Silicon Valley Youth Bridge


Play and Learn Bridge

Do you want to play and learn bridge? Here are some great ways to do so. While not a complete list, it does offer options from solitare to large tournaments, free and paid, for beginners up to advanced players.

Additional Resources

Online Resources

Youth Bridge Association - Four high school age members of the US Youth National Bridge Team who began their bridge careers as SiVY players have newly formed an organization to bring the game of bridge to the next generation of students through interactive training sessions and inter-school competition.

American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) - The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) is the governing body for contract bridge in the United States, Mexico, Bermuda and Canada and is a member of the World Bridge Federation. Their webste allows users to track their Masterpoints, provides information about local clubs,teachers, tournaments, etc.

ACBL District 21 - the local governing body of the ACBL serving Northern California and Nevada. Provides information on and results of local tournaments, links to Units within the district, etc.

ACBL Masterpoint Races - see how the masterpoints you and your friends have won compare to the rest of the youth in the ACBL.

Bridge Base Online - Free online bridge. Largest bridge site in the world. Duplicate, tournaments, money games, vugraph, more.

  • Bridge Master - test your play with beginning through World Class play.

Bridge Winners - Read about bridge, answer problems, take lessons to improve your bidding and play, create convention cards. Free,

  • Games - Counting Game trains you to recognize distributions of bridge hands without pause for thought. High Card Hunter trains you to count up those sweet sweet HCPs without even thinking about it.

The Bridge World - The Bridge World Magazine was founded in 1929 by Eli Culbertson. While the content of the monthly magazine is superb, it is intended for advanced players. Consider a subscription if/when you are ready for advanced material. In the meantime, the website offers a wealth of free bridge instruction, and an excellent bookstore.

Bridge With Larry Cohen - This website offers numerous free articles by one of the world's most prominent and entertaining bridge teachers.

Center for Bridge Education - CBE introduces students, seniors, and others to the game of bridge to promote inductive and deductive mental skills, memory enhancement, cooperative and competitive partnership, and social skills. Based in San Francisco.

How to Fill Out the ACBL Convention Card

Learn to Play Bridge Software - This free software is presented in two volumes: Learn to Play Bridge 1, for beginners, and Learn to Play Bridge 2, for those who know the basics but want to develop their playing, bidding and defense skills.

NextGenBridge - The American Contract Bridge League presents learning resources, playing opportunities, news, achievements and interviews with young bridge players. More than 4000 youngsters participate each year in schools throughout North America.

Bridge-Related Card Games

Game of Tricks - A kinder, gentler version of "War".

Knock Out Whist - A simple trick taking game more sophisticated than the Game of Tricks. It uses trump, and involves some strategy, yet is still suitable for fairly young kids (ages 5-12). Any number from 2-7 can play. It seems to be played mostly in Britain, and is often called by the alternative name Trumps.

MiniBridge - A simplified form of Contract Bridge designed to expose newcomers to declarer and defensive playing techniques without the burden of learning a detailed bidding system.

Whist - A classic English trick-taking card game which was the basis for the development of bridge.

Local Clubs Providing Duplicate Bridge Games and Education

Facebook - Wesley May, a Facebook employee, invites you to Facebooks ACBL duplicate game Tuesday evenings at 6PM.  18-20 boards and try to finish by 9:00pm. Email Wesley for an invitation

Palo Alto Unit 503 - Offers games for all levels of players including intermediate / newcomer games specifically for new and returning players with limited masterpoints. Also offers a comprehensive education program including classes, free lectures, learning game (lesson and mentored bid/play), and mentoring.

San Jose Unit 507 - Two duplicate games a day except for one on Sundays. Four games offer separate beginner sections. Supervised play sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m.

San Mateo Unit 498 -

Stanford Bridge Club - The Stanford Bridge Club exists to introduce new players to the game and support the game on campus and in the community. Our weekly games are informal and open to beginners and experts alike. If you’re fond of puzzles, math, or other games, have family or friends who play, or are just looking for an interesting hobby, come check us out! 7:30 PM on Tuesdays.

Bridge Videos

There are numerous teaching videos on the internet. The following provide introductory and beginning bridge instruction.

Elena Grewal offers a series of short videos introducing new players to bridge. Videos

Joan Butts offers a series of short videos for beginning players Videos

Peter Hollands offers a series of videos for beginning through more advanced players. Videos

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources - class material and other resources.