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.

Pre-registration is only required for the Bridge Basics series (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 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

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 & Summer 2018 Classes

Beginning Bridge 1

Wednesdays, August 1-September 5

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

SJCC Members $78;  Guests $90          

This series is for Absolute Beginners, or for those who have been away from the game for a long time. It 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 final 8 lessons of the series, Bridge Basics 2 & 3, follows, starting on September 12.

Declarer Play

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

June 6 through July 25  (No class on June 27; July 4)

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

Basic Defensive Play

Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm
May 16 through July 18 (No class on June 27; July 4)

This 9-lesson 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

April 12-June 14 |  2-4:30 pm
June 21-August 16, noon-2:30 pm (No class on July 5, July 12, or July 26)  
This course 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.


Select Thursdays, March 29-June 14
10:30 am-1 pm  (Section A)
6:30-9 pm (Section B)

This is a series of 9 lessons, offered on intermittent Thursdays, on a variety of topics.

March 29 : Takeout Doubles and Advances

April 12: Negative Doubles, Part 1

April 19: Negative Doubles, Part 2

May 3: Other Doubles and Redoubles, Part 1

May 17: Other Doubles and Redoubles, Part 2

May 24: Cuebidding to Show Support and Strength

May 31: Michaels Cuebids and the Unusual NoTrump

June 14: Cuebidding to Show or Ask For Stoppers

Supervised Play

Wednesdays, 2-4:30 pm
March 28-August 29 (No class on June 27; July 4)

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 (6:15-9:30 pm) and Mondays (11 am-2:30 pm)
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.

Thursday, May 10, 6:15 pm
Monday, May 14, 11am
Monday, June 4, 11 am
Thursday, June 7, 6:15 pm
Monday, July 9, 11 am – Limited to 9 tables!
Tuesday, July 17, 6:15 pm
Monday, August 6, 11 am – Limited to 9 tables!
Thursday, August 16, 6:15 pm

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