ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

2020 Annual Appreciation Party on January 10, 2021

As the song "You'll be back! - Bridge Parody" (video below) says, one of these days you'll be back. Back in person at your local club. Back to a sectional or regional. Back to the NABCs. You'll be back with your friends, together again in person, just like before. But until we bid this virus farewell we are happy to play online, as your enthusiastic support to the unit's BBO games has demonstrated.

To thank you for that support, we are making plans for our annual Appreciation Party to be held on Zoom on Sunday, January 10. This unique, virtual, "socially distant" party will include raffle prizes, digital happy hour and a special mystery guest, so you don't want to miss it.

Anyone who has played in 20 or more of the unit's games this year (either online or in person) and who attends the appreciation game and party will receive an award of 10 BB$ plus 5 BB$ for the game fee. (Those awards will be placed in your BBO account after the event.)

The list of eligible players is posted below in the Latest News. Please note the qualifying cut-off date is Monday, December 28th.

The Zoom party link will be distributed by e-blast and posted on our website the week of January 5. Also, we will post the Zoom link in the BBO chat bar during the January 10 Unit game.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

 Event Flyer

San Diego Unit 539's Virtual World

If you haven't played in our virtual games yet, you should try them. We are now offering an 18-board game every Sunday for $5, to suit your skill level:

  • 12:40PM 299er game
  • 12:50PM 999er game
  • 1:00PM Open game

On November 22nd, we hosted 49 tables: (27 in the Open, 10 in the 999er, and 12 in the 299er). Open games will now be getting credit for limited games that run concurrent or are launched within 30 minutes of each other. A nice masterpoint bonus for playing in the Open game.

After the games, we host a Zoom session with Wirt Gilliam to review interesting hands and engage in Q&A. Dozens of players have participated in these “postmortems.” The Zoom link will be included in the regular weekly e-blast to all San Diego area players and in the “chat” box online at the end of the game.

Results for Sunday, November 22:


Overall Winners


Open Pairs

Chip Lawerence - Elizabeth Spence


999er Pairs

Ewa Pratt - Laura Mirsky


299er Pairs

Carolyn Berger - Carol Sue Adams


For full results click on the "Calendar and Results" item on the left menu of this page.

Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO

2020 Online ACBL Event Schedule

Plan to see the 2020 schedule for online Regionals and Sectionals.

 ACBL 2020 Online Event Schedule.

2020 The Longest Day - A virtual success!

Unit 539 continued its tradition of supporting the Alzheimer Association “The Longest Day” fund raising initiatives this year. The main challenge was the fact that we had to create and implement a plan to handle all the logistics in a “virtual” environment with almost no physical interaction. As usual, we worked with the Alzheimer Association local leader, Sarah Granby and our team of volunteers were able to achieve the most successful fund raising drive ever. We raised $6,148.19 (this amount includes a $221 check from ACBL for game fees received on 8/25) which is almost double what we raised last year.

We hosted and donated all the proceeds ($500.00) from two virtual Unit games on June 21 that attracted 53 tables. In addition, we set up a website that offered multiple ways to donate. These were;

  • Direct donation from Unit 539 members and their families and friends.
  • Beth Granby volunteered to make face masks that were offered to purchase on the website. This was a huge success and Beth managed to make and deliver 51 masks.
  • As in previous years, Judy Rimer hand woven items were on sale.
  • We also set up an “Experts auction” for 12 Bridge Professionals that generated more than $4,000. Two of the Experts were Sabine Auken (Germany/Denmark) and Roy Welland (USA/Germany) both of whom have multiple World and Nationals Championships and are members of the German Open team. We had also 10 local professionals who agreed to be auctioned. These were:

We want to thank all our members and volunteers for their help and support in making this event such a resounding success and look forward to our continued effort in supporting this worthy cause.

Bridge Playing for a Worthy Cause

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, the San Diego bridge community will again support the annual fundraiser for Esperança, Dr. Ray Sachs' medical missions in Central and South America.

Doctor Sachs is a dedicated member of San Diego Unit 539, and he and his team pay their own expenses each year to travel to Nicaragua, Peru or Ecuador to provide a week's worth of life-saving surgery to correct childhood deformities.

This year's game - held for the first time on BBO - will be hosted by San Diego/Eastlake Bridge Clubs. All proceeds will go to Dr. Sachs' missions, and your tax-deductible donation of $30 will purchase enough surgical drapes, gloves and gowns for one child's surgery.

On the day of the game look for VACB272799 Esperança/Ray Sachs Charity. The 999er game will begin at 12:45 p.m., and the Open game starts at 1:00 o'clock. As always, you can register two hours before start time, and after registering you can bid to partner with one of our professionals. (For bios, click here)

We hope you will join us on August 22 to support this worthy cause.

 Event Flyer

Unit 539 Top Ranking Awards

Traditionally, April has been the month for our Unit to recognize achievements by many of its fine players in the previous year.

The Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs contest recognizes achievement at the club level. The contest is named in honor of Shanbrom, a Grand Life Master from Florida, who won her category 20 times. Only master points won at clubs are counted for these races, which are held at the National level, the District level and the Unit level.

The Mini McKenney contest, named after former ACBL Chief William McKenney, recognizes members who have won the most master points during the calendar year. All "pigmented" points are counted, excluding points earned online. These races are held at the National, District and Unit level and recipients are presented with a Medallion representing their achievement. [more...]

See Unit 539 Award Winners

San Diego Unit games, now online!

We're very excited to bring you our first online Unit game this coming Sunday, April 19 at 1:00PM. You can join us from the comfort of your home, and partake in your Sunday tradition for 2+ hours. We can't offer you munchies or a mid-afternoon piece of cake but we can entice you with an 18-board session, playing among your regular Sunday bridge players for a mere $5.00 per person. Black points will be awarded and results will be posted via ACBL Live but not on our website via Bridge Results. We will have ACBL Live send you an email when your latest results are final. [...]

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Getting Ready for BBO Online Club Games

The COVID-19 pandemic has us all in lockdown but I'm happy to announce that the ACBL, through its partnership with Bridge Base Online (BBO) and The Common Game, is working on creating solutions for us. It has recently started daily games on BBO allowing us to earn black master points and a portion of the entry fee will go to our clubs. All of you should have received direct notifications from the ACBL on the details of these games.

Another exciting feature they're working on is the ability to play in games limited to your local clubs. This would mean playing mostly with and against people you know! If you want to be able to participate in these games once they are established you will need to register with Bridge Base Online and obtain a screen name at You would then need to share that screen name with the club so that you can be invited to our private games.

To prepare for these future club games, the San Diego Unit has volunteered to compile a list of the BBO screen names used by members of our local clubs in the County and make them available to anyone who has registered for our online directory which can be accessed via our website

If you're interested in including your screen name in our Online Directory, contact Lamya at with your name and BBO screen name and we'll add it to your profile entry. This directory is password-protected so only users who are registered can access it. If you are already registered on BridgeResults, you don't have to do anything else. If you're not, follow the instructions to register at SDonlineDirectory

Again, just a note that this is open to all, and not just Unit539 members.

Some of you have already sent your BBO screen name to Bridget Poizner. If you have done this, you do not need to send it to me. It will be added to the directory shortly. On another note, for those of you who are just starting out with BBO, it may bring up questions on how to use their site. There are some good tutorials that will help you with the basics; here's one link YouTubeBBOTutorial.

If you need further assistance with BBO, Bridget at is willing to coach you through the process. Otherwise, for any other questions please contact me at

Together, with the help of some online bridge, we'll get through this. Above all, stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.


 Instructions on how to play bridge on BBO

Unit games at Soledad are cancelled indefinitely- See you online!

At the direction of the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, we must sadly CANCEL all Unit 539 games starting with Sunday, March 15th and Sunday, March 29 until further notice.

Click here to see the Governor's message.

While this decision was difficult, we take the safety and health of our players, directors and community very seriously.

Please check our website for frequent updates. Additionally, we will continue to send e-blasts with updates to our bridge community.

Thank you for your continued support.

San Diego Unit 539 Board of Directors

Sunday, Nov 29, 2020


San Diego Unit 299er Pairs


San Diego Unit 999er Pairs


San Diego Unit Open Pairs

You'll be back! - Hamilton Bridge Parody

Online Directory Drive

One thing we are certain of is that everybody likes a complete phone and email directory. Our goal is to have one San Diego directory shared by the five units in San Diego County. It is online, since a paper directory is not cost effective unfortunately. With your help, we can get there. Again, we can't publish your contact details without your written approval, so just send an email to contact one of your Board members to share any contact changes with us.

Online Directory

Get Your Results As Soon As They're Available!

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Latest News!


Annual Appreciation Party Flyer (908 KB)


11_22_20 Unit 539 Hand Record (202 KB)


Number of Games Played in 2020 (474 KB)
Check this list to find out if you are eligible for the Appreciation Party BBO credit.


Playing Bridge for a Worthy Cause Flyer (1085 KB)


How to Find San Diego Unit games (60 KB)


2020 Online ACBL Event Schedule (91 KB)


BBO Alerts (89 KB)


Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO (144 KB)

NEW D22 Monthly Online Magazine

ACBL District 22 presents its new monthly online magazine


Click here to read the latest edition

The November edition of the D22Connection is now available:
Enjoy reading about the achievements of your fellow players!

Looking for Partners for Unit games?

Our website has a Partnership Desk feature - Just select the Navigation Tab on the left of this page, enter your basic profile, and our partnership chair will start searching for a match! Try it, and let us know what you think!

Alternatively, if you decide last minute that you're looking for a game, just contact Lamya Agelidis, 615-887-1012, our Partnership Chair, who will be happy to get you a partner for Unit Games!

Robert Rosenblum Remembers

Sapphire Life Master Robert Rosenblum is living proof that "bridge is aerobics for the mind." A spry ninety-two year old, full of stories and good cheer, Rosenblum delights in talking about a bridge career that spanned nearly six decades.

"I doubt that anyone else in San Diego has played against the first three bridge Life Masters," Rosenblum says, referring to David Bruce, Oswald Jacoby and Howard Schenken. "I also played on teams with Eddie Kantar and Life Master number nine, Mike Gottleib.

Other luminaries in Rosenblum's colorful past include actor/author/bridge afficianado Omar Sharif and the former San Diego Symphony conductor Walter Herbert (nee Seligmann). Herbert was a member of the Austrian team that won...


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