New RYB Monday Event



Where: 2850 Wrondel Way, Suite D, Reno, NV – (775) 827-3867
When: Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00, beginning October 1, 2018

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 can often be inferred to be 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, Sarah Macharge and  Matt Oakley played in Atlanta this last 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.