Supervised Play

Wednesday Wanna Play:
1st and 3rd Wednesdays 12:30 to 3 p.m. in my home in the Greenwood, MO area.  Next Wednesday Wanna Play:  Oct. 19, 2022
Cost: $5 per person with light snacks provided.  All participants are required to be vaccinated.

You must register ahead of time.  I cancel by late Tuesday evening via email communication with fewer than 3 people signed up.  Call Kathy at 816-237-0519 or email her to sign up and get directions if you need them.

Monday Minglers

We play on Mondays from 12:30 to 3:00 at my home in those weeks when Wednesday Wanna Play is not offered. Beverages and snacks provided.  Cost is $5.   You must sign up ahead of time.  I cancel by Sunday evening if not enough have signed up.  Next Monday Mingler is Oct. 10, 2022.    

I have added an online supervised play for groups of just 4 which will continue somewhat sporadically through November 2022.  We play for one hour online. The morning sessions are Monday through Thursday at 10:45.  Afternoons  are reserved for playing in 12 or 18 board games online. Check out playing lessons with me.  Playing lessons run either $15 or $25 online.  For supervised play, cost is just $3.  Evening sessions for a private group of four can be arranged at a cost of $4 per person or I occasionally offer an evening supervised play that you can also take for just $4 each.  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.

Playing Lessons

Think about playing online with me in a playing lesson while we’re all stuck at home!  I also have once a day, online supervised play during this period.  We play for an hour at 10:45 Monday through Thursday, Central time.  Call or email to find out about that.  Cost for that is just $3 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.  

I am happy to provide a lesson by playing with you. For adults with fewer than 1000 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 1000 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.

Book: Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?

My book is still available! It is entitled, “Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?”  (That is, Wanna Play Bridge the two over one way?)  Published by Master Point Press in November, 2017 and available for sale through them, on Amazon, or if you reside in the U.S. you can buy directly from me.  (See below.)

It is designed to be used in a variety of ways, but is basically a novice book, designed to teach the 2/1 bidding system to absolute beginners. The description on the back cover gives the best idea of how to use it.

Start early!
2/1: More Power, More Fun!

This book can be used as an absolute beginner book, teaching the 2/1 bridge bidding system from the start. Use just Chapters 1-5 to teach children as young as 6! They can learn how to play before they are ready to learn how to bid. Older than 9, kids can move, right along with adults, into learning the bidding system. It can also be used by a novice player who has the mechanics down but still needs help with bidding structure and playing tips as well as scoring. Those people can probably start with Chapter 6. If you already play a good game of Standard American but want to switch to 2/1 then you should probably start at Chapter 11. If you already know 2/1 but don’t know a couple of other conventions needed when responding to an opening bid of a major suit, then perhaps you just need Chapters 14 and 15. There are dozens of deals for practicing both bidding and play. Use the book the way that suits you best!

You can buy it directly from me at a slight discount or you can buy directly from MPP.  You can also find it on Amazon.

My new book, “Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?” is now available for sale!
It retails from Master Point Press for US $19.95 via ebooksbridge.

If you buy it directly from me, via the link below.  I’ll add a WannaPlay Bridge T-shirt, pen , or key chain to your order while supplies last!
I can sell it to you for $19 if shipped within the U.S.
This includes any sales tax (6.86% unless shipped outside of the state of MO) and shipping and handling ($3.49).

Home School Bridge Classes. FREE!

Interested in getting the classes into your school?

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Home School Students! These classes are great for you. I can work with your schedule!

There is also the option of a semester long elective class in Bridge that meets National Math Standards for Middle School Students. Looking for an elective credit that will truly benefit your students? Any teacher can teach this class once they know the basics of bridge themselves. Take one of my beginning courses and then you can feel confident of teaching the class yourself! Contact me for more details!

These pictures are from the fall 2018 home school class I taught.  It is great fun!  Try it, you’ll like it!


Students, teacher, and winners!
Daniel (partner not shown) 1st N/S, Teacher (Kathy Rolfe) Robert and Benjamin 1st E/W
Daniel (partner not shown): 1st N/S Robert & Benjamin: 1st E/W

 

Playing hard in their end of class pupil game! Five Tables of kids ranging in age from 8 to 17!

Student Wins National Scholarships

Former Student Wins the King of Bridge Title

Also Wins Baron Barclay Open Pairs Event at the Youth NABC

Reese Koppel participated in the 2018 Youth NABC (North American Bridge Championships) in Atlanta this summer.  He won the Baron Barclay Open Pairs event which comes with a $1000 scholarship.  Reese attended the YBEO Youth Camp in Carlinville, IL in 2015 and then attended the Wanna Play Bridge High School Camp that same summer.  You’ll find his picture from that on this website as well!  Read all about it here.

Reese also won the ACBL King of Bridge title this year which also comes with a scholarship.  So proud of him!  Read all about it here.

Good job Reese!

Get Classes into Your Summer Camp – FREE!

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In Your Summer Camp Program:

These classes are designed to get the students playing right away, without needing to learn how to bid first. They are a lot of fun and help the kids develop playing skills before the more math and logic oriented bidding skills are developed. These mini-bridge classes require 8 students minimum to a class. Each class is up to 10 hours in length – I’m flexible and can work with your program – all at no cost to you!

Get Classes into School: 1st through 6th grade. FREE!

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1st grade through 6th grade:

ACBL provides a book bag to the students and pays the bridge teacher a small stipend to teach 16 hours of class. These classes are designed to get the students playing right away, without needing to learn how to bid first. They are a lot of fun and help the kids develop playing skills before the more math and logic oriented bidding skills are developed. These mini-bridge classes require 8 students minimum to a class. These are ideal for before or after school daycare as well as during the day.

Get Bridge Classes into School: 4th grade and up. FREE!

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4th grade and older:

ACBL provides the textbook and a book bag to each student.  At the end of the 8 lessons we have a small tournament in the class and the top student gets a trophy.

ACBL pays the bridge teacher a small stipend to help compensate for the time.  So the class is free to the students!  I’d love to start a class in your school if you have at least 8 students in the class.  If you are in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, I can probably fit you in to my schedule.

The classes are great as part of a math class or a gifted class.  They would work wonderfully in an after school program as well.  The classes are taught using the Bidding in the 21st Century series, which is a series of 8 two hour lessons.  It works best as 2 hour lessons, but we can modify it to work as 16 one hour lessons as well.  If you don’t live near me, contact ACBL to see if there is a teacher available in your area.