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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
11 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
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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What questions should I ask of the players in prior Senior USBCs?
I think that #4 applies to all the USBCs and is probably better discussed in the Policy Forum here than by using a questionnaire. You may be right that people who favor 90 board matches to keep the event shorter aren't focussing on the fact that 90 board matches ...
What questions should I ask of the players in prior Senior USBCs?
This thread isn't actually intended to get your answers to my questions, but to ask whether there are other questions I should be asking of all the participants in the last few Senior USBCs. You, as a former participant, will get an email sometime soon with a link the ...
What questions should I ask of the players in prior Senior USBCs?
Of course, if the Senior USBC isn't scheduled over Memorial Day weekend, the Mixed is going to be - we can't completely avoid that weekend if we start the Open sometime the week before Mother's Day and have 1 or 2 days in between events. Calendars are tough.
Senior COC issues with fewer teams entering
We did take a vote on the fairly recently and changed the Round Robin to 2 days but left the KO matches at 90 based on player preference. We can do another poll though.
Senior Conditions of Contest Approval VOTE
Having the Round Robin winner & second place select their opponents was one of the proposals I included in the original vote on seeding. It did not get very many votes, which is why we're doing seeding points. Since the last 2 Senior USBCS are the only events for which ...
Priorities for the WBF - Followup
The number of teams for those events was increased this year. I agree with you that the other direction would have made more sense, from the standpoint of the events. Of course adding teams means more money to the WBF in entry fees and whatever benefits they get from hotel ...
Senior Conditions of Contest Approval VOTE
Although that has some merit, it's almost certainly not worth the extra work to figure out how to reward people and calculate and keep track of the extra points. Because the WBF is raising the age every other year, there is no one who will be eligible in 2020 ...
Senior COC issues with fewer teams entering
You mean te Semifinals? With 9 teams, there would be 16 matches (2x8) - I thought 50-60-50.
Senior COC issues with fewer teams entering
Dream on, but in the real world ...
Separate Poll re KO vs Round Robin with 8 or 16 teams entered & format for 9 or 10 teams
My apologies - this poll was intended to be in the USBF Tournament Committee Forum, not open to everyone. It follows up on discussions that have gone on there.

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