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Unit 116 Mentoring Program

alertUpdate: Sign-up has been extended to January 31, 2018.
Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice. Questions can be directed to Dian Petrov by email or 716-688-1226

Revision of mentoring guidelines -
Approved by the new board: "Mentors will be reimbursed for Regular Club Game Fee". The reimbursement will not cover special games of any kind (charity, STaC, parties, unit games or sectionals).

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 June 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 December 31, 2017. Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding the program. The program will run from January 1 to June 30, 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 December 31, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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Unit 116 Student Bridge Program

Update on school bridge program

Bridge classes have begun for middle school and high school students at The Bridge Center of Buffalo. The classes are being offered on Sundays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Currently, we have seventeen students in attendance. Fred Yellen is teaching the beginners (9 students); Jim Gullo is working with 8 advanced students focusing on the play of the hand. The program will continue until the middle of March and resume once again in April after spring recess.

As I have mentioned before, the need for bridge buddies (helpers) is more important than ever. When students are absent, bridge buddies sit in and make it possible to have an even number of tables so all of the students can participate in the play of the hand. In addition, it is important to have bridge buddies available to help students who are having difficulties with bidding, play of the hand, etc. and need extra assistance. We like to have at least one buddy at every table. If you are interested in helping, please email me at lorac5@roadrunner.com. The role of the bridge buddy is critical to the success of the program.


  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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