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Welcome New Members


Art Hemm
James Hughes
James Levitas
Miki Puente


Rank Changes


Diamond Life Master

Marilyn Loesberg

Gold Life Master

Roy Boucvalt
Silver Life Master

Merle Friedman
Bronze Life Master
Diane Boger
Sectional Master

Joann Fagan

*Joined ACBL before/after 1-1-2010


Well done, everyone!


In Sympathy

We were quite saddened to learn of the passing of one of Unit 533's best-known teachers and directors, Guy Monroe, on April 29th. Guy died at Eisenhower Medical Center following a series of strokes. Guy and his beloved wife, Karol, have been major contributors to the valley bridge community as directors, offering friendly club games, and as teachers, offering classes for players and for directors. Guy made The Monroes' bridge cruises a bucket-list must. He had retired from a career at Boeing, was a tide pool naturalist and state park ranger.  A man of many talents…he will be sorely missed. Karol and family have our deepest sympathy. For a more complete obituary celebrating Guy's life, Click here.
Karol also invites friends to visit
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Earlier in April, Dona Merritt passed away after battling serious health issues for much of her life--severe pain from both colitis and osteoporosis.  Dona taught first and second grade classes for forty years before retiring to enjoy her love of bridge, her Lady Putters group, and her church.  Dona's mother and grandmother played bridge and Dona frequented several of our Coachella Valley Clubs before COVID.  Her daughter said she could picture her mother now in Heaven bickering with her mother about how to play a hand!  We send our sympathies to Dona's daughter, son and three grandchildren. 

Unit 533 Annual Awards

Unit 533's Annual Awards Program and Unit Game usually takes place every April. Last year, the Awards Program had to be postponed. 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.

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!)


2021 "WIN" Award Winners


Our "WIN" Award winners for 2021!  This award is exclusive to Unit 533.  The prizes are FIFTEEN free game plays awarded to the Unit's top MP winners in club games in each of seven Intermediate/Newcomer player categories.  (The player's category is determined by his/her MP status at the beginning of the year.)  The recipients for 2021 are:
James Lockwood (0-5)
Arthur Stancliffe (5-20)
Ron Hinton (20-50)
Donna Cox (50-100)
Kathleen Barr (100-200)
Ben Stull (200-300)
Pieter Bax (300-500)
Needless to say, each of these players has started 2022 in a noticeably higher category!! Our thanks to Chaya Venkat who founded the "WIN" Awards and provided much of the funding, and to Sandy & Rosee Hertz who made a significant contribution as wellEmoji
Your 2022 Bridge Bucket List
Your 2022 Bridge Bucket List





LA Bridge Week
(Long Beach Regional)

July 4 - 10

Long Beach Hilton

Click here for the Flyer




North American Bridge Championships
Summer 2022


July 14 - 24

Providence, Rhode Island

Click here for complete tournament info




Our District 22 Labor Day Regional

XXX-Has been canceled-XXX

September 5 - 11



Ventura Halloween Regional

Ventura Beach Marriott

October 24 - 30

Click here for the Flyer



Palm Springs Regional

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

December 12 - 18

Click here for the Flyer




Adobe-Duncan-Barr O-399 9:20 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:20 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-750 9:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
DCBC - Friendly Bridge 9:45AM
(Desert Cities)
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-999 12:55 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:55 PM
Director: Mike Savage
Adobe-Duncan-Barr Open 12:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:30 PM
Director: Mike Savage
DBC F2F Open and 0-499 Pairs Club Championship
(Duncan BC)
Duncan Center 1:00 PM
Director: Sean Lui
DCBC - Friendly Bridge 1:45PM
(Desert Cities)
Marrakesh Afternoon Pairs
(Bridge With The Monroes)
Director: David Goetz
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-999 6:25 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 6:25 PM
Director: Mick Riccio
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-750 9:30 PST
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
DCBC Adds F2F Games

Desert Cities Bridge Club

Face-to-Face Games
at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert
73251 Hovley Lane West

Face-to-Face games are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM 

DCBC continues offering daily online games through Bridge Base Online

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

Click here  for the DCBC website

MHDBC Re-Opens at Cathedral Center

Mission Hills Duplicate Bridge Club

MHDBC offers Face-to-Face games at its new location, Cathedral City Senior Center.
Games are 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.
999er Game - Every day at 12:55 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. 
749er Game - Every day at 9:30 a.m.
499er Game - Every day at 12:50 p.m.
399er Game - Tue & Thur at 9:20 a.m.

Zoom Play&Learn
299er - Friday at 11:10 a.m.

Click here  for the Duncan website

MBC/ICC Offers BBO Games


Bridge with the Monroes on BBO

Click here for daily ACBL Live results

Offering online Marrakesh Bridge Club and Ironwood CC games through Bridge Base Online

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun at 1:45 p.m.

For more information about MBC/ICC's games and schedule,
Click Here.

Classes, Seminars and Workshops

MEETINGS, CLASSES and SEMINARS are being offered:


Duncan Bridge Center:  Click Here

Desert Cities Bridge Foundation:  Click Here

Bridge With The Monroes:  Click Here


70% Honor Roll
            Face-to-Face Club Games    
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
71.88% Karol & Guy Monroe SCPD Dec 24
71.05% Ardis & Bud Crist MBC Dec 3
74.17% Sandy Deeds & Cindy Selberg SCPD Nov 26
77.56% Robert & Sandra Carroll DBC Nov 22
70.44% Janice Randles & Lou Goldsmith DBC Oct 20
70.24% William & Sara Carlson DBC Oct 12
70.00% Mac Becket & Mick Riccio DBC Aug 19
70.83% Lou Goldsmith & Janice Randles DBC Jul 21
72.50% Susan & John Tracey DBC Jul 15
            BBO Virtual Club Games    
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
71.25% Jane Mondrow & Rosemary Hertz MBCICC Dec 27
76.25% Ali El-Selehdar & Lynne Castoldi DCBC Dec 23
71.67% Jim Darvey & Jim Weeks DBC Nov 14
70.00% Dawn Black & Tony Glynne DCBC Nov 4
72.22% Zoanne Landry & Polly Hester MBCICC Oct 20
  As reported by Club Directors