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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 software.

Upcoming Events

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April 27  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
May 11  - Stratified Open & 0-750 Pairs
May 24-26  - Sectional (flyer)
Full 2014 Schedule
District 22 and 23 tournaments

This year the May sectional will again feature an IMP Pairs session Monday afternoon in the open game. If you play online in BBO Speedball events you will already be familiar with this type of event; otherwise review the explanation from last year.

Soledad Club bans smoking at the facility

No smoking

Smokers, please extinguish all smoking materials. The Soledad Club board passed a motion at their April board meeting establishing the Soledad Club as non smoking facility. The ban applies to the entire exterior area as well as the interior.

Pictures from the Indian buffet; Ursula Kantor appointed

Anne Terry and Manzoor Kahn

Manzoor Kahn and Gillian Cook’s Indian buffet was a huge success! View the pictures. This is the second time they have prepared a buffet for the unit; the last time was in 2012.

Susan brought her mom Anne Terry to visit. It was really wonderful to see Anne again.

Also the board appointed Ursula Kantor to fill out a vacant 2012-2014 term at the March board meeting that same morning.

John Adams, Marvin French, and John Devine

John Adams
John Adams
Marvin French
Marvin French
John Devine
John Devine

Russ Novak passed away in January. He served on our unit board for many years and was a regular in our unit games until the summer of 2011.

John Adams passed away on January 17th. He was Silver Life Master and a regular at all the San Diego tournaments. Biography and memories.

Marvin French passed away on February 16th. He was a very early Life Master (number 1023), achieving the title “when it was hard” as he liked to say—a true statement. Biography and memories.

John Devine passed away on February 17th. He helped the La Jolla unit with the high school bridge teaching at La Jolla High. One year his daughter was a student! Biography and memories

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.

Partnership Variability

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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

2012-2013 payoff matrix

Payoff Matrices for the Esplanade 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.

Read the Bridge Bulletin online

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For several years it has been possible to read the Bridge Bulletin online from the MyACBL portal. But you are out of luck if you have a device like the Apple iPad that doesn’t run Adobe Flash. And quickly flipping through months of a single feature, e.g. The Real Deal, is very tedious. The new experimental Bridge Bulletin viewer addresses these issues. Give it a try.

As of January 18th, the Bridge Bulletin viewer features full text indexing. Search five full years of the Bridge Bulletin with a single search.

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As of February 25th, the Bridge Bulletin viewer is back! I’ve added ACBL member based authentication to satisfy the legal requirements that the ACBL has with the Bridge Bulletin contributors.

Recent Results

Full results for the 2014 San Diego regional, (also Irvine and Las Vegas).

April 13th winners: Roy and Mary Green (Flt A), Lamya Agelidis and Jim Johnsen (Flt B), Jill Seagren and Marianne Klayman (Flt C). Board 10 was that rarest of creatures, the perfectly flat board in a big field (12 results); I tried with a 4 splinter after 1♣ 1; 2 but this didn’t coax partner into a 4♠ cue-bid.

March 30th winners: Michael Farber and Myrna Blaufarb (Flt A + B), Kevin Chaisson and Philippe Lamoise (Flt C).

March 23rd winners: David Oakley and Gregory Chaffee (Flt A), Matthew Kidd and Trish Lane (Flt B, 2nd in Flt A), Katherine Moyer and Ying Lin Gu (Flt C, 3rd in Flt A). All flight winners scored 60% and change.

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April 13  - Stratified Open Pairs
March 30  - Stratified Open Pairs
March 23  - Stratified Open Pairs
Full 2014 Results 2013 2012 2011
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What is the worth of AKQxxx? — a geeky tale of probability and simulation.

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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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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

Notes from Eddie Kantar’s 1999 books on defense. 2013 President’s Awards. 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.