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Welcome to Unit 116, District 5 Home Page


Hello Unit 116 Members,

Your Unit Board hopes to find you well and are sorry that we felt the need to cancel the September 2021 Sectional.  The last thing we would want to do is to lose any of you from an illness caught at a tournament where, at other tournaments,  there have been multiple instances of COVID spread. We know that the health and safety of bridge players is also of paramount importance to the Clubs and know that they will reopen at the appropriate time.

Betty Metz, our recent President, has chosen to step down and as Unit Vice-President, I am now President. Many of you know me, but for those who do not, I am a recent Silver Life master and have been playing competitively for 6 years. I do love this game and have played at most of the local clubs and online. I am also a member of Bridge Club of Niagara, and have played in Erie, Hamilton, Toronto and Niagara on the Lake. I want you to feel comfortable contacting me with your issues and concerns. Your Board of Directors is here to help.

Our next event is our Annual Meeting on December 4th, which Barb Libby has agreed to chair, followed by our January Sectional on January 21-23. Please email me at jbava@roadrunner.com at any time.

Keep well all of you!

Best regards,
John Bava 
Western New York Unit 116 of the ACBL

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Below is a list of currently available ACBL sanctioned online and F2F games for Unit 116 players.
For information and details, contact the owner/ manager/contact person.

Airport Bridge Club/
Alliance Bridge Club                      

Bill Finkelstein 716-836-7016 billfink1234@hotmail.com
Web site: https://www.alliancebridgeclub.com

Buffalo Bridge Center/
Delaware Wednesday Night
Kathy Pollock  716-310-4199 bridgekat@gmail.com                             
Ed Harman 716-480-1666
Web site: http://www.bridgecenterofbuffalo.com

Bridge Club Meridian/                   
Lockport Duplicate Face2Face Live bridge (Saturdays at 1 pm)
Rust Belt Bridge Group (Online Monday 7 pm Teams, Saturdays 9:50am Pairs)
Dian Petrov 716-668-1226
Web sites: https://tinyurl.com/2fj2hama
or http://meridian.bridgecloud.com

Bridge Club of East Aurora
Face2Face Live bridge (Wednesdays at 10 am)
David Larcom 716-649-9354 dmocral@verizon.net

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In the recent past, Unit 116 has sponsored a very successful mentoring program. We anticipate that we will continue our program in manner similar to what we have done previously. The only question involves timing. Stay tuned for updates.

Unit 116 is pleased to announce the continuation of our Bridge Mentoring Program. In the January to June period of 2020, we had 12 mentoring pairs.
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.
The 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.
John Bava

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 Summer Youth Bridge Update 

Unit 116 in cooperation with the Buffalo Bridge Center was able to provide a weekly novice game over the summer of 2020.

During the fall, winter and spring, Kathy Pollock and Ruth Nawotniak taught three sets of 8-9 week sessions with each session capped by a youth tournament on Bridge base for masterpoints. A total of twenty youth students participated in a small beginner class and a larger intermediate class. The lessons and the tournaments were held online. Kathy and Ruth were ably assisted by John Bava, Bert Feasley, Mike Ryan and Denise Slattery. Thank you all for your help.

The Summer 2021 Youth NABC was postponed until Summer 2022. There will be an online Youth NABC:

2021 Virtual Youth NABC, Saturday, July 17
Pair Event (one event, two sessions): 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Cardrook Games (two events, single sessions): Noon and 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Buffalo area summer plans for youth are for an online Novice game on Monday evenings at 7 PM hosted by the Buffalo Bridge Center until school resumes in the fall.

At this time there are no plans for the Youth for fall of 2021.

Slideshows from Kid's Tournament on November 24, 2019:

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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!

District 5 NAP finals ONLINE ONLY on BBO, Flight A(unlm), B(0-2500), C (0-500NLM), October 2-3, 2021
Unit 116 Annual Meeting F2F,
December 4, 2021
Main-Transit Firehall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
January 21-23, 2022
Main-Transit Firehall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

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