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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thursday evening in-person unit game at Ohr Kodesh is suspended until further notice.

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.

All tournaments beginning before September 1, 2021 cancelled

ACBL has cancelled all tournaments beginning before September 1, 2021.  By that date, ACBL will make a determination about the beginning date for holding sectionals and regionals.  All District 6 regionals are cancelled through the end of 2021.

Online annual meeting and elections

The WBL annual meeting for 2021 will be held on Zoom on Thursday, September 9th at 6 pm (before the online unit game).  Because we do not have any contested Board positions, we will plan to approve our candidate slate at the annual meeting (unless there are any additional candidate nominations at the annual meeting, in which case we will hold an election online following the annual meeting).  Information regarding the candidates running for WBL Board positions is available here. Information about accessing the annual meeting on zoom will be circulated by email several days before the meeting.

Message from the WBL President

I hope all of you are safe and well. It’s been great to see so many of you at our online club games.

It's hard to believe that we're getting ready to have our second annual meeting and elections on Zoom soon. I have reached the end of my 3-year term limit as president (actually, I've overstayed it by several months due to the fact that we've shifted elections from May to September). I am confident that WBL will be in very capable hands with Hadi Abushakra, our current vice president who is running for president. We had a great response to our call for new candidates for the Board, and are excited that Lena Maman, Kathy Kopnisky, and Alex Stille have decided to run for positions on the Board. Carole Banks and Chuck Dearolf have decided not to run for reelection this year, and I'd like to thank them for their many contributions to WBL. Carole kept us all organized and on task at sectionals as head of the Tournament Committee (a huge undertaking), and provided leadership and wise counsel in many other areas over the years as well. Chuck Dearolf coordinated with the club directors in the area regularly as Club Liaison, volunteered in many other ways, and has kept us updated about pandemic developments. Both of them will be greatly missed on the Board.

Linda Marshall

Sad News

Edith McMullin, long-time local bridge educator and director, and author of the Easybridge! series of books, passed away on October 13, 2020. Read more about Edith here and here.  Edith was a long-time contributor to Children’s international, and her family has requested that donations in her memory be made to that charity.  Donations may be mailed to Children International, In Memory of Edith McMullin, PO Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121 or online at www.children.org.

What's New?

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WBL Round Robin!  Fred King, Lyle Poe, Dave Ruderman, Dick Wegman, Brad Theurer, and Bob Bell won Flight A.  Peter van Zijl, Mike Berard, Murat Berk, Hakan Berk, Richard Wissing won Flight B.

Check out the winners of the 2019 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs.

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

Congratulations to our 2019 new Life Masters:  Sharon A. Bates, Brian L. Childers, Michael Cooperman, Barbara Devaney, Myron Goldstein, Mahmoud Katirai, Clyde Lantz, Reina Lerner, Barbara Levine, Ronnie Loeser, David Marchal, Wendy Morrison, Robert O’Connor, Shala Panbechi, Rolf Swenson, and Carole Stringer

Congratulations WBL 2019 Trophy Race winners Brad Theurer, Paul Block, Neil Cowie, and Hank Jiles.  See the awards page for more information.  To see where you ranked, go to the standings links on the awards 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.

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.

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.

Sectional Tournaments

Stay tuned for information about when we will begin holding sectional tournaments again.

Unit Knockout and Round Robin

The 2021 WBL Round Robin is currently underway.  Check out the current standings in the Flight A or Flight B.

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.