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Welcome New Members

Susan Alice Cook
Ann Cooper
Dorothy Goldsmith
Walter Goldsmith
Mary Hopper
Steven Zezula

Rank Changes


Ruby Life Master

Jack Barr
Ella Haylock
Barbara Hopewell

Life Master

Lori Kiefer

NABC Master

Judy Blumenthal

Regional Master

Dianna Forsythe
Georgia Jones

Sectional Master

Dori Cree
Rosemary Galmiche
Arti Koshal
Marilyn Leven

Club Master

Carolyn Goldberg
Jun Wang

Junior Master

Kicki Lomax
Herbert Pregozen
Lorraine Pregozen


Nice Going, Everyone!

Peter Rudolph, Sapphire Life Master and active Unit 533 member for 15 years passed away Friday, November 29. As his health failed, his mind remained sharp and he was a formidable opponent. His quick wit was appreciated by his many partners. Peter is survived by his wife Rochelle, 3 children and 5 grandchilden. Services will be private. 

Read the FORUM Magazine online

Access the online Forum Magazine by clicking on the page link at the upper left of our homepage. See the latest D-22 news, Tournament information and results, Unit newsletters, helpful bridge tips and more!

Unit 533 Annual Awards

Unit 533's Annual Awards Program and Unit Game takes place every April. To see photos and a list of all 2018 Winners, click on  Awards and Races  at the upper left of this page.

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.

FIND YOUR GAME - Locations and Times

Clubs in the Coachella Valley offer a wide range of games for beginning to seasoned bridge players. For a complete guide to Duplicate Bridge Games, with locations and times, please use the  Game Schedule  link on the far left side of this page.

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The Palm Springs Regional is December 9th - 15th

Palm Springs Regional

December 9th thru 15th

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa
in Rancho Mirage

 Click here to learn more about the great Intermediate/Newcomer programs being offered all week.

To our Unit Members and Snowbirds - Please carpool if at all possible to the Westin. Players who carpool, 2 or more people in a car or van, are eligible for the daily 2:00 PM Free Play Carpool Raffle Drawing.  Stop by the Hospitality Table to obtain your entry!

For Tournament Results, Click here

Click here for the full
Schedule of Games

Top MP Winners - Fall NABC

Congratulations to Unit 533's Howard Weinstein for finishing in the Top 10 of over 4,000 Masterpoint Winners at the Fall NABC in San Francisco.  Howard took home 290.76 Platinum MPs!
Click here for a full list of the Fall NABC Masterpoint Winners.

December 1st Holiday Party Unit Game


December 1st Holiday Party

Unit Game Winners

Open Game

1st Overall - Valerie Aron & David Segal, E/W

1st N/S - Gail & Carroll Schueler

0-750 Game

1st Overall - Sherri Browne & Edna Magaldi, N/S

1st E/W - Anita Assam & Joel Saunders


Unit 533’s William Stine has been named ACBL Goodwill Member of the Year for 2020, a national award given to just one ACBL member each year. It recognizes William’s unselfish dedication to helping our Unit and its members, especially those in need of assistance with disabilities or health issues. As a current Unit 533 Board member and past president, he is always there to help a club or a tournament manager with any problem big or small. Whether as a bridge partner, or providing cookies and cakes and driving players to their clubs, William is always kind and genial. William will be honored at the presentation of this award next March at the 2020 Spring NABC in Columbus, Ohio.



Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 12:00 Noon
 Duncan Bridge Center
34202 Cook Street 
Palm Desert

Unit 533 Membership:
The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. Presentation of Annual Report
  2. Acknowledgement of Outgoing Board Members
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Certification of Quorum
  6. Election of Three (3) Directors to the Unit 533 Board
  7. Ratification of proposed By-Laws Amendment
  8. Adjournment

Voting will begin at 12:00 pm.  Only members of Unit 533 appearing on the official ACBL roster will be eligible to vote. The business meeting will commence as soon as a quorum of 60 members is achieved.  A full lunch will be provided.  Following the meeting there will be a Unit Game.

Election of Directors:  Candidates for the three open seats on the Board are listed below in alphabetical order.  Those elected will each serve a three-year term.  The election will be conducted and certified on January 26, 2020. 

Joy Barron
Sigi Braverman
Bonnie Sipkins
To see the Candidates' Statements and photos, Click here.

Vote to amend By-Laws of Palm Springs Unit 533 of the ACBL:  To delete Article VIII - STANDING COMMITTEES, Section 1. Disciplinary and Ethics Committee.

Section 1. Disciplinary and Ethics Committee. This Committee shall be appointed by the President and shall be composed of five (5) members of the Unit in good standing. Its duties shall be receipt of any charges and the holding of hearings on any conduct, ethics or judicial case among Unit members. Their findings and recommendations shall be reported to the Board.

Rationale: Discipline is no longer the responsibility of ACBL Units, but of ACBL Districts.

Absentee ballots are available and may be obtained upon request from the Election Committee Chairperson, Kay Walters.  Simply ask for a ballot via email  or by phone (760) 333-3199, and one will be mailed to you in early January.   Absentee ballots must be received by the Election Committee prior to 12:00 pm. January 26, 2020 to be counted.

Georgia Jones, Secretary, ACBL Unit 533

Sanford Hertz, President, ACBL Unit 533

Your 2019 Bridge Bucket List!
Your 2019 Bridge Bucket List!

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North American
Bridge Championships

San Francisco

November 28 - December 8

Click here for Complete Results

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SoCal Winter Regional

January 27 - February 2

Hilton Orange County
Costa Mesa

Click here for the flyer

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Palm Springs
Sun & Fun Sectional


February 14 -15, 2020

Duncan Bridge Center
Palm Desert

Click here for the Flyer


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Roadrunner NLM Regional

March 5 - 8, 2020

Duncan Bridge Center
Palm Desert

For complete
Tournament Information,
Click here

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Morn 399er
(Duncan BC)
9:00 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Aft Open
(Duncan BC)
1:00 PM
Director: Mick Riccio
Open Pairs & 399ers
(Desert Cities)
Bridge and Brunch 10:00 AM
Director: Scott J. Magged
Aft Open
(Duncan BC)
1:00 PM
Director: Sean Lui
Mizell Open Pairs
Director: Matt Lund
Marrakesh Club
Director: J Nugent-Patten
Fri Jan 17, 2020
Unit-Wide Game in Clubs
Compete against all players in all participating clubs (similar to a STAC game, but only within Unit 533). The Unit pays the extra sanction fees for the game as part of our "Give Back to Members" program.
Sun Jan 26, 2020
Annual Meeting and Unit Game
Unit 533's Annual Meeting and Election includes a full lunch, followed by a Unit Game. The Unit pays the extra sanction fees for the game as part of our "Give Back to Members" program.
Mon Feb 3, 2020
Weekday Unit Game in Clubs
The Unit pays the extra sanction fees for the game as part of our "Give Back to Members" program.
Fri Feb 21, 2020
Weekday Unit Game in Clubs
The Unit pays the extra sanction fees for the game as part of our "Give Back to Members" program.

In 2020, Unit 533 is sponsoring 22 Unit Games, including 16 Unit Games in Clubs, 3 Unit-Wide Games in Clubs and 3 Unit Games at Annual Unit events.  Play at your favorite club in our Unit Games in Clubs and Unit-Wide Games in Clubs throughout the year! For the
Schedule of all upcoming Unit Games,
Click here.

Free Pre-Game Lessons, Q&A's

          Free pre-game lessons are being offered at several of our local clubs.
Duncan Bridge Center:  Tuesday w/Cookie Ostrow & Saturday w/Mick Riccio at 8:30 am, Wednesday w/Sean Lui at 11:15 am. For more info click here.

MHDBC at Joslyn:  Monday & Thursday w/Anne Lund & Gary Delestine at 12:00 noon. For more info click here.
DCBC at Temple Sinai:  Tuesday w/Jamie Alperin - full hour beginners class 11:30 am, Thursday w/Jamie Alperin - full hour advancing class 11:30 am, Saturday w/Jamie Alperin at 12:30 pm. For more info click here.

Dave Cummings Teaches at MHDBC

MHDBC at The Joslyn Center announces Dave Cummings' new class for Advancing Players, Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 am on "2-over-1," from December 6th to 20th. Click here for the class flyer. For additional information contact Dave at or 928-301-7115.

Mick Riccio Teaches Bridge for Beginners

The Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation is sponsoring a new Bridge for Beginners series of classes, taught by Mick Riccio, on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am, starting January 9th, thru February 27, 2020.  The classes will be held at Duncan Bridge Center in Palm Desert. For reservations, contact Mick at or 760-322-0059. Click here to read the flyer for more information.

Bill Treble's Free Classes at DCBC

Desert Cities Bridge Club is offering a series of classes on "Defense" in January, taught by Bill Treble, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, from January 13 to February 19.  The classes are sponsored by Desert Cities Bridge Foundation, and are offered free to all attendees. For more information, visit

Mimi David's "I Love Bridge" Classes in La Quinta

Mimi David's "I Love Bridge" series of classes are being offered at the La Quinta Wellness Center. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes, with start dates in January and February.
Click Here
 to read the flyer. For additional information, please contact Mimi at or (760) 636-9816.

Beginner and I/N Games in the Valley

Duncan Bridge Center in Palm Desert offers a 0-20 game with supervised play on Friday and Saturday at 9:00 am, a 299er game on Tuesday and Friday at 9:00 am, a 399er game on Saturday at 9:00 am, and 0-750  games on Monday through Saturday at 1:00 pm.

MHDBC at the Joslyn Center offers 499er games on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 12:30 pm.

Desert Cities Bridge Club at Temple Sinai offers a 399er game on Tuesday at 1:00 pm and Friday at 10:00 am, and 499er games on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:00 pm.

All beginning and advancing players are invited to participate in these friendly games. Meet new friends and improve your bridge skills!

Classes, Seminars and Workshops

MHDBC at the Joslyn Center, Classes, Events: Click Here

Duncan Bridge Center, Classes & More: Click Here

Desert Cities Bridge Foundation, Classes, Events: Click Here

Bridge With The Monroes, Classes, Events: Click Here

Mick's DynaMick Bridge, Classes, Seminars: Click Here

70% Honor Roll
72.54% Butch Shimelman & Patti Hartley DBC Nov 22
70.70% Greta & Abe Pineles SCPD Nov 22
70.27% Valerie Haslam & Eri Griffin DBC Nov 22
70.24% Toni Hafey & Sherri Browne DCBC Nov 14
71.99% James Madison & Ronald Woodard MHDBC Nov 14
71.73% Enid Herbstman & Steve Goldstein DCBC Oct 31
71.43% T Chernuchin & Gary Solomon DCBC Oct 24
71.73% Enid Herbstman & Steve Goldstein DCBC Oct 17
73.61% Bruce Cameron & Susan Anderson DBC Oct 3
76.46% Jim Weeks & Jim Darvey DBC Oct 1
71.67% Jana McCormick & Marcy Blumstein DBC Sep 23
73.38% Mary & Fred Flegal DBC Sep 17
72.92% Mac Becket & Karen Michael PSCC Aug 23
70.13% Randy Bissett & Mac Becket DCBC Aug 6
75.00% Jack and Jeanie Bratton MBC Aug 3
76.88% Susie Layne Carr & Joyce Gannon DBC Jul 18
70.83% Taewoong Kim & Carlene Williams DBC Jul 8
71.81% Jim Weeks & Martin Blain DBC Jul 3
71.43% Enid Herbstman & Sue Blom DBC Jul 2
73.08% HoMing Yim & Joe Hopkins DBC Jun 29
70.23% Larry & Vicki Graves DBC Jun 27
70.02% Neil Stern & Martin Gellman MHDBC Jun 27
72.92% Nancy Thompsen & Jamie Alperin MHDBC Jun 24
  As reported by Club Directors