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Unit 116 Mentoring Program

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 December 31, 2018 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 Mentor can coach a pair of Mentees by playing in the same field and providing analysis for his pair of Mentees.

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is June 30, 2018. Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding the program. The program will run from July 1 to December 31, 2018.

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, 2018 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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Unit 116 Student Bridge Program

Update on school bridge program

This past Sunday May 20, 2018, we resumed bridge classes for beginner and advanced students at The Bridge Center of Buffalo. The classes are held from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Sundays. The lessons will continue for eight sessions. The last class will be held July 15, 2018. Currently, we have 10 students in the beginner class and 11 students in the advanced class. Three students in the beginner class were promoted to the advanced class (for the first time) and three more students signed up for the beginner class. We have had at least seven referrals since our January classes began. Also, I now send out homework with a few bridge basics that will be useful for students taking our beginning classes for the first time. Fred Yellen is teaching the beginner class and Jim Gullo is working with the advanced class.

A Youth NABC will be part of the national tournament in Atlanta. There will be four games for students 19 and under. These will be held August 2nd and 3rd. We have 8 students attending the Youth NABC and Jim will be there to prepare and supervise our students. We are purchasing special shirts with the Buffalo logo for students participating in these games. (Jim will have one as well.)

To get students ready for Atlanta, we have a mentoring program. Adults playing with our advanced students will have the cost of their game refunded. All students who are part of our program have been given free membership to The Bridge Center of Buffalo. There is an open game Thursday nights and Saturdays beginning at noon for mentors and students who are still in school. Students are invited to play in non-life master games, sectionals and other special games (the annual picnic and annual meeting). In the summer, when students have availability, they can play in all games with each other or a mentor.

Last year, we had seven students attending the Youth NABC in Toronto. They did very well. This year getting points will be more challenging since a few of the students have five points or more which puts them in a higher bracket. We all wish them GOOD LUCK.

Carol Bedell
Youth Bridge Coordinator


  Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo  with the Unit 116 students at  2017 Toronto Youth North American Bridge Championship.


Four players from the summer classes for middle and high school students at the Bridge Center of Buffalo found success in the Youth North American Bridge Championship Tournament July 20 to July 30 in Toronto. Tyler Mu, Daren Liu, Colleen Stewart and Michael Passucci won four times in their divisions.



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