Smit Shah and Yash Shah win Mid-Winter Mini-Bridge

Reno Youth Bridge Mini-Bridge Mid Winter Championships

December 28th, 2013: Smit Shah and Yash Shah of Sparks High School, sitting North South, won the over-all high score in the Reno Youth Bridge mini-Bridge Championship Pairs division with a very nice 62.87% game and received 2.26 Regional Red Points. Kathryn Swezey and Cassie Ramage from Galena High School won the East West Section of the Championships and were second overall earning 1.70 Regional Red Points.

Smit and Yash Shah are experienced Mini-Bridge players having the benefit of being members of the Sparks Middle School Bridge Club for the past two years, but playing in their first competitive event,  Cassie Ramage and Kathryn Swezey managed to slip ahead of Chris Lin and Jimmy Cheng of McQueen High School who also were playing in their first competitive event finishing with a score of at 56.64% and earning 1.27 Regional Red Points. In Fourth place overall were Johnathan Canfield of Depoali Middle School and Kolton Kallas of High Desert Montessori Charter school, both earning .95 Regional Red Points.  In Fifth Place overall was the partnership of Ryan Brown and Milan Menta from McQueen High School earning .72 Regional Red Points. Others finishing well up in their section rankings were Clayton John and Wyatt Lorenszen of Hillside Elementary, Alex Magdaleno and Branden Heredia-Nunez of Sparks Middle School and Austin Lee and Samantha Palacios of McQueen High School.

This Mid-Winter event was the first opportunity for Washoe County School District High School Bridge Clubs to participate in an intramural Regional Duplicate Bridge Tournament and gain the experience ever so important to being able to be competitive in this game. The Sparks High School Bridge Club members and AACT Club Members are taught by RYB Instructor Dan Green and the Galena High School Bridge club members are taught by RYB Instructors Rich Scoggin and Sally Hertz.  Mike Slattery is the RYB instructor for McQueen High School

Reno Youth Bridge Duplicate Mid-Winter Pairs Championship

Concurrently with the Mini Bridge Pairs Championship was a regular contract bridge tournament for returning Reno Youth Bridge Club members who had experience in the second level of bridge, that of bidding.  The regular bridge tournament was a seven table event in which the twosome of Sarah MacHarg and Sashank Addagarla of the Davidson Academy cruised to a huge score of 71.75% and winning 6.07 Regional Red Points.  Sarah and Shashank have been the beneficiaries of intensive online practice and learning with their instructor David Weinberg. In second place with very respectable score of 59.91% earning them 4.55 Regional Red Points was the partnership of Domonique Calvillo and Merideth Boge, from Galena High School.  In Third place over all were Giovanney Zuniga and Erin Walsh of AACT High School with a 57.5% game receiving 3.41 Regional Red points. 4th and 5th place overall went to Ash Bhardwaj and Preet Shah, 2.51 Regional Red Points and Hayden Davis of Depoali Middle School and Emma Miller of McQueen High School, 1.92 Regional Red Points.

Reno Youth Bridge provided a light lunch for all the participants, their parents and the Faculty Representatives and RYB Instructors after which, Bud Brewer, Administrative Director of RYB, presented the Mid-Winter Trophies to the winners. The tournament could not be held without the help and participation of the Faculty Representatives for each school bridge Club and all the volunteer bridge enthusiasts who make this tournament a success. The Mid-Winter Tournament is the first of three Major Tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. The next tournament will be the 2013-2014 Bridge Team Championships on Aril 26th at which each school will organize one or more four man teams to play in competition to win the one year possession of the RYB Silver Cup for their School Trophy Case.

During the Tournament, Billy Miller, a popular bridge columnist in the ACBL Monthly Bridge Bulletin (and member of the winning Knock Out team on Friday of this week) informed Bud Brewer that he wanted to donate the amount of $150.00 to be used to buy an ACBL Youth Membership for ten of the Reno Youth Bridge Club Members. Joining him in also making a gift of $75.00 to RYB for an additional five Memberships was Roger McNay of Portland Oregon. Bryan Russell, the Reno Regional Head Director asked Bud if he could have an extra-large Reno Youth Bridge Game polo shirt to wear during the remaining days of the Reno Regional and at the next Regional for which he will be the Head Director. The support of this kind from people outside our area is very much appreciated.
Saturday Morn Reno Mini – 9.0 Tables
MPs Rank Names Score
2.26 1 Smit Shah – Yash Shah, 62.87%
1.70 2 Kathryn Swezey – Cassie Ramage, 59.78%
1.27 3 Chris Lin – Jimmy Cheng, 56.64%
0.95 4 Jonathan Canfield – Kolton Kallas, 56.40%
0.72 5 Ryan Brown – Milan Menta, 56.06%

Saturday Morn Reno Youth – 7.0 Tables / Based on 16 Tables
MPs Rank Names Score
6.07 1 Sarah MacHarg – Shashank Addagarla, 71.75%
4.55 2 Dominique Calvillo – Merideth Boge, 59.91%
3.41 3 Gio Zuniga – Erin Walsh, 57.50%
2.56 4 Arsh Bhardwaj – Preet Shah, 49.52%
1.92 5 Hayden Davis – Emma Miller, 48.25%

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Arsh Bhardwaj holds his lead in RYBAP Race

The Race to win RYB College Scholarship

December 31, 2013:  Dominique Calvillo made a strong move to catch Arsh Bhandwaj, of Sparks Middle School in the race for the lead in the RYBAP Achievement Program.  Although Dom received a bundle of points for his finish in the Mid-Winter tournament,  by consistent club meeting attendance, making sure to participate in each weekend quiz during the Fall Semester, placing 3rd in his section, Arsh held on  to a 10 1/2 point lead by placing 5th overall in the Mid-Winter.  The RYBAP Achievement Plan awards a $1000 college or Trade School Tuition Scholarship to the student who accumulates the highest number of RYBAP achievement points of which a certain minimum number must be Silver Points.   Also moving up as a result of winning the East West Section of the Mini-Bridge Pairs contest were Cassie Ramage and Kathryn Swezey thus enabling them to reach 3rd and 4th place respectively.  They made this big jump in part by consistent attendance at Club meetings and taking week end quizzes as well as winning their section in the Mini Bridge Tournament. The race after that tightens up with Smit and Yash Shah moving up sharply due to their win in the Mini-Pairs event.  Further gains are going to be available for those attending the weekend teaching table and playing online with one of the teachers or directors.  The next big change  probably will take place right after the Spring Team Game results get figured in.

While early in the competition which runs until June of 2014, Arsh and Dom are letting it be known that they want to earn that scholarship. The award is still well within the reach of any registered member of Reno Youth Bridge at this time however as many RYBAP points are available ahead to those students who make it a point to participate in each Club meeting, each Major Tournaments, play on the Saturday Morning Teaching Table and take the weekend quiz. All it takes is a little effort to learn the basics of the game of bridge and use every opportunity to practice online or at school Club meetings. Beginning in January the Teaching lesson plan will shift from just play of the hand to include learning bidding systems and a few conventions for partners to communicate the trick taking values in their hand to each other thus enabling them to reach good makeable contracts and maximize their potential scores. Students will begin to use the Bidding boxes which allow silent communication thus eliminating voice influences. By introducing the Bidding element, students will begin to enjoy the full scope of bidding and play of the hand in the game of Contract Bridge.

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As of November 18th, Dominique Cavillo takes over the lead in the RYBAP point race for winning the College Scholarship or big gift certificates for Reno Department Stores in the Reno Youth Bridge Program. Taking advantage of the opportunity to learn basic rules of how to play the hand in after school bridge Clubs and then take the RYB weekend Quiz, Washoe County High School and Middle School Students are earning RYBAP Black points for participation and Silver points for correct answers. The Quiz is sent to all the students by email on Friday evening or Saturday morning and those who return their completed quiz by 6:00PM on Monday evening receive credit for the points they win.

Points are also awarded for consistency in attending Club bridge instruction meetings after school, attending and participating in each of the three Major tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge as well as online play with certified instructors, participation in the Saturday morning Teaching Table, play in online Team game challenges and for ranking at all three Major tournaments. Leaders in the RYBAP competion are adding big chunks to their RYBAP record by taking each weekend quiz and answering as many of the questions as they can. Each question involves one or more of the basic rules they have been learning to-date in their classes and requires that they think and figure out which of the alternative answers listed is the correct one given the circumstances.

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Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc, speaks about the ways young people will benefit by learning and playing Bridge and encourages parents to sign their children up for their school’s bridge team class for 2013-2014.

Greetings Reno Parents & Grandparents: I am Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. (RYB), a Nevada non-profit company organized in 2008 to teach bridge to students in after school activity classes. There is a tremendous upsurge of interest in bridge nationally and internationally, and we who love bridge think this interest should be reflected in Youth Bridge as well. I’d like to take this opportunity to make my ‘case’ for why young people will benefit by learning and playing Bridge. I hope you will agree with me after you read this information and take a minute to forward this brief recommendation to anyone you know with children or grandchildren. Bridge is available to any child from any socio-economic background and can provide benefits on many levels:

Academic Enhancement: If your child or grandchild has average abilities in basic math studies, by that I mean if they know how to count to thirteen, they can expect to improve their ability to perform on standardized testing. According to a study by Doctor Christopher Shaw of Carlinville Illinois, a group of 15 children selected from a peer group of 100 in the 5th grade, were taught to play bridge. Over the next three years, those that learned to play bridge had 10-35% higher rate of gain in test results each year. One teenage bridge player interviewed commented that in taking the SAT he was able to concentrate longer and more intently than his peers.

Socialization: Bridge can offer many social benefits. How many of your children take part in an activity that allows them to meet, talk and play with others in a safe, controlled environment? How many of your children have the opportunity to meet children from other countries? How many of your children ever get a chance to talk and socialize with adults on a relatively equal footing? All of those opportunities are available through Youth Bridge.

Teamwork: Your greatest success as a bridge player often comes from your ability to depend on your partner to help make decisions. Bridge teaches a young player how to trust and communicate with others and for mutual gain.

Inferential Thinking: Bridge requires you to analyze the information you receive, translate that information into a vision, and make a plan for success based on that vision. It requires the need to learn to adapt and adjust your plan when additional information becomes available. All these actions are the basics of inferential thinking.

Competition: Youth Bridge provides opportunities for play in international, national, regional and local competitions. From serious competition to social play, bridge offers a fun challenge at every level. Even children with physical or emotional disabilities can find a “level playing field” with peers their age at the bridge table.

Financial Opportunities: College scholarships are available not only for expertise in play, but character and sportsmanship. Many bridge players obtained their first jobs through people they met through bridge. I know of at least two bridge players whose investment capital came from players they had met and against whom they played bridge.

Social Networking: Bridge can introduce you to people who will become your friends through your entire life. I know of numerous cases (young and old) where players met their spouses through playing bridge. Young players moving to a new town with their family or for college or a new job can join a bridge club where they’ll meet new friends who can ease the transition. Does your child plan to attend college or university? He or she could meet deans, presidents, professors and alumni from every undergraduate school or graduate school in North America at bridge clubs and duplicate competitions.

Some parents might ask, “Why should my child, with his overloaded schedule, add one more activity to his life?” Your question instead should be, “Why haven’t I introduced bridge to my child?” There are few activities available to children today that offer more life-long rewards than bridge—or more fun. Give me a call to learn more about how your child may apply for membership in their middle school’s Bridge Team class. Kathy Lane, President Reno Youth Bridge 775 324-0353 or send me an E-mail at

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Shashank Addagarla & Matt Oakley Win Year End Pairs

June 1,2013: The Reno Youth Bridge final tournament of the year was won by Sashank Addagarla and Matt Oakley, students attending The Davidson Academy. Following close behind them were Davis Troyer and Zachary Foster from Shaw Middle School. Shashank and Matt scored a fine 60.84% game which just nosed out Zach and Davis who had a 58.60% game. The tournament, held at the Reno Bridge Center was the culmination of nine months in which after school bridge classes provided students the opportunity to learn and play the game of bridge. In Saturday’s Tournament, Mason Fisher and Mathew Longland posted a 55.69% score to finish third overall with Erin Walsh of AACT High school and Kimberly Tran of Billinghurst Middle School finishing fourth overall. In fifth place overall were Arsh Bhardwaj and Preet Shah of Sparks Middle School. Following up in sixth place were Smit Shah and Yash Shah also of Sparks Middle School. After the Tournament, the students were served lunch and beverages waiting for the final scores to be posted.

Reno Youth Bridge Year End Tournament North-South
7————58.60——–73.83———–1—————–2—————-Davis Troyer – Zachary Foster
5————55.69——–70.17———–2—————–3—————-Mason Fisher – Matthew Longland
9————53.57——–67.50———–3—————–4—————-Kimberly Tran – Erin Walsh
6————52.98——–66.76———–4———————————-Smit Shah – Yash Shah
3————52.71——–66.42———————————————–Matthew McKinley – Henry Weisberg
4————50.06——–63.08———————————————–Alyssa Morgan – Kristina Collier
8————48.75——–61.42———————————————–Stevie Applewhite – Brenna Spackman
2————40.63——–51.19———————————————–Samantha Degase – Chloe Bowman
1————36.71——–46.25———————————————–Olivia Seeger – Evelyn Seeger

Reno Youth Bridge Year End Tournament East-West
8————60.84———76.66———–1 —————1—————–Shashank Addagarla – Matt Oakley
6————53.51———67.42———–2—————-5—————–Arsh Bhardwaj – Preet Shah
7————50.86———64.08———–3———————————-Andrew Wischer – Joseph Hogan
1————47.95———60.42———–4———————————-AK Dyson – Ryan Conley
2————47.71———60.11———————————————-Jacob Degase – Haily Kelly
3————45.44———57.25———————————————-Jonas Gedvila – Vytas Gedvila
4————44.17———55.65———————————————-Brenda Duron – Tianna Paulin-Cable
9————43.79———55.17———————————————-Giovanny Zuniga – Joseph Magana
5————55.36———69.75———–NE——————————–Ryan Spackman – Susie Davenport.

Along with announcing the game scores, President Kathy Lane and Managing Director Bud Brewer announced the winners of the year long Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Plan awards. This year’s winner of the $1000 “Condition Precedent” College Scholarship was Henry Weisberg of Billinghurst Middle School. Following up in second place and winning a $500 Gift certificate to the Kohl’s Department Store was Arsh Bhardwaj of Sparks Middle School. In Third Place was Brenna Spackman of Depoali Middle School. Gift certificates to Macy’s, Kohl’s and Wall-Mart were passed out to students positioned in the next seventeen placements.

RYB Director David Weinberg announced the formation of the RYB Summer Bridge program beginning next Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Reno Bridge Center. The 2 hour game on Saturday mornings will Alternate with tournaments online at 7:00PM every other Saturday evening. The Summer Bridge program will offer RYB members the opportunity to keep their game tuned up over the Summer and keep in touch with other WCSD students. A pizza party will be offered at the end of the Summer program in July. (See menu for Summer Program for more details.)

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