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to Unit Bridge Players,
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
August 2, 2020
Unit picnic is cancelled
11-13, 2020 Fall Sectional is cancelled
December 5, 2020 Annual Meeting
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
Below is a List of On-Line
Games With Connections to clubs in
For information and details,
contact the owner/ manager.
Center of Buffalo
Dian Petrov 716-668-1226
Dian Petrov 716-668-1226
Ed Harman 716-480-1666
116 is pleased to announce the continuation of our Bridge Mentoring
Program. In the January to June period of 2020, we had 12 mentoring
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.
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.
Youth Bridge Update 2020
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
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
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
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
So here are my wishes:
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
I am hoping that our current students will continue to participate in
our program when it resumes in January.
I would like students to recruit other students to participate in our
free Youth Bridge program which we offer to middle and high school
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
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.
Bedell, Coordinator Youth Bridge
Slideshows from Kid's Tournament
on November 24, 2019:
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Pairs 10:30 am: Session 1
Pairs 2:30 pm: Session 2
Pairs 2:30 pm: Session 4
Swiss Pairs 10 :30 am: Session 5
|Randolph Seidenberg Jr
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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.
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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”.