This past weekend, Reno Middle School and High School Bridge Teams competed in the RYB–WCSD Year end Pairs Tournament in pursuit of the RYB Gold Trophy. The winners of the event were Shashank Addagarla and Matt Oakley of the Davidson Academy. The pair will have their names engraved on the trophy and it will be encased in the Trophy cabinet at the Reno Bridge Center. Shashank and Matt had a fine 60.84% game and finished 3 points or about half a “board” ahead of Davis Troyer and Zachary Foster of Shaw Middle School who finished second. Thirty six of the Reno Youth Bridge student members attended the tournament even though unknowingly the game was scheduled in conflict with a District Math Competition which kept ten to twelve of the members from being able to attend. Nevertheless, eighteen partnerships from ten middle schools and high schools registered in this prestigious event, the winners of which are qualified to assume the title of King of Youth Bridge of Washoe County School District. Reno Youth Bridge is attempting to organize several more Bridge Clubs at various WCSD High Schools in the coming year. A large number of Reno Youth Bridge members are graduating from the middle schools this year and will be attending various high schools in which a Youth Bridge Club has yet to be started.
It is hoped to have four or five of the high school form bridge clubs at which RYB will teach newcomers the basics of the game and the more experienced players will be gaining in experience playing in tournaments at the Reno Bridge Center. In addition to receiving their trophies for section wins, Shasank and Matt will have their names engraved upon the RYB Gold Trophy representing their overall victory. Both Matt and Shashank attended the “Saturday Morning Teaching Table” from time to time and took the weekend bridge quiz which presented different bridge playing and bidding problems that they had to solve. In reward for making the effort to improve, members received RYBAP points for attending the online teaching table and completing the weekend quiz. Points won helped them finish high in the standing for the Year end gift certificates given to members based on their ranking in the RYBAP point standings. It is not surprising to see those who win our Team and Pairs competitions also be ranked high in the RYBAP Point count. The Shaw after school Bridge Class has been receiving instruction from Conrad Evans, one of the highly regarded experts in the Reno Unit. Conrad has an approach which defers the teaching of duplicate and focuses on simple bidding and play with scoring more like party bridge. Whatever he has been doing it apparently has had exceptional results as the two members of the partnership finishing second in the Pairs Championships shown here were also members of the Shaw Middle School Bridge Team that won the RYB-WCSD Spring Team Championships last April.
Kathy Lane and RYB Director and teacher Dan Green are shown here presenting the Spring Team Game Silver Cup to the winning team from Shaw Middle School. Members of the team pictured here are Captain Zachary Foster, Davis Troyer, Andrew Wishcher and Joseph Logan. This, the Shaw Team #2 is receiving the perpetual trophy now that their names have been engraved on one of the brass name plates, to transport it to the school for display in its trophy case. Deborah Annand, Faculty Representative, will also receive a gift certificate of $250 from the Dillon’s Department Store in recognition of their school winning this trophy.
In addition to the award of the Trophies for section wins in the Year End Pairs Championship, Kathy Lane and Bud Brewer gave out the gift certificates won by RYB members who were in the top twenty position in standings for accumulated RYBAP points earned by the students during the school year. Points are awarded for achievement and effort during the instruction period. Members can earn points for consistency in class attendance, logging in to the Saturday Teaching Table online, taking the Weekend bridge Quiz, attending each of the three Major Tournaments sponsored by RYB, playing 12 practice hands with an instructor or an RYB Director online, attending and playing in any sanctioned ACBL tournament and for their rankings in the three Major RYB Tournaments. During the 2012-2013 school semesters the student who accumulated the highest number of RYBAP points also earned a $1000 College or trade school Scholarship conditioned upon graduating from high school and having accumulated a 2.5 GPA. The winner of the Condition Precedent Scholarship this year was Henry Weisberg, shown here receiving his certificate from Kathy Lane.
“Shaw Team #2 wins Reno Youth Bridge Spring Team Game Championships” width=”300″ height=”225″ class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-1665″ />Bridge Championships in pursuit of winning the RYB “Silver Cup”. Possession of the Cup, a perpetual trophy is given to the winning team’s school for display in their trophy case until a competitor wins the same championships in 2014. Zachary Foster, Team Captain of Shaw #2 is shown here receiving the Silver Cup from Tournament Chairman Bud Brewer, Managing Director of Reno Youth Bridge. Other members of the team are Davis Troyer, Andrew Wishcher and Joseph Logan. Shaw #2 opened up a lead of 14 victory points by the end of the second of four rounds, but Sparks #2 came roaring back in the 3rd quarter to close the gap to only 2 Victory Points. The fourth and final match would indeed determine who was going to win the Silver Cup. Sparks Team # 2 was made up by Yash Shah, Smit Shah, Trace Turner and Suzy Davenport. The pressure was intense as both teams missed opportunities to put the victory away. Upon totaling up the final score it was determined that both teams had won their matches by the identical score of two victory points. The Shaw #2 team thus prevailed and became the second Washoe County middle school whose team member’s names are engraved on a plate attached to the Silver Cup Trophy. Finishing in third place was the always competitive team of High Desert Montessori Charter School whose members were Harley DeGuzman, Alex Woods, Kat Kallas and Kolton Kallas.
2013 Washoe County Middle School Duplicate Bridge Teams
Reno Youth Bridge is in its fifth year of teaching bridge at Washoe County Middle Schools. Last autumn, middle school student alumni from Cold Springs and Sparks Middle Schools’ class of 2012 launched a Bridge Club after school activity at AACT High School. The Club has three teachers on its roster as well as 12 other alumni of the RYB program among Reno-Sparks Middle Schools. One of the other schools participating in the Reno Youth Bridge after school activity program is Davidson Academy, at which ninth and tenth grades are taught in addition to Middle School levels.
Shown at left are members of the AACT Bridge team, Preston Latham, Gionanney Zuniga, Joseph Managa, Erin Walsh. This year AACT and Davidson High School Students competed against each other at both the Mid-Winter RYB Pairs Tournament in December and the2013 Spring Team Game Challenges in April. Played as an International Match Point head to head Challenge event (IMP scoring), once again AACT defeated the Davidson Academy this time by 15 IMPS. Led by Captain Giovanney Zuniga, the team got off to a fast start and led by 11 IMPS at the Half and finished strong adding 4 more IMPS during the remainder of the game to win by 15 IMPS. The AACT team’s partnerships were made up of Giovanney Zuniga and Joseph Magana, Preston Latham and Erin Walsh. Davidson Academy’s High School Team members were, Sarah Macharg, Shashank Addagarla, Elliott Glazer and Molly Rakestraw. Observers were somewhat surprised but delighted to see that Erin Walsh, a ninth grade student at AACT was a strong member of the AACT team notwithstanding the fact that since last fall she has been totally blind caused by a mysterious malady. Not to be impeded in her love for the game of bridge, Erin plays with the assistance of a monitor who whispers into her ear what the cards are in her hand and the dummy so that when a card is played and announced she remembers all 26 visible cards and calls out the one she wishes played at her turn.