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Club Managers and Directors Support
Do you need help with a ruling, scoring or an administrative question?
The ACBL has a toll-free number available from 8:00 AM until midnight.
855 275-7629

Click the club link below if you are looking for game results.
(The Arcadia Bridge Center does not provide on-line results.)

Friendship Chairman:   
Linda Stuart
909-641-3790 - Cell
Unit Game Director:   
Marie Nimmrich
626 448-3304
626-434-5222 - Cell
Roy Wilson
626 340-9575
Unit President:   
Mary Falvey
626 359-0271
626 484-7169 - Cell
San Marino Bridge Club:  
Marie Nimmrich
626 448-3304
626-434-5222 - Cell
Arcadia Bridge Center:
Art and Diane Gulbrandsen
626 445-3797

Monday Lunch
Darn... Both Ruby and Joanie will not be at the game on Monday so there will be no lunch.  If you are willing to bring some cookies or other such goodies, the rest of us would appreciate it.  (It seems we don't appreciate what others do until they don't do it.)

Both Majors

Below is a discussion of a troublesome auction...     Your partner opens 1NT and you have 5-5 in the majors.  How do you bid such a hand?
Let me show you a couple of ways and then you can decide which method you prefer.
  • Jump to 3 with a hand that has invitational values or jump to 3 when you have enough for game.  Both bids show at least 5-5 in the majors.

  • Transfer to one of the majors and then bid the other one.  With invitational values start by transferring to hearts and then bid 2.  If partner prefers spades and wants to pass, you will be at the 2-level.  With forcing values start by transferring to spades and then bid your heart suit at the 3-level.  Now partner has to take his choice of a major at the 3-level for either one, so you have a better hand.

  • Bid 2 as Stayman and smile if your partner bids a major.  If he doesn't, raise his 2 call to 3.   That's an artificial bid so be sure to alert it and tell your opponents that your partner has both majors.
The first method is probably the most popular way, but both the first and second way have the same flaw...   half the of the time responder will be the declarer and you lose the advantage of having the lead come up to the notrump bidder's hand.  The third method will always have the opening bidder be the declarer, but there's that artificial 3 bid in there, which may be difficult to remember.

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.   There are three clubs in our unit - The San Marino Bridge Club, the BridgeMojo Club and the Arcadia Bridge Center.

Our next unit game will be on Sunday, June 03.  Game time is 1:00.     The location is the San Marino Bridge Club - there's a map link below.

The card fees are $8.00.

If you want to request a N/S or you need a partner, call Miriam Harrington:     626 232-0558

Glendale 2018 Sectional
The Glendale Unit will have their annual sectional on June 9-10 at the Pasadena Scottish Rite Temple.
Here's the schedule...     Flyer -



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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  54
5-20  57
20-50  98
+ color points
100-200  25
200+  27
300+   2
500+  16
500-1000  35
1000+  24
1500+  23
2500+  17
3500+  11
5000-7500   12
7500-10,000   1
10,000+   2
10,000++   1
New Members
Eileen Callanan La Canada
Advanced in Rank New Rank    2
Diane Vallete Club Master
Hilary Clark Sectional Master
May Total Membership  455

Local Tournament Schedule
  May 26-28
  May 28 - June 3  
  June 1-2
  June 9-10
  June 29 - August 1  
  July 2-8
  July 27-29
  August 17-19
  August 25-26
  September 3-9
  September 15-16
  September 22-23

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Peter's HandMaker

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