Youth Game at Orlando NABC
[10/24/10] There will be a Cardrook pairs game on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Orlando at the Fall North American Bridge Championships. All youth age 19 and under with 20 master points or less are invited.
The game starts at 10:00 (check-in at 9:30) on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the Marriott World Center Resort Orlando in the I/N playing area. Free admission, trophies and refreshments.
Please let Patty Tucker know if you plan to attend: 404-735-4779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our newest ACBL Life Master - Murphy Green!
became AJB's newest Life Master at the Labor Day
Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta!
[9/10/10] A great time was had by all Saturday during the Labor Day Regional here in Atlanta. Four tables of newish players – seven players with only one week of bridge experience – joined us for a morning of bridge, fun and new friends. Now for the Results!
We Wowed Them in New Orleans!
[9/10/10] We left everyone else a few masterpoints…but not many. See how well we did!
It wasn’t all bridge however. Astronaut Greg Johnson was back to tells us more about space and noted children’s author Louis Sachar came and talked about his new book The Cardturner and signed copies for the kids. This new book is about…..you guessed it…..Bridge!
Congratulations to everyone. Next stop? Toronto in 2011.
2010 Youth NABC
[8/27/10] The 2010 Youth NABC was held in New Orleans, LA on July 29-31. See photos here.
[6/28/10] The U21 final of the team trials to become Team USA2 were held this weekend and was an all AJB final: Ricoh Das, William Dang, Angie Green and Mili Raina vs Zandy Rizzo, Murphy Green, Andrew Jeng and Richard Jeng with Rizzo coming out on top. They will compete in Philadelphia this October in the World Championships. Click Here for pictures.
Roswell Bridge Club Special AJB Game
[6/28/10] A great time was had by all at the Roswell Bridge Club's special AJB game on June 10th. Big thanks to club owner Bill Marks for setting up this championship game for the kids to give them a head start on all their summer bridge fun! Click Here for pictures.
AJB Students Play in Finals of the District 7 Flight C GNT's!
[6/15/10] Congratulations to all ten of the AJB students who traveled to Greenville to play in the D7 Flight C GNT's. We are proud of each and every one of you. Two AJB teams advanced to the finals. Andrew Jeng, Richard Jeng, Zandy Rizzo and Murphy Green played against Arjun Dhir, Ricoh Das, Asish Shah and William Dang for the privilege of representing D7 in the National finals in New Orleans this summer. The winners? Murphy, Zandy, Andrew and Richard. Aashna Choudary and Karan Vohra advanced to the semi-finals. Mili Raina and Angie Green narrowly missed the qualification to the semi-finals. Well Done to all.
Jerry Helms Seminar 2010
[3/20/10] Jerry Helms visited Atlanta this February to raise money for the Atlanta Junior Bridge program. For the past three years Jerry has donated his time and energy to help promote Youth Bridge and this year’s seminar on declarer play was one of his finest. As usual Gailyn Thornton made sure all the details were handled smoothly as over fifty bridge players enjoyed his wit and humor as they honed their skills. Jerry’s staff in Charlotte; Jackie Key, Penelope Smith and Gene Manion handled the preparation of the material and boards donating their time for youth bridge also. A huge thank you goes out to Jerry for his talent, dedication and generosity in supporting our youth bridge efforts. Thanks Jerry!
AJB 2009 Newsletter
What’s been going on with AJB?
[3/12/10] Atlanta Junior Bridge closed out the year with over 100 new students having learned the rudiments of bridge. In just four short years 1600 young players have attended our classes in the metro Atlanta area. AJB provided instructional materials to learn bridge and teachers to teach it at no cost.
Games at every tournament in metro Atlanta and a monthly free game at the Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club have offered the young players a chance to meet with each other, socialize and compete in safe and pleasant surroundings.
In 2009 three AJB students became ACBL Life Masters. Andrew Jeng and Richard Jeng achieved Life Master status at the Alpharetta Duplicate Bridge Club. Zandy Rizzo became Life Master at the December sectional. Richard became ACBL’s youngest Life Master at the age of 9.
We started off 2009 with the AJB Pot Luck dinner. This event gave everyone a chance to touch base after the holidays and was attended by many of the students, parents, teachers and friends of AJB. Speed Scrabble, Monopoly and other games for some and conversation for others - many thanks to those that brought food and their family to celebrate with us.
The 2009 Georgia Youth Swiss Team State Championship, held during the Roswell Sectional, ended in a tie. Murphy Green - Ashish Shah - Hunter Smith, Alpharetta; Sean Gannon, Atlanta tying with Arjun Dhir - Zandy Rizzo, Alpharetta; Andrew Jeng - Richard Jeng, Johns Creek.
Jerry Helms, nationally renowned author, columnist, player and teacher came to Atlanta in April and held a fund raising seminar for AJB. This is the largest and most successful fund-raising event we present. Give Jerry and his staff a huge ‘Thank You’ the next time you see them for donating their time and efforts.
We were at the Roswell DBC with Bill Marks in July for the first ‘Generational Game’. At the lunch break we pulled out signs representing every decade between 1920 and 2000 to see if we could find a person in the room born in each decade. We got them all but one – 1980. Everyone present agreed to search out friends born in 1980 and teach them bridge before next years game!
AJB’s own Murphy Green was elected by his peers as the ACBL's first national Youth Advocate. Thirteen AJB students were chosen to represent District 7 in their first class of Youth Ambassadors: Zandy Rizzo, Andrew Jeng, Richard Jeng, Ricoh Das, Mili Raina, Murphy Green, Angie Green, Arjun Dhir, Monali Shah, Ashish Shah, Hunter Smith, Maya Kelkar and Amanda Pham.
Late July it was on to Washington DC as our Atlanta Junior Bridge players showed a strong force at the Youth NABC with 41 of our young players taking home a shopping cart full of masterpoints! Angie Green of Alpharetta was elected to receive the national Sportsmanship Trophy and $1000 college scholarship donated by Phil Gordon. This prestigious award is voted on by our young players to honor the person who best exhibits sportsmanship and ethics throughout the tournament. Astronaut Greg Johnson (an enthusiastic bridge player) came Saturday morning, gave a presentation to the players and answered questions about his experiences in outer space. The biggest highlight of the Youth NABC was a visit from Bill Gates on Saturday where he spoke with the kids, shook hands and even signed a few Youth4Bridge baseball caps. District 6, the Youth NABC volunteers and the ACBL staff did a fantastic job of making the kids feel comfortable and giving them an event they will remember for a long time.
During the December sectional Aashna Choudhary and Brian Cai of Alpharetta swept the field with a 71.6% game to win the Georgia Youth Open Pairs State Championship.
What’s AJB planning for 2010?
In addition to our regular schedule of classes, summer camps, games and tournaments for our young players; AJB is planning to expand our efforts and attempt to generate interest in a Middle School Intramural Bridge League.
With the help of Bridge At Schools, a curriculum is being written which will allow AJB to attempt to get bridge approved as a nine week ‘connection course’ in local area middle schools. In late April we plan to make available free bridge lessons to school teachers and officials to interest them in offering classes for their students, with assistance from AJB teachers and volunteers.
A Teacher training course, developed specifically for bridge players interested in teaching children, is being finalized and will be offered in late March.
AJB will offer a bridge curriculum to local school teachers and a stipend to school teachers who teach bridge in their classroom and create and coach a school Bridge Club. AJB assistants will be provided to help in all areas including intramural games and an end-of-school city wide tournament. We’ll need more teachers and assistants as these plans bloom and hope that you might be one of them.
Our sincere thanks go out to our local and regional bridge organizations and clubs. Without your support AJB can not exist. We hope that 2010 will bring even more productive results and that we can count on continued support from our AJB parents, players and organizations.
Georgia Youth Swiss Team State Championship
[3/7/10] The Georgia Youth Swiss Team State Championship was held Saturday February 27th at the Unit 114 Sectional tournament in Roswell. Seven teams of players competed for this honor with the team of Richard Jeng, Andrew Jeng, Murphy Green and Zandy Rizzo coming out on top. In second place were Hunter Smith, William Dang, Ricoh Das and Ashish Shah.
The Cardrook game of five tables resulted in a win by Caleb Colburn and Timmy Green (a double win for the Green family), with second place falling to Hannah Kedzierski and Isaac Wexel.
After the game we enjoyed a hotdog lunch while we passed out trophies and awarded Zandy Rizzo and Arjun Dhir for their accomplishment in becoming ACBL Life Masters.
Congratulations to all our players!
See our Students page for more photos.
Congratulations to Our New Life Master Arjun Dhir!
[2/15/10] Arjun rocketed into Life Master status with a 74% game at the Hilton Head Regional. Well done Arjun!
Aashna Choudhary and Brian Cai of Alpharetta Win State Championship!
[12/21/09] Congratulations to Aashna and Brian who swept the field with a 71.6% game to win the Georgia Youth Open Pairs State Championship. Unit 114 president Tom Wight was on hand to congratulate the pair on their fantastic win and award them the trophy which will have their name added to it as the third annual winners. Second were Hunter Smith and Asish Shah also from Alpharetta, followed in third by Richard Jeng and Andrew Jeng of Johns Creek.
In the Cardrook pairs we had another big game with Isaac Wexel of Lilburn and Hannah Kedzierski of Marietta putting up a 73.6% game finishing a full 5% ahead of the field. Second were Tomer Bromberg and Richard Jan of Alpharetta and third Phoebe Wexel of Lilburn and Daniel Shen of Duluth.
The game was followed by a party, courtesy of Unit 114 and the Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta. The pizza and hot dog party followed by cake was to honor the young players who made Life Master in the past year. They were Sean Gannon, Andrew Jeng and Richard Jeng (who is also ACBL's youngest Life Master).
A huge thanks to the Unit and the DBAA for their recognition of our young players and giving them the opportunity to celebrate with the rest of their friends.
Click here for the complete session recaps.
Congratulations to Our Newest Life Master...Zandy Rizzo
[12/16/09] Zandy (3rd from left) went over on December 12th, placing first in the Compact KO's. Way to go Zandy!
Check Out ACBL's Cool New Video
[11/20/09] Created from the filming done at the Washington DC Youth NABC, you'll find many of our Atlanta Junior Bridge players in the interviews!
Congratulations to Our Newest Winners
[11/15/09] AJB had two sets of winners in the Spartanburg Flight C NAOP. Andrew and Richard Jeng (1st) and Zandy Rizzo and Murphy Green (2nd). Each of the pairs has won a trip to the Spring NABC in Reno to compete in the Flight C NAOP on behalf of District 7. Mili Raina & Hunter Smith and Arjun Dhir & Sean Gannon also qualified for and competed in the event. We're proud of all of you!
[11/15/09] The AJB Learning Library has been updated with four new lessons, new example hands for two of the existing lessons and a link to this week's ACBL Bridge Bite.
Atlanta Junior Bridge Players Shine at the Athens Sectional
[10/12/09] The Swiss Team event on Sunday had 27 tables, eight of which were 299ers, and the 299ers Swiss was won by a team of high school kids from Atlanta. They are: Hunter Smith (age 14), Mili Raina (13), Zandy Rizzo (14) and William Dang (14). See the article on the ACBL website.
Parents! AJB Wants Your Thoughts
[10/9/09] Atlanta Junior Bridge’s mission is teach children bridge for free in the greater Atlanta area and to provide those who are interested opportunities to continue to learn and play with other children. It’s been proven that through learning bridge your child’s academic skills can improve. Bridge can also provide opportunities for them to improve their social and team-building skills.
Over 500 students were taught bridge in our camps and classes during the 2008/2009 school year and our goal is to keep bridge available for your child and attractive for you. Whether that means once a week or once a month, we hope that you will encourage and support your child in their pursuit of bridge.
We understand that as your children reach high school (and even middle school) there are many academic and school related opportunities that they would like to pursue. Family obligations, other interests, and simply a feeling of being too tired to take on one more activity can force you and your children to choose between activities.
AJB would like to learn how we can make it easier for your child to enjoy and play bridge. A Parent Survey questionnaire is available to help us find out not only where you would like classes, but what type of classes and when is the best day and time for your family?
You are not committing your child to any class (though we hope to see them there from time to time); this is simply a tool for AJB to better serve our members.
Your child is welcome in any open AJB class and in any AJB game at any time. The classes are listed on this web site under Classes and our FREE AJB game is held the first Saturday of each month at the Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Center. There is an AJB game which costs $5 at every tournament held in the Metro Atlanta area.
If you have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
Atlanta Junior Bridge Brothers Become LIFE MASTERS
[9/13/09] Two brothers have accomplished an amazing feat! The brothers learned, studied, practiced and played as partners in hundreds of games of bridge. Richard, age 9, has become the youngest person to attain the rank of ACBL Life Master. Richard and his brother Andrew, age 12, now a Life Master in his own right, worked as a team over the past three years to attain this lofty rank! They earned their final points to become life master at the Alpharetta Duplicate Bridge Club on September 12th.
In 2006 these young boys were introduced to the fascinating game of duplicate bridge at an AJB summer camp. Besides their teachers, they found tremendous support from their parents, Sam & Wenwei Jeng, and the Atlanta Junior Bridge community.
The entire bridge world is proud of your accomplishment! Congratulations to the Jeng Family.
[9/13/09] Sean Gannon has achieved the rank of Life Master. Sean 'went over' at the Sectional Tournament in Macon playing with his father Rick, Alvin Daigle and Dan Plato. Well done Sean!
See also the News Archive Index