12/17/19 Unit Game - AM see schedule for details .....




Congratulations to the newly elected Unit 143 Officers:


Mark Boswell, President

John Welte, Vice-President

--OPEN--, Treasurer

Dennis Abeln, Secretary



No club conducted the Unit game scheduled for Friday evening, Dec 6.  So another date has been set:  FRIDAY MORNING, DEC 13.





Greetings from Unit 143.  I hope you have a great new year.  A great way to start the new year is to attend your St. Louis Area Winter Sectional being held on January 17-20 in St. Charles.  Your unit board tournament volunteers, and directors work hard to bring you the best Sectionals possible.  No matter how hard we work, not everyone can be pleased.  We have had people complain when the limited events were 0-199 because they were over 200 points and had to play in the open events.  So we changed it to 0-499.  Then we had people disappointed that we had a few Life Masters competing in these events.  We are doing our best, but as you can see pleasing everyone is impossible.  At this coming Sectional, the limited Swiss team on Sunday will be held in a separate room from the open Swiss unless in the unlikely event the directors simply cannot handle two separate rooms.  At the request of a number of players, we will be looking into new starting times.  Your Unit board is in the process of developing a survey to find better ways to meet your needs.  Please consider participating. 

I have been involved in a number of discussions lately about rudeness at the table.  There is no reason for this to be tolerated.  The worst is when experienced players' behavior discourages newer players from continuing in the game.  One of the directors' jobs is to address these matters.  They cannot do so if the problem is not brought to their attention either immediately (best) or privately after a round is over.  Bridge is a competitive game. Unfortunately, I have seen occasions where that competiveness was mistaken for rudeness.  Although there is no reason to tolerate rudeness, I sadly would have to report that it has been with us the entire time I have been playing bridge now for over 50 years.  I and other experienced players I have talked with do believe that the actual trend over those years has been a slow decrease in the amount and level of rudeness. Regardless, I pledge to improve my own behavior at the table, and ask you all to join me in that pledge. Let's do our best to keep this great game going.



Mark Boswell


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Notice of ACBL Unit 143 Director Changes


Doug Larson was elected by the board to complete the three-year term of Jim Cooper who resigned.

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😀  In the spirit of friendliness at our games, please try to always wear your nametags! 😀
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St. Louis Winter Sectional

January 17-19, 2020

Blanchette Park Memorial Hall

1900 West Randolph

St. Charles, MO  63301



     . Free Parking

     . Terrific Hospitality

     . Lower I/N Entry Fees

     . Half-Price Entries for Students (restrictions apply)

     . Guest Speakers Friday & Saturday

     . 299er Pairs Friday & Saturday

     . One Session Stratified Open Pairs Friday afternoon

     . One Session Stratified Open Swiss Teams Friday evening

     . One Session Stratified Open Swiss Teams Saturday morning

     . 2-Session Stratified Open Pairs Saturday afternoon & evening

     . 2-Session Stratified Open Swiss Teams Sunday

     . 2-Sessions Stratified 299er Swiss Teams Sunday



Click here for full schedule.



Tournament Director:  Rick Beye

Tournament Chair:  Mike Carmen macrtd@gmail.com

Partnerships:  Phyllis Siegel unit143pship@gmail.com


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2020 Datebooks



The new datebooks are now available for players to pick up at any Unit 143 Club.

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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.





Phillip Alder will be conducting a Seminar Workshop event at the St. Louis Bridge Center:


World’s Best Bridge Topic- Win More Tricks

Thursday, December 12, 2:00 to 4:30

(perfect any time)

Click here for flyer.

Click here to sign up!






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2019 Unit Game Schedule

Check participating locations.


2020 Unit Game Schedule

Check participating locations.

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Unit 143 News

Unit 143 added the following new members last month:


Gail Birkenmeier

Jacqueline Conceller

Fikret Ercal

Keith C Fischer

Carly A Haberfield

Sam Heil

Jonah M Kaufman

William Rowe

Sydney Stewart

Quinn Wai Wong





Welcome them when you meet them at the table. 

Unit membership is 1260

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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



Susan Suzi R. Shymanski, November 4 - 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


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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 2019 updated 12/2/2019


Life Master Milestones

Kudos to:

*** New Life Masters ***

Richard L Lazaroff



*** New Bronze Life Masters ***





*** New Silver Life Master ***



*** New Ruby Life Master ***



*** New Gold Life Master ***



*** New Sapphire Life Master ***




*** New Diamond Life Master ***



*** New Emerald Life Master ***





*** New Platinum Life Master***





*** New Grand Life Master***

*** Other Advancers ***



Betsy Douglass

Joan Hicks

Howard Nies

Gershon J Spector

Laura Barnes

Pat Phillips

Joyce E Bishop

Barry M Krell

Nancy R Louis

Kathleen M Tacony

Michael Isserman

Deborah S Matson

Ken B Obrecht

Thomas H Stringer

Judith Glaser

Terree Rowbottom




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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