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Welcome to Unit 116, District 5 Home Page


Dear Unit 116 Members,

Our successful Spring Sectional took place at the Buffalo Bridge Center March 31, April 1 and 2. Thanks to Kathy Pollock and Larry Abate for chairing a great event. Thanks also to Joyce Greenspan for significant support and Art Morth for his great work directing.

You will be hearing about plans for our summer outing, shortly, which will take place in August.
Please plan to attend our Fall Sectional scheduled for September 8-10 at the Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Hopefully this location will provide a small amount of travel relief for those of us living in the Southtowns.

While it is encouraging to see improvements in table counts at tournaments, I fear the numbers will never return to pre-COVID levels. Membership is down and the demographics are not in our favor. The finances of the UNIT are positive, and we continue to look for ways to maintain our stability.

I very much look forward to seeing many of you at one or all our future events. Please call me with any questions or comments. 908-256-6466.

John Bava 
Western New York Unit 116 of the ACBL

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March 31, April 1-2, 2023
Buffalo Bridge Center
Boulevard Mall
1227 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226

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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 Face2Face Live bridge (Tuesdays,Wednesdays,Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 am)
(Online Limited - Monday 0-750 at 7 pm, Wednesday 0-750 at 11 am,
Wednesday 0-2000, at
7 pm run as Delaware (Buffalo NY) Wednesday Night)
Betty Metz 716-773-7398
Web site: http://www.buffalobridgecenter.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.

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 Youth Bridge Update


Front row: Melanie Skalski, Carol Li
Back row: Aditiya Gupta, Julian King, Daren Liu, Tyler Mu, Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski and of course, Jim Gullo :)

The 2022 Youth National Bridge Championships for ACBL members under the age of 20 was held during the final weekend of the Providence Open North American Bridge Championships during July 2022. A big thank you to Jim Gullo who prepared nine students for the tourney. Eight of the students went on to compete in the YNABC in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Unit 116's newest students, Carol Li and Melanie Skalski, competed in the Thursday morning Cardrook pairs, a competition for beginners, and excelled in their field achieving a 60% game, good enough for 4th overall A for 0.51 red points. The young ladies left the beginner pairs in their dust and moved on to the Open Youth competitions. We should all be very proud of these young ladies!

In the open Thursday morning pairs, Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski placed 3rd overall in Strat A earning 3.44 red points with a 66% game. Also in their field were Aditiya Gupta and Julian King, who placed 4th in A and second in B in their section with a 50% game, earning 0.75 red.

Thursday afternoon was the Youth Open Swiss and the Buffalo area juniors fielded two teams, one with two brother-sister pairs, Carol and Tiger Li and Darwin and Melanie Skalski. It was the girls' first Swiss team event and they earned some more red points with a tie. The King team, consisting of Julian King, Tyler Mu, Daren Liu and Aditiya Gupta, came in third overall in B.

Friday was the 2-session Baron Barclay National Youth Open Pairs with the opportunity to win some gold points if your pair qualified to play in the second session. Darwin Skalski and Tiger Li did just that, qualified. Although Darwin and Tiger did not place in the overalls and earn gold, they came in the top half of the event. Daren Liu and Tyler Mu literally just missed the cut to qualify.

Meanwhile, for those who did not Q, players had their chance to excel in the 1-session Friday afternoon Youth Pairs and excel they did! Daren Liu and Tyler Mu came in 2nd overall in Fight A with a 64% and earned 2.47 red. Aditiya Gupta and Julian King came in 3rd overall B with a 51% and earned 0.79 red.

On Saturday, the Buffalo youth played in the 2-session Youth National Swiss Teams where Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski teamed up with Andy from California and Nicole from Florida to place 5th Overall in A and 2nd overall in B, earning 2.18 GOLD points. Our all Buffalo team, Julian King, Tyler Mu, Darien Liu and Aditiya Gupta placed 3rd overall in B and first overall in C earning 1.54 red points.

A good tournament for all of our youth! Again many thanks to Jim Gullo and his helpers, Sharon Benz, Joyce Greenspan, Kathy Pollock, Mike Ryan and Fred Yellen for making it a fun and successful tourney for our youth.

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Online Beginning Bridge
for Kids!

New classes begin
 in March 2023

BridgeWhiz is a Free OnLine Beginning Bridge for Students grades 4 through 12.

Spread the word to friends, children, and grandchildren.   CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER

Affiliated with the ACBL Educational Foundation. All teachers are fully vetted certified with expertise in SharkBridge teacher console.

Bridge teaches socialization skills, reasoning, logic and concentration and so much more.

A safe, secure online placer for kids to play outside of class. Open to children throughout the world! Parent Classes are offered as well as Improver Classes for graduates of the beginning course.

The future of Bridge is in the hands of our young people. Let's create an enthusiasm to learn this challenging game.

Classes begin in March 2023. Register now at bridgewhiz.org

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Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 300 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 two open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year – January, April/May, and September. The District 5 Regional is held at the end of October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.  



Coming to Unit 116!

March 31, April 1, 2, 2023
Buffalo Bridge Center
Boulevard Mall
1227 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226
September 8-10, 2023
Knights of Columbus
2735 Union Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
October 24-29, 2023
Millennium Hotel at Galeria
2040 Walden Ave
Buffalo, NY 14225


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