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American Contract Bridge League
Santa Cruz County
Unit 550

Unit 550
Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
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Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Games

The Annual Meeting of Unit 550 is scheduled for Saturday, December 1. The game begins at 10AM. Unit 550 is supplying lunch and desert. Both the game and lunch are FREE!

The SCBC Holiday Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 8. The game begins at 10AM. Unit 550 is hosting a full meal at the break. Both the game and lunch are FREE!

Each game will have a separate 299er section if there are five tables. Even if you don't play, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for lunch at either game.

There is a sign-up for the Holiday Party so that we can get a meal count. If you need a partner, email us and we will try to arrange one for you.

Unit 550 Board Election

Your offical ballot may be picked up at the SCBC or printed out here.

You may cast your ballot any time from now until 2P on Friday, November 30th. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Saturday, December 1st. Remember: You must include your ACBL Number on the outside of your envelope for your ballot to count.

Patience & Teaching

Trying to teach or give advice during a game is not effective and might even be seen as a violation of ACBL rules (see Law 74.A.2, Etiquette of Word and Action: A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.)

  • Don't teach at the table; waiting until the game is over is much more effective
  • Giving advice during the game is bad strategy, typically unwanted and could easily be wrong
  • Talking about a board/result often reaveals details of the board to other players
  • Even well-meaning advice might be taken as criticism, which is unethical, rude and a violation of the Laws

Making Our Game Better

Please, if you are sick or just feeling ill, please stay home so you don't pass it on.

Here's a couple of tips to make our game better and more pleasant for everyone:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before game time
  • Check your cell phone before the game starts and turn it off or on silence
  • Make your lead before recording the contract
  • Delay any discussion of the previous hand until you have a break or after the game

One of our newer players adds these points:

  • Call the Director, rather then trying to resolve a problem
  • Allow the Director to assess the siuation and explain the ruling
  • Bid and play in tempo so as not to give unauthorized information
  • Enter the score in Bridgemate instead of "chatting" about the hand with partner or opponents
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (11/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Hullman - Steven Smith 62.08 1st A 1.30
Richard Hill - Robin Evenden 55.42 2nd A 0.91
Irma Andrews - Susan Benich 53.75 3rd A 0.65
Phyllis Cramblet - Sherry Gilbreath 52.92 4/6th A 0.31
Bruce Dau - Kenneth Martin 52.92 4/6th A 0.31
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 52.92 4/6th A 0.31
Robert Johnson - Sydney Reuben 45.83 1/2nd C 0.27
Bonnie Simon - Jacci Sterling 45.83 1/2nd C 0.27
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (11/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 65.63 1st A 1.00
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 57.54 2nd A 0.70
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 54.64 3rd A 0.50
Henrietta Cooper - Mark Hasey 52.79 4th A 0.35
John Walker - Jonni Faircrest 52.60 3rd B 0.28
Diane Gunter - Marjorie Albright 43.99 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (11/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Robert Johnson - Shirley Smith 61.11 1st A 0.64
John Benich - Michael Burtch 55.56 2nd A 0.45
Bonnie Simon - Margaret Suddards 52.18 3rd A 0.32
Farol Henderson - John Wesolowski 51.79 1st C 0.28
Barbara Black - Jacci Sterling 50.00 2nd C 0.20
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (11/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 69.44 1st A 0.36
Betsy Allen - Michael Kerner 65.00 1st A 0.36
Janet Loops - Lester Loops 63.89 2nd A 0.25
Kenneth Girouard - Lou Browning 57.78 2nd A 0.25
Richard Pearce - Susan Pearce 53.89 2nd B 0.14
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (11/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Elena Laborde Bishop - Rick Zinman 60.07 1st A 0.70
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 59.42 2nd A 0.49
Claire Swetland - D Webb 59.18 1st A 0.70
James Slinger - Ken Llacera 56.45 2nd A 0.49
Dorothy Malutta - Phyllis Cramblet 55.16 3rd A 0.35
Bonnie Simon - Joanne Bruno 51.09 3rd A 0.35
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (11/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Angie Millslagle - John Wesolowski 58.13 1st A 0.64
Dennis Claussen - Michael Burtch 56.69 2nd A 0.45
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 54.85 3rd A 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (11/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Oppenheimer - Roxana Perkins 58.80 1st A 1.00
Ann Ottenberg - Stanna Balassi 56.02 2nd A 0.70
Bonnie Simon - Marilyn Diola 55.56 3rd A 0.50
John Hullman - Pamela Benz 54.17 4th A 0.35
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (11/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Janet Loops - Lester Loops 58.75 1st A 0.30
Darby Kremers - Diane Duey 55.63 1st A 0.30
Ceil Cirillo - Eric Stolzberg 55.00 1st B 0.24
Joy Gift - Sharol Sevilla 52.50 2nd B 0.17
Marilyn Payne - Pete Thomas 50.00 2nd A 0.21
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (11/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Josh Karter - Richard Wasserstrom 56.65 1st A 0.80
Donald Seldeen - Ken Gamble 56.45 2nd A 0.56
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 55.95 1st A 0.80
Gina Brown - Nancy Wainer 55.51 2nd A 0.56
Joanne Bruno - Phyllis Cramblet 54.21 3rd A 0.40
Rick Zinman - Steven Smith 54.07 3rd A 0.40
Diana Schilling - Gary Oing 50.05 2nd B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (11/11) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Salvatore Turano Jr 65.00 1st A 0.56
Gloria Reiss - Ken Gamble 60.83 1st A 0.56
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 60.83 1st B 0.48
Carol Avenmarg - Margaret Suddards 52.50 1st B 0.48
Joanne Nelson - Ruth Grant 51.25 2nd B 0.34
Farol Henderson - Marti Jones 50.83 2nd B 0.34
Lester Loops - Robert Johnson 49.58 2nd C 0.22
Deb Dotters - Vern Dotters 47.08 2nd C 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sat Aft (11/10) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Yatindra Sahae - Yehudit Hasin-Brumshte 65.49 4.13 Red
Grant Robinson - Teresa Boyd 58.05 3.10 Red
Ken Gamble - Nancy Wainer 56.79 2.32 Red
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 55.91 1.74 Red
Kenneth Johnson - Vincent McLoughlin 55.27 2.36 Red
Cadir Lee - Lynn Shannon 53.77 0.98 Red
Heather MacGregor - James Slinger 53.62 0.41 Red
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 53.16 1.03 Red
Gary Oing - John Benich 52.52 1.77 Red
Anne Dudman - Colin Hemsley 51.40 1.33 Red
Ken Pelowski - Lori Mirek 51.15 1.31 Red
Geraldine Macdonald - Paul Davis 49.98 0.98 Red
Aaron Mayerson - Wesley May 48.79 0.78 Red
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 47.46 0.56 Red

Mission: We are the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) of Santa Cruz County, Unit 550. Our mission is to promote the game of bridge, support the six bridge clubs operating within Unit 550 at the SCBC, provide a pleasant environment, and operate effective facilities for playing duplicate bridge in Santa Cruz.

Schedules: The Club Schedule lists the regular club game schedule. The Unit Game Schedule is available from the left menu. Clicking on Calendar displays all the games this month with changes from the regular schedule. There are daily and evening games; some are open to players of all levels while others are reserved for newcomers, novice and/or intermediate players. Contact any of the Bridge Club Owners listed below or call the SCBC with questions or partner requests.

Game Results: Click on Results or on the (includes hand records) or (results only) in the Calendar. If the results don't appear, you probably have pop-up blocker turned on.

Bridge ClubO w n e r / D i r e c t o rP h o n e
Bid 'em UpNancy Wainer(831) 465-1234
MonarchMark Hasey(831) 427-2112
Bridge4FunJan Winham(831) 291-0479
Santa CruzUnit 550 Board of Directors(831) 465-1102
Bridge BecauseRobin Evenden(831) 462-5367
FinesseMary Pulliam(831) 295-2051
ScratchJonni Faircrest(831) 531-8375
Santa Cruz DuplicateKen Llacera(831) 426-4949

Classes: If you are interested in learning bridge or improving, a consolidated list of classes is viewed by clicking on "Learn Bridge" and selecting "Lessons". Classes details are found via the links.

Questions: You can find most information about Unit 550, the Board and members on this website. For example, a display of Unit 550 Life Masters is found under Accolades. You can print out pages which have a printer icon by clicking on the icon and using the browser's File ► Print menu.

If you have any questions about games or lessons please call us at (831) 465-1102 or send us an email at info@santacruzbridge.org.

Note: Please observe our non-smoking, fragrance-free environment.

We look forward to seeing you at the tables!

Your Unit 550 Board of Directors