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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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. 

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
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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Length of 2017 USBC Matches
The USBF Board listened to the majority of the posters here and also discussed the question with other USBC participants and decided unanimously to have all of the matches in the 2017 USBC be 120 boards long. Thank you for your input. I need to confirm with the hotel that ...
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
I assume Chris means the ITTC. I started 2 years ago trying to get the ITTC to consider this, with no success. It is now time for a decision to be made and there is still very little apparent interest in the ITTC, so I have asked the Board to ...
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
The USBF Board will be deciding this issue at its meeting on Monday, January 16th, so if you haven't weighed in yet and want to be heard, please do so soon. Thanks.
Becoming a Bridge Player
I don't remember that, GG, but I do remember that Doug and Walter were happy to be playing us, because they knew we played Chip & Lew's methods and it would give them a chance to practice against them before the Round of 16 :-).
Becoming a Bridge Player
@Peggy - small world - I also had mono in college and spent my days in bed reading bridge books (I had already learned how to play and of course thought I knew far more than I did)
Becoming a Bridge Player
Playing in the Vanderbilt or Spingold when you are seeded at the bottom of the field is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have in bridge (IMHO). It's been well over 40 years, but I can still remember with pleasure my first Spingold, where my "girls" team ...
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
Al's picture is correct, as long as you understand that those white squares are there because what's happening is the same match all day. In words: In all cases, days 1 & 2 are RR. After that, If all matches are 90 boards long: Day 3 & first half of day 4 is USA1 Round of 16 & USA2 Round of 64; Second half of Day 4 & all of day 5 is USA1 Round of 8 & USA2 Round of 32; Day 6 & first half of day 7 is USA1 SF & USA2 Round of 16; Second half of day 7 & all of Day 8 is USA1 Final & USA2 Round of 8; Day ...
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
Sorry, I missed your suggestion of a poll, Kit. We can't do that in a forum, I'm afraid.Greg has promised to add that functionality soon, but not now.
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
I don't think that works, Mark. If you start USA2 with the Round of 8 losers, you have 4 teams in USA2 opposite the USA1 SF. The 2 winners from that stage are joined by the 2 USA1 SF losers for the next stage opposite the USA1 Final, so ...
Length of 2017 USBC Matches
Danny's comment reflects what I heard last year when I suggested we should have 120 board matches - 14 days is too long for the event. Of course, not everyone plays for 14 days. Geoff, for instance, will almost certainly start in the Round of 8, so even if he ...

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