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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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600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
I think the BriAn app is aimed mainly at clubs and perhaps lower level tournaments, where smart phones or tablets might be allowed? Looking at the website, it sounds very good!
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
@Yu: No, I don't mean "yet" - we don't use bridgemates primarily because the players don't want them, and although I know not everyone agrees, in my opinion these events are first for the players and second for the audience. But more importantly, at least for USBCs, we ...
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
Neither NABC major KOs nor USBCs use bridgemates, so we don't have names available that way. And neither of them have advance electronic lineup submissions (we did try that for a very short time for USBCs - it was far more trouble than it was worth, I'm afraid). When ...
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
My #1 request is to have a way for someone other than the operator be able to enter things like the match score, teams that are playing, and player names.
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
@Yu: BBO does plan to update the Vugraph program and port it to the browser version of BBO (it currently runs on the Windows version, which is being phased out), but they don't know when that will be done. I have a long "wish list" for the new version ...
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
Vugraph player naming is definitely not consistent. For instance, I noticed that Pepsi had the highest HCP average of your sample, and then realized that not all of his hands are being counted, because in North America, we tend to call him Pepsi, not Pszczola. Similarly, Zia is usually called ...
Staking a Claim on Reality
I wondered about that also - in Debbie's claim thread, people are saying that the fact declarer already made a false claim is evidence that he is more likely than someone else to get the unblock wrong. Here, is the fact that declarer already misplayed the hand evidence that he ...
ACBL Fall National Viewgraph?
Sorry I haven't gotten things posted on BBO yet - I'll try to do it soon! We will be covering the Senior KO from Saturday through the end, and the Reisinger on Sunday for sure and Saturday if the boards are played barometer style. If I can find ten ...
Claim ruling poll
I seem to read BW more frequently than Chip, but he does answer verbal questions :-). Bergen said: "I'm not going to do anything stupid."
ACBL Fall National Viewgraph?
Thanks, Nic & Richard, and yes, I do still need operators for San Diego, especially for the Reisinger final day.

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