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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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Date Spacer Event
May 23-25  - Sectional (flyer, results)
June 14  - Stratified Open Pairs
Annual Meeting & Election
June 28  - Stratified Open Pairs
Full 2015 Schedule
District 22 and 23 tournaments

What is a regionally-rated sectional event? What is a Board-a-Match (BAM) event? Read the May Sectional FAQ. Try the online sectional partnership desk.

Note: The Monday afternoon sectional schedule has “standard” pair events for 199er and 749ers. Open players must play in either the Board-a-Match (BAM) team or the Stratified Swiss Team events. A standby partnership will available for the BAM event.

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:

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Period 17:25 - 8:20 amRoom 912Mrs. Wills
Period 28:25 - 9:20 amRoom 907Mr. Kinsel
Period 39:33 - 10:31 amRoom 904Ms. Menders
Period 61:25 - 2:15 pmRoom 912Mrs. 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

ACBL Partnership Desk

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

Pie chart of part score, game, slam, and grand slam double dummy 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

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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.

April Fools joke at the San Diego regional

The celebrity speakers at the annual San Diego regional are getting more interesting every year. This year we had a prominent Air Force general and a local expert from the past. The unknown prankster appears to be cynical about the ACBL’s Zero Tolerance policy and/or the organization’s commitment to the policy.

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.

Recent Results

Full results for the 2015 San Diego regional.

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).

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May 23-25  - Sectional
May 10  - Stratified Open Pairs
April 26  - Stratified Open Pairs*
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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.

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, The Submarine Ruff, and Suicide King. 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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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.

What’s New

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 Information

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

Board Members, Governance, Minutes, Financials

2015 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, including the The Payoff Matrix.

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.

Various articles: How to be a Fast Player, Essential Bridge Books, Notes from Kantar’s Modern Bridge Defense books, Esplanade Club Closes.