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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. 

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
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
1. We do have a separate section about "cheating" in the General Conditions of Contest. However, that doesn't cover "cheating" convictions by other than USBF or WBF. However, I have a sense that people who are convicted of collusive cheating are expelled, so we could consider saying that anyone ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
The question is whether a really long probation should make a person ineligible, or a probation following a suspension?
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
One thing at a time :-). This is about the Conditions of Contest. The Bylaws are being revised, but that's a different issue.
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
Agree. That's probably the thing we want to focus on, although I guess we should affirm that ACBL suspension makes someone ineligible. The question about probation is should it ever make a player ineligible, and if so, how long should the probation be (I think original term is what ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
Where do you find that provision? I looked at General Conditions of Contest going back to 2004 (the first one I have) and there was nothing about 90 days probation until 2016. Your language sounds like ACBL language, not that our Conditions of Contest, because it refers to "ACBL NCBO ...
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
Sorry my shorthand was confusing to you. The only restriction is on NAP & GNT games other than at clubs. No restrictions on other tournament play.
A different Eligibility Question - ACBL Discipline
I think it's because there is also a provision that a player who is not in good standing cannot receive a "subsidy" from the ACBL, and players in the NAP and GNT at the NABC stage receive such a subsidy. I guess they thought if the player wouldn't ...
NEW North American Bridge Federation
Thanks, Rena. I thought all three NBOs were created when the Olympic thing happened, but I'm sure you're right and it was just USBF. Sorry for providing misinformation. And you are 100% correct that the USBF doesn't want to take on any new functions - we're a ...
NEW North American Bridge Federation
The USBF is not the ZA. The new NABF is the ZA. The USBF, CBF & MBF are the NBOs for WBF Zone 2. The ACBL continues to do what NBOs in most other zones do - sanction and run bridge games in North America.
Lanzarotti Readmitted to ACBL
No, each NBO has always chosen the teams to represent it in the World Championships. When the ACBL formed the NBOs it no longer participated in choosing World Championship teams. It continued to choose the Zone 2 representatives to the WBF Executive Council; that will now be done by the ...

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