ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

The Longest Day ProAm Auction and Game - June 18

Please help support our annual charity event in partnership with the ACBL to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Since this is the 11th year of ACBL's successful partnership with The Longest Day, our Unit set an $11,000 goal. We are hoping to exceed our goal with your help.

We will host our Longest Day bridge games (599er and Open games) on Sunday, June 18, at 1:00 at the Soledad Club. Extra masterpoints will be 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.

Eighteen 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 on the right.

This is an amazing opportunity to play with 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, helps 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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San Diego Sectional

Unit 539 had its first Open Sectional in three years on March 3rd and 4th ,2023, in Poway. Over 100 tables played in the 4 pair events and the 2 session teams.

Winners of the events were:

Friday 10am

Open Pairs

Weishu Wu & Hongsa Situ
Chris Hastie & Daniel Koppenhafer


John Coulombe & Kurt Shoenhard


Carole Hillard & Landis Fox

Friday 2:30 pm

Open Pairs

Marjorie O'Malley & Charles O'Malley
Debbie Gailfus & Alan Gailfus


Raj Patel & Harry Arora


Michael Goldberg & Barnie Wallace

Saturday 10 am

Open Pairs

Mark Perlmutter & Lynne Feldman
Chris Hastie & Daniel Koppenhafer

Saturday 10 & 2:30

AXY Teams

Patrick Staley, Steve Reid, Ho Ming Yim, Philip Savage III

Bracketed B

William Bartley, Avril Shutts, Barbara Blake, Celia Lee

Saturday 2:30 pm

Open Pairs

Rick Roeder & Mac Busby
Janice Joerger & Jerry Miller

The venue was spacious, the food was delicious, and the silver points were plentiful. Be on the lookout for another sectional later in the year.

Welcome Back Game on February 5

What a day! The Unit 539 Welcome Back Game on Sunday, February 5th, organized by Bridget Poizner, had 35 tables in 3 sections. The open section had 15 tables, the 1499er group had 12 tables, and 8 tables were in the 499er section. It was wonderful to have enough participation to have 3 games!

Rick Roeder and Mac Busby won the Open Game with 60.27 in Flight A, and Rita Beny and Neville Hircock won Flight B with 57.93. Next, David Hawkins and Sharon Dennison won the 1499er game with 64.58 in Flight A, and Wayne Sottosanti and Mark Hartzell won Flight B with 56.85. Finally, Richard Palmer and Blaine Hibbard won the 499er game with 63.39 in Flight A, and Willie Kiang and Victor Chu won Flight B with 57.14. Congratulations to all the winners!

We had raffles for free games and Tom Brandt, Mark Hartzell and Chris Hastie each won a free play for a future Unit Game and Selby Winkler won free plays for one day at the Sectional coming up on March 3rd and 4th.

We hope that everyone enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones and will come to future Unit Games so we can continue to run 3 sizable games on Sunday. Check the calendar for future Unit game dates.

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.

Maritha Pottenger has been a beloved teacher and a very successful player in the San Diego area for many years. She became a Platinum Life Master (10,000 points) last year. When asked why she teaches bridge, she responded:

I love teaching. Teaching really helped my bridge game. I had to clarify principles that were not clear when explaining them to other people; definitely a great way to improve my own bridge logic and inferences.

Bridge is the ideal game- because you can never learn it all. Each hand has something instructional to offer. Each partner offers another point of view. Psychological principles operate at the bridge table as they do throughout life. Bridge is endlessly fascinating and I adore it!

As she was retiring from teaching, she volunteered to share her teaching notes with all. You can review any of the conventions you are considering adding to your repertoire with your partner or just choose to study to improve your defense or play of the hand.

Thank you Maritha!

Teaching Library

San Diego Unit 539's Unit Game Results

The San Diego Unit is hosting 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 face-to-face San Diego Unit Game on May 15th, you don't need to present proof of vaccination because we already have you on a list.

Davis Bennett will be back to support the 599ers. In addition to a mini-lesson at 12:30 PM, he will be directing the 599er game, providing invaluable supervision and white glove treatment to our enthusiastic group.

Results for Sunday, May 21st


Overall Winners


Open Pairs (Flt A)

Freda Anderson - Judy Laxer


Open Pairs (Flt B )

Tanaaz Timblo - Jayendu Patel


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

2023 ACBL Event Schedule

Plan ahead... click on the link below to see the 2023 schedule for online Event Schedule. Please note all events tentative based upon BBO/ACBL IT capabilities and COVID-19 protocol changes

ACBL Event Schedule.

Sunday, Jun 04, 2023


San Diego Unit 539 Open Pairs Game - Soledad Club


San Diego Unit 539 599er Open Pairs Game - 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

Get Your Results As Soon As They're Available!

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Latest News!

Unit 539 News by Kathy Byrne

Monthly column for the D22 Connection.

Happy MAY! There’s a ton going on that we want to remind you about! The Longest Day is a month away, and so far, we have already raised $4,300 of this year’s $11,000 goal... [...]

Read the full column in the PDF document below.


May 2023 Column (69 KB)


April 2023 Column (291 KB)


March 2023 Column (69 KB)


February 2023 Column (84 KB)


January 2023 Column (68 KB)


December 2022 Column (175 KB)


November 2022 Column (110 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!

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