La Jolla Bridge (Unit 526)
Welcome to the website for ACBL Unit 526 (U526). We are the La Jolla and Beach Unit in District 22 (D22) of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). Our games are held at 1 PM on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at the Soledad Club at 5050 Soledad Road in Pacific Beach (See also the Interactive Google Map of major San Diego clubs). We tradeoff the occasional fifth Sunday with San Diego Unit 539. If you play bridge but are unfamiliar with duplicate (tournament) play, check out Karen Walker’s introduction. Completely new to the game? Check out the ACBL’s Learn to Play software.
|May 25-27||-||Sectional (flyer)|
|June 9||-||Annual Meeting & ★Elections★
Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
|June 23||-||Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs|
|June 30||-||Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs|
|Full 2013 Schedule|
|District 22 and 23 tournaments|
This year our Memorial weekend sectional will run from Saturday to Monday, rather than Friday through Sunday as in most previous years. The full day Swiss teams events will still be on Sunday. Arleen Harvey will replace Jean Molnar as the Director-in-Charge and Arleen will be assisted by Scott Campbell and Marc Matz. Also note: June 30th is our fifth Sunday.
The 2013 unit board elections will be held at the June 9th unit game. Randy Fadem and Ron Ignelzi are running for reelection. Janet Ansfield and Marge Hughes are stepping down at the end of their terms. Charlotte Blum resigned in March, although she has continued to help the unit both in hospitality and in sending welcome letters to newcomers. This means we are looking for three new board members. Please contact president Matthew Kidd if you are interested in running. Board terms are two years with half the board seats up for election in each year.
Show up to vote and play for the Weiss Trophy which is always contested at our annual meeting and election.
Bridge Teaching at La Jolla High and Chula Vista High
The fifth year of bridge teaching at La Jolla High started Monday May 13th and runs through May 31st. The volunteers so far are shown above. If you would like to help please contact Randy Fadem or simply show up as you can. The host teachers are once again Mr. Greg Kinsel and Ms. Jessica Wills and one new teacher, Ms. Melanie Menders. Our teaching schedule is:
|Period 1||7:25 - 8:20 am||Room 907||Mr. Kinsel|
|Period 2||8:25 - 9:20 am||Room 907||Mr. Kinsel|
|Period 3||9:33 - 10:31 am||Room 904||Ms. Menders|
|Period 6||1:25 - 2:15 pm||Room 912||Mrs. Wills|
All the classrooms are in the Science and Technology building, and are highlighted in this campus map. Note: the top of the map is east rather than north and the grey buildings represent second floors rather than separate buildings. The address is 750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 (local map). Parking can be tight in the area, so allow time to walk a block or two. See the pictures from last year. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Meanwhile, board member Bill Grant has now started his thirteenth year of teaching bridge at Chula Vista High. He is teaching two period and is being assisted by Alan Rowen.
La Jolla High bridge players have escaped into the wild! I discovered seven of them at the Pannikin coffee house in La Jolla after school. Seven is such an awkward number, so I joined them and we played a few hands team game style.
0-750 Game Promotion
The $5 promotional rate for the 0-750 game ended April 28th. However, at the April meeting the unit board established a new policy to help continue promoting the 0-750 game. If you qualify for the 0-750 game but end up playing in the open game and paying for it (as opposed to using a free play) because there are not enough players for a separate 0-750 game, you will receive a free play for a future unit game, good for two months from the date of issue. We have also added an “Ask the Expert” session at the end of the game. Stick around until the open game finishes for a 10-15 minutes of Q&A. So far Bill Grant, Chuck Wilson, Barbara Norman, Suzanne Lebendig, Roger Doughman, and Maritha Pottenger have volunteered to answer questions.
The unit would like to thank Gail Dunham for providing the May 20th hospitality. In addition to purchasing all the food, Gail significantly subsidized the cost to the unit.
There was a glitch in the submission of the masterpoints for the February 24th game. This was resolved May 13th. Those masterpoints should now show up online and will eventually also appear on the listing in your Bridge Bulletin.
May 12th winners: Ken Monzingo and Maritha Pottenger (Flt A), Jeremy Fields and Matthew Kidd (Flt B + C, 2nd in A), Gregory Chaffee and Mac Busby (3rd Flt A).
April 28th winners: Alan and Debbie Gailfus (Flt A), Jill and Stephen Seagren (Flt B + C, 2nd in A), Matthew Kidd and Patricia Lane (3rd Flt A).
April 14th winners: Mary and Ron Huffaker (Flt A), Jill and Stephen Seagren (Flt B + C).
Looking for Soledad Club results instead?
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What is the worth of AKQxxx? — a geeky tale of probability and simulation.
ACBLmerge and Bridge Results
ACBLmerge 1.3.3 was released on July 26. New features include the ability to write BridgeBase LIN files and enhanced data mining support for pairs games. Several important bugs are also fixed. Read more.
Since December 2011, Philippe Lamoise, a bridge player in the North County unit, has been developing the Bridge Results website and I have been making many improvements to ACBLmerge to integrate with the functionality provided by his website. Now it is easy for club directors, club managers, and tournament officials to upload game results using a web interface without knowing anything about running ACBLmerge. Read more about Bridge Results.
At the December 2012 board meeting in Palm Springs, the District 22 board decided to use Bridge Results for all District 22 regionals.
Contacts and Board InformationE-mail the Webmaster, E-mail the La Jolla Board, Contact a board member
Board Members, Governance, Minutes, Financials
2013 Annual Masterpoint RacesU526 Mini-McKenney, D22 Mini-McKenney, National Mini-McKenney
U526 Ace of Clubs, D22 Ace of Clubs, National Ace of Clubs
The Mini-McKenney counts total masterpoints earned for the year and the Ace of Clubs counts only masterpoints earned at clubs as opposed to sectionals, regionals, and nationals. There are multiple brackets for each race based on the number of masterpoints a player has at the start of the year.
Find news that has migrated off the homepage on the Table Talk page or the Youth Teaching and Masterpoint Notes blogs. Unit News published in the Contract Bridge Forum is also available on our website. The Education & Resources page contains many links to rules and regulations, San Diego players, bidding and card play, online play, and even a bit of humor. The Free Bridge Software page has descriptions and links to some great free programs.
The Conventional Wisdom series (, 1.6 MB) from the ACBL Bulletin explains how to fill out a Convention Card accurately. Unlike the version on the ACBL website, our version has the entire series in a single document, complete with an index.