ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

San Diego Summer Sectional August 17-19, 2018

Once again, Unit 539 will be hosting its bi-annual Open Sectional at Marina Village, Friday August 17th through Sunday August 19th. The event is typically held on the first weekend of August, but we changed the date due to a conflict with NABC in Atlanta.

Set in a relaxed atmosphere in Mission Bay with lots of parking and fresh air, this Sectional will boast a variety of events as usual. If you favor pairs events, you'll find the right one for you. Open pairs are offered morning and afternoon sessions, both Friday and Saturday, as well as two limited events (1499ers, 299ers) for those who prefer to play with their peers. If teams is your favored event, stratiflighted Swiss team games are being held on Sunday. In addition, we will continue to offer a pairs game at 1:00 on Sunday for those who prefer to play a single session of bridge on Sunday.

The good news is that, once again, we have managed to secure one LARGE room for the Sectional which will hold the majority of the events. A second smaller room will be used to supplement it as needed and will be close by the large Captain's Ballroom.

Our Unit prides itself on the quantity and quality of food and snacks that we've served you over the years at our Sectionals. After spending many months discussing this, the Board relied on ?..DATA, surprise! and arrived at a unanimous resolution. First, the continuing downward trend in number of tables as well as the escalating cost of venue rental has meant that we've been operating at a loss consistently for the past three sectionals. We need to cut costs. We will be offering a reasonably priced boxed lunch, only $5.00.

Our research of other tournaments in the area supports this concept as more and more sectionals are putting this paid lunch option into practice. No worries! donut holes will be still be served a gogo in the morning, as well as sugary treats for the mid-afternoon break.

For those playing Swiss on Sunday, we promise a nice hot meal provided by our favorite caterer, San Diego Catering. See the flyer for more details - and contact us for additional information!

 Tournament Flyer

Thank you for your support of The Longest Day

San Diego Bridge Unit 539 participated in The Longest Day, supporting the fight against Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, June 17th, 2018.

As a global partner of The Longest Day, the ACBL has supported hundreds of bridge clubs across the country for six years as a way of raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease. Thus far, bridge players have raised more than $3.5 million for the Alzheimer's Association.

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San Diego Unit hosting two Special Unit Games

Our Unit games this year have been quite popular. We have a nice following of regular players who join us every other Sunday for lunch and bridge (and don't forget the mid-afternoon hospitality break). We're introducing a couple of Special Games this year to spice things up a bit. Bear with us - not all experiments work but we've decided to go ahead and include them in the 2018 game line up. No worries, no game will ever become a permanent fixture on the Calendar. You like it, we keep it. You don't like it, we'll try something else.

Mixed Pairs events are popular at Nationals, and some Regionals even offer them. We'll be hosting our first Mixed Pairs Unit Game on August 5th. So if you're not at the Nationals in Atlanta that weekend, join us for this Special game. A lot of our established partners won't have a hard time abiding by the rules since they already form a mixed pair at our usual Sunday games. Our partnership desk is aware that it'll be working overtime to fulfill the many requests that will come in for that game. We will do our best to match you up with a member of the opposite sex so if you know you're looking for one, let us know early. We will assess your skill level and match you with a comparable partner. Both Open and 999er sections will be available for this Special Game.

The second special game we're introducing on October 7th is an Over/Under 1000 pairs game. As the name implies, this game will consist of a skilled player over 1000 points, and an Intermediate/Newcomer with less than 1000 points. It's a wonderful way to encourage newer players to play up, and for the more skilled players to mentor their less seasoned partners. A great social opportunity as well! Everyone is encouraged to arrange their own partnerships but we'll be ready to help you find a good match.

Since these Special Games need advance planning, please advise us as soon as you know you'd like to play and you're in need of a partner.

 Special Games Flyer

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018


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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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

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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!

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