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2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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THANKS to all Surfs Up Volunteers

We have just concluded another successful sectional. Our efforts were well received by visitors and Unit 550 members alike. While I had the honor of being the chairperson, result is equally shared with all who volunteered and contributed; a sectional tournament simply canít happen without everyone pitching in.

To the many who brought foods to share, a sincere thank you. Your offerings were plentiful, generous and tasty. Staying in the kitchen, I was treated to the guest compliments but the credit goes to all those who brought snacks and food.

The crew, including John Benich, Robert Johnson, Ken and Shirley Llacera, Gary Oing, John Wesolowski and Eric Stolzberg, who set up on Saturday morning and then packed up made it happen so smoothly you would have thought the sectional was always held at the Senior Center. John Benich also put together a team who prepared the SCBC for carpet cleaning and then set it up afterwards so no game was impacted. David and Bette Harken handled a myriad of tasks. Preparing the boards for play was accomplished by Ken Gamble and Jonni Faircrest. This is the kind of effort that makes an event come off successfully but can sometimes go unacknowledged. Thank you all!

The kitchen ran as well as it did thanks to Gary Oing. Mickís lunchtime presentation was well received. Sydney Reuben as co-chair and Laura McCab as partnership desk each doing an effective job.

We should all be proud. Let's carry this success forward to future sectionals. Tom Burke, Surfs Up Chair.

Unit 550 Board of Directors Election

Please consider joining the Board or a committee. You do not need to be an expert player or a long-time member of Unit 550. Your ideas and enthusiasm are all that is required.

The Board deals with all aspects of running our Santa Cruz Bridge Center to create an overall bridge experience for our members that is entertaining and educational while maintaining a friendly, competitive environment. We work with Club Owners to operate and manage the SCBC facility.

Contact Ken Llacera or any member of the Board or reply to this email to put your name in for election to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors or to learn more. The deadline for accepting nominations for the official ballot is Monday, October 15th; write-in candidates and nominations from the floor on election day are also accepted. The election results will be announced during the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Saturday, December 1st.

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 Fri AM (10/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Robin Evenden - Susan Slinger 62.20 1st OA 2.63
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 60.42 2nd OA 1.97
Janet Tainty - Neil Joseph Smyth 58.04 3rd OA 1.48
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 56.25 1st OB 1.38
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 55.06 2/3rd OB 0.91
Elena Laborde Bishop - Robin McDuff 55.06 1st OC 0.99
Diana Schilling - John Hadley 50.00 4/5th OB 0.51
Gary Oing - John Benich 50.00 2nd OC 0.74
John Hullman - Steven Smith 48.21 1st SC 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (10/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Brown - Kristin Smith 58.93 1st A 0.80
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 57.74 2nd A 0.56
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 52.38 3rd A 0.40
Deb Dotters - Vern Dotters 49.40 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (10/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Barbara Black - Jacci Sterling 58.33 1st A 0.64
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 55.36 2nd A 0.45
Michael Burk - Robert Johnson 50.60 3rd A 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (10/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 65.00 1st A 0.56
Marilyn Payne - Pete Thomas 64.17 1st A 0.56
Amos Hahn - Antoinette Jardine 59.17 2nd A 0.39
Betsy Allen - Carolyn Watanabe 53.33 2nd A 0.39
Richard Pearce - Susan Pearce 52.50 3rd A 0.28
Katherine Beiers - Mary Martin 50.00 3rd A 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (10/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Malcolm Sprott 68.75 1st A 0.80
Claire Swetland - D Webb 59.23 1st A 0.80
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 58.33 2nd A 0.56
James Slinger - Ken Llacera 58.33 2nd A 0.56
Jonni Faircrest - Salvatore Turano Jr 56.55 3rd A 0.40
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 50.30 3rd A 0.40
Marilyn Diola - Sherry Gilbreath 50.00 2nd B 0.28
Gloria Reiss - Lloyd Shipman Jr 48.21 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (10/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kristin Smith - Steven Smith 66.00 1st A 0.48
Angie Millslagle - John Wesolowski 58.00 2nd A 0.34
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (10/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Oppenheimer - Mary Peterson 64.88 1st A 0.90
Ken Llacera - Mick Friedberg 60.42 2nd A 0.63
Janet Tainty - Steven Smith 58.99 1st A 0.90
Carol Maggipinto - Neil Joseph Smyth 56.88 2nd A 0.63
Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill 56.08 3rd A 0.45
Gloria Reiss - Ken Gamble 55.95 3rd A 0.45
Ann Ottenberg - April Johnston 55.82 4th A 0.32
Pamela Benz - Peter Andrews 50.89 2nd B 0.34
Elena Laborde Bishop - Thomas Burke 47.62 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (10/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Darby Kremers - Linda Downing 65.00 1st A 0.36
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 60.00 1st A 0.36
Shellie Roy - Steven Nelson 55.00 2nd A 0.25
John Wesolowski - Judy Osborn 50.00 2nd A 0.25
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (10/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Diana Schilling - Joanne Bruno 58.18 1st A 0.70
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 57.40 2nd A 0.49
Donald Seldeen - Ken Llacera 57.10 1st A 0.70
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 56.99 3rd A 0.35
Peggy Dilfer - Susan Benich 53.13 2nd A 0.49
Richard Wasserstrom - Rick Zinman 52.23 3rd A 0.35
Josh Karter - Steven Smith 50.94 2nd B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (10/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Jeff Belden - Neil Joseph Smyth 65.48 1st A 0.70
Richard Hill - Robin Evenden 60.12 1st A 0.70
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 59.23 2nd A 0.49
Liesel Sabloff - Mick Friedberg 56.25 2nd A 0.49
John Hullman - Steven Smith 52.98 3rd A 0.35
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 52.08 3rd A 0.35
Bette Harken - Pamela Benz 47.62 2nd B 0.22
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 44.05 2nd B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (10/11) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Howard Feldstein - Jan Winham 60.71 1st A 0.80
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 60.12 2nd A 0.56
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 52.38 3rd A 0.40
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 49.40 1st C 0.24

Who We Are: We are seven bridge clubs authorized within Unit 550. We host ACBL-sanctioned bridge games every day at the SCBC. Our goal is to give you the best bridge playing environment.

Games: There are daily and evening games open to players of all levels with some games reserved for novice and/or intermediate players. Some games feature an optional meal at a nominal cost. If you need information about a game or a partner, please contact any one of us listed below, call us at the SCBC, or send us an email at scbc.director@gmail.com.

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

Schedule: View our regular schedule by clicking on Schedule. Alternatively, you can click on Calendar to view specific games for any day, meals offered and changes to the regular schedule.

Results: Game results are immediately available via the Results dropdown menu. You can also view a game's results by going to the Calendar and clicking on (includes hand records) or (results only).

Classes: A variety of lessons on bridge for beginning social players as well as experienced duplicate players wanting to reach the "next level" are available. Use the Learn Bridge dropdown menu at the left to see our current classes. Other learning materials are listed as well. The Calendar provides specific days for offered classes.

Note: Please observe our non-smoking, fragrance-free environment.

We look forward to seeing you at the tables!

Nancy, Jan, Mark, Robin, Mary and Jonni


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