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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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ACBL Wide Charity Game

Tuesday Evening, November 21, is an ACBL Wide Charity Game. The game is Open with lots of masterpoints. The extra cost of $2 per person goes to the Alzheimer's Association.

Come out to support this terrific cause!

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, December 1st. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Saturday, December 2nd. Remember: You must include your ACBL Number on the outside of your envelope for your ballot to count.

Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

Unit 550's Holiday Party and Annual Meeting are scheduled for Saturday, December 2. The game begins at 10AM. Unit 550 is supplying a lunch entree; members are requested to bring a salad or dessert to share.

The game will have a separate 299er section. Even if you don't play, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for lunch and the Annual Meeting, where the new Board of Directors will be announced and other matters discussed.

Tuesday Evening Pro-Am

There will be a Pro-Am on December 12, Tuesday at 6:30PM. It will start with a potluck at 6:00PM, provided by the Am players.

Am (under 750 points): You may play with your regular Tuesday Am, another Am, a "Pro" you have asked or Robin will do her best to set you up with a "Pro" for the evening. Please sign up on the sheet provided at the SCBC. If you have a "Pro" as a regular partner, please try to find another one for this game, to keep it as fair as possible. If you have any questions, e-mail Robin at robinde@juno.com, call her at (831) 462-5367 or see Robin at the SCBC.

Pro: Please sign up at the SCBC if you are willing to share your expertise.

Thursday Morning Game

The Thursday Morning game has restarted. Starting at 10AM, most sessions begin with a 30-minute lesson taught by Ken Llacera. The lessons build on those taught to the 99ers over the last two years; see the complete list here. Players with 75+ masterpoints will benefit from the lessons.

The game generally consists of 24 boards or less as the target is to wrap up at approximately 2:15P. The lesson and game is $10. You are welcome to just come for the game for $8. If you can only make the lesson, it is $5. There will be a short lunch break but you must bring your own lunch.

Please contact Ken with any question about the lessons/game or to request a partner: (831) 426-4949; via email to Thursday Game.

Bergen's Rules For Being A Good Partner

19. Picture problems, bidding/defense, from Partner's viewpoint. Choose the bid/play that makes her life easier.

Making Our Game Better

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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (11/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 64.59 1st A 1.00
James Slinger - Phillip Rodriguez 57.91 1st A 1.00
Kenneth Llacera - Sydney Reuben 56.67 2nd A 0.70
Farol Henderson - John Benich 56.44 2nd A 0.70
Susan Slinger - Virginia Calhoun 55.63 3rd A 0.50
Diana Schilling - Gary Oing 54.63 3rd A 0.50
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Dorothy Malutta - Vicki Kuhlmann 54.23 1st B 0.56
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 52.40 4th A 0.35
Fred Velez - Mary Peterson 52.37 2nd B 0.39
Bonnie Simon - Jacci Sterling 49.58 3rd B 0.28
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 48.01 3rd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (11/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Llacera - Xavier Prochaska 60.12 1st A 0.80
Ginger Stone - Jan Winham 54.17 2/3rd A 0.48
Alicia Keen - Linda Hanson 54.17 2/3rd A 0.48
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 48.21 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (11/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Linda Hanson - Susan Mazzei 71.67 1st A 0.96
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 63.21 2nd A 0.67
Barbara Black - David Harken 55.67 3rd A 0.48
Marilyn Payne - Pete Thomas 51.92 4th A 0.34
John Hullman - Salvatore Turano Jr 51.79 5th A 0.19
Paula Cole - Suzanne Haley 47.13 4th B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (11/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Walker - Maria Levy 59.44 1st A 0.36
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 58.33 2nd A 0.25
Janet Loops - Lester Loops 57.78 2nd C 0.14
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 57.22 1st A 0.36
John Wesolowski - Michael Burk 53.33 2nd A 0.25
Nicci Winner - Richard Winner 43.89 1st B 0.15
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (11/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Malcolm Sprott 63.99 1st A 0.70
Dorothy Malutta - Phyllis Cramblet 57.74 1st A 0.70
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 57.14 2nd A 0.49
Kenneth Llacera - Phillip Rodriguez 56.25 2nd A 0.49
Henrietta Cooper - Liesel Sabloff 52.98 3rd A 0.35
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 52.68 3rd A 0.35
Joanne Bruno - Linda Hanson 50.00 2nd B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (11/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Harold Rodgers - Howard Feldstein 61.10 1st A 0.64
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 57.86 2nd A 0.45
Bette Harken - David Harken 53.92 3rd A 0.32
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 52.08 2nd B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (11/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bonnie Simon - Linda Hanson 59.30 1st A 1.50
James Slinger - Kenneth Llacera 57.05 2nd A 1.05
Lani Ray - Richard Wasserstrom 54.17 3rd A 0.75
Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill 53.85 4th A 0.53
Kenneth Martin - Virginia Calhoun 53.52 5th A 0.30
David Jackson - Joanne Wicker 53.20 3rd B 0.36
Annemarie Moller - Phyllis Cramblet 51.92 2nd C 0.34
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (11/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ane Gade - Teri Handzel 61.31 1st A 0.48
Leslie Davidson - Margaret Suddards 60.52 1st A 0.48
Lesley Franz - Nancy Kashap 54.96 1st B 0.36
Judy Osborn - Robert Johnson 53.97 2nd B 0.25
Eric Stolzberg - Mark Riley 53.37 2nd A 0.34
Francine Raphael - Sigrid Lohnberg 52.58 3rd A 0.24
Joann Perkins - Marilyn Payne 52.05 2nd B 0.17
Darby Kremers - Linda Downing 50.20 2nd C 0.17
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (11/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bruce Dau - Jim Martin 61.11 1st A 0.90
Donald Seldeen - Ken Gamble 60.65 2nd A 0.63
Richard Wasserstrom - Steven Smith 59.49 3rd A 0.45
Lani Ray - Robin Lasser 59.26 1st A 0.90
Carol Maggipinto - Malcolm Sprott 57.18 2nd A 0.63
Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta 56.94 3rd A 0.45
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Wicker - Neil Joseph Smyth 56.48 4th A 0.32
Kenneth Llacera - Mark Wainer 55.32 4th A 0.32
Diana Schilling - Gary Oing 54.17 2nd B 0.34
Annemarie Moller - Joanne Bruno 49.07 2nd C 0.22
Janet Tainty - Linda Hanson 45.60 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (11/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Salvatore Turano Jr 56.71 1st OA 2.04
Betty Wilkinson - Suzanne Haley 55.08 2nd OA 1.53
Farol Henderson - Vicki Kuhlmann 53.00 3rd OA 1.15
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sat Aft (11/11) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Bonnie Simon - Virginia Calhoun 61.90 3.38 Red
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 60.42 2.54 Red
Kenneth Llacera - Phillip Rodriguez 56.55 1.90 Red
Joel Koransky - Ken Rosenfeld 54.46 1.67 Red
Kenneth Johnson - Vincent McLoughlin 53.57 1.69 Red
Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta 52.68 1.22 Red
John Benich - Susan Benich 51.79 0.85 Red
Margaret Dalton - William Dalton 51.49 0.92 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) 206-7948

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