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.

Aspiring bridge players ages 10-25 are welcome – as long as they know just a little bit about bridge and want to learn more.

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.

April 19, 2015

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33 kids attended the pizza and bridge party at the Bridge Center in Mountain View. Three were first-timers, including 2 who worked on basic concepts with a couple of the many wonderful mentors and helpers who were there. One of the mentors, C.J. Jameson, had just aged out of the youth group, but was back to volunteer.

Pizza was ready as kids arrived, and casual play began. Both the pizza and the play were very popular.

There were 7 tables playing in the duplicate tournament, with the rest playing casually. The Palo Alto High team was back working with their mentor, Lynn Bartz, to continue their preparation for the High School Championship coming up on April 25.

Kevin Rosenberg, 17 year-old son of SiVY president Debbie Rosenberg and an amazing bridge player, stepped up and took over the roles of his (sick) mother and Will Watson, our fantastic director who arrived late from a tournament. Thanks to Kevin, all the organization for our tournament was done and the pairs were ready at the tables in time for the start of the play.

There was talk among players of who planned to come to the Summer Camp—both newbies and returning campers. Also, some of the parents decided to attend the “Learn Bridge in a Day” event coming up in May, so they can keep up with their kids.

As usual, the event ended with cake and trophies—and lots of talk about coming back for the next party.


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 $29 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!).