Book: Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?

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.

Start early!
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.

General Class Information

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 is available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Check out Supervised Play.

Playing Lessons

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.

I will play with you online in a 12 board tournament.  This includes a 15 minute phone call going over the convention card prior to the tournament followed by up to 20 minutes going over hands after the tournament.  Cost for this online play is $15.

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.

Home School Bridge Classes. FREE!

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Home School Students! These classes are great for you. I can work with your schedule!

There is also the option of a semester long elective class in Bridge that meets National Math Standards for Middle School Students. Looking for an elective credit that will truly benefit your students? Any teacher can teach this class once they know the basics of bridge themselves. Take one of my beginning courses and then you can feel confident of teaching the class yourself! Contact me for more details!

Get Classes into Your Summer Camp – FREE!

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In Your Summer Camp Program:

These classes are designed to get the students playing right away, without needing to learn how to bid first. They are a lot of fun and help the kids develop playing skills before the more math and logic oriented bidding skills are developed. These mini-bridge classes require 8 students minimum to a class. Each class is up to 10 hours in length – I’m flexible and can work with your program – all at no cost to you!

Get Classes into School: 1st through 6th grade. FREE!

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1st grade through 6th grade:

ACBL provides a book bag to the students and pays the bridge teacher a small stipend to teach 16 hours of class. These classes are designed to get the students playing right away, without needing to learn how to bid first. They are a lot of fun and help the kids develop playing skills before the more math and logic oriented bidding skills are developed. These mini-bridge classes require 8 students minimum to a class. These are ideal for before or after school daycare as well as during the day.

Get Bridge Classes into School: 4th grade and up. FREE!

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4th grade and older:

ACBL provides the textbook and a book bag to each student.  At the end of the 8 lessons we have a small tournament in the class and the top student gets a trophy.

ACBL pays the bridge teacher a small stipend to help compensate for the time.  So the class is free to the students!  I’d love to start a class in your school if you have at least 8 students in the class.  If you are in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, I can probably fit you in to my schedule.

The classes are great as part of a math class or a gifted class.  They would work wonderfully in an after school program as well.  The classes are taught using the Bidding in the 21st Century series, which is a series of 8 two hour lessons.  It works best as 2 hour lessons, but we can modify it to work as 16 one hour lessons as well.  If you don’t live near me, contact ACBL to see if there is a teacher available in your area.

Bridge News

This was an interesting read – start kids playing cards!  I always recommend slap jack as a first game, kids as young as 2 can play that!  Play cards!

Bridge and Pokemon Go? Bridge in the KC Star 2016

Another article about why Kids should learn bridge!  2015
in Huffington Post this time.

Youth Play with ACBL President in 2011 

Publicity Link – Bridge is Cool  2006 page 4

Publicity link – ACBL Junior Grapevine 2005-page 4

Publicity link – Denver Daily Bulletin 2005 – pgs 1 and 4

 

Engineering Scholarship

This scholarship is not associated with Bridge but rather with Engineering, which was both my late husband’s profession as well as my own. It is available only to graduates of the Lee’s Summit Public High Schools, St. Michael The Archangel High School, or to Lee’s Summit residents who are homeschool graduates. If you are planning on majoring in Engineering, graduating from one of these high schools, and have some music performance in your background please consider applying. This scholarship is the Eugene J. Rolfe Memorial Scholarship available via online application through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation .  It is a $1000 scholarship renewable for an additional 3 years with a college GPA of 3.0 or higher while continuing to major in engineering.

Bridge Competition Scholarship

Normally Unit 131 holds a student competition at the Spring Sectional Tournament.  The students will play in their own section if there are at least 3 tables. If at least 10 students don’t participate, those attending will play in the 0-299 section with the adults. This is for students age 18 and younger with less than 20 masterpoints. Winners will be awarded masterpoints and the Unit provides a trophy to the top student winners as well. In addition, Kathy Rolfe is providing a $50 scholarship to the top winners residing within Unit 131 through the Rolfe Bridge Fund administered through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The cost of play will be $1 to play.  Contact Kathy via e-mail  or call 816-237-0519 to let her know you plan on playing.