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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
45 seconds 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
Advise the Tournament Chair: When a BAM movement gets whammed ...
Whatever you do, this will no longer be the team event you planned on - after all, you didn't play the right people for this session. But David is right that if you cross-IMP the event (I.e. do IMP pairs score) and then each team gets the sum of ...
What Would You Do - What SHOULD You Do?
Vugraph operators are sort of kibitzers, plus they get input from 100s of online kibitzers. A few years ago I asked the DIC what we should do when there was an erroneous claim. I was told that in almost all situations, we should just enter the claim and then tell ...
Suggested Defenses Against a MOSCITO type 1D or 1H opening
The thing that has most interested me about this whole discussion has been that only David B and I seem to care about bidding after auctions like 1-P-1. No one has even asked for the meaning of the 1 bid, let alone suggested what bids over it ...
Runout (Wriggle) Sequences for Penalty Double of 1NT
Being able to play 1NTx does not mean one doesn't have any escape mechanism! It just means that the escape method chosen does not include pass forcing the 1NT bidder to act.
Suggested Defenses Against a MOSCITO type 1D or 1H opening
David's comments point out one thing that I haven't yet seen mentioned in this thread - a good defense includes definitions for subsequent rounds of bidding. We're often laughed at for having an 11 page Multi defense. The description of the bids immediately over 2 takes 8 ...
ACBL proposed convention charts
I think this is supposed to be the defense for things like your 3S, although admittedly it isn't very well described.
In The Well: Chip Martel
I mentioned to Chip that I also used to maintain his bidding notes, starting back when they were on a stack of 80 column punch cards! Now he and Marty keep their notes up to date, but Andrea & I help with formatting. And I keep promising myself to read them ...
Help with USBC Fantasy Bracket
As Michael points out, it will be easier just to tell people to start with the "favorites" bracket, which will cause the "real" teams to win their Rounds of 64 & 32 matches (and also the Round of 16 for Fleisher & Nickell) and cause the "correct" Bye teams to advance each ...
Help with USBC Fantasy Bracket
I thought I'd have to tell people to choose the lower numbered bye team (and thought to number the bye teams with numbers 1-64, so they were in the right bracket spot (team Bye64 losing to Fleisher, etc). I forgot there was a "favorites" bracket - that means it would ...
Help with USBC Fantasy Bracket
We can't modify it, because it is so intertwined with other BridgeWinners software. I'm going to check whether we could do a 64 team event with 50 byes, since as so many said, that may be the best way to approach it this year.

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