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Welcome to Unit 147, Washington Bridge League
WBL Unit Games

The Thursday evening in-person unit game is back on a bi-weekly schedule.  The game starts at 7:30 p.m., and is held at Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  There are open, flight B (under 2500), and 499er games, with a pre-game intermediate/novice lesson at 7:00.  Click here for more details about the reopening of the in-person unit game.  NVBA holds in-person unit games on the Thursdays when WBL does not hold an in-person game.  We plan to resume weekly in-person unit games beginning in August of 2022.  The next in-person unit game is on Thursday, May 19.

The WBL and the NVBA hold a weekly Thursday evening joint unit game on Bridge Base Online, with open, flight B (under 2500), 499er, and 199er.  These online Thursday evening games will contine while in-person games are held bi-weekly at each location.  The 499er and 199er games start at 7:05 pm, and the open and flight B games start at 7:15 pm. WBL and NVBA alternate running the five sections of this game.  Click here for more details, including how to register and play.  If you are new to BBO, new to BBO tournaments, or need more specific instructions on participating in the game, click here.  For special instructions on registering to participate in our online limited masterpoint games, click here.  Tutorials on using BBO from the ACBL website are available here.  For more information about how to disclose your bidding and carding methods to your opponents during online play, click here.

Masks at the unit game

We are not requiring that all players wear masks at the Thursday night unit game.  However, we do require that you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose if anyone at your table asks you to wear a mask.  Please bring a mask to the game to wear if someone at the table asks you to wear one (though we will have extras at the game in case anyone forgets to bring one).

Get ready to play at Ohr Kodesh: submit your vaccination information to get an Ohr Kodesh VaxPass

To play at WBL’s unit game at the Ohr Kodesh Congregation (OKC), you must be fully vaccinated (including a booster) for COVID-19 unless you have a documented medical exemption from vaccination. Documentary evidence of vaccination or medical exemption is required to enter the OKC building.  To facilitate the entry process, OKC is issuing an OKC VaxPass to individuals who submit a proof of vaccination or medical exemption.  Please fill out the form available here and submit it electronically to OKC.  VaxPass holders will be able to access OKC in future by showing their VaxPass.
 
Players can enter OKC by providing proof of vaccination instead of a VaxPass, but this may delay the start of the game.  Please help us start the game on time by obtaining your VaxPasses in advance of game day.  Players with a documented medical exemption from vaccination must obtain an OKC VaxPass in advance of game day in order to play.  In order to keep medical information safe, OKC will delete the uploaded image of a person’s vaccination certificate/medical exemption within 48 hours after it is received.

Third Wednesday Evening Monthly District 6-Wide Pairs Game

District 6 holds a monthly virtual club game on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. As members of District 6, all WBL members are eligible to play in this event. There are three flights: 0-199, 0-999, and open. Game time is 7:05 pm for the 0-199 game, 7:10 pm for the 0-999 game, and 7:15 for the open game. For more information, click here.

No WBL, NVBA, or District 6 tournaments in 2021

Since the beginning of September, ACBL has started allowing some tournaments to be held if a number of COVID-related conditions are satisfied.  However, no WBL, Northern Virginia Bridge Association, or District 6 tournaments will be held during 2021.

Message from the WBL President

April 5, 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Washington Bridge League (WBL) will be opening for face-to-face play every other week at the Ohr Kodesh Congregation (OKC) starting Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Initially, the WBL in-person game will be held every other week, alternating with the Northern Virginia Bridge Association until the end of July 2022. Every Thursday evening, one unit will host the in-person game and the other unit will host an online game, and members of both units are welcome to play in either game.

We hope to resume weekly in-person unit games at OKC beginning August 2022.

It has been a long couple of years, but WBL remains financially healthy and ready to resume normal operations. By normal operations, I mean holding Thursday unit games, holding Sectionals, and continuing to offer educational programs to those seeking to learn the game of bridge and enhance the skills of those who already play it.

Those who wish to play in-person at OKC must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a booster, or have a documented medical exemption from vaccination. Documentary evidence of vaccination or medical exemption is required to enter the OKC building. To facilitate the entry process, OKC is issuing an OKC VaxPass to individuals who submit proof of vaccination or medical exemption. 

 

To prepare for our first in-person game at OKC, please, if you have not done so already, fill out the form attached to the email sent to you by WBL on March 20, 2022, and submit it electronically to OKC. OKC will send your VaxPass by USPS soon thereafter. VaxPass holders will be able to access OKC in the future by showing their VaxPass.

 

 Players may enter OKC by providing proof of vaccination instead of the VaxPass, but this may delay the start of the game. So please help us start the game on time by obtaining your VaxPass in advance of game day. Players with a documented medical exemption from vaccination must obtain the OKC VaxPass in advance of game day in order to play.

We are looking forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

ABA Updates

Play bridge with our friends and neighbors at the other Washington bridge organization, the Washington Bridge Unit of the American Bridge Association.  As with the ACBL, the ABA have moved entirely online for the foreseeable future, and is running online games on BBO.  Check out their schedule of online ABA events here.

Who We Are

The Washington Bridge League (Unit 147 of the American Contract Bridge League) covers Washington, DC and its Maryland suburbs.  The Washington Bridge League holds a weekly unit game on Thursday evenings, and usually holds four sectional tournaments and one non-life master sectional tournament each year.  The Washington Bridge League also holds annnual round robin and knockout competitions played in less formal settings.  Come join us and play the world's greatest game! 

New to Bridge (or Duplicate Bridge)?

The pre-game intermediate/novice lesson with Rochelle Cohen has returned!  Rochelle leads an intermediate/novice lesson starting at 7:00 pm before each Thursday night unit game.  In addition, many resources for new players are available on the ACBL web site.  I especially recommend the (free!) software available here.  If you're an iOS user, Tricky Bridge is a great (and free) way to learn as well.

What's New?

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021-22 WBL Flight B Knockout:  Peter Van Zijl, Richard Wissing, Mike Berard, Murat Berk, and Hakan Berk!

Check out the winners of the 2020 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs awards.

Congratulations to WBL players who attained the rank of Life Master in 2021:  Barbara Gifford, James Heneghan, Temma Kanowith, Bernard Klein, Harriet Lewit, Hongtao Ma, and Sharona Sapoznikow.

Unit Knockout and Round Robin

The 2021-22 Washington Bridge League Unit Knockout is underway, with all matches played online.  There are two flights:  Open and Flight B (under 2500).  See the unit knockout page for more information.

The 2022 Washington Bridge League Unit Round Robin is also underway.  Follow the results here (open) and here (flight B)