ACBL Unit 503


Larry Cohen at our Bridge Center

Larry Cohen, world renowned author, teacher, and Grand Life Master, will provide two all-day lectures on July 25 and 26. The Intermediate/Advanced topics will be:

  • Saturday Morning: Counting - What Separates the Good Players from the Card Throwers
    Saturday Afternoon: Restricted Choice - Simplifying a Confounding Card-Play Topic
  • Sunday Morning: Top 10 Defensive Tips - The Fast Track to Improving Partnership Results
    Sunday Afternoon: Law of Total Tricks - Battling for the Partscore

Wall Street Journal: Bridge-Not Chess-Is the Ultimate War Game

You’ll often hear that chess is the ultimate model for geopolitics, indeed for war itself....But Eisenhower knew better.

Read the article.

Doubleton Club 10th Anniversary Extravaganza

Help Lori and Sue celebrate the 10th anniversary of their club Wednesday evening, June 17, with music, special food and a surprise or two. Signup required. Info

Parent - Child (of any age) Duplicate

In honor of both Fathers Day and The Longest Day, a special family bridge event will be offered on Sunday, June 21. Modeled after Silicon Valley Youth Bridge's Parent-Child Duplicate games (featured in the January issue of the ACBL Bridge Bulletin), each pair should consist of a parent/grandparent, partnering their child/grandchild. At a typical SiVY Bridge Parent-Child game, the "child" is a youth bridge player (aged 25 & Under). For this special version of the Parent-Child game, "children" can be:

If you have an appropriate partnership for this game in your family, please make an effort to join us. Let's demonstrate that bridge is an activity parents and children can enjoy together their whole lives, while helping keep the whole family's minds sharp.

We will have a separate section for less experienced players if attendance allows.

The fee for this game is $8. Youth players aged 25 and under pay only $4. Includes light lunch and milk & cookies half-time break!

Please Register in advance at SiVY Bridge . Send any questions to debbie@siliconvalleyyouthbridge.org.

Date: Sunday, June 21st
Time: 12:30 Light Lunch, 1:00 ACBL Sanctioned Game. 16-18 boards. The game will be over by 4PM.
Location: Bridge Center

Education News

Free Lectures on selected Tuesday mornings

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Spring Classes

February 2015: NewBeyond Intermediate
Taught by Frank Smoot

March 2015: Coffee with Kathy
Taught by Kathy Harper

March 2015: Conventions You Need to Play
Taught by Kathy Harper

March 2015: Planning to Win
Taught by Kathy Harper

Summer Classes

June 2015: Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathy Harper

July 2015: 2 over 1
Taught by Frank Smoot

Fall Classes

September: Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathy Harper

September: Deadly Defense
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 Event 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

Sunday Afternoon

This game is currently closed.

Monday Morning

Reservations are required.

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

Tuesday Afternoon

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

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday Morning JCC

Reservations are required.

TGIF AM Bridge

Friday Night Barometer

Now starts at 7 PM

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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
briansamuels@yahoo.com (650) 703-9510

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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.