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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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. 

United States of America

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
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Touching a button on a touch screen is soundless. "Typing" just involves touching several buttons. The program for the bidding tablets has some protection against entering the wrong bid. Explanations might have errors in "typing" but they will probably still be clearer than the current scribbles and whispers.
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Tablets won't do away with screens, just add to what screens do best - eliminating UI problems from tempo, and also providing a record of the bidding. The UI that will go away is the information that comes from noise on the other side of the screen. With a few ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
I don't see anyone addressing what I see as the serious issue we're going to have next year (I hope) when we start using tablets for bidding. We've managed to work around the disclosure issues so far, but what should we do when someone says "I can ...
[ACBL] Open Chart Allows These Bids?
Many people play (after a transfer response to 1, but I think that's sufficiently similar to be helpful) that DBL shows the suit bid, the cue-bid shows a takeout DBL and 2 of the suit shown is 2-suited. Others play that DBL is takeout of the suit shown ...
World Bridge Games ("Olympiad") 2020
Isn't that for 2021? At least it's what Rona announced as the most likely site for 2021 in Orlando.
World Bridge Games ("Olympiad") 2020
Let me know if you learn anything! I've scheduled the USBF qualifying events on the assumption that the World Championships will be in September, but I keep looking for an official announcement from the WBF. I also heard the China rumor. But just an uninformed rumor as far as ...
Commentators Needed for Junior Championship
For anyone like me who's interested in the rosters and has some trouble navigating the WBF site (Google is my friend), here's the list of participants:
Double Confusion
I happen to have spent a fair amount of time reviewing convention cards for the Bermuda Bowl and there are lots of pairs that play 1m-(1h)-X as 4+ spades. Many of them may have special bids for 6 spades and for game forcing hands with 5 spades, to ...
Expected turnout for the Soloway KO in San Francisco?
Can't you celebrate Thanksgiving the week before or a couple of weeks after? What is "sacred" about the third (or is it fourth) Thursday in November? I love Thanksgiving dinner and always make it for my family, just not on the day that is designated "Thanksgiving." Actually, can't ...
Expected turnout for the Soloway KO in San Francisco?
The Soloway will be used for purposes of seeding and byes in the USBCs, but that was not in any way a reason for holding it, just a reaction by USBF to the fact that it had been scheduled.

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