ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

The Longest Day 2022

Help support our annual charity event in partnership with the ACBL to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Since this is the 10th year of ACBL's successful partnership with The Longest Day, our Unit set a $10,000 goal. We are hoping to exceed our goal with your help.

We will host our Longest Day bridge games on Sunday, June 19 with both face-to-face and virtual games: 499er and Open games at 1:00 at the Soledad Club. For our online fans, we will host a 499er and Open game at 7:00 pm on BBO. There will be extra masterpoints awarded, and the Unit will match one dollar from each player's card fees to donate to the cause.

Wear purple on game day and consider donating in advance to our fundraising page to get into the spirit.

Sixteen bridge experts will be available to play with the highest bidders. Here is the auction link to place a bid or get more information. See the QR code.

Don't miss your chance to play with world-renowned players Zia Mahmood and Mark Itabashi, who have agreed to face off for a fun, instructive game with their winning bidders in a special BBO event.

This is an amazing opportunity to play with some nationally recognized bridge professionals who have generously volunteered their time to help our effort.

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. The Longest Day is an annual fundraising event held to support the fight against Alzheimer's disease by the Alzheimer's Association.

The event spans the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, and symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Bridge is uniquely suited for The Longest Day because studies have shown that playing strategic games, like bridge, help keep your brain healthy.

A World without Alzheimer's - PRICELESS.

Bid, donate, and help us reach our biggest fundraising goal so far!

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Player Appreciation Party re-scheduled for May 15TH

Everyone is sure to have lots of fun at this year's Appreciation Party hosted by our Unit 539 - catered lunch, door prizes, and your chance to play in the first face-to-face Unit game in quite a while.

The Bridge in Wonderland Appreciation Party is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, at the Soledad Club. This will also be a recognition event for all those 2019 and 2020 Unit Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney winners, as well as special rank promotion awards. Be sure to be there to receive your awards!

The fun and buffet start at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM Awards & Recognition, with bridge (499er/Open) starting at 1:00 PM.

Continuing the Unit's long-standing tradition, all players who participated in 20 or more unit games in 2021 will be eligible to enjoy this event at no cost! Click here to check the Appreciation Party Eligibility List to see if you qualify for the free buffet and bridge. If you have not played 20 games, it is only $25 for lunch and bridge or $10 for just bridge.

Non-playing partners/spouses are welcome, and of course, this event is NOT limited to Unit 539 members. This is our way of saying thank you to all bridge players for playing with us this year.

Hurry and get your reservation in (information on the flyer below) no later than Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Our Appreciation Party team has gone beyond the call of duty. You will be impressed by the setting, the decorations, the meal, and of course face-to-face bridge!

Please join us; we'll make it worth your while.

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San Diego Unit 539's Unit Game Results

If you haven't played in our Unit games yet, you should try them.:

  • 1:00PM 499er game
  • 1:00PM 1499er game
  • 1:00PM Open game

On May 15th, we hosted 26 tables: (20 tables in the Open, and 6 tables in the 499er.) Open games will now be getting credit for limited games that run concurrently or are launched within 30 minutes of each other. A nice masterpoint bonus for playing in the Open game.

After online 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. We will be resuming our bridge lessons before face-to-face Unit games at the Soledad Club. Stay tuned for more information.

Results for Sunday, May 15th


Overall Winners


Open Pairs

Phyllis Yates - Jeremy Fields


1499er Pairs

499er Pairs

Mark Sottostanti - Emmet Holden


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

Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO

2022 ACBL Event Schedule

Plan ahead... click on the link below to see the 2022 schedule for online Event Schedule. Please note all events tentative based upon BBO/ACBL IT capabilities and COVID-19 protocol changes

ACBL 2022 Event Schedule.

San Diego Unit games, now online!

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. 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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Sunday, Jun 05, 2022

Will You Play With Me?

From the musical Bridge Confidential
Book & Lyrics: Joanne Gray, Music: Peter Mansfield

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

Get Your Results As Soon As They're Available!

Unit 539 is publishing the game results on

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

Latest News!


5-15-2022 Unit Game Hand Record (27 KB)


The Longest Day Flyer 2022 (351 KB)


The Longest Day 2022 - Fundraising Page


The Longest Day 2022 - Auction Site


Unit 539 Appreciation Party 2022 (306 KB)


Number of Games Played in 2021 (305 KB)
Check this list to find out if you are eligible for the Appreciation Party credit.


How to Find San Diego Unit games (60 KB)


BBO Alerts (89 KB)


Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO (144 KB)

Unit 539 News by Kathy Byrne

Monthly column for the D22 Connection.

While waiting for the pandemic to subside over the past two years, many of us have delved into the cyber world. We've withstood tumultuous highs and lows, and now we can finally announce the return to face-to-face Unit games and the date for the annual Appreciation Party. Our plan is to host our first face-to-face game on May 15 at the Soledad Club in co-occurrence with our annual Appreciation Party. [...]

Read the full column in the PDF document below.


May 2022 Column (64 KB)


April 2022 Column (15 KB)


March 2022 Column (12 KB)


February 2022 Column (117 KB)


January 2022 Column (90 KB)

D22 Monthly Online Magazine

ACBL District 22 presents its monthly online magazine


Click here to read the latest edition

Enjoy reading about the achievements of your fellow players, and so much more!

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!

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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