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 30, 2017

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Thirty three youth bridge players participated in our April pizza party.

Players played casual bridge and noshed on pizza, chips and fruit before the official tournament play. Sixteen players (4 tables competed in the more experienced tournament and another twelve players (3 tables) participated in the less experienced tournament. The remaining five players continued to learn and have casual play.

Charlie played in his first pizza party.  His parents Steve and Sarah are experienced duplicate players.  Dad Steve says he already knows Stayman and Jacoby Transfers!

Charlie played in flight B with Kayden, whose dad Xin is also a duplicate player and whose mom Min is learning to play (she took Kathy Harper's beginner class with her older son Brandon). Min also volunteers at the registration table at events and sends out the write-up to all the players after the event.

Thomas came from UC Berkely and Sam came from UC Santa Cruz.

Several youth who competed in the HS Championships last week came to the pizza party this week, including Adam and Michelle, for whom this was their first SiVY pizza party.

SiVY volunteer Joni Smith taught the game of Handz to several other volunteers. Handz introduces the mechanics and strategies of contract bridge without intimidating.

At the conclusion of play, while everyone enjoyed cake, Frank Smoot 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!).