ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

Four days of bridge! Summer Sectional starts on THURSDAY, August 1st!

Along with ocean breezes, change will be in the air for the Unit 539 Summer Sectional this year! We're running the tournament THURSDAY through Saturday, August 1-3 at Marina Village, so mark your calendar.

Over the decades, San Diego's 3-day Sectionals have hosted a combination of Pair, Swiss Teams and Knock Out events. Occasionally, we have changed the schedule, the location, the format, mostly in response to your feedback. Attendance has guided our offerings which is why we removed team events a couple of years ago from the menu and settled with Pairs only on Fridays and Saturdays, and Teams only on Sundays (with a single session afternoon Pairs session) for those Sunday Unit game regulars who enjoy their 1:00PM Sunday game.

With the steady decline of our Sunday attendance - our surveys indicate that you reserve Sundays for private time and family enjoyment - and the knowledge that our players are missing playing Swiss team games since AIB is not operating in full service mode, we decided to experiment with a new format by introducing Swiss Teams on Thursday as the main offering that first day. Here's your chance to re-form your Tuesday or Thursday team and come out to Marina Village to play a double session Swiss! Plus you get to play with your peers, either in a Bracketed Team event limited to 2000MP per player, or in the A/X/Y where you can place in one of 3 strats. Thursday's lunch break will feature a catered hot lunch provided by none other than the San Diego Catering Company, a good value meal not to be missed. But.... If Teams isn't your thing and you prefer the strategies of Matchpoint playing, we will also offer two single session Open Pairs game at 10:00 and 2:30.

The schedule remains unchanged on Friday and Saturday, with Pairs being the centerpiece: 299ers, 1499ers, and Open.

A bonus for you that Sunday as well. If you're one of those die-hard bridge players who can still play some more, or if you don't want to miss your Sunday game, join us at the Soledad club that Sunday August 4th for our post-Sectional Unit game.

See the flyer for more details, and please contact us for additional information!

 Tournament Flyer

The Longest Day - Sunday, June 16th, 2019

As most of you know, the ACBL and the National Alzheimer's Association have partnered for a few years now in a fund raising event called The Longest Day. Clubs from all over the nation participate in this event which runs for a whole week mid-June. San Diego Unit 539 kicked off this year's 2019 The Longest Day (TLD) fundraiser on June 16th with a 25 table bridge game. In addition to the funds generated from the card fees ($8/table), Beth Granby, the Unit TLD coordinator this year led a team of volunteers to secure additional funds for this worthy cause. The Unit raised over $3400. Players donated in memory of a friend or a loved one, bought raffle tickets in exchange for a free week of bridge games and purchased gift items donated and created by members of the Unit. Donated gift items included Judy Rimer and Suzanne Lebendig's knitting and crochet handiwork, as well as Jane Good's ceramic plates.

A Limerick contest enticed players to be creative - a $5 entry with a promise of publishing the winning limerick. Winning entry below, compliments of Bridget Poizner

Bridge is a fun game to play
And it helps keep the cobwebs away,
For friends whose memory has faded
By Alzheimer's raided,
Give your utmost this Longest Day!

The Longest Day - A day of remembrance, donation, and teamwork for Unit539 in 2019. Late donations can be made directly to Alzheimer's at

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!

Cheers to you!

Very special birthday wishes to two of our bridge playing friends, shown here with Gigette Caldwell recently at San Diego Bridge Club on Home Avenue.

Florence Seltzer (on the left) turned 99 last month, and Ursula Pardo is 90. Happy birthday to two of our favorite players!

Sadly, two weeks after posting this story on the website and in the Forum, Ursula passed away on Friday, May 31st. Funeral plans are pending in New York.

Sunday, Jul 21, 2019


San Diego Unit Open Pairs


San Diego Unit 1499er 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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Latest News!


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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

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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