Happy New Year! from WannaPlayBridge!
Happy New Year! from WannaPlayBridge!
ROLFE BRIDGE SERVICES LLC has joined forces with Phyllis Siegel, a bridge teacher from the St. Louis area, to open a week long residential youth bridge camp for high school age students. This camp is open to students entering 10th through 12th grade. In 2018 this camp will once again be held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO for the week of July 15 – July 21.
I urge you to look at the 2018 Flyer for the camp. Some scholarship money may be available, ask your local ACBL Unit or District.
Download the HS Camp Registration Form .
You can also REGISTER ONLINE.
Payment can be made via mailed check or by calling Kathy with credit card information. 816-237-0519.
You can also pay via Paypal here.
This camp is for students entering their sophomore through senior years of high school, but some exceptions might be made for slightly younger and slightly older campers, especially if attending with a sibling.
Camp will be held at Missouri Western State University the week of July 15-21. Students will need to check in between 4 and 5 on Sunday July 15, with check-out and pick up the morning of Saturday July 21.
Read about our 2015 year at camp!
Keep in mind, you don’t have to already know how to play! We can start at the beginning! We hope to see you there!
This is a great chance to tour a college campus and get a real feel for college life. Don’t miss out!
For those interested in helping to fund this camp: Tax deductible Donations to help fund this bridge camp are welcomed to help defray costs to operate the camp. The costs for us to operate the camp are greater than the amount raised from student fees so every dollar helps keep the camp going. Please make checks payable to the Rolfe Bridge Education Fund and mail them to this address:
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
4200 Little Blue Parkway, Ste 340
Independence, MO 64057-8303
If for some reason the camp is canceled those funds would still go to bridge, either toward a future camp or to college scholarships for bridge players.
Tuesdays starting up again in the spring of 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Carriage Club. If you would like to play contact Kathy. Cost is $8. This is a shorter game; we are usually done by 7:15. Dates for spring 2018:
May 8 & 22
June 5 & 19
Call Kathy at 816-237-0519 or email her to sign up.
This is an invitational club with limited space. You have to be approved to come before coming!
Carriage Club Results:
Coming in the Spring.
Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost $100 for the series of 7 classes. ($17 per class if paid individually for just the classes you attend.)
This is a beginning course covering non-competitive bidding with some playing and defending instruction. 2 Over 1 Beginning Class Flyer.
Textbook will be available for sale for $17, not included in the course cost.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER! Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail to sign up.
Feb. 28: The basics, mechanics, practice playing – not much bidding. Chapters 1-5 of the textbook.
April 11: Opening 1 NT and a start on responding. Chapters 6-7
April 25: Opening 1NT, more on responding. Chapters 8-9
May 9: Opening and Responding to 1 of a Major. Chapter 10
May 23: Forcing bids in response to 1 of a Major. Chapter 11
May 30: Opening 1 of a Minor and Responding. Chapter 12
June 13: Responding to 1 of a Major without support. Chapter 13
$5 of the Complete 7 course fee is not refundable in the event you decide not to take the course after purchasing here. $2 of each individual class is also not refundable in the event you do not take the class. Credit cards will not be accepted at the door.
I am very excited to announce the publishing of my new book! It is entitled, “Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?” It is being published by Master Point Press and is now available for sale!
It is designed to be used in a variety of ways, but is basically a novice book, designed to teach the 2/1 bidding system to absolute beginners. The description on the back cover gives the best idea of how to use it.
2/1: More Power, More Fun!
This book can be used as an absolute beginner book, teaching the 2/1 bridge bidding system from the start. Use just Chapters 1-5 to teach children as young as 6! They can learn how to play before they are ready to learn how to bid. Older than 9, kids can move, right along with adults, into learning the bidding system. It can also be used by a novice player who has the mechanics down but still needs help with bidding structure and playing tips as well as scoring. Those people can probably start with Chapter 6. If you already play a good game of Standard American but want to switch to 2/1 then you should probably start at Chapter 11. If you already know 2/1 but don’t know a couple of other conventions needed when responding to an opening bid of a major suit, then perhaps you just need Chapters 14 and 15. There are dozens of deals for practicing both bidding and play. Use the book the way that suits you best!
You can buy it directly from me at a slight discount or you can buy directly from MPP.
My new book, “Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?” is now available for sale!
It retails from Master Point Press for US $19.95.
If you buy it directly from me, via the link below,
I can sell it to you for $19 if shipped within the U.S.
This includes any sales tax and shipping and handling.
Classes can be formed at any time. A minimum of 8 students per class allows me to teach with the regular cost for each student of $12.50 per each 2 hour lesson. Classes of 4 students can be arranged but the cost increases to $25 per student per lesson for the smaller class. Additional costs may be included to cover the cost of instructional materials. If you’re interested and a class is not in the schedule to fit your needs, get some friends together and form your own class. Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail to set it up.
Supervised Play and classes are also available on Mondays and 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Check out Supervised Play-mini-lessons.
I will be working as the bridge instructor/director on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth from October 1-15, 2018. This is roundtrip out of London (Southampton), England. See the Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal on this cruise – La Coruna, Spain; Funchal, Madeira, Portugal; La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain; Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain; Lazorote, Canary Islands, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal.
Come join the fun! My favorite memory from Funchal, when I was there on one of my 2015 cruises!
If this sounds like fun, contact Cunard directly or talk to your travel agent. Keep in mind, that I cannot guarantee I will be on the cruise. Cruise lines have been known to cancel entertainment staff in favor of selling my cabin. This however does not usually happen. I am planning on being there!
What is Kids Bridge?
I give the younger students a place to play bridge with others who are just starting out as well. All the players have completed at least a beginning set of lessons. The purpose is to give them the opportunity to practice and to speed up their play. It is free! You just need to sign up ahead of time. Parents are welcome to stay and watch!
After building up speed, for those who are comfortable with the idea, we plan to go play at some of the Duplicate Bridge Clubs in the area.
Feb. 24, 2018 2:00 – 4:00
Call 816-237-0519 or e-mail to sign up and get directions.
I will play duplicate with you at a local club. The cost for this varies from free to $30, as follows: Kid prices: First 4 times I play with you, I’ll pay my own entry fee. Next 4 times I play with you, you’ll need to pay my entry fee. Playing with you time # 9 and above, you pay my entry fee and $30.
I am happy to provide a lesson by playing with you. For adults with fewer than 800 masterpoints, this means that I will meet with you for up to 1/2 hour before playing time to go over our convention card. I will play with you, noting the bidding sequence and leads as we play. I usually refrain from making too many comments during the actual playing time. I will then stay and go over some of the issues that occurred during the session, looking at hand records if available, for up to 1/2 hour. The cost for this playing lesson service is my entry fee and $30.
For adults with 800 masterpoints or more, I am happy to play with you for free if I can fit you into my schedule!
For high school age students and younger please see my scheduled rates on the Kids Bridge page.