Aug 4-6 Sectional Cancellation & Resumption of Online Games for 1499er and 999er
With deep regret and after much deliberation, the San Diego Unit board has decided to cancel the Aug 4-6 Sectional at Marina Village. The pre-registration data we've collected over the past few days shows that we would get a minimal number of open tables (7 now, say 10 by game time) but we're hardly picking up any Intermediate/Novice interest. The main reasons for cancelling is the expected lack of 1499er/299er turnout. They're the ones who need the Silver points. Also, we don't anticipate the event to be a rewarding player experience since the table count will be way below average. In addition, San Diego is at High Covid level risk right now, and is likely to remain like this for a few weeks. Not only will this constitute a risk for our players, but we will be forced to mask according to ACBL policies, and we know that's not a popular option for most.
It was a tough decision to make, but it doesn't sound like our beginner players are ready for face to face. Our Sunday unit games have been averaging 8-10 tables at Soledad, a far cry from the 23+ average tables we used to get pre-pandemic. In previous e-blasts, we explained we would re-visit online vs. f2f at some point. Our limited games were thriving online during the pandemic; and the feedback from our beginner and intermediate players is that they prefer the online games. Since our f2f games are mainly attracting open players, we will continue with the f2f option at the Soledad Club for the Open game, and resume our online limited games in August. We will offer a 499er game at 12:40PM and a 1499er at 12:50PM, both games with a $4 entry fee. To recap, here are the main points:
• Cancellation of Aug 4-6 Sectional
• Continuation of San Diego F2F Unit games at Soledad (next San Diego game - Sunday Jul 31st) at 1:00PM
• Resumption of San Diego Online Unit Games on BBO, starting in August
o 499er game: 12:40PM
o 1499er gane: 12:50PM
Our goal is to provide a service to the bridge community - during these trying times, we get mixed messages and do the best we can to respond to your feedback. Stay tuned to our e-blasts for more details.
Lamya and the Unit 539 BOD
The Longest Day 2022
Help support our annual charity event in partnership with the ACBL to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Since this is the 10th year of ACBL's successful partnership with The Longest Day, our Unit set a $10,000 goal. We are hoping to exceed our goal with your help.
We will host our Longest Day bridge games on Sunday, June 19 with both face-to-face and virtual games: 499er and Open games at 1:00 at the Soledad Club. For our online fans, we will host a 499er and Open game at 7:00 pm on BBO. There will be extra masterpoints awarded, and the Unit will match one dollar from each player's card fees to donate to the cause.
Wear purple on game day and consider donating in advance to our fundraising page to get into the spirit.
Sixteen bridge experts will be available to play with the highest bidders. Here is the auction link to place a bid or get more information. See the QR code.
Don't miss your chance to play with world-renowned players Zia Mahmood and Mark Itabashi, who have agreed to face off for a fun, instructive game with their winning bidders in a special BBO event.
This is an amazing opportunity to play with some nationally recognized bridge professionals who have generously volunteered their time to help our effort.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. The Longest Day is an annual fundraising event held to support the fight against Alzheimer's disease by the Alzheimer's Association.
The event spans the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, and symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Bridge is uniquely suited for The Longest Day because studies have shown that playing strategic games, like bridge, help keep your brain healthy.
A World without Alzheimer's - PRICELESS.
Bid, donate, and help us reach our biggest fundraising goal so far!
After re-rescheduling our return to face to face a couple of times over the past 8 months, we finally did it! And what better way to celebrate than with a party! Our annual player appreciation party unfolded in style at the Soledad Club on Sunday May 15th. Through the detailed planning undertaken by Kathy Byrne and the breathtaking execution achieved by Mary Rea, the Soledad Club was transformed into an awesome venue, fit for a grand affair. Mary has a special knack for interior decoration; she initially suggested the Bridge in Wonderland theme and dedicated many hours in transforming her vision into action. The result was truly spectacular as is evident by the attached photos. Both Kathy and Mary got off to an early start that Sunday (6:00am!) to make sure that every detail would be ready in time for the grand opening. And it was...
Safety protocols were still observed as we checked proof of vaccination for over 110 people. Having that purple bracelet proved to be useful as people were milling, catching up with old friends and enjoying the sumptuous buffet provided by our favorite caterer, San Diego Catering. They didn't disappoint us after two years. Mid game, we served individual flans (our multi-talented caddie Kevin graciously handing them out to avoid contact with the food).
Our fearless leader Lamya was the mistress of ceremonies and after a few welcoming words, announced the winners of the Unit 539 annual races for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Many Ace of Clubs certificates were presented and Mini-McKenney awards handed out. Jane Petering also presented milestone awards that have been reached in the past 2 years. Amazing how many large awards were given; we are so proud to have among us in San Diego, many of the country's best players. A special thanks goes to Jane who has re-designed and modernized our unit awards program with gorgeous awards.
Any one who couldn't make the event should contact Jane to arrange to pick up their award. They are worth having! Skim through the attached pictures for a sample of the recipients.
We were thrilled to host 26 tables, 20 in the Open game and 6 in the 499er game. The bridgemates behaved, as did the laptop and it was fun to look through paper hand records afterwards.
Winners were: Phyllis Yates and Jeremy Fields with a 70.45% game!
We passed out a brief survey to ask the attendees about their preference between F2F and Online play. The unit has committed to give F2F a shot and we will be collecting data from our unit games and La Jolla's over the next month to see what makes sense long term. It's a tough decision we understand. You, our members, should have a say in what the future of our unit games becomes.
Next big event, The Longest Event - stay tuned, more details on that real soon.
San Diego Unit 539's Unit Game Results
The San Diego Unit is resuming face-to-face bridge at the Soledad Club starting May 19 at 1:00 PM. You must be vaccinated to participate. You must wait to be checked at the entrance; however if you participated in the San Diego Unit Game on May 15th face-to-face: you don't need to present proof of vaccination because we already have you on a list.
We will go back to offering mini bridge lessons prior to Unit games if there is enough interest.
From the musical Bridge Confidential
Book & Lyrics: Joanne Gray, Music: Peter Mansfield
Online Directory Drive
One thing we are certain of is that everybody likes a complete phone and email directory. Our goal is to have one San Diego directory shared by the five units in San Diego County. It is online, since a paper directory is not cost effective unfortunately. With your help, we can get there. Again, we can't publish your contact details without your written approval, so just send an email to email@example.com contact one of your Board members to share any contact changes with us.
To make the best of BridgeResults features we recommend that you register your email address (if you have not done so already). This will allow you to receive notifications by email when the results are published, to have your name highlighted when you look at the results, and many other features.
We have several things to remind you about, especially considering how there won’t be club reports in the September D22 Connection. Please remember to take a moment to put the following dates in your calendar since we won’t be able to alert you next month. [...]
Enjoy reading about the achievements of your fellow players, and so much more!
Looking for Partners for Unit games?
Our website has a Partnership Desk feature - Just select the Navigation Tab on the left of this page, enter your basic profile, and our partnership chair will start searching for a match! Try it, and let us know what you think!
Alternatively, if you decide last minute that you're looking for a game, just contact Lamya Agelidis, 615-887-1012, our Partnership Chair, who will be happy to get you a partner for Unit Games!
Robert Rosenblum Remembers
Sapphire Life Master Robert Rosenblum is living proof that "bridge is aerobics for the mind." A spry ninety-two year old, full of stories and good cheer, Rosenblum delights in talking about a bridge career that spanned nearly six decades.
"I doubt that anyone else in San Diego has played against the first three bridge Life Masters," Rosenblum says, referring to David Bruce, Oswald Jacoby and Howard Schenken. "I also played on teams with Eddie Kantar and Life Master number nine, Mike Gottleib.
Other luminaries in Rosenblum's colorful past include actor/author/bridge afficianado Omar Sharif and the former San Diego Symphony conductor Walter Herbert (nee Seligmann). Herbert was a member of the Austrian team that won...