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Happy Spring Bridge Players,
    Longer daylight hours, milder weather and sprouts poking out of the ground; it is a sure sign of Spring in Western New York. In the bridge world, we look forward to our Spring Sectional and our all new Unit Championship Week. Look elsewhere in this website to see full details on these and other events planned for your enjoyment.
    At the beginning of the year, I sent out a challenge to all: Engage with a new player: welcome them, have a conversation and best of all ask them to play with you.  We worry about the decline in the number of bridge players.  So it makes great sense when a new player comes along that we make a distinct effort to send out a welcome.
    This effort was in full swing at the Unit Pro-Am Game. Sixteen tables with many new faces, kudos to those who spent the afternoon playing with a newer player.
    Enjoy, be encouraging and kind.

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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Unit 116 is establishing a Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve their goals.

To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have at least 5 MP and not more than 300 MP.

This is intended to select players with basics and demonstrated commitment.

After signing up with the program a Mentor will be found for you. (Unit 116 will solicit players with 2500+ MP).

The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of 2016, at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com).

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).

Deadline for Mentee sign-up is June 15, 2016. After that the Unit will find Mentors for the applicants and the program will run from July 1 to December 31, 2016.

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 with masterpoints between 5 and 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 15, 2016 with Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226

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Western New York Unit 116


Old Fashioned Strawberry Social Saturday, June 11th, 2016

12:30 pm - strawberry shortcake 1 pm - game time

Lockport Duplicate

Dale Association/Senior Center
33 Ontario St., Lockport, NY 14094



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Western New York Unit 116


Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
July 8-9, 2016
at Bridge Center of Buffalo
Friday, July 8:
10:30 AM Pair Game
3:00 PM Pair Game

Saturday, July 9:
10:30 AM Pair Game
3:00 PM Pair Game


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Western New York Unit 116


All American Picnic and  2 sessions of bridge

Sunday July 24, 2016
Starting at 11 AM
Grand Stand Casino Room 
Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY

Unit Championship Pairs Games


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Check the Duplicate Bridge column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game results and other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited, but additional results, more complete announcements and other information can be found in the weekly Internet version of the column at www.buffalonews.com. For quickest results, search the words "duplicate bridge" and Saturday's date. For the latest information and detailed game results directly from the clubs, check the web sites of clubs in Western New York.


Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 450 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 six open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year – January, April/May, and September – as well as a Non-Life Master sectional in the summer.  The District Five Regional is held at the end of October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.  Numerous unit games are held throughout the year.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, Bridge Buff, for and about its members.  It regularly includes extensive interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.


The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved (thank you  Kathy Pollock  and Alex Kowal) starting with  issues back in the past. You can read old and current issues to see where we were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future generations will read them.



Coming to Unit 116!

Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:00 pm
"Strawberry Social"
Unit run Pairs Game at Lockport Duplicate
33 Ontario St
Lockport NY  14094
June 13 -19, 2016  District 5 STaC
at participating clubs

NLM "Future Stars" (0-500) Sectional  July 8-9, 2016

at Bridge Center of Buffalo

3362 Sheridan Dr
Amherst NY  14226

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Unit 116 Summer picnic
2 session Unit Championship game
at Hamburg Fairgrounds,

Sunday, August 14, 2016 1:00 pm 

"Eight is Enough"  -

Unit-rated  team game at Airport Bridge Club
247 Cayuga Rd
Buffalo NY  14225  Flyer
BUFFALO FALL SECTIONAL September 16-18, 2016
Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
October 18-23, 2016

at Adam's Mark Hotel
120 Church St.
Buffalo, NY 14202

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