RYB Students do well in Las Vegas NABC

August 1, 2019: Founded in 1937, the American Contract Bridge League is the largest bridge organization in the   Alex Mustard cropworld, serving Anthony Ritter cropover 165,000 members. Every year, they sanction over 3.5 million tables of bridge, played in more than 3,000 bridge clubs and 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments, plus 1 million tables played online.  A challenging and rewarding card game, bridge draws players of all ages and walks of life.  Reno Youth Bridge, founded in 2008 has provided a venue for Reno Middle and High School students to learn how to play this wonderful game.  Each year the American Contract Bridge League, the organization that administers tournament play in the region, holds one or more National Bridge tournaments in different cities around the United States.  This Summer the NABC Youth event was held in Las Vegas and four Reno High School students attended: Reno Youth Bridge Members, Ellie Mustard, Alex Mustard, Daphne Quint and Anthony Ritter.  Although going up against very stiff competition, the students did exceptionally well.

On Thursday, the four played in the Youth NABC Teams game and came in third in the C stratification,  which awarded them 0.68 red Master Points..  On Saturday, the team competed in the National Youth Swiss Teams and racked up another 0.36 red points

Thursday and Friday evening the students played in the pair’s games.  Anthony Ritter and Ellie Mustard placed fourth in the C Stratification on Thursday evening, earning 0.65 red points for that event.  On Saturday, Anthony Ritter and Ellie Mustard played in the Baron Barclay National Youth Open Pairs and won another 0.79 red points..

We are all very proud of our Reno youth members.  It should be noted that Alex Mustard was the winner of the Reno Youth Bridge $1000 College Tuition Scholarship award for the 2018-2019 school year and Anthony Ritter was the winner of the $500 scholarship which was made possible by a donation of that amount by Reno resident Ann Hiller-Brumbach.

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May 18, 2019::Once again demonstrating how well they have learned to play duplicate bridge at the 2019 a1FHcuk2Washoe County School District year end intramural bridge championships, Anthony Ritter and Allie Mustard put together a strong 64.84% game to win the Pairs event held at the Reno Bridge Center.  The two Reno High School Students also won the Spring Championship.   Eden Richards and Laila Wilson of High Desert Montessori School placed second and Daphne Quint and Alexandria Mustard finished third. Reno Youth Bridge, Inc sponsored the event as a part of the non-profit organization’s program for teaching Junior and Senior High School students to learn and play the game of contract bridge in after school activity classes.



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Anthony Ritter and Allie Mustard Win Spring Pairs

Showing their learned skills, Anthony Ritter and Allie Mustard put together a fine effort to win the Spring PairsAllie Mustar, Anthony Ritter championship sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge and the Washoe County School System.  The contest is one of three intramural events held each year to test the learning of contract Duplicate Bridge by students of Washoe County School System in after school activity classes.  The game is taught by volunteer bridge experts who are members of the Reno Unit of the American Contract Bridge League.  Started ten years ago, Reno Youth Bridge has provided opportunity for students in 14 high schools and Junior high schools to enjoy learning and playing the game of contract bridge.  The game exercises the brain in ways that enhances academic achievement and has contributed to many student’s ability to earn high marks on College entrance exams. 

Sophia Paiva and Ella Paiva came in second and Daphne Quint and Alexandria Mustard were third in Section A.  For the new participants, Reno Youth Bridge has a special Section in which the players are allowed to receive help from their instructor and the winners of that events were Kat Kallas and Angell Sumampong,Sophia Paiva and Ella Paiva came in second and Daphne Quint and Alexandria Mustard were third in Section A.  For the new participants, Reno Youth Bridge has a special Section in which the players are allowed to Other pairs placing second and third were Eden Richards and Laila Wilson and Emree va and Candace Chao.

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Alex Mustard & Daphne Quint Win Mid -Winter Pairs

December 10, 2018:  Reno Youth Bridge Mid Winter Pairs Tournament was held at the Reno Bridge Center last Saturday with youth bridge club members from Wahsoe County School District high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and Charter schools participating.  Celebrating their tenth year of teaching Reno students how to learn, play and win in the game of contract bridge, Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. a nonprofit Navada corporation brings the opportunity for students to earn achievement points toward the granting of a College Tuition Scholarships while enhancing their academic and social skills.  Bridge is a partnership game and those students who apply themselves in learning how to play the game generally have a GPA record significantly above those who do not. While competing in the world’s most popular card game, students are able to learn critical thinking and inferential analysis, something that is difficult to teach..   Dwight Eisenehower was a dedicated bridge player as is Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.  As a matter of fact, most serious bridge players have records of achievement in their vocation too. 

Last Saturday, the students were split into two divisions, one for 2nd year students and another for those just beginnning to learn the game.  No matter how long our students have been learning this great card game competition, each one has the opportunity to demonstrate exceptional skill and rank high in one of the RYB Annual Tournaments.  Saturday’s results were no different.  Susan Powell RYB instructor and Tournament Director reported that Margo Pope, a first year student in the RYB program was able to compete effectively even after attending only one class before playing in this her first major tournament.  Partnering with ShaniMustard, this pair finished second in Division C. by racking up a very nice 58.7% score,  Results of the Tournament are shown below for both Division A in which returning members participate and in Division C in which students are playing for the first time.  

Top Finishers at the RYB 2018 Winter Tournament

A Section (no help with bidding or playing of the hand) winners:


1st Place:   68.75%   Alex Mustard – Daphne Quint  

                                         2nd Place:  53.57%   Jamie Berfield (Faculty Representative) – Wally DeBarger

                            3rd Place:  45.54%   Carrie DeBarger – Eliot Current (both freshman!)  

4th Place:  32.14%   EJ Bright – Varun Giritharan      


              C Section (help with bidding, but no help with playing of the hand) winners:


1st Place:     65.18 %    Trinity Harris – Aja Franchi

                                              2nd Place:    58.93%     Margaret Pope – Shani Mustard (Faculty Representative)

             3rd Place:    47.32%     Payton Findley – Angell Sumampong

4th Place:    46.43%     Eden Richards – Laila Wilson

   5th Place:    43.75%     Macy Samuels – Noah Samuels

    6th Place:    38.39%     Aurora Thompson – Izzy Langley

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Youth NABC Participants from Reno Youth Bridge

Matt & SarahAugust 10, 2018: Matt Oakley and Sarah MacHarg Scored well in Youth NABC in Atlanta this Summer, scoring 3.9 Gold points in the Knock Out Team Games and Open Pairs Events.  The pair representing Reno Youth Bridge entered other 299er and side games as a part of the regular NABC Tournaments playing in 16 sessions in all.  What a great result for these two stars of Reno Youth Bridge competition  while attending the Davidson Academy in Reno NV. Both have been winners of RYBAP College Tuition Scholarships during the past three years.  

Reno Youth Bridge sponsors after school Bridge Clubs at which the game of duplicate bridge is taught to students seeking to enjoy the life time benefits from playing this game.  The Nevada Non-Profit organization, established in 2008, has given over 2000 RYB Club Members the opportunity to learn and play this, the most popular card game in the World.  RYB is accepting registrations for Clubs to be established at all High Schools and Middle Schools in Washoe County School District where volunteer teachers act as faculty representitive for administering the teaching of the game to their schoool bridge club members.  More information about the 2018-2019 school year programs are available by contacting the RYB Student Registration administrator at 775-846-5829 or by email at klane0353@charter.net  

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