
So you want to be a Vugraph operator
Many thanks to Georgiana and the other Houston-ites who helped us with hospitality and Vugraph for this year's USBC. The Vugraph operators were great under sometimes trying circumstances - the hotel internet seemed to be fine and then all at once it would drop someone. We think it had a ...
That's really tough, with teams dropping into USA2 all the way to the Semi-Finals. I can't think of any way to include USA2 in a Fantasy Bracket (except maybe as a tie-break). But I know that the collective minds of BridgeWinners are much smarter than I am, so ...
USBC Round of 16, Day 1
Tie break on rr result should be in General COC. I’ll see what’s wrong with posted version tomorrow.
We’ll figure something out if there is a tie.
Don't feel discriminated against, Max - I didn't ask anyone. I'm just planning to tell the winners that to earn their subsidy for the Bermuda Bowl they have to do this :-).
ROBINSON Wins USBC Round Robin
We often hear that the additional seeding points from the Round Robin don't make any difference but this year, Robinson moved up a position as a result of the extra seeding points from the Round Robin, and so did Juster.

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