ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

Calling all 499ers! San Diego Sunday Unit Game on BBO

You - our 499ers - are the lucky ones who will have a choice of games starting this Sunday. You can either play f2f at the Soledad Club at 1 PM, and we've been averaging 9 tables there, or you now have an opportunity to play online, back at VACB147744 at 12:45 PM.

We have asked many of you, and it sounds like a lot of our newer players still favor online play. We resisted it initially, wanting to bring everyone back to the "table", but at the end of the day, we are here to serve you! No idea how many of you will show up this Sunday, Aug 7th at 12:45 but give the game a chance, it always takes a few weeks to build up a game.

We're pleased to see more regulars at our Soledad game, and we know that the game is growing. We hope to achieve the same result in our online 499er game. Hope to see you there! Please follow the steps below to access the game.


VACB147744 499er Pairs San Diego Unit 539 Sun 12:45 PM

• Registration to our game opens 2 hours before the game. If this is your first time playing in our Unit game online, we strongly advise you to check in early. It gives us time to resolve any blocking issues.

• Email or text at 615-887-1012 if you're not sure.

Non-Life Master Sectional - Saturday, September 24th

SAVE THE DATE: We will be holding a one-day Non-Life Master Sectional (<500 MPs) on Saturday, September 24th sponsored by San Diego Unit 539 and San Diego North County Inland Unit 549. The NLM Sectional will be hosted at a familiar venue for many, Seven Oaks Community Center in Rancho Bernardo.

We will have lots of silver points to give out to those trying to reach their next ACBL milestone. Featuring NLM Pairs (0-50) and Stratified NLM Pairs (0-100, 100-300, 300-750) games are being held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in a friendly environment with optional boxed lunches available. If you need a partner or additional information, please contact Mary Rea at

Hope to see you there!

 Event Flyer

New Teaching Library Page

We are thrilled to announce that Maritha Pottenger's teaching articles are now available on our Unit 539 website.

Please click on the "teaching library " menu item or link below, to access her abundant library of teaching articles on: Defense, Declarer play, Bidding.

Thank you Maritha!

New Page

Aug 4-6 Sectional Cancellation & Resumption of Online Games for 499ers

With deep regret and after much deliberation, the San Diego Unit board has decided to cancel the Aug 4-6 Sectional at Marina Village. The pre-registration data we've collected over the past few days shows that we would get a minimal number of open tables (7 now, say 10 by game time) but we're hardly picking up any Intermediate/Novice interest. The main reasons for cancelling is the expected lack of 1499er/299er turnout. They're the ones who need the Silver points. Also, we don't anticipate the event to be a rewarding player experience since the table count will be way below average. In addition, San Diego is at High Covid level risk right now, and is likely to remain like this for a few weeks. Not only will this constitute a risk for our players, but we will be forced to mask according to ACBL policies, and we know that's not a popular option for most.

It was a tough decision to make, but it doesn't sound like our beginner players are ready for face to face. Our Sunday unit games have been averaging 8-10 tables at Soledad, a far cry from the 23+ average tables we used to get pre-pandemic. In previous e-blasts, we explained we would re-visit online vs. f2f at some point. Our limited games were thriving online during the pandemic; and the feedback from our beginner and intermediate players is that they prefer the online games. Since our f2f games are mainly attracting open players, we will continue with the f2f option at the Soledad Club for the Open game, and resume our online limited games in August. We will offer a 499er game at 12:40PM with a $4 entry fee. To recap, here are the main points:

• Cancellation of Aug 4-6 Sectional

• Continuation of San Diego F2F Unit games at Soledad (next San Diego game - Sunday Jul 31st) at 1:00PM

• Resumption of San Diego Online Unit Games on BBO, starting in August

o 499er game: 12:40PM

Our goal is to provide a service to the bridge community - during these trying times, we get mixed messages and do the best we can to respond to your feedback. Stay tuned to our e-blasts for more details.

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!

 See Flyer

2022 Appreciation Party Wrap-Up

After re-rescheduling our return to face to face a couple of times over the past 8 months, we finally did it! And what better way to celebrate than with a party! Our annual player appreciation party unfolded in style at the Soledad Club on Sunday May 15th. Through the detailed planning undertaken by Kathy Byrne and the breathtaking execution achieved by Mary Rea, the Soledad Club was transformed into an awesome venue, fit for a grand affair. Mary has a special knack for interior decoration; she initially suggested the Bridge in Wonderland theme and dedicated many hours in transforming her vision into action. The result was truly spectacular as is evident by the attached photos. Both Kathy and Mary got off to an early start that Sunday (6:00am!) to make sure that every detail would be ready in time for the grand opening. And it was...

Safety protocols were still observed as we checked proof of vaccination for over 110 people. Having that purple bracelet proved to be useful as people were milling, catching up with old friends and enjoying the sumptuous buffet provided by our favorite caterer, San Diego Catering. They didn't disappoint us after two years. Mid game, we served individual flans (our multi-talented caddie Kevin graciously handing them out to avoid contact with the food).

Our fearless leader Lamya was the mistress of ceremonies and after a few welcoming words, announced the winners of the Unit 539 annual races for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Many Ace of Clubs certificates were presented and Mini-McKenney awards handed out. Jane Petering also presented milestone awards that have been reached in the past 2 years. Amazing how many large awards were given; we are so proud to have among us in San Diego, many of the country's best players. A special thanks goes to Jane who has re-designed and modernized our unit awards program with gorgeous awards.

Any one who couldn't make the event should contact Jane to arrange to pick up their award. They are worth having! Skim through the attached pictures for a sample of the recipients.

We were thrilled to host 26 tables, 20 in the Open game and 6 in the 499er game. The bridgemates behaved, as did the laptop and it was fun to look through paper hand records afterwards.

Winners were: Phyllis Yates and Jeremy Fields with a 70.45% game!

We passed out a brief survey to ask the attendees about their preference between F2F and Online play. The unit has committed to give F2F a shot and we will be collecting data from our unit games and La Jolla's over the next month to see what makes sense long term. It's a tough decision we understand. You, our members, should have a say in what the future of our unit games becomes.

Next big event, The Longest Event - stay tuned, more details on that real soon.

San Diego Unit 539's Unit Game Results

The San Diego Unit is resuming face-to-face bridge at the Soledad Club at 1:00 PM. You must be vaccinated to participate. You must wait to be checked at the entrance; however if you participated in the San Diego Unit Game on May 15th face-to-face: you don't need to present proof of vaccination because we already have you on a list.

We will go back to offering mini bridge lessons prior to Unit games if there is enough interest.

Results for Sunday, September18th:


Overall Winners


Open Pairs(Flt A)

Lynne Feldman - Sam Madison


Open Pairs(Flt B)

Jerry Miller - Judy Laxer


Online 499er Pairs

Susan Wolf - Kathy Revello - Sasson


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

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.

Sunday, Oct 02, 2022


ONLINE $4 San Diego Unit 499er Pairs


San Diego Unit Open Pairs - Soledad Club

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

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Unit 539 News by Kathy Byrne

Monthly column for the D22 Connection.

We have several things to remind you about, especially considering how there won’t be club reports in the September D22 Connection. Please remember to take a moment to put the following dates in your calendar since we won’t be able to alert you next month. [...]

Read the full column in the PDF document below.


August 2022 Column (63 KB)


July 2022 Column (67 KB)


June 2022 Column (91 KB)


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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