Marty Bergen is always providing "rules" for bidding or hand evaluation which are quite useful. Recently (Bridge Bulletin, October, 2016) he published "21 Rules of Being a Good Partner". These were so good, we've decided to reprint one or more each month of 2017. Some are accompanied by appropriate quotes drawn from "Classic Bridge Quotes" by Jared Johnson.
1. Do not give lessons unless you are being paid to do so. Even then, unless you are very sure that it is the appropriate time and setting, think twice before sharing your "wisdom."
According to the evening paper, there are only five real authorities on bridge in this country. Odd how often one gets one of them as a partner.
For Unit Games and the Friday Game (Unit owned), the Unit Board has taken actions which supports non-playing directors in these games. There may be the rare exception, but the policy of the Unit is not to have a playing director.
Although this policy will impact the Unit budget, the improvement in game conditions gained by dedicated, non-playing directors, is worth the extra cost.
The next 299er Unit Game is Saturday, January 28 at 10:30A, directed by Ken Martin. A Unit game benefits the entire membership as all proceeds go to the Unit. A Unit game awards extra masterpoints. Come on in and join the fun!
Please sign up at the SCBC or by email to 299er Unit Game Sign Up. If you need a partner, indicate that in the email and we will try to arrange one for you.
Starting in January, the Friday lunches have been suspended. Please bring your own lunch as there will be a short lunch break during the game.
Another change being implemented on a trial basis is collection of the game at the door or at the Director's Desk. Hopefully this new process will speed the start of game and end the disruptions that occur when money is collected at the table.
Here's a couple of tips to make our game better and more pleasant for everyone:
The Unit Board of Directors wants to grow games at the SCBC, which benefits everyone. Growth often means there are newer players moving up to Open games. The Unit encourages everyone to Play Nice; you can read what "Play Nice" means by clicking here. Please treat all players with consideration and respect and have more patience with our newer players who are "moving up".
Below are some examples of commendable behavior, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to everyone's enjoyment of the game:
Here's behavior which violates the ACBL Zero Tolerance guidelines.
|Ginger Stone - Jan Winham||62.50||1st A||0.90|
|Lani Ray - Richard Wasserstrom||59.72||2nd A||0.63|
|Tim Gillott - William Shepherd||54.17||3rd A||0.45|
|Barbara Shepardson - Joanne Nelson||50.69||1st C||0.32|
|Howard Feldstein - Jonni Faircrest||50.69||4/5th A||0.25|
|Ray Shipman - Victoria Bell||43.75||2/3rd C||0.19|
|Karen Schamberg - Peggy Williams||43.75||2/3rd C||0.19|
|Lani Ray - Richard Wasserstrom||62.11||1st A||0.64|
|Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg||58.73||2nd A||0.45|
|Farol Henderson - Janet Tainty||57.54||1st B||0.48|
|John Hullman - Salvatore Turano Jr||50.60||2nd B||0.34|
|Patricia McNeal - Suzie Bogaard||62.05||1st A||0.54|
|Charlotte Sherman - Laura McCabe||60.71||2nd A||0.38|
|Nicci Winner - Richard Winner||60.27||1st A||0.54|
|Holt Ruffin - Nancy Ficarrotta||53.57||3rd A||0.27|
|A Jeanne Allen - Judy Osborn||51.34||4th A||0.19|
|John Wesolowski - Michael Burk||50.45||2nd A||0.38|
|Carol Cowen - Gina Brown||48.66||3/4th A||0.23|
|Kathy Shortley - Suzi Wald||48.66||3/4th A||0.23|
|Fred Velez - Mary Peterson||59.58||1st A||1.30|
|Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg||55.83||2/3rd A||0.78|
|Ann Ottenberg - Robin Evenden||55.83||2/3rd A||0.78|
|Henrietta Cooper - Liesel Sabloff||54.17||2nd B||0.50|
|Marilyn Diola - Sherry Gilbreath||52.92||3rd B||0.36|
|Phyllis Wasserstrom - Richard Wasserstrom||52.50||4th B||0.25|
|Ginger Stone - Judith Murdock||49.17||2nd C||0.28|
|Jan Winham - Judith Murdock||71.83||1st A||0.56|
|Jonni Faircrest - William Shepherd||62.08||2nd A||0.39|
|Harold Rodgers - Howard Feldstein||59.17||1st A||0.56|
|Diane Duey - Philip Hebner||52.92||1st B||0.32|
|Harold Wasserstrom - Sally Angelacos||51.58||2nd A||0.39|
|Alan Chase - Josh Karter||48.58||3rd A||0.28|
|Daniel Marchegiani - Gloria Reiss||44.09||2nd B||0.22|
|Nancy Wainer - Robert Johnson||63.92||1st A||1.00|
|Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill||63.84||2nd A||0.70|
|Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg||59.09||1st A||1.00|
|Kenneth Martin - Richard Wasserstrom||54.63||2nd A||0.70|
|Dorothy Malutta - Ken Gamble||52.58||3rd A||0.50|
|Irma Andrews - John Hullman||52.09||3rd A||0.50|
|Elena Laborde Bishop - Thomas Burke||51.70||4th A||0.35|
|Pamela Benz - Peter Andrews||50.76||4th A||0.35|
|Marilyn Diola - Sherry Gilbreath||49.71||1st C||0.32|
|Diana Schilling - Gary Oing||48.85||2nd C||0.22|
|Nancy Ficarrotta - Sandra White||63.89||1st A||0.54|
|A Jeanne Allen - Joanne Turnquist||62.50||2nd A||0.38|
|Betty Wilkinson - Diane Gunter||56.25||1st A||0.54|
|Carol Cowen - Gina Brown||53.13||1st B||0.48|
|Chris Tainty - David Harken||52.78||3rd A||0.27|
|Ann Sydes - Gloria Dioszegi||52.43||3rd B||0.21|
|Judith Ford - Yvette Benson||51.04||2nd B||0.34|
|Allan Kass - Jeff Easter||50.69||2nd C||0.25|
|Micky Ording - Molly Ording||48.61||2nd C||0.17|
|George Beard - Pamela Benz||62.04||1st A||1.00|
|Josh Karter - Rick Zinman||57.87||2nd A||0.70|
|Mark Wainer - Wayne Boss||57.64||3rd A||0.50|
|Jeff Belden - Lani Ray||57.64||1st A||1.00|
|Ken Gamble - Phillip Rodriguez||56.71||2nd A||0.70|
|Donald Seldeen - Kenneth Llacera||56.71||4th A||0.35|
|Claire Swetland - D Webb||56.48||3rd A||0.50|
|Jonni Faircrest - William Shepherd||52.08||4th A||0.35|
|Harold Wasserstrom - Pamela Benz||63.01||1st A||0.40|
|Marion Edmondson - Mary Pulliam||54.89||1/2nd A||0.34|
|Diane Duey - Judith Ford||54.89||1/2nd A||0.34|
|Joanne Nelson - Ruth Grant||50.51||2nd B||0.22|
|John Oppenheimer - Mark Hasey||49.85||2nd A||0.28|
|Marjorie Chatfield - Tom Chatfield||47.54||1st B||0.24|
|Phillip Rodriguez - Robin Evenden||58.93||1st OA||2.04|
|Kenneth Martin - Virginia Calhoun||53.57||2/4th OA||1.18|
|Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta||53.57||2/4th OA||1.18|
|Ken Gamble - Lani Ray||53.57||2/4th OA||1.18|
|Liesel Sabloff - Sherry Gilbreath||48.21||2nd SB||0.43|
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 Club||O w n e r / D i r e c t o r||P h o n e|
|Bid 'em Up||Nancy Wainer||(831) 465-1234|
|Eureka||Bill McIntosh||(408) 842-4886|
|Monarch||Mark Hasey||(831) 427-2112|
|Bridge4Fun||Jan Winham||(831) 291-0479|
|Santa Cruz||Unit 550 Board of Directors||(831) 465-1102|
|Bridge Because||Robin Evenden||(831) 462-5367|
|Finesse||Mary Pulliam||(831) 295-2051|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We look forward to seeing you at the tables!
Your Unit 550 Board of Directors