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Welcome New Members


Billie Jean Ruetz
John Shields


Rank Changes


Gold Life Master

Brad Beland

Silver Life Master
Vicki Graves
Frank Rappaport
Sectional Master

Leigh Grimm
Club Master

Duke Gregory
Wally Grimm
James Levitas
Jared Trexel
Steven Troy
Junior Master
Mark Borovitz



Kudos to All!


Unit 533 Annual Awards

Unit 533's Annual Awards Program and Unit Game takes place every Spring. This year we held an Annual Awards Party and Royal STaC Game and a number of awards were presented, while others are on hold until next year. 
To see a list of the 2021 Winners, click on Awards and Races  at the upper left of this page, and visit the Annual Awards page, and the Mini-McKenney, Ace of Clubs, and WIN Awards pages.

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
About our Website
About our Website


Our website has all the information you need about the duplicate bridge community in the Coachella Valley, from Palm Springs to Indio.  Please use the page links on the left side of our home page to navigate the website.

August 26th Unit Game Winners



August 26th Unit Game Winners

at Duncan Bridge Center

1st Overall -
Valerie Aron & Phillip Robzyk, E/W

1st N/S -
Bev Hartin & Barbara Hopewell

for Complete results: 
Click here

It was great fun to see friends and play face-to-face!

Our next Unit Games in Clubs will be on Wednesday, September 28th!


Are you NAP Qualified?

The North American Pairs is an annual ACBL-sponsored competition that begins with players qualifying in a local club game designated as a "Qualifying" game.  Check the ACBL website here  to see if you have qualified in Unit 533 (scroll down the list to find Unit 533).

Anyone who qualifies in Flight A, B, or C (flights are based on current MPs - A: unlimited, B: up to 2500, C: non-life master under 500) is eligible to compete in the District 22 NAP Finals on December 18. 

The top finishers there are then qualified to enter the National NAP Finals at the Spring NABC Tournament in New Orleans in March 2023, and will receive cash travel stipends from ACBL, D-22, and Unit 533 to offset travel expenses incurred going to New Orleans.

Participate in the District 22 Finals and you could end up representing our Unit and District in New Orleans,
and enjoy a fun-filled trip to the Big Easy - Paid for in part by our ACBL organizations!

Annual Awards Party and Royal STaC Game


On Sunday, March 27th, at the Duncan Bridge Center, over 100 of our players participated in the Royal STaC Game and honored our 2021 Annual Awards winners. The Awards included the Mini-McKenney and Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs, as well as our Volunteer of the Year and the Barbara Sonsini Memorial Award

2021 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs Awards:

0-5 MPs - James Lockwood
5-20 MPs - A. Colin Stancliffe*
20-50 MPs - Ron Hinton*
50-100 MPs - Donna Cox
100-200 MPs - Kathleen Barr*
200-300 MPs - Gina Marlin
300-500 MPs - Pieter Bax (AofC) & Marty Frank (M-M)
500-1000 MPs - Chip Graves

1000-1500 MPs - Bob Wernick*
1500-2500 MPs - Lou Goldsmith*
2500-3500 MPs - David Kane
3500-5000 MPs - Valerie Aron
5000-7500 MPs - Marty Blain
7500-10,000 MPs - David Segal
>10,000 MPs - John Wittes (AofC) & Ross Grabel (M-M)

*Also #1 in all of District 22 in their respective categories!

Click here for the origin and history of the Mini-McKenney Awards, and Click here for the origin and history of the Ace of Clubs Awards

Pictured above: Ross Grabel, Marty Blain, James Lockwood, David Kane, Bob Wernick, Lou Goldsmith

Unit 533's Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Bev Hartin. Bev has been unselfish in her commitment to sanctioned duplicate bridge in the Coachella Valley. She served as Unit 533 Secretary in 2009-10.  As Bev led the efforts to establish the Duncan Bridge Center, she continued to support Unit activities and initiatives. She was appointed to the District Goodwill Committee in 2010 and the National Goodwill Committee in 2018. Her involvement and leadership in the Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation is an important legacy: board member for more than eleven years, and president for over seven years. Most recently, you can find Bev in her lovely home mentoring newer players on BBO, or at the tables face to face. Thank you Bev!

Bev Hartin

The Barbara Sonsini Memorial Award went to Norman Isaacs. This Award honors the top MP winner among 0-499er players at the Palm Springs Regional


Open Game

1st Overall - Tom & Anne Lund, E/W Sec A
1st N/S Sec A - Carol Van Court & Steve Goldstein
1st N/S Sec B - Diana Seeb & Debbie Bolduc
1st E/W Sec B - Theodora Friedman & Teri Bratt

499er Game

1st Overall - Ron & Lorraine Berube
2nd Overall - Dave Colburn & Keith King

Click here for complete game results

For Royal STaC results, Click here
(Several of our players won extra MPs!)


Your 2022 Bridge Bucket List
Your 2022 Bridge Bucket List





Ventura Halloween Regional

Ventura Beach Marriott

October 24 - 30
Click here for the Flyer



Palm Springs Unit 533

Fall Harvest Sectional

November 11 & 12

Duncan Bridge Center
Palm Desert

Click here for the Flyer



North American Bridge Championships

Fall 2022

November 24 - December 4

Phoenix, Arizona

Click here for complete tournament info




Palm Springs Regional

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

December 12 - 18

Click here for the Flyer




DCBC - Friendly Bridge 9:45AM
(Desert Cities)
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-999 9:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Sun City PD Pairs
Director: Mick Riccio
Adobe-Duncan-Barr O-750 12:50 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:50 PM
Director: Alyssa Kennedy
Adobe-Duncan-Barr Open 12:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:30 PM
Director: Alyssa Kennedy
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-299 P&L 1:10 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 1:10 PM
Director: Barbara Rosenthal
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-2000 12:55 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:55 PM
Director: Alyssa Kennedy
DBC F2F Open and 0-499 Pairs
(Duncan BC)
Duncan Center 1:00 PM
Director: Sean Lui
DCBC - Friendly Bridge 1:45PM
(Desert Cities)
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-999 9:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Fri Nov 11, 2022
Fall Harvest Sectional
Unit 533's Fall Harvest Sectional Tournament is Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, featuring Open and 0-499 pairs and a one-session Swiss Team event Saturday afternoon - at Duncan Bridge Center in Palm Desert.
Sat Nov 12, 2022
Fall Harvest Sectional
Unit 533's Fall Harvest Sectional Tournament is Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, featuring Open and 0-499 pairs and a one-session Swiss Team event Saturday afternoon - at Duncan Bridge Center in Palm Desert.
Desert Cities Bridge Club

DCBC offers daily online games through Bridge Base Online

Online games - Every day at 1:45 PM
and Monday thru Friday at 9:45 AM

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 its new Wernick Family Building

34202 Cook St, Palm Desert
Open games at 1:00 PM Monday thru Saturday
499er games at 1:00 PM Monday, Wednesday & Friday

DBC continues its schedule of online games:

 Open Game - Every day at 12:30 p.m.
0-2000 Game - Every day at 12:55 p.m.
0-1500 Game Every evening at 6:25 p.m. 
0-999 Game - Every day at 9:30 a.m.
0-750 Game - Every day at 12:50 p.m.
0-399 Game - Tue & Thur at 9:20 a.m.

Zoom Play&Learn
299er - Friday at 1:10 p.m.

Click here  for the Duncan website

Classes, Seminars and Workshops

MEETINGS, CLASSES and SEMINARS are being offered:

Duncan Bridge Center:  Click Here

Desert Cities Bridge Foundation:  Click Here


70% Honor Roll
          Face-to-Face Club Games    
71.25% Noel Hanford & Valerie Aron DBC Sep 15
71.67% Gary Delestine & Sue Pattillo MHDBC Sep 11
70.00% Lucy McBain & Carol Finnane MBCICC Sep 7
71.59% David Kane & Bob Wernick DBC Aug 29
71.02% Lou Goldsmith & Janice Randles DBC Aug 25
70.64% Barbara Hopewell & Bev Hartin DBC Aug 19
71.67% Carol Van Court & Steve Goldstein DBC Aug 15
75.33% Don Freeland & Abigail Wright MBCICC Jul 28
70.60% Angela Davies & Dewey Green DBC Jul 26
70.63% Marlene & Ron Wiseman MHDBC Jul 17
73.33% Michael Schmidt & Ann Kepcke MHDBC Jun 26
70.93% Bob Price & Mick Riccio DBC Jun 16
70.51% Bert Lock & Scott Coleman DBC Jun 7
70.58% Barbara Hopewell & Debbie Bolduc DBC Jun 2
71.01% Robert & Sandra Carroll DBC May 20
73.84% Steve Goldstein & Lou Goldsmith DBC Apr 29
74.27% Sandy Hertz & Roger Douglas MBC Mar 18
72.09% Dean & Leila Wright DBC Mar 18
          BBO Virtual Club Games    
75.00% Jon Wittes & Jim Weeks DBC Sep 15
70.94% David Kane & Brad Beland DBC Aug 23
78.57% Karen Brandt & Chip Graves DCBC Jul 21
72.05% Marty Frank & Bill Walter DBC Jul 20
73.50% Lynne Castoldi & Ali El-Selehdar DCBC Jul 3
75.00% Mary Bird & Jay Kane DBC Jul 1
71.25% Steve Goldstein & Charles Eyman DCBC Mar 9
72.73% Ali El-Selehdar & Lynne Castoldi DCBC Mar 7
71.21% Margaret Cleveland & Suzanne Martin DBC Feb 21
72.03% Randy Bissett & Chip Graves DCBC Feb 2
70.14% Sue Blom & John Bowden DBC Jan 28
70.00% Enid Herbstman & Steve Goldstein DCBC Jan 20
75.56% Lisa Lampen & Carolyn Coffin DBC Jan 14
76.25% Mary Willis & Gail Roche MBCICC Jan 14
70.91% Ali El-Selehdar & Cheeky Carlson DCBC Jan 11
73.75% Vivian Moyer & Susan Barkley MBCICC Jan 10
70.62% Cydney Osterman & Patricia Hubbard MBCICC Jan 9
As reported by Club Directors