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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
2 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. 

Country
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
JanM
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Jan Martel & Chip Martel
2/1; 5 card Majors; 1!C NAT or BAL, with transfer responses
Copy to my cards View/Print
MeyersSeamon-Molson
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
USBC Fantasy Bracket Tiebreaker
Although I completely agree with you about there being nothing wrong with a 5-way tie, the prize for this Fantasy Bracket is offered by USBF to the highest scoring USBF dues paying Member. It is either an online match against the winner of the USBC or a dinner with the ...
2019 USBC Semifinals Set
I think we copied the Bridge World way of doing hand diagrams, but I'll try it the other way for today's appeal.
2019 USBC Semifinals Set
I have now posted the Appeals Committee report on the USBF website at https://www.usbf.org/appeals/2019-usbc-appeal-1
Does Anybody Know why the Official Result has not been Posted in the Donn-Fleisher Match?
Very difficult to put a committee together at midnight. We are grateful to those who are willing to serve.
Does Anybody Know why the Official Result has not been Posted in the Donn-Fleisher Match?
I am told that the first appeal was decided in favor of Fleisher and the second appeal was withdrawn, so the score for a very close, well-played match is 226 Fleisher, 216 Donn and tomorrow's matches will be Rosenthal vs Wolfson and Fleisher vs Kriegel
Does Anybody Know why the Official Result has not been Posted in the Donn-Fleisher Match?
Sorry - the hand records aren't up because the website has been VERY slow and I was trying to get the scores and tomorrow's Women's bracket up. I'll post them now. Hand records are now posted.
Does Anybody Know why the Official Result has not been Posted in the Donn-Fleisher Match?
I have been told that the appeal on this hand has been decided in favor of Fleisher and that they are moving on to the second ruling.
Does Anybody Know why the Official Result has not been Posted in the Donn-Fleisher Match?
There are two hands on which rulings have been appealed. I think the second one is from an earlier segment but I do not know what segment or what board number. I would be very surprised if the appeals committee reached a ruling quickly. As soon as they have ruled ...
Does Anybody Know why the Official Result has not been Posted in the Donn-Fleisher Match?
There is video and there were 2 tempo breaks, one of 34 seconds and one of 85 seconds.
Seating rights
"The other default rule is pair your fast pair with their slow pair so you try to avoid the time trouble of two slow pairs at the same table. :)" As an organizer, I wish that was the case, but the fast pairs don't like to play against slow pairs ...
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