Since June 16, 2016 -- you are Visitor Number  599211

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Welcome to our unit's website!

Roy, age 17      
Precision Club

      I've played bridge over half my life...
   The lesser half I wasted.--roy
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Roy Wilson --                
626 340-9575

Unit President:   
Lisa Walker
818 321-1789
Unit Historian:   
Mike Marcucci
818 903-2471
Unit Game & BBO Director:  
Mojo - Morris Jones
818 695-6114
Friendship Chairman:   
Marie Nimmrich
626 448-3304

    Looking for a certified bridge teacher?    
  Morris Jones
  Claudia Elms
  Zack Vedro
  Lisa Walker
  American Bridge Teachers Association   ABTA  

Arcadia Bridge Center Time Game
  Diane Gulbrandsen     626 445-3797     Home: 626 357-1590
  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    1:00 PM         Open Game    
Regency Bridge Club Time Game
  Adam Barron    323 318-4308  
  Thursday    12:30 PM         Open Game    
Unit Game - Sunday 12:30 Game
  Arcadia Bridge Center      Sept 17           ABC Flighted    
  Pasadena Bridge Club      Oct 08           ABC Flighted    
  Arcadia Bridge Center      Oct 22           ABC Flighted    
  Pasadena Bridge Club      Nov 05           ABC Flighted    
  Arcadia Bridge Center      Nov 19           ABC Flighted    
  Arcadia Community Center      Dec 10           Holiday Party    
Pasadena Bridge Club   Schedule
  Mojo Jones     626 247-4457

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







Our unit games are held twice a month on Sundays,
and the first game is at the Pasadena Bridge Club
while the second one is at the Arcadia Bridge Center.

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

Stray Words of Wisdom
South African Transfer
It was Oswald Jacoby who first thought of using transfer bids, but
he only suggested transfers for the two major suits, and only over
a notrump opening bid.  Others have since adapted the bid to
include minors.

One of the more interesting adaptations is an agreement called
South African Transfers... Here's a description:
    After a 1NT opening bid -
    A Jump to 4's is a transfer to hearts
    A jump to 4's is a transfer to spades
One of the advantages is that the partnership can decide to let
either player be the declarer, as the opening bidder can bid the
promised suit or can bid the suit in between.

This agreement is not limited to responses over a 1NT opening bid...
It can be a response to any opening call, or it can be a first-seat
opening bid.  Typically, the hand has a very good 7-card suit and
perhaps 13-16 points.

A typical hand is too good for a preempt:

    (Ask Adam or Steve about details.)

Riverside Sectional - Silver Points
The Riverside sectional starts today. Saturday, Sepetember 22-24.

One Down, One More to Go...
Friday afternoon I went to Kaiser and brought home a brand new knee...
Probably fully functional in about two weeks.  Hooray!   - Roy

North American Pairs
The NAP District finals will be held on Sunday, October 1, at the Pasadena Bridge Club.  Did you qualify?


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.

How to Find Our virtual Club on the BBO Website
Our unit members can play in a virtual club game set up by Mojo and Paula...

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 559 is enough for Unit 559.
You can use either the abbreviated Pasa or 559 for our virtual club.



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Unit 559 Membership Report
Ranks are updated quarterly after the 7th of the month.
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
September Total Membership  366

Status Change for our Members
New Member
John Clark   Pasadena
Glenn Rogers   South Pasadena  
Elise Wetzel   Pasadena
Rick Wetzel   Pasadena
Advanced in Rank - 4  
Suzanne Gati  Junior Master  
Derald Brackman  Club Master  
Prasad Upasani  Life Master  
Hanna Zhuang  Life Master  

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