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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 web page.

Upcoming Events

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December 28  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
January 11  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
January 24-25  - NLM/500 Sectional (flyer)
January 25  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
Full 2014 Schedule
District 22 and 23 tournaments

On January 25th, the regular unit game will be held at the Soledad Club. The Non-Life Master (NLM) sectional will be held concurrently at the Beach and Tennis Club.

You can be a fast player

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Matthew Kidd explains his principles of Avoidance and Anticipation in the article How to be a Fast Player.

Card fees increasing to $9

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The board voted in November to raise the card fees to $9 effective November 23, 2014. This fee increase is primarily the result of declining table counts. As recently as FY 2010-2011, the average table count was almost exactly 20. There was a notable drop in FY 2011-2012 to 17.6 and another significant drop in FY 2013-2014 to 15.7. Although some of the game expenses scale with the number of players, others such as rent, the caddy, janitorial service mandated by our lease, and insurance, do not.

ACBLmerge 1.3.5 is now available

ACBLmerge 1.3.5 fully supports Mac OS X out of the box just like Windows.

After more than two years, a new release of ACBLmerge (1.3.4) is now available. Important changes include: (1) numerous bugs fixes in the par calculation (thanks in part to the careful eye of local Randy Dougherty), (2) 30% faster double dummy calculations, (3) replacement of revoked LHA-Archive package with 7-zip, (4) faces will no longer jump around anymore when different sized images are used for the Face View feature, and (5) clicking on a board number on a popup recap will move the main report to that board as if you had clicked on a board number link at the top of the main report.

Programmers may be interested in the new ACBLgamedump utility for directly reading ACBLscore game files. This utility is tied to the future of ACBLmerge.

Lead Solver is also now bundled with the latest version (2.8.0) of Bo Haglund’s double dummy solver (DDS) for a 40% speed improvement over the original Lead Solver and it now runs on Mac OS X and Unix/Linux as well as Windows.

Development of ACBLscore+ discontinued

Development of ACBLscore+ which was to replace the current ACBLscore program has been discontinued. Cessation of work was announced at the National Board of Directors open Q&A meeting at the summer NABC in Las Vegas. Read more.

November 28th update: National BoD passes a modified version of the technology motion, hopefully urged on by a letter submitted to the BoD by 30 ACBL members, including unit president Matthew Kidd, with strong backgrounds in computer science.

Suzi Subeck (D13) will be the 2015 ACBL President

Suzi Subeck of District 13 will be the 2015 ACBL President. Our D22 national representative, Ken Monzingo, had also sought this position.

Balancing Statistics After One of a Suit

Balancing after one of a suit

How many HCP is your side likely to have when you are in the balancing (pass out) seat after the auction has gone 1♣/1/1/1♠ – Pass – Pass to you? How does it change depending on how many points you hold? How many HCPs are opener, responder, and your partner likely to hold? What is the range of the range of possibilities? See the simulation results.

Masterpoint formula changes proposed for 2015

The ACBL Masterpoint Committee has unanimously voted on a set of changes to how masterpoints are calculated at tournaments and for special club games that are based on some fraction of the sectional rating. The changes will go into effect on January 1, 2015 if the National Board of Directors approves the changes at their fall meeting at the NABC in Providence, RI. Read more. November 28th update: Approved at Providence meeting.

Notes from Kantar’s Modern Bridge Defense books

Now and then, it’s good to review things you may have forgotten, never really learned, or which slowly evolve. I wrote up some notes after quickly reading Kantar’s two volume set Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense and Eddie Kantar Teaches Advanced Bridge Defense, both published in 1999.

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. 27 of them are now available online in PDF form (9 added September 18th). Check back regularly for more.

The Payoff Matrix

2012-2013 payoff matrix

Payoff Matrices for the Esplanade Club games and for the Eastlake Bridge Club games are now available for every session using data from the entire 2013 calendar year.

San Diego unit game and combined La Jolla and San Diego unit game results for 2012-2013 were posted earlier.

See which regular partnership is the strongest partnership in the La Jolla unit game. Find out which partnerships payoff to other partnerships and which partnerships over/under-perform against other partnerships after the disparity in skill is factored in. Learn what has changed over the last six years. Read more.

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.

Recent Results

Full results for the 2014 San Diego regional, (also Irvine and Las Vegas).

December 14th winners: Freda Anderson and Gail Dunham (Flt A), Buster and Tinker Mico (Flt B), John and Suella Steel (Flt C).

November 23rd winners: Elaine Chan and Michael Mezin (Flt A + B + C), Kathleen Hennessy and Tom Tatham (2nd Flt A).

November 9th winners: Mac Busby and Steve Johnson (Flt A), Elaine Chan and Michael Mezin (Flt B, 2nd Flt A), Cass Donovan and Evelyn Lantz (Flt C).

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December 14  -  Holiday Party Stratified Open Pairs
November 23  - Stratified Open Pairs
November 9  - Stratified Open Pairs
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What is the worth of AKQxxx? — a geeky tale of probability and simulation.

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More hands: The Bridge Goddess Thumbs Her Nose, “Down Ten” John, Necessary Shape, The Self-Forced Declarer, and Shifting Forces, The Two-Six Dream, and The Submarine Ruff. 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 and Bridge Results

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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.

What’s New

Lead Solver software is 40% faster and now runs on Mac OS X and Unix/Linux as well as Windows. ACBLgamedump utility. ACBLscore game file format (reverse engineered) documentation substantially updated. How to be a Fast Player.

Contacts and Board Information

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Board Members, Governance, Minutes, Financials

2014 Annual Masterpoint Races

U526 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.

Other Resources

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 (PDF icon, 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.