TO: MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
WOULDN’T IT BE WONDERFUL TO FIND A FUN WAY TO BECOME SMARTER?
DO YOU HAVE PROBLEMS REMEMBERING FACTS AND FIGURES?
DO YOU OFTEN SAY, GEE, I WISH I COULD FIGURE OUT WHY THAT HAPPENS?
DOES IT HAPPEN THAT SOMEONE IN YOUR CLASS SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO REASON BETTER THAN YOU?
DO YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADD AND SUBTRACT NUMBERS EASILY IN YOUR HEAD?
DO YOU OFTEN LOSE FOCUS AND YOUR MIND WANDERS WHEN STUDYING A PROBLEM?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME BETTER DOING ALL OF THE ABOVE AND DO SO WHILE HAVING FUN PLAYING A GAME?
IF SO, JOIN YOUR SCHOOL’S AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY LEARNING HOW TO PLAY BRIDGE.
BRIDGE PLAYERS EXPERIENCE AN ENHANCEMENT IN ACADEMIC SKILLS, LEADING TO HIGHER GPA.
WHAT IS THE GAME OF BRIDGE????
Bridge is a card game played with a deck of 52 cards by four people split into two partnerships sitting opposite each other. The object of the game is for each partnership to win a certain number of tricks in excess of six tricks (The Book) after an auction process in which one pair ends up contracting for the winning of a minimum number of tricks with a particular suit as the trump suit (or having no trump suit). The process is based on the use of a system of communication between them in which only fifteen words, numerals or the combination thereof may be used. Those words are: “Pass”, “Spade”, “Heart”, “Diamond”, “Club”, “Double”, “Redouble”, and the numbers are: “one”, “two”, “three”, “four”, “five”, “six”, or “seven”. These numbers, words or combination thereof make up the language we call “Bridge Speak” and are the only words allowed by the players to describe the strength of their hand and its distribution between the suits. Points are won based upon values assigned to the different suits, and after the winning of the “book” or at least six tricks. For the minor suits (Clubs and Diamonds), each trick won in excess of book equal to or higher than the number contracted for is worth 20 points. For the Major suits (Hearts and Spades), each trick won in excess of book equal to or higher than the number contracted for is worth 30 points. For contracts with no trump suit designated, the first trick in excess of book is worth 40 points any additional trick won equal to or above the number contracted for is worth 30 points. Bonuses are earned for contracting for and making the number of tricks that in total will equal 100 points or more. The 100-point total or more achieved by making a contract is called “Game” and is worth a bonus of 300 or 500 points depending on whether the partnership is vulnerable, a status determined by having bid and made an earlier game. Additional bonuses are awarded for having contracted for and won at least 6 tricks over book (12 total) and this is called a “Small Slam”. A small slam bid and made receives a bonus of 500 points if not vulnerable and 750 points if vulnerable. A bonus is awarded to the partnership that bids for and takes all the tricks, called a “Grand Slam” and this bonus is 1000 points for non-vulnerable and 1500 when vulnerable.
Your opponents score 50 points for each under trick you make playing a contract if not-vulnerable and 100 points for each under trick if vulnerable. The scores for tricks made in that number contracted for can be twice their value if your opponents bid to double the penalty for under tricks and you make your contract. Any over tricks in that case receive a score of 100 points if non-vulnerable and 200 points if vulnerable. Under tricks when doubled are 100 for the first under trick, 200 for the second and third under trick and 300 for all above that. If vulnerable the under tricks doubled are worth 200 for the first under trick and 300 for each above that. More important the game teaches social interaction that helps you participate in group action.
Reno Youth Bridge sponsors three Duplicate Bridge Tournaments each year in which you can earn RYBAP achievement point and win a college tuition scholarship of $1000.00