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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
57 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. 

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
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MeyersSeamon-Molson
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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Zonal Governance Proposals
I probably shouldn't say this, but isn't the biggest issue ACBL has getting competent management personnel? At all levels. A small Board can only be successful if the Board members trust management to make the right decisions on day to day matters so the Board can focus on ...
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
One point about Fred's scenario - I am certain that if players are allowed to play in a second USBC after qualifying in a first one, whatever the rules are they will include a rule that a team that qualified and is reduced to fewer than the minimum number of ...
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
I agree, Peter. I think the answer is to let anyone who wants to express an opinion by voting do so and use the Bridge Winners list of how many people voted for each thing as the opinion poll. Then if the vote is to determine an outcome, I will ...
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
Thanks for raising the issue of who "can" and "should" vote, Fred. On the Mike Becker front :-), Mike pointed out to me that the ITTC had passed a rule that people could vote only if they were Active USBF members who had competed in at least one xUSBC in the ...
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
And a fleabag hotel across the street for college students who couldn't afford the Ambassador :-).
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
No, it doesn't. As I just said above, I do not think that is an appropriate decision for the USBF to make. I don't think anyone who has qualified in the Open would want to play in another event, at least if they were forced to drop off ...
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
Why should the Open be any different than the others? I've heard that suggestion before, based on the fact that "obviously" the Open is the most prestigious event. But why does the USBF get to make that decision - if there is a player out there who doesn't agree ...
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
Ah, I see. Yes, that's true, but only for that one situations.
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
If you read very carefully, you will see that I said the issue is whether to allow a player who has qualified in one event to play in a Trials for a different event. I don't think anyone is proposing that a player who has qualified for the Bermuda ...
Should players be allowed to compete in a second USBC after qualifying?
Just to be clear, it's not just money that drives having the trials in a relatively short time span. We need to be after the Spring NABC and Gatlinburg, so starting date is limited. And we need to end with enough time for the teams that qualify to deal ...
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