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Hell-o Bridge Players,

Welcome back to the Unit 116 website, so glad you are utilizing it.  The Winter Sectional was certainly a ‘winter’ sectional. We are always fearful of how the weather will affect this sectional and it did! We had a total of 132.5 tables. This was down 20 tables from last year.  The winter weather was the cause with snow, blowing and bad Thruway conditions. There seemed to be a good Canadian contingent per usual, but they are hardy souls, eh? Despite the attendance, we had a profit of $1065 according to Betty Metz, chair. Both she and Ed Morgan really did a marvelous job as usual. Thank you to all who lent a hand.
Now we can all start thinking ahead to the Spring Sectional. April 5-7, 2019 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall. But before that the Unit games at Clubs week is scheduled from March 11-17. Check your local club for the times.
This is the year we need to update the Unit Directory. You could update your own information on the website, Judie Bailey is the primary contact on this. She is being helped by Joyce Frayer. Please come forward and let them know ahead what information you want in the directory.

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116

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Unit 116 Spring Sectional
April  5- 7, 2019
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 4/5 Pairs
10:15 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
 10:15 am & 2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs

Saturday 4/6 Pairs
10:15 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
 10:15 am & 2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs

Sunday 4/7 Swiss Teams
10:15 am Stratified A/B/C (with short break)

Stratum “A” – 2000 + Stratum "B" - 500 to 2000 Stratum "C" - 0 to 500
Pairs and teams stratified by average masterpoints

Chair: Barb Libby 716-836-8303 bplibby1@verizon.net
Co-chair: John Bava 908-256-6466 jbava@roadrunner.com
Partnership: Mike Ryan 716-255-9964 meryan@buffalo.edu


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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 bettymetz@roadrunner.com
Carol Bedell 716-633-5680 lorac@roadrunner.com
John Bava 908-256-6466 jbava@roadrunner.com


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 Youth Bridge

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   - (contact:lorac5@roadrunner.com)
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.

This 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.
Thank you.
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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!

Buffalo Spring Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221
April  5-7, 2019
Buffalo NLM (0-500) Sectional
Bridge Center of Buffalo
3362 Sheridan Dr - Amherst, NY  14226
May 18-19, 2019


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