Orange County Regional

September 7-13 2015

D22'ers at Chicago Nationals

Jake and Luke Williams

In support of youth bridge, District 22 provided some support for youth members attending the Nationals. Jake and Luke were first in flight B and third overall in the two session Barclay youth pairs. They won or finished high in several other one session events, including winning two swiss teams with their grandparents, Barbara and Larry Hauser

Norman Schwartz

Norman won the Bruce LM-5000 event playing with Richard Reitman of Los Gatos, Ca.

Lynn Feldman, John Jones, Peter Rank and Rick Roeder

They finished second in the Senior Swiss, narrowly escaping first!


Report by John Kissinger, GNT manager

All four of our Gnt representative teams got past the first day, which is played as a Swiss event; in each flight the 25 teams are reduced to the 16 teams that then begin the KO matches. However, three of our teams, Open, A and B flights, failed to get past the first KO round. Making up for this, our C team (Joe Garcia, Kenny Pan, Winston Chang, and father/son Ninad and Nitin More) won the whole thing! Way to go! Ticker tape parade on their return! Not only did they reach the final, but in the three KO rounds leading up to the final their opponents withdrew at the 3/4 mark. However, the final was another story. Gann, the D6 team, led through the first half. Better, I've noticed, to lead at the end, and our heroes did just that, winning 82-72. Congratulations!! So two years ago our A team won it all, and now Flight C is on top! We must be doing something right.

Other Notables


Sixth: Susan and John Kissinger

Tenth: Jim Johnson & Paul Darin

Life Master Pairs

Ninth: Ross Grabel & Mark Itabashi

Werner Open Pairs

2nd: Peter Gelfand & Mark Itabashi

3rd: Wafik Abdou & Hussein Fouad

D22 Area III Representatives

District 22 is one of 25 Districts within ACBL and consists of about 7000 members. D22 consists of most of Southern California (except the Los Angeles area which is District 23) including Ventura and inland up to Visalia, California.

The D22 Board of Directors consists of two volunteer representatives from each of four areas and one representative to the National ACBL Board for a total of nine persons. The Board oversees the five Regionals held each year in District 22 (Riverside, San Diego, Orange County, Ventura, and Palm Springs).

Bill Grant and Andy Loh represent the San Diego area and serve on the Board of District 22 of ACBL. The San Diego area has 5 Units, each with its own Board and oversees the Sectional Tournaments and Unit games. The current Presidents are listed below with a brief background.

ACBL District 22 consists of four areas with roughly equal population. Area III is San Diego County. Below, find a brief Bio of the presidents of the five units in Area III. Other Areas will be highlighted later.


John Dusharme, President Unit 519, Coronado/Eastlake

John has a Bachelor Degree in Spanish and Athletic Coaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and completed two Master degrees, School Administration and Special Education, at San Diego State University. He has enjoyed 39 years as an educator at various levels, serving as a teacher in grades K-6, program manager and part-time principal, directed programs for under-achieving students, instructed at Southwestern College, and served as a member of staff development teams while assigned to the offices of the Chula Vista Elementary School District and the San Diego County Office of Education. He and his wife of 39 years, Linda, have two adult children, Mark and Michelle. Upon retiring, he began to play duplicate bridge again at Eastlake Bridge club. After several years, he was asked to be the tournament chair for our Sectional tournament held in October. Three years later, he was elected President of Unit 519. In the last several years he has attained Life Master status, along with my wife and bridge partner Linda, worked on Regional Hospitality and Partnership Desks, and worked at the National Partnership Desk in Las Vegas. My latest interest is enlisting youths at elementary and secondary schools to learn and play bridge, as well as recruiting adults to join our local clubs.


Mathew Kidd, President Unit 526, La Jolla

Matthew is a cosmic ray physicist who switched to bioinformatics in 1997, working for two startups. He has been playing bridge on and off since 1986 but much more so since moving to San Diego in 2004. He maintains the La Jolla unit websiteand has written the ACBLmerge, Lead Solver, and Payoff Matrix software programs. ACBLmerge is an important component of both Bridge Results and Fast Results. Matthew has been active in the bridge teaching at La Jolla High for six years. Away from the table you can find him skiing or hiking with John Strauch and friends. At or away from the table, he'll have his camera.


Rick Norton, President Unit 531, North San Diego County Coastal

Rick served in the USAF, is a licensed attorney in Florida and California, Partner in Norton and Grimes LLC, Judge Pro Tem (Traffic and Small Claims), and retired in 2014. He is a Gold Life Master and Tournament bridge player since 1962 (with 25 years off in the middle for work). He enjoys Chess, Volleyball, traveling, and is an avid Reader. He has been married to Shirley Norton for the past 18 years.


Lamya Agelidis - President Unit 539, San Diego

Lamya grew up in a bridge family, her grand-parents were avid players and so are her parents, still today. Her dad was a Middle East bridge champion in the 1970s and he has passed his passion on to her, always feeding her with words of encouragement and endless bridge articles. Bridge throughout her college days in London was fun and memorable but a full-time career in Business Process Consulting and Project Management as well as raising a family took precedence. She re-discovered duplicate bridge in Nashville a few years ago and has been hooked ever since. The superior bridge scene in San Diego helped tip the scales for relocating her retirement here 3 years ago! Being on the Board has allowed her to lead a team of fellow bridge players in re-inventing some of the processes in order to make the San Diego unit the number one choice for all its members. Always looking to be more involved, she will be co-chairing one of the most popular regionals, San Diego regional, next year, as well as being involved in making the Fall 2017 NABC the grandest ever!


Sheila E Latus, President Unit 549, North San Diego County Inland.

Sheila was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in Biology. She received a Master of Arts in Library Science from Immaculate College in Los Angeles. Sheila and Rex have been married for 47 years. They moved to San Diego in 1972 when Rex was offered a job at NCR in Rancho Bernardo. One child, a boy, married, father of a little girl is now living in New Jersey. Sheila worked at Kaiser Hospital as a Medical Librarian for 33 years before retiring in 2004. Sheila avoided playing bridge while in college, but began playing duplicate shortly after moving to San Diego as a way of meeting people. Came in second overall in 1976 at a four session National Woman's pairs with a pick-up partner.

Bridge is Good for You!

See the article in the AARP Bulletin Bridge for Brain Health

GNT 2015 Final Results

Click on the GNT link above right to see the winners.

Open Letter to D22 Youth Members

David Lodge, President

219 Loch Lomond

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


April 15, 2015

Dear ACBL District 22 Youth Member:

The 2015 Youth NABC will be held in Chicago, Illinois on August 6-8. This national 3 day event is a wonderful opportunity for you to compete with your fellow youth members from other states and foreign countries. Additional information about the YNABC can be found at .

Your District 22 Board of Directors would like to encourage you to participate in the YNABC, and will provide a $200.00 stipend for the first five youth members who apply. Additionally, District 22 will provide a $100.00 stipend to the next five applicants.  To qualify for the stipend youth members must compete in a minimum of three scheduled events.

To be eligible for the stipend prospective applicants must meet the following requirements:

Be a member of good standing with ACBL. Be registered with the Education office at ACBL by June 15

Complete and send the Stipend Application by July 7 to

Name:  Nancy Erickson

Address: 37805 Thurne Street, Indio, CA 92203

Phone No. and Fax No. 760-200-0265  please call before faxing


Finally, Nancy and Iwill be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I hope see you in Chicago.


David Lodge

David Lodge, President District 22 ACBL

Pacific Southwest (SD) Regional

Mar 30 to Apr 5, 2015

D22 again held its Pacific Southwest Regional at the Town & Country Hotel, within walking distance to a large shopping center, with plentiful restaurants of all kinds located nearby. We had almost 2000 tables for the week, a little down from last year, but still one of the top Regionals anywhere.

Everyone enjoyed the daily hospitality with lots of candy, some breakfast pastry and that all important coffee! On Friday, there was clam chowder and chili and on Saturday, a hospitality was held with drinks and snacks. Lots of Gold points were awarded, along with nice section top awards, a T-shirt with a new sea horse logo was one of the prizes. Several players attained the Life Master status--Norma Zimmerman of Laguna Woods, Sue Ehrhardt, Jane McGill, & Michael Kole, of San Diego. Congratulations to ALL!

The Tournament staff -- Chairperson--Bill Grant, Daily Bulletin--Ken Monzingo, I/N Program--Maritha Pottenger, Caddie Chairperson--Marge van Hemmert, Hospitality--Marty Roth, Lamya Agelidis, Scott Nelson, Mimi Anderson, Vi Breckenridge, Partnership--Jim & Shay Andrews.

Tournament Directors - Gary Zeiger(DIC), Nancy Boyd, Scott Campbell, Arleen Harvey, Jean Molnar, Peter Knee, Dianne Barton-Paine, Eric Bell, Brandon Sheumaker.

Maritha's I/N Programs -- play free with a mentor, "Ask the Expert" desk, and her array of celebrity guest speakers including John Mohan, Marjorie Michelin, David Abelow, Robert Todd, Chris Moll,Gary Mollenkopf, Kitty Cooper, Becky Rogers, Paul Darin, Paul Foster, and Donna & Chris Compton.

Musical performances by Nate McCay, Melanie Bruce & David Andrews, Sheila Latus, Steve Sturm, Charlotte Sturm, Sam Jordan & Bill Grant. Music Director Joel Hoersch.

Results - All the results of the game were posted on Jay Whipple's FastResults shortly after the conclusion of the game. You can access the results and Daily Bulletin at the D22 website and clicking on the tab "Regional Results".

Bidding Screens - The Pacific Southwest Regional has the Finals of Bracket I and II KOs behind bidding screens, just like national and international team events. The players who had never played behind bidding screens were thrilled and those that still had not played behind screens were envious and wanting to play more KOs at D22 Regionals! The popular Fri IMP pairs and Sunday Bracketted BCD Swiss were back again. Each bracketted BCD Swiss flight awards gold points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

New playing cards - D22 has purchased new plastic playing cards for duplicate. Some of the older playing cards used for team events are being replaced by new plastic cards. Players who discovered older, sticky playing cards are requested to ask for a new deck. Celebrity Players - As of the end of Sat, the total matchpoints received by the top 5 players read like a list of who's who in bridge. Mike Passell, Geoff Hampson, Robert Levin, Steve Weinstein, Marc Jacobus. Just as in Riverside, SD is a popular Regional attended by many of the top players including numerous Grand Life Masters both outside and inside D22 a

New Co-Chair - Congratulations to Lamya Agelidis who was named Co-Chair along with Bill Grant for next year Thank you ALL for a job well done!



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