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MONDAY MORNINGS DECEMBER 9 AND JANUARY 6 TO FEBRUARY 3: BEGINNING BRIDGE 3: CONVENTIONS EVERY BRIDGE PLAYER SHOULD KNOW
(Beginner & Advance Beginner)
Instructor: Jane Dober
ACBL certified director, teacher, & Gold Life Master
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee for all 6 lessons: $90
  • Opening 1NT, Stayman, Jacoby Transfers
  • Opening 2NT, Opening 2C (Strong Hand, forcing bid) & responses. Looking for a slam using Blackwood & Gerber

Classes include: Handouts, exercise sheets, 8-12 pre-dealt boards to play that support the lesson, and weekly review sessions. NO material fees. NO partner needed.

Please contact Jane Dober to register or for more information: janedober@gmail.com
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TUESDAY MORNINGS JANUARY 7 TO FEBRUARY 11: BEGINNING BRIDGE II: COMPETITIVE BIDDING
(Beginner & Advanced Beginner)
Instructor: Marti Moss (ACBL Teacher/Director)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $60 ($10 per class) payable at the first class
Pre-requisite: Beginning Bridge I or similar experience
Note: These sessions will not award Master Points
No partner needed.
Learn the basics of competitive bidding in a friendly, low-stress environment.
The series will cover competitive bidding topics:
  • Takeout Doubles
  • Overcalls
  • Pre-empts
  • Strong 2 Club Opening Bid
  • Slam Bidding
  • Gerber and Blackwood
The class format is a 45-minute lesson followed by practice play using pre-dealt hands to demonstrate the guidelines presented in the lesson. The curriculum will be based on Jim Ricker's book Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1.
Please contact Marti Moss at martimoss43@gmail.com for questions or to register.
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TUESDAY EVENINGS STARTING JANUARY 7: POST-GAME SHOW
(All Levels)
Instructors: Debbie and Alan Gailfus
Starts after the afternoon game (approximately 4:00 PM)
FREE hand review sessions
NLM PLAYERS
OPEN PLAYERS
EVERYBODY WELCOME!
All questions are good questions:
  • the auction
  • the lead
  • the offense
  • the defense

We all learn from each other's questions.

Unless you are consistently playing like a pro already, what's keeping you from attending?

You are cordially invited to join team Gailfus for their 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 on Tuesdays following the afternoon game!

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WEDNESDAY MORNINGS STARTING JANUARY 8: EZBRIDGE 1 (0-20)
(Beginner)
Instructor: Sharon Rippy
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Cost: $10 for each lesson you attend. There is a book that needs to be ordered ASAP that is $15
You know how much you love this hobby, so now is the time to pay it forward. Start spreading the word to your friends, neighbors, relatives, relatives' friends, and friends' neighbors' relatives!
Wednesday January 8th is the start date for our next beginner class. We welcome brand new players, lapsed college Goren players, social players, and anyone ready to learn modern duplicate bridge. We will have them playing first day. They can come with or without a partner. We can give them a great partner.
As much as we strive to find new sources of advertising, you are consistently our best source of new players. We are counting on you to deliver again for January.
Great place to learn how to play bridge in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
We have a lesson followed by a game each Wednesday morning.
  • January 8 - Learn to Play
  • January 15 - Where to Play
  • January 22 - How High to Bid
  • January 29 - What's Your Shape? Overcalls
Please contact Sharon Rippy at fleurpdlur@cox.net with any questions or referrals.
Click Here for the flyer
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THURSDAY MORNINGS JANUARY 9 AND FEBRUARY 6 & 13: WORKSHOP
(All Levels)
Instructor: Jane Dober
ACBL certified director, teacher, & Gold Life Master
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $10 - then stay and play in the afternoon in the NLM game for $5 including lunch.
No partner needed
We host a WORKSHOP one or 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.
We will start with a mini-lesson at 9:30, then play 12 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.
  • January 9: Control Bidding Aces with Slam Interest
    • We will review Gary Waldron's Mentoring session on Control bidding on the way to a slam contract. Jane will review opening 2C, jump in suit, and Blackwood vs. RKC 1430 vs. a new approach. Should we be in 6 or 7? Or should we stop at 5?
If you have a subject you want us to review, or hands you want to practice, send Jane an email. All requests are warmly welcomed.
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
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THURSDAY MORNINGS JANUARY 16 & 23: MENTORING: OVERCALLS
(Advanced Beginner & Intermediate)
Instructor: Hal Binder
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Fee:  $10
* Stay and play in the afternoon NLM game for just $5! *
Why 2 sessions?  Because this subject is 2 important for just 1!
The opponent starts the bidding. 
Does that mean they own this board? 
Nonsense! 
Your job may be to get in their way, to take the contract away from them, or maybe even to sacrifice. 
Hal will help you understand:
  • What you should have when overcalling
  • How your seat position affects your overcall
  • What your partner  -  the 'advancer' -  should do next
The discussion will be suitable for advancing beginners who have ventured beyond the classroom and into games, as well as intermediate players. If you are not sure whether you are a good fit, speak to Hal.
As you play practice hands, Hal will lead a discussion between each board to zoom in on unique considerations. Hand records will be available.
Please email Maggie Briskie ASAP to reserve your spot: maggiebrisk@cox.net
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: 99'ER LESSON & GAME

(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.

In January, Trudi will be teaching a special series of lessons focused on 2/1 including 1NT Forcing, Bergen Raises, and other components of this popular bidding system.

In February, we are moving our popular Barometer game up a week to accommodate travel schedules. Come and join us!

  • December 27 - BAROMETER GAME: We will play 12 boards. Everyone plays the same boards simultaneously. After each round, we will stop to discuss, dissect, and analyze the hands - the bidding, lead, declarer play, and defense. All and any of your questions will be answered. Each hand provides learning opportunities. Come with a partner or we can find you a partner.
  • January 3 - Balancing Doubles: We wrap our series on doubles by teaching Balancing Doubles.
  • January 10 - Two over One
  • January 17 - Two over One
  • January 24 - Two over One
  • January 31 - BAROMETER GAME: We will play 12 boards. Everyone plays the same boards simultaneously. After each round, we will stop to discuss, dissect, and analyze the hands - the bidding, lead, declarer play, and defense. All and any of your questions will be answered. Each hand provides learning opportunities. Come with a partner or we can find you a partner.
  • February 7 - Michaels: The opponents bid and you hold 5/5 in 2 of the unbid suits. What to do?
  • February 14 - Unusual NT: This is another convention used to show 5/5 after the opponents open the bidding.
  • February 21 - BAROMETER GAME: We will play 12 boards. Everyone plays the same boards simultaneously. After each round, we will stop to discuss, dissect, and analyze the hands - the bidding, lead, declarer play, and defense. All and any of your questions will be answered. Each hand provides learning opportunities. Come with a partner or we can find you a partner.
  • February 28 - Inverted Minors: A handy convention to bid the minors and get to NT if it's there.

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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MONDAY MORNINGS STARTING FEBRUARY 10: PLAY OF THE HAND FOR BEGINNING STUDENTS
(Beginner & Advance Beginner)
Instructor: Jane Dober
ACBL certified director, teacher, & Gold Life Master
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Please contact Jane Dober for more information: janedober@gmail.com
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TUESDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 4: CUE BIDDING CONTROLS
Instructor: Gary Waldron
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This course will build on the Mentoring class from last November.  Gary will distinguish hand-types and auctions that are best suited for Control showing cue-bids.

The course will introduce Cue Bids showing first and second round controls and when you can cue-bid shortness to show controls.

The class combines a lecture and written materials with opportunities to practice what you are learning by bidding the hands yourself.  

If you realize that Blackwood (in whatever form you use) doesn’t always provide the information that you need in slam exploration, then you are ready to learn about control cue-bidding.

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TUESDAY MORNINGS FEBRUARY 11 TO MARCH 3: PLAY OF THE HAND: DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS
Instructor: Gary Waldron
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This course will explore some of the basic techniques including finessing; establishing trump, suit establishment; promoting winners and eliminating losers; and keeping communications open by managing your entries.  Special emphasis will be placed in learning by listening - to the auction -  and watching - the opening lead, the opponents' signals and their discards.

Beginners who are playing in any of the SOCBC games will benefit from these classes.  Since it is impossible to determine in advance how quickly the class (and the teacher) will advance, additional sessions may be added after the first 4.

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TUESDAY MORNINGS FEBRUARY 18 TO MARCH 24: SUPERVISED PLAY
(Beginner & Advanced Beginner)
Instructor: Marti Moss (ACBL Teacher/Director)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • February 18 - Overcalls
  • February 25 - Takeout Doubles
  • March 3 - Pre-empts
  • March 10 - 2 Clubs Strong
  • March 17 - Slam Bidding + Blackwood & Gerber
  • March 24 - Review of Basic Competitive & Defensive Bidding
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THURSDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 27: MENTORING: JACOBY 2NT
Instructor: Richard Picheny
9:00 - 11:30 AM
A Mentor will be at each table to facilitate using the new material and to give you tips as you bid and play prepared hands.
Please email Maggie Briskie ASAP to reserve your spot and so that she can arrange the right number of volunteer mentors. maggiebrisk@cox.net
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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TUESDAY MORNINGS MARCH 10 TO MARCH 31: DEALING WITH CHALLENGING HANDS AND SITUATIONS
Instructor: Gary Waldron
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This class will convert to discussions of more advanced techniques, covering when and whether to draw trump; cross-trumping; maintaining communications; dummy reversals; key card combinations; approaches to establishing the long side-suit; and hold-up plays.  We’ll dive deeper into information and inferences to be drawn from the opponents’ actions (and failures to take certain actions) and into the magic of counting.
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