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MONDAY MORNING NOVEMBER 12: RKC 1430
(Advanced Beginner and Intermediate)
Instructor: Jane Dober
Gold Life Master, ACBL Accredited Instructor and Director
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Celebrate Veteran's Day at SOCBC
All veterans are Jane's guests for the lesson.
Roman Key Card 1430 - when are you in the slam zone? Control bidding on your way to slam. Where is the queen of trumps? When to use it. How to use it combined with RKC 1430.
Handouts, bidding exercises, hand records, & 12 predealt boards to practice bidding the slam, or know when to stop bidding the slam.
Fee $15 - no partner needed. (To honor our Veterans and their service to our country, Jane is comping their fee.)
To pre-register or for further information, contact Jane at Janedober@gmail.com.
Pre-registration is necessary so we know how many boards to prepare.
Jane
MONDAY MORNING NOVEMBER 19: NEW MINOR FORCING
(Advanced Beginner and Intermediate)
Instructor: Jane Dober
Gold Life Master, ACBL Accredited Instructor and Director
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Better bidding methods abound when you use New Minor Forcing:
  • Responder uses it with values that are game invitational or better, asking partners to describe their hands further
  • Responder has a bid to show a hand too weak to invite

One-day-only class includes hand-outs, 12 pre-dealt boards to play that support NMF, an exercise sheet, and hand records.

Bring your bridge playing to a new level. $15 - No partner needed.

To pre-register or for further information, contact Jane at Janedober@gmail.com.

(As a follow-up to NMF, Jane will offer a 4th Suit Game Forcing class in December.)

Jane
MONDAY EVENINGS: 0-1500 MPS BRIDGE WITH TRUDI/SUSAN
Join us on Monday evenings for a fun and light-hearted game of bridge for players with 0-1500 MPs. The evening game starts at 6:30, and we do our best to be out by 9:30 PM. No partner required, but come early if you need one!
Have a difficult hand you played the previous Monday or during the week? A perplexing hand that left you stumped? Send the hand either to Trudi or to Susan at the email addresses below and we can discuss the hand as a group.
For more information, contact Trudi Hanscom at t.hanscom@live.com or Susan Bristol at bristolsg949@gmail.com
TrudiAndSusan
TUESDAY MORNINGS: BEGINNING BRIDGE PART I
(Beginner)
9:30 - 11:30 AM
This is a series for new and beginning bridge players starting September 25 and continuing for eight consecutive Tuesdays through November 13.
Challenge your mind, meet new friends, and become a part of the thriving duplicate bridge community in South Orange County.
Begin playing at the first lesson. Learn how to make a plan and take tricks before you learn bidding.
Classes include interactive presentations on topic(s) of the day plus play of practice hands. Student workbook included as well as handouts. Hand records and analysis are provided as the class progresses.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
The series fee is $80 ($10 per lesson for eight lessons) plus $20 for student manual payable in cash or by check payable to Marti Moss, ACBL Certified Teacher, at the first class.
To register or for more information, please contact Marti Moss at martimoss43@gmail.com
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TUESDAY MORNINGS: SUPERVISED PLAY FOR BEGINNERS
(Beginner and Advanced Beginner)
Instructor: Marti Moss
This new series for new and beginning bridge players continues for five consecutive Tuesdays November 20 through December 18: 9:30 - 11:30 AM.
This is a stress-free environment targeting beginning and advancing beginner students.
  • November 20 - Opening & Responding to Major & Minor Suits
  • November 27 - Opening 1NT/Stayman & Transfers
  • December 4 - Carding. Attitude & Leads
  • December 11 - All About Overcalls
  • December 18 - Competitive Bidding Overview

Mini-lesson and extensive practice play with mentors supporting lesson of the day.

Meet new friends. Challenge your mind. Hone your bridge skills.

The fee is $10 per class. To register (strongly encouraged) or for more information, please contact Marti Moss at martimoss43@gmail.com

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TUESDAY EVENINGS: STAY AND ASK QUESTIONS
(All Levels)
Starts after the afternoon game (approximately 4:00 PM)
You are cordially invited to join team Gailfus for their new FREE hand review sessions following the Tuesday games. Whether you had a great game or a humbling game, there is always much to learn from the insight of top tier players.
Debbie and Alan will help you slice and dice the hands and answer all your questions. Join them September 25th and subsequent Tuesdays following the afternoon game for the Post Game Show!
Gailfus
WEDNESDAY MORNINGS: EASYBRIDGE I (0-20 MP)
(Beginner)
Instructor: Sharon Rippy, ACBL and Easybridge Certified Teacher
9:00 - 11:30 AM

Join us if you want a review, if you're just learning bridge, or maybe you're a social player wanting to learn modern duplicate bidding.

Each week we have a mini lesson, then play hands that reinforce the lesson. We have a workbook with good review exercises. The classes are $10 for each lesson attended.

You can join us with or without a partner. We will find you a great partner.

  • November 7 - No Trump Responses
  • November 14 - Bigger Offensive Hands
  • November 21 - FEAR! Preempts
  • November 28 - Rockcrushers

Hope to see you at the tables on Wednesday Mornings 9-11:30. With questions email: fleurpdlur@cox.net

 

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WEDNESDAY MORNINGS STARTING OCTOBER 24: NO TRUMP
(Intermediate and Advanced)
Instructor: Gary Waldron
9:00 -11:30 AM on October 24
9:30 - 11:30 AM on October 31, November 7, and November 14
Note: enter through the double doors
Cost: $40 for the series:; $15 for an individual lesson
Gary Waldron (lagunajhawk@icloud.com) will begin a series on No Trump: Bidding and Play of No Trump Hands. This is geared toward intermediate and advancing players to help them become comfortable bidding and playing No Trump contracts. Gary will also address topics such as opening No Trump with 5-card majors, and how to choose between No Trump and Suit contracts. If you miss any class, all is not lost. There is plenty of room: each class stands alone. There will be plenty of practice hands.
  • October 24 - Bidding 1NT - beyond the basics
    • 5 card majors?
    • 6-card minors
    • 5-4-2-2 Distribution
    • Singleton honors
    • 15-17 points or something else?
  • October 31 - Why you should like playing the 1NT Contract
    • How to maximize your tricks and limit your risk
  • November 7 - Playing 3NT
    • Tricks (and over-tricks) of the trade
  • November 14 - 3NT or another contract - How to decide
    • A wide discussion of various bidding techniques to help you find the best contract

If requested, we will have a fifth session to review all that has been learned and to play and discuss practice hands.

 

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1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY MORNINGS: Social Bridge
(All Levels)
Instructor: Jane Dober
ACBL certified director, teacher, & Gold Life Master
9:30 - 11:30 AM
We host a SOCIAL BRIDGE game two Thursday mornings a month. Something for everyone ~  Improve your skills, play interesting bridge hands, have fun. All levels of bridge players are welcome.
Come alone, or bring your partner, or even your favorite bridge group. The more the merrier. Just remember to BYO smile!  The bridge club is a great place to meet new people.
$10 per person.  We will start with a mini-lesson, then play 12 to 18 pre-dealt  interesting hands. You will receive records of the hands you played so that you can review them, ask questions, and learn.
We offer refreshments as well.
  • November 1: JUMP SHIFTS - Are they game forcing? What are they telling partner?
  • November 15: The power of the preempt - preempting after opponents open the bidding.

Please contact Jane Dober for more information and to sign up for the game.  Let her know if you would like us to find a partner for you. janedober@gmail.com

Jane
2ND AND 4TH THURSDAY MORNINGS (5TH THURSDAY MORNING IN NOVEMBER): SOCIAL BRIDGE
(All Levels)
Facilitators: Marti Moss & Frances Krause
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Thursday mornings are getting even better!
Spread the word to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. We are super excited to have 2 more Thursday morning social games to our expanding bridge calendar.
Here's the scoop:
9:30 - Chef Frances's continental breakfast and 30 minute lesson by special weekly Guest Speakers
  • November 8: Guest presenter Susan Kissinger - Playing and Defending 1NT and The Rule of 11
  • November 29: Presenter Marti Moss - Overcalls

10:00 - 11:30 - Let's Play Bridge!

We play 10 to 12 "boards" (bridge hands), "duplicate style" but in a relaxed social setting.

Duplicate Style means everyone plays the same cards instead of shuffling and playing random hands. Why? Because that levels the playing field. If you get 'good cards', then everyone else sitting your direction gets good cards as well. If you get 'bad cards', you are not alone. The challenge is, how well will you do with the exact same cards?

You will receive hand outs after the game showing the cards you played and we will discuss them together so that everyone can review and learn.

Entry fee: $10

Please contact Marti - martimoss43@gmail.com or Frances (949) 697-6446 to RSVP, with any questions, or if you would like us to find a partner for you.

 

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THURSDAY MORNINGS NOVEMBER 1 & 8 AND TUESDAY MORNING NOVEMBER 13: INTERMEDIATE CARD PLAYING
(Advanced Beginner and Above)
Instructor: Robert Irani
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Have you ever executed a simple squeeze at the bridge table?
Have you thrown in the defender?
Have you end played them?
This class is designed for advancing beginners and above who want to learn and enhance their skills in card play.
Additional topics for Tuesday November 13:
  • Taking all your chances, to double your chances of making your contract with one trick to go. Over the summer, I read through 100 hands on this topic. We will go over the five best.
  • Dummy reversal - when to ruff in the declarer's hand rather than in the dummy.

These are the easiest to learn and execute.

There will also be a third and final page on the bridge judgment handouts.

In the first 5 minutes, I will review the Simple Squeeze hand to make sure everyone knows the simple squeeze just naturally happens. You just have to play normally and watch!

Fee for November 13: $15

Registration: Please contact Robert Irani (949) 493-7657 or thescholar@live.com
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THURSDAY MORNING NOVEMBER 15: HAND EVALUATION
(Intermediate and Above)
Instructor: Jacob Weisberg
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Here is a hand:
Spades:        KT62
Hearts:        AJ32
Diamonds:  842
Clubs:          42
What's this hand worth?
It depends.
Depends?
Impossible
There are 13 cards and we know the values of Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks, so how can the hand's value be variable? Eight points is eight points is eight points, right?
Come learn how to see different values in the same 13 cards, depending on the seat you're in, what's been bid by others, whether opponents or partner have bid, and more.
It's time to start evaluating and re-evaluating your hand many times during the bidding sequence.
Register with our instructor Jacob Weisberg at: creativecommunications@att.net
One session, $15, will change the way you look at your hand forever.
Jacob Weisberg
THURSDAY MORNING NOVEMBER 29: MENTORING: DRURY
(Advanced Beginner and Intermediate)
Instructor: Bob Levine
9:00 - 11:30 AM
When partner opens 1 Heart or 1 Spade in 3rd or 4th seat, have they opened light or strong?
As a passed hand, now in the responder seat, learn how to get to the right contract.
Do you belong in a part score? Should you invite to game? Slam?
If this convention is not yet part of your arsenal, you are missing a powerful tool. Many bridge pros consider Drury to be among the top 10 essential conventions for modern bridge players.
Find out why Drury is on just about every bridge expert's Top 10 List of Important Conventions You Should Know. The mentoring format is a perfect way for advancing beginner and intermediate players to learn. After the discussion, a mentor will be at each table as you apply the material to real deals. Hand records will be available.
Partners not required, but always welcome!
Class fee: $10
Please email Maggie Briskie ASAP to reserve your spot and so that she can arrange the right number of volunteer mentors.
Send her: Your name, approximate number of master points, and if you are coming with or without a partner. If you are coming with a partner, send her their name and approximate points. If you don't have a partner, no worries - let her know and we will get one for you.
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FRIDAY MORNINGS: FOR NEW PLAYERS (0-99 MP)
(Beginner and Advanced Beginner)
Come and improve your game with a 30-minute lesson followed by a game. Playing more is the best way to improve your game. So, come on out! Get your game on!
All sessions will start at 9 AM SHARP! Cost is $10 for the lesson, game, and great snacks! Registration is not required.
  • November 2 - Balancing Doubles
  • November 9 - Pre-empts & Responses
  • November 16 - STaC Game
  • November 23 - No Game - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 - Barometer Game
Please come and join our group, no partner needed. We guarantee you will play. This is a very fun and friendly group.
The more you play, the more comfortable you will become with the bidding and the play of the hand. Contact Susan Bristol at bristolsg949@gmail.com or Trudi Hanscom at t.hanscom@live.com for more information.
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SATURDAY MORNINGS: FOR NEW PLAYERS (0-99 MP)
(Beginner and Advanced Beginner)
Instructor: Gail Schneider
Super start your Saturday mornings!
Join the brand new Saturday game and mini-lesson from 9 to 11:30 AM with Gail Schneider.
Social players welcome - beginners and advancing beginners welcome - bring a friend.
This class is designed especially for beginners and advanced beginners with less than 100 masterpoints.
Learn the basics while having fun!
Contact the instructor and director Gail Schneider with questions: calgal516@gmail.com
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TUESDAY AND THURSDAY MORNINGS IN DECEMBER: COMPACT INTERMEDIATE BIDDING
(Advanced Beginner and Intermediate)
Instructor: Robert Irani
9:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday December 4: Intermediate Bridge Judgement  - when to open, when to pass
  • Thursday December 6: Double Trouble - when to double, is partner's double for takeout? Or penalty?
  • Tuesday December 11: When they interfere with our bidding to mess us up!
  • Thursday December 13: When we interfere with their bidding to mess them up!
  • Tuesday December 18: Splinters and how to safely bid and make slams with 27 HCP.
  • Thursday December 20: Hardy Raise - Are you ready to go beyond Bergen Raises?

Attend all or selected classes

Fee: $80 for full series or $15 per class

Registration: Please contact Robert Irani (949) 493-7657 or thescholar@live.com

Robert Irani