Silicon Valley Youth Bridge

About our Pizza Parties

Young bridge players enjoy challenging competition and good food at the monthly Silicon Valley Youth (SiVY) Bridge party.

Kids with all levels of experience are welcome.

Upon arrival the kids play casually and enjoy snacks. After pizza is served many players enter a mini-tournament while others keep playing for fun. Brand new players are taught the basics of the game, learning as they play.

The pairs in the mini-tournament practice skills in bidding as well as play. Prizes are awarded to the winners.

Volunteers are available to help the kids who play for fun.

Near the end of each party, dessert is served, while tournament winners are announced and prizes are awarded

The SiVY monthly events are held to provide kids from our after school classes a chance to meet aspiring players from other schools and organizations. They are also a great way for kids who have learned from adult family to play bridge with other young people.

August 1, 2014

Twenty seven students came to the August event at the Bridge Center in Mountain View. There were several new faces and almost all the kids knew how to play some bridge.

There were 7 tables in a duplicate tournament (resuts). Everyone—both the students and the helpers—seemed to have a great time. And there was certainly no shortage of appetites—lots of pizza and cake disappeared!

When asked why they enjoy the game, Kevin Huang mentioned the skill required, Quan Nguyen likes the strategy (but didn’t much like the cards he got in the tournament), Gabriel Arthur-Scott thinks tournaments are fun, Violet Tivol likes meeting other kids who play, and Alex Zheng says it’s fun to play with a partner.

Mentors were available throughout the party to teach bridge to some parents. Later, a 4-year old who has been learning bridge at home, came with his parents to pick up his sister who attended the party. He spent some time playing with his parents and a mentor. He said that bridge is his favorite game. He was heard to say "Mom, you know you shouldn't have led that. You knew I was out of them!".

The bridge games at our parties are American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) sanctioned awarding masterpoints (MP) to high scorers. ACBL membership is not required for our games but is strongly suggested. You can join online or at the Bridge Center on the night of an event. Adult membership is $28 for the first year and junior membership only $15 per year. Both include a monthly print magazine and registration of masterpoints (start earning towards becoming a Life Master!).