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Welcome New Members

Betty Matsumoto

Rank Changes

Sapphire Life Master

Paul Gelb

Ruby Life Master

Marge Meyer

Bronze Life Master

Randy Bissett
Marcy Blumstein

NABC Master

Ann Carter
Kevin Hopton

Regional Master

Jackie Brewster
Joyce Gannon
Sandy Young

Sectional Master

Tad Acker
Shirley Beaton
Dennis Hall
Blake Todd

Club Master

Mary Jo Esposito
Alan Winfield

Junior Master

Toni Garibaldi
Martha Mahan
Robert Mahan
David McAwaters


Congrats, Everyone!

Marilyn Blunt, an active Mission Hills Duplicate Bridge Club member and frequent contributor to the hospitality efforts of the club, passed away Friday, October 18.
Marilyn's courageous battle with cancer taught all of us lessons of perserverance and dignity in the face of adversity. We extend our sympathy to her husband, Larry and her family and friends. Services will be held in Minnesota.



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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Our Harvest Sectional is October 25th & 26th

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Palm Springs

Harvest Sectional

Friday and Saturday Only
October 25th & 26th
Games begin at 9:30 am & 1:30 pm

The HOPE Center
45900 Portola Avenue
in Palm Desert

Click here  for the Flyer

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2020 Board of Directors Election


The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to serve on the Board of Directors of Unit 533. If you are interested in being considered for one of the three (3) open positions, Click here to download the Candidate Application Form. The Form may also be obtained from any club director or by contacting a member of the Nominating Committee:

Randy Bissett, Nominating Committee Member -
Rosee Hertz, Nominating Committee Member -
Martha Jenkins, ACBL Unit 533 Board Liaison -
John Kubisty, Nominating Committee Chair -

Nance Lodge, Nominating Committee Member -
Cookie Ostrow, Nominating Committee Member -

Board Members will be elected at the Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020. They will serve for a 3-year period expiring January 31, 2023. Please give serious thought to serving our duplicate bridge community. The Nominating Committee will present the slate of candidates to the Board of Directors at the December Board Meeting. Please complete and deliver the application by Monday, December 2, 2019 to any Nominating Committee member. Delivery by Email is acceptable.

Please be advised that as required by our bylaws, ARTICLE VI - UNIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Section 3(b) and Section 3(c), additional nominations may be made by petition from the general membership. A nominating petition must contain the approval of the nominee and twenty- five (25) signatures of members in good standing. No nominations from the floor are permitted. Nominations made by petition from the general membership must be received by the Board of Directors by December 20, 2019. Only validated nominations shall be publicized in the Notice of the Annual Meeting and in absentee ballots requested by and mailed to members.


If you would like to donate cookies or other treats for the upcoming Palm Springs Unit 533 Fall Harvest Sectional on October 25-26 at the Hope Center in Palm Desert, please contact William Stine at

Tasty treats are greatly appreciated by our players!

Unit Game in Clubs Winners - September 30th

September 30th
Unit Game in Clubs Winners


MHDBC at the Joslyn Center

1st Overall - Anne & Tom Lund, E/W
1st N/S - Dianna Forsythe & Alex McCune

Duncan Bridge Center Open

1st Overall - John & Susan Tracey, N/S
1st E/W - Bob Wernick & David Kane

Duncan Bridge Center 0-750

1st Overall - Bill & Barbara Wegener, E/W
1st N/S - Taewoong Kim & John Bowden

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


Halloween Regional

October 28 thru November 3

Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel

Click here
for the Flyer


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North American

Bridge Championships

San Francisco

November 28 - December 8

Click here
for Complete Schedule and Planning Information


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Palm Springs Regional

December 9th thru 15th

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa
in Rancho Mirage

For complete
Tournament Information,

Click here


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Unit 533 Board Seeking Director-Qualified Candidates

     Unit 533's Board of Directors is seeking interest from qualified directors who would like to manage our three Unit-Wide games in 2020 (dates to be determined). This manager sets up the files and boards for all participating clubs, runs the game, and compiles the results.  This takes approximately 3-5 hours.  This manager is paid $100.
     The Board is also seeking interested director-qualified candidates to serve as the Tournament Manager for our Sun & Fun Sectional on February 14-15, 2020, and for the Fall Harvest Sectional in October or November of 2020. Time required includes oversight of the event itself and pre- and post-event coordination.  If you are interested in these positions, please contact William Stine at no later than October 30, 2019.

Wednesday Afternoon Session
(Duncan BC)
Director: Sean Lui
Open Pairs & 499ers
(Desert Cities)
1:00 PM
Director: Randy Bissett
Morn 299er
(Duncan BC)
9:00 AM
Director: Sean Lui
Tuesday Sanctioned Game
Montecito Club House 12:30
Director: Rich Rodeman
DBC Tues Aft Open
(Duncan BC)
Director: Sean Lui
Open Pairs & 299ers - Club Appreciation
(Desert Cities)
1:00 PM
Director: Scott J. Magged
Tue Nov 5, 2019
Weekday Unit Game in Clubs
The Unit pays the extra sanction fees for the game as part of our "Give Back to Members" program.
Sun Nov 17, 2019
Sunday Swiss Unit Game
A Swiss Teams Unit Game on Sunday. The Unit pays the extra sanction fees for the game as part of our "Give Back to Members" program.
Fri Nov 22, 2019
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 Dec 1, 2019
Annual Holiday Party and Unit Game
Unit 533's Annual Holiday Party 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.
More Games Coming this Season

With the return of more temperate weather and the expected arrival of our snowbirds over the next few months, there will be many more games offered by the various clubs here in the valley.
Visit our Game Schedule page to find all the new games becoming available - Click here!

In 2019, Unit 533 is sponsoring 23 Unit Games, including 17 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

MHDBC at Joslyn
Monday & Thursday w/Anne Lund 12:00 noon

Jamie Alperin's Free Classes at DCBC

Desert Cities Bridge Club is offering a series of classes in November, taught by Jamie Alperin. Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, starting November 5. Tuesdays will focus on begining bridge topics, and Thursdays will be for advancing players, covering cuebids and 2-over-1 bidding. The classes are sponsored by Desert Cities Bridge Foundation, and are offered free to all attendees. For more information, visit

Beginning Bridge Lessons at MHDBC

MHDBC at The Joslyn Center announces Beginning Bridge Lessons, taught by Dave Cummings, on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am, starting on November 6th. Click here for the Flyer. For additional information, contact Dave at or 928-301-7115.

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

Mimi David's "I Love Bridge" series of classes have begun at the La Quinta Wellness Center. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes are offered in several series, with new start dates in November, 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 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 299er 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
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
72.08% Mary Terell & Karen Brandt PSCC May 29
71.85% Marty Martin & Arnie Landsman DBC May 29
71.69% Mary Terell & Karen Brandt PSCC May 24
75.50% Shelley Mann & Abigail Wright DCBC May 17
74.40% Lori Kiefer & Enid Herbstman DBC May 13
74.19% Jim Darvey & David Lodge DCBC May 9
72.22% Sandra & Ron Livingston MBC May 3
  As reported by Club Directors