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Welcome Spring Weather!

The calendar doesn’t say Spring but the native’s of Western New York know Spring when they feel the weather change.

Unit 116 is moving along with 2017 plans.
Two Weeks of Unit Games – The weeks of March 20 to 25 and November 13 to 18 will be unit rated games held at the clubs. This year the Unit has given 20 unit sanctions to the clubs to run unit rated events. Enjoy!!

Spring Sectional April 21, 22, 23 at Main Transit Fire Hall. You will find full information and a flier on this web site.  We are again offering a Food Truck for purchase of lunch (menu will be posted after April 1). To save time have decision and correct payment ready.  Once again, Sunday will feature Dupli Swiss with prepared hands and hand records.

Non Life Masters get ready for your own special sectional. May 20 and 21 this will be held at the Bridge Center of Buffalo. This is your chance to collect Silver Points. On Sunday afternoon, a single session Swiss Team will be held. Come give it a try, volunteers will be available to assist in the mechanics of the Swiss movement.

Thanks to the many volunteers who make these events possible.

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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Western New York Unit 116


Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
May 20-21, 2016
at Bridge Center of Buffalo

Saturday, May 20
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm   Single Session Pairs
Bagels/Coffee - 10 am and Lunch - 1:30pm
Sunday, May 21
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm  Single Session Swiss Teams
Bagels/Coffee – 10am and Lunch – 1:30pm

Information   Denise Slattery 716-602-8629 perfidia49@gmail.com 
Chip  Kean 716 -695-2610   chipkean@aol.com 
Partnership  Joyce Greenspan 716-688-4896  joyceg716@roadrunner.com

Preliminary Results

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Update on school bridge program

School Bridge Program Report

Finishing up at Transit Middle School (Williamsville School District)
This class began Thursday, October 6, 2016 and will run until March 16, 2017. It is an extra-curricular activity. Extra-curricular activities at Transit Middle School take place from 3:45-4:45 PM. There are 10 students currently on the roster. After much thought, we have come to the conclusion that in order to have a meaningful bridge class, you need more than one hour of instruction. Therefore, we will not be pursuing any other bridge programs in the public schools. Contrary to the Toronto school system as well as other states, the NYS Education Department does not allow bridge to be part of the school day.

Second Follow-up Class at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
This class is currently underway and is held Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30AM. There are nine students on the roster. All of these students took the previous follow-up class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen are the instructors. The class began January 15 and continues until March 12, 2017.

Summer School Bridge Program at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
Beginner Bridge Class – This class will be held on Thursday mornings from 9-11 AM beginning July 6 and running till August 21, 2017. Sharon Benz will be the instructor. Students in grades 5-10 will be eligible for this class. I will begin recruiting students next week. Time permitting, I would appreciate your input re: recruitment (brain storming session). As always, we will need bridge buddies to help out at this class.
Follow-Up Class – This class is open to students who have completed a beginner class who are motivated and interested in learning more. Students from Transit Middle School and students who have completed other follow-up classes are invited to attend this class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen will be the instructors. The class will be held on Tuesdays June 27 Thru August 29, 2017 from 9-11 AM. As always, we will need bridge buddies to assist students in this class.
*If you are interested in being a bridge buddy, contact Ruth Nawotniak (r-h-n@hotmail.com).*

2017 Youth NABC – Toronto ON – July 27-29 2017
This year we have a unique opportunity for students participating in our school bridge program. Students 19 years and under are eligible to participate in this program. Because Toronto is driving distance, the cost will be minimum. A room at the hotels cost $149 Canadian dollars plus taxes. There is no charge for students to play. Free lunches will be served. Participating students must join ACBL—a $5
Investment. What a wonderful opportunity for students to feel the excitement of a national tournament!

Speaking to Stephanie Threlkeld (Education Manager for ACBL), I found out that in addition to the more advanced games, they offer games at the YNABC called Cardrook Pairs.  These are for rookies. There is a bridge mentor assigned to each table in case participants have questions during the game. In other words, they are encouraging students who have completed a beginner bridge class on up to more sophisticated players to participate in the youth games. Yes, you can get master points. Stephanie suggests that I be in touch with Barbara Clark from NJ who brings a  group of kids to the YNABC every year. Will do!

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!

May 20-21, 2017
Bridge Center of Buffalo
Preliminary Results
August 20, 2017 - Sunday
Unit 116 Summer picnic 2 session Unit Championship games
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY,


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