Unit 147, Washington Bridge League
Welcome to Unit 147, Washington Bridge League
Upcoming Unit Games

February 6, 2020      GNT Qualifier (Swiss Teams)

February 13, 2020    District Six Stratified STaC Pairs

February 20, 2020    NVBA Sectional; Stratiflighted Pairs

February 27, 2020    Stratiflighted Unit Championship

What's New?

Sign up for the 2020 WBL Round Robin!  Entries are due February 21, and matches will start March 1.  No partner?  No teammates?  No problem!  See the Round Robin page for details.

Check out the results of our January sectional.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 WBL Flight B KO: Eileen Houghton, Gary Gilbert, Diane Blithe, Tom Peters, and Mary Peters!  They defeated the runners-up (Richard Levin, Neal Rosenthal, Ellen Rosenthal, Peter Schiff, Gail Singer, and Don Goldman) by just 7 imps in an exciting final.

Congratulations to Peter Boyd on his election to the ACBL Hall of Fame!

Congratulations new life masters!  We celebrated our 2018 new life masters at the January sectional.  Read more about them on the news page.

Don Berman received the Nadine Wood Service Award for his many years of volunteer service as WBL webmaster.  Read about it on the awards page.

Congratulations WBL Trophy Race winners Brad Theurer, Peter Van Zijl, Alexander Stille, and Elliot Bernold.  See the awards page for more information.  To see where you ranked, go to the 2018 Final Trophy Race Standings page.

Hakan Berk, president of the University of Maryland Bridge Club, has sent us an update on the club's activities.  Read it on the news page.

Check out the standings in the WBL/NVBA Player of the Year contest after 6 of 8 sectionals here.

Sad News

Beth Palmer passed away Wednesday evening, losing her fight with cancer.  Her obituary can be found here.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Komen Foundation at Susan G. Komen, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 526, Dallas TX 75244. Please specify that the gift is for breast cancer research. A memorial service will be held on November 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

She was the Chief Administrative Judge of the Baltimore Hearings Unit for the EEOC.

Rankings as of January 2019:

ACBL Grand Life Master with 18,812 MPs

World Grand Master with 1892 Women’s MPs and 40.25 placing points. 

Major ACBL Events:

Won Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams 2012, 2007, 1996, 1995 and 1987; Wagar Women’s KO 2013, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1999 and 1985; Marsha May Sternberg Women’s BAM Teams 2016, 2014, 2008, 2006, 2005, 1995 and 1992. 

Placed 2nd Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams 2013 and 2008; Marsha May Sternberg Women’s BAM Teams 2001 and 1991; Wagar Women’s KO 1994, 

1992 and 1986.                                             

Major WBF Events:

Won Venice Cup 1989 and 1987. McConnell Cup 2002. World Series Championship Women’s Pairs 2010; World Mind Games Women’s Pairs 2011; World Mind Games Women’s Teams 2011; World National Women’s Teams 2016. 

Placed 2nd  Venice Cup 2009 and 2015; World Series Championship Women’s Pairs 1982. 

Placed 3rd Venice Cup 1997; World Series Championship Women’s Pairs 1994.

Other ACBL/WBF Events: 

Won World Mixed Teams 2018

Won Roth Open Swiss 2017, Freeman Mixed BAM Teams 2006, 2004, 1993, 1992 and 1982; Rockwell Mixed Pairs 1985; Smith LM Women’s Pairs 1985 and 1983. 

Placed 2nd GNT Championship Flight 2011; Freeman Mixed BAM 1981, 2014; Smith LM Women’s Pairs 1989.

Other Accomplishments:

Non-playing captain of the 2018 gold medal McConnell Cup Team. Palmer has served in many volunteer positions locally, nationally and internationally. Member of the Women’s International Team Trial Committee for 25 years; Chair of the Committee for 15 years and, in that capacity, served on other USBF committees, including the seeding committee and Sport Accord nominating committee. Member of the Credentials Committee for all international teams for many years. Member of the ACBL Ethical Oversight Committee 2010-2014. Member of the Washington Bridge League Board of Directors for 10 years. Chair of the Washington Bridge League Conduct and Ethics Committee for 15 years. One of two U.S. players on the WBF High Level Players Committee, 2010-2013. Member of the USBF Board of Directors

Hakan Berk wins WBF World Youth Online Championship!

Congratulations to Hakan Berk and his teammates Nathan Finkle, Cyrus Hettle, Daniel Sonner, David Soukup, Ilan Wolff, and Victor Xu on winning the WBF World Youth Online Championship!  They defeated France in the finals 97-75.  Click here for more details, and a look at some of the hands that were played.

ABA Updates

Play bridge with our friends and neighbors at the other Washington bridge organization, the Washington Bridge Unit of the American Bridge Association.

September schedule of ABA WBU events

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)?

If you've never played bridge before, we'd like to show you why we love it.  With advance notice (use Contact Us), we can provide a mini-lesson before the Thursday night unit game to introduce you to the game.  If you've played rubber bridge but haven't played duplicate bridge then you're ready for our 0-20 Newcomer Game.  If you'd like a one-on-one explanation of how duplicate bridge works before you play, let us know in advance (use Contact Us) and we'll arrange for someone to help you.

May Sectional

Play in our next sectional tournament, May 28-31, 2020.  We have a full schedule of games for all levels.  Parking information can be found here.

Unit Knockout and Round Robin

The unit knockout and round robin are underway.  See the links on the left side of the page for brackets, rosters, and results.

Grand National Teams

Congratulations to the following District 6 Final winners:

Open flight:  Steve Robinson, Bill Cole, Beth Palmer, Ai-Tai Lo, Bill Pettis, Peter Boyd

Flight A:  Mark Laken, Barry Ko, Richard Baum, Joe Trapani, Greg Bright

Flight B:  Walter Smith, Albert Lauber, Ned Griffith, Jay Weinstein, Mel Yudkin, Jim Beller

Flight C:  George Fleeson, Victor Weedn, James Dahlberg, Michael Olmsted

For further details, go to www.districtsixbridge.org