2018 Unit Reports in the Contract Bridge Forum

Each month the La Jolla unit contributes to the What’s New in District 22 section of the D22 edition of The Contract Bridge Forum, the newspaper members receive. Gathered below are the reports for 2018. The month refers to the publication month but the newspaper is delivered slightly before the publication month, reports are submitted a couple of weeks in advance, and the reports cover the preceding weeks.


December 2018

by SkipBid

Our October 14th unit game was won by Tim Flaherty and Bill Grant, with Stephen and Jill Seagren winning Flight B and Flight C going to Pam Nuccio and Patrick Chen.

Lynne Feldman and Sam Madison-Jammal were first overall in our October 28th game, with Lynne Newman and Patrick Chen taking Flight B, and Matthew Kidd and Bob Brobst winning Flight C.

The unit wishes to welcome new members Joy Diamond, Linda Platt, Donna Russell, and we also wish to congratulate Mike France on becoming a new Bronze Life Master! (Everyone in this paragraph please refer to this column for a free play in November or December.)

We’re planning another great holiday bridge/­breakfast party at the La Jolla Country Club on Sunday December 9. (Per player price reduced from $30 to $20 for attending 10 or more unit games this year.) See info at lajollabridge.com, including list of players eligible for discount. Reservations required.

November 2018

by SkipBid

In our September 9 unit Robert Mann and Supriyo Datta won the whole thing—first overall in all three flights!

On September 23rd, Mark Perlmutter and Rick Roeder took Flight A with a nice 71.03 percent game, with Flights B and C going to John Howard and Larry Sherman.

Also on September 3rd, Bill Grant, District 22 Vice-President, presented the District 2018 Area 3 Goodwill Award to long-time Unit 526 member Lynne O’Neill for her long-time service to the San Diego bridge community, including not only volunteer service as unit board member and president but also the many years (1983–1992) of offering her wonderful and trend-setting Aces and Honors Bridge Club, the first non-smoking, bidding-box, and computer-scored facility in the area! Pat Chapman, a long-time partner, participated in the presentation.

The unit wishes to welcome new members Eliot Tow and Erin Feldman, and this month we have a nice, long list of members who have advanced in their ACBL rank: new Junior Masters—Elizabeth Grimm and Joann Leibovitz; new Club Masters—Gregory Hansen, Willie Klang, Susan Patchin, and Dorothy Purcell; new Advanced NABC Masters: Ramey Farah and Dr. Merrel Olesen; new Bronze Life Master—Dr. Peter Clark; new Ruby Life Master—Blake Schwartzbach; and new Diamond Life Master (5000 points!)—Jason Feldman. Great job, all! (And everyone in this paragraph please refer to this column for a free play in October or November.)

Marc Matz report

“All at once, summer collapsed into fall.” - Oscar Wilde

Labor day, September 3rd, is our traditional International Fund Game (supporting North American participation in international events). We had a fifteen table turnout with Chris Hastie and Carol Abramowitz coming in first. Placing second was Bill Grant and Ron Kay. First overall in flight C was Susan Koshkarian and Bert Cornelison.

September 10th had what is a fairly normal turnout for Soledad on Mondays: 16½ tables. Ron Kay and Bill Grant captured the top spot this time, with Marjorie Goldberg and Maritha Pottenger just behind them in second place. Linda Gu and Tom Herzog came in first in Flight B, and third overall.

Ron and Bill continued their streak with another win on September 17th. Bette Cornelius and Dan Dayani were a powerful second, and it was Barbara Blake with Sharon Gabriel turn to come in first in Flight B and third overall. Carole Schreiber and her partner Dick Hill were first in Flight C that day.

The month ended on a high table count note—we had 21 tables run as two open pair sections! First overall was Gail Dunham and Sandra Gagnon. Second were the Seagrens, Jill and Stephen. Third in the overalls, and first overall in Flight C was Mimie Anderson with Gary Greenberg.

October 2018

by SkipBid

The August 12th unit game was won 1st overall by Jim Johnsen and Ali Mahdavi. Jennifer Prairie and Elaine Chan won Flight B, and Flight C went to (outgoing and incoming presidents!) Matthew Kidd and Bob Brobst. Sue Wightman and Tim Flaherty won our August 26th game, with Blake Schwartzbach and Davis Bennett taking both Flights B and C.

The unit wishes to welcome new member Blake Schwarztbach, and we also wish to congratulate the following members on their advancement in ACBL rank: new Club Masters—Kathleen Brainard, Janet Lipp, and Tammy Wyer; new Sectional Master—Jeanne Maloney; new Regional Master—Barbara Brady; and new Bronze Life Master—Richard Hill. Great job all! (And everyone in this paragraph please request a free play in September or October.)

And be sure to take advantage of San Diego bridge pro and teacher Maritha Pottenger’s “Teaching Points” write-ups, hosted by our unit at http://www.lajollabridge.com/LJUnit/Education/Teaching-Points/

Finally, here’s Marc Matz with the Soledad Club’s Monday game news: August was another large turnout month, typical for us in the Summer. Our first game of the month was a 19 table North American Pairs (NAP) qualifier won by Ron Kay and Bill Grant, with Tom Herzog and Linda Gu coming in 2nd, and Freda Anderson with Sandra Gagnon taking 3rd.

August 13th was a 20 table game, with Barbara Blake and Sharon 1st overall, and also the top B strat pair. Second were Evie and John Coufal, with Freda Anderson and David Oakley 3rd.

Ali Mahdavi and his sister Lida Mahdavi took 1st on August 20th in an 18 table game. Placing 2nd were Mimie Anderson and Mark Austerlitz, with Bette Cornelius and Dan Dayani capturing 3rd.

The final game of the month was our quarterly club champion game and had 18½ tables. Sue Kane and Fani Hason won the event with Mark Austerlitz and Mimie Anderson coming in 2nd, and Dick Hill with Patrick Staley in an extremely strong 3rd place.

One of the appeals of the Monday games at Soledad—besides the incredibly lovely location—is that the field is quite diversified for an Open Pairs game.

September 2018

by SkipBid

Our July 8th unit game was won by Avram and Susan Ninyo in both Flights A and B, with Flight C going to Thomas Dorsey and Zach Scherr.

On July 22nd we held our annual Bill Logan Trophy Game (see “Logan Trophy” under the Unit Info menu on lajollabridge.com) and the big winners were Paul Darin and Sam Madison-Jammal. Carolyn Casey and Marilyn Peters-Dunn won Flight B, with Thomas Dorsey and Zach Scherr repeating their July 8th Flight C win.

Our third game last month, on July 29th, went overall to Steven and Kitty Cooper. Ross Rossman and Sally Ishihara took Flight B and Flight C went to Davis Bennett and Robert Keefe.

The unit wishes to welcome new member Christa Kelly, and we wish to congratulate the following members on their advancement in ACBL rank: new Junior Master—Jim Waring; new Silver Life Master—Dr. Deborah Goldsmith; and new Diamond (5000 points!!) Life Master—Freda Anderson. Great job, all! (And everyone in this paragraph please collect a free play in August or September.)

Marc Matz report

(Marc is co-director with Kathy Moyer of the Soledad Club’s Monday ACBL game.)

Summers tend to be good months for turnout at Soledad, to some extent due to our influx of golf and bridge playing “sunbirds” from Arizona. So, on July 2nd we had 19½ tables. Freda Anderson and Ray Sachs were first overall A and B. First C were Gail Titus and Joe Morella. For July 9th we had 15½ tables. Bill Allen and Ali Mahdavi claimed first overall; first Flight B were Barry, Anderson and Mike Kole, and Flight C honors went to Paula Duncan and Selby Winkler. July 16th gave us 19 full tables, and was also run as North American Pair (NAP) club qualifier event, with first overalls Maria Marshall and Larry Sherman and 2nd place going to Kathy Byrne and Murray Warmath. First B and C was Lynne Anderson playing with Jules Borack. July 23rd had 17.5 tables. Maritha Pottenger and Kent Hartman captured first place. First B & C were Mimie Anderson and Gary Greenberg. Closing the month on July 30th, we again had 19½ tables. First overall were Jeremy Fields and Larry Sherman. And yet again, a C pair took both first B and C overall—Brian Castle and Patrick Staley. It clearly was a good month to be an Anderson while playing bridge at the Soledad Club. (And no, none of them are related.)

August 2018

by SkipBid

Our June 10th Membership Game, and Weiss Trophy, were won by Jeremy Fields and Linda Gu, who took both Flights A and B. Flight C went to went to Susan Wightman and Kathleen Bertram. At the membership meeting preceding the game board members Barbara Blake, Bill Grant, Ursula Kantor, Matthew Kidd, and Susan Koshkarian were re-elected for two-year terms.

On June 24th we held a Longest Day game, won by Joe Houde and Andy Loh in Flight A, George and Kathee Bessinger in Flight B, and Bridget Poizner and Deborah Bowyer in Flight C.

Jill and Stephen Seagren recently completed another successful year of teaching the ACBL student bridge course at La Jolla High School, assisted by Bob Brobst, Leslie Davis, Gail and Bob Dunham, Malcolm Jarvis, Judy Rimer, Karen Reed, and Martha Woodworth. This year was the unit’s 10th Anniversary at the high school, which we commemorated with a plaque given to the principal by Jill and our education chair Ron Ignelzi. (A great photo and article about this appears in the June 14 edition of the La Jolla Light.) According to Ron, we have taught bridge to over 1700 Advanced Placement seniors and juniors during our time at LJ High!

The unit wishes to welcome new members Michael Gerson, Ron Kollmansberger, Jane Fetter, and Carol Sheehan. We also wish to congratulate the following members on their advancement in ACBL rank: new Junior Masters—Gregory Hansen and Michael Rodley; new Club Master—Lynne Litwiller; new Sectional Masters—Anne Graves, Joseph Mottola, and Wayne Sottosanti; new Regional Masters—Abraham Arkinzadeh and Shanti Du Coeur; new NABC Master (and new Unit President) Bob Brobst.

Nice job, all! (And please refer to this column for a free play in August or September.)

July 2018

by SkipBid

Our May 13 unit game was won by Junko Hemus and Tim Flaherty. Jeremy Fields and Linda Gu captured Flight B, with Bob Mann and Supriyo Datta taking Flight C.

Our traditional Memorial Day sectional, May 26–28, was a very welcome success, with 193½ tables over the three days. 338 ACBL players attended, 230 taking home masterpoints, with 858.88 total masterpoints awarded. Alex Fowlie came out on top with 23.13 masterpoints. See the ACBL website results for a summary of the winners in each event. The unit board was very happy to see the new 12 pm and 5 pm schedule, framed to accommodate the Soledad Club’s morning Jazzercise and Yoga classes, work out pretty well. Our president Matthew Kidd, who tirelessly ran the event, wishes to give special thanks to Hospitality Chair Gail Dunham and to our caddies, Sam Stevens and Kevin O’Neill.

We wish to welcome Ann Fishman and Sandra Gagnon into our unit, and to congratulate the following members on their advancement in ACBL rank: new Junior Masters Susan Fakhimi and Iloo Gruder; new Club Master Jack Schuster; and new Sectional Master John Fabian. Nice job! (and please refer to this column for a free play in June or July.)

June 2018

by SkipBid

Our April 8th unit game was won by Alice Lane and Tom Tatham, with Stephen and Jill Seagren taking Flight B and Flight C going to Davis Bennett and Jennifer Prairie.

On April 22nd, Junko Hemus and Tim Flaherty took first overall, Alana Shapley and Chris Hastie won Flight B, and Bridget Poizner and Raymond Hilbert took Flight C.

La Jolla had the fifth Sunday this month, and the April 29th game went to Maritha Pottenger and Kent Hartman in Flight A. Ramey Farah and Don Davidson won both Flight B and C.

The unit wishes to welcome new members Bill Herman, Stephen Merrill, and Jim Waring. And this month we extend congratulations to a huge list of unit members who have advanced in their ACBL rank: new Junior Masters—Marnie Barnhorst Maria Lombrozo; new Club Masters—Patricia Hermann and Marcia Will; new Sectional Masters—Jeffrey Broido, Mary Anne Curry, Dr. Robert Keefe, and Amy Spielman; new Regional Master—Dr. Robert Dunham; new NABC Masters—Gary Miyata, Arlene Special, Isabella Wilf, and Mark Wilf; new Life Masters—Judy Elsberry and Susan Wightman; new Bronze Life Master—Ann Manaster; and new Gold Life Master—Norton Rimer. Fantastic job, all! And please refer to this column for a free play in May or June.

Finally, our Memorial Day Sectional is JUST around the corner: Saturday May 26, Sunday May 27, and Monday May 28 at the Soledad Club. Please see lajollabridge.com for the complete schedule.

May 2018

by SkipBid

In our March 11th unit game Davis Bennett and Roger Doughman tied for first place overall with Larry Sherman and Lamya Agelidis. Charles and Marjorie O’Malley won Flight B and Flight C went to Barbara Blake and Patricia Wilkey.

And on March 25th Jeremy Fields and Linda Gu conquered both Flights A and B with a 71.86% game! Flight C was taken by Susan Wightman and Stephen Haine.

The unit wishes to welcome new members Marnie W Barnhorst, Patricia Becker, and Bonnie Hall with a free play in April or May.

Our Memorial Day Weekend Sectional, Saturday May 26 through Monday May 28, will be back at the Soledad Club this year, with pair games starting at 12 and 5 on Saturday and Monday. Sunday will have a two-session play-through Swiss with lunch provided, as well as a one-session Pairs, both events starting at 12 p.m. (See flyer with more details at lajollabridge.com)

April 2018

by SkipBid

Our February 25th winners were Jeremy Fields and Linda Gu in both flights A and B, with Bob Brobst and Matthew Kidd taking flight C.

In our February 11th game there was another double-flight A and B win, this time by Barbara Blake and Patricia Wilkey, and Bob Brobst and Matthew Kidd repeated their flight C win.

The unit wishes to congratulate the following members for their advancement in ACBL rank: new Junior Masters—Sandra Antonel, Bonnie Rose, and Sherron Schuster; and new Club Masters—John Fabian and Wayne Sottosanti. Nice job, all! (And please refer to this column for a free play in March or April.)

March 2018

by SkipBid

The overall winners of our January 14th unit game were Chris Benson and Lynne Feldman, with Flights B and C both going to Paul Alesu and Bob Brobst.

Chris and Lynne repeated their victory on January 28th. And in that game Flight B was taken by Jeremy Fields and Linda Gu and Flight C by Bob Brobst (another repeat :)) and Matthew Kidd.

We wish to welcome new members Robin Bottomley, Lynne Litwiller, and Sherron Schuster, and to congratulate the following unit members on their advancement in ACBL rank: new Junior Master—Orrin Gabsch; new Club Master—Selby Winkler; new NABC Master—Ramey Farah; and new Bronze Life Master—Dr. Deborah Goldsmith. Great job, all! (And please refer to this column for a free play in February or March.)

February 2018

by SkipBid

Our December 10 Holiday Party at the La Jolla Country Club was won by Patrick Chen and Ruth Ng—in all three flights!

Junko Hemus and Timothy Flaherty were first overall in our December 24 Charity Game, with Jill and Stephen Seagren taking flights B and C.

The unit wishes to welcome new members Sondra Antonel, Adam Raichel, Juanita Rippetoe, Bob and Sheryl Scarano, and we wish to congratulate the following members for their advancement in ACBL Rank: new Club Masters—Dr. Carol Butler, Albert Cornelison, Nancy Lawson, Virginia Lee-Huckabone, and Barbara Weir; new Regional Master—Barbara Appel; new NABC Master—Jules Borack; new Sapphire Life Master—Nathan McCay; and finally, new Emerald Life Master—Skipbid…I mean, Bill Grant. Nice job all! (And please refer to this column for a free play in January or February.)

January 2018

by SkipBid

Our November 12th unit game was won first overall by Henri Fahri and Kit Humphrey. Stephen and Jill Seagren won Flight B, and Flight C was taken by Sharyn Pyrz and Robert Givens.

We did not hold a game November 26 out of respect for the (very enjoyable and successful!) 2017 San Diego NABC being held downtown at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

The unit is very happy to welcome the following new members: Jalil Ahmad, Marguerite Bartels, Susan Fakhimi, James Fraser, Lawrence Gratt, Joanne Leibovitz, James Mann, WH Pierce, and Bonnie Rose.

We also wish to congratulate the following members on their advancement in ACBL rank: new Junior Masters—Barbara Elliott and Mary Lisiecki; new Club Masters—Charmaine Del Principe and Anne Graves; new Sectional Master—Barbara Klein; and new NABC Master—Patricia Sheldon. Great job all! (And everyone in the last two paragraphs please refer to this column for a free play in December or January.)