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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
4 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. 

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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
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
Trick 1 Pause, Platinum Pairs
Sometimes you don't know what signal you want to send at trick 1 until you've thought about how the rest of the defense is going to go. Should you encourage because you don't want partner to make a dangerous shift? Discourage because this suit is under control ...
Alex Perlin Wins Second BBO Robot Championship
Well, I was pretty close :-)
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
Maybe it depends where in the convention center you’re playing. It was pretty cold inside at our end; I was glad I had my Bridge Winners hoodie, an dhavent unpacked my sandals.
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
@ Steve: They did give us 2 towels for 2 people. On.y one tiny towel bar though! @Leo: I was wondering that too!
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
The hotel room here has twice as many drawers as the one in Atlanta (that means 2, and really small ones). I think that the interior designers who plan hotel rooms should have to live in one for a week!
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
That's right. And as always, I'm looking for Vugraph operators. If you'll be in Memphis and have a planned day off from playing or find yourself with a surprise day off, please email (marteljan at gmail) or text me! I'm hoping we can cover at least ...
Alex Perlin Wins Second BBO Robot Championship
Wow! Winning this once is impressive; twice is supercallifragalisticexpialadocious (sp?)! Congratulations, Alex.
The Longest day
I would prefer to have ACBL spend its energy on bridge-related activities and not on deciding which charities its members should be supporting.
Gratuitous Question!!!
What I don't understand about this thread is why everyone seems to think that the defense allowed the contract to make. The OP doesn't say what the opening lead was, but I'm going to assume it was a diamond (I don't think it matters). Now I ...
Why not?
Although I also love screens, I think 98% is an overbid. When we can add tablets for bidding, instead of bidding boxes and the tray, we’ll be closer though.

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