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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
2 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. 

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
WEAK NT; 2/1 ALMOST GAME FORCING; 1!C may be short
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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North Americans Win Cavendish Teams
When I was 11, I lived in England for a year. In school we had a class called general knowledge (it was actually preparation for the 11+ exam). One day, there was a question: "Washington DC is the capital of what country?" I answered United States. The correct answer was ...
Meckstroth Elected to Hall of Fame - Bottom of page 1: Bart Bramley, Lynn Deas, Beth Palmer, Judi Radin & Howie Weinstein.
2017 Open, Women's & Senior USBC Entries Are Open
Don't ask me. I wish I could still enter, but found that it was impossible to play and also manage the event.
2017 Open, Women's & Senior USBC Entries Are Open
I think it's a shame that most women who play in the Women's USBC don't want to enter the Open USBC, but the scheduling of the Women's hasn't affected that - when the Women's is before the Open, those women don't enter the Open ...
Proposed System Regulations Changes to GCOC
That might be a good solution - perhaps we need to redesign the SSF so it has some specific questions and also has the stuff you really need to look at before play at the beginning and taking up no more than 1 page, with the rest later? Who wants to ...
Proposed System Regulations Changes to GCOC
@ Michael - the problem I see with having too many specific things required is that if the SSF gets really long the opponents aren't going to have time to read it before starting a round, and that is one of its purposes. I'm not sure how to balance brevity ...
Proposed System Regulations Changes to GCOC
Having read the newest version of the proposed Level 3 chart, I think that Sam is clearly right that the subcommittee has removed all allowance of written defenses, whether provided by the pair using a method or the pair defending against it. So I propose that we include a specific ...
Proposed System Regulations Changes to GCOC
Link to the convention chart in the post has been changed to point to the latest version. This is almost certainly very close to what will be approved by C&C in Kansas City.
Proposed System Regulations Changes to GCOC
Thanks, Michael. I made your first change. I'd like to hear from more people about whether all of the rest of your list should be included, and also whether we should have more sections to the SSF and/or specific questions that should be answered.
Proposed System Regulations Changes to GCOC
Thanks, Sam. We should use probably WBF rules on using your own written written defenses. Not sure about providing them. Anyone have thoughts on this?

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