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.

January 29, 2017

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Forty-seven youth bridge players participated in our January pizza party.

Players played casual bridge and noshed on pizza, chips and fruit before the official tournament play. Twenty players (5 tables) competed in the more experienced tournament and another twenty players participated in the less experienced tournament. The remaining players continued to learn and have casual play.

Stephanie, Matthew and their mom Vickie, all new to bridge, joined us for the first time and enjoyed learning basics from one of our table monitors. Dad Jason, who knows how to play bridge, looked on. Matthew is 16 and goes to Evergreen Valley HS. Stephanie is 14 and is in 8th grade at Valley Christian. The family is friends with SiVY youth Jasmine and Katherine and their dad Donghui who plays bridge. We were happy to see friends bringing friends to the party, and look forward to seeing them all again soon.

Benjamin A. brought his friend Pranav, 12. This was Pranav's first SiVY pizza party. Benjamin and Pranav play together at our school program at Graham MS.

Jesse & Noah Miller were also new to our Pizza Parties. Noah is in the school program at Graham, and Jesse is his younger brother. Jesse is 10; Noah is 13.

One youth who was at his 1st SiVY Pizza Party came in 6th. He is learning bridge at Terman Middle School at the bridge club started this fall by 8th grader Michael Xu.

At the conclusion of play, while everyone enjoyed cupcakes and cookies, Debbie Rosenberg read the names of the tournament winners who chose prizes and posed for photographs.

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 $5 per year. Both include a monthly magazine (print for Adults, online access for Juniors) and registration of masterpoints (start earning towards becoming a Life Master!).