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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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Bill McIntosh Passed Away

Bill McIntosh passed away the evening of February 18. Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Service at St Stephens Episcopal Church
651 Broadway, Gilroy
1:30PM on Saturday, February 25

Followed by a reception at:
Old City Hall (a favorite place for Bill and Ellen)
7400 Monterey Rd, Gilroy

The Unit has scheduled a game in Bill's honor for Saturday, March 18. A potluck lunch will begin at 11:30 while we share remembrances and tributes to Bill. Players are requested to bring a dish with a Southern theme to honor the Southern gentleman. Desserts will be provided. Bill's wife Ellen and family will attend the luncheon.

You must sign-up in advance either at the SCBC or via email to Bill McIntosh Memorial Game Sign Up.

Bill loved the game of bridge and directing at the SCBC. He was a fixture at the center and helped many people with their game. Who can forget the Christmas and New Years games? He will be missed by all.

Cancelled: Unit Game February 22!

There were insufficient Open sign-ups for the February Wednesday Night Unit Game. The game reverts to 99ers only.

The next Unit Game is scheduled for Wednesday Evening March 22 at 6PM.

Please sign up at the SCBC or by email to Unit Game Sign Up. If you need a partner, indicate that in the email and we will try to arrange one for you.

This Friday: Chef Sherry Returns

This Friday, February 24, Sherry is returning to direct and provide lunch ($7). The menu is Italian Sauage Soup, an avocado & strawberry salad and lemon cello bread pudding with ice cream! Wow!!! Sign-ups not necessary, just bring your appetite.

Bergen's 21 Rules -- #4

4. Avoid discussing the hand just played; even to clear up a misunderstanding! Wait until a break or, even better, after the session.

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 (02/24) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Susan Slinger 69.60 1st A 1.10
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 64.80 1st A 1.10
Bette Harken - David Harken 60.60 2nd A 0.77
Pamela Benz - Phyllis Cramblet 60.23 3rd A 0.55
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 56.16 4th A 0.39
Joanne Bruno - Liesel Sabloff 55.81 2nd A 0.77
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bonnie Simon - Marilyn Diola 54.44 3rd B 0.28
Ann Ottenberg - Mick Friedberg 54.06 3rd A 0.55
Bruce Dau - Donald Seldeen 53.37 4th A 0.39
Josh Karter - Steven Smith 51.92 2nd B 0.39
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 49.44 3rd B 0.28
George Beard - Salvatore Turano Jr 44.45 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (02/23) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 58.33 1st A 0.70
Henrietta Cooper - Mark Hasey 52.08 2nd A 0.49
Alicia Keen - Vicki Kuhlmann 50.00 1st C 0.32
Ginger Stone - Jan Winham 50.00 3/4th A 0.30
Alan Chase - Steven Smith 47.92 2/3rd C 0.19
Joanne Turnquist - Karen Schamberg 47.92 2/3rd C 0.19
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Aft (02/23) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Hullman - Salvatore Turano Jr 63.75 1st A 0.90
Charles Pender - Richard Wasserstrom 62.03 2nd A 0.63
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 57.18 3rd A 0.45
Joanne Bruno - Vicki Kuhlmann 51.85 2nd B 0.34
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 49.78 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (02/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Lesley Franz - Nancy Kashap 63.44 1st A 0.35
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 63.11 1st A 0.35
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 53.22 2nd A 0.25
Jule Hilton - Leslie Davidson 53.00 3rd A 0.18
Angie Millslagle - Melinda Kovats 52.00 2nd A 0.25
Cindy Ventrice - Gary Ventrice 44.33 3rd A 0.18
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (02/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Heather MacGregor - James Slinger 67.26 1st A 0.80
Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg 66.96 1st A 0.80
Diana Schilling - Elena Laborde Bishop 60.42 2nd A 0.56
Joanne Bruno - Phyllis Cramblet 58.63 2nd A 0.56
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 57.74 3rd A 0.40
Carol Avenmarg - Vicki Kuhlmann 53.27 3rd A 0.40
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (02/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 70.50 1st A 0.56
Harold Wasserstrom - Steven Smith 59.42 1st A 0.56
Carol Avenmarg - Kristin Smith 55.40 2nd A 0.39
Howard Feldstein - Jan Winham 55.00 2nd A 0.39
Karen Schamberg - Peggy Dilfer 53.33 3rd A 0.28
Dennis Claussen - Michael Burtch 53.00 2nd C 0.22
Daniel Marchegiani - Gloria Reiss 52.70 3rd A 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (02/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Irma Andrews - John Hullman 66.44 1st A 1.00
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 56.02 1/2nd A 0.85
Ken Gamble - Rachael Spencer 56.02 2nd A 0.70
Pamela Benz - Peter Andrews 56.02 1/2nd A 0.85
Elena Laborde Bishop - Thomas Burke 55.79 1st B 0.56
Nancy Wainer - Robert Johnson 55.56 3rd A 0.50
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Neil Joseph Smyth 54.86 4th A 0.35
Liesel Sabloff - Sherry Gilbreath 53.47 2nd B 0.39
Diana Schilling - Gary Oing 52.31 3rd B 0.28
Fred Velez - John Benich 51.16 2nd B 0.34
John Oppenheimer - Mary Peterson 46.53 1st C 0.24
Formatted Winners Table Not Found
Click Mon Eve (02/20) for results.
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (02/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Richard Wasserstrom - Steven Smith 66.35 1st A 1.50
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 64.42 2nd A 1.05
Donald Seldeen - Kenneth Llacera 61.22 3rd A 0.75
James Slinger - Phillip Rodriguez 60.90 4th A 0.53
Joanne Bruno - Virginia Calhoun 52.98 2nd B 0.62
Peggy Dilfer - Susan Benich 50.32 3rd B 0.44
Bruce Dau - Jim Martin 49.68 4th B 0.31
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 47.43 1st C 0.32
Gary Oing - John Benich 46.80 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (02/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Benich - Susan Benich 61.88 1st A 0.48
Harold Wasserstrom - Richard Wasserstrom 61.50 2nd A 0.34
Peter Vokos - Terry Vokos 59.13 2nd B 0.28
Deborah Goodell - Jerome Goodell 55.88 1st A 0.48
Joanne Nelson - Ruth Grant 54.13 2nd A 0.34
Joanne Turnquist - Karen Schamberg 49.88 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (02/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Phillip Rodriguez 68.75 1st A 1.00
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 65.51 2nd A 0.70
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 62.50 1st A 1.00
Diana Schilling - John Hadley 61.81 2nd A 0.70
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 59.95 3rd A 0.50
Kenneth Johnson - Vincent McLoughlin 56.71 3rd A 0.50
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Susan Slinger - Virginia Calhoun 54.63 4th A 0.35
George Beard - Salvatore Turano Jr 53.01 1st B 0.56
Liesel Sabloff - Marilyn Diola 50.93 2nd B 0.39
John Benich - Michael Burtch 50.46 2nd B 0.39
Bruce Dau - Richard Hill 50.00 3rd B 0.28
Harold Rodgers - Steven Smith 49.07 3rd B 0.28

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