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 web page.
Joint La Jolla and San Diego NLM sectional
On Oct 13-14 (Fri-Sat), the La Jolla and San Diego units held a joint Non-Life Master (NLM) sectional (flyer) for the second year in a row, this year without the Coronado-Chula Vista unit. Board member Barbara Blake found a great venue, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037. Unfortunately, the playing space is a little too small for a regular sectional but it was great for the NLM sectional, and included plenty of onsite parking and good handicap access. Mike Koscielski from the San Diego unit was once again the tournament chair and our very own Lynne Anderson handling partnerships and a lot of the hospitality. Davis Bennett directed. The La Jolla unit provided its new Kindle Fire tablet devices for a fully modern scoring experience and online results that include contracts and opening leads. We had 68 tables total and a combined profit of just over $500, split between the two units (financial statement).
2017 Best Partnership race is close
October 22nd update: Kent and Maritha have fallen to 57.87% but nonetheless widened their lead on J.J. and Davis, now at 57.22%. The Coopers have fallen to 56.38% only a hair ahead of the Huffakers at 56.36%. Only three unit games are left in 2017.
October 8th status: The 2017 Best Partnership race is close. At the conclusion of the October 8th unit game, Steve and Kitty Cooper fell to a 57.14% average losing their lead to Kent Hartman and Maritha Pottenger who have a 58.11% average, and Jim Johnsen and Davis Bennett who are a hair behind with a 58.05% average. The Huffakers are in fourth place with a 56.01% average. Kent and Maritha have the best single game, a 71.68%. Last year’s President’s Awards.
2016-2017 Annual Financial Report
The 2016-2017 unit annual financial report is available in summary form with comparisons to the previous four financial years and also in a month-by-month form showing month-by-month income and expense.
The unit showed a profit of $842.60 for FY 2016-2017, up from $375.35 in the previous fiscal year. FY 2016-2017 was unusual in that we did not hold our regular Memorial weekend sectional. The profit is due to the $865.27 of investment income. The unit would like to thank our treasurer Barbara Blake for the careful preparation of these reports and a sensible investment strategy.
The average table count was 16.8 for FY 2016-2017, up slightly from the 16.6 for FY 2015-2016 but down slightly from the 17.0 average two years ago. The 16.8 number bodes well for stabilizing at the current $10 / session price.
David Lodge ousts Ken Monzingo
David Lodge defeated incumbent Ken Monzingo for the D22 district director position. His three year term begins in 2018. District D22 unit board members were the electors and each of their votes is weighted by the number of unit board members and the number of members in the unit, such that each voter indirectly represents the same number of ACBL members. The election period closed on September 15th.
The district director represents us on the 25 member national board which is two levels above a unit board, and where all policy is made. The job also comes with many administrative responsibilities.
When flying was classy (and expensive)
Tournament Travel Distances
How far do players travel to NABCs and regionals? Does travel behavior vary significantly from district to district? Can tournaments be classified into types based solely on the shape of their travel histograms? What kind of regionals do we run in D22? See the results for all the 2015 NABCs and regionals.
Maritha Pottenger’s handouts online
Maritha Pottenger has created many one or two page bridge handouts in the course of teaching bridge in the San Diego area for several years. 42 of them are now available online in PDF form (13 added February 27th). Check back regularly for more.
The October 13-14 Joint La Jolla and San Diego unit NLM sectional results are available on the San Diego Unit website.
January 14th winners: Chris Benson and Lynne Feldman (Flt A), Paul Alesu and Robert Brobst (Flt B + C).
December 24th winners: Junko Hemus and Tim Flaherty (Flt A), Steve and Jill Seagren (Flt B + C).
December 10th winners: Ruth Ng and Patrick Chen (Flt A + B + C)
Looking for Soledad Club results instead?
What is the worth of AKQxxx? — a geeky tale of probability and simulation.
More hands: The Bridge Goddess Thumbs Her Nose, “Down Ten” John, Necessary Shape, The Self-Forced Declarer, Shifting Forces, The Two-Six Dream, The Submarine Ruff, Suicide King, Curiously Wrong-sided, Triumph of the Intermediates, and Lady Lavender. Hand Index.
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, ACBLgamedump, and Bridge Results
ACBLmerge 1.3.5 was released on November 19, 2014. It adds full support for Mac OS X. ACBLmerge 1.3.4 was released on November 7, 2014. This is primarily a bug fix release, including the fix of several bugs in the par calculation. Double dummy calculation is now faster and clicking on a board number in the recap sheet navigates to that hand in the main report. 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.
Programmers may be interested in the more recent ACBLgamedump utility for directly reading ACBLscore game files, based on the ACBLscore game file format documentation (reverse engineered). This utility is tied to the future of ACBLmerge and has been used by Bridge Results in recent times to generate de novo reports.
Contacts and Board InformationE-mail the Webmaster, E-mail the La Jolla Board, Contact a board member, Board Members, Governance, Minutes, Financials
2017 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, including the The Payoff Matrix.
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.
Marvin French resurrected
He is baaaack! Or at least his website is. The webhosting contract for Marvin’s original website lapsed in 2015, a few months after his death. Shortly after Evan Bailey passed away I told Marvin that I had vacuumed up a copy of Evan’s website so that I could re-host it after the webhosting contract lapsed. Marvin was happy to hear that and hoped I would do the same for him after he “kicked the bucket.” So here you go, Marvin!
Marvin French’s many contributions to bridge literature include Squeeze Refresher, his Bidding Handbook (Four-Card Majors: Western Natural Updated), Defense Handbook, AmBIGuous Diamond Bidding System, Skeleton Bidding System, Party Bridge Guide, Beating the Experts, Fairness in Duplicate Pairs Games. Five vs. Four, and other bridge articles. He also wrote about blackjack, literature, and reasoned skepticism.