`` San Diego Bridge Academy

Spring Class Schedule 2017


We are starting a new series of classes for beginners, intermediate, and advancing players

    1. Introduction to Bridge (I and II)
    2. Modern No Trump Bidding (Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Minor Suit Transfers, Quantitative No Trump, Gerber
    3. Planning to Win: (Introduction to Play of the Hand Part I)
    4. Deadly Defense: Making the Most of Your High Cards (Introduction to Defense Part II)
    5. Defensive Strategies: The Big Picture: When is it wrong to attack? Let the dummy guide you.
1. Introduction to Bridge (I of II): This introductory course teaches the fundamentals of the game. If you have never played this game, or you have not played in a very long time, or if you would like to start over, from the beginning then this course is for you (part II starts immediately after completion of part I).

Morning Class: Starts Monday July 17th If you would like to be added to our beginning bridge class roster. Please contact me at dave@sandiegobridgeacademy.com
    • Meets every Mondays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for six weeks
    • Mondays students have a regular class with teacher, lecture, and play emphasis on bidding
    • Students are encouraged to meet on Wednesdays to get a separate lesson on strategy and play without the bidding, by playing a game called mini-bridge, with prepared hands. Minimal guidance from instructor. Students are there to play and learn.
    • Cost is $125 + $25 for the text book
    • Teacher: Charlotte Blum
Evening Class: Starts Wednesday July 19th. It will meet once a week on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
   • Wednesday students have a regular class with teacher, lecture, and play emphasis on bidding
    • Students are encouraged to meet on Tuesdays to get a separate lesson on strategy and play without the bidding, playing a game called mini-bridge, with prepared hands. Minimal guidance from instructor. Students are there to play and learn.
    • Cost is $125 + $25 for the text book
    • Teacher: Philippe Gagne

2. Modern No Trump Bidding This course will give students lots of practice with Stayman and Jacoby Transfers.

  Class starts Monday July 31st
    • Meets every Monday from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for six weeks
    • Cost is $125
    • Other topics to be covered will include minor suit transfers, Slam Bidding, Quantitative No Trump, and Gerber.
    • Students will also get lots of basic declarer play practice
    • Level is Beginner/Intermediate
    • Teacher: David Walters

Planning to Win: (Introduction to Play of the Hand Part I) This is a good follow up class for anyone who has completed a Beginning Bridge Class, or for anyone who wishes to work on their declarer play skills

  Class starts Wednesday August 2nd
    • Meets every Wednesday from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for six weeks
    • Cost is $125
    • This course introduces basic declarer play techniques
    • Students will also get lots of bidding review and practice
        Week 1: Counting Winners and Entries in NT
        Week 2: Counting Losers and Drawing Trump
        Week 3: Promotion in Suits and NT
        Week 4: Using Length in Suits and NT
        Week 5: The Finesse
        Week 6: Practice and Review
    • Level is Beginner/Intermediate
    • Teacher: Charlotte Blum

4. Deadly Defense: Making the Most of Your High Cards (Introduction to Defense Part II) This six-week Play and Learn course will focus on the variety of different ways bridge players signal their attitude to their partner while defending

  Class starts Tuesday August 1st at 10:00 am
    Meets every Tuesday for six weeks from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost is $125
    Topics covered will include:
           Introduction to Attitude Signals
           Using Attitude Signals when Partner Leads
           Opening Leads and Attitude Signals
           Discards and Attitude Signals
           Practice with Attitude Signals
           Review
    • Level is Intermediate
    Teacher: Philippe Gagne

5. Defensive Strategies: The Big Picture: When it is wrong to attack, let the dummy guide you. This six week will examine a variety of defensive strategies that advanced bridge players use.

  Class starts Tuesday, August 1st at 1:00 pm
    • Meets every Tuesday for six weeks from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Cost is $125
    • Defense is one of the most challenging parts of the game. In bridge, defense is not always about attacking and breaking new suits. In a never ending quest for more tricks, often defenders give away tricks in their zeal to find all the tricks they are entitled to. Dummy can be used as a predictor as to what the best type of defensive strategy to employ. Sometimes it is active, sometimes it is passive, and sometimes it is right for the defense to lead trump. Recognizing when to be active and when to be passive is a hallmark of an advancing bridge player. Mastering the material in this class will improve your defense.
    • Level is Intermediate/Advanced
    • Teacher: David Walters