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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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
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
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What, if anything, do you miss about bridge in 1970?
I played with a smoker in the 70s, and I know you won't believe this, but once we arrived close to game time for a Sectional and they had already sold all the seeds in the smoking section, so we got to play in the non-smoking section and my ...
Why is this day different from all others?
@Jim - yes, for this year, except that Open winners are ineligible for other events. The Board plans to reconsider that question after this year's events are over. The specifics are slightly different this year. If a person enters 2 events (other than the Open), they have to specify in ...
Why is this day different from all others?
Thanks, Tom. This year's Open USBC starts on Tuesday, May 5th with a 2-day Round Robin to qualify (probably) 11 or 13 teams for a 2-day Round of 16. The Mixed USBC starts on Saturday, May 16th, the Senior USBC starts on Tuesday, May 26th, both of those have ...
USBF convention cards
USBF convention cards
When we first started posting ACBL convention cards, we used PDFs, but as more and more people started using BW convention cards, and in part because the PDF you create from a BW convention card doesn't display well on a computer screen (it puts the card at the bottom ...
Format for 3-way Match with 2 survivors
The effect of the results on early boards distorting the result of later boards is worse the longer the segments are. So if I were going to do things differently depending on the number of segments, I'd want to separate some segments (half the match, if not every segment ...
Viewing Top Pairs' Convention Cards
See for an explanation of what has happened with BW convention card links. I assume the reason had something to do with the proliferation of cards, but I'm sorry that it broke all of the links to BW cards.
USBF convention cards
BridgeWinners doesn't automatically change the URL once it has attached that (I assume) random number to the name to create the URL.. What seems to have happened is that BW attached those numbers to the URLs for all old convention cards, breaking all of the links to those cards ...
Official Version of New Convention Charts
Thanks, Rajan - this seems to be my day to deal with links to other websites from the USBF site having to be changed! I've fixed this year's links to the convention charts, thanks to you :-).
USBF convention cards
I'll look at it. If you have any future issues with the USBF website, please just email me (there are about 100 links on the usbf website to do that). Then you aren't dependent on whether I happen to see a Bridge Winners post.

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