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Farewell to The Buff –
    This is the last edition of The Buff. A HUGE thanks to Judie Bailey for the past years as editor and all other editors who have contributed to our unit news.

The Unit website will be our primary vehicle for spreading news. Between now and the first of the year, we will be updating the Unit 116 website. Look here for all information: tournament fliers and results, board member contacts, board meeting minutes, special events, lessons, mentoring program, changes and/or additions to unit/district/ACBL policies.

Please check the electronic directory and verify your information. If you are not listed, please fill out the form and return to Dian our webmaster.

We welcome suggestions and encourage our membership to participate in sending interesting information to the website.

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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Western New York Unit 116

Unit 116 Annual Meeting
Main-Transit Fire Hall – 6777 Main Street,
Williamsville (Buffalo) NY

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Game to follow

Tickets must be purchased from any Board Member by November 28th. Board Members are Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo, Chip Kean, Betty Metz, Sue Neubecker,Tova Reinhorn,  Gay Simpson, Denise Slattery and Paul Zittel


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alertUnit 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


  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.

School Bridge Program Report

Currently, we have 16 students participating in the Youth Bridge Program at The Bridge Center of Buffalo. This year, classes are held on Sundays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Fred Yellen is teaching the beginners (8 students) and Jim Gullo is teaching 8 continuing students.

Since this is a large class and students are absent from time to time, the need for bridge buddies (helpers) is more important than ever. When students are absent, the 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. We need at least four buddies each Sunday.

If you are interested in helping from time to time, please contact Ruth Nawotniak at (r-h-n@hotmail.com) with your schedule. *Please note: Your commitment to doing this would be very helpful and much appreciated.”

Carol Bedell
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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 450 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”.  Numerous unit games are held throughout the year.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, Bridge Buff, for and about its members.  It regularly includes extensive interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.


The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved (thank you  Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting with  issues back in the past. You can read old and current issues to see where we were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future generations will read them.



Coming to Unit 116!

November 13-18, 2017 - Club run Unit games  at various clubs
December 2, 2017- Saturday  Starting an noon
Unit 116 Annual Meeting and Game at  Main-Transit Fire Hall



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