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Welcome New Members

Susan Cardine
Richard Cosca
Sheila Depuy
Julie Harris

Rank Changes


Diamond Life Master

Anne Lund

Sapphire Life Master

Robert Carroll
Sandra Carroll

Ruby Life Master

Debbie Bolduc

Silver Life Master

Susan Bianchi
Sally Tobin

Bronze Life Master

Shirley Gibson

Life Master

Willy Suriano

Regional Master

Mark Marontate
Carol McConnell
Carol Moore
Barbara Wegener

Sectional Master

Arvind Koshal

Club Master

Kathleen Barr
George Green
Roger Nendick
John Riordan

Junior Master

Toni Robinson

*joined ACBL before/after 1/1/2010

Congratulations on Your Achievements! 

Unit 533 members send their condolences to the family of Sharon Morrison.
Sharon passed away suddenly on January 7th, one day following an afternoon of duplicate bridge with friends in our valley. Arrangements are pending. 

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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Unit-Wide Game in Clubs Winners - Jan. 17

Congratulations to Our Winners!

Unit-Wide Game in Clubs

121 Pairs Competed on January 17th

Top Finishers Overall

1st - Greta & Abe Pineles (SCPD) - 69.21% - 10.35 MPs
2nd - Carol Van Court & Bill Berke (SCPD) - 66.44% - 7.76
3rd - Bill & Elizabeth Dani (SCPD) - 66.21% - 5.82
4th - Jack & Jeanie Bratton (MBC) - 65.81 - 4.37
5th - Carol Ross & Sylvia Brandt (SCPD) - 64.81% - 3.65
6th - Marian & Ken Handy (MBC) - 64.22% - 2.74
7th - Mac Becket & Karen Michael (PSCC) - 64.10% - 1.84
8th/9th - Ed & Cornelia Gould (DCBC) - 62.82% - 1.82
8th/9th - Marcy Blumstein & Shelly Arbuckle (DCBC) - 62.82% - 1.82
10th - John Hanley & Robert Victor (PSCC) - 62.66% - 1.23
11th - Dick Parslow & Russ Orkin (DCBC) - 62.50% - 2.05
12th - Carolyn Borus & Mary Goulet (MHDBC) - 62.27% - 1.46

For complete results from all clubs, Click here.
Note: Sec. D is DCBC, Sec. P is MBC, Sec. L is MHDBC, Sec. G is PSCC, Sec. K is SCPD

Unit Game at DBC

Open Game
1st Overall - Joanne Wiley & Robert Pollack, N/S
1st E/W - Vincent Fitzgerald & Lorraine Hayne

0-750 Game
1st Overall - Carl Birnberg & Neil Arnold, E/W
1st N/S - Sue Longbine & Stephanie Colt



Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 12:00 Noon

Duncan Bridge Center
75400 Gerald Ford Drive
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


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.


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

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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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Tuesday Morning 0-299
(Duncan BC)
9:00 AM
Director: Cookie Ostrow
Tuesday Sanctioned Game
Montecito Club House 12:30
Director: Teri Bratt
Tuesday Aft Open
(Duncan BC)
1:00 PM
Director: Sean Lui
Tuesday Afternoon Session
(Desert Cities)
Director: Scott J. Magged
Vintage Club
(Mick's Club)
Director: Mick Riccio
Director: Marie Covey
Monday morning 0-299
(Duncan BC)
9:00 AM
Director: Sean Lui
Sun Jan 26, 2020
Annual Meeting and Unit Game
Unit 533's Annual Meeting and Election at Duncan Bridge Center, on Gerald Ford Drive in Palm Desert, 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.
Tue Mar 17, 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.
Wed Mar 25, 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:  Friday w/ Marie Covey at 8:30 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: a full-hour beginners class at 11:30 am, Thursday w/Jamie Alperin: a full-hour advancing class at 11:30 am, and Saturday w/Jamie Alperin at 12:30 pm. For more info click here.

Beginner and I/N Games in the Valley

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

Desert Cities Bridge Club at Temple Sinai offers 499er games on Monday thru Thursday, and Saturday, at 1:00 pm, and on Friday at 12 noon.

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

"Bridge With The Monroes" One-Day Clinics

Karol & Guy Monroe are teaching a one-day clinic at the new Duncan Bridge Center in Palm Desert, "The Gorilla at the Table - Friend or Foe?" on Monday, February 10, 9:00 am to Noon, lunch included. Reservations are required. Click here for the flyer.

The Monroes are also offering a series of one-day bridge clinics on Saturday afternoons, starting January 18th, and running through February 29th, at two local country clubs. For information on reservations and topics, click here to read the flyer, or visit their website at

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 and Intermediate classes run from January 8 - February 5 and February 19 - March 18. Advanced Classes run from January 9 - February 6Click here to read the flyer. For additional information, please contact Mimi at or (760) 636-9816.

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.

2020 Bridge Classes at MHDBC

MHDBC at The Joslyn Center presents Dave Cummings' new classes for Beginning and Advancing Players. Beginning classes on Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am, from January 10 - February 28. Advancing classes on Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, from January 8 - February 12.
Click here for the Beginning class flyer, click here for the Advancing class flyer. For additional information contact Dave at or 928-301-7115.

MHDBC is also presenting "Improve Your Game" with Glenna Shannahan, on Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am at The Joslyn Center, running from January 10 - 31. Click here the flyer. For reservations and more info, contact Glenna at

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
76.25% Martin Blain & Patti Hartley DBC Jan 9
70.10% Isadore & Rosalie Sharp DCBC Jan 7
71.25% Aggie O'Neill & Gail Roche  MBC Dec 27
73.08% Wayne Carney & Carolyn Borus DCBC Dec 26
71.99% Abe & Greta Pineles SCPD Dec 20
70.83% Isadore & Rosalie Sharp MHDBC Dec 19
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
  As reported by Club Directors