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Calendar for all tournaments for Unit 141 and all other District 4 events can be found on the new District 4 website at


The Philadelphia Contract Bridge Association (PCBA) is Unit 141 within District 4 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).

Play in the NAPs

Why put the NAPs on THE BLACKLIST? Even Raymond Reddington has played in them!

To hear Red talk about his experience, Click Here

If you want to play in the District 4 finals in September (Gold Points!), you need to qualify at a club during June, July, and August

To see a list of all Unit 141 clubs who have provided their calendar of qualifying games to us, click NAP Club Qualifying Games 2023.pdf


(By the way, who is Steve Lyditt?)


We Miss You!

Face to Face bridge - you know you miss it!

Click here for a map of U141 and a list of our Face to Face bridge clubs where you can play, socialize, and make new friends!


Unit 141 Sectionals

Next Sectional to be held October 6-8 at Bridge Friendzy in Cherry Hill


Click here to see the flyer!

If you have not seen Bernadette Hennessy May's marvelous new location, you should come check it out!

Center City residents - we are organizing volunteers to give you a ride from the PATCO station


King of Prussia Bridge Club will be organizing carpools from their club - email the club if you can drive or want a ride






PCC luncheon

Benefit for Women's Center of Montgomery County at Philadelphia Cricket Club

Luncheon to be followed by bridge and other fun activities

Click here for details

Important Announcement - New Election

2023 Election Results and Board Officers

Your new Unit board met March 21, 2023 and elected officers for the duration of CY 2023


President John Dickenson
Vice President Cathy Strauss
Secretary Joan Goldstein
Treasurer Ellen Berkowitz


Full board and terms:


Term Length Candidate
3 years Mark Cohen
3 years John Dickenson
3 years Joan Goldstein
3 years Andy Rosenberg
2 years Jay Apfelbaum
2 years Ellen Berkowitz
2 years Randee Braslow
2 years Cathy Strauss
1 year April Apfelbaum
1 year Becky Levinson
1 year John Nothdurft


Board meetings

Unit 141 Board of Directors Meetings


We would like all members of the Philadelphia Contract Bridge Association to be informed of Board actions and priorities.  To this end, we are publishing the minutes of our meetings from this point forward.  Please click on the links below to see what your Board is up to!  And if you have ideas on how we can better serve the players of Unit 141, please pass your thoughts on to any member of the Board.


Minutes of meetings (click on any date below to open the corresponding minutes)


March 21, 2023

May 8, 2023

July 31, 2023


New Tricks Bridge Club
New Tricks Bridge Club

New Tricks Bridge Club

Fabulous new effort to attract new players and improve the game for all intermediates.

Check out these links on their YouTube Channel. 

       (Note: If link does not work, you may have to copy and paste the URL into your browser (Google security thing)).

        Or just Google "New Tricks Bridge Club".

Introduction to New Tricks:

Master Series to watch and listen to experts play hands!

GoFundMe Campaign to help support this effort:

This is definitely worth checking out!

Bridge Friend Forever - BBF
Bridge Friend Forever - BBF

Here is another well done and very simple introduction to bridge. It is a series of ten videos by Elena Grewal which can be viewed on YouTube.

Try this link or search on YouTube.

Bridge - The Ultimate Mind Game

Great TED Talk on the value of bridge.

Excellent description of bridge for introducing the game to beginners.

Click Here to watch video.

Or copy and paste this URL:

Why You Should Play Bridge
Why You Should Play Bridge

Why You Should Play Bridge

Just Google "Keep Bridge Alive"

To learn the reasons and how you can help fund the project. 



Commentary on the Laws of Duplicate Bridge
Commentary on the Laws of Duplicate Bridge

Commentary on the

Laws of Duplicate Bridge


The laws governing duplicate bridge can be confusing at best. The World Bridge Federation has written an excellent document giving commentary and many good examples on the new 2017 Laws. These laws govern all of our duplicate games at clubs and tournaments. This commentary is worth reading for all players and especially for directors. It is a good reference guide if you have had a problem related to one of the laws and you are looking for a clear explanation.  Here are some links to the commentary and to the actually Laws.

Click Here for the Commentary (PDF).

Click Here for a link to the actual laws on the WBF website (PDF and Word).

Click Here for a link to the Laws on the ACBL website (download, purchase).


Why you want to play Bridge!
Why you want to play Bridge!

Why you want to play bridge . . .

Four bridge players from USA win $180,000 playing bridge

There are a lot of bridge tournaments in the USA and in the World for that matter. One just completed was the Yeh Bros Cup in Beijing, China. Eighteen of the world's top twenty ranked players were in attendance. The field included 28 teams from around the world and three teams represented the USA. Note that the teams can be multi-national, that is have members from other countries. 

This year the winning team was USA (Kranyak) splitting the top prize of $180,000. The winning team members (pictured above) were: John Hurd, John Kranyak, Vince Demuy, and Justin Lall. All four are top players from the USA. 

Click here for more USA Team pictures.

Click here for Yeh Bros Cup home page.


Director List
Director List

Need a Club Director for your Club or Special Event?


The PCBA maintains a list of all certified club directors in Unit 141. If you are in need of a director on a regular basis or to fill in one time, you can request a copy of the Unit 141 list by sending an email to We will send you the current list. If you are a director and want to make sure you are on the list (or have your name removed), you can send an email to the same address.

Fragrance Policy
Fragrance Policy

District 4 Fragrance Free Policy

District 4 has a clear policy on keeping our tournaments free of strong scents. Strong scents include perfumes, any fragranced products, the smell of smoke, and poor personal hygiene. If you attend a tournament, please leave these scents behind.

Here is a link to the D4 policy on the District website.

Here is the complete text of the Fragrance Free Policy:

All Regional tournaments in District 4 are fragrance free. Players must refrain from wearing any of the following: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products when participating in our tournaments. These fragrances can cause serious health issues for migraine sufferers and players with breathing-related problems. Strong scents, including fragrances, the smell of smoke, and poor personal hygiene violate the Zero Tolerance Policy.




Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough


Eight is Enough is a format for team games that is used in some team events.

Click Here for a description of how it works.