Matt & Sarah win Year-end Final

RYB Year-end Pairs Championships.


May 20, 2017: When a school student learns how to learn, they discover that in almost any endeavor they try, they become competitively and relatively more competent.  Over the past nine years, it has been a IMG_0865 (2)pleasure for many of the American Contract Bridge League members of Unit 473 to work with intellectually curious Washoe County School District’s middle school and high school students teaching them to learn and play the game of Contract Bridge. This opportunity was done through an after-school activity and intramural competition program sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, Inc.  Why Bridge you ask?  Bridge is a partnership trick taking card game in which the 52 cards are dealt equally among four players.  At the card table, players sitting in the North-South position are partners competing against players sitting in the East -West position.  Each pair then attempts to win the most points on each hand relative to those partnerships playing the same hands sitting in their same direction at other tables.  An auction begins to determine which pair will be the Declarer and which pair will be Defenders. The pair who bids to win the highest number of tricks thereby is making a contract to win a specific minimum number of tricks and the right to name a suit which will be the trump suit or if they wish, play the hand with no suit trump  During the period 2008 to 2017, several thousand students have joined one or more of the 15 Middle and High School Bridge classes each year to see just what the game of bridge was all about.  Classes have varied in size from 8 students to over 200 students in one year, 2014, at McQueen High School under the leadership of Susan Vaughn, a highly regarded English teacher at the school.


On May 20th of this year, Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. held its 2017 Year-end Intramural Duplicate Contract Bridge Championships at the Reno Bridge Center.  The winning Partnership pair was that of Matt Oakley and Sarah Macharg, two students presently at the Davidson Academy located on the University of Nevada at Reno’s campus here in downtown  Reno.  Matt and Sarah have been learning and playing the game of bridge in the RYB program for 7 of the 9 years the youth program has been operating.  In weekly meetings, they learn and play the game to exercise their brains leading not only to the enhancement of their bridge skills, but also to improve academic and social skills as well and just play better bridge.  This is comparable to the football player who goes to the Gym to workout thus increasing their physical strength and ability to play the game of football. For Matt and Sarah, these after school activities have enabled them to become more proficient at playing duplicate bridge in local ACBL tournaments as well as Regional and National Youth Bridge competition.  They have done this while maintaining superior Grade Point Averages (GPA) year after year in their school studies.

On Saturday, after winning the RYB Year End Championship with Matt, Sarah left to compete in a Piano Recital Competition playing Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor against the best in Northern Nevada.  It is not surprising that she won that competition too because she, as well as most students who learn to play bridge just do better at whatever intellectual endeavor they select in which to compete.

As it’s name implies, this tournament was the final intramural even for the 2016-17 school year sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge.  But is wont necessarily be the last competition in which Matt and Sarah will be partners competing.  The Reno Unit holds events daily and attracts the best of the County’s young and older bridge players.  Final rankings in the Year-end Youth Bridge Championships were as follows:

 Section A:

Pair    Pct   Score  Rank   MPs
  5   65.05   41.63   1    1.00     Matt Oakley - Sarah Macharg
  6   57.14   36.57   2    0.70     Emma Miller - Sue Vaughn
  3   54.31   34.76   3    0.50     Marcus Layosa - Justin Thompson
  8   54.11   34.63   4    0.35     Pedro Carmona - Carly Kinerson
 10   51.97   33.26                 Kathy Morse - Ellie Mustard
  1   51.19   32.76                 Jamie Cohen - Jeremy Benik
  2   47.47   30.38                 Daniel Sedano - Noah Christiansen
  9   44.34   28.38                 Wally DeBarger - Alex Mustard
  4   39.28   25.14                 Tyler Clark - Michelle Choung
  7   34.78   22.26                 Kaylee Betts - Joseph Watts

 Section  B:
Pair    Pct   Score  Rank   MPs
  2   58.33   14.00  1/2   0.31     Luis Heredia - Jamie BerfieldF
  4   58.33   14.00  1/2   0.31     Josie McCue - Sofia Paiva
  6   56.25   13.50                 Ella Paiva - Emree Paiva
  3   52.08   12.50                 Briana Gant - Kaviny Giritharan
  1   45.83   11.00                 Lucy Burnhan - Rachel Clauson
  5   29.17    7.00                 Leigh Fisher - Victoria Nelson

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