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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 3

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  (Section A)              
Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. (Section B)
November 29-December 20

REPEATED: January 3-January 24
SJCC members $52; guests $60

This 4-lesson course is the completion of the Bridge Basics series.  It presents the Stayman convention, Jacoby Transfers, Opening bids of 2 Clubs with strong hands, and the rudiments of slam bidding.  There is a manual for the course: Bridge Basics 3, 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. Bridge Basics: Parts 1&2 (or an equivalent playing or learning experience) is recommended beforehand.

Contact Alan Tesler with questions.

Declarer Play

Select dates, 2-4:30 pm
Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, November 14
Monday: December 5
Thursday: December 14
Tuesday: December 19

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.


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

Monday, December 4 | 10:30 am-1 pm (Section A)  and  6:30-9 pm (Section B)
Thursday, December 14 | 10:30 am-1 pm (Section A)  and  6:30-9 pm (Section B)

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

Monday, November 13, 11 am
Thursday, November 16, 6:15 pm
Monday, December 11, 11 am
Thursday, December 21, 6:15 pm       
Monday, January 8, 11 am
Thursday, January 25, 6:15 pm


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