Table Talk 2019

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Remember the blue publication that arrived in your mailbox more than ten years ago? With the advent of our web site, we no longer publish Table Talk. More information about the La Jolla & Beach Unit 526 can be found on the website than we could ever include in a one page newsletter, like Table Talk.

Election Results


Our annual meeting and election was held on August 11th. It would normally have occurred on the second Sunday of June but it got displaced by our sectional which we were unable to hold on Memorial weekend due to scheduling issues.

The unit board has ten members with staggered two year terms. Terms expired for Lynne Andersen, Bob Brobst, Gail Dunham, Ron Ignelzi, and Mary Scott Knoll. All sought reelection. Jill Seagrean also ran for the board. The “vote for up to 5” ballot totals were Lynne Andersen (28), Bob Brobst (28), Gail Dunham (32), Rob Ignelzi (8), Mary Scott Knoll (28), and Jill Seagren (24). Therefore, Jill Seagren will replace Ron Ignelzi on the board.

Soledad Club and LJB&TC now using Bridge Results

The Soledad Club and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (LJB&TC) are now posting their results on Bridge Results. See the Soledad Club and LJB&TC calendars respectively for the results of each club. This improvement means the hands will be included with Monday and Wednesday ACBL sanctioned games and the LJB&TC games, all of which use predealt boards. However, contracts and opening leads will not be included because neither clubs is using an electronic scoring system.

Want to call your partner’s attention to a specific board? Now you can do this in Bridge Results by adding &board=# URL parameter to the end of the event URL. For example, try pasting this into a browser:

This will bring up the Monday June 17, 2019 game with the hand at the bottom of the page set to board 18.

The combination of ACBLmerge and Bridge Results has spread widely in San Diego. Adventures in Bridge, the San Diego Bridge Club, the Eastlake Bridge Club, and the La Jolla unit, use ACBLmerge directly to post results, integrating hands, contracts, and opening leads. The San Diego unit, the Soledad Club, and LJB&TC are all using Bridge Results which is partly based on the ACBLmerge work but includes extra presentation benefits for players while making the posting of results easy. The Bridge Academy and Redwood clubs are using Bridge Composer to post online results which also include hands, deals, and opening leads. Together this puts San Diego way ahead of the most of the ACBL.

Gail Dunham becomes a Gold Life Master

Board member Gail Dunham became a Gold Life Master (2500 MP) during the San Diego regional. Freda Anderson brought a fancy cake to celebrate the occasion at the May 12th unit game. Congratulations, Gail!

2018 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs results

The 2018 La Jolla Unit Masterpoint Race Winners are final. Ramey Farah (50-100), Deborah Goldsmith (300-500) and Elaine Chan (2500-3500) convincingly won their Mini-McKenney brackets. Deborah Goldsmith also won her Mini-McKenney bracket at the district level, well ahead of Wayne Gorski from Mission Viejo, and Ramey Farah (200-300) won his bracket in the district level Ace of Clubs.

Blue Team cheating scandal revisited

Matthew Kidd

The Italian Blue Team (“Squadra Azzura”) dominated world bridge for over two decades, winning 16 world titles from 1957–1975. They were long dogged by accusations of cheating that were never properly investigated by the World Bridge Federation. Recently, Avon Wilsmore meticulously combed through the tournament records and presents a strong case that the team cheated in his forthcoming book Under the Table (The Case Against The Blue Team). Avon presents many details in his lengthy Bridge Winners article The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule.

As a both bridge player and a student of statistics I find the evidence damning even from the article alone and expect that the book will drive the nail in the coffin. Kudos to Avon Wilsmore for his heroic effort.

Maritha Pottenger’s “Teaching Points” online

16 new write-ups, covering September, added November 29th; 26 new write-ups, covering October, added November 30th; 9 new write-up covering November, added December 4th. There are fewer write-up than usual for November because Maritha was teaching bridge on a cruise for part of the month.

Maritha Pottenger has a new series of short form bridge writings which she calls “teaching points” based on bridge mistakes she observes around town. If you ask, she will include you on her e-mail list and send them to you a few times per week. The La Jolla unit is also collecting these online, with plans to add new batches every couple of weeks. Maritha writes quickly in bridge shorthand. Thanks to the Maritha Automated Rectification in Translation Helper Accessory (MARITHA) software, the versions posted online are automatically translated to semi-formal bridge writing, complete with suit symbols and other niceties.

Maritha has also 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 available online in PDF form.