Bridge Classes

Have you always wanted to learn to play bridge or would like to improve your skills? SJCC past Board President and ACBL-accredited bridge teacher Alan Tesler will teach you the game. Alan offers several bridge classes throughout the week.

The only class requiring registration is Beginning Bridge (see rates below). All classes other than Beginning Bridge will be drop-in only. Students may move between courses and supervised play as desired from week to week. Charges are on a per-lesson basis, paid to the instructor. Non-transferable five-class punch cards can be purchased from the instructor at a discounted rate.

Drop-in Rates
SJCC members $13
Guests $15

Five-Class Punch Cards
SJCC members $60
Guests $70

Contact Alan Tesler with questions, reservations, or with requests for other classes, days, or times. (Click on Alan’s name for his email address.)

Classes with insufficient registration may be cancelled.

Spring 2017 Classes

Beginning Bridge: Part 2

Thursday, 2-4:30 pm
May 4-June 15
SJCC members $85; guests $100

This is the completion of the course for Absolute Beginners, or for those who have been away from the game for a long time and want to re-start at the very beginning.  It includes a discussion of responses and rebids, Takeout Doubles, Preemptive bidding, Bidding very strong hands, and covers basic concepts of Declarer Play and Defense.  The final 2 lessons cover the vital Stayman and Jacoby Transfer conventions.  Condensed make-up sessions are available for students who miss a class.  Beginning Bridge, Part 1 (or an equivalent playing or learning experience) is recommended beforehand. Contact Alan Tesler with questions.

Defensive Play

Section A 
Wednesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm
April 26-June 14
**Added class: Monday, May 15, 11:30 am-2 pm

Section B
Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm
April 26-June 14
**Added class: Monday, May 15, 6:30-9 pm

This course presents the basics of sound defensive play, starting with opening leads, discussing 2nd-hand play and 3rd-hand play, and then dealing extensively with the proper use of Attitude signals.

Polishing Your Basics, Part 2

Section A – Mondays, 1-3:30 pm
Section B – Mondays, 6:30-9 pm
January 30; February 13, 27; March 6, 13, 27; April 17; May 1
**Added class for Section B: May 22, 6:30-9 pm (make-up for missed February 27 class)

This is the completion of the Polishing Your Basics course, which focuses on bidding – reviewing and enhancing bidding principles learned in Beginning Bridge.  The class emphasizes the importance of efficiently showing both your hand strength and distribution, and introduces modern approaches to major suit raises and game tries.  It is not necessary to have attended the classes in Part 1 to benefit from these classes.

Advanced Intermediate Supervised Play & Review

Tuesdays, 1:30-4 pm (NOTE earlier start time)
April 18, May 9, June 6

This review class uses a mix of prepared lesson hands (NOT random hands) from the Two-over-One-in-a-Nutshell and Cuebids-in-a-Nutshell courses, and some of the more challenging hands from the Declarer Play, Deadly Defense, Polishing Your Basics, Commonly Used Conventions, and More Commonly Used Conventions courses.  Each month’s class stands on its own; it isn’t necessary to take the full series.

Intermediate Supervised Play & Review

Mondays, 6:30-9 pm
April 24

This is a review class, employing a mix of prepared lesson hands (NOT random hands) taken primarily from the Beginning Bridge, Declarer Play, Deadly Defense, Polishing Your Basics, and Commonly Used Conventions series. Each hand will be bid and played by the students, after which there will be a discussion of the decisions each player needed to make.  A short mini-lesson will be given.


Tools for Slam Bidding

Mondays, 6:30-9 pm
June 5, 12

The first class will deal with Ace-asking bids (Blackwood, its variations, and Gerber). The second class will deal with cuebidding controls while looking for slam.

Basic Bidding Review

Section A – Mondays 1-4 pm
May 8 (Part 1); June 5 (Part 2)

Section B – Evenings, 6:30-9 pm
TUESDAY, May 9 (Part 1); THURSDAY, June 8 (Part 2)

This is an expanded version of the Bidding Review class offered last year. It covers the basics of Standard American bidding that everyone should know, with some discussion of commonly-used additional treatments. Unlike the other lessons at the JCC, these lessons will NOT include practice hands to play, but will be overall reviews of the subject with detailed handout sheets and plenty of time for discussion and questions. (If you are planning to attend, please email Alan Tesler in advance so the room will be set up to accommodate those who attend and adequate materials will be available.)

Supervised Play

Wednesdays, 2-4:30 pm
April 12-June 14

This is unstructured play, with advice and review offered based on whatever problems arise from the randomly dealt hands. While aimed at intermediate players who are trying or considering trying Duplicate Bridge, these sessions can be useful for anyone who has completed Beginning Bridge, for advanced beginners, and for intermediate players. Each week’s class stands on its own; it isn’t necessary to take the full series.

Duplicate Bridge

Twice a month – see dates below
$3, reservations strongly requested

A non-sanctioned, fun Duplicate game is held twice per month – one day game and one evening game. Summer Duplicate is limited to a maximum of nine tables. No Master-Points are awarded in this non-sanctioned game. The game is open to anyone, whether or not taking lessons at the SJCC. The cost is $3 per person, and reservations are requested. Those without partners who wish to play will be paired with suitable partners, as available; advance notice is helpful to arrange partnerships. RSVP to Alan Tesler.

Thursday, April 20, 6:15 pm
Monday, April 24, 11:00 am

Thursday, May 4, 6:15 pm
Monday, May 22, 11 am

Monday, June 12, 11 am
Tuesday, June 13, 6:15 pm

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