Due to Covid-19, classes have been moved to online. Classes are still online, not so much because of Covid but because the advantages to learning online are greater – ease of location, get to play more deals in the same time frame. Covid forced us to play and learn online but lo and behold, we found out we liked it!
Cost: $20 for each two hour class per person. Classes are normally in the 4 to 6 p.m. Central Time frame but other schedules can be arranged.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!
Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail to sign up. Flexible scheduling for online classes.
BEGINNING BRIDGE CLASSES SERIES 1 – The Basics of Bidding and Play – no competitive bidding. Been a while since you played? Never played before? Either way, this is the class for you!
5 Sessions – 1st session is free! Try it, you’ll like it! Class is limited to 8 students to allow for more personalized instruction.
All Mondays – April 26 through May 24, 4 to 6 p.m. CDST
Class 1: suits, trump, notrump, counting High Card Points, counting distribution points, playing to a trick, keeping track of tricks, a little about scoring, and a start on how to make the first bid.
Class 2: More on that first bid. Opening bids of 1NT and how to respond.
Class 3: Opening bids of 1 of a Major and a start on responding.
Class 4: Opening bids of 1 of minor and a start on responding.
Class 5: More on responding to opening bids of 1 of a Major.
Defensive Signaling and Card Play (call or email to schedule a set of classes.) Call or email to let me know if you want me to offer this class again. Remember that defense is 50% of the game! Get better at this and your game gets a lot better!
Class 1: Attitude and Count online
Class 2: Suit Preference Signals online
Class 3: Opening Leads in Suit Contracts. online
Class 4: Opening Leads at NT online
Class 5: Discard Signals & Leading through Strength and to Weakness & Review online
DECLARER PLAY – Series 1 CLASS STARTING SOON! SIGN UP NOW!
All 4 classes will be on Thursdays, May 20 – June 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. CDST. Cost is $20 per session, room for 8 students, sign up now! 5 spots left!
It is highly recommended that you purchase these books by Barbara Seagram and David Bird for these classes as well as the series 2 classes coming soon: “Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand” retails for $19.95 you can order from me for $19 including any sales tax and s/h, “Declarer Play at Bridge” retails for $15.95 you can purchase from me for $15 which also includes any sales tax and s/h.
Class 1: Planning the Play in a Suit Contract – Count Losers and plan to eliminate them – 3 main ways to do that: Ruff in short trump hand, discard, finesse
Class 2: Review planning – Pay attention to entries, when to draw trump, which card to play first, loser on loser. Start on planning the Play in a NT contract. Count your winners, developing extra tricks in the safest way possible.
Class 3: More on NT Play – the hold up play, will holding up give them a chance to switch to a more dangerous suit, safe and dangerous hands, establishing a suit
Class 4: More NT play and then let’s start going deeper – double finesse, two way finesse – how to choose your direction? Plan your entries.
Declarer Play – Series 2
Next series of classes: call or email to let me know you want this offered again.
Class 1: More on drawing trumps and more on the dangerous hand
Class 2: More on the hold up play, useful in a suit contract as well as NT. Combine your chances.
Class 3: Gathering information before choosing the suit to try to establish.
Class 4: Counting the hands to give you a clue – counting distribution, counting HCP. Don’t take a finesse that is sure to lose.
DISTURBING OPPONENTS NOTRUMP – let me know if you want this class offered again!
Class 1: We’ll start by learning the DONT (Disturbing Opponent’s NoTrump) convention and how to advance partner’s overcall.
Class 2: We’ll talk more about how to overcome that overcall if we are the NT bidding pair. We’ll do that with some simpler techniques – if you want to get more complicated sign up for the Lebensohl classes.
Class 3: A brief intro to some other overcalling NT conventions, after seeing a few you can pick your favorite!
Transition to Two Over One (2/1) Let me know if you want this offered again!
Class 1: Responding to an opening Major with Support
Class 2: Responding to an opening Minor, Responding to an Opening Major without support
Class 3: More forcing responses to show support for a Major: Jacoby 2NT and Splinters
Class 4: Putting it altogether – understand when to use what!
Reverses – what are they, when can you, should you use them?
Two hour class – online, flexible scheduling!
Class 1: One level and two level overcalls: making them, advancing them
Class 2: Pre-emptive overcalls and advances
Class 3: How to keep competing after an overcall, including negative doubles
Class 4: Takeout doubles and advances, how to keep competing after interference caused by a takeout double
Lebensohl Class Series: Next series Thursdays 4 to 6 Central, July 1- July 22. Call or email to sign up now! Room for 6 more!
Class 1: Over natural 2 level bids
Class 2: Over 2 suited bids
Class 3: Over 3 level bids
Class 4: Responding to a double of a weak 2 and responding to a reverse
Slam Bidding: Let me know if interested!
Slam Class 1 & 2: 1430 Key Card, Quantitative NT, 1430 Gerber, Gerber, Control Bids, Minorwood.
Two session series – each class two hours long. 4 to 6 p.m. 4 students per class.
Slam Class 3 & 4: Call or email if interested in this series. Cost $15 per lesson. More practice with 1430, control bids and minorwood.
NEW MINOR FORCING: 2 sessions. Cost $20 per lesson. Call or email if interested in my scheduling this class again. What is it? When do I use it? Why do I use it? What do I need to have in my hand to use it? How does my partner answer me when I use it? They answered me, now what do I do?
Doubles Class is a four session series, let me know if interested in my offering it again.
Class 1: Take out Doubles and Doubles as part of a sandwich NT
Class 2: Negative Doubles – you may think you understand this double, but do you?
Class 3: Lead directing doubles and Lightner doubles
Class 4: Responsive doubles, Support doubles (and redoubles)
I have added an online supervised play for groups of just 4 which will continue through at least June 2021. We play for one hour online. The morning session is Monday, Wednesday, and some Fridays, at 10:45. In addition there is an extra morning session from 10:00 to 11:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, followed by a second session at 11:15. Cost is just $2 to me. To sign up, call or email me. I send you a Zoom link so we can talk while playing the deals online. You pay me via Paypal or Venmo or a check. We can work out those details when you sign up.