March 24, 2017: Reno Youth Bridge is offering an eight week introductory course on the Two over One bidding system based on teaching by Larry Cohen. For beginning or second year students, this weekly lesson and quiz provides basic information and logic for the use of this modern bidding system along with the opportunity to earn points toward the RYBAP award of a $1000,00 College Tuition Scholarship . For participation in the course, five RYBAP black points will be earned for reading and responding to the lesson’s quiz each week and for each correct answer, you will be awarded 1 Silver RYBAP point. Instructors, Bud Brewer and Dan Green, will administer the program in which lessons will be emailed each Friday to registered students who after reading the material will answer 5 bidding issues specifically designed to test their knowledge of what was presented in the lesson received that week. Come join your fellow bridge students and register for the course by emailing your name, the name of your school, your cell and phone number to email@example.com. You will receive an introductory lesson by return email which will help you understand why this system could give you and your partners advantages over opponents using SAYC. Check out the current standings for the RYBAP Scholarship in the panel on the right. Do the math and you will see that participating in this course could be a way to surge to the top of this ranking and thereby receive up to $1000 in awards. Get registered now so your first lesson will be sent at the program’s launch Friday, March 30th.
March 21, 2017: The RYB Directors just announced that the tournament scheduled for April 22nd at the Golden Nugget will be a Pairs game not the usual Team Game format. This will enable those of you who don’t have a team or would prefer to play in a Pairs format to compete for those valuable RYBAP award points and win up to $500.00 in gift certificates or even possibly win a $1000 college tuition Scholarship, Registration will begin at 9:30 AM and the game will played until 1:15 after which the participants will receive a light lunch during the Awards ceremony. all students will be available for pick up by 2:30 PM. Tell your folks so they will arrange transportation to the Nugget for you. Be sure to wear your RYB uniform or if you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
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March 2, 2017: Reno Youth Bridge has scheduled their annual WCSD-RYB intramural Team Game Championship for April 22 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Sparks Nevada. This annual event brings high school and teams of four or five members together to determine the winner of the RYB-WCSD Team Game Championship Bridge Tournament for the 2016-2017 school year. The school represented by the winning team will receive possession of the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup Perpetual Trophy each year to the High School or Middle school whose Bridge Teams win this event. Prior year’s winners include: The Davidson Academy, Depoali and McQueen High School. The Tournament is being held at the site of the Reno ACBL Unit’s Spring Sectional which runs from Wednesday evening to Sunday at the Golden Nugget.
Reno Youth Bridge is the non-profit operating organization that sponsors after the school activity “Learning and playing Duplicate Bridge” at WCSD middle and high schools. Duplicate Bridge has become a popular after school activity at over 14 High Schools and Middle Schools in the District. Launched by American Contract Bridge Members, Kathy Lane, Bud Brewer, and Grace Martin back in 2008, the activity has become popular as participants have learned just how beneficial learning and playing the game is for academic growth and knowledge enhancement. In nonscientific but interesting comparisons, it was recently determined that those students who participate actively in the learning and playing of duplicate bridge typically score 40 to 50 points higher in their average grade points scores than the studentbody as a whole.
In 2014 one million seven hundred high school students took the College Board’s SAT and ACT College Admission Tests. Of that number, less than one tenth of 3 percent (520 students) scored a perfect score on both tests. Reno Youth Bridge member Tyler Hart of Reno High School was one of those who aced both tests. When asked, what were some of the most important contributors to his achievement. Tyler listed many of the expected contributors, but he then added, “I think my experience learning and playing duplicate bridge as a member of Reno Youth Bridge, gave me an unusual opportunity to learn the values offered to those who play this game, especially in competition. One of those values you learn is the exercise of inferential analysis. When some opponent leads, or plays a card, it usually is the result of selecting from other options, so you ask yourself “why did my opponent play that particular card”. In a bridge game, you must make such inferences continuously and going through the exercise gives you a basis for thinking critically.Learn More
February 13,2017: Reno Youth Bridge Instructors are offering beginning and intermediate bridge lessons for WCSD Middle School and High School student bridge club members on Bridgebase.com. Barbara Agre, Dan Green along with former RYB Founder Bud Brewer have made themselves available to students who either want to review previously learned conventions or learn the basics of the 2/1 bidding system to sharpen up their skills at the game. The day and time for the lessons vary but when 2 or 3 RYB registered students request a convenient time for their attendance, these and other instructors will make themselves available if possible. The specific topics presented will reflect a level of experience currently present in the student participants. Subject lessons will cover any topics the student wants to brush up on or practice under an instructor’s supervision. While the number of students participating in a specific lesson is limited to 4, the number of students watching and learning is unlimited. Reno Youth Bridge Instructor and Coach for the Galena High School Bridge Team, Barbara Agre, has introduced this online teaching program for new and returning Bridge Club members at Galena High School.
Reno Youth Bridge and Washoe County School District sponsor intramural competition among the 14 or so Middle School and High Schools which have organized participating Bridge Clubs and hold three major tournaments each school year. RYB offers a year long opportunity for students to achieve standing in the Non-profit Company’s Achievement Plan, the rankings in which award up to $4000.00 in Merchant Gift Cards or a College Scholarship. The student participant earning the most RYBAP achievement points each year is awarded a $1000 Condition Precedent College Tuition Scholarship. Students earning the top 20 position in ranking are awarded merchant gift certificates valued up to $500.00.
Come check this activity out if you haven’t heard of it and come register to learn and play bridge, the most popular card game in the world. To request a time and day for personal online instruction for you and your partner or to join a session scheduled for others, email your request to: Barbara Agre- ANewberry@washoeschools.net, Dan Green- firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bud Brewer- email@example.com
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,Learn More
December 1,2016: This coming Saturday morning, December 17th, Washoe County School District Middle School and High School Students will test their learning progress in the first intramural duplicate bridge tournament of the school year sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. Students will partner with other After School Club members from their participating school and play 18 to 24 pre-dealt bridge hands. The format will be a Pairs event in which all those partnerships sitting in the North-South compass position at each table of four players will play the same cards as those partners are playing at 8 or more other tables. Partnerships sitting in the East-West position will do the same and scores are compared to see which of the partnerships sitting the same direction scored the highest on each hand, One point is earned for each pair your score is higher, one half point for each pair’s score you tie and zero points if your result is lower than all other partnership’s result. With one player designated as Dealer, the auction for reaching a contract begins and proceeds clockwise around the table until in successive order there are three players who pass. Using a vocabulary of only 15 words, numbers or vein of a suit, each player makes a bid showing some value or distribution or they pass saying they have nothing to show. After allowing for a minimum number of tricks that must be taken(6) called “the book”, the individual player making the last bid for a number of tricks to be contracted for in which one of the four suits is designated as the Trump suit or in which none of the suits is designate as the trump suit (referred to as No-Trump) followed by three successive passes, a contract is established. This then is the minimum number of tricks that must be won by the declarer playing both his hand undisclosed and his partner’s hand which after the initial lead by the player to the Declarer’s left, is placed on the table for all to see. Points are scored from a trick value depending on the suit that is trump and bonuses are won by bidding and winning a specific number of tricks. The pair defending against Declarers contract will win points for each undertrick by Declarer. Variations occur for doubling bids by defenders and or redoubling bids by declarer’s side.
The winning pairs in each direction earn special achievement points toward a potential award of a Condition Dependent College Tuition Scholarship of $1000.00. Other cash equivalent awards of as much as $500.00 may also be won each school year including travel and accommodation subsidies to the top four students for their attending the ACBL Youth Nationals.Learn More