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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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Wednesday Evening Lessons

The 6PM lessons on Wednesday review and reinforce the basic conventions covered last year. Besides the lecture, there's handouts and quizzes to sharpen your game.

The game is open to pairs whose total masterpoints are less than 200. This allows advancing players to mentor newer players.

If you need a Partner or have a question, contact us by email to info@santacruzbridge.org. We look forward to seeing you at the tables!

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 Thu Eve (05/24) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Richard Pearce - Susan Pearce 60.42 1st A 0.20
Carolyn Watanabe - Mary Martin 56.25 1st A 0.20
Kim Blake - Lou Browning 54.17 2nd A 0.14
Cindy Sherrett - Todd Sherrett 41.67 2nd A 0.14
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (05/24) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Jonni Faircrest - Richard Hill 63.00 1st A 1.40
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 55.00 1st B 1.04
Alan Chase - Robin McDuff 53.00 1st C 0.88
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (05/24) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Bruno - Phyllis Cramblet 60.17 1st A 0.64
Angie Millslagle - Judy Osborn 57.68 1st A 0.64
John Benich - Michael Burtch 55.69 2nd A 0.45
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 55.41 1st B 0.48
Helene Hayes - Victoria Bell 51.26 3rd A 0.32
Joanne Turnquist - Terry Vokos 49.60 2nd B 0.34
Laura McCabe - Michael Burk 49.21 1st C 0.12
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (05/23) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kristin Smith - Michael Kerner 67.61 1st A 0.48
John Wesolowski - Michael Burk 59.26 1st B 0.36
Angie Millslagle - Melinda Kovats 55.87 2nd B 0.25
Marilyn Calciano - Will Calciano 47.54 2nd C 0.17
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (05/23) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 57.78 1st A 1.20
Mick Friedberg - Susan Slinger 57.04 2nd A 0.84
Kenneth Llacera - Sydney Reuben 55.56 3rd A 0.60
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 55.19 4th A 0.42
Josh Karter - Richard Wasserstrom 53.33 5th A 0.24
Mark Hasey - Steven Smith 51.48 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (05/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kristin Smith - Margaret Suddards 55.11 1st A 0.80
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 54.66 2nd A 0.56
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 53.03 3rd A 0.40
Harold Rodgers - Howard Feldstein 50.34 4th A 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (05/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 68.45 1st OA 2.63
Joanne Wicker - Kenneth Johnson 58.63 2nd OA 1.97
Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill 58.04 3rd OA 1.48
Joanne Brown - Kristin Smith 57.14 4th OA 1.11
James Craig - Winston Stone 53.87 5th OA 0.83
Pamela Benz - Susan Benich 52.38 4th OB 0.64
Annemarie Moller - Phyllis Cramblet 50.89 2/3rd OC 0.69
Judith Ford - Victoria Bell 50.89 2/3rd OC 0.69
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (05/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Wesolowski - Thomas Burke 68.13 1st OA 0.99
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 61.88 2nd OA 0.74
Chris Tainty - David Harken 60.00 3rd OA 0.56
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 54.38 1st OC 0.67
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 51.88 2nd OC 0.50
Eric Stolzberg - Mark Riley 46.88 3rd OC 0.38
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (05/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Jeff Belden - Lani Ray 62.80 1st A 0.80
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 62.20 1st A 0.80
Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta 59.23 2nd A 0.56
Ann Ottenberg - Stanna Balassi 58.04 2nd A 0.56
Donald Seldeen - Kenneth Llacera 57.14 3rd A 0.40
Annemarie Moller - Joanne Brown 56.25 3rd A 0.40
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 54.17 2nd B 0.28
Joanne Wicker - Kenneth Johnson 53.57 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (05/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Walker - Laura McCabe 63.75 1st A 0.64
Farol Henderson - John Wesolowski 60.17 2nd A 0.45
Joanne Turnquist - Karen Schamberg 55.31 3rd A 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (05/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Donald Seldeen - Kenneth Llacera 63.46 1st A 1.20
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 63.11 2nd A 0.84
Liesel Sabloff - Marilyn Diola 58.00 3rd A 0.60
Bruce Dau - Kenneth Martin 54.22 4th A 0.42
Carol Avenmarg - Steven Smith 50.59 1st C 0.32
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 44.22 2nd C 0.22

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