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

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.

Beginning Bridge Class: Wanna Play Bridge the 2/1 (Two Over One) Way

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.  2019 Beginning Bridge Classes
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.

April 10:  The Basics – trick taking and the mechanics Chapters 1-5
April 24: Opening 1 NT and a start on responding. Chapters 6-7
May 8: Opening 1NT, more on responding. Chapters 8-9
May 22: Opening and Responding to 1 of a Major. Chapter 10
June 12: Forcing bids in response to 1 of a Major. Chapter 11
June 26: Opening 1 of a Minor and Responding. Chapter 12
July 10:  Responding to 1 of a Major without support. Chapter 13 

Advanced Beginner Classes for the Summer

 

ADVANCED BEGINNERS!

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, 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.

July 11: More about supporting partner’s major suit opening.  Jacoby 2NT response.  Chapter 14 of my book, “Wanna Play Bridge the 2/1 Way?”  Available for sale for $17.

Aug. 8:  More about supporting partner’s major suit opening.  Splinter bid response.  This is the last chapter of my book, “Wanna Play Bridge the 2/1 Way?”  Available for sale for $17.

Aug. 22:  Doubles:  Takeout and Negative Doubles.  Audrey Grant’s  “Improving Your Judgment 2 Doubles” book is available for sale for $10.  Handout on Negative doubles is included in the cost of the course.

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 and classes are also available on Mondays and 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Check out Supervised Play-mini-lessons.

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.