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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 Bridge Basics (see rates below). All classes other than Bridge Basics will be drop-in only. Students may move between courses and supervised play as desired from week to week. Except for Bridge Basics, 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.

Fall 2017 Classes

Bridge Basics 1 & 2

Wednesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm  (Section A)
Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm (Section B)

September 27-November 15
SJCC members $104; guests $120

This 8-lesson course is 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. This course, developed by internationally-known bridge teacher Audrey Grant, starts with an introduction to taking tricks, covers the mechanics of the game, and then moves on to opening bids, responses, and competitive auctions. This course also covers basic concepts of declarer play and defense.  There are 2 manuals for the course: Bridge Basics 1 and Bridge Basics 2, which need to be purchased from the instructor at the first class for $20 ($10 each).  There will also be supplementary materials developed by the instructor which will be distributed during the course. Bridge Basics 3, an additional four lessons, completes the series and will follow.

Online registration only.  Contact Alan Tesler with questions.

Declarer Play

Tuesdays, 2-4:30 pm
September 26-December 19 (no class October 24, November 21, or November 28)

This is a course for those who know the basics of bidding, but who want to improve their ability as Declarer. It’s also valuable for the more experienced players who wish to improve their Declarer play. It starts with the fundamental strategies that Declarer employs to take all the tricks to which he is entitled, reviews basic bidding concepts, moves on to developing tricks, and concludes with techniques for identifying the “dangerous” opponent and avoiding giving her the lead.

Overcalls, Advances, 2-Suited Overcalls, and Competitive Auctions

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm (Section A)
Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm (Section B)
September 26-October 10

These three lessons will present the modern approach to Overcalls, and how the Responder and the Advancer (the partner of the player who overcalls) proceed.  The first lesson (September 26) will present simple non-jump overcalls and Advancer’s actions. The 2nd lesson (October 3) shows how Responder’s bids change when there is an intervening Overcall.  The 3rd lesson (October 10) will present the two ways an Overcaller can show two suits at once – the Michaels Cuebid and the Unusual NoTrump – both standard bids in modern Bridge.


Tuesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm (Section A)
Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm (Section B)
October 17, October 31, November 7, November 14

This four-lesson course presents the basics of the popular Two-over-One-Game-Forcing bidding system, with two lessons detailing auctions that start with a Two-over-One-Game-Forcing bid and two lessons presenting the Forcing (or Semi-Forcing) 1NT bid.  Adopting this system is relatively easy for anyone already playing Standard American with five-card Majors.

Slam Bidding: Finding Controls with Ace-asking Bids and Cuebids

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm (Section A)
Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm (Section B)
December 5-December 12

These two lessons deal with the standard ways partnerships ask about and show “controls” when investigating for slam in a suit contract.  The first lesson (December 5) deals with Blackwood, Roman Keycard Blackwood, “1430”, and Gerber.  The second lesson (December 12) reviews “cuebidding” controls when Ace-asking bids are not appropriate.


Supervised Play

Wednesdays, 2-4:30 pm
September 27-January 24 (no class November 22 or December 27)

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

Thursdays (6:15 pm) and Mondays (11 am)
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. 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 at

Thursday, October 19, 6:15 pm
Monday, October 23, 11 am
Monday, November 13, 11 am
Thursday, November 16, 6:15 pm
Monday, December 11, 11 am
Thursday, December 21, 6:15 pm       
Monday, January 15, 11 am
Thursday, January 18, 6:15 pm


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