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Hell-o Bridge Players,

The holidays are here, ready or not and so are the dark days of winter. Pagans of earliest centuries celebrated winter solstice with festivities, probably as a relief from the darkness. That is why I love it when houses, stores and businesses are lit up brightly.

Ethan Xie, our young but serious bridge player, gave a nice speech about his experiences and thanking his mentors. Ethan has also offered to work with the Sunday Morning student game/lessons. See his words below.

I digress. The Annual Meeting is the Unit’s way to light up our world. It was a success again. We had 84 players and a lovely lunch, all put together by Carol Bedell, Denise Slatterly with help from Chip Kean. Thank you all.

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116


The Results of the Unit 116 Board election are:

Three year terms for Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo and Betty Metz.
The one year term was received by John Bava.

Unit Board Election of Officers:
President: Sue Neubecker
Vice-President/Secretary: Betty Metz
Treasurer: Barbara Libby

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Unit 116 Winter Sectional
January  25- 27, 2019
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 1/25 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
(Food Truck available for lunch purchase)

Saturday 1/26 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
 (Food Truck will be available for lunch purchase)

Sunday 1/27 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: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 bettymetz@roadrunner.com
 Co-chair: Ed Morgan 716-633-4309 relativitysetters@hotmail.com
Partnership: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 bettymetz@roadrunner.com


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 Youth Bridge

So, what's new with Youth Bridge? We will be resuming youth lessons on Sunday January 13, 2019 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. 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 Winter Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221
January  25-27, 2019


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