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Welcome to Unit 116, District 5 Home Page


Dear Unit 116 Members,

I hope that you are doing well, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

We had a fun and successful summer outing on August 6, 2022. Twelve full tables for the bridge game directed by Dian and a delicious lunch prepared by Joyce Greenspan, Kathy Pollock and Barb Landree. My thank to the entire Board for the efforts.

Our September Sectional was held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2022 at the Main Transit Fire Hall. We incorporated a 499/NLM game on both Friday and Saturday mornings. We hope that these games will grow at future Sectionals. We had hoped for a greater number of attendees, but we were still able break-even financially. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Sandi England who chaired this event.

Davis Heussler chaired the Buffalo Regional which was held October 25-30, 2022. There are some extra tables from the Regional that are available and free to members. Pleas contact Davis at dheussler@yahoo.com if interested.

The last UNIT event for the year is our Annual Meeting on December 3, 2022, at the Main Transit Fire Hall. The flyer is included on the website. You will be receiving communications very soon. Please plan to attend so that we make this final event of 2022 a big success. We are asking for pre-registration so that we estimate food requirements.

Finally, please mark your calendars for our Winter Sectional at the Buffalo Bridge Center on January 20,21, and 22. You will receive the flyer in the very near future.

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 6, 2022

Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee has nominated Ruth Wurster, Larry Abate and John Bava to run for the Board of Directors of Unit 116 of the ACBL
Respectfully Submitted Barbara Libby, Chair, M. Silverman, member and G. Simpson, member
After this slate is published, any unit member in good standing may become a nominee by submitting a petition signed by at least 25 members in good standing.  The deadline for petitions is sixty days before the annual meeting

Larry Abate
Learned how to play bridge, many years ago while in college. After that came my service as an officer in the US Coast Guard, a career at Praxair Inc. ending as Global Transportation Manager and a second career at L&M Financial Services as Chief Operations Officer. Finally, after 50 years away from the game, I joined the Bridge Club of Buffalo and got reacquainted with the game and made a number of new friends. Currently, a Bronze Life Master, working on Silver. Looking forward to getting back to “live” bridge after a couple of years playing on-line.

John M. Bava

I began to play bridge during my college years at Notre Dame. I took a 42-year hiatus during my career at Deloitte where I retired as a senior consulting partner in 2015. At this point, I became reacquainted with the game. I have achieved silver life master status and am close to the Ruby level. I currently serve as president of Unit 116 and look forward to continuing to make a contribution to the game of bridge in Western New York.

Ruth Wurster
I learned to play bridge with my parents and I enjoy playing and meeting the other people who play.  For several years, I chaired the Holiday Gift Show at the Kenan Center in Lockport.  I’ve had a private piano studio for many years and have helped students prepare for college entrance exams in piano.   I would like bridge to be a friendly game and unit 116 to welcome new members of all skill levels.

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2022 Annual Meeting
of ACBL Western New York Unit 116

December 3, 2022
Main-Transit Fire Hall

6777 Main Street, Amherst, NY, 14221

11:00 AM Annual Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
1:00 PM Stratified Open Pairs

Cost: $15 per person includes game and lunch
Preregistration by November 25 is strongly encouraged
for ordering food. No presale required.

To register for the Annual Meeting contact: Barb Libby, bplibby1@verizon.net, 716-836-8303

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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 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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Online Beginning Bridge
for Kids!

New classes begin
 Jan 17, 2023

BridgeWhiz is a Free OnLine Beginning Bridge for Students grades 4 through 12.

Spread the word to friends, children, and grandchildren.   CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER

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Bridge teaches socialization skills, reasoning, logic and concentration and so much more.

A safe, secure online placer for kids to play outside of class. Open to children throughout the world! Parent Classes are offered as well as Improver Classes for graduates of the beginning course.

The future of Bridge is in the hands of our young people. Let's create an enthusiasm to learn this challenging game.

Classes begin January 17, 2023. Register now at bridgewhiz.org

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Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 300 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 two open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year – January, April/May, and September. The District 5 Regional is held at the end of October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.  



Coming to Unit 116!

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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