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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours 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
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
Continuation of "First Official Collusive Cheating Case in Turkey"
Timo's earlier post on this topic explains the cheating to some extent - a kibitzer provided information to the player.
Interpretations wanted, please
@Tom: Sorry, can't resist - East [b]is[/b] the dummy if he passes 6, isn't he?
IMSA Elite Mind Games
Probably the person organizing the Vugraph is inexperienced, as are the operators. To have an event show on the BBO schedule, the organizer has to submit it to BBO. I did tell one player to suggest to the organizers that they do so. I'm not sure what the problem ...
IMSA Elite Mind Games
Thanks, Patrick - I couldn't find that site!
IMSA Elite Mind Games
The organizers invited the Bermuda Bowl and 2016 Women's gold medalists. Not all of them wanted to go. The USBF Board then asked all of its members to submit teams. Only one Open team expressed interest. Three Women's teams expressed interest; the Board chose the team with 3 ...
Thank You to Vugraph Operators
Andy's comment led me to check where Fall NABCs are scheduled to be, and I see that the ACBL has sensibly scheduled most of them for places that will have good weather in November. The only East Coast locations are Tampa in 2020 and Atlanta in 2023, both places ...
Open San Diego Discussion Thread
Yes, the Reisinger is limited to Midchart (don't know what it will be when the new convention charts are adopted), and because of the short rounds, some methods (multi for example) are not allowed.
Thank You to Vugraph Operators
@David - there were 47 teams entered. Twenty qualified for day 2 and 10 for day 3. The first day's movement is not barometer-style, so we can't cover it on Vugraph.
Thank You to Vugraph Operators
Thanks for that comment, Ross - I am actually considering posting a poll to ask whether people think it's worth it to cover all 10 tables in the Reisinger Final - it's ofter hard to find 10 operators on the final Sunday, and the operator's job in an event ...
LEVINE Wins Senior KO
Sorry, Richard, I must have copied the wrong link. Here's the last set:

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