Bridge Classes

Have you always wanted to learn to play bridge or want 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.

Pre-registration is only required for the Bridge Basics (1, 2, and 3) series. 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 the Bridge Basics series, 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

Ten-Class Punch Cards
SJCC members $120
Guests $140

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.

Winter 2020 Classes

Bridge Basics 1

Wednesdays, February 12-March 18
10:30 am-1 pm
SJCC Members $78;  Guests $90          

These are the first 6 lessons of the 14-lesson Beginner series.  This series is for Absolute Beginners, or for those who have been away from the game for a long time. Bridge Basics 1 covers the basic mechanics of Bridge, opening bids and responses, and basic strategies of play. Condensed make-up sessions are available for students who miss a class. The manual, Bridge Basics 1, can be purchased from the instructor for $10. Supplementary materials will also be distributed in class. 

Bridge Basics 2

Wednesdays, April 15-May 6
10:30 am-1 pm
SJCC Members $52;  Guests $60          

This 4-lesson series for beginners focuses on competitive auctions, when both sides are bidding, emphasizing a modern aggressive approach. The manual, Bridge Basics 2, can be purchased from the instructor for $10.  Supplementary materials will also be distributed in class.  The first 6 lessons of the beginner series, Bridge Basics 1, or an equivalent playing/learning experience are prerequisite.

Bridge Basics 3

Wednesdays, May 13-June 3
10:30 am-1 pm
SJCC Members $52;  Guests $60          

This 4-lesson series for beginners completes the 14-lesson beginner series.  It introduces several commonly-used conventions — Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Strong 2C opening bids, Blackwood, and Gerber.  The manual, Bridge Basics 3, can be purchased from the instructor for $10.  Supplementary materials will also be distributed in class.  The first 10 lessons of the beginner series, Bridge Basics 1 and Bridge Basics 2, or an equivalent playing/learning experience are prerequisite.

Basic Defensive Play

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm        
February 11-April 28  (No class on March 24 or April 7 or April 14)

This 9-lesson course presents the fundamentals of basic defensive play.  This includes guidelines on leading against No Trump and suit contracts, second-hand play, third-hand play, and the meaning and proper usage of standard defensive signals.     

Declarer Play

Thursdays, 10:30 am–1 pm
February 13-May 21  (No class on March 26, April 9, or May 7)

This 10-lesson course is 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 covers the fundamental strategies that Declarer employs to take all the tricks to which she is entitled, reviews basic bidding concepts, and discusses some aspects of basic defense as well.

Intermediate Bidding Techniques

Thursdays, 2-4:30 pm
February 13-May 21 (No class on March 26, May 7, or April 9)

This series presents topics in Intermediate Bidding. This includes the Jacoby 2NT, Roman Keycard Blackwood and 1430, the different meanings of 2NT, the different meanings of 2C, a Review of Two-over-One Game-forcing, and other topics that refine basic bidding concepts, emphasizing bids that show a specified hand strength and suit length.

Supervised Play

2-4:30 pm  (Section A) 

6:30-9 pm (Section B)     
February 12-June 10 (No class December 18-February 5; March 25; April 8)

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
$4, 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 $4 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.

Tuesday, January 28 | 6:15-9:45 pm 
Friday, February 7 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
Tuesday, February 11 | 6:15-9:45 pm 
Friday, March 13 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
Monday, March 16 |6:15-9:45 pm
Friday, April 3 | 11:30 am-3:15 pm (limited to 9 tables – NOTE: different starting time)
Tuesday, April 28 | 6:15-9:45 pm 
Tuesday, May 5 | 6:15-9:45 pm 
Friday, March 8 |11 am-2:45 pm
Friday, June 5 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
Tuesday, June 9 | 6:15-9:45 pm 

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