Bridge Classes

Bridge is back and going virtual! 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: at this time, all bridge classes are virtual. Detailed instructions for accessing online classes will be provided after registration or purchase of a punch card.

Rates + Registration Information

Pre-registration is required for Bridge Basics 1, 2, and 3 (see full details below). All other classes are drop-in only and charged on a per-class basis. Students may move between courses and Supervised Play as desired from week to week. All classes will be 2-2.5 hours, starting at the scheduled start time, and will end no later than the shown end time.

Students MUST purchase a punch card in advance for drop-in classes. Reservations are not required, but students must have an available “punch” on their card. Contact instructor Alan Tesler (atesler3@comcast.net) in advance for detailed instructions on how to join the online class.

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

Contact Alan Tesler at atesler3@comcast.net with questions or requests for other classes, days, or times.


Current Classes

Bridge Basics 1

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. The manualBridge Basics 1, must be purchased separately. Supplementary materials will be emailed after registration. Bridge Basics 2, the next 4 lessons of the series, start on September 29. The final 4 lessons of the Beginner series, Bridge Basics 3, begin on October 27.

Details:
Wednesdays, August 4 – September 22 (no class September 8 or 15)
Section A: 10:30 am-1 pm
Section B: 6:15-8:45 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, September 29 – October 20
Section A: 10:30 am-1 pm
Section B: 6:15-8:45 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, October 27 – November 17
Section A: 10:30 am-1 pm
Section B: 6:15-8:45 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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Declarer Play

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 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.  As this course follows Beginning Bridge, there is a strong emphasis on bidding review.

Details:
Tuesdays, September 21 – November 16
Note: final class on Thursday, November 18
2-4:30 pm


Basic Defensive Play

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.

Details:
Tuesdays, September 21 – November 16
10:30 am-1 pm


Intermediate-Level Bridge Lessons

These intermediate-level lessons are offered twice on Thursdays, on a variety of topics.

Details:
Thursdays, September 23 – November 18
Section A: 10:30 am-1 pm
Section B: 2-4:30 pm

  • September 23: The Many Faces of 2NT, Part 1 – How the same 2NT bid has very different meanings depending on the auction and the preceding bids.
  • September 30: The Many Faces of 2NT, Part 2
  • October 7: “1430” – an improvement on the Blackwood convention
  • October 14: The Many Faces of 2C – How the same 2C bid has very different meanings depending on the auction and the preceding bids.
  • October 21: Jacoby 2NT – an artificial Game-forcing bid to aid in reaching good major suit Slams (and avoiding bad ones)
  • October 28 and November 4: Basic Bidding Review (2-part lecture series, see below)
  • November 11: The Many Faces of 1NT – How the same 1NT bid has very different meanings depending on the auction and the preceding bids.
  • November 18: Two-Over-One Game-Forcing, system review (Morning class ONLY)


Basic Bidding Review Lectures

This is a basic Bidding Review class, similar to the lecture classes that have been given in previous years. It covers the basics of Standard American bidding that everyone should know, with some discussion of commonly-used additional treatments, and if time allows, will include a brief overall review of basic Declarer strategies and standard defensive techniques. Unlike the other lessons at the JCC, these lessons will NOT include practice hands to play but will be overall reviews of the subject with detailed handout sheets and plenty of time for discussion and questions. To attend this class, you only need to join the Zoom meeting; it is not necessary to log into Shark Bridge, as no hands will be played.

Details:
Section A: Tuesday, October 26 & November 2 | 6:15-8:45 pm
Section B: Thursday, October 28 & November 4 | 10:30 am-1 pm
Section C: Thursday, October 28 & November 4 | 2-4:30 pm


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.

Details:
Wednesdays, August 4-November 17 (no class September 8 & 15)
2-4:30 pm


Supervised Play – Evenings

This class will offer a mixture of hands, some taken from lessons on specific topics, and some 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.

Details:
Tuesdays, September 21-November 16 (no class October 26 or November 2)
6:15-8:45 pm

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