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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
a minute 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
2019 Michael Seamon Junior US Bridge Championships
The way our website lets me do it, it actually means 00:00 on August 6th.
How to Score a Round Robin Played in two Separate Segments
The USBF VP scales are Appendix C to the General Conditions of Contest . You can also find the scales for 7, 8, 9, 10, 14 & 16 boards in possibly more-readable form under this year's USBCs on the Tournament menu.
2019 Michael Seamon Junior US Bridge Championships
Some organizers of selection events would also like to know when and where the 2020 Junior and "adult" World Championships will be held, but so far that has not been announced.
VOTE on Whether an IMP penalty can be awarded for slow play if there is a video recording of the segment
If you haven't voted on this, you have one more day, after which I'm going to try to figure out how to close voting and will add video to the evidence that would support awarding an IMP penalty for slow play.
VOTE on Whether an IMP penalty can be awarded for slow play if there is a video recording of the segment
I tend to agree with this - we put Vugraph in as an alternative to a time monitor because the directors usually watch the play on Vugraph, so have a good sense of how much time is taken. But sometimes the operator doesn't enter bids or plays exactly in real ...
VOTE on Whether an IMP penalty can be awarded for slow play if there is a video recording of the segment
We already have a provision that provides for an IMP penalty. This vote is only to make it crystal clear that a video tape recording is as good as having a time monitor at the table. If you want the IMP penalty reconsidered, please start a separate thread.
VOTE on Whether an IMP penalty can be awarded for slow play if there is a video recording of the segment
Why? I really thought this was a no-brainer. All I'm trying to do here is clarify that having a video to review is just as good as or actually better than, having a monitor at the table. This isn't a vote on the general principles of time penalties ...
Frivolous Appeal Penalty GCOC section
That's true, but our current rules allow appeal to a committee. After we finish all of the things on my list, you can raise whether you'd prefer something else. For now, can we possibly stay on topic? The questions raised in this thread are whether to require an ...
Frivolous Appeal Penalty GCOC section
That's right, so can we move up a comment or two and look at Peter's list of possible sanctions and see whether others have different suggestions?
Frivolous Appeal Penalty GCOC section
I asked the Chair (or maybe Co-Chair) of the ACBL Laws Commission about denying the right to appeal and he said firmly that "it is illegal." The Regulating Authority (which is the USBF here I think) can decide what is meant by an appeal, but I agree with McKenzie that ...

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