Playing Lessons

Think about playing online with me in a playing lesson while we’re all stuck at home!  I also have twice a day, online supervised play during this period.  We play for an hour at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Central.  Call or email to find out about that.  Cost is just $2 per person, to me.  

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 plus my entry fee.  Email, call, or text to set up a time and I’ll meet you online!  An 18 board tournament is $25 plus my entry fee.  End of Year Special:  Schedule a set of three 18 board online playing lessons for just $65 plus my entry fees, discount of $10 off the individual pricing!

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 $35, or schedule a set of 3 lessons for just $90.

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.

ONLINE CLASSES

Due to Covid-19, classes have been moved to online.

Cost: $15 online for each two hour class per person. Class size is limited to 4 at a time. 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.

Defensive Signaling and Card Play (call or email to schedule a set of classes.) Next session Tuesdays Nov. 24- Dec. 22, 7-9 p.m.. Call or email to sign up. Remember that defense is 50% of the game! Get better at this and your game gets a lot better! 3 spots still left!

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 Let me know if interested!

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: Mondays 4-6 p.m. Nov. 9-Nov. 30, (Only 1 spot left!), Next classes Wed. 4-6 p.m. Dec. 2-23, call or email to sign up. Only 1 spot left!

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.

Overcalling an opening 1NT BID!

Mondays 4 – 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21. Cost is $15 per class. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER! Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail  to sign up.  3 spots left!

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 interested!

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!

Overcalls:

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:

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!

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.  

I have added an online supervised play for groups of just 4 which will continue through at least year end.  We play for one hour online. The morning session is Monday through Friday, at 11:15.  Afternoon sessions are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 2:15. On those Monday afternoons when in person supervised play is happening, of course, the online version will not be available.  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 a check.  We can work out those details when you sign up.