ACBL Unit 559

ACBL Services for Members:   662-253-3191

Welcome to our unit's website!

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      I've played bridge over half my life...
   The lesser half I wasted.--roy
   Chinese Chop for Roy

Roy Wilson --                
626 340-9575

Unit President:   
Jan Wickersham
626 487-4014
Unit Historian:   
Mike Marcucci
818 903-2471
Unit Game & BBO Director:  
Mojo - Morris Jones
818 695-6114
Friendship Chairman:   
Marie Nimmrich
626 448-3304
Unit 559 Webmaster:
Roy Wilson
626 340-9575

Diane Gulbrandsen 626 445-3797 Home: 626 357-1590
Arcadia Bridge Center Time Game
  Monday    Noon         Open Game    
  Tuesday    11:00 AM         Open Game    
  Wednesday    Closed           No Game    
  Thursday    7:15 PM         Open Game    
  Friday    11:00 AM         Open Game    
  Saturday    10:30 AM         Rookie Game    
  Saturday    1:00 PM         Open Game    
RegencyBridge Club Time Game
  Thursday    Noon         Open Game    
Unit Game Time Game
  Sunday Dec 11 - Party    12:30 PM           ABC Flighted    

B U L L E T I N   B O A R D
Information for Unit 559 Members





You will learn more bridge from losing to good players
than you will from winning against poor players.

They're Back!
Welcome back to our Snow Birds.  Roselyn and Saul Teukolsky have returned for the winter and we will enjoy their company!  Welcome back, friends.

Advanced in Rank
Congratulations to Zach Vedro who is our newest Gold Life Master.  And we also must congratulate Mindy Golden who has achieved the rank of Ruby Life Master!.  Well done, players.

Unit 559 Holiday Party  
Sunday, December 11  
This is a Royal STaC game  
and your reservation must
be in by December 6  

Annual Party
Friends, the last day for registration is getting close.

Are you still trying to decide if you want come to our Holiday party?  Well, you better make a decision pretty soon! You can't wait until the last minute and expect to be able to play.
    Our next unit game is also our annual Holiday party at the Arcadia Community Center.
    There's more information on the flyer, which you can see if you open the party link    

4-5 or 4-6 Majors?
You might have either 4-5 or 4-6 in the majors when your partner opens 1NT.  How do you find your best fit and also insure that partner plays the hand?
      A Better Way
        Start with Stayman. If your partner bids either major you have found your fit, but if your partner denies a 4-card major your next bid will depend whether you have a 5-card suit or a 6-card suit.

        Opener Denies a 4-Card Major
        • If you have a 4-5 hand the best choice is to use the Smolen convention and jump to the 3-level in your 4-card suit which by agreement shows five in the other major.  (Your partner will be the declarer in either 3NT or four of your 5-card major.)

        • If you have a 4-6 hand you can use Extended Smolen.  Do not bid your 6-card suit!  Instead, jump to the 4-level in the suit under it.  That's a transfer, and your partner will have the lead come up to his notrump hand.

Phoenix NABC November 24-December 4              
Palm Springs Regional December 12-18              

Unit Historian:   
Do you have an old photo or other memorbilia from our past that you can share with us?  Please consider giving a copy to Mike.
Mike Marcucci
818 903-2471
Pasadena-San Gabriel Unit 559
Our unit is one of nine in District 23 and we are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League.   We have an elected board of 12 members that meets monthly and is responsible for unit games and the annual John Waken sectional.

The next unit game is our annual Holiday Party, on Sunday, December 11 at 12:30.  The Location is the Arcadia Community Center - You must be registerd by December 6!
    Be sure to call Miriam Harrington for a reservation:     626 232-0558

How to Find Our Club on the BBO Website
When you log on, you are at the Home screen.  Click on Competitive and then click on All Tournaments.   There's a Search Box at the top, on the right... Simply type in a few letters or numbers that will help identify what you are looking for:   23 is sufficient for District 23, and 556 is enough for Unit 556.  You can use Pasa or 559 for our virtual club.

BBO Virtual Club  --   Our unit members can play in a virtual club game set up by Mojo and Paula...



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Advanced in Rank - 4   New Rank   
Angelioca Clark  Junior Master  
Barbara Way  Junior Master  
Mindy Golden  Ruby Life Master  
Zachary Vedro  Gold Life Master  
Transferred In
Janis Wells   Ventura  
Transferred In
Roselyn Teukolsky   Unit 112  
Transferred In
Saul Teukolsky   Unit 112  

Unit 559 Membership Report
Ranks are updated quarterly after the 7th of the month
Other information is updated monthly
The link on the left will take you
to the ACBL website where you
will find the official requirements
for each rank.
Unit 559 Active Members
Click the rank below for a list
Master Points    
No color points needed
No color points needed
No color points needed
5+ silver points
15+ silver points and 5+ gold points
25+ silver and 20+ red/gold/platinum
(5 must be gold or platinum)
50+ silver and 50+ red/gold/platinum
(25 must be gold or platinum)
75+ silver and 100+ red/gold/platinum
(50 must be gold or platinum)
Life Master with at least 750 points
Life Master with at least 1000 points
(200+ must be silver/red/gold/platinum)
Life Master with at least 1500 points
(300+ must be silver/red/gold/platinum)
Life Master with at least 2500 points
(500+ must be silver/red/gold/platinum)
Life Master with at least 3500 points
700+ silver/red/gold/platinum
(350+ must be gold or platinum)
Life Master with at least 5000 points
1000+ silver/red/gold/platinum
(500+ must be gold or platinum)
Life Master with at least 7500 points
1500+ silver/red/gold/platinum
(750+ must be gold or platinum)
Life Master with at least 10,000 points
2000+ silver/red/gold/platinum
(1000+ must be gold or platinum)
Life Master with at least 10,000 points
2000+ silver/red/gold/platinum
(1000+ must be gold or platinum)
Must have a victory in an eligble event
December Total Membership  357

  Bridge Lessons
  Are you looking for a bridge teacher?

  Our unit has two of the very best!
Mojo - Morris Jones
Claudia Elmes

  Maybe you would like to become a certified bridge teacher?  
  take a look at the American Bridge Teacher's Association.
  Visit their website:    ABTA

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