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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
26 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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Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Saint Joan was [b]wonderful[/b]. If anyone is considering going, do! It is, of course, a great play, and the performance was really superb. Worth the "hike" from Toronto (I rented a car and drove, because the bus service only runs Thurs-Sun, and there were a lot of "slow ...
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Also Longo's about same distance at 15 York st
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Went to dinner at Byblos (an easy walk from the Intercontinental) and it was wonderful! Interesting, delicious food; outstanding service - attentive, but not cloyingly so, knowledgeable, helpful, just great! If I have time for another meal out in Toronto (unlikely, with Shaw Festival tomorrow, Hall of Fame Thursday, and Vugraph ...
Tie breaking in USBC KO matches
This thread has sort of died - I'd like to get it started again. Jonathan, how hard would it be to create a "smooth" IMP scale we could use for tie-breaks? That seems to me like the best thing that's been suggested, if it isn't too complicated. It ...
USBF seeding. Total PP's vs. Deep Bye PP's
Well, if you're bothered by incongruity, that can happen when we use deep bye PPs for the R8 bye teams and total PPs for the R16 bye teams - it could easily be the case that an R16 team had more total PPs than an R8 team had Deep Bye ...
USBF seeding. Total PP's vs. Deep Bye PP's
Adam, that can't happen. The way bye teams are seeded is first by the stage to which they have a bye and then, within teams that have a bye to the same stage, by PPs - it's only for that second part that we are trying to clarify whether ...
USBF seeding. Total PP's vs. Deep Bye PP's
But this vote isn't about a choice between seeding points and PPs, it's about which PPs to count to determine ranking. Perhaps we should also have asked whether to change the rules so that seeding points instead of Positioning Points should be used, but we didn't. If ...
"world championships" when Minneapolis was a medalist
Thanks for all of the fascinating articles, Peter!
Yeh Bros Cup 2017
And from a neutral observer, it's great to have a match where I'm rooting for BOTH teams!

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