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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. 

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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
WEAK NT; 2/1 ALMOST GAME FORCING; 1!C may be short
Copy to my cards View/Print
2/1 Game forcing out of competition
Copy to my cards View/Print
European Championships current standings
The additional 2 teams for Europe changed it from 6 to 8 for next year. it would surprise me if they added more teams for 2021.
You are now the King/Queen of the ACBL, what next?
Many of the replies to Eric's challenging & interesting post seem to me to highlight Peg's point. The proponents of "casual" players want to simplify rules, simplify bidding, speed things up, etc. The proponents of "competitive" want to improve seeding, add more technology, have better records, and so on ...
Play problem from Eurochampionships
And having spent quite a lit of time analyzing the hand when it was played, I knew the diamonds didn't come in, causing me to vote for 3 rounds of trumps then spades from the top :-).
Sabine Auken & Krzysztof Martens Inducted into the EBL Hall of Fame
Sabine's Wikipedia profile is missing her 2016 Spingold win, which has some trivia content related to this thread, since her team beat a team with Martens on it in the final. I don't think any other woman has won the Spingold & Vanderbilt in "modern" times.
You are now the King/Queen of the ACBL, what next?
If nominated I will not run; if elected, I will not serve. But of course I've said that before!
Play problem from Eurochampionships
@Paul - the problem with AK of hearts, A of clubs, heart is that if LHO ruffs (you pitch club) and returns a spade, you can't pitch on the second high spade even if trumps split - you have to play diamond to hand to ruff the club and then if ...
the most volatile board ever?
Was it clubs? I always have trouble with that on small screens!
the most volatile board ever?
How did several pairs play 7x by [B]East-West[/B]?!?!
A Rarity
But dummy has the 10
ACBL Chief Executive Dismissed
@Randy - actually I think there is very little, if any, overlap between this year's search committee and last year's.

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