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.
|March 23||-||Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs|
|March 30||-||Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs|
|April 13||-||Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs|
|May 24-26||-||Sectional (flyer)|
|Full 2014 Schedule|
|District 22 and 23 tournaments|
Unit Board Changes
Joyce Bailey has resigned because she is moving to Oregon unexpectedly soon. Chuck Wilson is once again our treasurer. Jill Seagren has resigned, citing extended travels beyond her usual winter travels. Charlotte Blum is our new secretary. The board is working to fill these vacancies. If you are interested in serving on the board please contact unit president Matthew Kidd or any other board member.
2013 President’s Awards
Stating that he was more interested in partnerships and statistics than individuals and what the late great Victor Mollo called monster points, unit president Matthew Kidd presented a unique set of awards at the January 26th unit game based on the unit game results for 2013.
2013 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs results
The 2013 La Jolla Unit Masterpoint Race Winners are final. Paul Darin also won his Mini-McKenney bracket (2500-5000 MP) at the district level and ranked fourth nationally. Peter Clark was second in his bracket (100-200 MP) at the district level in both contests. Lamya Agelidis, current president of the San Diego unit, won her 500-1000 Mini-McKenney bracket at the national level with 597.40 MP.
John Adams, Marvin French, and John Devine
Russ Novak passed away in January. He served on our unit board for many years and was a regular in our unit games until the summer of 2011.
John Adams passed away on January 17th. He was Silver Life Master and a regular at all the San Diego tournaments. Biography and memories.
Marvin French passed away on February 16th. He was a very early Life Master (number 1023), achieving the title “when it was hard” as he liked to say—a true statement. Biography and memories.
John Devine passed away on February 17th. He helped the La Jolla unit with the high school bridge teaching at La Jolla High. One year his daughter was a student! Biography and memories
Masterpoint Reports Decoded
Pssst… wannabe a hacker? Step right this way and learn all about masterpoint reports. Find out exactly what the ACBL knows about your playing habits and what data mining options are available to the ACBL. (I promise you won’t spend a month in a Russian airport waiting for a visa for a country you don’t want to live in.) Read more.
How much variability does the field create in matchpoints? How variable is the performance of a typical partnership? What is the range of variability? Are stronger partnerships less variable? Is some degree of variability good for the game? Read more.
The Payoff Matrix
Which regular partnership is the strongest partnership in the La Jolla unit game? How statistically confident can we be about any determination?
Which partnerships payoff to other partnerships? Which partnerships over/under-perform against other partnerships after the disparity in skill is factored in? What has changed over the last six years? Read more.
San Diego unit game and combined La Jolla and San Diego unit game results for 2012-2013 are now available.
Are you bidding enough slams?
Slams are not that rare. 13.6% of hands contain a slam in at least one seat. How well do strong partnerships bid slams and what types do they bid? Read more slam statistics.
2N-3N; pick a lead from ♠A8 ♥T653 ♦8432 ♣QT8
What is your lead at matchpoints? Would it be different at IMPs? See how well your choice(s) rank in the simulation and learn a bit about how to run your own simulations.
Read the Bridge Bulletin online
For several years it has been possible to read the Bridge Bulletin online from the MyACBL portal. But you are out of luck if you have a device like the Apple iPad that doesn’t run Adobe Flash. And quickly flipping through months of a single feature, e.g. The Real Deal, is very tedious. The new experimental Bridge Bulletin viewer addresses these issues. Give it a try.
As of January 18th, the Bridge Bulletin viewer features full text indexing. Search five full years of the Bridge Bulletin with a single search.
As of Feburary 25th, the Bridge Bulletin viewer is back! I’ve added ACBL member based authentication to satisfy the legal requirements that the ACBL has with the Bridge Bulletin contributors.
March 9th winners: Judith Newman and Sally Ishihara (Flt A + B), Larry Sherman and Ying Lin Gu (Flt C).
February 23rd winners: Lynne O’Neill and Bill Grant (Flt A), Larry Sherman and Ying Lin Gu (Flt B), Morton and Eileen Heinrich (Flt C).
February 9th winners: Lynne O’Neill and Bill Grant (Flt A), Juana and Kenneth Andrecht (Flt B + C). Lynne and Bill are already in a good position to win the 2014 President’s Award for Best Game with their 70.04% game. Last year Kent Hartman and Maritha Pottenger won with a 72.34% game.
Looking for Soledad Club results instead?
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*Revised February 10th: An E-W 560 was corrected to 650 for O’Neill-Grant vs. Jordan-Jordan on board 4 and an E-W 90 was correct to 400 for Hawkins-Dennison vs. Huffaker-Huffaker on board 20. These changes move the Huffakers from 4th overall to 2nd overall in Flt A.
What is the worth of AKQxxx? — a geeky tale of probability and simulation.
Days of Thunder, a review and discussion of Eric Rodwell’s The Rodwell Files: Secrets of a Bridge Champion and a close look at one of the many fascinating hands presented therein.
ACBLmerge and Bridge Results
ACBLmerge 1.3.3 was released on July 26, 2012. 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.
2013 President’s Awards. ACBL Bridge Bulletin Viewer (documentation). Lead Solver software. Analysis Projects: Slam Statistics, Partnership Variability, and the The Payoff Matrix. ACBLscore game file format (reverse engineered).
Contacts and Board InformationE-mail the Webmaster, E-mail the La Jolla Board, Contact a board member
Board Members, Governance, Minutes, Financials
2014 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 Analysis Projects page links to some in-depth analyses of bridge data.
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.