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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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. 

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
2/1; 5 card Majors; 1!C NAT or BAL, with transfer responses
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2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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Back again about Players who Qualify in two USBCs
@Al (sorry answering comments in the reverse order I read them!) - it seems to me that if the team selected in the Rosenblum year is eliminated, it makes sense to select 2 teams the following year, but that's a little tricky in terms of timing (as you mention). A ...
Back again about Players who Qualify in two USBCs
I would think that the answer is yes - they are no longer on a team that is eligible to represent the USBF in the event for which the odd-year USBC is selecting a team. You're right that that is an unpleasant & unlikely scenario. But it does mean we need ...
Back again about Players who Qualify in two USBCs
Thanks, Peter, I'll change that. Jeff, no, if the USA1 winner is disqualified (I wouldn't say withdraws - I don't think that's what we're talking about), then the losing [b]USA2[/b] finalist replaces them unless the losing USA1 finalist lost in the USA2 SF to ...
Back again about Players who Qualify in two USBCs
I think this makes sense and I'm trying to get moving on writing Conditions of Contest, so does this do what you're saying a little more efficiently and is it clear: Replacement Team 1. If the team to be replaced was USA2, the team will be replaced by ...
Radical Revamp of NABC Schedules?
Less ballroom space might result in savings, but would also mean less income from entry fees. I'd be very surprised if the savings were more than the loss. There are a lot of inelastic space needs at an NABC - bulletin office, caddy room, tournament headquarters offices, store rooms for ...
Back again about Players who Qualify in two USBCs
That is still under discussion.
One Disillusioned NLM
I don't know, Randy. I haven't seen a players committee appeal at an NABC since the rules were changed. Maybe whoever wrote the rules put that in just in case there might be a situation that should have a committee of players. Or perhaps it's supposed to ...
One Disillusioned NLM
@Amy - you keep asserting that there is no logical alternative to the lead of the Ace of Diamonds, and that may be true for someone who has stewed over the hand for days, hours, or even several minutes. But what I think you are missing is that the issue is ...
One Disillusioned NLM
@Randy - the appeals committees now are committees of directors, not players.
A Recommendation for USA Bridge
Not exactly. If you look at the list of upcoming NABCs at, they go out to Fall, 2025, but there aren't sites for Spring, 2022, 2024 and 2025 or Summer 2025. Probably the Fall 2025 contract (San Francisco) is part of a multi-year deal ...

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