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The Unit 143 Annual Membership Meeting was held on the evening of January 7 via ZOOM. 


See President John Welte's report here.


Fiscal Year Ending Sept 2020 Financial Report


Year-End Membership Breakdown 

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I appreciate the opportunity to serve as President of Unit 143 Board of Directors.  I’d like to thank Mark Boswell for the great job he has done for Unit 143 as President.  I have been on the Board since 2018.  I’d like to thank all the others before me for the hard work they have done for Unit 143.  I look forward to working with my fellow Unit 143 Board of Directors and the Unit 143 members during these COVID-19 times.  

Unit 143’s purpose to St. Louis Bridge is to organize and run local Regionals, Sectionals, and I/N Tournaments.  As you know, ACBL has cancelled our local tournaments due to COVID-19.  We look forward to resuming in-person tournament play in a safe manner, hopefully no later than the August Regional.

Please let me or the Board know if there is anything we can do to serve you.

Thank You - Be Safe,




John Welte

President, Unit 143





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




Monday through Friday  at 10:00am - 299er, 499er & Open

Monday through Friday at 1:30pm - Open

Monday at 1:30pm - 0-99

Tuesday at 6pm - Open

Wednesday at 7pm - Fast Pairs Open

Thursday at 6pm - 999er

Saturday & Sunday at 1pm - 499er & Open




Silver Linings Week - Jan. 18-24

Double SILVER Masterpoints!


Schedule for this week only:


Monday through Friday at 10:00AM – 299, 499 & Open

Monday through Friday at 1:30pm - 499 & Open

Monday only at 1:30pm - 0-99

Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm - 499 & Open

Wednesday only at 10:15am - 0-50

Wednesday only at 7:00pm - Open Fast Pairs

Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm - 499 & Open


Entry fee only $8.50 (Fast Pairs $6.50)


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


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The ACBL has cancelled all tournaments including I/N tournaments through the end of April 2021.


Decisions on tournaments beyond that point will be made by March 1, 2021.



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Notice: The membership directory page now has the capability of requesting and receiving (via email) a full directory listing. The Unit will no longer be printing the Membership Directory.
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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 new Gold Life Master, Phyllis Siegel!


Congratulations to new Emerald Life Master, Denny J O'Connor!




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Notice of ACBL Unit 143 Director Changes




Ken Obrecht and Mark Zellmer were appointed to replace John Levis and Doug Larson respectively.  There is one open position on the board.



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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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2021 Unit Game Schedule (not yet set)

Check participating locations.

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Unit 143 News

Unit 143 added the following new members last month:


Richard G Millman

Jean Schneider



Welcome them when you meet them at the table. 

Unit membership is 1171

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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





Helen Shopmaker, December 15, click here for obituary

Roberta Hayman, December 18, click here for obituary

Orville Cleveland Anderson, Jr, December 19, click here for obituary

George Juenger, December 25, click here for obituary

Marvin Shapiro, January 8, click here for obituary




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

and link to an obituary. Please notify us.


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

Creve Coeur Government Center Mtg Room 1, 7 PM prior to 2021.


Starting in 2021, these meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM on-line via ZOOM.

All Unit Members are welcome to join the meeting.


Next meeting:  Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8569 8880748?pwd=NlVheWFhNGFRMm16Wl R4SmIrc2lUdz09

Meeting ID: 856 9888 0748
Passcode: 119198

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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 1/5/2021


Life Master Milestones

Kudos to:

*** New Life Masters ***

Les D Bell

Philippa M Bell




*** New Bronze Life Masters ***


Richard L Lazaroff

Ken S Schwartz

John L Welte


*** New Silver Life Master ***



*** New Ruby Life Master ***

Doug O'Leary

Ronald S Trimmer



*** New Gold Life Master ***


Phyllis B Siegel





*** New Sapphire Life Master ***






*** New Diamond Life Master ***







*** New Emerald Life Master ***

Denny J O'Connor




*** New Platinum Life Master***





*** New Grand Life Master***


*** Other Advancers ***



Jeffrey J Brown

Patty A Hunter

Jonah M Kaufman

Xinli S Rode

Carmen R Fort

Joyce J Lehman

Larry E LaBrier





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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