Silicon Valley Youth Bridge

In The News

Congratulations Andrew Chen, youngest Life Master ever!

Congratulations to Andrew Chen, 8 years and 3 days, becoming ACBL’s youngest life master! Previous record was held by Zach Garrison, who was 9 years, 2 months and 7 days. It is worth noting the requirement for life master used to be 300 points and changed to be 500 points for members who joined after 2010.

Andrew is part of our program and enjoys playing bridge with other youth in our program. Pictures of Andrew at our events.

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SiVY youth win big at Youth NABC in Toronto, winning Swiss Team and Open events and Sportsmanship Award.

Story and pictures.

SiVY Youth Vie for District 21 Flight C Grand National Teams

February 11-12, 2017: Fourteen teams entered the District 21 Flight C Grand National Teams event to select the team to represent District 21 at this year's ACBL Grand National Teams. 17 SiVY youth players, ranging in age from 11-21, were on five different teams, two of which also included parents. Two teams with youth players made it to the semi-finals, where they each lost a fairly close match.

The winning team was Max Schireson, Cadir Lee, Olivier Chapelle, and Aravind Alwan. The first three of those winners are parents of SiVY players! They will represent the district at the North American Bridge Championship in Toronto this summer.

This event provided great experience for the players, and we expect to see youth teams in the finals of this event next year, and for years to come!

Results | Pictures

Our thanks to Bo Xiao and Max Schireson for organizing the youth teams. Photo credit to Qing Lu.

Congratulations to Kevin Huang and Brent Xiao (see picture) who won the Baron Barclay National Youth Open Pairs at the 2016 Youth NABC tournament in Washington, DC.

ACBL Bridge Bulletin article.

Looking back at the first three years of our program

SiVY players win big at San Mateo Sectional

February 22-23, 2016: Congratulations to Olivia d'Arezzo and Cornelius Duffie on their decisive victory in the 0-99 game at Saturday's San Mateo sectional. The pair scored 61% to win the event. Olivia and Cornelius' names will be engraved on the Art Weinstein memorial trophy along with past winners and the trophy will be displayed at the Bayshore Bridge club.

Lucas Huang and Jonathan Shi were first in their direction, and second overall in the 26 pair event. Our youth players dominated their older competition!

Congrats also go to Casual Friday mentors Nate Munger and Ankur Rathi, who won the main two session open pairs event. They may be learning something from all of our players at Casual Fridays. :)

USBF Jr/Pro Charity Exhibition Match Sunday Jan 31st @ 1PM (4pm EST)

Cheer on SiVY player Rory Xiao, as he partners World Champion Bobby Levin on Bridge Base Online. Four youth players from around the U.S. are each paired with an expert partner. Sixth grader Rory Xiao of Fremont was invited to take part, and SiVY Volunteer and UC Berkeley bridge club president Isha Thapa of Palo Alto is also one of the four Juniors participating! Both Rory and Isha will be competing in the World Youth Team Championship this summer in Italy,

Watch the action on Bridge Base Online and learn from the expert commentary. Commentators for the match will include both Debbie and Michael Rosenberg.

SiVY Bridge players have been selected to compete on the USA Under 16 team in the World Youth Bridge Championships this summer in Salsomaggiore, Italy.

January 15, 2016: Based on their performance in the Under 21 team trials last month in Atlanta, two pairs, Suzanne Campbell-Rory Xiao and Michael Hu-Arthur Zhou were invited by the United States Bridge Federation to be part of the first ever US U16 team. Their third pair, Kevin Huang-Brent Xiao, are just a little too old to qualify. Wish them luck when you see them at SiVY events, and ask them how they got so good!

Additionally. Kevin Rosenberg's team won the USA U26 Championship, to qualify as USA I for the World Championships, and Isha Thapa qualified for the Rona Cup team

Other Youth NABC articles:

Cheer on SiVY youth in the USBF Jr/Pro Charity Exhibition Match Sunday Jan 31st @ 1PM (4pm EST)

SiVY players Brent and Rory Xiao featured in Bobby Wolff's Aces on Bridge column.

The Huffington Post describes 7 Reasons to Teach Your Kids Bridge.

Read about us in Bridge Winners, ACBL Bridge Bulletin and the Mountain View Voice.