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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
43 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
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
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2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
I think this inspection will be by human beings, not computers. No algorithms involved, just a bridge player saying that something looks "off" - you don't need nearly as many hands for that kind of analysis as you do for Nicolas' analysis.
Tricky Bridge: Playtest it now!
I agree with Kyle - it's fun and cute! Of course I'm even less the demographic you're aiming at than Kyle (he's still reasonably young :-)). But my grandson is trying it, having never shown any interest in bridge before, so maybe ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
1) If we used some sort of machine readable bidding cards, how would the players on the other side of the screen know what had been bid? The purpose for using tablets for bidding isn't to replace the Vugraph operator, it's to replace the tray and bidding box ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
I don't think we want anyone, including commentators, to change the order or tempo of play. Maybe we'd like to have someone make a completely different show out of only the "interesting" hands, but mostly I think we want an accurate report of what happened, including tempo. As ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
I have contacted BBO and been told that this is on their "long list" of things to do, but when it will get done is not known now.
The Kibs Are Not Alright
Apologies if this is something of a thread hijack :-), but as our time online has lasted longer and longer with no obvious end in sight, I've started to wonder if there are ways we can use the experience to improve security and the whole experience for face to face ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
People can (and do) say things on the internet that are based on speculation and even building "straw men" - I know that a lot of people seem to think that a delay would be just for the spectators, not the commentators. But I don't know of anyone who's ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
@David - I don't know of anyone who's suggesting that commentators should be allowed to watch a match in real time if it is being delayed - that would make it possible for a commentator to collude with a player, or for someone to claim that a commentator had colluded ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
@David - if kibitzing is delayed, that includes for Vugraph commentators - they will be watching the exact same delayed broadcast as the spectators.
The Kibs Are Not Alright
Greg is right that the only way we've figured out to do delayed Vugraph is less enjoyable for commentators and spectators and more difficult for organizers than real time Vugraph. But that's because BBO hasn't yet come up with a way to allow kibitzing of what happened ...

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