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 unit game on Monday evenings, with a 499er game starting at 7:05 pm and an open game 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.

Message from the WBL President

I hope all of you are safe and well.  Because we don’t know when we will be able to resume our unit game, we have changed our plan to hold our annual meeting (including WBL board elections) before the unit game on May 14th.  After we know when we can resume the game, we will announce a new annual meeting date.  Meanwhile, we plan to post information about candidates running for officer and board members positions soon.  If you want to run for the board, please let us know so we can include you.

I’m eager to get back to in-person bridge (along with many other things), and I know you are too.  Meanwhile, there are many terrific bridge websites.  My two favorites are www.bridgebase.com (online play and practice) and www.bridgewinners.com (articles, networking, and a convention card editor).

Linda Marshall

What's New?

Check out the results of our January sectional.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 WBL Round Robin: Fred King, Lyle Poe, Dave Ruderman, Dick Wegman, Brad Theurer, Bob Bell

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.

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

The sectional tournament that was scheduled for May 28-31, 2020 is canceled.

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

The District 6 GNT 2019-2020 competition is underway. For information on dates and sites for the District 6 2019-2020 GNT competition (Open, Flight B and C), see the D6 GNT web page..  The second weekend of the Flight A competition is being held February 22-23 in conjunction with the NVBA Sectional at the Fairfax Elks Lodge.  The registration deadline for flights B and C is February 22.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 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