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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. 

The September 2022 Thursday evening WBL unit game schedule is as follows:

September 1 online
September 8 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--NVBA Sectional
September 15 online
September 22 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--GNT qualifier
September 29 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--WBL Sectional


The October 2022 Thursday evening WBL unit game schedule is as follows:

October 6 online
October 13 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--Club Appreciation Pairs
October 20 online
October 27 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--Upgraded Club Championship


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 continue 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.

Annual Meeting and Elections

The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 3:15 pm (before the second session at the WBL sectional tournament) at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring. We will conduct our annual election of WBL officers and board members at the annual meeting. Information about the candidates is available here.

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.

Local bridge tournaments are back!

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

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 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 2022 WBL Flight B Rouhd Robin:  Terry Jones, Garry Grossman, David Goldfrank, and Elyse Grossman!

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 underway.  Follow the results here (open) and here (flight B)