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2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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Bergen's 21 Rules

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.
--Punch, a British magazine.

Unit Board Moves To Eliminate Playing Directors

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.

299er Unit Game

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.

Friday Lunches

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.

Making Our Game Better

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

  • Check your cell phone before the game starts and turn it off or on silence
  • If you are on lead, make it before writing down the contract
  • Delay any discussion of the previous hand until you have a break or after the game

Play Nice At The SCBC

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:

  • Being a good host or guest at the table.
  • Greeting others in a friendly manner.
  • Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponents.
Here's behavior which violates the ACBL Zero Tolerance guidelines.
  • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
  • Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
  • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  • Loud and disruptive arguing with a director's ruling.
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (01/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Phillip Rodriguez 65.51 1st A 1.00
Richard Hill - Robin Evenden 62.27 1st A 1.00
Kenneth Llacera - Richard Wasserstrom 60.65 2nd A 0.70
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 57.41 3rd A 0.50
Jeff Belden - Lani Ray 56.25 2nd A 0.70
Susan Slinger - Virginia Calhoun 54.40 4th A 0.35
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Pamela Benz - Rachael Spencer 53.70 1st B 0.48
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 53.01 1st B 0.56
Janet Tainty - Linda Hanson 52.78 2nd B 0.34
Ann Ottenberg - April Johnston 52.08 4th A 0.35
Ginger Stone - Jack Simon 50.00 2nd B 0.39
Betty Hamlin - Richard Hamlin 49.54 3rd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (01/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Aft (01/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (01/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (01/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (01/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (01/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (01/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (01/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (01/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sat AM (01/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
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 ClubO w n e r / D i r e c t o rP h o n e
Bid 'em UpNancy Wainer(831) 465-1234
EurekaBill McIntosh(408) 842-4886
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

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