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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
6 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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Information about Orlando World Bridge Series
That's a good question, to which I don't know the answer. I will find out.
What is safe? 2.0
Making it much easier for some of us at least to read :-). Thank you, Andzej
Information about Orlando World Bridge Series
@Fred - my calculations were on the assumption that a person played all of the days, whether at an NABC or at the WBS. It's true that if you get KO'd early in the Team events, you get fewer days in those events, but then you have more days ...
Information about Orlando World Bridge Series
I'm not sure how you come up with "easily cost twice as much as an NABC" Obviously, it depends on how many NABC+ events you play at an NABC, but assuming you play in an NABC+ event every day, the entry fee cost for an NABC is easy to ...
Your thought process?
I've been "counting" distributions instead of sheep for years and I think it helps. I don't do the really extreme shapes though, usually stopping at either 7 or 8 card longest suit. I find it interesting that it's easier for me to run through the patterns if ...
Your thought process?
I also find that mentally repeating the cards played to the first trick helps me remember things later. I'm not sure if it's because of "saying" the cards or getting into the mind-set of paying attention.
Information about Orlando World Bridge Series
The Special Conditions of Contest say: "In the Rosenblum, players eliminated in the Round of 64 or rounds of 32 may drop into the applicable Pairs Qualification. Players eliminated in the round of 16 or Quarterfinals may drop into the applicable Pairs Semifinal. Players eliminated in the Semifinals may drop ...
Information about Orlando World Bridge Series
The Mixed Pairs, which is at the end of the tournament, is four days - 2 days qualifying, 1 day Semifinal and 1 day Final.
commentating on other table
I am very aware of the many ways to watch both tables, but I find it is sometimes distracting to do so. On the other hand, I appreciate knowing what is happening at the other table. So I appreciate it when the commentators give some insight into the other table ...
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
I can't help pointing out that my brilliant husband actually commented at the other table that the spade layout would be fascinating if NS bid 6, and he would expect a good declarer to go down. His explanation of why is identical to Kit's.

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