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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 July 2023, with some schedule variations for tournaments and holidays.

The unit game guaranteed partner is currently suspended. If you need assistance finding a partner in advance of the game, please contact Barbara Doran at WBLpartnerships@gmail.com no later 5 pm the day of the game. You may also look for a partner at the game. Players attending the pre-game lesson may be matched after the lesson, and other players looking for a partner can let the director know.

The schedule for upcoming Thursday evening WBL unit games is as follows:

May 18 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--stratiflighted unit championship
May 25 online
June 1 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--North American Pairs qualifier (no NVBA online game)
June 8 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--WBL sectional stratiflighted pairs (no NVBA online game)

The schedule for 2023 through the end of June is available here.

The WBL and the NVBA hold a weekly Thursday evening joint unit game on Bridge Base Online, with separate open, flight B (under 2500), and 499er games. These online Thursday evening games will continue while in-person games are held bi-weekly at each location. However, NVBA will hold in-person games every week during June 2023; therefore, there will be no online game on any Thursdays in June when WBL also holds an in-person game. The 499er game start at 7:05 pm, and the open and flight B games start at 7:15 pm. WBL and NVBA alternate running the three 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.

Upcoming Tournaments

Richmond Memorial Day Regional, Richmond, VA, May 22-28

Baltimore Sectional, Catonsville, MD, June 2-4, schedule available here

WBL Spring Sectional, Silver Spring, MD, June 8-11 (and see our new restaurant guide)

National Capital 4th of July Regional, Reston, VA, July 3-9

WBL Summer Sectional, Silver Spring, MD, August 3-6, schedule TBA

Baltimore Regional, Baltimore, MD, August 21-27

See the tournament page for a list of all 2023 local tournaments

Message from the WBL President

Read the latest message, dated August 17, 2022, from WBL President Hadi Abushakra about the status of the return to in-person bridge here.

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 three sectional tournaments 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 Cohen 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 2023 WBL Knockout:  Bill Cole, Mark Shaw, Steve Robinson, Peter Boyd, Mike Gill, and Noble Shore!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 WBL Flight A Round Robin: Mark Chen,  Barry Bragin Brad Theurer, Hal Hindman, and Mark Laken!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 WBL Flight B Round Robin:  Terry Jones, Garry Grossman, David Goldfrank, and Elyse Grossman!

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 2022: H. Wesley Ashendorf, Robert Bogin, Jessie Brinkley, Christopher Donnelly, Robert Ives, Kathy Kopnisky, Anne Shields, Yong Ok Son, Krishna Tadepalli

Unit Knockout and Round Robin

Sign up by April 30th for the 2023 WBL Unit Round Robin. Click here for more information.