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.

Fall 2019 Classes

Bridge Basics 1

Wednesdays, August 28-October 2

10:30 am-1 pm  (Section A) 
6:45-9:15 pm  (Section B)

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. The next 4 lessons of the series, Bridge Basics 2, follow, starting on October 16, and the final 4 lessons of the Beginner series, Bridge Basics 3, begin on November 13.

Bridge Basics 2

Wednesdays, October 16-November 6

10:30 am-1 pm  (Section A) 
6:45-9:15 pm  (Section B)

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, November 13-December 11  (No class on November 27)

10:30 am-1 pm  (Section A) 
6:45-9:15 pm  (Section B)

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.

Declarer Play

Tuesdays, 10:30 am–1 pm
August 27 through November 19  (No class on September 10, October 1, or October 8)

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.

Polishing Your Basics

Thursdays, 6:30-9 pm
August 29-October 17  (No class on September 5)   
This 8-lesson series is the completion of the Polishing Your Basics series that began in the Spring, but is open to all.  It focuses on bidding – reviewing and enhancing bidding principles learned in Bridge Basics or “kitchen bridge.” The class emphasizes the importance of efficiently showing your hand strength and distribution in trying to reach the best contract.  It is not necessary to take all the classes in the series to benefit.

Doubles

Thursdays, 10:30 am-1 pm
September 12-October 3
This 4-lesson series presents the most common situations where Doubles are used. Over the 4 lessons, there will be discussions of the various types of Doubles: Takeout Doubles, Negative Doubles, Cooperative Doubles, Penalty Doubles, Lead-directing Doubles, Support Doubles, and Redoubles.

Cuebids

Thursdays, 10:30 am-1 pm
October 17 – November 14
This 5-lesson series presents the most common situations where Cuebids are used.  Over the 5 lessons, there will be discussions of the various types of Cuebids, including Cuebids to show support, Cuebids to show 2-suited hands, Cuebids to look for “stoppers,” Cuebids to show “controls,” and others.

Introduction to Two-over-One-Game-forcing

Thursdays, 6:30-9 pm
October 24-November 21 (No class on October 31)
The “Two-over-One” bidding system is a modification of Standard American bidding, and is the most popular system used by competitive bridge players in the United States. This is a repeat of the 4-lesson series given during the day in the Spring, now offered especially for those who can only attend evening classes. The first 2 lessons discuss in detail auctions that begin with a Two-over-One response, while the final 2 lessons focus on those auctions that begin with a “Forcing 1NT” response to an opening bid of 1 of a major suit. These sequences are the two main elements of the Two-over-One-Game-forcing bidding system.

Two-over-One Game-Forcing: Review and Practice

Thursdays, 2-4:30 pm
September 12-September 26  
This 3-week series (offered because it was requested by several players) is aimed at those who have previously taken a course to learn the basics of the “Two-over-One” bidding system and who desire review and practice to become more comfortable using the system in actual play.  Each week, the basics of the system will be reviewed, following by bidding of a variety of hands that demonstrate the varied auctions that can occur when using the Two-over-One system.  It is not necessary to attend all 3 sessions; each stands on its own.

Supervised Play

Wednesdays, 2-4:30 pm
September 4-December 11 (No class on October 9 or November 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

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.

Friday, September 20 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
Monday, September 23 | 6:15-9:45 pm (limited to 9 tables)
Friday, October 4 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
Tuesday, October 15 | 6:15-9:45 pm 
Friday, November 1 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
Tuesday, November 12 | 6:15-9:45 pm 
Friday, December 6 | 11:30 am-3:15 pm (limited to 9 tables – NOTE: different starting time)
Monday, December 9 | 6:15-9:45 pm (limited to 9 tables)
Friday, January 3 | 11 am-2:45 pm 
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 
Tuesday, March 17 |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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