The United States Bridge Federation junior training program, directed by Michael Rosenberg, provides players under the age of 26 with USBF mentors to improve the quality of USA 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 instituted “Celebrity Guest Night”, where, once a month, a world-class player partners a junior and plays in a team match.
On Monday July 17th, beginning at 7pm Eastern time, the celebrity guest was Richard Pavlicek. Larry Cohen and George Jacobs provided expert commentary. Kibitzers were invited to watch by logging into BBO. Among the celebrities who have participated in Celebrity Guest Night are Bob Hamman, Geoff Hampson, Jeff Meckstroth, Brad Moss, Mike Passell and Eddie Wold. The USBF is most appreciative of the voluntary contributions these top players are making to assist the program.