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Hell-o to all,

The Unit has a number of events coming up. First however, May 18 and 19 was the Non-Life Master Sectional. Thank you Carol Bedell and Betty Metz for your efforts for our 0-500 master-point players; we are considering changing it to a 0-750 for next year. If you have an opinion about this talk to a Board member.  Reminder: August 4th is the Annual Picnic at the Main-Transit Fire Hall in Williamsville, September 20-22 is the Fall Sectional also at the M-T Fire Hall.
We are very happy to have a growing class of students, 27 in this spring’s class. These are world class learners whom you may encounter at one of the Unit events and see for yourself. The class has teachers and “buddies”. If you could help out on a Sunday morning, please contact Carol Bedell.
We will be applying for a license for up to 5 teachers to teach Learn Bridge in a Day program. It is a 6 hour course that includes lunch. Books and instructional materials are bought for each student. The instructor makes all site arrangements and sets the fee. Anyone interested should contact me and I will send information. Kathy Pollock has taught the programs a number of times and has brought some new players to the Unit.
If you were curious about the ACBL’s Ace of Clubs awards they are posted in the new file Under AWARDS on the left.

Unit 116 Mentoring Program
The Unit is sponsoring a Mentoring Program that accommodates many levels of players. 
Presently we are utilizing ‘experienced’ players who are willing to work with our newest players. This means someone who has a small number of Master Points might play with someone who has a greater number of points. The purpose of the program is to ease the less experienced players into other games and facilitate learning, development and enhanced enjoyment of the game. We are looking for helpful and patient individuals to work with the mostly 0-50 mp players. The program originally was working with the above 2500 mps players as Mentors. The current program is more liberal on the upper end of mps. The partnership may play at any unit club but needs to agree to certain terms such as playing a minimum number of times in a 6-month interval.
John Bava has all the information you would need. You may contact him at: 908-256-6466 or jbava@roadrunner.com. Also, see the New Mentor Flyer to the left. 

Learn Bridge in a Day (LBIAD)
This is a program for which Unit 116 has paid the Licensor (Whirlwind Bridge LLC) to allow 5 instructors to teach its program and receive materials to do so.
We have one instructor so far. Kathy Pollock has been teaching this for 2 years. We are asking if any of our owner/managers or players are interested in an agreement with Unit 116 to be included under our license.
Instructors teach at their own designated site and charge what they feel is adequate. Because the program is 5-6 hours, Kathy has provided a lunch which would be paid with the fee.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming part of this, please let me know. Our license will be activated on August 1, 2019. I can forward a copy of the Authorized Instructor agreement so you may read about the legalities of using the program. There is an agreement which would need to be signed by the instructor.
If you are interested, we would ask you to provide your plan, location, probable time of each class, expected fee to be charged (whatever you deem necessary) and other pertinent information.
The Unit is actively seeking ways to increase the number of players in the area.
Please contact me if you are interested,

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116

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Unit 116 Fall Sectional


September  20- 22, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 1/20 Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
 10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs

Saturday 1/21 Pairs
 10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
 10:30 am &2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs

Sunday 1/22 Swiss Teams
Swiss Teams
10:30 am Stratified A/B/C (with short break)
 (Subs will be available for purchase)

Stratum “A” – 2000 + Stratum "B" - 500 to 2000 Stratum "C" - 0 to 500
Pairs and teams stratified by average masterpoints

Chair: Terry Fraas 716-998-4808   tmfraas@gmail.com
Co-Chair: Sue Neubecker 716-876-2630   suebobneu@roadrunner.com
 Partnership : Dian Petrov 716-688-1226   dpetrov@roadrunner.com

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Unit 116
Celebration of Summer Picnic

Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6667 Main St., Williamsville. NY
August 4, 2019



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 Youth Bridge

UPDATE -May 19, 2019

At the present time, we have 31 students participating in our Youth Bridge program. Our new set of lessons began on May 5, 2019. Currently, we have 10 beginner students, 9 intermediate students and 12 advanced students taught by three teachers. What’s interesting is that this year three of our beginner students were promoted to the intermediate group and two of the beginner students were actually promoted to the advanced group.

As of May 6, Kathy Pollock is directing a game for beginner players who have 0-20 master points. It is held on Monday nights from 7 pm-9:30 pm. and will continue all summer. A few of our students have attended Kathy’s class already. I feel confident that in the weeks ahead a number of our students will be taking advantage of this game. It is such a great opportunity to practice what they have learned in class.

Also, at this time, eight of our students have registered for the Youth NABC to be held July 25-27 in Las Vegas. Others are still contemplating whether to go or not. As of June 30, Jim Gullo will be teaching a class entitled “Preparing students for Las Vegas”. It is open to other students as well.

As we all know, Jim accompanies the students to the Youth NABC each year to give our students support. He works with them before the games and he goes over each hand after the games. Thus, he teaches as well and hopefully the students learn from their mistakes.

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 

NEW: Slideshow from Las Vegas Youth Nationals 2019


Carol Bedell   - (
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!

Unit 116 Summer Picnic
M-T Firehall, 6667 Main Str,
Williamsville, NY
August 4, 2019 starting at noon
September 20-22, 2019
M-T Firehall, 6667 Main Str,
Williamsville, NY

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