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Welcome New Members


Julia Christian
David Fearheller
Joyce Haraughty
John Swain


Rank Changes


Gold Life Master
Marie Covey
Silver Life Master
Lois Kanefield
Club Master
Leonard Danon

Congrats to All of You!


Dr. Chaya Venkat passed away on September 20, 2023, at her home in Rancho Mirage at the age of 74 (heart disease).  Chaya was born and educated in India—one of just 20 women in her class of 2,000 to earn a master’s degree in chemistry.   With her husband, P.C. Venkat, she emigrated to the U.S.A. where she received her PhD at the University of Michigan.  Her careers included teaching at Michigan and Princeton and a decades-long career at Mobil Oil where she was awarded 26 patents in areas of R&D. Shortly after her retirement in 2000, her husband was diagnosed with cancer, and Chaya’s focus became a supercharged quest to find him the best possible care.  Using the results of her research, she and P.C. founded CLL Topics as a non-profit patient education and patient advocacy website.  When P.C. passed away in 2008, Chaya retired again, and took up duplicate bridge. As a member of the Unit 533 Board, Chaya generously contributed to create and fund Unit 533's unique "WIN" Awards (Welcome Intermediate and Novice players), which awards free plays to our highest achieving newer players.   We join Chaya’s daughter and son-in-law and her many friends in mourning the loss of this remarkable woman.  

Read the D22Connection Magazine Online

Access the online D22Connection magazine by clicking the link above or at the upper left of our homepage. See the latest D-22 news, Tournament information and results, Unit newsletters, helpful bridge tips and more!

Welcome to ACBL Unit 533
Palm Springs Unit 533 of the ACBL
Palm Springs Unit 533 of the ACBL


Our website has all the information you need about the duplicate bridge community across all nine cities in the Coachella Valley.  Please use the page links on the left side of our home page to navigate the website.

July 4th Celebration and Unit Game


Congratulations to Our Winners!

July 4th Celebration & Unit Game

at Duncan Bridge Center

1st Overall -
Carol Guinaw & Karen Michael, N/S
1st E/W -
Deanna Abend & Phillip Robzyk

1st Overall -
Lois & Skip Mauser, E/W
1st N/S -
Ben Stull & Kim Burtle

Click here for complete Results

Special Thanks to Mick Riccio (and many volunteers) for providing game prizes, holiday decor and a vast spread of delicious food!

Look forward to our next Unit Games in Clubs at participating clubs!

Unit 533 Annual Awards

Unit 533 presents its Annual Awards in the Spring of each year. To see the complete list of this year's winners, click on the "Awards and Races" tab on the upper right side of our home page.  You'll find the winners of the Mini-McKenney Award, Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs Award, Unit 533's unique "W.I.N." Awards, and our Volunteer of the Year Award, along with a description of the basis for each award.


Your 2023 Bridge Bucket List
Your 2023 Bridge Bucket List




Ventura Halloween Regional

October 23 - 29

Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel

Click here for the flyer



Unit 533's

Harvest Silver Sectional

November 10 -11

Duncan Bridge Center

Palm Desert

Click here for the flyer




North American Bridge Championships

2023 Fall NABC

November 23 - December 3

Marriott Marquis Hotel

Atlanta, Georgia

Click here for Complete Tournament Info



Palm Springs Regional

December 11 - 16

Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort and Spa

Click here for the flyer




DCBC - Beat The Expert - 9:45 AM
(Desert Cities)
Duncan 0-1500 9:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Duncan Open 12:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:30 PM
Director: Jonathan Holmes
Duncan O-1000 12:50 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:50 PM
Director: Jonathan Holmes
DBC Open and 0-750 FTF
(Duncan BC)
Duncan Center 1:00 PM
Director: Sean Lui
DCBC - Friendly Bridge 1:45PM
(Desert Cities)
Duncan O-2500 6:25 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 6:25 PM
Director: Susan Bristol
Duncan 0-1500 9:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Duncan 0-2500 12:25 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:25 PM
Director: Don Freeland
Duncan Open 12:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:30 PM
Director: Don Freeland
Desert Cities Bridge Club


DCBC offers daily online games through Bridge Base Online

Every day at 1:45 PM and Monday & Friday at 9:45 AM

Face-to-Face games on Summer Break until October 2023

Click here  for the DCBC website

MHDBC at Cathedral Center

Mission Hills Duplicate Bridge Club

MHDBC offers Face-to-Face games on Sundays at 1:00 PM

Cathedral City Senior Center
37171 W Buddy Rogers Ave, Cathedral City

Click here for the MHDBC website

Duncan Offering Face-to-Face and BBO Games

Duncan Bridge Center
is Open for Face-to-Face Play
at the Wernick Family Building

34202 Cook St, Palm Desert
Open games at 1:00 PM Monday thru Saturday
0-750 games at 1:00 PM Monday thru Friday
0-20 game with facilitator at 12:45 Friday 

DBC continues its schedule of online games on BBO:

 Open Game - Every day at 9:25 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
0-1500 Game - Every day at 9:30 a.m.
0-2500 Game Every day at 12:25 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. 
0-999 Game - Every day at 12:50 p.m.

Zoom Play&Learn
499er - Friday at 12:10 p.m.

Click here  for the Duncan website

70% Honor Roll
          Face-to-Face Club Games    
71.78% Karol Monroe & Bev Hartin DBC Sep 20
70.00% Darren Scott Palmer & Sue Pattillo MHDBC Sep 17
71.67% David Goetz & Bob Mahan MBCICC Sep 8
72.14% Randy Bissett & Phil Robzyk DBC Sep 2
70.83% David Lodge & Bob Price DBC Sep 1
70.98% Randy Bissett & Bob Wernick DBC Aug 11
70.60% Janice Randles & Marilyn Loesberg DBC Jul 24
70.54% Don Freeland & Abigail Wright DBC Jul 19
72.16% Barbara Hopewell & Clayton Sands DBC Jul 7
71.37% Karol Monroe & Bruce Korter MBCICC Jun 30
70.95% John Howarth & Frank Beard MBCICC Jun 29
72.40% John Nugent-Patten & Gail Roche MBCICC Jun 23
71.25% Valerie Katz & Wilma Finmark DBC Jun 5
71.27% Taewoong Kim & Carlene Williams DBC Jun 3
70.47% Alan Stanley & Pat Moran DBC May 9
71.36% Lou Goldsmith & Marty Blain DBC May 8
77.60% Chip Graves & Jeffrey Reid DCBC Apr 20
72.05% Lou Goldsmith & Janice Randles DBC Apr 18
70.83% Diane Jobin & Shelley Mann MHDBC Apr 16
71.83% Maida Hastings & Mike Harper MBCICC Apr 14
72.62% Marilyn Torosian & Jacquiline Hansson DBC Apr 5
73.22% Janice Randles & Sue Tripp DBC Mar 17
          BBO Virtual Club Games    
72.45% Jane Witous & Jana McCormick DBC Jul 25
77.08% Carol Van Court & Steve Goldstein DCBC Jul 20
70.62% Sherry & Woody McHarg DCBC Jul 9
72.69% Cathy Ross & Marilyn Fisher DBC Jul 8
71.36% Brad Beland & David Kane DBC Jun 27
70.63% Patricia Sullivan & Carol Hanson DBC Jun 27
75.00% Sherry & Woody McHarg DCBC Jun 23
70.12% Brad Beland & David Kane DBC Jun 20
72.22% Kathy Russler & Judy Brown DBC Jun 19
71.24% Andrea Ventris & Harry Tileston DBC Jun 17
71.00% Karen Brandt & Chip Graves DCBC Jun 16
73.69% Jana McCormick & Jane Witous DBC Jun13
70.14% Carol Van Court & Steve Goldstein DBC Jun 8
73.00% Marilyn Taketa & Tony Glynne DCBC May 19
71.91% Aly El-Selehdar & Lynne Castoldi DBC May 9
74.40% Jane Witous & Jana McCormick DBC May 3
75.69% Lulu Minter & Lou Goldsmith DBC May 1
74.58% Tony Glynne & Chip Graves DCBC May 1
70.04% Ruth Ann Poppa & Jo Love DBC Apr 19
73.33% Tony Glynne & Chip Graves DCBC Apr 10
70.03% Faye & Gary Gilraine DBC Apr 5
70.53% Sean Lui & Theodora Friedman DBC Mar 4
As reported by Club Directors