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Unit 550

Unit 550
Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
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2/1 Essenials Class Starts May 1

Have you noticed the vast majority of Open players use the 2 over 1 Game Force system (2/1)? If you are ready to take your bidding to the next level, 2/1 Game Force Essentials is for you!

This series is appropriate for players wishing to learn 2/1 or needing to review system basics. 2/1 Game Force is a small variation of the Standard American system you already know. The class runs on Tuesdays at 9A, beginning May 1st.

There will be hand-outs and quizzes for reinforcement. Bonus! Those staying for the Tuesday Open game will get free hand analysis where the hands used the 2/1 system. Cost is $10 per weekly session. You don't need a partner for these classes.

For questions, contact the instructor, Ken Llacera at (831) 426-4949 or via email.

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 Tue Eve (04/24) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Chase - Carol Avenmarg 68.00 1st A 0.96
Harold Rodgers - Howard Feldstein 56.92 2nd A 0.67
Kristin Smith - Margaret Suddards 55.17 1st B 0.80
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 53.50 2nd B 0.56
Lloyd Shipman Jr - Michael Modest 53.17 3rd B 0.40
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 48.67 4th B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (04/24) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Pamela Benz - Peter Andrews 61.61 1st A 0.70
James Slinger - Richard Wasserstrom 57.74 1st A 0.70
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 57.14 2nd A 0.49
Lani Ray - Neil Joseph Smyth 54.76 2nd A 0.49
John Oppenheimer - Roxana Perkins 53.87 3rd A 0.35
Elena Laborde Bishop - Robin McDuff 53.27 1st B 0.40
Irma Andrews - John Hullman 50.89 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (04/23) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Chris Tainty - David Harken 70.63 1st A 0.48
Judy Osborn - Thomas Burke 63.49 1st A 0.48
Kristin Smith - Michael Kerner 58.33 1st B 0.36
Robin Lasser - Yvette Benson 56.35 2nd A 0.34
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 53.57 2nd B 0.25
Joann Perkins - Marilyn Payne 52.38 2nd C 0.17
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 49.60 3rd A 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (04/23) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Annemarie Moller - Joanne Brown 62.20 1st A 0.90
Barry Samuel - Malcolm Sprott 57.44 2nd A 0.63
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 56.55 3rd A 0.45
Donald Seldeen - Ken Gamble 56.08 1st A 0.90
Rachael Spencer - Robin Evenden 54.76 2nd A 0.63
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Hill 54.50 3rd A 0.45
Robert Johnson - Steven Smith 53.28 4th A 0.32
Kenneth Martin - Richard Wasserstrom 50.00 4th A 0.32
Joanne Bruno - Phyllis Cramblet 49.47 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (04/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Benich - Susan Benich 64.33 1st OA 2.48
John Walker - Judith Murdock 60.80 2nd OA 1.86
Margaret Suddards - Rachael Spencer 58.30 3rd OA 1.40
Joanne Nelson - Ruth Grant 56.08 4th OA 1.05
Peter Vokos - Terry Vokos 52.00 5th OA 0.78
Cheryl Keay - Henrietta Cooper 50.33 3rd SA 0.28
Diane Duey - Philip Hebner 50.20 3rd OC 0.57
Lloyd Shipman Jr - Shirley Smith 42.00 1st SC 0.16
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sat Aft (04/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 63.13 1st OA 3.21
Bruce Dau - Kenneth Martin 59.32 2nd OA 2.41
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 58.41 3rd OA 1.81
Jonni Faircrest - Ken Gamble 57.95 2nd OB 1.43
Hal Rogers - Howard Feldstein 57.29 2nd SA 1.12
Leszek Rabiega - Peter Gelfand 57.27 6th OA 0.76
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 55.42 3rd SA 0.80
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Nancy Wainer - Shirley Llacera 53.18 5th OB 0.60
Alan Chase - Carol Avenmarg 53.13 4th SA 0.56
Liesel Sabloff - Sherry Gilbreath 50.63 5th SA 0.32
Diana Schilling - Susan Benich 48.18 4th SB 0.33
Judy Osborn - Robert Johnson 47.92 1st OC 0.95
Kristin Smith - Steven Smith 47.73 2nd OC 0.71
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (04/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Richard Hill - Robin Evenden 63.66 1st A 0.90
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 63.19 1st A 0.90
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 59.95 2nd A 0.63
Ann Ottenberg - April Johnston 55.56 2nd A 0.63
Bruce Dau - Kenneth Martin 52.31 1st B 0.48
Diana Schilling - John Hadley 51.16 1st B 0.56
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 50.23 4th A 0.32
Elena Laborde Bishop - Robin McDuff 50.00 2nd B 0.39
Janet Tainty - Susan Mazzei 49.07 3rd B 0.28
Fred Velez - Mary Peterson 48.84 2nd B 0.34
Carol Avenmarg - Kristin Smith 47.69 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (04/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 64.81 1st A 1.00
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 63.43 2nd A 0.70
John Oppenheimer - Steven Smith 60.65 3rd A 0.50
Jan Winham - Mick Friedberg 58.33 4th A 0.35
Joanne Brown - Kristin Smith 54.17 3rd B 0.28
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 42.13 2nd C 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (04/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Annemarie Moller - Joanne Bruno 70.89 1st A 0.56
Betty Wilkinson - John Walker 57.67 1st A 0.56
Paula Cole - Suzanne Haley 56.35 2nd A 0.39
Hemant Vaidya - Robert Johnson 56.10 1st B 0.48
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 55.10 2nd B 0.34
John Benich - Michael Burtch 54.11 3rd A 0.28
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 48.11 2nd C 0.17
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (04/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kristin Smith - Michael Kerner 65.56 1st A 0.36
Mary Dean - Peggy Williams 52.44 1st A 0.36
Lesley Waltner - Steven Nelson 52.36 2nd A 0.25
John Wesolowski - Michael Burk 52.00 2nd A 0.25
Marilyn Payne - Pete Thomas 48.11 1st B 0.18
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (04/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Phyllis Wasserstrom - Richard Wasserstrom 63.10 1st A 0.70
Claire Swetland - D Webb 61.31 1st A 0.70
Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg 54.46 2nd A 0.49
Kenneth Llacera - Sydney Reuben 54.46 2nd A 0.49
John Benich - Michael Burtch 54.17 3rd A 0.35
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 53.57 3rd A 0.35
Elena Laborde Bishop - John Hadley 45.83 1st C 0.24

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