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All players returning to face-to-face bridge, must present their Proof of Vaccination cards before playing. Once entered into the Vaccination Roster, no further action is required. If a player feels sick in any way, please stay home.

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Lyde McReynolds named Goodwill Ambassador for District 21

Lyde McReynolds is the 2022 District 21 Goodwill Ambassador

Upon the unanimous vote of the Goodwill Ambassador Committee of District 21 of the American Contract Bridge League, Lyde McReynolds became its Goodwill Ambassador of the Year.

Monterey Club president Sharon Larson announced this recognition at the Bridge and Brunch Unit Game, held Sunday, November 13, 2022. The application was written by Amy Pofcher who read part of the rationale our club used to secure this important award. The Official Presentation will take place at the Clambake Regional games in January 2023. Congratulations Lyde!

As you may know, goodwill is essential in expanding the number of bridge players throughout the world and sharing the love we have for the game. Lyde's effort over the years to engage players in good bridge practices and helping us all to acquire new skills is greatly appreciated.

We also can't thank enough yesterday's Brunch Pros: Neville, Jane, Stephanie, Sharon, Maja, and all the others who brought appetizers and those incredible desserts. Oh yes ... and we thank Lyde for organizing the seating and directing the game. We would like to post several photos of the November 13 event taken by players. Please submit any pictures you have to: so we can share them with those who couldn't attend.

Mark Your Calendars

The next Bridge and Brunch Unit Game is set for Sunday, December 11, 2022. Lyde will also hold a special Holiday game on Wednesday, December 21 and her traditional New Year's Eve game on Saturday, December 31. Details will follow.

Congratulations Lyde

I cannot thank Lyde enough for being one of the best teachers of bridge and the etiquette in playing bridge and playing in tournaments.  I have learned everything from her and moved away and continue to notice the difference in Lyde's teachings and examples compared to others.  Cannot ever praise her enough,
To a game I love,
Candace Garvey


Congratulations Lyde!!
What a great turn out to celebrate you and the wonderful news of your huge award! You'll always be the best teacher ever!!! I use to have a feeling of excitement for our Friday lessons. Thank you for creating a "family" for me away from the table. Most of my dearest friends were/are from our trips to the Dunes. Those "plays" you wrote were great fun and my "child" always had a ball! Your homemade cookies are the best as are the root beer floats! I appreciate you more than you could imagine.You were always thinking of how to make something special for all of us...AND you did!!
Sending love and a big hug.
Betty Jackson
Congratulations Lyde, I received the Award in 2017 and Winners are invited to the Regional’s. The  Nationals usually have a dinner or cocktail event which the Goodwill recipients are to attend. I attended the San Diego event.
Long overdue for Lyde, what she conttributed to bridge is incredible. Pat Thomas received the award and not sure who else from our club.
Donna Jett
Thanks for sharing. I am sorry I missed that event. She certainly deserves it!
Best  regards. 
James Dergin
Unit Game Draws Largest Attendance Since Reopening

The Sunday, November 13 Bridge and Brunch Game Brought Out 13 1/2 tables - A Record Number

The Monterey Bridge Club hosted its popular bridge and brunch unit game at the Bridge Center on Sunday, November 13, 2022. The Thanksgiving theme event offered elegant turkey croissants by Neville Kirby, homemade stuffing by Maja, fall salads by Sharon Larson and much more. Decorations beautifully handled by Jane Altavilla and Stephanie Booth. Appetizers and desserts were abundant. Lyde McReynolds organized table assignments and directed the game..According to Ray Mok, club treasurer, the game netted $1,259.50.

In addition, attendees got the first look at Silent Auction items.The closing time is 3:30 p.m., December 11, 2022 and the Holiday Potluck.

These Unit Games provide additional funds to help us offset our costs and attract players back to face-to-face games.GAME RESULTS



Upcoming Sunday Unit games include the Holiday Potluck on December 11, Winter Game on January 15, Valentine's Day Special on February 12, and the Jump Shift into Spring Game on March 12, 2023. Also, a Wednesday Morning Holiday Potluck game on December 21 and Lyde's
Annual New Year's Eve party and game on December 31. Sign up sheets will soon be available.




October Unit Game draws 10 tables

Unit Game sports Autumn decor and happy players

The Monterey Bridge Club held its monthly Bridge and Brunch game on Sunday, October 9, 2022 and attracted ten tables. Brunch included pulled pork sliders provided by Joe Truskot, potato salad from Jane Altavilla, and green salad from Kathy Pfitzer. Attendees brought delicious appetizers, desserts and fall flowers. Doug Halleen directed and ended up playing with our hero-of -the-day Leon Heller who changed his plans and joined us so we could avoid a sit out.

Treasurer Ray Mok reported the event netted $652.50 to help us offset the cost of running the Center.

Top scorers for North-South: 1st-Lyde McReynolds/Curt Hussey, 2nd-Maja/Jerry Kapolka, 3rd-Doug Halleen/Leon Heller, 4th-Meg Galloway/Joe Truskot, TIE for 5th-Janet Hedlund/Amy Pofcher & Mary Block/Kathy Pfitzer.

Top Scorers for East-West: 1st-Thomas Eby/Ewan Eby, 2nd-Keith Hedlund/Candace Garvey, 3rd-Trulee Ricketts/Helen Rubin, 4th-Nancy Borucki/Betty Jackson, 5th-Miranda Morris/Charles Olvis, 6th-Rita Sturgeon/Carol Sendell.

Dates for Unit Games in November and December will be established at the October 20 meeting of the Monterey Bridge Club board of directors.

Stay tuned.


When: Mondays, September 12 - November 14, 2022
Time: 10:00AM. with “Shuffle and Play” following lesson.
Where: Monterey Bridge Center, 201B Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940   
Price: $10.00

These lessons are set up for beginners and anyone interested in getting back into the game. You will learn how to count your high card points, describe your hand correctly using commonly understood bids, create partnership agreements, and play your hand getting the maximum number of tricks. You will also learn the basics of declarer play giving your opponents only the tricks they deserve.

We follow all county and state guidelines for Covid. You will be required to show proof of vaccinations the first day of class. Masks are optional.

Hetty is a certified ACBL teacher and has been teaching bridge for 8 years. "After I retired, I combined the two things I enjoyed doing teaching and playing bridge," she said.

To sign up, contact Hetty at: or call her at 831-262-1420.


Unit 530 Loses Its Champion

Remembering Brad Dow

Brad Dow, Monterey Bridge Club's hero and friend, moved to the next table on June 8, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Dow was a life master and great advocate for the game. He personally oversaw and funded the renovation of a building on the former Fort Ord grounds for the daily use of the Monterey Bridge Club. That building served the club well for about 15 years. His negotiation of the terms of our lease with the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, allowed the club to build a cash reserve which continues to sustain our operations today.

Brad was born in Queens, New York on April 7, 1930. He came to the Monterey Peninsula in the late 60s. He is survived by his wife Hallie and four children. He was much-loved and will be sorely missed. His long-time partner Shirley Temple said, "When my time comes, I want to sit at your table."

Record Turnout to Remember Brad Dow

Thirteen Tables play bridge and remember Brad: Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530 paid tribute to Brad Dow at its September Bridge and Brunch event. President Sharon Larson led the remembrance at the break and attendees shared several stories gleaned from Brad's long involvement with the Bridge Club. He was a remarkable and generous person. The turnout was the largest the club has had since it reopened after the pandemic. According to our treasurer Ray Mok, the net proceeds from the event was $875. The catered lunch from Tarpy's Roadhouse was completely underwritten by Brad's friend Sam Dodson. We also were joined by ACBL board member Stu Goodgold who played with Kathy Pfitzer.

Brad Dow was instrumental in securing the former bridge center in Marina, working out the details with the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, funding its renovation into the exclusive facility that served our needs for 15 years, and most of all being one of the nicest, smartest bridge players in the Unit. Unfortunately his long time partner Shirley Temple (pictured with him on the left) was unable to be with us on this special day.

Maja directed the game. The winners North-South were: 1st Sharon Larson - Dorothy Cody; 2nd Stu Goodgold - Kathy Pfitzer; 3rd Ed Schrenzel - Neville Kirby; 4th Robert Dubroff - Mano Singham; and 5th Lyde McReynolds - Curt Hussey. The winners East-West were: 1st Kathy High - Candace Garvey; 2nd Nancy Borucki - Betty Jackson; 3rd Kurt Schnebele - Arlene Sekel; 4th Bill Breen - Kristin McMurray; 5th Ewan Eby - Thomas Eby. All scores.

Our next Bridge and Brunch event will take place on Sunday, October 9. Doug Halleen will direct. Join us!

Joe Truskot, Membership Chair


August 21 Bridge and Brunch Attracted Eight Tables

Paella on the Patio brings shouts of "Olé"

Eight tables played on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at our monthly unit game, the proceeds of which help us offset our operational costs. Kurt Schnebele prepared a Spanish paella which everyone declared as "Fantastica!" Hong Hai and Bob Dubroff brought a delicious salad, Trulee Ricketts offered a plate of incredible heirloom tomatoes from her garden, Joe Truskot sliced up a fresh melon served in a decorated bowl brought back from Spain. Lyde McReynolds directed the open game and made table assignments. Thanks to all who brought delicious desserts.

North and South point-getters were: 1st - Kathy High and Candace Garvey, 2nd -Trulee Ricketts and Helen Rubin, 3rd - Mano Singham and Bob Dubroff, 4th - Bonnie Tragni and Joe Truskot.

East and West point-getters were: 1st - Nina Leitman and Patricia Johnston, 2nd - Kurt Schnebele and Arlene Sekel, 3rd - Stephanie Booth and Jim Lauderdale, 4th - Bill Breen and Kristen McMurray.

The next Bridge and Brunch Unit Game will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2022 and will be a game in memory of Brad Dow. Save the date and visit the website for periodic updates.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 210B Calle del Oaks, Monterey.


STaC Games produce Big Winners

Daved Ow and Glenn Chee were BIG STaC winners.  18+ Silver Points

Barbara and Bill Wegener were in the Big Finishers also

Board Elects Officers for 2022-23

Sharon Larson to continue as President

At the July 14, 2022 meeting of the Monterey Bridge Club, the board of directors appointed its leadership for the year: Sharon Larson, president; Mano Singham, vice president; Neville Kirby, secretary; and Ray Mok, treasurer. In addition, the following directors will serve in specific roles: Bill Breen, new site committee; Pat Heller, goodwill; Maja, director liaison; Rita Sturgeon, hospitality; and Joe Truskot, membership/webmaster.

The board thanked Curt Hussey, Pat Heller and Kathy Pfitzer for their exceptional service to local bridge players during their completed terms. Upon the recent resignation of Mary Block, the board appointed retiring director Pat Heller to complete the final year of Mary's term.

Many important decisions will be made concerning the Monterey Bridge Club in the coming months and all members are encouraged to be active in local games and to stay informed.


Hot Diggity Dog what a Success

July Bridge and Brunch Game draws 9 full tables

On Sunday, July 10, 2022, the Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530 of the American Contract Bridge League hosted its monthly open game which included a light lunch. It drew 36 bridge players. The theme this was was "Summer Picnic" and heart-felt thanks go to Neville Kirby for the hot dogs, chili, and beans; Jane Altavilla for the excellent potato salad and the fun ice cream, and Stephanie Booth for all the fixings. Manu Singham helped organize and assign the game directed by Maja.

According to treasurer Ray Mok, the event netted $505.75. This will help offset the cost of operating the Monterey Bridge Center. Also, we certainly appreciate the extra donations we received on Sunday. Here's to the return of face-to-face bridge.

If you have already been to a Bridge and Brunch game and enjoyed it, please come back for our event in August. We haven't selected a date yet but Kurt Schnebele will definite make a paella in the patio. Buen Provecho Todos!




Second Quarter Ace of Clubs & Mini McKenney

Congratulations to all the serious bridge players in Monterey Unit 530. Here are the standings at the End of June 2022.

Q2-2022 Ace of Club.pdf

Q1-2022 Mini-McKenney.pdf

Monterey Unit 350 Welcomes New Board Members

Annual Meeting Draws Forty Bridge Lovers

At the Annual Membership Meeting of the Monterey Bridge Center held on Sunday, June 12, 2022, President Sharon Larson welcomed Bill Breen, Neville Kirby, and Rita Sturgeon to the board of directors to serve three-year terms. She thanked Fran Soskins, election official, and the nominating committee Curt Hussey, Trulee Ricketts, and Joe Truskot for their work.
Larson also thanked departing board members Patricia Heller, Curt Hussey and Kathy Pfitzer for their dedicated efforts to promote the game of bridge during their time on the board.
During the meeting, Larson also recognized the winners of both the 2021 Ace of Clubs and Mini McKinney masterpoint championship.(Results are elsewhere on the website.)
She also congratulated four members who achieved Life Master status this year: Glenn Chee, Bob Champion, Leonard Chriss, and Patricia Heller.
Minutes and Financial summary are posted at the Bridge Center. (Photo from left, Rita Sturgeon, Sharon Larson, and Neville Kirby. Bill Breen is away.)
Long Time Friends gathered for Bridge and Brunch

Event boasts ten full tables

Bridge and Brunch was held on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the Monterey Bridge Center. Thanks go to Mano Singham for bringing lunch from Ambrosia Restaurant in Monterey and to Curt Hussey and Kathy Pfitzer for the salads, Trulee Ricketts for the appetizer and to the many folks who brought desserts. Doug Halleen directed the great mix of levels at the open game.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Bridge Center on Sunday, July 10 for the next Bridge and Brunch. Let's continue to have a great time playing face-to-face bridge.

(Photo from left Jean Cody, Trulee Ricketts, Lyde McReynolds, and Betty Jackson.)

More event photos below

STaC Results for May 2022

STaC Games Played May 2022 at St. Johns Chapel, Monterey and St. Paul's, Salinas

Keith Hedlund 4.81    Both Games
Peter De Gregorio 3.38    St.Paul’s Church in Salinas
Neville Kirby 2.54    St. John’s Chapel in Monterey
Ed Schrenzel 2.54    St. John’s Chapel in Monterey
Janet Hedlund 2.12    Both Games
Thomas Eby 1.9    St. John’s Chapel in Monterey
Ewan Eby  1.9    St. John’s Chapel in Monterey
David Ow  1.43    St.Paul’s Church in Salinas
Steve Green 1.43    St.Paul’s Church in Salinas
Beth Ege 1.43    St. John’s Chapel in Monterey
Debeliah Anthony 1.07    St. John’s Chapel in Monterey
Jane Diamond 1.05    St.Paul’s Church in Salinas
STaC Games Played May 2022 at U530 Bridge Center
Name MPs  
Games Played
Neville Kirby 4.33 3
Mano Singham 3.74 2
Beth Ege 3.2 2
Ed Schrenzel 3.06 2
Brad Dow 2.63 1
Jim Lauderdale 2.63 1
Curt Hussey 2.44 2
Ken Gaskins 2.38 2
Debeliah Anthony 1.99 2
Lyde McReynolds 1.97 1
Thomas Eby 1.9 1
Ewan Eby 1.9 1
Maja 1.48 1
James Dirgin 1.48 1
Keith Hedlund 1.43 1
Ann Wyatt 1.4 2
Gerald Williams 1.33 1
Janet Hedlund 1.07 1
Carl Pohlhammer 0.95 1
Barbara Alexander 0.95 1
Samuel Wayne 0.92 1
Ray Mok 0.9 1
Karen Mok 0.9 1
Joseph Truskot 0.75 1
Bonnie Tragni 0.75 1
Rita Sturgeon 0.71 1
Judith Franich 0.71 1
Carol Sendell 0.71 1
Thomas Miller 0.69 1
Louise Barnard 0.54 1
Susan Mehra 0.54 1
Barbara Hake 0.42 1
Annemarie Von Adelung 0.42 1
Royal StaC Results for March 2022 Tournament

Alan Hedegard has compliled the results for all participants in the Royal StaC game back in March. The document is attached to this article. Royal Stac Results 2022.pdf

Congratulations to the winners.

President's Weekend Unit Game - Sunday, Feb.20, Noon

President's Day Weekend Game Draws Seven Tables

Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530 members gathered on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Noon for a light lunch and Open Bridge Game. Many thanks to the organizers! President Sharon Larson welcomed 28 players and thanked Joe Truskot for the quiches, Neville Kirby for the salads, Doug Halleen for directing the game, Lyde McReynolds for organizing the seating arrangements and collecting the fees and donations and the many players who brought desserts.

Maja and Trulee Ricketts were first in Section A with a fantastic 69.64 game, Marti Jones and Judith Murdock were first in Section B with a 59.27 game, and Ed Schrenzel and Neville Kirby were first in Section C with a 47.67 game.

Plans are "in the works" for continuing these Sunday Brunch Unit Games. Dates and times will be announced soon.


New Year's Eve Game and Dinner


Thanks to the nine tables of bridge players who enjoyed the game, the food, and the good cheer.

Addios to 2021 and hello 2022. Party photos.


Holiday Party Scores

Here are the results from the December 12, 2021 Holiday Party.


Monterey Unit 350 Mourns the Loss of Michel Nasr

Saphire Life Master Michel Nasr passed away on Friday, April 1, 2022, six weeks shy of his 98th birthday. Born in Lebanon, he came to the Monterey Peninsula in 1976 to join the Arabic Language Department of the Defense Language Institute. After retiring in 1998, he was a frequent player at the club. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Roene Nasr.

Monterey Unit president Sharon Larson remembers Michel, "He was a long time bridge player who always put the contract into three no trump. Such a great man. A loss for sure."

See more.


Holiday Party Sparkling Success

Happy Holidays!

The Monterey Bridge Club celebrated the holidays on Sunday, December 12, 2021 with a 10 1/2 table open game directed by Maja (plus three more folks who came to the party but couldn't stay for the game). This makes it our largest gathering since the pandemic. Maja prepared the hands and Lyde assigned the players and supervised the check-in process. The game went smoothly. (The winner's list will be added to this story soon.)

President Sharon Larson started the event by thanking all participants for attending, donating food and raffle prizes and helping to make the event a fun and successful one.

Rita Sturgeon and Carol Sendell decorated the room using sparkling items brought from their homes or clipped from a neighbor's holly tree. Ron Loiacono brought individually wrapped, artisan decorated Christmas cookies for each participant. The food table offered plenty of treats and a wide-array of baked goods made by our members. Board members Sharon Larson, Maja, Mano Singham, Ray Mok, Kathy Pfitzer, Curt Hussey and Joe Truskot came early and helped with the set up and stayed late for the clean up.

The raffle of an extensive list of donated items and services allowed half of the participants to go home with a special prize and brought in extra funds.

Ray Mok, treasurer, summed up the event and projected a net of $606.38. This sum is likely to grow as many members said they couldn't be there but would send a check.

Local players win big during STaC Week

Alan Hedegard announced the local players who won big during STaC week. Games took place on Monday, December 6 and Friday, December 10, 2021. STaC is an acronym for Sectional Tournaments at Clubs. They are tournaments with a sectional rating staged at participating clubs in a specific geographic area. A STaC can last up to seven days. Like other sectionals, winners and overall places are awarded silver points.

Here are the listes of top winners.

Lyde's Wednesday Game Draws Ten Tables

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Monterey bridge players came out in force to play. We hit a post-Covid record of ten full tables. Lyde McReynolds provided a quick lesson, Shirley Larsen told a funny story, and the refreshment table offered freshly baked bread by Helen Sue Brand and jelly by Joe Truskot from grapes grown on vines brought by the padres to Mission San Antonio. Face-to-Face bridge offers so much more than a point and click session at home alone.

Join us Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. for the open game directed by Maja and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. for <750 gane directed by Lyde.

We have set up a partnership register for those members who do not have a regular partner or whose regular partner is unavailable. This register is designed specifically for face-to-face games at the Bridge Center in Del Rey Oaks. If you would like to be included in the register, please send a message to Mano Singham ( with the following information:
  • your name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • approximate number of ACBL masterpoints
Also, please specify the sessions held at the Bridge Center you are available for:
  • Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. - Up to 750 master points (Lyde)
  • Thursday at 12:30 p.m. - Open Game (Maja)
  • Friday at 10:00 a.m. - Up to 750 master points (Lyde)
We are currently updating the list and will send it to everyone who responds. The most efficient use of the list would be for people to contact each other directly when they need a partner and over time build up a personal network. We don't want you to not play because you don't have a partner.
Thanks for helping us rebuild our face-to-face games at the Center.
Charles Messenger Column

The Unwritten Rule

How often has this happened to you? You open 1H vulnerable, LHO bids 2S not vulnerable. Your partner makes a game forcing raise (3S is my choice). RHO bids 4S. Now what do you do?

The action in the immediate seat over the game-level preempt is the key. 

The general rule is this:  With 1st round control of the opponent's suit, bid 5H. With 2 fast losers in their suit, double.  With 1 fast loser (singleton or Kx), PASS. This pass is forcing. This tells partner you are unclear whether it is better to defend (double) or to try and make 5 hearts. The same issues apply for your partner. Over a double, partner can still bid 5, for example, with a spade void herself. The double is not unilateral. It just tells partner your hand looks better for the defense. This is all pretty straightforward. But you should definitely talk to your partner about this so that you are both on the same page about the forcing pass. 

This is standard in expert circles. It is assumed in this situation that a pass would be forcing. So what makes the pass forcing? When you have opened and partner has shown strength (not preemption herself) and the opponents have made at least 1 preemptive bid. The principle is the same as I have used in my previous column. When you have more trump and more shape, keep bidding. When you have strength but are more balanced, doubling is better. The part of this that is new in this situation is the forcing pass, so it's important to be clear when that is in play. 

Here is another example where it wouldn’t be in play:  You open 1H, opponent overcalls 1 spade, your partner bids 3H (preemptive) and RHO bids 4S. It is not clear here who has the balance of the strength and so the pass would not be forcing — even if you are vulnerable and they are not. It must be clear that you and your partner were in a game invitational or game forcing auction based on strength. 

Here are a couple of sample hands to illustrate the point:

You have: Qxx AKxx Kxx Kxx. 

Partner opens 1H, your RHO overcalls 2S. This hand would have bid a Jacoby 2NT (or whatever your game forcing raise is), if the opponents had not interfered. You need to let partner know that this hand belongs to your side and you have a heart fit. The way I do that is by bidding 3S. Your LHO now bids 4S and you have been pre-empted out of your normal game contract. Say now your partner passes. What do you do? With this hand, I would double. Perfectly balanced, lots of defense, and may not be enough tricks to make 5. 

Say partner opened with: X QJxxx AQx Qxxx.

Making 5 will be a struggle, but you almost certainly can defeat 4S unless someone on their side has a void. Partner’s forcing pass told you that you had 1 loser for sure in spades, if you have 2 more losers you cant make 5, and doubling is your best option. 

Now say partner had: QJxxxx AQx Qxxx. 

Even though partner has a minimum in high card strength, she will bid 5 with this hand because of the void, and because of the void, 5 will almost certainly make.

Now say opener had: Jx QJxxx AQx Axx. 

This is a double. No need to make a forcing pass here. Clearly let your partner know your hand suggests defending. With a void, partner will certainly bid 5 herself, and with a singleton will evaluate the rest of the hand for offense vs. defense and choose to pass or bid on based on knowing you have 2 fast losers in spades.

To re-iterate, the important part is being able to trust partner to take some action in passout seat if you pass. You must either get your vulnerable game or get the maximum penalty if they have sacrificed. The unwritten rule allows partner in direct seat to indicate they are not sure about doubling or bidding on without worrying that partner will take no action. I have seen this not work about 1 in 100 times, and I will take those odds.

Survey Says . . .

What a motivated membership!

Thank you to all who completed the survey. We heard from half of our membership and got results which will help us all make decisions about playing bridge this year. For example, we heard loud and clear that members prefer morning games that start at 10 a.m. We know now that members with fewer than 500 masterpoints would like more educational opportunities. We know that most members will play both online and face-to-face bridge and a large number just haven't yet made up their minds what they'll do.

Here are the complete survey results with great thanks to Ray Mok who organized the raw data.

Unit 530 Membership Survey 2021.pdf

Looking forward to seeing you at a bridge table soon.

Joe Truskot, membership chair

Locally Directed Games Everyday


We can no longer just use the word "transfer." We now must include the suit we are transferring to. For example, "Transfer to Spades."

Traditional Support Doubles and Re-Doubles are no longer alertable.

Direct Cue Bids (with the exception of Michaels) must now be alerted.

Uncontested jump shifts no longer require an alert.

Instead of saying “could be short” when bidding 1 Club, for example, you now must specify the number of cards in that suit: “Could be as short as one” etc.

Check out the January 2021 ACBL Bulletin (page 35) for a complete listing of the changes.


When asked what your bid means, never give the name of the convention! (i.e. Cappelletti, DON’T, Precision, etc.)  Instead, you must describe your hand. There are NO secrets in the bidding.

Don’t be just a SLUG!  Add your full name to your BBO profile.  We all like to know who we are playing with at the table, since we can’t see you,

If your BBO rating is "3" or more, you're no longer a "Beginner."

Each pair must have a convention card posted.  Unless, of course, you are subs or newly paired. In this case, you must announce your systems at each table.

Please pay attention!  If your name is highlighted in YELLOW, it’s your turn to bid or play, unless you are the dummy.

Learn to use the BBO Chat function judiciously.

The "Table" setting is best for greeting your opponents which you should do regularly. Use it for magnanimous congratulations to the opponents especially when you witness a challenging hand well played. If subs are playing, thank them for joining the game.

The "Private" setting is best for discussions with your partner about the bidding or play of a game, or the sorry state of the world. As in Face-to-Face games, no one wants to hear you bickering or gloating. If you make a negative comment about your partner or the opponents, double check to make certain the right chat mode is on. Remember: sarcasm doesn't work well on these chats.

The "Lobby" setting is great for announcements, such as congratulating high point getters and special games,


Stay home and play bridge online.  We want to SEE ALL OF YOU back at the club when it reopens. Sheltering at home gives you an opportunity to play more and hone your skills.

17th November 2022
BBO Online
10:15 a.m.
Director: Susan Mazzei
17th November 2022
Bridge Center
12:30 p.m.
Director: Maja
18th November 2022
Bridge Center
10:00 a.m.
Director: Lyde McReynolds
Special Message

Greetings from the Monterey Bridge Center

On behalf of the 300 plus members of Unit 530, it's my great pleasure to welcome you to our website and hope that we can provide you with easy-to-find information. Please bookmark this page and visit it often because the information is likely to change on a daily basis.

As you may know, the website is a work in progress and many of its features are not fully operational.

We are excited to be able to play in person at our Del Rey Oaks bridge center and hope you will come out to play soon.

Call us at 831-747-1650. If no one answers, leave a message and we will return your call. 

Sharon Larson, President

In Memoriam

Our condolences to the family and friends of Patricia Leslie who passed away on October 2, 2021 just a few days before what would have been her 94th birthday.

We regret the tragic loss of bridge player Mary Ellen Carlin on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in a plane crash. Please send condolences to her family: 905 Egan Avenue PG. 93950. Both her husband and daughter are members of the Monterey Bridge Club.

Director: Alan Hedegard
Director: Janet Hedlund
Director: Alan Hedegard