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Chip Martel
Chip Martel
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Member Since
Dec. 31, 2010
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player

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ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Matt Smith Promotion
Let me add my congrats (to Matt for his promotion, the WBF for their good judgement in doing it, and Steve for his post). Well deserved as Matt is a great guy and a great director. As chair of ACBL Laws Committee I often discuss the laws with Matt and ...
USBF conditions of contest issue
I'd vote for total PP's which is presumably a better overall measure (the restrictions on PP's for deep byes are questionable anyway). However, while important to resolve so conditions are clear, which way we resolve it is unimportant (mostly arbitrary and usually of little importance in the ...
Thanks everyone for all the nice comments. I'm lucky to have a team with excellent players and teammates. Our good team spirit helped us rebound from our first round loss to the Harris team (who played well and had a great run). Also note that this was a replay ...
Happy Endings
I'm not sure if was such a good idea to play a club in the ending. If West was 2-3-5-3 (with say KJx of clubs) it would look rather bad. However, the overtricks did hold the loss to 12 imps, so was worth something.
Michael Seamon (1960-2017)
Michael was a great guy, fun (and funny) to be with and an excellent bridge player. He died much too young and will be greatly missed. My condolences to Janice and also Sylvia and Shannon for their loss and the shock of finding him.
How Old Were You?
I also started my duplicate career playing in the games on the University of Illinois campus, though while still in high school. Cheri Bjerkan ran the novice game I first played in. This was about 1969, shortly after Kit left, so probably after Mike's time.
What did Kit bid?
Actually LHO had AQxxx Jxxxx - QJx which is a routine 3H bid to me. In fact 2H made 6 with a very friendly lie and 5D X was down 2 for -300 (the best the defense can do), so not bidding won 2 IMPs on this hand.
In the Well: Brian Platnick
Hi Brian, Thanks for being in the Well, and you are doing a great job! Thanks for passing on the Billy approach to answering bridge questions. I'll be sure to use it in the future when you ask me about hands.
Diamond Wins Trials
Too true Joe. Their team made lots of great decisions and they were due. Also true about (slightly) less painful to lose to friends.
Live Video from Grand Prix of Poland (Pairs)
Hi Marcin, Thanks for all your great work on the videos here and in Denver.

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