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.
|June 14||-||Stratified Open Pairs
Annual Meeting & Election
|June 28||-||Stratified Open Pairs|
|July 12||-||Stratified Open Pairs|
|Full 2015 Schedule|
|District 22 and 23 tournaments|
Seventh year of teaching at La Jolla High
The seventh year of bridge teaching at La Jolla High will start Tuesday May 19th and run through June 11th. Sandra Gagnon will head up this effort for the second year in a row. The host teachers will again be Mr. Greg Kinsel, Mrs. Jessica Wills and Ms. Melanie Menders. The teaching always benefits from helpers who can fill in as fourths and hasten how quickly the students absorb the material. Our teaching schedule is:
|Period 1||7:25 - 8:20 am||Room 912||Mrs. Wills|
|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 three years ago. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Find a unit game partner online
The ACBL has a new online partnership desk. It works for all ACBL sanctioned events, including tournaments, clubs games, and even unit games. Try the U526 unit game link (ACBL login required). The Partnership Desk functionality is new but please give it a try. I had Bruce Knoll at ACBL headquarters run some database queries for me. 60,000 of you have logged into the ACBL at least once since the ACBL website was overhauled last summer, which works out to almost exactly half the players who have attended at least one tournament since that time. You probably logged in to check your masterpoints. Get ready to do more on the ACBL website.
Partial, Game, Slam, and Grand Slam Breakdown
What is the double dummy breakdown of part score, game, slam, and grand slam contracts? What do real bridge players bid? How does their bidding change as they become stronger players? Do players at regionals behave differently from clubs players? See the results.
Join the unit board
Five unit board terms expire in June. If you are interested in joining the board please contact president Matthew Kidd or any other board member.
NABC Fund-Raising Game Money Grab
Should D22 players financially subsidize NABC hospitality for the Fall 2017 San Diego NABC? It doesn’t seem logical to me. Read more.
Dale Phillips and Peter Clark are (bronze) life masters
Charlotte Blum, the awards chairman, presented a bronze life master award to Dale Phillips and a life master award to Peter Clark at the April 26, 2015 unit game. Peter joined the ACBL after the new life master requirements went into effect January 1, 2010 so he is effectively a bronze life master under the old system.
ACBL Technology committee Q&A in New Orleans
The ACBL Technology committee held a Q&A session at the New Orleans NABC. There is much to note. They released a two hour video of the session on YouTube which I’ve tried to distill in a commentary with many excerpts that can be read in 10–15 minutes. Much of the discussion involves the replacement of ACBLscore and the discontinuation of work on ACBLscore+ announced last summer at the Las Vegas NABC. Our district director, Ken Monzingo, has been supporting ACBL management in a knee jerk manner but the reality appears much more nuanced. ACBL members deserve a detailed and balanced assessment of the ACBL’s role in the ACBLscore+ debacle.
The silence of the lambs
How much does the probability of a 3-3 split in a side suit increase when the opponents are quiet? See the results for some common auctions.
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.
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.
May 10th winners: Lynne O’Neill and William Grant (Flt A), Lynne Newman and Randall Dougherty (Flt B), Lynne Anderson and Ursula Kantor (Flt C).
April 26th winners: Roger Doughman and Suzanne LeBendig (Flt A), Kathy Byrne and Tom Sauer (Flt B + C).
Looking for Soledad Club results instead?
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*Revised April 26th at 8:15 pm (pending confirmation): A +630 on board 29 appeared to obviously be on the wrong side. This correction caused Sam and Yoko Jordan and Budak Barkan and Jeri Adams to swap 4th and 5th place overall.
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 1.3.5 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.
Partial, Game, Slam, Grand Breakdown. NABC Fund-Raising Game Money Grab. The Silence of the Lambs. ACBLgamedump utility. ACBLscore game file format (reverse engineered) documentation substantially updated.
Contacts and Board InformationE-mail the Webmaster, E-mail the La Jolla Board, Contact a board member
Board Members, Governance, Minutes, Financials
2015 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.