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As Fall approaches we shift gears away from outdoor activities and welcome the Bridge opportunities that are available.
Full details are available but I have a few notes I would like to share with you.

The Picnic:  I apologize to the players for the glitches that took place during and after the picnic.  This was a first time try and the glitches have been resolved. It will be worth it:  The Unit Board has agreed to use The Common Game (TCG) for all pairs events. The posting allows viewing of overall rankings, computerized travelers and Double Dummy analysis. This has been facilitated by the Bridge Center of Buffalo and the unit is thankful  for their cooperation.

Fall Sectional: The Unit is pleased to announce that on Sunday of the Sectional we will introduce Dupli-Swiss.  It is Swiss Teams where everyone plays the same hands and you have hand records.  Come give it a try!! Tell us what you think!!  Kudos go to Dave Hemmer, in tandem with our director Brian Meyer, for picking up the extra work that is involved.

Spooktacular  Buffalo Regional:  Andrei Reinhorn will be doing our bulletins again this year. They will be electronically posted each night. They will be sent out to all those who have email with ACBL and to those who sign up for “fastresults”.  In addition, a  printed copy will be posted each day.

Lots of people, doing lots of jobs, make it all happen for you. Enjoy!

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116
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District 5 Buffalo Regional October 18 - 23, 2016

       2016 BUFFALO Regional Bridge Tournament  Information  

       2016 BUFFALO Regional Bridge Tournament  Results:

Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday   Saturday   Sunday

Coming earlier or staying later? - Here is an Event Planner.
Also check www.visitbuffaloniagara.com
and Top 30 things to do in Buffalo, NY
Restaurants Guide


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

Driving directions:

From Canada or the North

Take Rt. 190 South and exit on Niagara St. Turn right at end of exit ramp. Continue to S. Elmwood and turn right.

Do Not Turn onto Church St. but stay in middle lane and take Middle Terrace – Hotel is immediately on right. Turn right into parking area.

From East or West on NYS Thruway  - Rt. 90

Exit onto Rt. 190N (toward downtown Buffalo)  and take to Church St. exit. Hotel will be immediately on your right. Turn right on Middle Terrace and right into parking area.

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Congratulations to John and Martha Welte for their win at 2016 Summer Nationals in Washington DC.


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Update on school bridge program


        1)    Christy Kellogg is completing her beginning bridge class with a mini-tournament to be held on September 1. Sixteen students enrolled. Those of us who attended the class and were fortunate enough to be a part of it were enthralled to see the progress these kids made. The students were focused and excited and it was hard to believe how well they did and how quickly they learned. It was a pleasure to watch them. Of course, a lot has to do with the skill of the instructor. Great job, Christy! I might add the bridge buddies were invaluable as well. They answered questions the students had and filled in when students were absent. 

       2)   Donna Steffan has offered to teach a beginning bridge class at Transit Middle School, part of the Williamsville School System. If approved in September, the class will be  offered as an extra-curricular activity to be held from 3:45-4:45 pm on Thursdays beginning October 6. The class will run until January and resume again 2nd semester
We are expecting at least 6 tables so we will be in need of bridge buddies. If you haven’t signed up and would like to be a bridge buddy, please contact Sharon Wilcox at wilcox7628@verizon.net).

        3)  Linda Burroughsford will be teaching a beginning bridge class at the Bridge Center of Buffalo 9-11 am Saturdays beginning October 1 thru December 10. There is no charge for this class. We will be looking for middle school students (give or take). Please spread the word to your grandchildren, their friends, your friends who have grandchildren, neighbors, etc. It is a great opportunity!.
          Any questions about the program?  Contact Carol Bedell (lorac5@roadrunner.com)
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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!

October 18-23, 2016

at Adam's Mark Hotel
120 Church St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
November 6, 2016 at 1pm
Unit run Team Game at Airport Bridge Club
 247 Cayuga Rd
 Buffalo NY  14225
Unit 116 Annual Meeting and Game
December 3, 2016
Starting an noon

Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
District 5 STaC at participating clubs
December 5-11, 2016


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