To: Members of ACBL Unit 116
The Board of Directors has made some decisions about up-coming events.
1. The Spring Sectional of April 24-26 is CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled.
2. The Non-Life-Master Sectional of May 16 and 17 is CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled.
3. The Spring Session of Youth Bridge Lessons has been CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled.
by mid to late summer we will have some relief. Our picnic on August 2
and the Fall Sectional on September 11-13 are still on the calendar and
we are making plans for them.
Stay well, take care of yourself and others.
Betty Metz, President Unit 116
All local Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned clubs are closed until further notice.
Spring is Around the Corner,
As we head into milder weather, let’s check out the Bridge opportunities that are available.
SAVE THESE DATES:
Unit Picnic is Sunday August 2 (Lunch and game)
Fall Sectional is Sept. 11-13
Annual Meeting Saturday, December 5 (Lunch and game)
addition, we have Spring and Fall Unit Games Weeks. Play at your
favorite club and earn Unit Rated Points. These take place November 1-7.
Please Note: The unit board has made
some changes to our sectionals. It is a reality that numbers of players
are down for all events and at the very same time expenses for rent and
food are rising. In response, the board has decided to increase the
price to $12, lower the quantity of food and slim down the number of
free plays that are given out.
Other Bridge Activities include:
Our mentoring program continues for the first half of the year. Time to get in on it by calling John Bava to be a mentor or mentee.
youth classes continue on Sundays. Several students are planning on the
Summer National. Three levels of classes run each week. We appreciate
the teachers and buddies who continue this work.
Enjoy and be kind
Betty Metz, President Unit 116
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Unit 116 is pleased to announce the continuation of our Bridge Mentoring Program.
the July to December period of 2019, we had 13 mentoring pairs and we
already have 4 pairs signed up for the January to June time period in
To participate, Mentees should have at least 5
Master Points, but no more than 300 Master Points. This is intended to
include players with basics and those who have a basic commitment.
can participate in one of two ways. First, approach potential Mentors
with whom you already have a relationship, with the view of forming a
Mentee/Mentor relationship. Then, inform me. If you have previously
participated in the program, you should select a new Mentor.
if you would like Unit 116 to assign a Mentor, reach out directly to
me. Also, anyone interested in being a Mentor should also reach out to
The Mentee/Mentor pair is required to play 5 times
between the establishment of your partnership and June 30th of 2020, in
club games at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see list of clubs with
their playing schedules at the Unit website www.unit116.com).
and Mentors pay their own entry fees, and the Unit subsequently
reimburses the Mentor for entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of
games played for Mentor to submit a reimbursement request).
For questions or additional details, please contact me.
Good luck and have fun.
• • •
fall program of bridge lessons began September 8, 2019 and concluded
November 24,2019 with a mini-tournament followed by a pizza party.
Students and parents were invited to attend. We had 36 students signed
up on the roster. Do check out the photos on the link…It was a very
lovely day…A good time was held by all. Our next set of lessons begin
after the holidays in January.
Wishing you all good tidings and a happy, healthy New Year!
Carol Bedell - Youth Bridge Coordinator
Slideshows from Kid's Tournament on November 24, 2019:
Bridge is the most entertaining, challenging
and therefore popular card game in the world, played by people worldwide. It is
a team game; you have a partner and play with four people at the table. You can
play socially or competitively locally, nationally or internationally. When
playing in competition, you and your partner learn to communicate without
Some of the many
benefits of bridge include improved memory, concentration and judgment,
development of logic, decision-making skills as well as teamwork and social
skills. It is a game for all ages. It is a game best learned when you are young
and enjoyed for the rest of your life. It is a game that you can spend your
whole life studying, learning and playing yet never fully mastering. There are
even college scholarships for college teams that compete in bridge.
This coming January, free beginner bridge
classes for students beginning in grades 5 through12 will be held at The Bridge
Center of Buffalo located in the plaza at the corner of Sweet Home &
Sheridan Drive. (address: 3362 Sheridan Drive) The class will begin Sunday
01/12/20 and continue for 8 sessions. You will be provided with a schedule
of classes. The first class will run from 10:30 am-12:30 pm on Sunday.
lessons will take place at this time as well. Students are promoted once our
teachers feel that they are ready for the next step. We offer beginner classes,
intermediate classes and advanced classes as well. For more information and to
sign up, contact Carol Bedell, youth bridge coordinator (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Refreshments will be served. Bridge is great fun and kids are encouraged to
bring their friends. We look forward to meeting you and your child.
Xie competed in the US Junior team trials in Atlanta in December. His
team lost by 1 IMP in the finals. They were just notified that the US
will be sending 2 teams so he and his U16 team will be going to Italy
this summer to play in the World Junior Championship.
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Check the Duplicate Bridge
column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game
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
to the Western New York Unit 116 website. Our unit of over
dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge
League’s District Five. Geographically, we encompass the
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 –
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”.