ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

Player Appreciation Party on January 16, 2022



WHEN: JANUARY 16, 2022


WHO: All are invited. For those who have played at least 20 Sunday games sponsored by Unit 539 in 2021, lunch and bridge will be free. Cost for those who have not met the threshold will be announced in early December. Click here to see how many games you have played through September.

Did you Q for the NAP District finals?

Wondering whether you qualified to play in the D22 finals in Palm Springs on December 19th? Can't remember whether you did so online or face to face? Check out this link provided to us by the ACBL. Scroll down to Unit 539 and you can confirm whether or not you qualified and in which flight.

 District 22 NAP Qualifiers

WOW! Unit 539 tops fundraising for the Longest Day in San Diego!

Unit 539 continued its tradition of supporting the Alzheimer Association's "The Longest Day" fundraising initiatives this year. The main challenge was the fact that we had to create and implement a plan to handle all the logistics in a "virtual" environment with almost no physical interaction for the second year in a row.

As usual, we worked with the Alzheimer Association local leader, Sarah Granby and our team of board volunteers (Kathy, Sam, Lamya, John and Jane) were able to achieve the most successful fund-raising drive ever. According to Sarah, it looks like our Unit 539 will be the top fundraising team in San Diego this year!

We raised approximately $8,400.00, which is 30% over what we raised last year.

We hosted and donated all the proceeds from two virtual Unit games on June 20 that attracted 43 tables. In addition, we set up a website that offered multiple ways to donate. These were:

    • Direct donation from Unit 539 members and their families and friends.

    • As in previous years, Judy Rimer crocheted bridge theme earrings and a necklace to help increase sales.

    • We also set up an Experts Auction for 17 Bridge Professionals that generated a record-breaking $6,625.00 Many thanks to these Bridge Experts for their participation and generous support: David Abelow, Daniel Korbel, Daniela von Arnim, Ifti Baqai, Ish Delmonte, Jason Feldman, Jim "JJ" Johnsen, Kitty Cooper, Lynne Feldman, Maritha Pottenger, Mark Perlmutter, Mitch Dunitz, Paul Darin, Rebecca Rogers, Rick Roeder, Sam Madison, and Wirt Gilliam

We want to thank all our members and volunteers for their help and support in making this event such a resounding success and look forward to our continued effort in supporting this worthy cause.

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

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 October 17th, we hosted 27 tables: (20 in the Open and 7 tables in the 299er.) Open games will now be getting credit for limited games that run concurrently 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, October 17th


Overall Winners


Open Pairs

Wirt Gilliam - Teno Lutter


999er Pairs

299er Pairs

Scott Bonomi - Jenifer Lary


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 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. [...]

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Sunday, Oct 31, 2021


San Diego Unit 299er Pairs


San Diego Unit 999er Pairs


San Diego Unit Open Pairs

Paul Darin Earns Platinum Life Master

Interview of Paul Darin by Larry Sherman.

 Read the Interview

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 contact one of your Board members to share any contact changes with us.

Online Directory

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Latest News!


10_17_21 Unit Game Hand Record (202 KB)


Number of Games Played in 2021 (237 KB)
Check this list to find out if you are eligible for the Appreciation Party credit.


Interview of Paul Darin (102 KB)


Maritha Earns Platinum (187 KB)
By Larry Sherman


How to Find San Diego Unit games (60 KB)


BBO Alerts (89 KB)


Instructions to Play Bridge on BBO (144 KB)

D22 Monthly Online Magazine

ACBL District 22 presents its monthly online magazine


Click here to read the latest edition

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!

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.


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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