ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

Celebrating Lena's 101st in style!

Celebrating Lena's 101st in style. Lena, dressed to the nines, a beautiful hairstyle and perfect manicured nails, walks into AIB today with a huge smile on her face. It's her 101th birthday.

Sitting as usual at table 3NS, she is beaming with joy as all the bridge players give their best wishes and gifts and wines.

Playing her normal Saturday partner Tom Tatham, Lena's name also was on the Barometer game board with a 60% after round 3. That's our Lena! The play was halted a couple of times to announce director Davis with a beautiful birthday cake (or 2 as it turned out), and Wirt dressed formally came by to offer a champagne toast to the Queen of San Diego! Congratulations Lena, you are the best!

-Lamya Agelidis

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 two of its members upon attaining the milestone of Platinum Life Master (10,000 MP) and Emerald Life Master (7500 MP). Jon Wright achieved Platinum Life Master and Suzanne LeBendig reached Emerald Life Master last month. Great job, all!

Non-Life Master Tournament scheduled for October 26 & 27, 2018

Non-Life Masters (NLM) mark your calendars: Friday and Saturday, 26 and 27 October 2018! Those are the dates of the San Diego NLM Sectional. This year's tournament will be at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4128 Executive Drive in La Jolla. Easy to get to with plenty of free parking. What more could a bridge player ask for! The game is open to all non-life masters with less than 750 masterpoints.

Last year's NLM Sectional was a great success with 68 tables of Pairs. This year we're planning for an even bigger and better tournament. There'll be plenty of snacks each morning, along with free coffee. Lunch is available for purchase each day for only $5. All games—including a special game just for brand new players with less than 50 masterpoints-- will pay out silver points. In addition, the winners of the Pairs by strat, will also receive a "Sectional Winner" pin to commemorate their hard-won victory! The Pairs games will start at 9:30 am and 2:00 pm each day. As an added bonus for the die-hard players, we will be offering a discounted card fee of $10 for Saturday's 2:00 pm game if you also play in the Saturday morning session.

Hope to see you there!

 Tournament Flyer

Congratulations to the 2018 Summer Sectional Winners

The 2018 Summer sectional was held Aug 17-19 at the Marina Village Conference Center, and attended by many of you. We hosted a total of 232.5 tables, which is a drop from last August's sectional table count of 258. It takes a lot of work and a lot of people to put on a Sectional. Thanks go to all the volunteers and workers—seen and unseen—who made this event possible. They include our greeters Gigette Caldwell and Sharon Pryz, Marianne Klayman for preparing the afternoon cookies, Gareth Maden for help with set-up and transportation, Evan Ziegler for helping Marge with partnerships, John Lagodimos for allowing us to use his bridge tables at no cost, and finally to Davis Bennett who worked very hard the entire weekend.

Read more and see photos...






Dorn Bishop



Richard Gold



Rick Roeder



Lynne Feldman



Elaine Chan



Michael Mezin

Full List



Philip Savage III



Ho Ming Yim



Brian Castle



Evan Ziegler



John Howard

Full List



Ho Ming Yim



Brian Castle



Ramey Farah



Patrick Staley



Robert Dunham

Full List

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.

Click here to see more on this event, including photos

Sunday, Nov 18, 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

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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