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.

October 24, 2015

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On Saturday, October 24, SiVY Bridge and the Silicon Valley Unit of the ACBL co-sponsored a Pizza Party Play Bridge event at the Unit's Sectional Tournament at West Valley College.

In the casual play area there were 20 youths playing with adult table helpers filling in and mentoring.

The casual players took a brief break from bridge for a couple rounds of musical chairs to burn off energy and add to the enjoyment. Perhaps this is something the ACBL will want to add to Nationals in the future?

SiVY players also entered the main Sectional events - there were 16 players playing in Silver Rush, side pairs, and open pairs. Those playing in the tournament gathered in the SiVY area to find partners before the session and enjoy pizza and snacks after. Many of them had played in the casual play area the year before.

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!).