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Vaccination Verification

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.

Rhyme Your Way To Better Bridge

The play of the card from third hand high, denies the one below it.

When partner makes a takeout double, jump with 10 or you're in trouble.

When the dummy's on your right, lead the weakest thing in sight.

When the dummy's on your left, lead to heft.

If you have nothing, bid nothing.



Previous Front Page News



Total Master Points Earned 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2020


Andy Goodman



Betty Jackson



Ray Boehne



Anthony Muller



Charles Messenger



Helen Rubin



Richard Papst



Bill Cohen



Joel Reimnitz



Charlene Reimnitz



Wayne McIntyre



Sally Reed



Jeannette Stern



Robert Dubroff



Alan Hedegard



Lauren Upson



Laura Gherman



Sarah Stern Remembered

We had another loss from our membership last week and this loss was personal to me. She was a bridge partner and a frequent “going out to dinner” partner along with her husband
Jack and Jackie Stewart.

Sarah Stern unexpectedly died last week. Unit 530 had just honored Sarah on this website for obtaining Gold Life Master.

Sarah added a bridge word to my vocabulary years ago at the All Western Tournament in Santa Clara. The Regional had hand records; this was before our Unit obtained a dealing machine and printed hand records for club games. Sarah had done well at the tournament and there were a few of us that had gathered together to go over the hand record. It didn’t take long to find a slam that Sarah had bid and made that the rest of us hadn’t found, nor had we made as many tricks as Sarah.

When I asked Sarah, how did you bid and make this hand? She answered with her typical laugh and smiling face. “I flamboozeled them”. I can’t think of another player that bid and made more slams than Sarah, a great player
that will be missed.


Sara Stern Remembered

We had another loss from our membership last week and this loss was personal to me.
Sarah Stern was a bridge partner and a frequent “going out to dinner” partner along with her husband Jack and Jackie Stewart.

Sarah unexpectedly died last week. Unit 530 had just honored her on our website for obtaining Gold Life Master.

Sarah added a bridge word to my vocabulary years ago at the All Western Tournament
in Santa Clara. The Regional had hand records; this was before our Unit obtained a dealing machine and printed hand records for club games. Sarah had done well at the tournament and there were a few of us who had gathered together to go over the hand record. It didn’t take long to find a slam that Sarah had bid and made that the rest of us hadn’t found, nor had we made as
many tricks as Sarah.

When I asked Sarah, how did you bid and make this hand? She answered with her typical laugh
and smiling face. “I flamboozeled them.”

I can’t think of another player who bid and made more slams than Sarah, a great player
who will be missed.

Trulee Ricketts

In Memoriam
In Memoriam

Larry Slayton Remembered

I think one of the best tributes to Larry that shows admiration and affection with humor is the inscription on his birthday cake that Brad Dow brought to the bridge center for his last birthday at the club: The Best Director Since Hitchcock. RIP Larry, you are missed and loved by many. -- Joyce Newell
I remember Larry as being a Special Club Owner in that he spent extra time to make everyone in his game “family”. It started with his banquet that he took pains to prepare way ahead of his game.  One could arrive one half of an hour before Board One and people would be visiting and munching  and you would be lucky to get a seating.  And if you were last, his efforts to have no sit-outs, calling on Brad Dow to fill out a table with him and introducing a computer that had robots as opponents if Brad already was seated with a partner.  He was kind and instructive to all in his director calls and I can still hear him at the end of a game.  “Go Giants”. He was a Prince. -- Trulee Ricketts

Well before Larry started directing or playing at the bridge clubs, I worked with him at CTB/McGraw/Hill.   He was very well respected and just a great guy.    But he really came alive when he had more time for Bridge.  At our office there were bridge games in the library, cafeteria and lots of our staff played. Larry was always eager to help you get a partner for his games and was fair and kind to everybody.  Truly he will be missed. --  Sharon Larson
I remember how Larry graciously welcomed me with a smile into the open game when I was a “newbie” I always felt welcomed by him in all of his games. He was always gracious to me when he was my partner. His passion was baseball, particularly his beloved Giants. We all know Larry had a hearing loss but he probably used it to his advantage when there were some contentious rumblings over some plays at the table. He took Bridge seriously of course, but he regarded it as a game to be enjoyed. -- Pat Heller
Larry was always considerate, an accommodating director and was offered help willingly. He loved Bridge and wanted everything good for our unit. I remember asking him in the early days how to defend against Precision - he said to interfere if possible! Before he died he asked that I take over his Monday and Thursday sanctions - I just hope to make him proud from the beyond. I’ve signed up for the director course (at last!) and will be joining the ranks in April. (I can’t pretend that my “buffets” will rival Larry’s but I’ll do my best to keep you nourished!) -- Maja

Passing in 2020

With condolences to friends and family, we announce the passing of the following Unit 530 members in 2020.

Fran Cava, Susan Creveling, James Didion, Alex Henderson, Jill Leach, Judith Lesieutre, Richard Pirotte, James Pond, Mary Quenette, Larry Slayton, and Walter Thorpe.

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Celebrate the holidays at the Monterey Bridge Center

Join us at 12 p.m., Sunday, December 12, 2021 for a special unit game to raise money for our operating costs.

Maja is directing this open game which promises to be fun for all skill levels. Prior to the game, we will offer deli-trays, desserts and coffee. The fee is $15.

All participants will receive one free raffle ticket and the opportunity to purchase more for $1 a ticket or 6 for $5. Items on the table are expected to include bridge books, bridge paraphenalia, wine, ornaments, jewelry, hand sewn/ hand made items, and whatever YOU would like to donate. The sideboard at the Center will be used as a display area. Feel free to bring in items starting now.

There is a sign up sheet posted at the Bridge Center. Reply here and your name will be added to the list. Let us know if you have a partner or if you need one.

Happy Holidays!

Click on the photo for more information. Click here for the complete schedule of events.

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.

Meet Your Friends and Neighbors

The 0-750 game on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 had eight tables not counting our new neighbor Cooper — because he's a German Short Haired Pointer. We continue to adjust to our members' comfort levels with mask wearing: many do, others don't. All players have had their Covid shots. Everyone practices social distancing and hand sanitizing.

We have made some changes in the schedule. The Tuesday morning bridge game at 9:30 a.m. has been permanently canceled. Games at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays continue to be popular. Open games on Tuesdays and Thursdays need to grow more. Come back to live bridge. You won't get to enjoy a real puppy on line folks.

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.
Shuffle and Play - Refresher Class Starts August 9

Are you ready to get back to Face-to Face bridge?  Do you think you might have forgotten a few things about bridge and how to communicate with your partner? 


The Monterey Bridge Center will offer refresher lessons for anyone who has played bridge in the past. Attendees will have one hour of instruction and two hours of playing time. This is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. Please join us to relearn a wonderful card game where every hand of cards is a new adventure.

Refresher classes will start at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021 and continue on the following three Mondays, August 16, 23, and 30 at the Monterey Bridge Center, 201 Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, north of the Stone Creek Shopping area.


Beginner bridge classes will start on Monday, September 13 at 10 a.m. Shuffle and play will follow these lessons at 11 a.m. All beginners are also welcome to join the refresher course as observers. It will be a good opportunity to observe the game.


We will follow the club and state protocols for health and safety. At your first visit, proof of a covid vaccination will be mandatory. Social distancing will be observed and there will be anti-bacterial gel on each table for your use. Please bring your own refreshments. 

Hetty Eddy is a certificated ACBL instructor who has taught bridge for several years. If you have questions or are interested in joining us, please call or text Hetty at 831-262-1420.

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.

Larson, Maja, Singham elected to Bridge Center Board

Congratulations to Sharon Larson, Maja and Mano Singham for being elected to the Monterey Bridge Center Board of Directors on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Each will serve a three-year term.

Sharon is a life master who has been playing bridge at the Center for years. She was an appointed member of the board filling out a term that just ended.

Maja is our newest game director. She was elected last year to complete a one-year term which also ended.

Mano Singham is our most "gung ho" bridge player. His professional life interrupted his bridge playing for many years. About 18 months ago, he moved to Monterey and began playing at the Center quickly learning the latest conventions and winning master points.

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

Just in from ACBL - Interesting Read
What Will the Rest of 2021 Be Like?
While we can’t guarantee that 2021 will be better than 2020 (glad that’s behind us!), we’ve come up with an estimated timeline for the return of face-to-face bridge this year. So at least SOME things should be better!
It’s an estimation, so it could change. We’ll let you know if it does. Click here to read the timeline.
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.

7th December 2021
BBO 6:30 p.m.
Director: Alan Hedegard/Janet Hedlund
8th December 2021
11:15 a.m.
Director: Susan Mazzei
8th December 2021
Bridge Center 10:00 a.m
Director: Lyde McReynolds Hussey
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.

Congratulations: Job Well Done

Congratulations Ray and Sarah

Two of our members have achieved lofty ranks in the realm of master points - BIG congratulations to them both!
 Ray Boehne has logged 3500 master points - quite an accomplishment. He claims to have had three solid tournament partners —Brian, Ed and Betty—in that order and had well established cards with each. According to Ray, all three agreed that his dummy play was very good, and that his defense needed considerable improvement. The highlight of his bridge career was the Reno Flight C NAP, when Brian and he led after the first two sessions. Sadly the 3rd session did not go as well.
Sarah Stern began playing as a student of Lyde McReynolds - and has come a long way baby having passed the 2500 master point line. Sarah has been and continues to be a favorite partner of top players in our unit, is a fierce competitor at the table (watch out for her doubles) and has the kindest heart. {Sadly, Sara Stern passed away in April 2021.)
Maja, Unit 530 Board Member

Latest News from Unit 530

The Unit welcomes the following new members: Donald Fennell, Joan Aldrich, and Sandra Berris.  Patricia Barr, Francene Tabak, and Anthony Miziko have transferred into our Unit from other Units. Rank changes within the last three months have been reported:  Eleonore Gutierrez, Karol Matheson, Russel Planitzer, Archie Robinson, Deanna Woodhour, and Ruth Kunsir are new Junior Masters.  James Dirgin, Marie Louie, and Lynne Weatherman are Club Masters.  Mano Singham, Rosalind Fisher, and Sam Callaway are Sectional Masters. (Personal note:  When I became a Sectional Master and proudly shared that achievement with a non-bridge playing friend, her comment was “Does that mean you wrangle sofas?”) Kelly O’Keefe, Fran Soskins, and Jim Chibidakis have reached Regional Master.  Gerry Kapolka, is a Bronze Life Master, and Chuck Messenger is a Ruby Life Master.  Sharon Larson is a Silver Life Master.  Congratulations to all and keep on earning points.

Our Unit now has Virtual BBO games every day of the week.  Thanks to Joe Truskot who is our new Web Master and will be keeping the site current.  You should all check the site out on a regular basis because that is the way we will be communicating for the time being.

Hope you are all well and staying safe.

Mary Block, Editor

Return to Face-to-Face Bridge Survey

Hello Unit 530

It looks like we will be able to return to face-to-face bridge.  It has been a difficult time for us all.  But let us roll up our sleeves and make our local duplicate bridge center better than ever.  We need your help. Here are some realizations that I want to share with you.  We are comprised of around 350 members and I was recently told by ACBL that one third of our membership have not played bridge virtually for a year.  Not everyone is comfortable with digital bridge and some are playing face-to-face outside with masks, but it is not ACBL duplicate.

Your Board at this time is working hard to bring us back to the face-to-face community that has resulted in our large membership.  Our Vice President, Sharon Larson, is contacting all Club Owners to encourage them to return to the center and make games available to all of you that miss the social connection that enhances duplicate bridge.                 

At this time, with the Bridge Center closed, the only way we can communicate is through our website, run by Joe Truskot.

We would also like to hear from you concerning your future plans for bridge.  Do you plan to play only face-to-face, a combination of face-to-face and digital or only digital?  Our Club owners need to plan their schedule, too.

Please take a moment to complete the simple online survey below regarding our return to Face-to-Face playing at the Monterey Bridge Center in Del Rey Oaks. This survey is focused on that one location only. The survey will only take about three minutes but will provide us with useful information. If you'd like to make suggestions or comments, send them directly to my email and I will share them with the board of directors.

Return to Face-to-Face Bridge: Click here.

We intentionally did not ask questions about Covid-19 and vaccinations as we will follow the protocols established by Monterey County and the CDC.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Trulee Ricketts, President, Monterey Unit 530

Monday Morning Pairs
Director: Alan Hedegard
Steinbeck Friday
Director: Janet Hedlund
Monday Morning Pairs
Director: Alan Hedegard