Lesson Schedule

 

 

 

BIDDING FUNDAMENTALS

Solidify your understanding of basic bidding in this 8 week class. Topics include: hand evaluation, the modern approach to opening the bidding in 1st and 2nd seat, opening light in 3rd and 4th seat, responding to the opening bid, opener’s and responder’s rebid, (including reverse bids), new suit game try. Make sure you have a sound bidding foundation to build on!

Tuesdays: January 9 through February 27, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $120 for the 8 week series or $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

DUPLICATE TACTICS

Improve your duplicate game! Topics include: opening light in 3rd and 4th seat, signaling, counting a hand, and the following popular conventions: negative doubles, Michaels cuebid, new minor forcing, unusual notrump and Cappelletti. The format is a 25 minute mini-lesson followed by a 2 hour ACBL sanctioned duplicate game. All right, true confessions, this is Easybridge 3! It’s a great way to improve your duplicate game and earn some masterpoints! Each class stands alone. New students can join at any time. Bring a partner or come alone. Partners are guaranteed!

Mondays: January 8 through February 26, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:30 am 
Saturdays: March 24 through May 19, 2018, 9:00 – 11:30 am (no class on May 5th)
Fee: $10 per class, pay as you go
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

PLAY OF THE HAND WORKSHOPS

The focus is on declarer play with these hands-on workshops. Each class will have 5-7 hands to play and discuss. You will be guided through how to make a plan, identifying winners and losers, and ways to develop tricks.

Wednesdays: March 7 through April 25, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $120 for the 8 week series or $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

THINKING BRIDGE

Develop your critical thinking at the bridge table. Each class will have 5-7 challenging hands to play and discuss, with pointers on all aspects of the game: bidding, play, and defense.

 

Wednesdays: January 10 through February 28, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $120 for the 8 week series of $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO DEFENSE

Learn to defeat your opponents more frequently! Topics include: opening leads, second hand play, third hand play, when to cover an honor, signaling (attitude, count, suit preference), interfering with declarer. Each class includes 4 hands to play and discuss.

 

Tuesdays: March 6 through April 24, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $120 for the 8 week series or $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO TWO OVER ONE

The 2/1 bidding system is played by an overwhelming majority of tournament players. Learn the basics in this 4 week introductory class. We focus on the underlying bidding structure of 2/1: defining opener’s rebids and responder’s rebids and the 1NT forcing convention.

 

Mondays: March 5 through March 26, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $60 for the 4 week series or $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

BASIC BRIDGE CONVENTIONS

This class is for intermediate players who want to fine tune their understanding of these basic conventions: Stayman, Jacoby transfers, weak two opening bids; strong artificial 2C opening bid, takeout doubles, and major suit raises (limit raise, splinter bid, Jacoby 2NT). Some of the finer points that will be addressed are: Can you use Stayman with fewer than 8 points? Should you use Stayman or Jacoby transfers when you are 5-4 or 6-5 in the majors? Is a new suit response to a weak two opening bid forcing? Can you ever make a weak two opening bid with opening strength? Is a 2C opening bid forcing to game? What does a cuebid response to a takeout double mean? How do you define the takeout doubler’s rebids? How do splinter bids help evaluate slam potential? What does opener rebid after responder makes a Jacoby 2NT response? Bring your partner with you, or come alone, as we explore these issues and many more!

 

Fridays: January 12 through March 2, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $120 for the series or $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden

 

 

 

Basic Bridge Conventions Bidding Practice

Get comfortable using the basic bridge conventions in this 4 week class. We will practice using the conventions learned in the Basic Bridge Conventions class: Stayman, Jacoby transfers, weak two bids, strong 2C opening bid, takeout doubles, limit raises, splinter bids, and Jacoby 2NT. This is the perfect way to reinforce your knowledge of these basic conventions. Bring your partner(s) with you, or come alone.

Fridays: March 9 through March 30, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: $60 for the 4 week series or $20 per individual class
Teacher: Michelle Golden