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Welcome New Members


Pamela Satterfield


Rank Changes


Gold Life Master

Lou Goldsmith


Regional Master

Stephanie Colt
John Howarth
Club Master

Lynn Shields




In Memoriam

Edward Wolfe, age 85,  passed away in July following complications that resulted from a fall several months ago.  Ed was a successful businessman in Seattle and then ran a CPA firm here in the desert.   Post retirement and a widower, he took up the game of bridge and it was while playing our game that he met his companion of recent years, Suzanne Toomajian.   All of us who knew Ed at the bridge tables saw him as a very kind gentleman.  We send our sympathies to Suzanne, his son and other family members and friends.  

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.

Farewell Sweet Jane

Jane Patchett, a well-known and well-loved leader in our desert bridge community as a player, teacher and director, lost her battle with cancer on July 29 at the age of 89.   After a career in telecommunications which started in St. Louis, she and her husband bought a small resort outside Branson Missouri.  Luckily for us, she came west to visit her sister and stayed!  

Jane's gift, working with new bridge players, is legendary.  She taught privately and then incorporated the 'newbie' into games she hosted at her home in preparation for the world of competitive bridge.  She also directed the Saturday morning games for newer players at the Duncan Bridge Center, and gave much-needed advice and assistance to many uncertain and questioning 0-20 players who are forever grateful for her kindness.  Beyond that, Jane was someone who could always be counted on to volunteer - at every sectional in whatever role she was needed, and at the Palm Springs Regional from 2012-2018 as Miss Information!  She was a fun-loving person who brought smiles to all those around her.

A widow, Jane had moved to Claremont several years ago to care for her sister.  We convey our sympathies to all of Jane's many friends and her family.

NAP Qualifying Games

What is a NAP Qualifying Game, you ask?  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.  Qualifying is fairly easy - finishing in the top half, or with a score of 50% or better usually is sufficient - look for a "Q" in the final posted scores or check the ACBL website here.  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.  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.

Check with your local club directors to find out when qualifying games will be held.  Both online and face-to-face games can be designated as qualifying games.

Participate in this annual competion 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!

July 25th Unit Game Winners

Congrats to Our July 25th
Unit Game Winners!

Duncan Bridge Center

1st Overall - Mick Riccio & Bob Price, N/S
1st E/W - Todd Blum & Sally Slater
Complete results: 
Click here

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

Our next Unit Game in Clubs is Friday, August 26th


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





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



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




Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-2500 9:30 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Adobe-Duncan-Barr O-499 12:50 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:50 PM
Director: Barbara Rosenthal
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-2500 12:55 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:55 PST
Director: Barbara Rosenthal
Adobe-Duncan-Barr Open 12:30 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:30 PM
Director: Jonathan Holmes
DBC F2F Open Pairs
(Duncan BC)
Duncan Center 1:00 PM
Director: Mick Riccio
DCBC - Friendly Bridge 1:45PM
(Desert Cities)
Adobe-Duncan-Barr O-2500 6:25 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 6:25 PM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
DCBC - Friendly Bridge 9:45AM
(Desert Cities)
Adobe-Duncan-Barr 0-2500 9:30 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 9:30 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Adobe-Duncan-Barr Open 12:30 PST NAP Q
(Duncan BC)
BBO 12:30 PM
Director: Alyssa Kennedy
Fri Aug 26, 2022
Unit Games in Clubs
Big Point Unit Games in Clubs are Back at Face-to-Face Clubs in the Valley!
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.
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

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    
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
71.88% Karol & Guy Monroe SCPD Dec 24
          BBO Virtual Club Games    
78.57% Karen Brandt & Chip Graves DCBC Jul 21
73.50% Lynne Castoldi & Ali El-Selehdar DCBC Jul 3
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