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American Contract Bridge League
Santa Cruz County
Unit 550

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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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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 Wed Eve (06/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Jacci Sterling - Tad Sterling 56.25 1/3rd OA 0.69
Joy Gift - Sharol Sevilla 56.25 1/3rd OA 0.69
John Walker - Laura McCabe 56.25 1st OB 0.75
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 51.04 2nd OB 0.56
Betsy Allen - Carolyn Watanabe 48.96 3rd OB 0.42
Marilyn Payne - Pete Thomas 47.92 2nd SC 0.14
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (06/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 60.65 1st A 1.00
Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg 59.26 2nd A 0.70
Kristin Smith - Phyllis Cramblet 53.24 3rd A 0.50
Rick Zinman - Steven Smith 51.39 4th A 0.35
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (06/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 61.42 1st A 0.96
Kristin Smith - Margaret Suddards 58.25 2nd A 0.67
John Wesolowski - Thomas Burke 56.17 3rd A 0.48
Alicia Keen - Robin McDuff 53.25 4th A 0.34
John Benich - Marti Jones 52.92 5th A 0.19
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (06/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Johnson - Vincent McLoughlin 63.69 1st A 0.70
Jonni Faircrest - Lani Ray 58.33 2nd A 0.49
Rick Zinman - Steven Smith 58.33 1st A 0.70
Kenneth Martin - Richard Wasserstrom 58.04 2nd A 0.49
John Hullman - Pamela Benz 54.76 3rd A 0.35
Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill 50.30 3rd A 0.35
Alicia Keen - Kristin Smith 48.51 2nd C 0.28
Fred Velez - John Benich 44.05 1st C 0.16
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (06/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Darby Kremers - Linda Downing 61.50 1st A 0.66
Angie Millslagle - Patricia McNeal 59.08 2nd A 0.46
John Wesolowski - Judy Osborn 58.06 3rd A 0.33
Michael Kerner - Steven Smith 57.81 4th A 0.23
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 54.08 4th B 0.19
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (06/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Gamble - Nancy Wainer 64.58 1st A 1.10
Ann Ottenberg - Stanna Balassi 57.81 2/3rd A 0.66
Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta 57.81 2/3rd A 0.66
Joanne Wicker - Kenneth Johnson 54.69 4th A 0.39
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (06/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Jan Winham - Joanne Nelson 52.32 1st A 0.64
Leslie Davidson - Margaret Suddards 51.94 2nd A 0.45
Alicia Keen - John Oppenheimer 50.97 3rd A 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (06/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Gary Oing - John Benich 64.29 1st A 0.70
Carol Avenmarg - Kenneth Martin 61.61 1st A 0.70
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 56.85 2nd A 0.49
Ken Llacera - Mick Friedberg 56.55 3rd A 0.35
Phyllis Cramblet - Sherry Gilbreath 54.17 2/3rd A 0.42
Richard Wasserstrom - Rick Zinman 54.17 2/3rd A 0.42
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (06/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Pat Emmons - Thomas Motter 54.17 1/2nd A 0.13
Lou Browning - Sheri Norbosh 54.17 1/2nd A 0.13
Lori Lee Biagi - Valerie Tudor 45.83 1st A 0.15
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (06/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Avenmarg - Kristin Smith 59.26 1st A 1.50
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 56.94 2nd A 1.12
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 53.70 3rd A 0.80
Alan Chase - Robin McDuff 52.31 4th A 0.56
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (06/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 60.71 1st A 0.64
Kathy O'Neil Traback - Russell Farkouh 54.76 2nd A 0.45
Annemarie Moller - Joanne Bruno 53.57 3rd A 0.32
Paula Cole - Suzanne Haley 48.21 2nd 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
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

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