MCC Community Adult Education Courses

Winter/Spring 2019

Beginning Bridge Classes will be held on the campus of Longview Community College and the Blue River Campus in the winter/spring of 2019.  More details on cost and how to register will be forthcoming, but here are the dates, times, and topics.

Longview Classes will be on the Tuesday dates, Blue River on the Thursday dates.

First Session:  Beginning Bridge
Feb. 5 and 7 – The Mechanics of this trick taking game
Feb. 12 and 14 – Hand evaluation, scoring, and practice playing
Feb. 19 and 21 – Opening bids and a start on how to respond, more playing practice
Feb. 26 and 28 – More about responding to an opening 1 level bid, more playing practice
Second Session:  Advanced Beginners
Mar. 26 and 28 – Review Opening and Responding Bids and Practice Playing
April 2 and 4 – Competitive Bidding – Weak 2 and 3 level Preemptive Opening Bids
April 9 and 11 – Overcalls
April 16 and 18 – Takeout Doubles
April 23 and 25 – Negative Doubles
April 30 and May 2 – Review and Practice, Putting it all together

Student Wins National Scholarships

Former Student Wins the King of Bridge Title

Also Wins Baron Barclay Open Pairs Event at the Youth NABC

Reese Koppel participated in the 2018 Youth NABC (North American Bridge Championships) in Atlanta this summer.  He won the Baron Barclay Open Pairs event which comes with a $1000 scholarship.  Reese attended the YBEO Youth Camp in Carlinville, IL in 2015 and then attended the Wanna Play Bridge High School Camp that same summer.  You’ll find his picture from that on this website as well!  Read all about it here.

Reese also won the ACBL King of Bridge title this year which also comes with a scholarship.  So proud of him!  Read all about it here.

Good job Reese!

Interference After an Opening 1NT


What Do You Do When your Opponent Opens 1NT?

What Do You Do When Your Opponent Interferes After Your Side’s 1NT Opening?

Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost $17 per class
These are advanced beginning courses concentrating on the bidding after an opening 1NT bid, but some defensive and declarer play instruction and practice is included.
Textbook will be available for sale, not included in the course cost.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  
Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail  to sign up.  Do so at least 2 weeks in advance and let me know if you want the book for $6.  If you sign up later than that 2 weeks, I cannot guarantee I’ll have the book.

Sept. 12: How to interfere after opponent’s opening 1NT response. We’ll start off by using the DONT (Disturbing Opponents NoTrump) convention.

Sept. 26:  Now we’ll introduce some possible bids by responder after opponent interferes after partner’s opening bid.  That means more practice of the DONT convention with these new techniques to overcome that interference.  A Handout on how to start overcoming that interference will be provided as part of the course fee.

Oct. 31:  I hope you’ve practiced what you learned in September, because now that I’m back from my cruise, we’ll review it all again and get some more practice in!

Declarer Play – Advanced Beginner

The bidding will be using what we’ve learned over the last few weeks, Jacoby 2NT, splinters, interference over an opening 1NT,  etc.  But then the hands that involve this bidding will have some interesting declarer play techniques as well!  Be prepared for anything!

Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost $17 per class
These are advanced beginning courses with some advanced bidding concepts but then declarer play instruction will also involve some more advanced techniques.
Hand records for the hands we bid and play will be available with analysis.  Some textbooks to help in this endeavor will be available as well.


YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  
Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail  to sign up.  Classes always cancel by the day before if not enough are signed up!

Nov. 14: Managing entries

Nov. 28:  Is there a dangerous opponent?

Dec. 12:  Dummy reversal

Defender Play

Defender Play – Can you put what you learned from the bidding to work for your side?  Pay attention to signals during the play!

Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost $17 per class
These are advanced beginning courses concentrating on how to defend, especially paying close attention to what you’ve learned from the bidding!

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail  to sign up.  Class will cancel by the Sunday night before the class without enough students pre-registered.

Feb. 13: Opening leads and what to do next

Feb. 27:  Counting points and trying to understand what is in partner’s hand.