ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

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.

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

Spring Sectional starts on THURSDAY, February 27!

Along with ocean breezes, change will be in the air for the Unit 539 Spring Sectional this year! We're running the tournament THURSDAY through Saturday, February 27- 29 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, March 1 for our post-Sectional Unit game.

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

 Event Flyer

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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Notice of San Diego Special Meeting: February 16th at 1:00 p.m.

Notice to all members of San Diego Unit 539: At 1:00 p.m. on February 16, 2020, there will be a Special Membership Meeting at the Soledad Club to vote on a revision to the Unit's bylaws.

You can find the proposed new bylaws and a side-by-side analysis of old versus new in the "Latest News" section below. All Unit members are entitled to vote on this proposal.

Sunday, Jun 07, 2020

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San Diego Unit Open Pairs

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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 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!

1-Jun-20

Forum Article (89 KB)
By Stuart Showalter

31-May-20

BBO Alerts (89 KB)

1-May-20

Forum Article (175 KB)
By Stuart Showalter

18-Apr-20

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

23-Mar-20

Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO (144 KB)

District 22 Forum

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

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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