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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 are 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.

Winter & Spring 2018 Classes

Bridge Basics 1

Wednesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm   
February 21-March 28

SJCC members $78; guests $90          

This series consists of the first 6 lessons of the 14-week Bridge Basics course. This is 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 starts with an introduction to taking tricks, moves on to opening bids and responses, and covers basic concepts of Declarer Play and Defense. Condensed make-up sessions are available for students who miss a class.  There is a manual for the course: Bridge Basics 1, which needs to be purchased from the instructor at the first class for $10.  There will also be supplementary materials developed by the instructor which will be distributed during the course.  The final 8 lessons of the 14-lesson series, Bridge Basics 2 & 3, will follow, beginning on April 11.

Bridge Basics 2 & 3

Wednesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm
April 11-May 30

SJCC members $104; guests $120          

This series consists of the final 8 lessons of the 14-week Bridge Basics course.  It deals with competitive bidding (Bridge Basics 2) and popular basic conventions (Bridge Basics 3).  Condensed make-up sessions are available for students who miss a class.  There are 2 manuals for the course: Bridge Basics 2 and Bridge Basics 3, which need to be purchased from the instructor at the first class for $10 each.  There will also be supplementary materials developed by the instructor which will be distributed during the course.  Bridge Basics Part 1 (or an equivalent playing or learning experience) is recommended beforehand. 

Declarer Play

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Section A)
February 20 through May 8  (No class on April 3)

Wednesdays, 6:30 -9:00 p.m. (Section B)
February 21 through May 9  (No class on April 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 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.

Basic Defensive Play

Tuesdays, 2-4:30 pm
January 9- January 23

Thursdays, 2-4:30 pm
February 22-March 29  

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

Thursdays, 2-4:30 pm
April 12-June 14  (No class May 10)  
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.

Introduction to Advanced Declarer Play Techniques

Two Tuesdays, 10:30 am-1 pm. (Section A)
Two Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm (Section B)

January 2 – CANCELLED (to be rescheduled)

January 23 – Introduction to Squeeze Play

These 2 lessons introduce advanced techniques in Declarer Play.  The first lesson, Introduction to Endplays (January 2), demonstrates how Declarer can force a Defender to make a favorable lead.  The second lesson, Introduction to Squeeze Play (January 23), outlines the steps Declarer takes to recognize and capitalize on a “squeeze” situation, forcing a Defender to part with a valuable card at a crucial moment.

Introduction to Duplicate Bridge and the Convention Card

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

 February 22 – Duplicate Scoring and Basic Strategy

 March 8 – The ACBL Convention Card

The first lesson will explain scoring and Vulnerability, and discuss basic bidding strategy in non-competitive and competitive auctions, as well as strategy during the play.  Some example hands will be played.  

The second lesson will go over the standard ACBL Convention Card, explain its use, show you how you and your partner should complete it, and will show you how the process of completing it together can improve your partnership even if you never play competitive Duplicate Bridge.  In the process of reviewing the card in detail, we will discuss the rudiments of numerous conventions that you may want to adopt and many bidding situations that all partnerships need to discuss.  As time allows, some conventions will be discussed in greater detail. No hands will be played during this lesson; there will just be presentation, questions, and discussion.


Select Thursdays, March 29-June 14

10:30 am-1 pm  (Section A)
6:30-9:00 pm (Section B)

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

March 15: Jacoby 2NT

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
January 3-24 (no class January 31; February 7 or 14; April 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 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 $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

Monday, January 8, 11 am  – 15 minute snack break around 12:30 pm. for day games
Thursday, January 25, 6:15 pm

Monday, February 26, 11 am
Tuesday, February 27, 6:15 pm

Thursday, March 22, 6:15 pm
Monday, March 26, 11 am

Thursday, April 26, 6:15 pm
Monday, April 30, 11am

Thursday, May 10, 6:15 pm
Monday, May 14, 11am
Monday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 7, 6:15 pm


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