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
The Directors of Reno Youth Bridge have scheduled the first of the three 2016-2017 Washoe County School District Intramural Duplicate Bridge Tournaments for December 15th at the Reno Bridge Center, 2850 Wrondel Way. Suite D The event will begin with registration at 9:30 AM and the tournament will start at 10:00 AM and end at 1:30PM. After the winners are awarded their trophies, a complimentary lunch will be served and the students will be available for pick up at 2:30PM. All Middle School and High School student Reno Youth Bridge Club members are invited to come and test their skill in bidding and playing the game of Bridge.Learn More
RENO YOUTH BRIDGE STARTS NEW CLUB AT RENO HIGH SCHOOL
Reno High School Bridge Club under the supervision of Amie Newberry, Faculty Advisor, has launched a new after school activity with 33 registered students. Due to some changes in the Washoe County School District’s assignment of schools, two of the team’s members, Vytas Gedvila and Sarah MacHarg are experienced having been active in Reno Youth Bridge for several years. Reno High joins McQueen, Galena, Bishop Manogue and Damonte Ranch as the lead high schools taking advantage of the opportunity to teach students how to learn and play the game of Bridge. Experience has shown that those students who work hard to learn how to play have experienced academic enhancement. The Club meets once a week and the first tournament to participate in intramural competition is scheduled to be held late in December or early January.Learn More
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