ACBL Unit 503

Wednesday June 28th through Sunday July 2nd

Bridge Center / IFES Hall (Info)
No Street Parking Allowed (see below)


Schedule and Tournament Information

Understanding the Game Schedule

Partnership Desk

Intermediate/Newcomer Tips

Game Results and Hand Records. You can also find a link to them at the top of our Game Results page.

Tournament Chairs

Join Team Firecracker to help make the Bay Area’s largest sectional a resounding success. We need helpers for as little as an hour or two, in a variety of different roles such as parking, hospitality, partnership, food and drink and general operation each day.

Tournament: Gill Barsley, (650) 796-5406 email

Caddies: Josephine Ventura email
Food & Drink: volunteer needed
General Support: Nancy Kehl email
Hospitality: Isabel Shaw
Hotel search: Cheryl Haines
Layouts: James Stuart Smith
Parking: Marolyn Imaoka
Partnership: Joni Smith email
Set up: Bill Dougherty email
Take down: Dave Puryear

To volunteer, please contact the appropriate chairperson(s) or use one of the signup sheets at the Bridge Center.

We’re coming home!

This year’s Firecracker will be held again at our Bridge Center and the adjacent IFES Hall.

Who can play? YOU! EVERYONE! The schedule has both pair and team games for players of all abilities, including 0-5 beginner games. All games earn silver points.


Session fees are $12 for ACBL members and $15 for others. Students under 26 pay half price and will be free at the 0-5 MP game on Saturday.

Reserve rooms early to ensure the special rate.

A limited number of concessionary rate rooms are available at the adjoining Hyatt Regency Hotel at $139 per night. Reserve early to insure this rate.


Plenty of free parking, including disabled accommodations.

We are located in a residential area. Please limit noise in the parking lot and drive carefully and quietly at all times - particularly if leaving in the evening.

Food and Drink

Coffee, $1 per cup, and all food will be served by the IFES catering team in the IFES Hall. A hot meal will be available on Wednesday between sessions and sandwich lunches on the other days.

Try them out. The tasting samples were delicious.


* The Hampton Inn and Suites, 390 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043, is conveniently located less than a half mile stroll from the Palo Alto Bridge Center. The bridge rate is $159 plus tax which includes a hot breakfast (normally $299 plus tax).

A limited number of rooms are available at the special rate until early June so book early. Bookings must be made with Azma Ambalika at (650) 988-0300 Sorry, they do not have an e-booking option.

* The Sheraton Sunnyvale, 1100 N. Matilda Ave, Sunnyvale CA 94089 is about 4 miles from our bridge center off of highway 237. The bridge rate is $119 per night plus tax.

A limited number of rooms are available at the special rate until June 14 so book early. To reserve a room use the following link, Hotel Reservations, or call the hotel at (408) 745-6000 and tell them you are with the American Contract Bridge League.

* Many business hotels have reduced rates over the holiday weekend. Check your favorite hotel chain website for special rates.

Second Harvest Food Bank

With your help we can provide even more support this year than last year when we raised $11,408 for Second Harvest at the Firecracker and via our website. In addition, $3610 in the May on-line drive was matched by a SHFB donor, so our total came to $15,018…ZOWIE!

Let's try to top that this year. During the month of May, Second Harvest Food Bank donations are matched 1-1 Donate now to double the impact of your donation.

If questions, contact Carolyn Chaney email or Val Baldwin email.

We are pleased to announce that we will be supporting Second Harvest Food Bank again this year. Second Harvest is one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. In fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 - June 2016), they distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need. Learn more about them.

At Unit 503 we are proud to support such a well-run and innovative organization. Second Harvest can buy much more food per dollar than you can. So this year we will only be accepting money for them. Please help us support this organization by making a donation, either at the tournament (make checks payable to Second Harvest Food Bank) or online. Donations to Second Harvest Food Bank are tax deductible. Cash donations are acknowledged.