ACBL Unit 539
San Diego

Serving the San Diego Bridge Community

The Longest Day ProAm Auction and Game - June 16, 2024

Please help support our annual charity event in partnership with ACBL to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. In the 12th year of ACBL's collaboration with The Longest Day, our Unit consistently aims to surpass the previous year's achievement by setting a goal of $1000 higher. Our target goal for this year is $19,598. We are hoping to exceed our goal with your help.

We will host our Longest Day bridge games (699er and Open games) on Sunday, June 16, at 1:00 at the Soledad Club. Extra masterpoints will be awarded, and the Unit will match one dollar from each player's card fees to donate to the cause. Wear purple on game day and consider donating in advance to our fundraising page to get into the spirit.

Nineteen bridge experts will be available to play with the highest bidders. Here is the auction link to place a bid or get more information. See the QR code on the right. This is a fantastic opportunity to play with nationally recognized bridge professionals who have generously volunteered their time to help our effort.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

The Longest Day is an annual fundraising event held to support the fight against Alzheimer's disease by the Alzheimer's Association. The event spans the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, and symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Bridge is uniquely suited for The Longest Day because studies have shown that playing strategic games, like bridge, helps keep your brain healthy.

A World without Alzheimer's - PRICELESS.
Bid, donate, and help us reach our biggest fundraising goal so far!

 See Flyer

San Diego Regional - March 25-31, 2024

Come to the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 Camino Real, Del Mar, CA for the San Diego Regional!

  • Bracketed Teams every day
  • Gold Rush Tuesday to Saturday
  • Top Tier Mini-Soloway KO: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Wirt Gilliam's I/N Program
  • Open IMP Pairs on Friday
  • Every day 10:15 and 3:15

 See all the details in the flyer

New Players - Learn Bridge from a Master

Where: North University Community Library, San Diego

When: Starting February 10th from 1 to 3 PM, alternating Saturdays

Who: Anyone interesting in learning bridge until capacity is reached

 Details in Flyer

Happy 100th Birthday to Abe Gleiberman!

    Happy 100, Abe, it's clear,
    A bridge player we all revere.
    You've reached a grand age,
    Turned another page,
    May your cards always bring you cheer!

When you see Abe at the tables, be sure to wish him a happy 100th birthday!

2023 District Goodwill Recipients from Unit 539

Two members from the San Diego Unit are the recipients this year of District 22's annual Goodwill Award. For a complete list of past inductees, please refer to this document on the District 22 website. Congratulate them at the table; they deserve it!

 See Article

Roger Doughman 1931-2023

The San Diego bridge community lost a big hitter recently; it's Mickey Mantle, really. Roger Doughman may have resided on Friars Road, but he lived for and in, San Diego rooms featuring duplicate bridge. His was a titan to our culture, much in the way Grant Baze, Evan Bailey, and Lena Jelusich had been before their passings.

A number of fellow players have taken the time to contribute their memories.

Read the Stories...

San Diego Unit 539's Unit Game Results

Our unit hosts the first and third Sunday unit games at the Soledad Club, and alternate 5th Sundays. Lunch is served at 12:30, followed by bridge at 1 pm. We are thrilled to offer our 699er game, which is preceded by a mini-lesson at 12:30. If you plan on joining us at the 699er game, please contact Bridget at

Results for Sunday, April 7th


Overall Winners


Open Pairs (Flt A)

Donald Xu - Bridget Poizner


Open Pairs (Flt B )

Donald Xu - Bridget Poizner



Karen Reed - Craig Craig


For full results click on the "Calendar and Results" item on the left menu of this page.

New Teaching Library Page

We are thrilled to announce that Maritha Pottenger's teaching articles are now available on our Unit 539 website.

Please click on the "Teaching Library" menu item or link below, to access her abundant library of teaching articles on: Defense, Declarer play, Bidding.

Maritha Pottenger has been a beloved teacher and a very successful player in the San Diego area for many years. She became a Platinum Life Master (10,000 points) last year. When asked why she teaches bridge, she responded:

I love teaching. Teaching really helped my bridge game. I had to clarify principles that were not clear when explaining them to other people; definitely a great way to improve my own bridge logic and inferences.

Bridge is the ideal game- because you can never learn it all. Each hand has something instructional to offer. Each partner offers another point of view. Psychological principles operate at the bridge table as they do throughout life. Bridge is endlessly fascinating and I adore it!

As she was retiring from teaching, she volunteered to share her teaching notes with all. You can review any of the conventions you are considering adding to your repertoire with your partner or just choose to study to improve your defense or play of the hand.

Thank you Maritha!

Teaching Library

2023 ACBL Event Schedule

Plan ahead... click on the link below to see the 2023 schedule for online Event Schedule. Please note all events tentative based upon BBO/ACBL IT capabilities and COVID-19 protocol changes

ACBL Event Schedule.

Sunday, Apr 07, 2024


San Diego Unit 539 Open Pairs - Soledad Club


San Diego Unit 539 699er Pairs - Soledad Club

Will You Play With Me?

From the musical Bridge Confidential
Book & Lyrics: Joanne Gray, Music: Peter Mansfield

Online Directory Drive

One thing we are certain of is that everybody likes a complete phone and email directory. Our goal is to have one San Diego directory shared by the five units in San Diego County. It is online, since a paper directory is not cost effective unfortunately. With your help, we can get there. Again, we can't publish your contact details without your written approval, so just send an email to contact one of your Board members to share any contact changes with us.

Online Directory

Get Your Results As Soon As They're Available!

Unit 539 is publishing the game results on

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You can also upload your photo to BridgeResults to be added to our galleries of players.

Latest News!


The Longest Day 2024 Flyer (1272 KB)


04-07-2024 Unit Game Hand Record (27 KB)


San Diego Regional Flyer (256 KB)


03-17-2024 Unit Game Hand Record (28 KB)


Learn Bridge from a Master (152 KB)


2023 Unit 539 Recipients of District 22 Goodwill Award (121 KB)
Congratulations to Bridget Poizner and Jane Petering


Roger Doughman Memorial Services Information (750 KB)
Miramar National Cemetery

Unit 539 News by Kathy Byrne

Monthly column for the D22 Connection.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our annual membership meeting game two weeks ago, where we saw 18.5 tables in play... [...]

Read the full column in the PDF document below.


April 2024 Column (163 KB)


March 2024 Column (109 KB)


February 2024 Column (65 KB)


December 2023 Column (284 KB)


November 2023 Column (62 KB)


October 2023 Column (93 KB)


August 2023 Column (140 KB)

D22 Monthly Online Magazine

ACBL District 22 presents its monthly online magazine


Click here to read the latest edition

Enjoy reading about the achievements of your fellow players, and so much more!

Looking for Partners for Unit games?

Our website has a Partnership Desk feature - Just select the Navigation Tab on the left of this page, enter your basic profile, and our partnership chair will start searching for a match! Try it, and let us know what you think!

Alternatively, if you decide last minute that you're looking for a game, just contact Lamya Agelidis, 615-887-1012, our Partnership Chair, who will be happy to get you a partner for Unit Games!

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