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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
4 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. 

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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
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
I wish you were right, but as I understand it, each of 3300 or so players paid $30 to the ACBL. 20% ($6 per player) will be distributed to ACBL Districts. The remainder, after credit card fees, will be distributed to the USBF, CBF & MBF. That sounds like about $75 ...
Q and A about Orlando World Bridge Series CoC
Ai-Tai, I knew there were only 2 days this year, just meant that in the past I thought there were three, so the entry fee was for at least 3 days of play. I think in the past they've cut to 32, this year they're cutting to 64 ...
Q and A about Orlando World Bridge Series CoC
@Max: in prior years, the Pairs had two entry fees - the first one covered the qualifying and semi-finals, the second was for the Finals. I realize that does not seem to be what's being done here, but I wonder whether they just copied the entry fee numbers from prior ...
Forgive this not being a bidding poll
I answered "other," partly because our agreement is none of the ones you list (we play it's a good suit, suggesting 3NT as contract), but mainly because this is one of those auctions where there isn't a "right" answer - 3 means what you and your partner have ...
Fleisher-Martel REACH Analysis
Board 3 Bidding: 1 P 1 P 3 P 3 P 3NT all pass
Fleisher-Martel REACH Analysis
Board 4 Bidding: P 1 P 1 DBL P 2 P 2 P 4 all pass
Fleisher-Martel REACH Analysis
Board 2 Bidding (I'm afraid I don't seem to be able to get good spacing, sorry): P 1NT DBL 2* P 2NT** P 3 3 P P 3 P 3NT all pass * Range ask or clubs ** Minimum
Fleisher-Martel REACH Analysis
Board 1 - auction by Chip & Marty: P 1 1 P 2 2 3 DBL P P 4 all pass Analysis: North might open 3♦, but the spots are poor and side four card spade suit is a defect. If North passes, East could reasonably ...
Fleisher-Martel REACH Analysis
In order to show the bidding on hands without analysis, TCG made it look as if there was analysis on all of the hands - thanks to them for doing that! The hands that have analysis in addition to bidding are 1, 8, 10, 15, and 28. If you're interested ...
You Know You Are A Bridge Player When....
Ah, but in Oakland and Berkeley, 580 West and 80 East are the same road :-), and it's going pretty much N/S.

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