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Jan Martel
Jan Martel
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
7 seconds 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
Copy to my cards View/Print
U31 junior event
I know I’ve told this story before, but once upon a time I was hypnotized in a Reno show. The hypnotist at some point said “all the girls stand up.“ I remained seated. She then tried “all the ladies stand up.“ I remained seated. Finally she said “all the ...
Wuhan Restaurants
The Chinese restaurant in the New World Hotel is excellent, although the same dishes were quite different the 2 times we ate there :-). Now that the playing day will end an hour earlier, it will be much less challenge to get dinner - most of the restaurants really don't let ...
Wuhan Restaurants
As one of those vegetarians (but not completely strict) here in Wuhan, it is a little challenging but definitely possible to get vegetarian dishes. I thank Google for translate every time I do anything!! Type "no meat" into it and show it to a waiter and most of the time ...
World Team Championships in China
We saw people playing at the screen tables a couple of hours ago.
Who Will Qualify for the Bermuda Bowl KOs?
@Michael - my bet is that one team not In the top 10 will make it, so 3 top 10 teams won’t. Who those teams will be will depend n who’s “hot” next week. This is an incredibly strong field, and the Round Robin will be tough!
I DO NOT Know What To Say.
Where would you want to stay near the Cow Palace (I don't say "walking distance" because I don't think there is anything within walking distance)? Seriously, it is very hard to find space in attractive locations like San Francisco that is suitable of an NABC and has all ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Sorry - it was constant - the hope was that it would cover the noises of taking bidding cards out and putting them on the tray, but it was just irritating. I don't have any more recollection of why or when or who I'm afraid, just that we gave up ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
@Debbie: Thanks for reminding me of that. I agree with your suggestion and will try to include it in whatever section we end up deciding on writing for "accommodation."
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
MR asked: "I’m curious as to how a comment by Ilan “has been made by a user that has not yet been verified” yet, later in the thread, there is a comment by Ilan." I know the answer to that one (wish I knew the answers to all of ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Of course we make reasonable accommodations for players who can't, for whatever reason, do certain things. The reason for this discussion is to see whether we can figure out in advance what accommodations are reasonable, and whether we should distinguish between players who can't do something & players who ...

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