Hell-o to all,
After a very successful April Sectional, I am very grateful to all who worked to make it a wonderful event, thank you to Barb Libby and John Bava and all their volunteers as well as our much appreciated bakers.
Now, we can move onto our next event. We are very happy to be sponsoring a Non-Life Master Sectional on May 18 and 19 @ Bridge Center of Buffalo. Betty Metz and Carol Bedell
will chair. We have some very new players who will be able to
experience a Sectional just for them. We have a nice number of players
coming out of our recent teaching efforts, including young students and
other programs such as the graduates from the Learn Bridge in a Day
program. See Flyer for details.
Please note the information about
our Education Programs also on this website. Included is information
about both the Student program and the regular Mentoring Program. I
encourage all to read and then maybe consider helping in either
Also coming up is the Unit Picnic on August 4 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, please mark your calendar.
The website will keep you updated as soon as we can. The Board Unit 116 Members appreciate your support. Thank you.
President, Unit 116
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BUFFALO NON-LIFE MASTER (0-500 MP) “SILVER POINT” SECTIONAL
May 18 - 19, 2019
Bridge Center of Buffalo
3362 Sheridan Dr.
Amherst, NY 14226
Saturday, May 18
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm Single Session Pairs
Bagels/Coffee - 10 am Lunch - 1:30pm
Sunday, May 19
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm Single Session Swiss Teams
Bagels/Coffee – 10am Lunch – 1:30pm
Chair: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 email@example.com
Co-chair: Carol Bedell 716-633-5680 firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership: John Bava 908-256-6466 email@example.com
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So, what's new with Youth
Bridge? We resumed youth lessons on Sunday from
11:30 AM-1:30 PM. A new program will start on May 5 (except May 19 during Buffalo NLM Tournament).
2018 has been a good year for the students. We have attached a few
photos of the students "at work" over this past year. Again, many
thanks for those of you have participated in the program. Click on this LINK to see a slideshow and check the Buffalo News article HERE
Carol Bedell -
Youth Bridge Coordinator
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A Word from Ethan Xie
During this year’s annual meeting, Carol
has asked me to talk a little bit about my experience in the youth
bridge program... I first got involved with bridge 3 years ago when I
was about nine years old. I was taught by my father and I started going
to the club about half a year later. I met Jay Levy who became
my first mentor. Besides Jay, I have also learned from Davis Heussler, Chong Min, Linda
Burroughsford, David Hemmer, Glenn Milgrim, Penny and Peter Shui,
and many others. I would like to thank this club for the help
they gave me all these years.
year, I decided to use my free time to go and give back to my
community. The youth bridge program offers kids an opportunity to learn
how to play bridge. The flow of this game is very interesting, because
it combines a little bit of luck with skill, and that is what entices
children. Many children think chess is boring because of how much work
it takes to calculate all the possibilities. That is where bridge
shines. It combines Yahtzee and chess, forming a game that keeps one in
the action with its unpredictability and challenging skill. The youth
bridge program excels at teaching kids this mechanic. The teachers
always tell them that sometimes times get rough, in, for example, a 5-0
break in trump. However, if one can overcome this hurdle with skill,
the payoff is tremendous. They relish in the satisfaction and play more
and more, causing them to get better and better, which not only helps
them, but also helps keep this game alive.
I have attended 3 or 4 youth bridge lessons. The students seem to like
the bridge and it is obvious they are having a good time.
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DO YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE
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”.