ACBL Unit 503

Introduction to Bridge

This course is targeted for motivated beginners who would like to play bridge at a local club, with friends socially, or at their tennis/country clubs. Using a Play-Focused approach, students will learn the basics of bidding, play and defense. The course is 4 weeks long, with emphasis on “Learning by Doing.”

Wednesdays, October 25 – November 15
10 AM - 12 PM at the Unity Church in Palo Alto

Barbara Seagram Seminar

Barbara Seagram, writer and teacher, will be here in person to present a one-day seminar for Advanced Beginners and Intermediate players. This seminar will cover:

  • Defensive Strategy against No Trump Contracts
  • Preempts for fun and profit

Saturday, Novemer 18, at our Bridge Center.


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Unit Award Nominations

It’s time for nominations for Volunteer of the Year and Sportsmanship. These awards cannot be won by anyone who has received them in the last 10 years.

Boxes will be placed at the Bridge Club in Mountain View and at the JCC. Please write the names for one or both classes and put your nomination in the box.  Nominations will close December 6. You may also nominate online.

Get your nominations in now. Awards will be given at the Unit Game December 17th.

Non-Life Master Sectional Another Success

Our Unit hosted another successful Non-Life Master Sectional on Saturday, November 4. We had 34 tables of players in the morning and 22 tables in the afternoon. That's a lot of players enjoying Bridge and earning masterpoints.

Read about it.

Tuesday Morning Game for Newer Players

The Tuesday morning game now has a special section for newer players. It plays fewer boards (12-16) than the regular sections. Bidding help is available for players who may come with or without a partner.

It is a FANTASTIC way for newer players to meet someone who could end up being a great partner.


Education News

Free Lectures on selected Tuesday mornings

Schedule and info
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Fall Classes

2 Over 1, An Introduction
Beginning Bridge
Polish Your Basics
Supervised Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

Intermediate II
Taught by Frank Smoot

Spring Classes

2 Over 1, An Introduction
Beginning Bridge
Deadly Defense
Supervised Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

Silicon Valley Youth Bridge. Learn about our program to teach bridge to youth in our area and how you can help.

Unit News

Special Games

Please check our Special Games and Events Calendar for special games, club closures due to holidays and local events, tournaments and other events which are in addition to our normal Game Schedule.

Club News

Monday Morning

Reservations Required.

Due to the size of this game we encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Tuesday Morning at the Bridge Center

Newer Player section. Shorter game with bidding help available. Flyer.

Reservations Encouraged

Due to the size of this game we encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Wednesday Morning

Includes a 499'er section.

Wednesday Afternoon

The strata has changed to 199'er from 99'er.
Short lesson 15 minutes prior to the game.

Wednesday Night

Information about upcoming games, game sign up, and more.
Reservations Encouraged

Thursday Morning JCC

Reservations Recommended.

Friday Morning

Includes 199'er and 499'er sections.
Reservations Encouraged.

Saturday Morning

Monthly game for newer players and those who can't play during the week
Short lesson 30 minutes prior to the game.
Dates: Jan. 14, Feb. 18, Mar. 11, Apr. 15, May 20, ,June 17, July 22, Aug. 12, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 2. See also the Special Games and Events calendar.
Flyer | Reservations Encouraged

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No Street Parking at the Bridge Center

In late October, the City of Mountain View conducted a public hearing to review the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) it granted to IFES last year. Among other things this CUP allows IFES to rent us the facility we use for our Bridge Center. The main purpose of this hearing was to deal with neighbors’ complaints of excessive noise from the IFES facility at various weekend events. Our Bridge Center does not contribute to this noise in any way. But the neighbors also complained that there was too much traffic and there were too many cars parked on Stierlin Rd.

Despite the fact that the CUP allows us to park on our side of Stierlin Road between our two driveways, the City Zoning Administrator, who has unilateral control over the CUP, was sympathetic to the neighbors and strongly recommended that it would be in our best interest to help our neighbors and eliminate our street parking.

Effective immediately, we have no practical alternative but to PROHIBIT ANY STREET PARKING and to ask all of our players to PARK ONLY IN OUR PARKING LOT. Failure to follow these instructions will likely result in the city putting a very restrictive limit on the number of players we can have at our games.

This would be a very painful outcome for all of us. We need all of our players to help us out with this. Please do your part and park in the parking lot and not on the street. The number of spaces in the lot, now nicely striped, will accommodate even our largest games. Please don’t forget that there are parking spots behind the Bridge Center as well. Also, we continue to encourage carpooling and public transit to lessen the traffic on Stierlin Rd.

It’s Cold and Flu Season

Also, your Unit 503 Board is asking for your help, as the season of colds and flu is now upon us. We want to provide our bridge players with a clean, safe and healthy environment, so, please follow these suggestions:
If you feel ill, please stay home. Colds are very contagious, especially in their early stages.
If you cough, please cover your mouth. The CDC states that viruses can travel up to six feet from coughing.
Let’s take a lesson from our grandkids, who are taught in school to cough into their sleeve by their elbow. This is dramatically more sanitary than coughing into your hand and then handling the cards.
Please wash your hands thoroughly and frequently use the hand sanitizers located throughout our facilities.
If you touch a food item, please eat it or throw it away.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please email me if you have any questions or comments.

Brian Samuels (650) 703-9510


Carpooling to Our Games

As Unit President Brian Samuels has stated, we have a serious parking problem at our Bridge Center for some of our games - in particular Monday mornings and the third Wednesday morning of the month when there is a large event in the main hall. One of the ways we can reduce parking on the street is to increase the number of people who carpool.

Most people make arrangements for carpooling directly with their friends but if you'd like to see who else is available to carpool, or add your name to the list of available people, we have updated the carpool system on our website to better support this.

Please take a few minutes to look at our updated carpool system so you are aware of what it can do. Being new, there are only a couple of people listed but we hope that will grow as more people learn about it. To get to our new carpool system use the Games - Carpools & Public Transit link on every page.

The information on our website will also be available at our Bridge Center.