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As we leave summer behind, we give huge thanks to Paul and Linda Zittel, Tova Reinhorn and their able work crew for a record breaking picnic. Over 150 had a great day with yummy food.

This brings us to the  Fall season, with many more activities planned.

Fall Sectional: September 15, 16, 17 at Main Transit Fire Hall. Check info on this website or fliers at your local club.
Buffalo Regional: October 17-22 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.  Full flier at clubs, on District 5 website or ACBL website.
Unit 116 Annual Meeting: December 2 at Main Transit Fire Hall

Make your plans, come join us for good bridge, delicious food and lots of fun.

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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We need caddies at the Regional -October 18-23, 2017
Pay per session $37.00
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am and 3:00pm, Wednesday 7:30pm
Reply to Betty – bettymetz@roadrunner.com
Select day and time you are available.

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Unit 116 Fall Sectional

September 15 -17, 2017
M&Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main Street - Buffalo NY 14221

Food Truck for Fall Sectional
Available Friday and Saturday
Sub Available on Sunday

Carnivorous (A Meat Lovers Food Truck)
Sample menu:
Turkey Sub, Hot Ham and Swiss, Pot Roast,
Fish Tacos, Cheeseburger and more..

Friday 9/15 - 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 9/16 - 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 9/17 - Swiss Teams
10:30 am Stratified A/B/C (with short break)

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

Co-Chair:  Gay Simpson  716-836-2519, 716-830-6404, Qgs8696@gmail.com
Co-Chair:  Jim Gullo     716-348-4132

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Western New York Unit 116


All American Picnic and  2 sessions of bridge

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Starting at 11 AM
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY
1241 Strad Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 1412

Purchase your tickets from any Board Member by August 15 and thanks!
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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
2017 Youth NABC – Toronto ON – July 27-29, 2017
This year we had a unique opportunity for students participating in our school bridge program. They were able to attend a nearby national tournament in Toronto.  A Youth NABC was part pf the tournament. The games were free of charge and a free lunch was provided. In addition to more advanced levels, there were games called Cardrook Pairs for those who had fewer than five master points. Forty-eight students participated in these games.

Five of our bridge students attended and participated at this level.  Michael Passucci and Colleen Stewart won four games and came in first overall the two days they played.  Daren Liu and Tyler Mu won four games as well. Also, Mandi Mu picked up a partner, played and received master points.  Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen (the teachers) attended the tournament and gave a lesson after each game so students could understand their mistakes. They served as table helpers as well. (Table helpers keep the pace going, answer any questions, escort students to washrooms if necessary, etc.)

We were very pleased with the behavior and performance of our students!   Special thanks to Jim and Fred…job well done!

Free Summer Bridge Class at BCB
Currently we have a beginner program underway on Thursday mornings 9-11 AM.  Sharon Benz is the instructor; fourteen students have signed up for the class. The last class will be a mini tournament to be held on August 31.

Free Follow-Up Class at BCB
This class is open to students who have completed a beginner class and are motivated and interested in learning more.  It will be entitled Bridge Basics and Supervised Play.  Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen will be the instructors. The class will be held on Sunday mornings from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM beginning September 24 continuing thru December 3, 2017. Refreshments will be served.

Special Note: The bridge buddies (student mentors) have been invaluable to the teachers and an important factor in the success of this program.  If you would like to be a bridge buddy or have questions, contact Ruth Nowatniak at r-h-n@hotmail.com.

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!

September 15-17, 2017
Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main Street, Williamsville, NY
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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