Unit 116 Mentoring Program
116 is continuing the Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner /
intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve
To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.
Mentors are players with 2500+ MP.
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
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?
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
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?
need to register by email or phone (leaving a message is fine)
before June 30, 2018 with Dian Petrov by email or (716)
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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
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.
Youth Bridge Coordinator
Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo with the Unit 116 students at
2017 Toronto Youth North American Bridge Championship.
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