MCC Community Adult Education Courses

Fall 2019

Beginning Bridge Classes will be held on the campus of Longview Community College and the Blue River Campus in the fall of 2019.  Here are the dates, times, and topics.  To register look under classes/recreation, start by going to this link.

Longview Classes will be on the Monday dates, Blue River on the Thursday dates.  6 to 8 p.m.

First Session:  Beginning Bridge
Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 – The Mechanics of this trick taking game
Oct. 7 & 10 – Hand evaluation, scoring, and practice playing
Oct. 14 & 17 – Opening bids and a start on how to respond, more playing practice
Oct. 21 & 24 – More about responding to an opening 1 level bid, more playing practice
Second Session:  Advanced Beginners
Oct. 28 & 31 – Review Opening and Responding Bids and Practice Playing
Nov. 4 & 7 – Competitive Bidding – Weak 2 and 3 level Preemptive Opening Bids
Nov. 11 & 14 – Overcalls and Takeout Double
Nov. 18 & 21 – Takeout Doubles and Negative Doubles

Competitive Bidding

Competitive Bidding:

  • How to get into the bidding after the opposing side has already started bidding
  • How to start the bidding off by taking up some of the opponents’ bidding space
  • How to stop the interfering opponents and find the right contact for your side

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 (or $100 for the entire series of 7 classes)


YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.  Class will cancel by the Tuesday night before the class without enough students pre-registered.

Oct. 9: Overcalls (making a bid after the opponents have started the bidding) and responding to or advancing the overcall

Oct. 23:  Take-out Doubles (after the opponent’s have started bidding, asking partner to pick a suit) and responding to or advancing the double

Oct. 30:  Pre-emptive opening bids (2 level) (taking away the opponent’s bidding room) and responses

Nov. 13:  Pre-emptive opening bids (3 level)

Nov. 27:  Interfering after a 1 NT opening bid (using the convention Disturbing Opponents NoTrump DONT)

Dec. 11:  How to overcome interference from pre-emptive bids, takeout doubles, and overcalls.  Learn what a negative double can do for you and what a redouble can do.

Jan. 8:  Lebensohl Convention – overcoming opponents interference after your side’s opening 1NT bid.

 

Kids Bridge

Oh, the people you’ll meet!

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.

Fall 2019:  

Saturday, Oct. 12:   2:00-4:00  This will be run as a short lesson followed by a pupil game.  Masterpoints given.  For youth with less than 5 current masterpoints.

Call 816-237-0519 or e-mail to sign up and get directions.  This is usually held in my home, unless the numbers signing up require a larger space.

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.

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.