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News - May 30, 2014

Bridging the age gap

Local group brings card game to Silicon Valley youth

by Kevin Forestieri

Kids these days get their kicks from digital media and video games, which has some people worried about the tabletop games of the past. That's why fans of bridge are making a concerted effort to get younger generations interested in their favorite card game.

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Posted by Debbie Rosenberg
a resident of another community
on May 31, 2014 at 12:26 am

Thank you to the Voice for sharing this news with the Mountain View community. As President of SiVY Bridge (full disclosure), I'd like to personally invite readers to visit our website sivybridge.org, and explore our program. Please email sivybridge@gmail.com with any questions.

I'd also like to add a couple of points to this fine article. While it is true that the majority of players in the U.S. are much older, and our program is currently focused primarily on middle schoolerss, there is quite a bit of competitive youth bridge taking place both nationally and internationally, for which Bay Area high school and college students have qualified.
For example, both Stanford and UC Berkeley were amongst 8 teams out of 22 which qualified for the annual North American Collegiate Championship. Four students from each university won a free trip to compete in the finals this summer.
The World Junior Bridge Championships will take place in Istanbul this August, and several Bay Area students will be competing.

Finally, one of the wonderful things about bridge is that is can be shared and enjoyed by all, even when players are far apart in age and/or level of play. Bridge can be a fun family game to play at home, or an activity in which parents and grandparents can enter friendly competitions with their child/grandchild as their PARTNER, rather than having the child compete while the parent watches (and chauffeurs)......

I hope to meet you at the bridge table soon!

Cheers,
Debbie Rosenberg


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