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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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 Vugr

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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
Improving the Seeding Process
@gene: There was online registration available for the Vanderbilt, but it wasn't required. ACBL is not going to change to requiring online registration, although they might make the entry deadline earlier. @everyone else: Some years ago the USBF ITTC had a long discussion about seeding by having teams pick ...
John Solodar, RIP
My memory of playing against John goes back many years, to my very first Spingold. My team managed to win our match the first day and our reward (and we did believe it was a reward) was to play a high seed - John & George Rapee at my table, I don ...
Vanderbilt Fantasy
I always pick Fleisher too and they did win the Spingold, which wasn't [b]so[/b] long ago :-)
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
This thread is really old - the decision was made a couple of months ago to have 2-day matches. Maybe I should close the thread?
Improving the Seeding Process
I don't remember when you played in the USBC, David, but the current procedure is that the top 4 teams in the Round Robin receive additional seeding points from that finish before the KO bracket is set. In the Senior USBC, Round Robin finish counts for 1/3 of ...
Improving the Seeding Process
"Then, when everyone sees their SPs, anyone who thinks there is an inaccuracy could contact the SC to investigate." This brings up my personal pet peeve about V/S seeding points - when the teams are listed, we get a statement about the seeding points each player has, but no information ...
When is shuffle/deal/play appropriate?
There are two different issues here, one is whether all of the tables play the same hands, the other is whether the hands are pre-duplicated so that there can be hand records. For example in the Vanderbilt the room in which the event was played until the finals was sufficiently ...
Open Kansas City Discussion Thread
I think there is no longer a screen charge.
Jacoby Swiss - MIA?
And it's up now, for which I take absolutely no credit - the ACBL tournament people had been working on it long before I went down to find out what was happening :-)
Jacoby Swiss - MIA?
No one her knows what the problem is - the director in charge of the event is posting the scores to ACBL Live and getting a "green light" to show that they've gone through, but for some reason they aren't showing up on the website. They are working on ...

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