WELCOME EARLY SUMMER:
Just a short note
to ask you to each consider who you would like to recommend for
Volunteer of the Year. Do you feel someone has been a great asset to
Unit 116 and the WNY Bridge community? Each year the Unit tries
to recognize players who have been a super positive contributor to our
local bridge community. The award is announced at the Annual Meeting. This year scheduled for on December 2. Please contact Terry Fraas or any Board Member. You would be asked for the details as to why you would nominate anyone.
Carol Bedell has 3 new students in the Youth program for a total of 21. Awesome!
Also, I want to mention that the Bridge Center of Buffalo is having a special game on June 10th honoring Joan Rose who was a positive force is the WNY bridge community.
NON-LIFE MASTER ALERT; SEE THE FLYER ON RIGHT FOR INFORMATION.
ACBL is offering upgraded master points the week of June 21, 2018, the
”Longest Day” commemoration. The week honors the difficult journey of
those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Check with your
club for these games.
President, Unit 116
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Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
June 30-July 1, 2018
at Bridge Center of Buffalo
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116 is continuing the Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner /
intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve
To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.
Mentors are players with 2500+ MP.
pair is required to play 5 times until the end of December 2018, at any of
the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing
schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) or at unit events.
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). New
this time is that the Mentor can coach a pair of Mentees by
playing in the same field and providing analysis for his pair of
Deadline for Mentee sign-up is June 30, 2018.
Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding
the program. The program will run from July 1 to December 31, 2018.
For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226
Good luck and have fun!
What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?
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
Who can participate?
Unit 116 ACBL members
in good standing with masterpoints below 300 willing to enter open club
games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.
How do I participate?
need to register by email or phone (leaving a message is fine)
before December 31, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716)
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DO YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE YOUR CHIILD??
ACBL requires all players
in sectional or above games to be members of ACBL. There are two
who at one time were members but are not up to date with dues. They
will pay an additional $4 per session and use their original player
Players who have never been members. They can buy a one
month membership for $7.99 and will be issued a player number. In the
future if this player wishes to play they can buy another one month
membership (or full membership) and they will use the original player
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Update on school bridge
This past Sunday May 20, 2018, we resumed bridge classes for
beginner and advanced students at The Bridge Center of Buffalo. The classes are
held from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Sundays. The lessons will continue for eight
sessions. The last class will be held July 15, 2018. Currently, we have 10
students in the beginner class and 11 students in the advanced class. Three
students in the beginner class were promoted to the advanced class (for the
first time) and three more students signed up for the beginner class. We have
had at least seven referrals since our January classes began. Also, I now send
out homework with a few bridge basics that will be useful for students taking
our beginning classes for the first time. Fred Yellen is teaching the beginner
class and Jim Gullo is working with the advanced class.
A Youth NABC will be part of the national tournament in
Atlanta. There will be four games for students 19 and under. These will be held
August 2nd and 3rd. We have 8 students attending the
Youth NABC and Jim will be there to prepare and supervise our students. We are
purchasing special shirts with the Buffalo logo for students participating in
these games. (Jim will have one as well.)
To get students ready for Atlanta, we have a mentoring
program. Adults playing with our advanced students will have the cost of their
game refunded. All students who are part of our program have been given free
membership to The Bridge Center of Buffalo. There is an open game Thursday
nights and Saturdays beginning at noon for mentors and students who are still
in school. Students are invited to play in non-life master games, sectionals
and other special games (the annual picnic and annual meeting). In the summer, when
students have availability, they can play in all games with each other or a
Last year, we had seven students attending the Youth NABC in
Toronto. They did very well. This year getting points will be more challenging
since a few of the students have five points or more which puts them in a
higher bracket. We all wish them GOOD LUCK.
Youth Bridge Coordinator
Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo with the Unit 116 students at
2017 Toronto Youth North American Bridge Championship.
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
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Check the Duplicate Bridge
column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game
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
to the Western New York Unit 116 website. Our unit of over
dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge
League’s District Five. Geographically, we encompass the
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 –
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”.