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As Fall approaches we shift gears away from outdoor activities and welcome the Bridge opportunities that are available.
Full details are available but I have a few notes I would like to share with you.

The Picnic:  I apologize to the players for the glitches that took place during and after the picnic.  This was a first time try and the glitches have been resolved. It will be worth it:  The Unit Board has agreed to use The Common Game (TCG) for all pairs events. The posting allows viewing of overall rankings, computerized travelers and Double Dummy analysis. This has been facilitated by the Bridge Center of Buffalo and the unit is thankful  for their cooperation.

Fall Sectional: The Unit is pleased to announce that on Sunday of the Sectional we will introduce Dupli-Swiss.  It is Swiss Teams where everyone plays the same hands and you have hand records.  Come give it a try!! Tell us what you think!!  Kudos go to Dave Hemmer, in tandem with our director Brian Meyer, for picking up the extra work that is involved.

Spooktacular  Buffalo Regional:  Andrei Reinhorn will be doing our bulletins again this year. They will be electronically posted each night. They will be sent out to all those who have email with ACBL and to those who sign up for “fastresults”.  In addition, a  printed copy will be posted each day.

Lots of people, doing lots of jobs, make it all happen for you. Enjoy!

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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WNY Unit 116 Board of Directors invites you to participate in its


Saturday, December 3, 2016
 Main-Transit Fire Hall – 6777 Main Street, Williamsville (Buffalo) NY

Lunch at 12:00 - Meeting at 1:00 PM - Game to follow meeting
Tickets must be purchased from any Board Member by November 28th


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 Unit 116  Winter Sectional

January 27 - 29, 2017

Main -Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 1/27 -Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs 
2:30 pmSingle session stratified A/B/C pairs         
10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session  stratified A/B/C pairs 

Saturday 1/28 -Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs 
2:30 pmSingle session stratified A/B/C pairs         
10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session  stratified A/B/C pairs 

Sunday 1/29  - Swiss Teams
 Swiss Teams – (Dupli-Swiss – prepared boards & hand records) 
10:30 am  Stratified A/B/C (with short break) 

Note: New Start Time. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Stratum "A" - 2000+
Stratum "B" - 500 to 2000
Stratum "C" - 0 to 500

Pairs and teams stratified by average masterpoints


Chair: Betty Metz     716-773-7398          bettymetz@roadrunner.com 
Co-Chair: Gay Simpson 716-836-2519    Qgs8696@gmail.com
Partnerships: Dian Petrov – 716-688-1226  dpetrov@roadrunner.com 


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Unit 116 is continuing Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve their goals.

To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have at least 5 MP and not more than 300 MP.

This is intended to select players with basics and demonstrated commitment.

After signing up with the program a Mentor will be found for you. (Unit 116 will solicit players with 2500+ MP).

The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of June 2017, in any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) and at Unit events and Sectionals.

The Mentee pays full fare, and the unit covers the Mentor's entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games they play together for Unit reimbursement of Mentor's entry fees).

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is December 31, 2016. After that the Unit will find Mentors for the applicants and the program will run from January 1 to June 30, 2017.

For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov at email or (716) 688-1226

Good luck and have fun!



What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?

The mentoring program is established to have more experienced players (Mentors) to help newer /advancing players (Mentees) to improve their bridge experience and enter Open games at Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned clubs.  

Who can participate?

Unit 116 ACBL members with masterpoints between 5 and 300 willing to enter open club games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.

How do I participate?

Mentees need to register by email or phone (leaving a message is fine) before December 31, 2016 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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District 5 Buffalo Regional October 18 - 23, 2016

       2016 BUFFALO Regional Bridge Tournament  Results:

Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday   Saturday   Sunday

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Update on school bridge program


        1)    Christy Kellogg completed her beginning bridge class with a mini-tournament on September 1. Sixteen students enrolled. Those of us who attended the class and were fortunate enough to be a part of it were enthralled to see the progress these kids made. The students were focused and excited and it was hard to believe how well they did and how quickly they learned. It was a pleasure to watch them. Of course, a lot has to do with the skill of the instructor. Great job, Christy! I might add the bridge buddies were invaluable as well. They answered questions the students had and filled in when students were absent. 

       2)   Donna Steffan is teaching a beginning bridge class at Transit Middle School, part of the Williamsville School System. The class is offered as an extra-curricular activity and is held from 3:45-4:45 pm on Thursdays. The class will run until January and resume again 2nd semester. If you would like to be a bridge buddy, please contact Sharon Wilcox at wilcox7628@verizon.net).

          Any questions about the program?  Contact Carol Bedell (lorac5@roadrunner.com)
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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 450 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”.  Numerous unit games are held throughout the year.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, Bridge Buff, for and about its members.  It regularly includes extensive interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.


The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved (thank you  Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting with  issues back in the past. You can read old and current issues to see where we were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future generations will read them.



Coming to Unit 116!

Unit 116 Annual Meeting and Game
December 3, 2016
Starting an noon

Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
District 5 STaC at participating clubs
December 5-11, 2016

December 17, 2016 - Afternoon Club run Unit game at participating clubs

Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221


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