ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

Non-Life Master Tournament scheduled for October 25 & 26, 2019

Non-Life Masters (NLM) mark your calendars: Friday and Saturday, October 25 & 26, 2019.

Those are the dates of the San Diego and La Jolla NLM Sectional. This year's tournament will be at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. Easy to get to with plenty of free parking. 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. 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 2019 Summer Sectional Winners

The San Diego Summer Sectional ended on August 3, and for the first time in memory, one player virtually swept away all competition. With two overall wins, two second overall wins in Open Pairs, and third place in the Swiss Teams event, Rick Roeder brought home the bacon with 49.93 MPs. Roeder attributes his success to choosing good partners and teammates: Mac Busby and Iftikhar Baqai in Open Pairs, and Sam Madison, Lynne Feldman, and John Coufal in the Swiss Teams event. Congratulations to all these fine players.

Other Swiss Teams winners were Marshall-Timblo-McCay-Patel, Reid-Savage-Spiro-Yim, and Thomas-Miyata-King-Daniels. Other Open Pairs winners on various days included Ralph Tribbey/Rodolpho Veinbergs, Mac Busby/Greg Chaffee, Joe Houde/Andrew Loh, and Lynne Feldman/Sam Madison.

In 1499er Pairs the winners were Richard Hill/Patrick Staley, Doug and Peggy Magde, Raj Patel/Ed Zevely, and Avi Schneller/Bill Lietzow. The 299er games saw the pairs of Ed Kaufman/Peggy Trader, Selby Winkler/Paula Duncan, Gordon Ritchie/Kevin Dolan, and Janet Booth/Susan Mumenthaler take home top honors in the various time slots.

We hosted a total of 226 tables, which is a drop from last August's sectional table count of 232.6. 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 Mario Hernandez 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 Kevin O'Neill who worked very hard the entire weekend. Special thanks to Paul Darin who directed all three mornings for our Sectional saving the Unit additional ACBL expenses.

Results are available as usual under the Calendar tab from the Home page. Use these links to see the top master point holders among Open players, 1499ers and 299ers. Congratulations to all winners, and thank you all for coming out and supporting your local Sectional.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next Sectional early March 2020. Stay tuned for more!






Rick Roeder



Lynne Feldman



Sam Madison



Mac Busby



Andrew Loh



Joe Houde

Full List



Ho Ming Yim



Mark Spiro



Patrick Staley



Jill Seagren



Richard Hill

Full List



Ho Ming Yim



Patrick Staley



Gary Miyata



Edward Zevely



Wayne Sottosanti

Full List

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, Sep 29, 2019


San Diego Unit Open Pairs


San Diego Unit 999er Pairs


San Diego New Member Game

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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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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