ACBL Unit 503

Learn Bridge In A Day

Our Unit is offering the Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar on Saturday, June 14 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the IFES Hall next to our Bridge Center. Patty Tucker, the author of LBIAD, is flying in to teach the course.

This is a marvelous opportunity for new and returning players to learn the game.

Unit Constitution and Bylaws Update

he Board of Directors initiated a project in 2013 to revise the Unit's bylaws. The Board has approved the revisions which the membership must now ratify before they are adopted.

Learn how you can be a part of this process

Non Life Master Sectional

Palo Alto Unit 503 and San Mateo Unit 498 are holding a joint, Non Life Master (NLM) Sectional on Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18. Each day will offer two sessions preceded by a lesson.

Summer Camp

Silicon Valley Youth Bridge is offering a bridge camp the week of June 16th through June 20th. It will be open to ages 10 through 17 with any amount of previous experience.

Whether you are a beginner, looking to improve your skill, or just want to learn the best game there is, this camp will be the place to be.

Education News

NewCelebrity Teacher Series - Squeezes and End Plays, Creating More Trump Tricks, and How to Play a Part Score by Marty Bergen. 3 Lectures via the internet and 3 mentored play sessions, This will be the most advanced series we've presented and, unfortunately, will be the last as no more will be produced. Starts April 12. Info

Free Lectures (Tuesday mornings). Our series is held on selected Tuesday mornings. Schedule and info. Want to be notified before each lecture? Signup for email notification.

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

Winter Classes Have Already Started:

Beginning Bridge

March 10: PLAY AND LEARN Planning to Win
Taught by Kathy Harper.


March 4: Deadly Defense
March 6: Conventions You Need to Play
Taught by Kathy Harper.


February 13: Intermediate I
Taught by Frank Smoot.

NewSummer Classes:

Beginning Bridge

June 30: Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathie Harper


July 10: 2 Over 1
Taught by Frank Smoot.

Special Games

Monthly Unit Game. We hold a Unit Game monthly at 1 PM on a Sunday afternoon. Games usually feature both Open and 199'er sections and may be Pairs or Teams.

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

Monday Morning. Reservations are required. We encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Tuesday Afternoon has a game for players with fewer than 99 masterpoints. The game starts at 11:30 AM, a half hour before the open game.

Tuesday Afternoon has a section for players with fewer than 499 masterpoints. The section is part of the Open game starting at noon.

NewTuesday Night. John Prior will host a new game, the Passed Out Bridge Club, on Tuesday nights at 7 PM. He will give a free play to any pair that gets an untied top on a board that is passsed out, providing the board has been played at least four times. Due to a conflict in the main hall, his game will not be held on the first Tuesday of every month. The first game will be April 8.

Wednesday Night. The Doubleton Club has its own 'blog' providing information about upcoming games, high scores for the month and the ability to sign up for games.

Thursday Morning JCC. Reservations are required.

Sunday Afternoon embraces youth players. Young players are encouraged to join the regulars at this friendly game at 1 PM. A great opportunity for parents and their children to play together. Youth under 26 pay half price ($4).

Learn about all our games.

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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.