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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. 

There will be no online or in-person unit game on Thursday, November 24th.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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

December 1 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--upgraded club championship
December 8 online
December 15 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--membership game
December 22 online
December 29 in-person at Ohr Kodesh--GNT qualifier (team game)

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.

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

Congratulations to Dick Wegman, WBL's Newest Grand Life Master

Dick Wegman won the North American Pairs at the NABC Spring Nationals in St. Louis, and recently achieved the 10,000 MP milestone to become an ACBL Grand Life Master. He has also won numerous regional and sectional team and pair events.  Dick first played tournament bridge as a college student at Brown University, and has been playing since then except for a twenty year hiatus to pursue career and family activities.  He is a past president of the WBL and of ACBL District Six, and is the current President of the WBL Educational Foundation.  Dick and his wife Alice teach bridge workshops for tournament bridge players each fall;  over the past 10 years, more than 200 players, mostly from the WBL, have taken their workshops on strategic bidding, declarer play and defense.

Apart from bridge, Dick had a long career as a lawyer in Washington, which included serving as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and in private law practice specializing in energy and environmental law.  Dick’s wife Alice is also a lawyer and a Sapphire Life Master.

 

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 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 A Round Robin:  Mark Chen,  Barry Bragin Brad Theurer, Hal Hindman, and Mark Laken!

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 enjoyable and competitive 2022-23 WBL Unit Knockout is starting soon!  See the Unit Knockout page for more information about the event and how to sign up.