500 Million Chinese Play Bridge Online


April 22, 2018: Chinese bridge players are banking on growing national interest in one of the world’s most popular card games to enable them to make their mark in the global arena.  Chinese Bridge master Nie Weiping, who is an accomplished bridge player, said hosting world tournaments isn’t enough to promote the game.  It should be a subject taught as a part of Junior and High school curriculum among more juniors,” said Nie, who began playing Bridge when he was 14.

Bridge players competing“I love bridge because it is teamwork. You can team up with anybody. … You discuss tactics and work together. … It is a good way to explore your brain and make friends,” said Nie. At a recent education forum on TV, he kept viewers entertained with his wit and comments at the bad tricks he spotted during a recent tournament, and, sometimes even felt inclined to take over underperforming players’ while they played their hands. The late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, who steered the country’s reform and opening-up in the late 1970s, was known for his love for bridge. Nie has fond memories of teaming up with Deng in bridge wins over other top players and said the wit that Deng displayed in the games embodied the art of his leadership.

The Hong Kong based online game provider, “Ourgame”, has 500 million registered subscribers, including 25 million active ones, and reported an eightfold monthly increase in mobile subscribers during the first nine months of this year.During its congress in June, the China Contract Bridge Association said it will focus on campus competitions, with provincial groups and college bridge leagues teaming up over the next five years to connect more people to the game.

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Year-end RYB Tournament scheduled for May 19th

April 13, 2018: Be sure to mark your calendars for the Year-end RYB Duplicate Bridge Tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 19th at the Reno Bridge Center.  Registration begins at 9:30 AM and a light lunch will be served during the award ceremony at 1:30PM.  All student pairs will play in Flight A and rankings will be made based on total scores measured against each other pair playing the same direction; East-West and North-South directions. The Directors have been considering an option to grant each participant an opportunity to ask an instructor one and only one question regarding a bid or play that they should make to help reach the best contract or make the best play on a hand.  The Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program awards will also be announced during the Lunch period.  This year, the competition for the $1000 College Tuition Scholarship is so close that any one of the top ten students in standings at this writing are in position to win this prestigious award.


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Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program

Each school year, Reno Youth Bridge sponsors a special program in which its students may earn points demonstrating their effort to learn how to play the game of bridge.  They earn achievement points (RYBAP) by attending classes and gaining knowledge for how to play the game of bridge.  For these efforts, they receive Black points in recognition of the effort they are making to learn the game. Students have the opportunity to earn Silver Points in the recognition of their relative skills and capabilities to win or score high as evidenced in competition.  Silver Points are earned for Ranking in the three major Tournaments held each year and for certain correct answers to weekly quizzes testing their knowledge of bidding and play.  The students who accumulate the highest number of RYBAP points over the school year are in contention for the winning of a Contingent College Tuition Scholarship in the amount of $1000.  In addition to the Scholarship, merchant Gift cards are awarded to the other top 20 ranked students in amounts from $100 to $500 each.  Here are the various activities in which students may earn Black and or Silver RYBAP points.



Activity List
Activity Award
Attendance at after School Activity >=0 minutes: 0.5 Black
>=60 minutes: 1 Black
Teacher’s Aide Services 1 Black
Play on BBO 0 per board
Play Hands on BBO with RYB Instructor or Director Square root of number of boards played
Tournament Attendance 10 BLack
Tournament Sectional Placement 1st: 20 Silver
2nd: 10 Silver
3rd: 5 Silver
4th: 2 Silver
5th: 1 Silver
Tournament Sectional Placement – C 1st: 10 Silver
2nd: 5 Silver
3rd: 2 Silver
4th: 1 Silver
Win Tournament Overall 10 Silver
BBO Teaching Table 2 Black
Play in BBO Team Match 10 Black
Weekly Lesson & Quiz 5 Black + 1 Silver per correct answer
Open-ended Project 3-10 Black
ACBL Sanctioned Game 5 B + 1 Silver per ACBL masterpoint
Adjustment or Penalties 1 Black per point
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Anthoney Ritter-Caden Boehme-March 24, 2018: Putting together a monstrous game score of 71.67%, Caden Boehme and Anthoney Ritter of Reno High School were the overall winners of the A Section Reno Youth Bridge Spring Pairs Championship held at the Reno Bridge Center last Saturday March 24th.  Rerno Youth Bridge sponsors three major tournaments each school year for Middle and High School students who are members of the Washoe County School District’s after school activity teaching the values of learning how to play the game of bridge.  An important potential benefit earned by Caden and Anthoney is their award of RYBAP points toward the possibility of earning the Reno Youth Bridge’s annual award of a College Tuition Scholarship in the amount of $1000.00.  This scholoarship is awarded to the Student who accumulated the highest number of RYBAP points each school year ending in June.  For winning this tournament they will earn 15 RYBAP silver points.  Students accumulate RYBAP points for weekly attendance in the Bridge Club classes, playing in American Contract Bridge League tournaments and playing 12 or more hands with instructors on Bridge Base Online.  In second Place were Joseph and Daniel Watts with a score of 65% which was also a fine score and normally might win the section.  In third place in the A Section were Sarah Macharg and Kat Kallas with a score of 48.5%.

In Section C, the winners were Sophia Paiva and Josie McCue who had a score of 51.67% closely followed by Sebastion Martinez and Donovan Mustard who scored 50%.  The third place pair in the C Section were Ella Paiva and Emree Paiva.


Event Name Saturday Morn Session March 24, 2018

Scores after 5 rounds  Average:   15.0      Section  A

Pair    Pct   Score  Rank

  5   71.67   21.50   1   Caden Boehme – Anthony Ritter

  1   65.00   19.50   2   Joseph Watts – Daniel Watts

  6   48.33   14.50       Sarah Macharg – Kat Kallas

  2   45.00   13.50       Wally DeBarger – Allie Mustard

  4   40.00   12.00       Rachel Clawson – Lucy Burnham

  3   30.00    9.00       Daphne Quint – Alex Mustard



Event Name Saturday Morn Session March 24, 2018

Scores after 5 rounds Average:   15.0      Section C

Pair    Pct   Score  Rank

  5   51.67   15.50   1   Sophia Paiva – Josie McCue

  1   50.00   15.00   2   Sebastian Martinez – Donovan Mustard

  3   45.00   13.50       Ella Paiva – Emree Paiva

  6   43.33   13.00       Vincent Vega – Anthony Salas

  4   41.67   12.50       Eden Richards – Izzy Stillwater

  2   68.33   20.50  NE   Katy Paiva – Tracey Hartwick

Seawbastian Martinez-Izzy Stillwater-Donovan Mustard--Eden Richards Josie McCue-Anthony Salas-Sophia Pavia-Vincent Vega Katy Pavia-Tracey Hartwick-Emree Pavia-Tracey Hartwick-Ella Pavia

Danial Watts-Lucy Burnham-Joseph Watts-Rachel Clawson Caden Boheme-Sarah Macharg-Anthony Ritter-Kat Kallas Caden Boheme-Sarah Macharg-Anthony Ritter-Kat Kallas

Amiee Newberry(RHS),Shanie Mustard (McQueen HS) Terry DeBarger (Reen HS) Amiee Newberry(RHS), Sullivan (Reno) Terry DeBarger (Reed HS)Shanie Mustard (McQueen HS Allie Mustard-Alex Mustaqrd-Wally DeBarger-Daphne Quint

Anthoney Ritter-Caden Boehme-Daniel Watts-Joseph Watts- Kat Kalla-Sarah Macharg Sophia Pavia-Josie McCue-Donovan Mustard-Sebastian Martinez-Ella Pavia-Emree Pavia

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Molly Rakestraw Celebration of Life

Sunday, March 4, 2018: When you entered the Reno Bridge Center to play on any day of the week, you couldn’t help but notice that elegant lady, usually in a mollysmart red dress, sitting with one of her favorite partners preparing to play this great game of bridge. Today, they were celebrating the life of their good friend, Molly Rakestraw.  Many brought delicious food to share and relate stories about their friend Molly, who had introduced many of them to the game of duplicate bridge and taught them how to play and win.  Her son John brought a sheet cake for Molly and told of how she and his dad Albert, who pre-deceased Molly by almost a decade, met at a “Coming Out Party” put on by her family. These functions were traditional events held by wealthy families in the last century to introduce their young daughters to society.  Albert was invited to this event and they fell in love at first sight.  John brought a few pictures of Molly as a young lady. She was always strikingly beautiful and that never changed. Several of the folks spoke of experiences they had with Molly and Kathy Lane related how important her services were in the founding and administration of Reno Youth Bridge LLC, a non-profit organization set up to teach Washoe County School District students the values of learning and playing the game of bridge. Many others shared loving stories about Molly’s manners and friendliness.  John stated that Molly was raised as a Christian Scientist and believed that all people were perfect.  He said the stories he heard today reflected Molly’s attitude of finding the goodness she saw in all her friends.  Molly, you will be missed!


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GroupGreetings Members of Reno Youth Bridge.  Nine years ago four active members of the Reno Unit of the ‘American Contract Bridge League, Kathy Lane, Grace Martin, Bud Brewer and Molly Rakestraw founded Reno Youth Bridge, Inc.,  a nonprofit Nevada Corporation for the purpose of organizing after school Bridge Clubs and teaching WCSD students to play the great game of contract bridge. Members of this year’s program have the opportunity to earn the award of a $1000 College Tuition Scholarship just by learning and playing the game of bridge.  The scholarship is awarded to the student who accumulates the largest number of Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Points (RYBAP) during the school year and is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. RYBAP points are earned for attendance in the after school class each week, attending and playing in one of the three RYB intramural tournaments, and for playing on line with an instructor on the App called Bridgebase.com.  Special Silver points are awarded for ranking in the three intramural tournaments or for ranking in any game played at the Reno Bridge Center.  You can go online at Renoyouthbridge.org and learn who is leading this competition at the moment.  The current standings are shown in the column at your right and as you can see the current leader in the competition has registered only 62 RYBAP points to date.  Any RYB member could earn 100 or more points between now and the end of this semester just by disciplined bridge class attendance, playing and ranking high in either of the two tournaments yet to play and by asking your teacher or a board member to play a few hands online at Bridgebase.com. Thirty (30) RYBAP points are awarded for winning your section in either of the remaining tournaments, 20 for second and 10 for third.  If you work hard leaning and playing, you just may be the winner of a $1000 college tuition scholarship this June. For more information on this, contact your teacher or RYB President Jefri Donovan (jefden@me.com)


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