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Welcome to Unit 147, Washington Bridge League
WBL Unit Games

The Thursday evening in-person unit game at Ohr Kodesh is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WBL and the NVBA hold a weekly Thursday evening joint unit game on Bridge Base Online, with open, flight B (under 2500), 499er, 199er, and 0-20 sections.  The 499er, 199er, and 0-20 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.

The WBL also holds a weekly online open unit game on Monday evenings starting at 7:15 pm.

Other clubs are holding online games as well.  See the online club games page for schedules.  WBL games on BBO (including the joint WBL/NVBA unit game) are sanctioned ACBL club games that award black masterpoints.  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.

The District of Columbia DBC (Guy Mason Recreation Center, Regena Edwards) and the Rockville DBC (multiple locations, Mark Lavine) have started holding some in-person games as well as online games.  Check out our In-Person Bridge Clubs page for more information.

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

I am Hadi Abushakra, your new WBL president. I have taken over from Linda Marshall who stepped down after more than three years of distinguished service. Linda’s dedication, diligence and first rate work ethics are unrivaled. She will be a tough act to follow, and WBL owes her a debt of gratitude.

I do not think that any one of us could have ever imagined that, in the 21st century, we would face a pandemic that affects virtually the entire world population and is still raging after 18 months. But bridge has showed resilience, with online bridge stepping in as a worthy substitute for in-person bridge, albeit on a temporary basis.

The pandemic’s adverse impact on the in-person game cannot be overstated. Bridge finds itself at a critical juncture now, as many unknowns surround its future. When will in-person bridge come back? Under what conditions will it be back? How many players will it attract? How to tap the online only crowd? How feasible is it to combine online bridge with in-person bridge? These and many other questions need to be answered before a robust road map can emerge. Through it all, WBL will continue to do its part in thinking, advising and helping shape future plans for the game, and will continue to convey the latest developments to members.

There are currently no plans to restart the unit game at Ohr Kodesh, but other in-person games are being held on Mondays at 7:00 pm at the Rockville Senior Center, and on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:00 pm at Leisure World. For details on these games, go to http://www.rockvilledbc.com. The WBL website will keep you updated on the latest ACBL requirements for safely holding sanctioned tournaments, on club games as they open, on unit knockout and round robin competitions, and on District Six Sectionals and Regionals, so do check the website on a regular basis.
In the meantime, please stay safe and I hope to see you around the bridge tables before too long.

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)?

In-person classes have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, however 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 WBL Round Robin:  Flight A - Mark Chen, Hal Hindman, Jim Houghton, Noble Shore, Mike Gill, and Raphael Hallerman; and Flight B - Terry Klein, Chuck Dearolf, Guillaume deDecker, and Leon Masiewicki!

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. 

North American Pairs

North American Pairs club qualifying games may be held by virtual and in-person clubs through the end of August.  All Thursday night online unit games during August are North American Pairs qualifiers.  See https://www.districtsixbridge.org/2021/06/district-six-2021-2022-north-american-pairs/ for information about this year's District final.