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.
|December 8||-||Holiday Party Stratified Pairs (flyer)|
|December 22||-||Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs|
|January 11-12, 2004||-||NLM/750 Sectional* (flyer)|
|Full 2013 Schedule|
|District 22 and 23 tournaments|
*The regular unit game will be held concurrently with the NLM/750 sectional on Sunday January 12th.
Lynne Anderson joins the unit board
Lynne Anderson was appointed to the unit board at the November meeting to serve out a vacant 2013-2015 term. This brings the board back up to the full ten members mandated by our bylaws.
Lynne started playing bridge as a teenager in Minnesota in her parents’ game, followed by social bridge with sorority sisters, and then her husband. After a long haitus she moved to San Diego and joined the ACBL in 2003.
New Photo Gallery of Bridge PlayersBridge Results now has over 2200 thumbnail photos of players, the little pictures that appear when you hold the mouse over the player’s name in the ACBLmerge style results. The thumbnails come from many sources including pictures that Matthew Kidd has taken over the years. Some of his pictures are worth presenting at higher resolution. Check out the new photo gallery.
Ursula Kantor’s Granddaughter Teaches Bridge
Ursula Kantor’s Granddaughter, Emily Kelley, taught bridge to youth as part of the Stanford Spash program. Read more.
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.
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.
ABTA Teacher of the Year nominations
Calling all bridge students! Is your bridge teacher the best? Do you wish you could thank them in some way? How about an award? Those are always nice!
This award is given to teachers who make a difference in their bridge community and in the lives of their students. Make sure that your teacher is eligible and show them how much you appreciate the work they put in to teaching you!
All teachers up for the award are nominated by students just like you. The deadline to nominate is set in early 2014 and the ceremony to present the award will be at the ABTA's annual convention, held in Las Vegas this year.
November 24th winners: Ron and Mary Huffakers (Flt A), Alan and Ray Rowen (Flt B), Larry Sherman and Ying Lin Gu (Flt C).
November 10th winners: Elaine Chan and Michael Mezin (Flt A + B), Jill and Stephen Seagren (Flt C).
October 13th winners: Ron and Mary Huffaker (Flt A), Freda Anderson and Virginia Herrick (Flt B, 2nd in Flt A), Matthew Kidd and Trish Lane (Flt C, 2nd in Flt B).
Looking for Soledad Club results instead?
Mon Aft Thu Eve
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.
Lead Solver software. Analysis Projects: Slam Statistics, Partnership Variability, and the The Payoff Matrix. ACBLscore game file format (reverse engineered). Photo gallery of individuals. The Two-Six Dream, Days of Thunder, a discussion about The Rodwell Files. Shifting Forces, and The Self-Forced Declarer.
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 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.