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    Just a short note to ask you to each consider who you would like to recommend for Volunteer of the Year. Do you feel someone has been a great asset to Unit 116 and the WNY Bridge community?  Each year the Unit tries to recognize players who have been a super positive contributor to our local bridge community. The award is announced at the Annual Meeting. This year scheduled for on December 2. Please contact Terry Fraas or any Board Member.  You would be asked for the details as to why you would nominate anyone.
    Carol Bedell has 3 new students in the Youth program for a total of 21. Awesome!
    Also, I want to mention that the Bridge Center of Buffalo is having a special game on June 10th honoring Joan Rose who was a positive force is the WNY bridge community.


    ACBL is offering upgraded master points the week of June 21, 2018, the ”Longest Day” commemoration. The week honors the difficult journey of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Check with your club for these games.

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116

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Western New York Unit 116


All American Picnic and  2 sessions of bridge

Sunday August 12, 2018
 11 am and 2:30 pm
Rescue  Fire Hall in North Tonawanda

1241 Strad Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Unit Championship Pairs Games

Morning Results

Afternoon Results

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Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
June 30-July 1, 2018
at Bridge Center of Buffalo

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alertACBL requires all players in sectional or above games to be members of ACBL. There are two categories:
Players who at one time were members but are not up to date with dues. They will pay an additional $4 per session and use their original player number.
Players who have never been members. They can buy a one month membership for $7.99 and will be issued a player number. In the future if this player wishes to play they can buy another one month membership (or full membership) and they will use the original player number.

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Update on school bridge program

This past Sunday May 20, 2018, we resumed bridge classes for beginner and advanced students at The Bridge Center of Buffalo. The classes are held from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Sundays. The lessons will continue for eight sessions. The last class will be held July 15, 2018. Currently, we have 10 students in the beginner class and 11 students in the advanced class. Three students in the beginner class were promoted to the advanced class (for the first time) and three more students signed up for the beginner class. We have had at least seven referrals since our January classes began. Also, I now send out homework with a few bridge basics that will be useful for students taking our beginning classes for the first time. Fred Yellen is teaching the beginner class and Jim Gullo is working with the advanced class.

A Youth NABC will be part of the national tournament in Atlanta. There will be four games for students 19 and under. These will be held August 2nd and 3rd. We have 8 students attending the Youth NABC and Jim will be there to prepare and supervise our students. We are purchasing special shirts with the Buffalo logo for students participating in these games. (Jim will have one as well.)

To get students ready for Atlanta, we have a mentoring program. Adults playing with our advanced students will have the cost of their game refunded. All students who are part of our program have been given free membership to The Bridge Center of Buffalo. There is an open game Thursday nights and Saturdays beginning at noon for mentors and students who are still in school. Students are invited to play in non-life master games, sectionals and other special games (the annual picnic and annual meeting). In the summer, when students have availability, they can play in all games with each other or a mentor.

Last year, we had seven students attending the Youth NABC in Toronto. They did very well. This year getting points will be more challenging since a few of the students have five points or more which puts them in a higher bracket. We all wish them GOOD LUCK.

Carol Bedell
Youth Bridge Coordinator


  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!

August 12, 2018 - Annual Picnic  - Rescue  Fire Hall in North Tonawanda:
2 session Unit rated pairs event
Morning Results
Afternoon Results
BUFFALO FALL SECTIONAL  September 21-23, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221


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