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Here’s to the Lazy Days of Summer,

Spring is behind us with the successful completion of the April Sectional (thanks Denise Slattery for the food preparation) and the Non Life Master Sectional (thanks Denise Slattery and Chip Kean co-chairs).

The student lesson program continues with  participation in the NLM sectional. Student players in all pairs games and one team in Swiss. Many of these students succeeded in picking up their first master points. This summer many of the students will participate in the Youth Program at the Toronto Nationals.

As you look around the clubs, you see mentoring pairs hard at work. This is a popular program for all involved. Thank you Dian for carrying this forward.

Our picnic is the next big event, see full information on this web site. Note: new location but the same delicious menu.

Enjoy the summer

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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We need caddies at the Regional -October 18-23, 2017
Pay per session $37.00
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am and 3:00pm, Wednesday 7:30pm
Reply to Betty – bettymetz@roadrunner.com
Select day and time you are available.

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

To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.

Mentors are players with 2500+ MP.

The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of 2017, at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) or at unit events and Open Unit 116 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). New this time is that  the 5 games must be completed, unless circumstances beyond pairs control prevents that.

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is June 30, 2017. Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding the program. Unit 116 will solicit Mentors for the applicants and the program will run from July 1 to December 31, 2017.

For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by 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 in good standing with masterpoints below 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 June 30, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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Western New York Unit 116


All American Picnic and  2 sessions of bridge

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Starting at 11 AM
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY
1241 Strad Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 1412

Purchase your tickets from any Board Member by August 15 and thanks!
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Update on school bridge program

School Bridge Program Report

The annual Non-Life Master Tournament was held at the Bridge Center of Buffalo on May 20 and May 21, 2017. Five youth bridge students took part in the tournament and played games (pairs)with adult volunteers. Three of these students received silver points. In addition, students participated in their first Swiss team on Sunday afternoon. Jim Gullo was on hand both days to answer questions, discuss hands and be helpful to the students involved.

Since June 4, youth bridge students have attended another follow-up bridge class (run by Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen) which continues thru August 5. The teachers start the lessons each week with a mini-lesson (review) followed by play of the hand. The goal is to prepare these students for the Youth NABC which will be held July 27-29 in Toronto. The students are spending most of their class time playing hands with each other.

In addition, Jim, Fred and a few adult volunteers are busy playing weekly with interested students on Thursday nights and/or Saturday afternoons.

Summer Beginner Bridge ClassSharon Benz will be the instructor for the class that begins Thursday July 6 and continues thru Thursday August 31. Currently there are nine students registered for this class. There is still time to sign up. If you are interested,  please contact Carol Bedell, coordinator, at lorac5@roadrunner.com.

Carol Bedell

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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!

May 20-21, 2017
Bridge Center of Buffalo
August 20, 2017 - Sunday
Unit 116 Summer picnic 2 session Unit Championship games
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY,


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