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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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November 9  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
November 23  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
December 14  -  Holiday Party Open Pairs (flyer)
Full 2014 Schedule
District 22 and 23 tournaments

The October 26th unit game has been canceled. Play in the Coronado-Chula Vista sectional at Adventures in Bridge.

ribbon and holly

The La Jolla unit holiday party (flyer) will be held at the La Jolla Country Club. Brunch will be at 11:15 am and the game will start at 12:30 pm. Early reservations are recommended because seating is limited 100 people. The price is $25 per person if you have played in at least six of our unit games during 2014; otherwise $30. If you unsure if you qualify for the discount, check the list.

Soledad Thursday evening game will continue

The Soledad Thursday evening game will continue. Larry Sherman will direct the game after Marc Matz directs his last Thursday evening game on October 23rd.

You can be a fast player

speedy Gonzales

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

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. Updated September 28th.

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.

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.

Essential bridge books

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We live in a golden age of bridge literature. Even a starving graduate student could pick up an excellent library of used bridge books for under $200. What are your essential bridge books? I’ve searched though my extensive bridge library and made up my list.

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.

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).

October 12th winners: Alice Lane and Lena Jelusich (Flt A), Lamya Agelidis and Robin Rodger (Flt B), Jeanette Bentley and Robert Sigg (Flt C).

September 28th winners: Judy Rimer and Lynne Feldman (Flt A), Morton and Eileen Heinrich (Flt B + Flt C).

September 14th winners: Andy and Patricia Loh (Flt A), Kathleen Byrne and Patricia Wilkey (Flt B and 2nd Flt A), Lynne Anderson and Ursula Kantor (Flt C).

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October 12  - Stratified Open Pairs
September 28  - Stratified Open Pairs
September 14  - Stratified Open Pairs
Full 2014 Results 2013 2012 2011
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
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Mon Aft Thu Eve

What is the worth of AKQxxx? — a geeky tale of probability and simulation.

Rodwell Files book cover

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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Bridge Results Logo

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.

What’s New

Esplanade Club closed. Seventy percent game statistics. Essential Bridge Books. ACBL Bridge Bulletin Viewer (documentation). Lead Solver software. ACBLscore game file format (reverse engineered).

Contacts and Board Information

E-mail the Webmaster, E-mail the La Jolla Board, Contact a board member camera icon

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.