Classes are mostly online 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. or 6:30-8:30 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.
TRANSITION TO 2/1 – Classes ongoing now! $20 per two hour class. See details below! Last class: Sept. 27, 10-12 a.m. Review of 2/1, Jacoby 2NT, splinters
Declarer Play-Series 1 – Next classes: Wed. 7-9 p.m, Oct. 4,11. See Details Below!
Defensive Play – Scheduled for Wed. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 2 thru Nov. 23. 5 classes take the ones you can fit into your schedule. Sign up required. $20 per class! See details below!
NEW MINOR FORCING: 1 session to go! Cost $20 per lesson. Tues. Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m. Sign up required! 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?
Reverses – what are they, when can you, should you use them? Next class scheduled for Tues. Nov. 21 7 -9 p.m. Cost $20. Sign up required! Just one class!
DISTURBING OPPONENTS NOTRUMP – Scheduled for a Christmas Marathon! Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dec. 12, 14, and 19. 7 to 9 p.m. Cost $20 per session. Try to at least make Class 1 & 2! Details below! Sign up required!
More details and Future Classes Listed Below!
Responding to an Opening 1NT: From Partscore to Slam!
Let me know when you want this class again! $20 per class, must sign up ahead!
Class 1: How to respond with 0-7 points or 10-15 points. This includes transfers, Stayman, Smolen, Garbage Stayman. These point ranges in response to an opening 1NT (15-17 HCP) are more about responder setting the level of bidding.
Class 2: How to respond with 8-9 points or 16+ points. Still includes Stayman, transfers, but also talking about 1430 Gerber, 1430 Roman Keycard, and Quantitative NT. The 8-9 pt and 16+ point ranges after an opening 1NT (15-17 HCP) include bids by responder that are more oriented to tell (or ask) and then ask a question.
Class 3: In this class we’ll spend more detailed time on Quantitative NT and 1430.
Class 4: Review and Puppet Stayman (for those who want to learn it).
Slam Class 1 & 2: 1430 Key Card, Quantitative NT, 1430 Gerber, Gerber, Control Bids, Minorwood. Two session series – each class two hours long.
Slam Class 3 & 4: Cost $20 per lesson. More practice with 1430, control bids and minorwood.
Defensive Signaling and Card Play Scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays Oct. 25 through Nov. 23. Remember that defense is 50% of the game! Get better at this and your game gets a lot better! Must sign up ahead! Cost $20 per class.
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
BEGINNING BRIDGE CLASSES SERIES 1 – The Basics of Bidding and Play – no competitive bidding. Been a while since you played? LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT IT!
5 Sessions – 1st session is free! Try it, you’ll like it! Class is limited to 8 students to allow for more personalized instruction.
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.
Let me know when you’d like to see this class scheduled!
Class 1: One level and two level overcalls: making them, advancing them
Class 2: Opening Pre-empts and responses, 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
Transition to Two Over One (2/1) Cost is $20 for each class, let me know if you want to take a class (or classes). ONGOING CLASSES RIGHT NOW! CALL OR EMAIL to find out when the next class is.
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!
DECLARER PLAY – Series 1 Cost $20 each class, attend the ones you can. SCHEDULED FOR Wed. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 & 20, Oct. 4 & 11
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,(s/h is extra), “Declarer Play at Bridge” retails for $15.95 you can purchase from me for $15 which also includes any sales tax (s/h is extra).
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 – Scheduled for a Christmas Marathon! Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dec. 12, 14, and 19. 7 to 9 p.m. Cost $20 Try to at least make Class 1 & 2!
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!
Reverses – what are they, when can you, should you use them? Next class scheduled for Tues. Nov. 21 7 -9 p.m. Cost $20. Sign up required!
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
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,
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)
Online supervised play for groups of just 4. We play for one hour online. The morning sessions are at 10:45 Monday through Thursday. Cost is just $3.50 to me. Evening sessions are frequently offered on Monday and Thursday as well from 6:30 to 7:30 at a cost of $4. 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, Venmo, Apple Pay, credit card or a check. We can work out those details when you sign up.