Unit 116 Mentoring Program
Update: 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 -
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).
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 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
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?
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 December 31, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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