Hell-o to all;
The April 2018 sectional is now over and a successful one it
We had a wonderful turnout even with the unbelievable weather on
Sunday. Kudos to Chairs
Betty Metz and Terry
Fraas and their much appreciated volunteers.
The mentoring program continues and I encourage seasoned
of 2,500 master points and mentees with less than 300 masterpoints to
commit to 5 games with follow up instruction. We have 2 sessions a
year. One runs from January 1 to June 30 and the second goes from July
1 to December 31. The unit will reimburse the mentor their entry fee at
our local club games. Please contact Dian Petrov of your
wish to participate and he will give you the particulars.
I am saddened to mention the deaths of Dick Czarnecki, Ted Kahn and Joan Rose.
They were all very interesting people. Dick and Ted were each a ‘hoot’
to play with and against. Joan was an excellent player and consummate
teacher of 51 years. We are all saddened at their passing.
Please consider signing on to the electronic directory, see
menu on the left. We are hoping to send out information to email
addresses in the future.
Thank you for your support of Unit 116,
President, Unit 116
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Denise Slattery wins
2017 Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs
masterpoints race (50-100 pcts. category), gives credit to
Unit 116's Mentoring program.
"I have found the intellectual
stimulation from playing
bridge almost addictive, and the privilege of playing both with and
many capable and encouraging members is extremely rewarding and very
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Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
June 30-July 1, 2018
at Bridge Center of Buffalo
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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
Currently, the advanced bridge class is continuing until May
13, 2018. We have three beginner students (recommended by Fred) participating in this
class to see “how it goes”. Our goal is to enlarge the advanced class so that
at some point, youth bridge can have its own game with a director. The current class
will focus on “the play of the hand” to prepare students who are attending the
Youth NABC in Georgia. Thus far we have seven students attending the nationals.
Both beginner and advanced classes resume May 20. I am attaching the flier.
To attract new students, I have sent out the flier to the entire Chinese
community this past week. (We have a new student who will join the beginner
class in May.) In addition, to date, all teachers and other members of the
Buffalo teachers union have received a flier in the mail. When we get closer to
May 20, I will post something in the News and the Bee. I will also update the
Unit 116 website at that time.
In addition, a number of more experienced bridge players
have generously offered to play with our students to give them the practice
they need. I have a form which they can fill out to be reimbursed for the games
PS If you have ideas which you feel would benefit the
program, do let me know. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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”.