TYLER CLARK AND JOSEPH WATTS VICTORIOUS IN SPRING PAIRS

April 22, 2017: Playing in one of their first attempts, Tyler Clark and Joseph Watts, members of the McQueen High School Bridge Team, scored a strong 60.69% game in the Spring Pairs Championship to finish first Overall, just a hair (.06%) ahead of the fast IMG_1066 crop 1IMG_1066crop3closing second place pair of Michelle Choung and Kailee Betts, also members of the 

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 McQueen High School Bridge Team.   In third place was the partnership of Matt Oakley and Sarah MacHarg playing on the Reno High School Bridge Team.

By virtue of their placement of third in this event, Matt and Sarah were able to regain their lead in the race for the RYBAP $1000 College Tuition Scholarship awarded to the Reno Youth Bridge member who ends up with the highest total achievement points for the school year ending this year on June 2, 2017.   Following a fine performance in the Spring Pairs tournament on Saturday, Joseph Watts and Tyler Clark, surged up the RYBAP leader boarIMG_1060 crop1IMG_1060 crop 2d to earn the current positions of 5th and 9th

place respectively with their overall win in the Open Pairs Tournament.  Michelle Choung and Kailee Betts also advanced nicely in the Scholarship race standings.  IMG_1064 crop1New sIMG_1064 Crop2tudents on the RYBAP Top Ten list were Ella and Emree Paiva, members of High Desert Montessori Charter School Bridge Team, gained by their overall win in Section Z of the Non Contract division for newer players.          

Reno Youth Bridge is a non profit corporation sponsoring the teaching of Middle School and High School students how to learn and play the game of bridge.  Founded in 2008, the volunteer members of the Reno Bridge Unit 473 of the American Contract Bridge League provide after school activity instruction to all schools participating in the Washoe County School District.  Demonstrated benefits for learning and playing the game have enabled many of Reno’s high school students to achieve enhanced scores on their college entrance exams, a fact little known among many of the parents of Reno’s school children.

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RYB offers Course on “Two over One” Bidding System

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, 2 over one Imagethis 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 budbrewer@budor.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.

 

 

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April 22 Game switched to Pairs event

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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New RYB Monday Event

                

RENO YOUTH BRIDGE FREE LESSONS AND PLAY

Where: 2850 Wrondel Way, Suite D, Reno, NV – (775) 827-3867
When: Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00, beginning September 25th

Format: 1/2 hour lesson, followed by supervised play     

For Whom: All students from middle school through college

(parents also invited).

Enjoy free pizza and drinks while you play!

 

Come play bridge with us! Former and future Reno Youth Bridge students are invited for fun nights of bridge. Free lessons, supervised play in a relaxed atmosphere with pic 20friends, pizza and drinks will be offered by Reno Youth Bridge.
Reno Youth Bridge (“RYB”) is a non-profit organization organized to introduce the challenging game of bridge to new generations. Volunteer bridge instructors work with school faculty advisors to teach the game to students in after-school programs on the school campus. The program has been successful in middle schools such as Billinghurst, Sparks, High Desert, and Depoali, and high schools such as McQueen, Reno, and Galena, to name a few. It is our goal to convince sponsors and parents, not to mention the students themselves, that bridge will enhance a student’s life, both socially and academically.

Bridge has become a casualty of the 21st century, often ignored in this age of technology, with video games and smart phones occupying so much of a student’s time, as well as the demands of school, sports, and other extra-curricula activities. However, bridge offers many benefits, both tangible and intangible, to players of all ages.
Two partners face off against two opponents. Each player receives 13 cards and the language of bridge begins. Conscientious students of the game will find their academic achievements improved through problem solving, memory retention of all 52 cards played, inferential analysis (a card played by an opponent will often infer the absence or presence of another card), critical thinking, mathematic and percentage applications, not to mention social skills. A player soon realizes that his or her partner is vital to their joint success. Players who learn to win courteously and lose graciously will have an invaluable tool in their adult lives.

Collegiate scholarships assisting with tuition are available from the American Contract Bridge League (“ACBL”) and RYB to qualifying players. The ACBL and RYB also subsidize trips to national tournaments held in places such as Philadelphia, Washington

DC, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Honolulu for a student meeting the requirements. Local high school students were subsidized for a trip to Toronto last summer and Emma Miller has been asked to join a team to play in Atlanta this coming summer. There is also an online program for students who are mentored by expert players. So, for students willing to study and practice, exciting travel to fun places and meeting other students is certainly possible.

This Monday evening program is intended to both introduce players to bridge and improve the skills of players already familiar with the game. The teachers will offer a brief lesson on some aspect of the game, followed by supervised play. Written text on the evening’s subjects will be distributed to the participants. Our goal is to create a love of the game that will be with the student into adulthood and beyond. Please join us as we explore this marvelously challenging and intriguing Game of Games.
See you all on Monday evenings at 6:00. Become a winner!

 

A Perfect Score:

In 2014 one million seven hundred high school students took the College Board’s SAT and ACT College tyler hartAdmission Tests.  Of that number, less than one tenth of one percent (1520 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 contributing factors 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.     

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Reno Youth Bridge on Bridgebase.com

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 06-IMG_0398Brewer 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- patdangreen@att.net, or Bud Brewer- budbrewer@budor.com

 

 

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MACHARG & OAKLEY WIN MID-WINTER BRIDGE

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.

1st Place:  Sarah and Matt (not pictured)

1st Place: Sarah and Matt (not pictured

2nd place:  Jamie and Andrew, Barbara Agre Galena Teacher

2nd place: Jamie and Andrew, Barbara Agre Galena Teacher

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.

 

3rd place:  Vytas and Kathy, Dan Green (Reno High teacher)

3rd place: Vytas and Kathy, Dan Green (Reno High teacher)

4th place:  Chloe and Carly, Reno High

4th place: Chloe and Carly, Reno High School along with Amie and Mike

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,

Aafreen, Chloe, Kaviny, Carly

Aafreen, Chloe, Kaviny, Carly

Daphne, Daniel, Samantha, Pedro

Daphne, Daniel, Samantha, Pedro

Students reading Virginia's handout.

Students reading Virginia’s handout.

Jefri helping with bidding boxes

Jefri helping with bidding boxes

Matt , Vytas, Sarah, Kathy

Matt , Vytas, Sarah, Kathy

Students reading Virginia's handout.

Students reading Virginia’s handout.

Aime, Alex, Sue, Allie

Aime, Alex, Sue, Allie

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Virginia teaching. Group is involved

Virginia Kellermeyer's lesson

Virginia Kellermeyer’s lesson

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