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All bridge players and all non-bridge players are cordially invited to this area's premier bridge tournament being held August 12-18, 2019, at the Renaissance Hotel near the STL airport.  Events are available for every level of play from brand new players through experts.  Even if you have never played, you are more that welcome to come and find out what bridge is all about.  On Monday there is a free lecture and free playing event designed just for new players.  Another thing you could do is come and ask anyone before an event starts who is a director (selling entries) or anyone at the registration desk about how you can watch bridge being played for as long as you like and learn about this great game.  People who become involved in bridge often enjoyed other card games, board games, and/or puzzles of all kinds before coming to bridge or played it many years ago and have interest in taking it up again.  Links below will lead to the full schedule for this Regional tournament.  I hope to see you there.



Mark Boswell


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Notice of ACBL Unit 143 Director Openings
The ACBL Unit 143 Board has approved the following slate of candidates for the board of directors for four three- year terms commencing November 1, 2019:
    Jim Cooper
    Maureen Curran
    Diane Deutch (incumbent)
    Kelly White (incumbent)

In accordance with the Unit By-Laws, these candidates will be automatically elected if no valid Unit 143 member petitions are received by the Unit Secretary Dennis Abeln by August 20, 2019.  If petition(s) are received, a runoff election will be held during the annual Unit 143 membership meeting at the October, 2019 St. Louis Sectional.  For details on how to petition for a director opening, refer to the Unit 143 By-Laws Article VII.
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Qualifications for NAP (North American Pairs) currently being held at the Unit Clubs June, July and August. See calendar for specific dates at each club.


Click here for flyer.

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St. Louis

Gateway to the West Regional


August 12-18, 2019

Renaissance Hotel


NEW to the Schedule:

  • Great Hospitality Mornings & Post-Afternoons thru SAT
  • Starting Times 10 am, 2:30 pm, & 7:30 pm
  • Most Main Events Moved to Daytime
  • Daily I/N 499er Pairs Mon - Sat (replacing 299er pairs)
    • Mon 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm 
    • Tues thru Sat 10 am & 2:30 pm
  • Added 2-Session Evening Stratified Swiss Thurs & Fri  (replacing 2nd Evening KO)
  • Added Evening Zip Swiss Team Sat (replacing Combo Pairs/Teams)
  • Only Swiss Teams Events on Sun
    • Bracketed Swiss (0-3000)
    • A/X/Y Swiss (0-4000/4000-6000/6000+)

Click HERE for 2-page tournament schedule


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2019 Datebook Updates


  District 8 GNT Final:  Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5 in Sherman, IL        (Springfield)


  District 8 NAP Final:  Sunday November 10 instead of Saturday November 9


 The March I/N Tournament has been moved up one week to avoid conflict with the Nationals. Now Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17.  Same place - St Louis Bridge Center.

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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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2019 Unit Game Schedule

Check participating locations.

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Unit 143 News

Unit 143 added the following new members last month:


Caroline Fahrenkrog

Peter A Flanigan


Joan Hicks


Lloyd P Hill


Patty A Hunter


Paul S Lafata


Glenna Walko


Stephen J Walko







Welcome them when you meet them at the table. 

Unit membership is 1305

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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




Robert Le Barley, June 2    click here for obituary


Marcelyn "Marcee" Silverstein, June 30  click here for obituary




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

and link to an obituary published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. 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

Review the recent Unit 143 IRS filing for 2016: Form 990-EZ

This is the current filing posted Mar. 2017.

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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 7/2/2019


Life Master Milestones

Kudos to:

*** New Life Masters ***

Jerry K Cline

Kenneth J Eiger

Edward Rahubka



*** New Bronze Life Masters ***



Jill Padua


*** New Silver Life Master ***

Mark E Brightfield

Michael G Kelly


Mrs. Jerry L Kraemer


Sidney E Levin



*** New Ruby Life Master ***

Helene M Siegfried


*** New Gold Life Master ***




*** New Sapphire Life Master ***

Loughery M Hawkins


*** New Diamond Life Master ***





*** New Emerald Life Master ***





*** New Platinum Life Master***

*** New Grand Life Master***


*** Other Advancers ***



Jobeth Brown

Robert C Graham

Michael Kalish

Joyce J Lehman

Stephen J Hall

Robert Beekman

Dr Daniel B Hier

Matthew Krause

Suzette McPhail

Elizabeth O Studt

Joan C Ziskind

Patricia V Ahrens

Judy Allen

James P Cittadino

Priscilla J Lunsford

Robert W Street

Les D Bell

Philippa M Bell




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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