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
The Directors of Reno Youth Bridge announced that they have funded the first of its four Condition Precedent $1000.00 Tuition Scholarships that have been earned by WCSD students over the past several years. The Tuition Scholarship funded this week was earned by Giovanny Zuniga who graduated this month from the Academy of Arts, Careers and Sciences (AACT) High School. Gio is the first of the four WCSD Students who have thus far earned the scholarship as a result of their skills in learning and playing bridge during an after school activity as a member of their school’s Bridge Team. Teams from Middle Schools and High Schools in the District compete each year for the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup awarded to the school whose team wins the Spring Intramural Team competition. In addition to very high rankings in RYB Tournaments, Gio was a member of the team that won the Spring Team Competition in April of 2014. The Condition Precedent Scholarship is awarded to the student who accumulates the highest number of RYB achievement points during the school year playing in tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, the American Contract Bridge League and on Bridge Base online, a website where people resident in countries all over the Globe come together and compete in this,the most popular card game in the World. Reno Youth Bridge funds its “Condition Precedent” Scholarship upon the student not only graduating but also achieving a Grade Point Average in high school that will qualify him for admission to the University of Nevada. In Gio’s case not only did he meet the first requirement but he carried a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted for admission to three universities, Yale, Harvard,and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Gio has decided to enroll in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university as that school offered degrees more in line with his career objective, Computer Information Engineering. We wish Gio the best of success and continued winning of bridge tournaments. .Learn More
May 21, 2016: With a roaring 70.6% game, the pair of Sarah Macharg and Matt Oakley of the McQueen High School Bridge Club walked away with the Reno Youth Bridge Year End Pairs Championships held today at the Reno Bridge Center. Playing a non aggressive game Sarah and Matt beat out Kailee Betts and Michelle Choung who finished second with a very respectable score of 63.17% less than one percent ahead of Emma Miller and Ruth Mike Slattery, Dan Green, Sarah Macharg,Matt Oakley & Susan Powell
Lynman who finished at 62.33%. The rest of the field finished in a narrow band of 50 to 55.33% . The Final Tournament of the year was prelude to the announcement by RYB President, Mike Slattery, of the top 20 ranked students in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Programs $1000 Condition Precedent Tuition Scholarship Award. This Scholarship is awarded students finishing in the top 20 rankings for accumulating RYBAP Points. The total value of these award exceeds $3000.00 and are redeemable at major department stores in Reno. After a light lunch served to the players RYB announced the 2016 Summer Camp program for those students wishing to learn more about the Two Over One Game 2nd place winners Michelle Choung Kailee Betts
Force Bidding System. This Email teaching program is offered by Bud Brewer and Dan Green and is based on Larry Cohen’s Teaching.
Rankings for RYB Year End Pairs Championships:
April 29, 2016: Reno Youth Bridge Directors have announced the date for their Year-end Pairs Tournament to be held May 21st at the Reno Bridge Center. This is the final opportunity for students to win RYBAP points toward the award of the $1000 College or Trade School Tuition Scholarship awarded to the student who accumulated the highest number of Black points and Silver points awarded for both effort and achievement respectively. The event will be a Pairs format and will test students on their learning to bid and play the game of bridge. The event is the last opportunity for winning RYBAP Achievement points. With the winning pair earning as many as 40 or 50 RYBAP points, the Precedent Contingent Scholarship award is winnable by any of the students currently in the top 10 rankings. While the favorite has to be Emma Miller, on the right in the picture at the left margin (She currently has a 40 point lead over her partner Sidney Inouye pictured with her), any of the students shown in the sidebar for current top ten positions can win enough points playing on line and in ACBL sanctioned games until then to be able to overcome the current 40 point advantage currently held by Emma. Miller.Learn More