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Friendship Chairman:   
Sandra Franciscus
626 256-1302
Unit Game Director:   
Marie Nimmrich
626 448-3304
626-434-5222 - Cell
Roy Wilson
626 340-9575
Unit President:   
Sandra Franciscus
626 298-4770
San Marino Bridge Club:  
Marie Nimmrich
626 448-3304
626-434-5222 - Cell
Arcadia Bridge Center:
Art and Diane Gulbrandsen
626 445-3797

Unit Game Winners
Congratulations to the winners of our unit game!   Robert Shore and Bruce Altshuler had a nice score to top the field of 20 tables.

Which is Better?
What do you lead from an Ace-King combination on the opening lead?  Many partnerships will lead the ace while others choose the king.  Some also have the agreement to reverse that understanding when they hold a doubleton.

But is there a better way?
A popular method in some parts of Europe is to show the Parity of the suit which is led.  (Look up the word parity if you like, but essentially it is used here to determine whether the leader has an odd or an even number of cards in the suit being led.)   A parity lead is an agreement to lead the ace with an even number of cards in the suit but lead the king with an odd number.  Why?  How does that help?   Well, every possible bridge hand will hold either three suits that are odd in number with one even, or it will have three suits with an even number of cards in them while the remaining suit has an odd number.

If the lead tells you that partner has an odd number in the suit he is leading, and you see an odd number in the dummy, then you can tell the parity of declarer's hand by how many you have in that suit.  (If you also have an odd number then declarer must have an even number.)  So... if declarer drops the queen on the opening lead is that a false card?  If you use this agreement you will find you can more quickly determine the distribution of declarer's hand, which is a big help on defense.

A corollary is to agree that when your partner uses a parity lead you should give him a count card and not an attitude signal.  A count signal will tell your partner the same information you have about declarer's distribution.
    (And... not mathematically true, but for bridge purposes zero is an even number.)

      Further Reading
      If you are interested in reading more on advanced defensive plays, try Defensive Plays in Bridge and New Ideas in Defensive Play - both books are by Helge Vinje, a leading Scandinavian bridge theorist and player.  His ideas led to the popular system of Journalists Leads back in 1963.

      Also, if you click on the Information Links below and then the link to Advanced Defensive Signaling you will find more ideas.

Unit Game
The next unit event is the John Waken Sectional on the weekend of July 29-31 at LaSalle High Schol in Pasadena.
Click on either the link or the flyer below for the full schedule.

Unit 559 Membership Report
Ranks are updated quarterly after the 7th of the month
Other information is updated monthly
Active Members
Click the rank below for a list
Master Points     Number    
0-5  51
5-20  56
20-50  101
50-100  44
100-200  30
200+  25
300+   2
500+  17
500-1000  37
1000+  23
1500+  24
2500+  17
3500+  13
5000-7500   6
7500-10,000   0
10,000+   2
10,000++   1
New Members
Carol Grosz
Transferred In
Transferred Out
Bernie Mateer
Advanced in Rank New Rank    12
Galina Diankiva Junior Master
Tsvetelina Valkov Junior Master
Hilary Clark Club Master
Robert Geoghegan Club Master
Marv Good Club Master
Daniel Humpheys Club Master
Bonnie Ledyard Club Master
Alice Wong Club Master
Xuhong Zhou Club Master
Charles Dillon Sectional Master
Marilyn Stephenson Regional Master
John Jones Platinum Life Master
June Total Membership  450

Local Tournament Schedule
  ACBL Calandar    Fast Tournament Results  
 Jun 17 - 19      Big Bear Sectional  
 Jun 27 - Jul 3      Los Angeles Regional  
 Jul 16      San Marcos Sectional  
 Jul 29 - 31      John Waken Sectional  
 Aug 5 - 7      San Diego Sectional  
 Aug 12 - 14      Santa Barbara Sectional  
 Aug 19 - 21      Glendale Sectional  
 Aug 30 - Sep 5      Santa Clara Regional  
 Sep 5 - 11      Orange County Regional  
 Sep 17 - 18      Magic Mountain Sectional  
 Sep 23 - 25      Bakersfield Sectional  
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