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Dear Unit 116 Members,

Hopefully spring has finally arrived with some consistently warmer temperatures. I hope that you are doing well, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

After a very challenging January Sectional, circumstances improved in April. We had 85 tables with players joining us from Canada, Rochester, and Ohio. And while table count was only 56% compared to 2019, we still did OK financially. We were able to make up for the loss sustained in the January Sectional plus add a small amount to our cash balance. Kudos go out to the entire board for their efforts and in particular, Barb Libby and Gay Simpson who co-chaired the event.

Our next event is the summer outing on August 6, 2022. Please mark your calendars. Soon, you will be hearing from Joyce Greenspan regarding the details.

Our September Sectional will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2022 at the Main Transit Fire Hall. Please mark you calendars for this event. You will be hearing from Sandi England as we get closer to September.

Lastly, Davis Heussler is chairing the Buffalo Regional which will be held October 25-30, 2022. Details are being developed.

I very much look forward to seeing many of you at one or all of our future events. Please call me with any questions or comments. 908-256-6466.

John Bava 
Western New York Unit 116 of the ACBL

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September 16-18. 2022
Main-Transit Fire Hall 6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221



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Unit 116 Summer Outing

August 6, 2022

(Lunch at NOON, Game at 1 pm)

Lockport Duplicate
33 Ontario St., Lockport, NY  14094

Pre-Registration: Strongly encouraged for planning via email, texting or calling John Bava at JBava@roadrunner.com, (908) 256-6466


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Below is a list of currently available ACBL sanctioned online and F2F games for Unit 116 players.
For information and details, contact the owner/ manager/contact person.

Airport Bridge Club/
Alliance Bridge Club                      

Bill Finkelstein 716-836-7016 billfink1234@hotmail.com
Web site: https://www.alliancebridgeclub.com

Buffalo Bridge Center Face2Face Live bridge (Tuesdays,Wednesdays,Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 am)
(Online Limited - Monday,Wednesday 7 pm)
Betty Metz 716-773-7398
Web site: http://www.bridgecenterofbuffalo.com

Bridge Club Meridian/                   
Lockport Duplicate Face2Face Live bridge (Saturdays at 1 pm)
Rust Belt Bridge Group (Online Open - Saturdays 9:50 am Pairs)
Dian Petrov 716-668-1226
Web sites: https://tinyurl.com/2fj2hama
or http://meridian.bridgecloud.com

Bridge Club of East Aurora
Face2Face Live bridge (Wednesdays at 10 am)
David Larcom 716-649-9354 dmocral@verizon.net

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In the recent past, Unit 116 has sponsored a very successful mentoring program. We anticipate that we will continue our program in manner similar to what we have done previously. The only question involves timing. Stay tuned for updates.

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 Youth Bridge Update


Front row: Melanie Skalski, Carol Li
Back row: Aditiya Gupta, Julian King, Daren Liu, Tyler Mu, Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski and of course, Jim Gullo :)

The 2022 Youth National Bridge Championships for ACBL members under the age of 20 was held during the final weekend of the Providence Open North American Bridge Championships during July 2022. A big thank you to Jim Gullo who prepared nine students for the tourney. Eight of the students went on to compete in the YNABC in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Unit 116's newest students, Carol Li and Melanie Skalski, competed in the Thursday morning Cardrook pairs, a competition for beginners, and excelled in their field achieving a 60% game, good enough for 4th overall A for 0.51 red points. The young ladies left the beginner pairs in their dust and moved on to the Open Youth competitions. We should all be very proud of these young ladies!

In the open Thursday morning pairs, Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski placed 3rd overall in Strat A earning 3.44 red points with a 66% game. Also in their field were Aditiya Gupta and Julian King, who placed 4th in A and second in B in their section with a 50% game, earning 0.75 red.

Thursday afternoon was the Youth Open Swiss and the Buffalo area juniors fielded two teams, one with two brother-sister pairs, Carol and Tiger Li and Darwin and Melanie Skalski. It was the girls' first Swiss team event and they earned some more red points with a tie. The King team, consisting of Julian King, Tyler Mu, Daren Liu and Aditiya Gupta, came in third overall in B.

Friday was the 2-session Baron Barclay National Youth Open Pairs with the opportunity to win some gold points if your pair qualified to play in the second session. Darwin Skalski and Tiger Li did just that, qualified. Although Darwin and Tiger did not place in the overalls and earn gold, they came in the top half of the event. Daren Liu and Tyler Mu literally just missed the cut to qualify.

Meanwhile, for those who did not Q, players had their chance to excel in the 1-session Friday afternoon Youth Pairs and excel they did! Daren Liu and Tyler Mu came in 2nd overall in Fight A with a 64% and earned 2.47 red. Aditiya Gupta and Julian King came in 3rd overall B with a 51% and earned 0.79 red.

On Saturday, the Buffalo youth played in the 2-session Youth National Swiss Teams where Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski teamed up with Andy from California and Nicole from Florida to place 5th Overall in A and 2nd overall in B, earning 2.18 GOLD points. Our all Buffalo team, Julian King, Tyler Mu, Darien Liu and Aditiya Gupta placed 3rd overall in B and first overall in C earning 1.54 red points.

A good tournament for all of our youth! Again many thanks to Jim Gullo and his helpers, Sharon Benz, Joyce Greenspan, Kathy Pollock, Mike Ryan and Fred Yellen for making it a fun and successful tourney for our youth.

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Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 350 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”.  



Coming to Unit 116!

September 16-18, 2022
M-T Fire Hall
6777 Main St., Williamsville,  NY 14221
October 25-30, 2022
Buffalo Marriott Hotel
1340 Millersport Highway
Amherst, NY
Annual Meeting December 3, 2022
M-T Fire Hall
6777 Main St., Williamsville,  NY 14221
January 20-22, 2023
Buffalo Bridge Center
March 31, April 1, 2, 2023
M-T Fire Hall
6777 Main St., Williamsville,  NY 14221


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