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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours 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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Tardiness: Should we add a more stringent penalty to the General Conditions of Contest?
That's been working really well for us up to now, hasn't it?
Tardiness: Should we add a more stringent penalty to the General Conditions of Contest?
If it's a Round Robin match, the director is going to pull boards if the match can't be finished on time. The tardy pair is going to lose 3 IMPs on each board that's pulled, in addition to any penalties under this section.
USBF To Hold U31 Trials for 2020 WYBTC
@Greg - "the trials are scheduled in the middle of the week" That's a valid point. We were very limited in when we could schedule this event - it's cost prohibitive to have it completely separate from other Trials, so we had to combine it with the Open/Mixed/Senior ...
Come On ACBL/OnPeak, It's Just Not That Hard! (NABC Hotel Gripe)
Conference Direct.
Come On ACBL/OnPeak, It's Just Not That Hard! (NABC Hotel Gripe)
My confirmation email for Columbus says "Effective January 15th, 2020, the one-night rome and tax deposit becomes non-refundable." I received the email on 9/4/19 when I first reserved, and again on 9/29/19 when I changed hotels.
Open Letter to ACBL Board of Directors -- Housing Bureau, NABC Rooms, Montreal Summer NABC
Montreal is a beautiful city and one many of us look forward to visiting. The weather in March & November would make a Spring or Fall NABC in Montreal unattractive. Summer is peak season. Although Montreal has adequate convention center space for an NABC, the hotels right by the convention center ...
Does anyone know what happened with USBC-26-2?
The report on the Appeals Committee's decision is at
Does anyone know what happened with USBC-26-2?
1, There was a board on which someone at one of the Wolff-Stephani tables overheard a loud comment from a nearby table. That board was reshuffled at the Wolff-Stephani table - I do not know whether that qualifies as a "fouled" board. 2. There was an appeal from a director's ...
2020 World Championships
If you said $300,000, you might well be right about China.
2020 World Championships

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