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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
14 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
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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Stansby is 2018 Sportsman of the Year
Congratulations to the committee for their excellent decision! I often think of actions Lew has taken when I read negative comments about something on BridgeWinners. For example: In a Spingold or Vanderbilt match once, Lew was declarer and his LHO dropped an ace face up on the table. Lew had ...
CAS Decision on Fantoni and Nunes
Remember WBF still has the right not to allow a person or pair to play in its events, with no cause. Surely they would not allow F-N to play in Orlando! And yes, I've been wrong before, but I just can't imagine it - after all, they uninvited B-Z ...
CAS Decision on Fantoni and Nunes
ACBL expelled F-N based on evidence from ACBL events. EBL suspended them based on evidence from EBL (& WBF) events. So I hope that the two decisions are sufficiently different that it doesn't matter whether ACBL might be bound by EBL/CAS rulings, although I completely agree with Don that ...
Seamon Junior USBC Winners
Thanks, but the credit goes to Bo Xiao who took the replacement picture. I just asked :-)
Seamon Junior USBC Winners
I didn't like the closed eyes, so there is now an improved picture of the team at
A Great Read
Max is correct. The WBF eligibility rules, including waiting 2 full calendar years between representing different countries, do not apply to Juniors.
Year 3: Getting a Little Less Bad
Joe said just what I wanted to, except that I also wanted to say my favorite sentence from your great article is: "The time spent getting pummeled by top players seemed to help my results back home. " That attitude is the biggest reason you'll continue to improve!
Tiers of National Championship Events at NABCs
@Bill: That assumes that women will better hone their skills for international play by competing in Women's NABC events. I'm not at all convinced that is the case. NABC Women's events are no longer relevant for selection of our Women's International teams.
Tiers of National Championship Events at NABCs
There's been a lot of discussion elsewhere about the new proposed Fall NABC schedule, which is different from the Spring & Summer: the proposal (I think it's been adopted by the ACBL BoD) is that the 7-day Soloway KO is the first event on the schedule and the 3-day ...
Tiers of National Championship Events at NABCs
Both here and in your list of Gender-restricted events in the OP, you include the Machlin Women's Swiss. That event has been removed, starting in 2018 (see for the Philadelphia schedule).

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