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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. 

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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
"Vugraph" match Schedule
Oops, are we only at the 3rd quarter? Sorry!!! Fixed in post :-)
BBO Follies -- Little Lessons Learned
I've always thought that rearranging the opponents' cards to show why your line wasn't a good one was one of the best features of Bridge Master - of course, I'm a dinosaur and have only played it from the CDs you used to be able to buy, but ...
Questions about "Vugraph" matches
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, we'll have the Moss team (Sylvia Moss-Roger Lee & Ish DelMonte-Eldad Ginossar against Israel Open 2 (sorry, I don't have the player names yet) at 1:30 pm Eastern time. It should be on the Vugraph schedule by tomorrow, but might not be, which is ...
BBO Team matches - recommended set up options for undo, barometer and kibitz
@Bud - I don't think you can do that. If you want to compare after 12 boards, you could get someone who isn't playing to kibitz and take screen shots of the "history" scoreboard from each table after the first 12 & email those to all the players, or probably ...
Questions about "Vugraph" matches
I'm afraid BBO has many more pressing things to deal with! I'm grateful that they set this up.
Questions about "Vugraph" matches
Thanks for the responses. I'll try to set up some "Vugraphs" from expert team matches this week and then ask for feedback in a week or so.
Vugraph from Spring KO this weekend
Thanks, Jim, but really all of the credit should go to Tom for setting up these tournaments and to BBO for creating the "hook" to have a team match show in the Vugraph theatre, and particularly to BBO's Diana Eva and Aurora for figuring out the implementation.
Help me with a team game on BBO
I think you can also put +private+ in the description of the match and random people can't sit even though the table is visible.
Undo or No undo ?
@Phil - These "Vugraph" matches are different from the normal ones we have from live play. The Vugraph table is just a pointer to a team match, and what is shown is the online table, which is set up in the same way as any other team match on BBO. We ...
Vugraph from Spring KO this weekend
@Danny - great thought. I can't do it (I'm just setting up the link to make the team match show on Vugraph), but the person who's setting up the match could do that. I'll ask them to today and see how that works. @Michael - perhaps, but if ...

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