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Hell-o to all;
   The April 2018 sectional is now over and a successful one it was. We had a wonderful turnout even with the unbelievable weather on Sunday. Kudos to Chairs Betty Metz and Terry Fraas and their much appreciated volunteers.

   The mentoring program continues and I encourage seasoned players of 2,500 master points and mentees with less than 300 masterpoints to commit to 5 games with follow up instruction. We have 2 sessions a year. One runs from January 1 to June 30 and the second goes from July 1 to December 31. The unit will reimburse the mentor their entry fee at our local club games. Please contact Dian Petrov of your wish to participate and he will give you the particulars.

   I am saddened to mention the deaths of Dick Czarnecki, Ted Kahn and Joan Rose.  They were all very interesting people. Dick and Ted were each a ‘hoot’ to play with and against. Joan was an excellent player and consummate teacher of 51 years.  We are all saddened at their passing.

    Please consider signing on to the electronic directory, see the menu on the left. We are hoping to send out information to email addresses in the future.

Thank you for your support of Unit 116,

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116

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deniseDenise Slattery wins ACBL 2017 Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs masterpoints race (50-100 pcts. category), gives credit to Unit 116's Mentoring program.

"I have found the intellectual stimulation from playing bridge almost addictive, and the privilege of playing both with and against many capable and encouraging members is extremely rewarding and very satisfying."

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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

Currently, the advanced bridge class is continuing until May 13, 2018.  We have three beginner students  (recommended by Fred) participating in this class to see “how it goes”. Our goal is to enlarge the advanced class so that at some point, youth bridge can have its own game with a director. The current class will focus on “the play of the hand” to prepare students who are attending the Youth NABC in Georgia. Thus far we have seven students attending the nationals. Both beginner and advanced classes resume May 20. I am attaching the flier.

To attract new students, I have  sent out the flier to the entire Chinese community this past week. (We have a new student who will join the beginner class in May.) In addition, to date, all teachers and other members of the Buffalo teachers union have received a flier in the mail. When we get closer to May 20, I will post something in the News and the Bee. I will also update the Unit 116 website at that time.

In addition, a number of more experienced bridge players have generously offered to play with our students to give them the practice they need. I have a form which they can fill out to be reimbursed for the games they play

PS If you have ideas which you feel would benefit the program, do let me know. Please email me at lorac5@roadrunner.com.
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!

May 14-19, 2018 Unit Games week at participating clubs
BUFFALO NLM (0-500) Sectional
June 30 - July 1, 2018
at Bridge Center of Buffalo
BUFFALO FALL SECTIONAL  September 21-23, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221


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