ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

Steven Mark Cooper 1947-2021

We are sad to report that Steve Cooper died of advanced prostrate cancer after a 12 year battle on March 30, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife Kitty Munson Cooper.

At the time of his death, Steve was a Grand Life Master at Bridge. He won two National Bridge Championships playing with his wife Kitty: the 2000 Keohane North American three day Swiss Teams and the 2012 Senior Mixed Pairs. He also had many top ten finishes.

Steve loved his dogs, his wife Kitty, and RVing with them around the country to Bridge tournaments. They created a fund to help people pay for cancer care for their dogs at CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado. Please send contributions to the Mountain Girl Cooper fund at the CSU veterinary school in lieu of flowers.The URL to contribute to the Mountain Girl Cooper fund in Steve's honor is https://advancing.colostate.edu/DCGIVE*71995

Rick Roeder shared this sentiment:

RIP STEVE!

Steve Cooper was known to the bridge world as a Grand Life Master who won a mixed National teams with his wife, Kitty. Steve was an instinctual card player that was reflected in his rapid pace of play. One of the Coopers' greatest passions was to go on the road in their van, with their beloved dog, and find an RV park close to the site of a Western Regional. Steve's love of their RV was compounded by the fact that he would not fly - anywhere! The couple embraced the West, as their move to East County followed stints in Albuquerque and Colorado Springs.

Steve had a fine legal mind, although he retired from legal matters prior to moving to California. Those who knew Steve well were acutely aware of his political views as his beliefs were made with amazing frequency and even more amazing certitude. He definitely did not believe that there were two forbidden subjects to talk about in public: politics and religion.

As a result, some may have viewed Steve as one with a few "rough edges." However, judging a person superficially is often a fool's errand. This was true in Steve's case as he had a kind, gentle side.

Steve and Kitty had the good fortune to find each other in "mid-life". They clearly loved each other while they enjoyed their gardens and bucolic setting in the hills of East County. RIP, Steve!

See full obituary and other tributes on Bridge Winners website.

2020 Ace of Clubs and Mini McKenney Winners

Traditionally, April has been the month for our Unit to recognize achievements by many of its fine players in the previous year.

The Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs contest recognizes achievement at the club level. The contest is named in honor of Shanbrom, a Grand Life Master from Florida, who won her category 20 times. Only master points won at clubs are counted for these races, which are held at the National level, the District level and the Unit level.

The Mini McKenney contest, named after former ACBL Chief William McKenney, recognizes members who have won the most master points during the calendar year. All "pigmented" points are counted, excluding points earned online. These races are held at the National, District and Unit level and recipients are presented with a Medallion representing their achievement.

As we all know, 2020 was not a typical year. A global pandemic brought face-to-face play to a virtual halt, leading to the cancellation of tournaments by the end of March. And although our Unit moved quickly to create online Unit games which offered pigmented points, the ability to tack up large numbers of masterpoints became greatly diminished.

To the following 2020 award recipients, a big Congrats from all of us! You should have received an email from our Unit President congratulating you on your great achievement. Your Ace of Clubs certificate and/or Mini-McKenney medallion will be handed to you at the next physical get-together.

Special acknowledgments must go to a couple of exceptional achievements at the DISTRICT level (pictured above from left to right):

  • Selby Winkler was 3RD on the District Ace of Clubs and 4TH on the District MINI McKinney list in her 100-200 points category.
  • Charles O'Malley was 1ST on the District Ace of Clubs and 2ND on the District MINI McKinney list in his 1500-2500 points category.
  • Marjorie O'Malley was 5TH on the District Ace of Clubs and 3RD on the District MINI McKinney list in her 1500-2500 points category.
  • Lawrence Sherman was 3RD on the District Ace of Clubs and 1ST on the District MINI McKinney list in his 3500-5000 points category.
  • Jim Johnsen, aka JJ was 2ND on the District Ace of Clubs and 1ST on the District MINI McKinney list in his 5000-7500 points category. Most impressively, he was 11TH on the NATIONAL MINI McKinney list in his category.
  • Paul Darin was 2ND on the District Ace of Clubs and 1ST on the District MINI McKinney list in his 7500-10,000 category.

2020 Unit 539 Ace of Club Recipients

2020 Unit 539 Mini McKenney Recipients

Maritha Earns Platinum Life Master

Maritha Pottenger recently surpassed the 10,000 master point milestone, thus becoming a Platinum Life Master. Larry Sherman recently took the opportunity to solicit Maritha's feedback on a number of mostly bridge related questions.

 Read the full interview by Larry Sherman

Thank you, Lamya, District 22 President 2021!

Lamya Agelidis is New District 22 President.

Unit 539's Lamya Agelidis was recently elected president of ACBL District 22, the area that covers all of Southern California except LA County.

As you probably know, Lamya has been extremely active in ACBL at multiple levels for many years. In addition to being President of San Diego Unit 539 for the past 8 years and a District 22 board member, she has set up and managed all sectional tournaments for our unit and regionals for D22, was the San Diego liaison for the 2017 Fall Nationals held in San Diego, worked with the National Online Task Force to help get BBO virtual games running, assumed the role of editor for the District 22 Connection newsletter when it went online, and spearheaded the establishment and operation of the successful 99er NiteClub games in Districts 21, 22 and 23.

We are thankful for Lamya's dedicated service and look forward to working with her during her term as D22 president. Brava, Lamya, brava! What would we do without you?

San Diego Unit 539's Virtual World

If you haven't played in our virtual games yet, you should try them. We are now offering an 18-board game every Sunday for $5, to suit your skill level:

  • 12:40PM 299er game
  • 12:50PM 999er game
  • 1:00PM Open game

On May 9th, we hosted 32 tables: (19 in the Open, 5 in the 999er, and 8 in the 299er). Open games will now be getting credit for limited games that run concurrent or are launched within 30 minutes of each other. A nice masterpoint bonus for playing in the Open game.

After the games, we host a Zoom session with Wirt Gilliam to review interesting hands and engage in Q&A. Dozens of players have participated in these .postmortems.. The Zoom link will be included in the regular weekly e-blast to all San Diego area players and in the .chat. box online at the end of the game.

Results for Sunday, May 9th

Game

Overall Winners

Percentage

Open Pairs

Rick Roeder - Mac Busby

79.78%

999er Pairs

Paula Duncan - Selby Winkler

63.89%

299er Pairs

Jenifer Lary - Scott Bonomi

62.30%

For full results click on the "Calendar and Results" item on the left menu of this page.

Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO

2021 Online ACBL Event Schedule

Plan ahead...click to see the 2021 schedule for online Regionals and Sectionals.

 ACBL 2021 Online Event Schedule.

San Diego Unit games, now online!

You can join us from the comfort of your home, and partake in your Sunday tradition for 2+ hours. We can't offer you munchies or a mid-afternoon piece of cake but we can entice you with an 18-board session, playing among your regular Sunday bridge players for a mere $5.00 per person. Black points will be awarded and results will be posted via ACBL Live but not on our website via Bridge Results. We will have ACBL Live send you an email when your latest results are final. [...]

 Read Full Announcement

Sunday, May 16, 2021

12:40

San Diego Unit 299er Pairs

12:50

San Diego Unit 999er Pairs

1:00

San Diego Unit Open Pairs

You'll be back! - Hamilton Bridge Parody

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 info@sandiegobridge.com contact one of your Board members to share any contact changes with us.

Online Directory

Get Your Results As Soon As They're Available!

Unit 539 is publishing the game results on BridgeResults.net.

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.

You can also upload your photo to BridgeResults to be added to our galleries of players.

Latest News!

9-May-21

05_09_21 Unit 539 Hand Record (202 KB)

2-May-21

05_02_21 Unit 539 Hand Record (202 KB)

2-Mar-21

Maritha Earns Platinum (187 KB)
By Larry Sherman

1-Jan-21

2021 Online ACBL Event Schedule (481 KB)

21-Aug-20

How to Find San Diego Unit games (60 KB)

18-Apr-20

BBO Alerts (89 KB)

23-Mar-20

Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO (144 KB)

D22 Monthly Online Magazine

ACBL District 22 presents its new monthly online magazine

D22Connection

Click here to read the latest edition


Enjoy reading about the achievements of your fellow players!

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...

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