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The John Waken sectional starts this Friday!

  The San Marino Bridge Club and the Arcadia Bridge Center  

      I've played bridge half my life...    The other half I wasted.--roy   

Roy Wilson -- My email address:

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
Friday is the first day of the John Waken Sectional - Information below

New Photos in our Gallery
Take a look at page 8 and 9 in our Gallery of Players... I've added some new photos.  And if you have some old pictures of our members I would like to borrow them!

Freeway Closure
Caltrans has a notification on their website that a section of the 210 freeway will be closed for several hours throughout the week and especially during our John Waken Sectional.  The section is between Lake Avenue and Mountain Street in Pasadena and will affect the West bound traffic.  At some point The 134 freeway entry to the 210 will also be closed in the West bound direction.
For better information, you can call Call the Caltrans public information number:    800 427-7623
    (I'm not sure I have accurate information, so please check rather than rely on this.)

A note from Jack Chang...
    Just wanted to let you know that we managed to pull off a miracle run to barely win the GNT Bs at Washington D.C.  We placed 8th-11th in the Swiss, so we did not get a very high seed going into the knockout stages.  During our first match, we were down 1 IMP going in to the final quarter, and we managed to eek out a win to advance.   During the quarterfinals we faced one of Nolan's teammates in Italy and we took that round comfortably.

    In the semis, we lost the first quarter badly 6-59 and were down 60 IMPs at halftime.  Third quarter resulted in only a 13 IMP gain for us so we were down 47 going into the 4th.  Somehow, we managed to get 4 slam swings and a game swing or two to win the quarter by 55 IMPs and pull off the comeback to advance to the finals.

    The finals was going well for us as we held a 48 IMP lead going into the 4th quarter.  However, our opponents had a fantastic set and pulled off an entire column of IMPs for their sides.  After comparison, we found out we had lost the quarter by 47 IMPs and barely held onto a 1 IMP lead to win the event.

    This year has been one of the most dramatic and lucky GNT runs for our team and something we will all remember for a long time.  Jack Chang, Nolan Chang and Zheng Zhang are part of the GNT B.  Alex Chen, Lucy Zheng and Sophia Chang finished 5th place in the GNT flight C.

            Jack Chang

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 two clubs in our unit - The San Marino Bridge Club and the Arcadia Bridge Center.

Unit Event
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.




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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  50
5-20  53
20-50  100
50-100  44
100-200  30
200+  25
300+   2
500+  17
500-1000  37
1000+  23
1500+  25
2500+  17
3500+  13
5000-7500   6
7500-10,000   0
10,000+   2
10,000++   1
New Members
Glen Drogin
Jane Zamanzaden
Transferred In
Mary Anne Finnance West Los Angeles
Advanced in Rank New Rank    1
Charlotte Bannan Club Master
July Total Membership  445

Local Tournament Schedule
  ACBL Calandar    Fast Tournament Results  
 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  
   On-Line      BBO and VuGraph  

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