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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
Slight correction - the 32 teams remaining after the top 16 had selected from the bottom 32 were assigned bracket positions based on their original seed.
I have to confess that I didn't read the bracket before I posted it, but I'm not sure I could have edited it even if I had :-). JJMAXROD is definitely 64.
Falling numbers in Orlando
Thanks, Keith. The problem was that with no local support, it wouldn't be possible to run a Regional, and given the poor attendance at the Regional in Philadelphia, it's understandable that the local Units and District didn't want to run one here.
Falling numbers in Orlando
@ Keith - actually, the WBF did ask to have an ACBL Regional in conjunction with this event, but the Florida District and the Orlando Units did not want to run one.
Is Anyone Else Confused?
@Patrick - what used to be called the Olympiad turned into the event that is held in years divisible by 4 (2016 etc), not this year, which has had various names, I think starting with World Pairs tournament or something like that.
Is Anyone Else Confused?
Looking at the link Harald gave and also at the list of teams from Montreal, I think both Debbie and I are "right" - Montreal was no supposed to be Transnational, but they allowed a few Transnational teams to enter. Then for Verona it was officially Transnational.
Is Anyone Else Confused?
I think Montreal was still teams from one country. The list of winners shows their country, which would be strange if it was Transnational, so Verona (2006) was the first time the events were Transnational.
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
I think you will be able to leave them at the hospitality desk, which is in the lobby area before the hallway outside the playing area.
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
There is a Whole Foods a little farther from the hotel than the Walmart. It has the usual high end produce, deli, some hot foods, and also a fairly extensive wine section, so I guess the separate store for liquor is just for hard liquor. And I second Debbie's ...
Open Orlando Discussion Thread
Lyft from the airport was about $28 & very efficient.

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