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Our Unit Sectionals have been great successes in the past few years.  We thank you the players for supporting these events. Because of the record attendance, our bank account is in great shape. The board has received many suggestions on the best way to use some of the extra dollars.  We are very excited to share our decision with you.


1.  School Youth Bridge starts this summer and continues in the Fall.  Free lessons for students (middle school – we are flexible about age and grade level) Thursday mornings at BCB – July and August.  In early October, we have two after school programs. One at Tapestry Charter Middle School in Buffalo and one at Transit Middle School, Williamsville.   We are also working on after school or weekend Fall activities for other students.  HOW CAN YOU HELP? Volunteer your time – lots of possibilities.  Enroll your grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbors for this great opportunity. Funding will be provided by ACBL, District 5 and Unit 116. ( Full details available from Carol Bedell, chair.)

2.  Bridge Mentoring Program is beginning right now. Mentees are matched with Mentors. The Mentor’s entry fees are reimbursed by Unit 116.  We hope this program encourages newer players to improve their game and to expand their experience to open games and tournaments. HOW CAN YOU HELP? Sign up for either category and participate. (Full details  from Dian Petrov, chair.)


3. We reduced the cost of the annual picnic for unit members. The ticket price of $10.00 will cover the cost of the food. The unit will cover the other expenses: rent, director, printing, dealing etc. So come July 24 and play two sessions of bridge and enjoy a feast of barbeque chicken, Zittel Corn and homemade bake goods (complete info is posted).

Enjoy bridge - enjoy bridge even more when you help others.
Betty Metz

President, Unit 116

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The School Youth Bridge project is underway!

1) Christy Kellogg will be teaching a bridge class for middle school students at the Bridge Center of Buffalo this summer.. The class will be held on Thursday mornings from July 7-August 25…There will be no charge for the class. Refreshments will be served.
We are looking for students for this class and need your help…neighbors, grand children, kids of friends….Students who will be attending or have recently completed middle school will be considered for the class..

2) Elaine Kurasiewicz and Carol Bedell will be teaching bridge as an extra-curricular activity at the Tapestry Middle School in Buffalo. The class will begin in the fall.

3) Donna Steffan will be teaching bridge to middle school students as an extra-curricular activity at Transit Middle School which is part of the Williamsville school system. This class will begin in the fall.

4) If you are interested in participating in this project, do let us hear from you. Most of you would have loved a chance to learn this game when you were in middle school so we are offering this opportunity to our young people now.

Questions??? Contact Carol Bedell (lorac5@roadrunner.com / phone: 633-5680)

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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 2000+ 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


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

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

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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, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) 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!

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

at Bridge Center of Buffalo

3362 Sheridan Dr
Amherst NY  14226


Friday Morning NS EW

Friday Afternoon

Saturday Morning

Saturday Afternoon

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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