2019 June Sectional Results


EventField Strength (MP)Tables
AX Swiss Teams659453026 × 2
BCD Swiss Teams8766848 × 2
Sunday Afternoon Open Pairs2801124114½


EventField Strength (MP)Tables
Saturday Afternoon Open Pairs4220280424½
Saturday Afternoon 1499er Pairs6715539
Saturday Afternoon 299er Pairs118735
Saturday Evening Open Pairs3087166813


EventField Strength (MP)Tables
Friday Afternoon Open Pairs3877274320
Friday Afternoon 1499er Pairs8447565
Friday Afternoon 299er Pairs116776
Friday Evening Open Pairs3340173915

Total table count: 140   (Fri: 46, Sat: 51½, Sun: 42½)

256 ACBL players attended, 183 taking home masterpoints, with 657.60 total masterpoints awarded. Henri Farhi came out on top with 20.90 masterpoints. See the ACBL website results for a summary of the winners in each event and the full list of masterpoint winners. Tournament Flyer. TourneyTRAX listing.

Most of you were from local units: La Jolla (59), San Diego (126), Coronado Chula-Vista (13), North San Diego (26), and North Inland (11). But some came from further: Dana Harbour (5), Los Angeles (1), Fresno (1), Inland Valley (1), Bay Area (2), Santa Rosa (1), San Miguel de Allende (2), Twin Falls (1), Phoenix (6), unknown (1).

Brandon Sheumaker was the Director-in-Charge. He was assisted by Scott Campbell for the busy afternoon sessions on Friday and Saturday and also all of Sunday. Paul Darin was a tournament assistant (TA) for the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions.


I am very grateful to our caddies, Joe Schoensee, whom many of you know from Adventures in Bridge, and Kevin O’Neill, Lynne O’Neill’s son. They each worked five of the six sessions. Believe it or not, the difference between a smoothly functionally sectional and a chaotic one has more to do with the caddies than the directors.

This year I did nothing for hospitality, a first for me as tournament manager! But this means others worked very hard. Gail Dunham took the overall responsibility of organizing the hospitality, including working closely with the caddies through the tournament. She and her husband Bob also provided most of the food on Friday. Ursula Kantor and Lynne Anderson provided food on Saturday and Ursula also made the Costco run for snacks. Mary Scott-Knoll provided delicious home prepared assortments for the Sunday teams game and supplements to the afternoon pizza. Susan Koshkarian purchased supplies such as napkins, paper plates, cups, and so on. Bill Grant ordered the pizza served on Sunday.

Bob Brobst, my regular partner, was also my co-chair. He handled partnerships and the tedious task of mailing flyers to clubs within a 100 mile radius.

The San Diego unit loaned us 25 tables at no expense beyond the cost of transportation. Wirt Gilliam made boards for the tournament.

Special Features

This was the fourth La Jolla unit sectional to hold regionally-rated events. Both Saturday sessions were regionally rated.

Is this just one more gimmick in a convoluted award system that no one can justify? Yes, of course. But in the present instance the regional rating for the open events was not unjustified. This was one tough crowd. The field strength for the Friday and Saturday afternoon open pairs was roughly the same as the open pairs at the San Diego regional. The sectional attracts few pros but regionals divert a fair number of pros into the top bracket of two session KO team events, which were not on offer at the sectional.

We also ran an afternoon pair game on Sunday. We introduced this three years ago because Sunday Swiss attendance has been declining at sectionals, seemingly across all of California and perhaps the ACBL as a whole. The afternoon pairs offers a lighter Sunday bridge commitment. Last year it was a robust 19 tables, comparable to a regular La Jolla unit game, but this year it was only 14½ tables. Last year, the Swiss attendance was also robust, with 25 teams entered (14 A/X, 11 B/C/D) but this year the Swiss struggled mightily.

The Iron Butt Awards

The following 14 players receive the iron butt award for playing in all six sessions. Collectively they represent 15% of the total table count.

Be Social

If you would like to see your picture appear when the mouse cursor is held over your name in the results as in the screenshot below, e-mail your picture and ACBL player number to me at webmaster@lajollabridge.com. Note: cut-and-paste may not work for this e-mail address due to spam prevention measures.

ACBLmerge tooltip illustration showing player's face and number of masterpoints

The field strength numbers are computed as the arithmetic and geometric means respectively of the masterpoint holdings for all ACBL members in a field.

ACBLmerge Recap Hyperlink Illustration ACBLmerge Copy-and-Paste Aid Illustration

Did you know your recap sheet is just a click away? Click on your pair number and wait a couple of seconds for the popup window to appear. Want to copy hands more conveniently? Click on the C button below the double dummy results on a hand to bring up the cut-and-paste aid.

Slow Play Penalties Vigorously Enforced

slow bridge player depicted as snail about to set a world record for slowness

Similar to previous years, tournament directors were instructed to vigorously enforce slow play penalties and players were made aware of the policy through a series of three slides (PDF icon, Microsoft PowerPoint icon) posted where directors collected entries.

Slow play penalties are not intended to penalize players who face the occasional genuinely difficult bidding or play situation but rather those pairs who are slow nearly every round. You know the type. Experience has shown that penalties are the only thing that affects the behavior of slow players. Warnings, cajoling, shaming, badgering, etc have all been tried and proven ineffective. Just ask any director. The standard penalty for the first offense is 1/8 of a board, roughly a decrease of 0.5% in the overall session score, doubling for each subsequent penalty in the session.

Matthew Kidd
Tournament Manager