The United States Bridge Federation junior program, directed by Michael Rosenberg, provides players under the age of 26 with USBF mentors to improve the quality of our junior teams in international competition. As part of the program, practice sessions are held on Bridge Base Online (BBO), where the juniors play team matches and the mentors analyze and comment on their play. The matches are 15 boards, IMP scored, and take about 90 minutes.

The program has recently instituted “Monday Celebrity Guest Night”, where, on the first Monday of each month, a world-class player sits in, partners a junior and plays in a team match.

On Monday, March 6th, beginning at 7pm Eastern, the celebrity guest will be Bob Hamman. Larry Cohen and George Jacobs will provide commentary. Kibitzers are invited to watch by logging on to BBO, going to the “Vugraph room” and joining the tables designated “USBFJR.”

In January Geoff Hampson participated and in February, Brad Moss. In future months it is expected that the juniors will be joined by Bobby Levin, Mike Passell and John Kranyak, among others. The USBF is most appreciative of the voluntary contributions these top players are making.

Second Qualifying event brackets:

Day 1

Day 2


Here are the final results of the second qualifying stage:

University of Chicago 27 VPs
Carleton College 21 VPs
Columbia 12 VPs

Northwestern 25 VPs
Harvey Mudd 24 VPs
Rice University 11 VPs

The top two teams from each bracket have qualified for the finals in Toronto. The following is the complete list of qualifiers from both competitions:

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of California, Berkeley
Georgia Tech University
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Chicago
Northwestern University
Harvey Mudd College
Carleton College

WannaPlayBridge.com
High School Bridge Camp 2017
Sunday, June 11 – Saturday June 17
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO

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Mary Lynch, a middle school teacher at North Star Charter School, taught the school bridge program to a class of 30 students. They ended the quarter long class with a duplicate tournament hosted by the Duluth Duplicate Bridge Club in Duluth Minnesota.

Each student received an ACBL neon yellow backpack at the end of the quarter and trophies were awarded the top three pairs.

To read the article from the Duluth Budgeteer, click here.

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Evan Berman, a senior at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, talks about what fuels his interest in the card game of bridge. For the full article click here.
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Youth and Junior entries
Coupons will be made available for Junior members in good standing for entry into events at NABCs:

  1. Any player under the age of 21 years will be entitled to coupons that can be used for any event. These coupons will have a value of $10 per session.
  2. Any player 19 years and under will be granted free plays for each session of regionally rated events.
  3. Players under the age of 26 years named to teams to represent Zone 2 NBOs in world competitions for NABCs occurring between the time they are named to the team and the world championship will receive free plays at NABCs when playing with members of their team or members of another team representing a Zone 2 NBO.
  4. Players under the age of 26 years named to teams to represent Zone 2 NBOs in world competitions for NABCs occurring between the time they are named to the team and the world championship will receive free plays at NABCs when playing with members of their team or members of another team representing a Zone 2 NBO.
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