Virtual 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. Check out our current class offerings below.

Please note: Alan Tesler will be retiring from SJCC Bridge Nov 23, 2022. We invite you to continue buying passes to attend classes through that date. Funds from any unredeemed ‘punches’/class sessions can be donated to SJCC or refunded.

Rates + Registration Information

Drop-In Classes

Most classes are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Students must purchase a Bridge punch card in advance and have an available “punch” on their card to attend class. Students may move between courses and Supervised Play, as desired, from week to week.

Bridge Basics Series

Pre-registration is required for Bridge Basics 1, 2, and 3 (see below for current class offerings).

Accessing Online Classes

If you previously attended online bridge classes in 2022, you can use the same Zoom and Shark Bridge links to access fall classes. If you need the links or instructions for joining the online classes, or if you have any questions, please email instructor Alan Tesler at atesler3@comcast.net.

Punch Card Rates

Five-Class Punch Cards: $90
Ten-Class Punch Cards: $180


Fall Classes – Online Only

Bridge Basics 1

This 6-lesson series for absolute beginners (or for those who have not played for many years) presents the mechanics of the game, introduces hand evaluation, and focuses on basic bidding and play principles — the “nuts and bolts” needed to play the game.  The textbookBridge Basics 1, is available from a variety of sources, or from the instructor for $10. Supplementary materials will be emailed after registration. This is the first part of a 14-lesson program, and should be followed by Bridge Basics 2 and Bridge Basics 3.

Details:
Wednesdays, Aug. 17 – Sept. 21
10:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: $108
After you register, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about how to join the online classes.

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Bridge Basics 2

This 4-lesson series for beginners focuses on competitive auctions, when both sides are bidding, emphasizing a modern aggressive approach. The manualBridge Basics 2, must be purchased separately. Supplementary materials will be emailed after registration. The first 6 lessons of the beginner series, Bridge Basics 1, or an equivalent playing/learning experience are prerequisites.

Details:
Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Oct. 26 (No class Oct. 5)
10:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: $72
After you register, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about how to join the online classes.

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Bridge Basics 3

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, must be purchased separately. Supplementary materials will be emailed after registration. The first 10 lessons of the beginner series, Bridge Basics 1 and Bridge Basics 2, or an equivalent playing/learning experience are prerequisites.

Details:
Wednesdays, Nov. 2 – Nov. 23
10:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: $72
After you register, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about how to join the online classes.

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Selected Declarer Play Lessons

This is a series that presents some of the fundamental ways in which Declarer maximizes tricks, including finessing, ruffing, discarding, and foiling the Defenders.  For this series, students will bid each hand with a partner versus 2 robots, and then each student will be Declarer on every hand, playing against Robot defenders.

Details:
Thursdays, Aug. 18 – Sept. 29
2 – 4:30 pm

To participate, you must have pre-purchased a punch card. Use the same Zoom and Shark Bridge links that were used earlier in 2022. If you need the links, or you need instructions on how to take these online classes, email instructor Alan Tesler (atesler3@comcast.net).


Selected Defensive Play Lessons

This is a series that presents the fundamental principles of partnership Defense, including opening leads, second hand play, third hand play, and attitude signals.  For this series, students will be guided through the bidding on each hand (though the opponents will win the auction), and then each pair will defend every hand, playing against a Robot Declarer.

Details:
Thursdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 17
2 – 4:30 pm

To participate, you must have pre-purchased a punch card. Use the same Zoom and Shark Bridge links that were used earlier in 2022. If you need the links, or you need instructions on how to take these online classes, email instructor Alan Tesler (atesler3@comcast.net).


Intermediate Bidding Lessons – Doubles, Cuebids, and Slam Bidding

This is a series that presents the various ways that Doubles and Cuebids are used in competitive auctions, allowing more accurate bidding when the opponents try to get in your way.  Two classes will be included on Slam bidding – one presenting 1430 (an enhancement of Blackwood) and the other teaching how to “cuebid” to reach Slam when Blackwood won’t give the information you need.  For this series, students will bid with a partner versus 2 robots; and for most deals, each student will be Declarer.

Details:
Section A: Thursdays, Aug. 18 – Nov. 17 (no class Sept. 29, Oct. 6)
10:30 am – 1 pm

Section B: Tuesdays, Aug. 23 – Nov. 22 (no class Oct. 4, 11)
6:30 – 9 pm

To participate, you must have pre-purchased a punch card. Use the same Zoom and Shark Bridge links that were used earlier in 2022. If you need the links, or you need instructions on how to take these online classes, email instructor Alan Tesler (atesler3@comcast.net).


Supervised Play

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. Although it is recommended to attend with a partner, it is not necessary; single players will be paired with suitable other singles or play with a Robot partner.

Details:
Wednesdays, Aug. 17 – Nov. 16 (no class Oct. 5)
2 – 4:30 pm

To participate, you must have pre-purchased a punch card. Use the same Zoom and Shark Bridge links that were used earlier in 2022. If you need the links, or you need instructions on how to take these online classes, email instructor Alan Tesler (atesler3@comcast.net).