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Notice of ACBL Unit 143 Board of Director Elections

Four members of the Unit 143 Board of Directors have terms that expire October, 2020.


     Dennis Abeln

     Jan Potts

     Jay Shah

     Kelly White


All four are incumbents and are eligible to serve another term.  All four have agreed to continue to serve another three-year term.  The Nominating Committee has nominated the incumbents.  The Board of Directors has approved the nominations.


In accordance with the Unit's bylaws, petitions are now being accepted for additional nominees.  The deadline for submitting petitions is November 8.  Submit petitions to Nominating Committee Chair John Welte at jwelte1590@charter.net.  (The bylaws call for submitting petitions to the Unit's Secretary, but Dennis Abeln is Secretary and also a nominee, so that would be a conflict.)


If petition(s) are received, a runoff election for the four open positions will be held in December.


See Unit 143 By-Laws Article VII for information on the petition process.


I am sorry to inform the St. Louis area bridge community that both the Fall Sectional previously scheduled in October 2020 and the Winter Sectional scheduled in January 2021 have been cancelled.  The regular annual meeting of the Unit cannot be held this year, although a report to the membership will be posted.  

The latest from the ACBL national headquarters on the Spring National bridge tournament  scheduled in St.Louis has not yet been cancelled, but a decision to hold the tournament or not  will probably be made this Fall.

Unit 143's board short two board members.  There is little activity now because of the cancelled tournaments, but it is important to be ready to go when the pandemic subsides.  Please consider serving on the board.  The board is a great way to return to the bridge community some of the pleasure and rewards bridge has given you.  Even if you have previously served on the board, please consider serving again. If you have any interest, please contact Dennis Abeln by email or me on my cell phone or by email.  You can find our contact information using this site's Membership Directory.  




Mark Boswell

President, Unit 143


St. Louis Bridge Collective's On-line BBO Game Schedule




Monday at 1:30PM - 0-99
Monday through Friday at 10AM – 299, 499 & Open
Monday through Friday at 1:30PM – Open game only
Tuesday only at 6pm – Open game
Wednesday & Thursday at 7pm – Open Fast Pairs
Open game Saturday & Sunday
 at 1PM – 499 & Open

BBO Scores for completed games can be found under "Game Results"


Club Appreciation Week Oct 26 - Nov 1

Double Master Points!

Extra 499'er game added Mon-Fri at 1:30

***** NOTICE *****


All remaining tournaments for 2020 including the Fall Sectional and the I/N Tournament are CANCELLED.

All Games and classes at J's Bridge Pad are cancelled after Lee's 10 am game on Monday, March 16 until further notice.

Games and classes at Saint Louis Bridge Center will be suspended after the 10 am game on Friday, March 13.


The Board, like everyone else, has been closely following the Coronavirus situation.  Though the number of cases in our immediate area was still relatively low up to this time, it seems prudent to suspend our play indefinitely, barring a change in conditions that warrants a modification of our plan.  We will re-evaluate the situation at least weekly and hope to re-open the Center ASAP.


We will work to keep you informed by email, on our website, via Facebook and through announcements on our phone answering machine at (314)569-1430.


We would like to commend all who had been playing the previous few weeks prior to our closing, for how they have respected each other and improved their hygiene.  Hopefully, we can carry this forward when we start playing again.

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Congratulations to all the Unit 143 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs Masterpoint Race winners for 2019!






Point Range
Ace of Clubs
Rick Londeree Rick Londeree
Michael Isserman Michael Isserman
Matthew Krause Matthew Krause
Steve Rosen Barry Krell
Charles Johnson Charles Johnson
Richard Lazaroff Richard Lazaroff
Ken Deutch Betty Goran
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly
John Levis John Levis
Randy Baker Randy Baker
Richard Haacke Farid Azzam
Debbie Romero Carol Schaffer
Mark Boswell Arbha Vongsvivut
Susan Perez Susan Perez
Over 10000
En Xie En Xie
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Notice of ACBL Unit 143 Director Changes





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😀  In the spirit of friendliness at our games, please try to always wear your nametags! 😀
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Upcoming Events at Area Clubs


Be sure and take advantage of the many classes offered thoughout the area to help improve your game.  Also let your friends know about the classes geared to beginners.




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2020 Unit Game Schedule

Check participating locations.

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Unit 143 News

Unit 143 added the following new members last month:





Welcome them when you meet them at the table. 

Unit membership is 1205

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As a courtesy to our players, we will publish game cancellations of Edwardsville, IL Unit 223 games in the banner header if there is inclement weather.

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In Memoriam


It is with sadness that we note the passing of



Doug Larson, September 26, click here for obituary

Howard Handelman, October 14, click here for obituary

Frank Rassieur, October 19, click here for obituary



We will publish names of Unit members who pass away from us

and link to an obituary. Please notify us.


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Unit 143 Board Meeting held on the second Wednesday of each month at

Creve Coeur Government Center Mtg Room 1, 7 PM


Currently being held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19


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District 8 News

Current District 8 Advocate Web newsletter

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Unit Masterpoint Races YTD

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Honor Roll

masterpoint ranking requirements for those joining prior to 1/1/10
masterpoint ranking requirements for those joining 1/1/10 or later


All Advancers in 2020 updated 10/3/2020


Life Master Milestones

Kudos to:

*** New Life Masters ***





*** New Bronze Life Masters ***


Charles P Johnson

*** New Silver Life Master ***

Patricia W Corich

*** New Ruby Life Master ***

Estella Lau

Jan B Potts

Janet Vontz


*** New Gold Life Master ***



Jerome L Shen

Mark G Zellmer




*** New Sapphire Life Master ***






*** New Diamond Life Master ***







*** New Emerald Life Master ***





*** New Platinum Life Master***





*** New Grand Life Master***


*** Other Advancers ***



Rajiv Sabherwal

Matthew E Schuler

Berla Bieller

Joan Hicks

Gerald P Greiman

Trent B Phelps

Amy I Whitaker

John L Belfi

Nancy E Galvin




The Colorado Springs analysis that they call

'Power Rankings'.

Frequently Asked Questions about Power Rankings.

Click here for our unit. 

This analysis will continue to be available on the Honor Rolls page;

in the future, you can access from News/Membership Services.

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ACBL launches new Learn to Play Bridge

free download web application software

 Learn To Play Bridge can now be directly shared with friends and family

over the Internet. Play a hand and share it on Facebook, Twitter or through email!



Join the ACBL

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Bridge Hand of the Week

ACBL Bridge Bites

bridge articles - geared toward the beginner/newcomer bridge player

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Fringe Benefits of Bridge? Brainpower!!!

?Playing your cards right can help keep you sharp long after retirement

by Jon Saraceno, ?AARP Bulletin, March 2015

Bridge makes us use our brains.picture of brain

When doctors evaluate games that are most effective in

staving off dementia, bridge is always at the top of the list

Bridge players are the most successful agers on earth.

Although it cannot cure Alzheimer's, bridge is a wonderful game

to slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer's.

University of CA, Irvine       

Institute for Memory Impairments       

and Neurological Disorders       


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