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Dear fellow Bridge players;  2018 has arrived!

We start off the New Year with the January 19-21 Winter Sectional. We will have 2 different food trucks this time. Centerstreet BBQ on Friday and Lloyd’s on Saturday.

We are encouraging newer players to consider using the Mentoring Program. We have had many positive responses and it is a joy to see people learning so much during these sessions.  I would especially like to ask experienced players to offer or agree to join into this effort. I know you all appreciate seeing good play at the games. Thank you for those who participated both as Mentors ad Mentees.  Dian Petrov  is the person working with this program.

We are very proud of the newest Student players, their joy in the game and diligence of their teachers is obviously paying dividends as noted by their results in Toronto this past summer.

And how about Ethan Xie!  He is doing so well under the tutelage of Jay Levy, moving into the national scene. Ethan was invited to Atlanta to try out for the Junior World Bridge Federation’s US team for under 16 years old.

I am happy to introduce our new Board, notably, the latest additions of Terri Fraas, Barb Libby and Ed Morgan. I was elected President, Betty Metz is Vice-President/Secretary, Barb is our new Treasurer. The balance of the members are: Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo, Gay Simpson and Denise Slatterly.

The Unit Board will do it’s best to keep our Sectionals a success and we thank all who have offered their  help in doing so.

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116
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Unit 116 Winter Sectional
Food Trucks Menus
January  19- 21, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 1/19 Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
 10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs
(Food Truck available for lunch purchase)

Saturday 1/20 Pairs
 10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
 10:30 am &2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs
 (Food Truck will be available for lunch purchase)

Sunday 1/21 Swiss Teams
Swiss Teams
10:30 am Stratified A/B/C (with short break)
 (Subs will be available for purchase)

Stratum “A” – 2000 + Stratum "B" - 500 to 2000 Stratum "C" - 0 to 500
Pairs and teams stratified by average masterpoints

Chair: Sue Neubecker 716-876-2630   suebobneu@roadrunner.com
 Co-chair: Barb Libby 716-836-8303   bplibby1@verizon.net
 Partnership : Dian Petrov 716-688-1226   dpetrov@roadrunner.com


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alertUpdate: Sign-up has been extended to January 31, 2018.
Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice. Questions can be directed to Dian Petrov by email or 716-688-1226

Unit 116 is continuing the Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve their goals.

To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.

Mentors are players with 2500+ MP.

The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of June 2018, at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) or at unit events and Open Unit 116 Sectionals.

The Mentee pays full fare, and the unit covers the Mentor's entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games they play together for Unit reimbursement of Mentor's entry fees). New this time is that the Mentor can coach a pair of Mentees by playing in the same field and providing analysis for his pair of Mentees.

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is December 31, 2017. Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding the program. The program will run from January 1 to June 30, 2018.

For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

Good luck and have fun!


What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?

The mentoring program is established to have more experienced players (Mentors) to help newer /advancing players (Mentees) to improve their bridge experience and enter Open games at Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned clubs. 

Who can participate?

Unit 116 ACBL members in good standing with masterpoints below 300 willing to enter open club games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.

How do I participate?

Mentees need to register by email or phone (leaving a message is fine) before December 31, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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Update on school bridge program

Bridge classes have begun for middle school and high school students at The Bridge Center of Buffalo. The classes are being offered on Sundays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Currently, we have seventeen students in attendance. Fred Yellen is teaching the beginners (9 students); Jim Gullo is working with 8 advanced students focusing on the play of the hand. The program will continue until the middle of March and resume once again in April after spring recess.

As I have mentioned before, the need for bridge buddies (helpers) is more important than ever. When students are absent, bridge buddies sit in and make it possible to have an even number of tables so all of the students can participate in the play of the hand. In addition, it is important to have bridge buddies available to help students who are having difficulties with bidding, play of the hand, etc. and need extra assistance. We like to have at least one buddy at every table. If you are interested in helping, please email me at lorac5@roadrunner.com. The role of the bridge buddy is critical to the success of the program.
Carol Bedell


  Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo  with the Unit 116 students at  2017 Toronto Youth North American Bridge Championship.


Four players from the summer classes for middle and high school students at the Bridge Center of Buffalo found success in the Youth North American Bridge Championship Tournament July 20 to July 30 in Toronto. Tyler Mu, Daren Liu, Colleen Stewart and Michael Passucci won four times in their divisions.

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Check the Duplicate Bridge column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game results and other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited, but additional results, more complete announcements and other information can be found in the weekly Internet version of the column at www.buffalonews.com. For quickest results, search the words "duplicate bridge" and Saturday's date. For the latest information and detailed game results directly from the clubs, check the web sites of clubs in Western New York.


Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 350 dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge League’s District Five.  Geographically, we encompass the counties of Erie and Niagara, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and western end of Lake Ontario, in New York State.  We often have players from across the Canadian border playing at our clubs.

Our goal is to promote bridge and support local bridge clubs.   We have six open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year – January, April/May, and September – as well as a Non-Life Master sectional in the summer.  The District Five Regional is held at the end of October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.  



Coming to Unit 116!

Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221
April 13-15, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221
BUFFALO FALL SECTIONAL  September 21-23, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221


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