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Welcome to Unit 116, District 5 Home Page


Hell-o to all,

After a very successful April Sectional, I am very grateful to all who worked to make it a wonderful event, thank you to Barb Libby and John Bava and all their volunteers as well as our much appreciated bakers.
Now, we can move onto our next event. We are very happy to be sponsoring a Non-Life Master Sectional on May 18 and 19 @ Bridge Center of Buffalo. Betty Metz and Carol Bedell will chair. We have some very new players who will be able to experience a Sectional just for them. We have a nice number of players coming out of our recent teaching efforts, including young students and other programs such as the graduates from the Learn Bridge in a Day program. See Flyer for details.
Please note the information about our Education Programs also on this website. Included is information about both the Student program and the regular Mentoring Program. I encourage all to read and then maybe consider helping in either situation.
Also coming up is the Unit Picnic on August 4 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, please mark your calendar.
The website will keep you updated as soon as we can. The Board Unit 116 Members appreciate your support. Thank you.

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116

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May 18 - 19, 2019
Bridge Center of Buffalo
3362 Sheridan Dr.
Amherst, NY 14226

Saturday, May 18
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm Single Session Pairs
Bagels/Coffee - 10 am Lunch - 1:30pm

Sunday, May 19
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm Single Session Swiss Teams
Bagels/Coffee – 10am Lunch – 1:30pm

Chair: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 bettymetz@roadrunner.com
Carol Bedell 716-633-5680 lorac@roadrunner.com
John Bava 908-256-6466 jbava@roadrunner.com


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 Youth Bridge

So, what's new with Youth Bridge? We resumed youth lessons on Sunday  from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. A new program will start on May 5 (except May 19 during Buffalo NLM Tournament). 2018 has been a good year for the students. We have attached a few photos of the students "at work" over this past year. Again, many thanks for those of you have participated in the program.  Click on this LINK to see a slideshow and check the Buffalo News article HERE 

Carol Bedell   - (contact:lorac5@roadrunner.com)
Youth Bridge Coordinator

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A Word from Ethan Xie

  During this year’s annual meeting, Carol has asked me to talk a little bit about my experience in the youth bridge program... I first got involved with bridge 3 years ago when I was about nine years old. I was taught by my father and I started going to the club about half a year later. I met Jay Levy who became my first mentor. Besides Jay, I have also learned from Davis Heussler, Chong Min, Linda Burroughsford, David Hemmer, Glenn Milgrim, Penny and Peter Shui, and many others. I would  like to thank this club for the help they gave me all these years.

This year, I decided to use my free time to go and give back to my community. The youth bridge program offers kids an opportunity to learn how to play bridge. The flow of this game is very interesting, because it combines a little bit of luck with skill, and that is what entices children. Many children think chess is boring because of how much work it takes to calculate all the possibilities. That is where bridge shines. It combines Yahtzee and chess, forming a game that keeps one in the action with its unpredictability and challenging skill. The youth bridge program excels at teaching kids this mechanic. The teachers always tell them that sometimes times get rough, in, for example, a 5-0 break in trump. However, if one can overcome this hurdle with skill, the payoff is tremendous. They relish in the satisfaction and play more and more, causing them to get better and better, which not only helps them, but also helps keep this game alive.

I have attended 3 or 4 youth bridge lessons. The students seem to like
 the bridge and it is obvious they are having a good time.
Thank you.
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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!

Buffalo NLM (0-500) Sectional
Bridge Center of Buffalo
3362 Sheridan Dr - Amherst, NY  14226
May 18-19, 2019


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