May 30, 2015: Taking advantage of her high school’s early end of the Spring Semester and with the cooperation of Instructors and Directors of RYB, Sarah Macharg piled up an insurmountable lead in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program’s race easily winning the $1000 College Tuition competition for the second year in a row. RYBAP black points are won for effort to attend the classes, play in all the RYB tournaments, play online with an instructor, faculty representative or a Board member. RYB Silver points are awarded for demonstrated skill by winning or placing high up in the rankings at one or more of the Three Major Tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge each year. Sarah took advantage of the Davidson Academy’s early end of their Spring semester by spending the last ten days of May earning over 110 black points to add to her previous total of 123 points in the standings as of May 21st. This effort along with the with the cooperation of several teachers, instructors or Board Members is enough to give Sarah more than a 100 point advantage in the standings so even though she will not be able to participate in the Year End Pairs Championship on Saturday, she will still be assured of receiving the RYBAP $1000 College Tuition Scholarship. Sarah took 3 of the Weekend Quizzes relating to the Two Over One Bidding System instruction being provided all students by a former RYB Director in which she earned 15 black points plus 9 Silver points for correct answers. She also won 12 black and silver points combined playing in an ACBL sanctioned Club game with her instructor. But her largest number of points, 59 1/2 were won playing one hundred and 39 boards online with her Class’ instructor. An award of .45 black point is chalked up for each hand played and it takes an average of about 5-7 minutes to play each hand even when playing against Robots where the speed of decision making is instant. With comments by the instructor following many of the hands, the average time to play 133 hands would probably be about 18 hours so you can see that Sarah and her instructors spent a lot of time online playing to earn these numbers of points. Dan Green, RYB President says that he and other Instructors have offered to play with any of the students on line to assist them in learning and benefitting from receiving the black points available but few if any other than Sarah took advantage of these offers. Sarah is one of the more experienced youths registered as a member of the Reno Youth Bridge program and was a member of the team that won the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup in the March 21st Team game Tournament held at the Reno Bridge Center. She often plays in ACBL Sanctioned games and has had considerable success in earning master points when she does play in those events. In addition to having a high number of black points, Sarah finished second in ranking for accumulating Silver points. The top 8 students earning Silver points will have a chance to receive a modest subsidy for their expenses to attend the 2015 Summer Youth National Tournament in Chicago.Learn More
Reno Youth Bridge has announced that their Year-end Pairs Championship Tournament is scheduled to be held at the Reno Bridge Center at 2850 Wrondel Way on June 30, 2015. The winners or high place finishers are sure to have a good chance to win the $1000 College Championship which is awarded to the student accumulating the most RYBAP achievement points for the past school year. Dan Green, President and Kathy Lane Chairman will direct the tournament with the assistance of Board Members and RYB Instructors and WCSD Faculty Representatives. Students will check in for registration at 9:30AM and the competition will begin at 10:00AM. Lunch is scheduled to be served following the tournament at the Award ceremony and the students will be available to be picked up at 2:30PM. This Tournament is the final of three major events held during the 2014-2015 school year. Interested students may continue to learn and play the game during the summer on Bridge Base Online with instructors Dan Green and Bud Brewer. For those interested, they should send an Email to Dan or Bud at their: patdangreen@ATT.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. to indicate their interest and learn of the time and days that the sessions will be available. Of course regular ACBL tournament session are available daily at the Reno Bridge Club and RYB students will have the opportunity to play at these venues free of charge.
Thirty three students from various high schools and middle schools met at the John Asquagas’ Golden Nugget Hotel on Saturday January 21st to compete for the right to display the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup Trophy at their school for the next year. The Team of Sarah MacHarg, and Jessica Fuchs, from The Davidson Academy and Reno High School respectively along with Vitas Gedvila and Larson Riviera from Billinghurst Middle School emerged the winners of this Washoe County School District Intramural Duplicate Bridge Team contest in the High School Division. After a fierce battle among seven four man teams and one five man team, second place went to the team from McQueen High School, Sidney Inouye, Jesse Allison, Emma Miller, and Ruth Lynam. Third place, also from McQueen High School was earned by the five man team of Chris Lin, Raelynn Delacruz, Nathan Ly, Jimmy Cheng, Kailee Betts. In the Middle School Division, the competition was won by: Morgan Thiedt, Alyssa LaFountain, Hannah Hartley, Kit DiCarlo.
This is the second year in a row that the Silver Cup was won by a team headed by the partnership of Sarah MacHarg and Sidney Inouye. Also returning to lead his team in the quest for the Middle School Division was Morgan Thiedt, from Deapoli Middle School.Learn More
WSCD BRIDGE CLUBS COMPETE IN SPRING TEAM GAME
February 13, 2015:High School and Middle School Bridge Teams are scheduled to meet in an intramural competition for the WCSD-RYB Silver cup on March 21st at the Golden Nugget in Sparks. This event, played in a duplicate bridge team game format, will offer student team members of their school Bridge Club the opportunity to win the right to display the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup for the next year. The Silver Cup is perpetual trophy awarded to the school represented by the winning team.
The Spring Team Game Tournament is one of three major intramural tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., a non-profit company which provides the Washoe County high schools and middle schools instruction to learn and play the game of bridge. Volunteer associate bridge experts from the Reno Unit of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) serve as instructors for the WCSD after school activity bridge clubs. Organized in 2008 as a pilot effort to bring the benefits of learning and playing bridge to the students of WCSD, the activity has registered membership of over 300 high school and middle school students in the most recent school year.
Once a most popular social activity here in the United States with over 20 million people playing the game regularly, in recent years, participation has declined due largely to the growth of video games, television and professional sports. Concurrently, graduation rates for WCSD high school students has also declined especially for minorities. The Directors of Reno Youth Bridge, having learned of this decline in graduation rates, decided to try and do something about it. They were stimulated by the reading of a 3 year research study by Doctor Christopher Shaw of Carlin, Illinois. The report contained data that showed academic enhancement and acceleration in relative test scores in the subjects of math, reading, science and social studies when compared against those of the test group who did not learn and play bridge. The test scores over a three year period showed a rate of acceleration of as much as 40% higher among those in the test group who learned and played bridge.
December 27,2014: Taking up right where they left off last spring the partnership of Henry Weisberg and Nathan Ly of McQueen High School, showed their developing skill at the Bridge table by ringing up a healthy 68% game in the Reno Youth Bridge Midwinter Duplicate Bridge Championships on Saturday, December 27th at the Grand Sierra Resort. Eighteen pairs from Washoe County High School and Middle School Bridge Club members competed in this the first major tournament of the 2014-2015 School Year. Down in attendance from last year the low participation was likely caused by the fact that a beautiful cover of new snow had piled up on the Sierra ski resorts late during the week before and some players who normally compete were tempted to go to the slopes instead of test their skill at this the first of three Reno Youth Bridge sponsored duplicate bridge tournaments. Two members of the Silicon Valley Bridge Club in the San Jose California area, Brent Xiao and Rory Xiao, came up to Reno with their parents and not only participated in the RYB Midwinter but came close to winning it all as they had a 63.89% game placing second overall but just a fraction of a match point ahead of last year’s RYBAP college Tuition winner, Sara MacHarg and her partner Matt Oakley from the Davidson Academy. Fourth overall was the partnership of Christian Lin and Jimmy Cheng of McQueen High School who also scored a very nice 62.5% game only one and one half match points behind the third place pair of Macharg and Oakley. Following up in fifth place was the partnership of Andrew Wischer and Grecia Ruelas from Galena High School. The scores of both North South and east west players are shown below.
|RENO YOUTH BRIDGE MIDWINTER NS PAIRS|
|No||Name||Overall Rank||Section Rank||Score||Pct.||Awards|
|1||JORDAN ROWLEY ASPEN NEAHUSAN||63.50||44.10|
|2||HENRY WEISBERG NATHAN LY||1||1||98.5||68.4||4.67 Red|
|3||MAX SLATER SHASHANK ADDAGARLA||60||41.67|
|4||TALIA GUZMAN KAT KALLAS (NE)||63.5||44.1|
|5||SIDNEY INOUYE EMMA MILLER||4||68.5||47.57||0.85 Red|
|6||CAROLYN JONES MICHELLE VASQUEZ||41||28.47|
|7||SASHA OBAMA MALIA OBAMA(NE)||78.5||54.51|
|8||ANDREW WISCHER GRECIA RUELAS||5||3||84||58.33||1.48 Red|
|9||CHRISTIAN LIN JIMMY CHENG||4||2||90.5||62.85||1.97 Red|
|RENO YOUTH BRIDGE MIDWINTER EW Pairs|
|No||Name||Overall Rank||Section Rank||Final Score||Pct.||Awards|
|1||BEN LEE RAELYNN DELACRUZ||68||47.22|
|2||CONNOR BOLTMAN CHRISTIEN ENAD||4||74.5||51.74||0.85 Red|
|3||BRENT XIAO RORY XIAO||2||1||92||63.89||3.50 Red|
|4||KATHERINE SWEZEY COLE KENNY||70||48.61|
|5||VYTAS GEDVILA LARSON RIVERA||70.5||48.96|
|6||SARAH MACHARG MATT OAKLEY||3||2||91||6.19||2.63 Red|
|7||BRANDON HEREDIA NUNEZ-EDGAR TORRES||62||43.06|
|8||HAYDEN DAVIS JEREMY BENIK||45||31.25|
|9||KIMBERLY TRAN JOSEPH CHENG||81||56.25||1.22 Red|
December 15, 2014: Students of Washoe County high schools and middle schools are meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort on December 27th to participate in their first intramural tournament of the season. The event is held each year as a part of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Reno Regional Tournament sponsored by District 20 of the ACBL. In this Youth tournament, beginning students have the option of competing in a Mini-Bridge format or in a regular duplicate bridge format. In either case, those finishing high in the placement or rankings of the tournaments will be awarded as many as 30-50 RYBAP achievement points. At the close of the school year and after the completion of competition at the Year-End Open Pairs Tournament, the winner of the RYB-WCSD College Tuition Scholarship will be awarded to the individual accumulating the highest number of combined Silver RYBAP points (earned for skill) and Black RYBAP points (earned for effort). This year participation in the Mid-Winter Youth Tournament is expected to be higher than last year when high schools were first admitted to the Reno Youth Bridge program. The Tournament is free to all members and begins with registration at 9:00 to 9:45AM and the game will get underway at 10:00AM. At about 11:30AM, some treats will be distributed to quell appetites and both events will conclude at 1:30PM. From the playing room on the lower level students will serpentine to a smaller meeting room on the second floor for a light lunch of sandwiches or Pizza provided for by the ACBL Reno Unit. The award ceremony will take place during lunch and Students will be available for pick up no later than 2:30PM. The Directors of Reno Youth Bridge have determined that this tournament is open to youth bridge players from outside member clubs who are in the Reno Tahoe area during the Christmas – New Year’s vacation break. If 4 or 5 members of such a youth program would like come and play in a challenge team match, Dan Green, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. has said the Directors of Reno Youth Bridge will be pleased to set up such an event. Parents are welcome to kibitz (watch at a table) and they are welcome to join the Students for lunch following the tournament subject only to student first come privileges.Learn More