ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

San Diego Bridge - Latest Developments

March 30 update:

Given the current state of flux in the bridge community, our goal is to keep you informed of the latest developments as swiftly as possible.

Adventures in Bridge regrets that it has delayed its re-opening. The First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach is not ready to host Wirt's games on April 2nd, as originally planned. As a consequence, AIB is postponing its opening until after the San Diego Regional. As the picture becomes clearer, status updates will be posted on

San Diego Bridge Club is hosting, in addition to its regular 10:30 Tuesday game at Home Avenue, a Thursday and Friday game at the Masonic Center on 3366 Adams Avenue for the next 2 weeks (week of Apr 1st and Apr 8th). Reservations are not required but highly encouraged because they serve lunch. Please click on the following link for detail and sign-ups,

San Diego Bridge Academy is temporarily relocating to the San Diego Chess Club starting April 1st, as previously communicated. David is announcing a new sanctioned Open Game on Tuesdays at 12:00, starting this Tuesday April 2nd. Please email David at if you plan on playing in that game. Other ACBL sanctioned games at the Chess Club include a 299er game on Wednesdays at 9:30AM and a 999er game Fridays at 9:30AM. Evening games are Mon, Tue and Thu at 6:30PM. Refer to the website for further details or call David Walters at 619-298-5756.

Stay tuned for more!

UPDATE on Bridge in the San Diego Bridge community

March 21 update:

Never a dull moment in the San Diego bridge community!

Adventures in Bridge has just announced that it will re-open its doors Tuesday, April 2nd, in a temporary location at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach: 4747 Soledad Mountain Road. (The church is located just off the Garnet Avenue exit from I-5.) While AIB continues to search for a permanent location, its full-service bridge club will be back in action, with only minor changes in schedule to accommodate staffing limitations. Details will be available at

The Unit 539 games were also displaced by AIB's closure. For the foreseeable future, we will hold our Sunday Unit games at the Soledad Club, 5050 Soledad Road. The first Unit game held at this temporary location drew 29.5 tables, despite the last-minute change of venue. It was a very lucky St. Patrick's Day!

In addition, since bridge players get antsy without having a game available to them every day, the San Diego Bridge Club rose to the challenge and started new games on Thursday and Friday this week at their 4425 Home Avenue location. Their Tuesday game this week drew a nice 18 tables with lite lunch! Full details will be available at

There are some developments at the Redwood Bridge Club too. The building will be undergoing renovation work in April and relocating as of April 1st, for at least 6 weeks, to the San Diego Chess Club, 2225 6th Avenue. Wednesday evening games and all Saturday games are being canceled during this period. For more information and game times, please refer to

 March-April Schedule of Games

Unit 539 Games on Sunday RELOCATING to Soledad Club

March 16 update:

The Adventures in Bridge (AIB) club has been our home for many years. This is where we've held our Sunday Unit games for decades, and our monthly Board meetings, and our annual Holiday Party.

Sadly, the last game was held at AIB today and the facility on 5939 Balboa Avenue is now closed.

Wirt plans to re-open at a temporary location at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach. He is not planning on running any games there until AFTER our Easter Regional (April 15th-21st). More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to that date. I'm sure the San Diego Bridge Community joins me in thanking Wirt Gilliam and his staff for the many years of quality and fun bridge he has given us all at that location.

Meanwhile, until further notice, the San Diego Unit will continue to offer its Sunday Unit games on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month (and occasionally the 5th Sunday too) at its new temporary location at the Soledad Club, 5050 Soledad Rd, San Diego, CA 92109.

Starting tomorrow, March 17th, we will be offering our usual games at the SOLEDAD CLUB. The Open Game and the 999er game, both of which are Charity games tomorrow, will have extra payout. We will be serving a special St. Patrick's menu, so dress in green, and come on out and join in the fun!

2019 Spring Sectional

The Unit 539 Spring Sectional at Marina Village wrapped up on March 3 to good reviews from all concerned, and the misty rain failed to dampen anyone's spirits. Table counts were higher than last year, set-up and closing went smoothly, and the $5 box lunch was a hit. One of our directors commented, "It's a pleasure to work this tournament; you have a well-oiled machine that runs super smoothly."

Top master point winners at the event were Maritha Pottenger, Rick Roeder, Iftikhar Baqai, Lynne Feldman, and Sam Madison, each having earned more than 20 MPs during the three days.

The various session leaders are shown below.






Maritha Pottenger



Rick Roeder



Iftikhar Baqai



Lynne Feldman



Sam Madison

Full List



Larry Shannon



Steve Reid



Matthew Kidd



Ramey Farah



Shelley Basson

Full List



Patrick Staley



Gary Miyata



Willa King



Susan Mays



Ginny Potter



John Fabian

Full List

Unit 539 Impressive Player Accomplishments

San Diego Unit 539 witnessed some major wins by our players at the Summer NABC in Atlanta. Jim Johnsen, with partner Rick Gold of Oceanside 531, won the Bruce LM-6000 Life Master Pairs! Undaunted by this fabulous accomplishment, San Diegans Jim Johnsen and Dorn Bishop, partnering with Desert Cities 533 players James Weeks and Neil Stern, continued on to win the 0-6000 Mini-Spingold Teams!

Kudos to all these District 22 players, and special congrats from Unit 539 to Dorn Bishop and double winner Jim ("JJ") Johnsen.

Additionally, Unit 539 has the rare opportunity to honor four of its members upon attaining the milestone of Platinum Life Master (10,000 MP) and Emerald Life Master (7500 MP). Jon Wright, Mac Busby and Rick Roeder achieved Platinum Life Master and Suzanne LeBendig reached Emerald Life Master.

Congratulations and great job, all!

Sunday, May 05, 2019


San Diego Unit Open Pairs


San Diego Unit 999er Pairs

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

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March-April 2019 Game Schedule (73 KB)
For Adventures in Bridge, San Diego Bridge Club, Soledad Club (Unit Games), and Redwood Bridge Club


Solution to the Bridge Puzzle
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Solution to the Profession Puzzle (13 KB)
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The Bridge Express (2527 KB)
Issue 2 - Spring 2018

Second Annual Unit Newsletter

A year ago, we issued the first edition of THE BRIDGE EXPRESS, a collection of articles to regale you with unit activities and events. This initial edition was emailed to those addresses we had on file, and snail mailed to those we didn't. We hope you all enjoyed it. This year, we have expanded the newsletter and included member profiles, interviews, editorials, and even puzzles! We are proud of our finished product which was emailed to all members with known emails on record. If you'd like to receive it and you are not listed in the online directory, please let us know at and we'll add you to the list and forward you a copy.

Alternatively, we will make the newsletter available online on June 1st so stay tuned!

Enjoy and let us know what you think of it!

 2018 Spring Newsletter Issue 2

District 22 Forum

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District 22 Forum Monthly Newsletter

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