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Welcome to 2017

We look forward to the New Year. Hopefully it will be as successful as 2016. The board plans to continue our popular new programs and expand our offerings to the players.
Thanks to retiring board members:  Howard Foster, Elaine Kurasiewicz and Dian Petrov. We are grateful for your time and energy.
Welcome to the new board members: Sue Neubecker, Gay Simpson and Denise Slattery.
Watch this web site and the Buff for upcoming events. Good bridge to all!!

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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 Unit 116  Spring Sectional

April 21 - 23, 2017

Main -Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 4/21 -Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs 
2:30 pmSingle session stratified A/B/C pairs         
10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session  stratified A/B/C pairs 

Saturday 4/22 -Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs 
2:30 pmSingle session stratified A/B/C pairs         
10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session  stratified A/B/C pairs 

Sunday 4/23  - Swiss Teams
 Swiss Teams – (Dupli-Swiss – prepared boards & hand records) 
10:30 am  Stratified A/B/C (with short break) 

Note: New Start Time. Lunch 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: Denise Slattery 716-602-8629    perfidia49@gmail.com
Partnerships: Judie Bailey  716-636-6148  baj_42@msn.com 


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Unit 116 is continuing Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve their goals.

To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have at least 5 MP and not more than 300 MP.

This is intended to select players with basics and demonstrated commitment.

After signing up with the program a Mentor will be found for you. (Unit 116 will solicit players with 2500+ MP).

The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of June 2017, in any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) and at Unit events and 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).

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is December 31, 2016. After that the Unit will find Mentors for the applicants and the program will run from January 1 to June 30, 2017.

For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov at email or (716) 688-1226

Good luck and have fun!

Here is the list of pairs completed their program in 2016 (you may request your next mentor):

John Bava - Kathy Pollock              
James McClure - Kathy Pollock          
Denise Slattery - Mike Ryan            
Laurie Foster - Mike Ryan              
Rajat Basu - Mark Pascale 
Jeff Oshlag - Elbert HargesheimerIII              
Marilyn Wortzman - Christy Kellogg     
Joyce Frayer - Carolyn Siracuse        
Mary Ball  - Art Morth                     
Sharon Wilcox - Donna Steffan          
Ruth Nawotniak - Donna Steffan         
Eugene Nawotniak - David Hemmer        
Amita Arora - Judith Padgug            
Val Derenda  - Jerry Geiger           
Vic Bergsten - John Ziemer            
Robert Sommerstein - Pat Rasmus       
Carla Press - Chongmin Zhang          
Ethan Xie - Jay Levy                  
Audrey Ray - Stanley Kozlowski       
Judith Babat  - Joanne Kelley       
Judith Bailey - Judy Graf           
Marcia Turley - Jim Gullo          
Margaret Zhou - Jim Gullo             
Mary Blanchard - Dian Petrov        
Rivona Ehrenreich - Jim Gullo       
Carol Roth - Sharon Benz            
Joel Bronstein - Dian Petrov



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 with masterpoints between 5 and 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, 2016 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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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!

Club run Unit Games

March 20-25, 2017

- at participating clubs


Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221


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