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to Central Carolina Bridge Association, an organization for duplicate bridge

in Central North Carolina, bringing players of all skill levels together.

Latest News



  • UNIT 169 OFFERING GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.  For more information and application form, Click HERE

  • DEBBIE ELSTON, WARREN KASPER & CAM MATTHEWS attain Life Master status.  Congratulations to all!  For Changes in Rank in December, Click HERE


  • WOW!  82.64% GAME BY BOB HALE & JOSH HOFFMAN at the Wednesday afternoon Queen of Hearts Bridge Club in Greensboro on November 22.  Congratulations!  For all big games in November, Click HERE 

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE STAYMAN AND JACOBY TRANSFER CONVENTIONS. For printable flyer with class dates and registration information, Click HERE 


  • LEARN BRIDGE. PLAY BRIDGE. HAVE FUN.  Click HERE for information and schedule from Judy Hellen, our Education Liaison.


  • Updated November 27 ... itinerary, commentary & pictures of CINDY WRIGHT'S AFRICAN CRUISE   HERE


  • "DISTRICT 7 NEWS" October - December   HERE

  • ACBL FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR 120 DAYS for new players   HERE


Upcoming Events​​​  


  • Mentor-Mentee / Charity Club Championship (more points) Unit Game December 9 at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road in Greensboro.  Game starts at 1:00 pm.  More

  • STaC Unit Game / Annual Meeting / Unit 169 Pot Luck Holiday Party at Georgia Taylor Recreation Center in  Winston-Salem on December 16.  Click HERE for details

  • Coming in January ... "Bridge Basics 1" daytime class taught by Barbara Pomer, and evening class taught by Rich Peffer.  Check back for details

  • 2024 GNT Finals Championship Flight and Flight A on April 6-7; Flight B on February 17 and March 9; Flight C on February 18 and March 10.  Click HERE for information and locations.

Learn & Practice

  • LEARN BRIDGE. PLAY BRIDGE. HAVE FUN.  Click HERE for printable flyer with more information from Judy Hellen, our Education Liaison.





  • Peter Boyd-Bowman & Judy Hellen's Supervised Play

  • Basic Bidding & Play of the Hand

  • Duplicate-style movement with instructor supervision

  • Free ACBL trial membership 

  • Earn ACBL masterpoints while learning!

  • Fridays @ 9:30am - Fellowship Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (2005 New Garden)

  • Coffee & light refreshments provided

  • For planning purposes, reservations are requested, but not required.

Questions?  Need a partner for a game?  Email or text Peter at 336.686.3680.

  • 0-499 and 0-99 Game in W-S - Weekly on Tuesday   More  

  • 0-1000 bridgeLITE Game in GSO - Weekly on Thursday.  More 

Send updates for the website to the webmaster, Claudia Hale at

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Game Type:  Charity Club Championship (extra masterpoints!)

Date:  Saturday, December 9th

Time:  1:00 PM - please arrive at least 15 minutes early

Place:  Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd., Greensboro NC


The only requirement for being a mentee is that you be a Non-Life Master.  Mentors can be either Life Masters or Non-Life Masters, depending on their preference.  Please let the event coordinators know if you plan to participate and whether you'd like to be a Mentee or a Mentor.  Please provide your name, email address and phone number.


Click HERE for guidelines for the Mentor-Mentee Game with some additional details.  Still have questions?  Contact one of the coordinators and they'll be glad to help. 


We would love for people to bring food (or make a donation towards the purchase of food) so that this can be a really festive event!


Looking forward to seeing lots of you at the game!


Mentor-Mentee Coordinators for December 9:

For the Greensboro area:

Barbara Pomer - / 336-202-1299 or

Andy Symmes - / 336-553-8485


For the Winston-Salem area:

Martha Meyer - / 336-416-3049

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Holiday Party, "State of the Unit," and STaC Unit Game

Saturday, December 16
Georgia Taylor Recreation Center
1471 W. Clemmonsville Road in Winston-Salem

POTLUCK LUNCHEON AT NOON (Set-up at 11:40 am)
Bring your favorite luncheon dish, side dish, or dessert to share.
Please coordinate with Cam Matthews /
or Brenda Garzia /

Brief review of 2023 Unit 169 financials and accomplishments

Sectional Tournament at Clubs where you can earn silver masterpoints!

Come and join the fun!

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Unit 169 Offering Growth & Development Grants


Unit 169 would like to encourage local bridge teachers, directors, club managers and players to start new activities that promote the learning and enjoyment of bridge.  To help foster the startup and success of these activities, the Unit is offering small monetary grants ($200-$400) to be used in a maximum 6-month time period, in support of certain activities. 

Guidelines used in evaluation of the grant applications:

  • preference to educational initiatives

  • mindful that grants should not be reimbursing clubs or individuals for costs that would be spent in any case (rent, ACBL dues, etc)

  • encourage efforts/programs that can be expanded into other areas of the Unit

  • give preference to new projects over existing ones

Some areas where these Growth and Development Grants can be used:

  • educational programs

  • development of new players (supervised play, mentoring programs, etc.)

  • outreach to lapsed members

  • integration of social players and groups

  • startup costs to get a new club, social group, youth program up and running.

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Unit 169 Continues to Impress at Atlanta NABC

Two Triad-area pairs continued a strong showing by Unit 169 players at the Atlanta NABC.  The Winston-Salem duo of MARTHA & MARK MEYER finished 3rd in the recently completed 0-6000 Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs, while Greensboro pair RICH PEFFER & MARTY FRIEDMAN finished 14th in the event.  A very prestigious event, the Mini-Blues is 6 sessions long, and sees roughly half the field culled each of the first two days, leaving a very difficult (and tired) final day of competition.


Mark & Martha worked their way up from the back of the pack, barely qualifying for the 2nd day.  On day two, again they were one of the last pairs to qualify.  It wasn't until the third day, with nearly three quarters of the field whittled away, the pair managed to deliver two solid games, a 59% and a 57% game.  3rd place was good for nearly 40 gold masterpoints.


Rich & Marty had quite the opposite ride in the event - the pair were the event leaders after the second day.  A bad first set on the final day scuttled their chances however.  Still, 14th place netted the pair almost 22 points.

Previously, DEBBIE MONROE & FRAN TEWKESBURY, two regular Greensboro-area players, had an excellent showing at the recently completed Whitehead Women's Pairs at the North American Bridge Championships in Atlanta, finishing in an impressive 15th place.  After a pair of 52% games on the first day, the duo were in 30th place (the second day took 52 out of the original 88 pairs).  On day two, Debbie & Fran posted a 56 and another 52% game.  The pair earned over 18 Platinum points for their finish.

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Introduction to the

Stayman and Jacoby Transfer Conventions


Register now for this two-session course! 

Learn each convention in a full session.

Get sufficient hands-on practice.  

Expect a small class size with highly personalized instruction.


Instructor: Cecelia Ray

Dates: Tuesday, November 28 and Tuesday, December 5

Location: Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd, Greensboro

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cost: $50


These classes are intended for newer players who have already started learning bridge and have played for a while. Other players who struggle with these conventions are encouraged to attend no matter how long you have played the game. Common issues are “Which convention do I use?” or “What is my next bid?” in the opener’s seat or the responder’s seat.


Why you need these conventions. After a notrump opening bid or overcall the Stayman and Jacoby transfer conventions allow you to find a fit in a major whenever the responder has either four or five cards in a major. These conventions are widely used and should be part of every player’s bidding toolbox. Once you have mastered the basics, your notrump bidding will be a piece of cake around 90% of the time. (Unscientific guesstimate.) Bridge players love the occasional easy bidding sequence. 


Reserve your space today by responding to Cecelia at or call/text 336-601-5058.

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Learn Bridge.  Play Bridge.  Have Fun.


Information and upcoming schedules from Judy Hellen, our Education Liaison. Click HERE for flyer.

  • Classes on Stayman and Jacoby transfer conventions

  • Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction 

  • Play and Learn in Winston-Salem

  • Opportunity to Play and Practice in Greensboro

Updated news from the Triad Bridge Club. Click HERE for flyer.

  • Club Championship Month of November

  • Barometer Pairs game for NLM

  • Supervised Play

  • Four-is-Enough monthly game

  • Open Swiss Teams

  • Change of Rank

  • Supervised Play schedule

  • Bridge Basics

Unit Games: Latest Results and Next Game


Plan now to join the next Unit Game, Saturday, December 9, at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road, in Greensboro.  This will be a SPECIAL MENTOR-MENTEE & ACBL CHARITY GAME and will start at 1:00 pm.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.

Please let the special coordinators know if you plan to participate and whether you'd like to be a Mentee or a Mentor.  Please provide your name, email address and phone number.  For the Greensboro area, contact Barbara Pomer at / 336-202-1299 or Andy Symmes at / 336-553-8485 The special coordinator for the Winston-Salem area is Martha Meyer at / 336-416-3049.  

November 18, 2023

Thank you for playing in the November 18 Club Championship Unit Game.  There were 6.5 tables.

Those earning masterpoints are:


65.00% - James Skidmore & Mark Meyer - 2.48 MPs

59.17% - Jean Leggett & Kent Leggett - 1.86 MPs

58.33% - Claudia Hale & Bob Hale - 1.40 MPs

53.75% - Phil Fultz & Butch Johnson - 1.07 MPs

52.92% - Louise Garcia & Rebecca Vassar - 0.75 MPs

50.00% - John Lamanna & David Hurd - 0.80 MPS

48.33% - Gail Thomas-Goodman & Eric Peffer - 0.60 MPs

Click HERE  for results for all Unit Games available on Live for Clubs under club number 275628.

Click HERE for Unit Game Calendar and information.

Click HERE for information about the Holiday Party & STaC Unit Game on December 16

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District 7 Information

Click HERE  for the new "Find a Tournament" featuring Entry Express

Click HERE  to read "District 7 News"

Click HERE  for District 7's Goodwill Message

Click HERE  for the list of National Charity Committee Members appointed by D7 Directors.  Unit 169 members include:  Cindy Wright - Clemmons NC (2019), Bob and Claudia Hale - Greensboro NC (2018) and Marion Secrest - Winston-Salem NC (2002 - deceased)

District 7 has allocated funds to support local activities designed to grow our bridge community. Funding opportunities are now open to our Clubs.  Click HERE for details and guidelines.—Growth & Development Chair, Blondelle Grant.

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