December 17, 2016: Sarah Macharg and Matt Oakley of Davidson Academy just edged out Andrew Wischer and Jamie Cohen of the Galena High School Bridge Club by one match point to win the Washoe County School District-Reno Youth Bridge’s Mid-Winter Duplicate Bridge Tournament.
The winner’s score was a strong 68.58% and yet only one half percent over the second place pair who scored an equally nice 68.02% game. The competition took place Saturday, December 17th at the Reno Bridge Center. Sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., this is the first of three major intramural tournaments they hold bringing Reno’s High Schools and Middle School’s Bridge Teams into competition. Bridge club members at each school form a partnership and then play in these intramural tournaments to test their learning skills for playing and winning bridge tournaments. Each player has a goal to earn enough “achievement points” to contend for the award of a $1000 “Condition Precedent” College Tuition Scholarship. This award is earned by the student who, over the school year accumulates the highest number of “RYB Achievement Points” and thereby is awarded the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Trophy. Sarah Macharg, has already won one RYBAP scholarship and is well on her way to adding another with the award of 50 RYBAP points.
In third place was the pair of Vytas Gedvila and Kathy Morse from Reno High School. This is Reno High School’s first entry in a RYB-WCSD intramural duplicate bridge tournaments but Vytas Gedvila is an experienced RYB player as a member of the Billinghurst Middle School team for past two years. Vitas and Kathy also had a very nice score of 61.19% to finish third. In fourth place was the pair of Chloe and Carly Kinerson, also from Reno High School. Other participants were Aafreen Ali, Kaviny Giritharan, Daphne Quint, Samantha Sheppard, Jeremy Benik, Hayden Davis, Pedro Carmona, and Daniel Sedona.
Prior to the tournament starting, Virginia Kellermyer, one of Reno Bridge Club’s finest players, gave the students a special lesson on an important phase of the bidding called “The Takeout Double”. The Tournament was directed by Kathy Lane, Reno Youth Bridge’s Tournament Director and was aided by Mike Slatterly, the organization’s Chairman. Assisting in the play were Faculty Representatives, Sue Vaughn, Amie Newberry, Alex Mustard and Allie Mustard,