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Message to Unit Bridge Players,

As all of you know by now that ACBL has cancelled the Fall National. They also decided to not allow directors to work for the rest of 2020. That decision mandates cancellation of all 2020 sectionals and regionals. It DOES NOT mean the unit must cancel our December annual meeting. It DOES NOT mean that clubs have to stay closed. That decision is individual to each club.

August 2, 2020 Unit picnic is cancelled
September 11-13, 2020 Fall Sectional is cancelled

December 5, 2020 Annual Meeting

On Hold:
Mentoring Program
Youth Bridge

On Line Bridge – some of the games are run by local clubs.

Keep up hope, normal days are coming. Stay well!!  Stay Safe!!

Betty Metz, President Unit 116

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Below is a List of On-Line Games With Connections to clubs  in Unit 116
For information and details, contact the owner/ manager.

Airport Bridge Club                      Bill Finkelstein 716-836-7016

Bridge Center of Buffalo               Dian Petrov 716-668-1226

Bridge Club Meridian                     Dian Petrov 716-668-1226

Delaware Wednesday Night         Ed Harman 716-480-1666

Lockport Duplicate                         Dian Petrov 716-668-1226

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Unit 116 is pleased to announce the continuation of our Bridge Mentoring Program. In the January to June period of 2020, we had 12 mentoring pairs.
To participate, Mentees should have at least 5 Master Points, but no more than 300 Master Points. This is intended to include players with Bridge basics and those who have a commitment to improving their skills.
You can participate in one of two ways. First, approach potential Mentors with whom you already have a relationship, with the view of forming a Mentee/Mentor relationship. Then, inform me. If you have previously participated in the program, you should select a new Mentor.
Second, if you would like Unit 116 to assign a Mentor, reach out directly to me. Also, anyone interested in being a Mentor should also reach out to me.
The Mentee/Mentor pair is required to play 5 times between the establishment of your partnership and December 31st of 2020. In the current environment, all games will have to be played online at Bridge Base. There are many games that are available to the Mentee/Mentor pair, including virtual club games conducted by our clubs in Western New York, and Support Your Club games where the majority of your entry fee goes back to our local clubs.
Mentees and Mentors pay their own entry fees, and the Unit subsequently reimburses the Mentor for entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games played for Mentor to submit a reimbursement request).
For questions or additional details, please contact me.
Good luck and have fun.
John Bava

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 Summer Youth Bridge Update 2020

Greetings! Thought this might be a good time to tell you how we stand with Youth Bridge at this stage of the game. Our last set of lessons ended on Sunday March 15…just in time to greet the Pandemic which has changed our lives….no more lessons, no more opportunity to send our students to the nationals which they have attended for the past three years…

Fortunately, Dian Petrov has given us all the opportunity to play bridge on line by setting everything up. (Thank you Dian)…and I am excited that a number of youth bridge players have taken advantage of this opportunity.. They love the “play of the hand” and this has been a good opportunity to play and get better. Students are welcome to play on BBO in open games. Kathy Pollock has been teaching a class for adults and students having no more than 50 points…Her game has been popular with our students. It takes place on Mondays…15 students have attended that game…Some have played the whole time and have done very well. We must give Jia, one of our parents, a big thank you. Jia has sent out blasts to all 33 of our students on a weekly basis reminding them when and where the games will be held and what a newcomer needs to do to participate. Jia has been in contact with Kathy Pollock on a regular basis.

So, the big question remains…Will the Bridge Center of Buffalo open so we can continue the program.  The answer is yes…They plan to open. At the present time, the bridge center is removing everything so that they can have a fresh start. They will have new tables, chairs…etc. You won’t recognize the place. Our president of the Bridge Center of Buffalo, Saleh Fetouh, is making every effort to assure players that they will be safe. Certainly, they will wait for the state to give them the OK to open up. Answer?  We are not sure when that date will occur. For these reasons, my plan is to start our Youth Bridge Program this coming January, 

So here are my wishes:

#1 At the present time, I would like more of our students to take advantage and/or continue to take advantage of their current opportunity to play bridge on line.     
#2 I am hoping that our current students will continue to participate in our program when it resumes in January.
#3 I would like students to recruit other students to participate in our free Youth Bridge program which we offer to middle and high school students.

The Pandemic has shown us the value of the game of bridge which you can play all your life. Many of us are grateful that we know how to play the game of bridge; we love it.  It has given some of us something to look forward to, an opportunity to spend some of our time interacting with others and having fun.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Carol Bedell, Coordinator Youth Bridge

Slideshows from Kid's Tournament on November 24, 2019:

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Results ***BUFFALO UNITED***:

April 24-26,2020

Friday Pairs 10:30 am: Session 1

Friday Pairs 2:30 pm: Session 2

Saturday Pairs 10:30 am: Session 3

Saturday Pairs 2:30 pm: Session 4

Sunday Swiss Pairs 10 :30 am: Session 5

Masterpoint Winners:

Saleh Fetouh   4.06
John Welte  3.81
Martha Welte 3.81
David Hemmer 3.59
Randolph Seidenberg Jr  2.75
Rajarshi Roy 2.21
Violet Makhija  2.07
Barbara Libby 2.03
Jasbeer Makhija  1.83
Jay Levy 1.80
Robert Sommerstein  1.63
Lawrence Abate 1.63
Ken Meier  1.35
James Lanzo  1.26
Gay Simpson 1.17
Elbert HargesheimerIII  0.84
Christy Kellogg 0.84
Robert Ciszak 0.84
Vera Carpenter 0.68
Sandra England 0.68
Dale Anderson  0.63
Selina Volpatti 0.63
Teresa Fraas  0.63
Catherine Majewski  0.63
William Rushmore 0.63
Arthur Morth 0.63
Claire Gareleck 0.60
Robert Kaprove 0.60
David Donaldson  0.60
Paula Kotowski 0.57
Walter Olszewski  0.57
Janice O'Mara 0.57
John Bava 0.51
Edward Morgan 0.51
Kurt Dasher  0.48
Barbara Hill  0.43
Ruth Nawotniak 0.43
Patricia Haynes 0.33
Terrence Camp 0.33
Carol Bedell  0.33
Rajat Basu 0.33
Maria Amlani 0.24

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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 350 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”.  



Coming to Unit 116!

Fall Unit Championship Games Week - at participating clubs (see sanction numbers at Calendar page)
November 1-7, 2020


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