ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

The Longest Day 2024 - Thank You!

2023 Ace of Clubs and Mini McKenney Unit Awards

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our annual membership meeting in May. We had a great turnout, and it was terrific to see many old friends once again.

Additionally, May is the month when our Unit recognizes the achievements of many of its fine players from the previous year. The Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs contest recognizes achievements at the club level. It is named in honor of Shanbrom, a Grand Life Master from Florida who won her category 20 times. Only masterpoints won at clubs are counted for these races, which are held at the National, District, and Unit levels.

The Mini McKenney contest, named after former ACBL Chief William McKenney, recognizes members who have won the most masterpoints during the calendar year. All "pigmented" points are counted, excluding points earned online. These races are held at the National, District, and Unit levels, and recipients are presented with a medallion representing their achievement.

Last year, ACBL introduced a new category, highlighting the winners of the Ace of Virtual Clubs (ACBL Virtual Clubs only). Our very own Lawrence Sherman, along with Marjorie O'Malley and Charles O'Malley, secured the second position in their category nationally. Larry achieved an impressive 906.73 Masterpoints, while Charlie O'Malley earned 655.53, and Marjorie received 632.52 Masterpoints.

To the following 2023 award recipients, a big congratulations from all of us! You should have received an email from our Unit President, Lamya, congratulating you on your great achievement. Your Ace of Clubs certificate and/or Mini McKenney medallion will be handed to you at the next physical get-together. If you missed the awards presentation, your Ace of Clubs certificate and/or Mini McKenney medallion will be mailed to you.

More Information and Photos

San Diego/La Jolla Summer Sectional - August 2nd and 3rd 2024

Plan ahead to enjoy the joint San Diego/ La Jolla sectional this summer at the Soledad Club.

Options include:

  • Single Session Pair Games at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Friday offers 3 games-499er, 1499er and Open. Saturday has Stratified 599er and Open Pairs.
  • Two Session Team Games on Saturday at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. Choices include Bracketed Flight B (no player over 2000 points) or Flight A/X/Y (0 - 3000, 3000 - 5000, over 5000)

Space is limited to 40 tables, so RSVP to guarantee your place. Send an email to stating:

  • Day (Friday or Saturday)
  • Session (AM, PM or both)
  • Event (299/1499/ Open/Team)
  • Lunch (Y/N)

 Tournament Flyer

New Players - Learn Bridge from a Master

Where: North University Community Library, San Diego

When: Starting February 10th from 1 to 3 PM, alternating Saturdays

Who: Anyone interesting in learning bridge until capacity is reached

 Details in Flyer

San Diego Unit 539's Unit Game Results

Our unit hosts the first and third Sunday unit games at the Soledad Club, and alternate 5th Sundays. Lunch is served at 12:30, followed by bridge at 1 pm. We are thrilled to offer our 699er game, which is preceded by a mini-lesson at 12:30. If you plan on joining us at the 699er game, please contact Bridget at

Results for Sunday, July 7


Overall Winners


Open Pairs (Flt A)

Charles O'Malley - Marjorie O'Malley


Open Pairs (Flt B )

Norton Rimer - Carol Frank



John Hao - Marilyn Grassian


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

Sunday, Jul 21, 2024


San Diego Unit 539 Open Pairs - Soledad Club


San Diego Unit 539 699er 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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Latest News!

Unit 539 News by Kathy Byrne

Monthly column for the D22 Connection.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our annual membership meeting game two weeks ago, where we saw 18.5 tables in play... [...]

Read the full column in the PDF document below.


July 2024 Column (65 KB)


May 2024 Column (91 KB)


April 2024 Column (163 KB)


March 2024 Column (109 KB)


February 2024 Column (65 KB)


December 2023 Column (284 KB)


November 2023 Column (62 KB)


October 2023 Column (93 KB)


August 2023 Column (140 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 Bridget Poizner ,858-414-4338 our Partnership Chair, who will be happy to get you a partner for Unit Games!

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