ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

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 August 2nd, we set an all-time record: 56 tables! (25 in the Open, 10 in the 999er and 21 in the 299er). Are you missing out? Join us and you'll see the magic.

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, August 2:

Game

Overall Winners

Percentage

Open Pairs

Sam Madison - Lynne Feldman

67.94%

999er Pairs

Carol Murphy- Batia Kvashny

60.80%

299er Pairs

Nancy Mogck - Michael Sloane

60.69%

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

2020 Online ACBL Event Schedule

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

 ACBL 2020 Online Event Schedule.

Card Theme Face Masks Available Now!

Our Bridge Clubs are closed, but be prepared when they do open!

This handmade face mask is a double layered style cotton face mask featuring playing cards, card symbols, with elastic ear loops.

For more information clic on the flyer link below.

 Bridge Mask Flyer

The Longest Day Activities include a Bridge Expert Auction

Although live bridge events remain hostage to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Unit 539 is not about to forget The Longest Day, our annual fundraiser in partnership with the ACBL to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

We will host a virtual repeat of last year's event (see photos) on Sunday, June 21, 2020 with four online games: 999er games at 12:45 and 3:45 and Open games at 1:00 and 4:00. There will be extra masterpoints awarded, and the Unit will match one dollar from each player's card fees to donate to the cause.

Please get in the spirit by wearing purple in the days leading up to game day and consider donating in advance to our fundraising page.

Some of the planned virtual activities include sale of specialty knitted items by Judy Rimer and a Bridge Experts Auction. Ten local stars and two world-class players, Sabine Auken and Roy Welland, will be available to play with the highest bidders. Here is the auction link www.32auctions.com/BridgeExpertAuction to place a bid or get more information.

The summer solstice is the "longest day" - the day with the most light - and each year at that time we come together with ACBL and the Alzheimer's Association to fight the darkness that is Alzheimer's Disease. We hope you will join us on this one day to honor the more than 35 million people worldwide and their caregivers who face this horrible disease every day of the year.

 See Longest Day Silent Auction 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. Kathy Moyer who's already gained invaluable experience directing the Soledad games this week will be running our Unit game. 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 Bridgebase.com. 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 lamya.agelidis@gmail.com 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 memory.keepers@hotmail.com is willing to coach you through the process. Otherwise, for any other questions please contact me at lamya.agelidis@gmail.com.

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.

Lamya

 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

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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Sunday, Aug 09, 2020

12:40

San Diego Unit 299er Pairs

12:50

San Diego Unit 999er Pairs

1:00

San Diego Unit Open 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 info@sandiegobridge.com contact one of your Board members to share any contact changes with us.

Online Directory

Get Your Results As Soon As They're Available!

Unit 539 is publishing the game results on BridgeResults.net.

To make the best of BridgeResults features we recommend that you register your email address (if you have not done so already). This will allow you to receive notifications by email when the results are published, to have your name highlighted when you look at the results, and many other features.

You can also upload your photo to BridgeResults to be added to our galleries of players.

Latest News!

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8_2_20 Unit Game Hand Record (202 KB)

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19-Jul-20

7_19_20 Unit Game Hand Record (20 KB)

17-Jul-20

2020 Online ACBL Event Schedule (91 KB)

13-Jun-20

The Longest Day Flyer (754 KB)
Information about the Silent Auction

18-Apr-20

San Diego Unit games, now online! (126 KB)

18-Apr-20

BBO Alerts (89 KB)

23-Mar-20

Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO (144 KB)

District 22 Connection

For interesting Bridge news and information use this link every month for the latest issue:

District 22 Connection Monthly Newsletter

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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