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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
51 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
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
One suggestion that was made for the future was to have shorter segments (and more of them) and limit bathroom and other breaks to between segments. For now, we all know this isn't perfect, but we hope it's a step in the right direction.
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
Screenmate sessions won't provide much in terms of security, but an audio session (if not muted) does protect against cell phone conversations, and also may give the screenmate a sense of when someone is thinking at an odd time or something like that, in the same way that players ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
You are correct that my cost includes room, transportation & per diem. For an online event, those costs wouldn't arise. Still, the daily charge for a top-level ACBL director is about $400. I'm not sure how many tables a director can handle online, and of course for a KO ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
My understanding is that the ACBL is hoping to break even on these events. Of course, you can argue all day about what "make a profit" means - surely it is advantageous to the ACBL as well as all of us if they have work for their directors so the directors ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
Even if BW doesn't get anything, there are going to be credit card fees, so that $200 entry produces something less than $200.
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
That's [b]gross[/b] income, assuming they have 256 teams, no Juniors, and no one who chooses to buy & install a camera. Net income would be after paying directors, people to record and stream so you (generic of course) can watch delayed Vugraph from some of the matches, people ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
I think this inspection will be by human beings, not computers. No algorithms involved, just a bridge player saying that something looks "off" - you don't need nearly as many hands for that kind of analysis as you do for Nicolas' analysis.
Tricky Bridge: Playtest it now!
I agree with Kyle - it's fun and cute! Of course I'm even less the demographic you're aiming at than Kyle (he's still reasonably young :-)). But my grandson is trying it, having never shown any interest in bridge before, so maybe ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
1) If we used some sort of machine readable bidding cards, how would the players on the other side of the screen know what had been bid? The purpose for using tablets for bidding isn't to replace the Vugraph operator, it's to replace the tray and bidding box ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
I don't think we want anyone, including commentators, to change the order or tempo of play. Maybe we'd like to have someone make a completely different show out of only the "interesting" hands, but mostly I think we want an accurate report of what happened, including tempo. As ...

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