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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
13 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
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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Defense against a BSC over 1!C
I agree 100% (I almost said 200% :-)) with your decision not to play things that are different from your "normal" approach, even if those things may be theoretically better. The strain of worrying about something outside your comfort zone is going to be far more costly than the benefit of ...
Convention Chart Revisions
Apologies for going even farther off-topic, but who is the new National Recorder? I tried (fairly diligently) to find out on the ACBL website and failed.
Big Ideas
But isn't the "devil in the details" there? What decisions are "big"?
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
"Players don't want to use Bridgemates because they prefer to keep their errors private." I disagree with that, at least when you are talking about USBC players. They want to be on Vugraph, where any errors (or brilliancies) are shown far more than they are by the board by ...
Big Ideas
I completely agree - I think the issue might have been the negative reaction to a "professional bridge player organization" from the experience back when ACBL tried that before. But to me using the word "expert" instead has made it more difficult to come to terms with the purpose(s) of ...
Big Ideas
Reading the "Expert Player Guild" proposal, I think there's ambiguity about what the drafters mean by "expert players." Many of the items suggest that they're professionals (by which I mean people who are paid to play bridge). But then it's suggested that membership in the "Guild" would ...
Convention Chart Revisions
Have you read the definition of "purely destructive"? In order to be purely destructive, a bid must pretty much have no meaning and be weak. For example, an 8-12 point 1NT opening bid, which is barred by another specific rule, is not "Purely Destructive" because it is natural. Having average ...
Convention Chart Revisions
@ Yu: Suction doesn't promise a suit, but it more often than not has the 1-suiter, so a reasonable defense can assume that and use a bid in that suit as a cue bid. @Brian: People can play Multi & play against it in team games - if your club doesn't ...
Convention Chart Revisions
I did see that after I posted, Steve, and I still think that "Near Average Strength" and "Purely Destructive" are sufficiently far apart that it is wrong to suggest that changing from the strength requirement in 3rd & 4th seats "overrides" the rule against Purely Destructive bids. Probably I didn't ...
Convention Chart Revisions
When a transfer bid shows a known suit, the opponents have a cue bid available. Multi doesn't show a known suit, so the defenders don't have a cue bid available.

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