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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, attendance permitting, with a pre-game intermediate/novice lesson at 7:00. Click here for more details about the reopening of the in-person unit game (including a vaccination requirement and an obligation to wear a mask if requested by someone at your table). The bi-weekly in-person schedule will continue through the end of 2022, with some schedule variations for tournaments and holidays. We will announce the schedule for the remainder of 2022 soon. There will be no in-person games at Ohr Kodesh until September (we are not holding an in-person game on August 25th because of the Baltimore regional that week).

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

Click here for unit game results.

Local bridge tournaments are back!

Baltimore regional August 22-28, 2022, click here for more information

NVBA September Sensations sectional, September 8-11, click here for more information

WBL Fall Sectional, September 29--October 2, click here for more information

Lancaster regional, October 31-November 6, click here for more information

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)?

Rochelle leads an intermediate/novice lesson starting at 7:00 pm before each Thursday night in-person 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 A Knockout:  Mark Chen, Brad Theurer, Hal Hindman, Barry Bragin, and Mark Laken!

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