Bridge Center of Saint Paul

1751 Co Rd B West Suite 220, Roseville 55113


Bridge Lessons Winter 2024:


Beginning Bridge – Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding
              [In-Person Only]

   8 Classes:    Mondays  6:30pm – 8:30pm CT
                         March  4 through April 22, 2024


     The course is based on the Book Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding by Audrey Grant and is taught in 8 interactive 
      lessons. Each lesson will have cards on at the table from the first lesson.  The course will cover the basics of competitive
      bidding and include: Preempts, Overcalls and Advances, and Takeout Doubles and Advances.
          ♣ Course is offered in person only at the Bridge Center.
          ♣ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
          ♣ Register online at: www.bridgecenterofstpaul.com
          ♣ The course book is $15, available at the club or online at various retailers
          ♣ Taught by: John Edmundson. For more information email:  edmundson.john@gmail.com



Chat Bridge:

         [In Person at the Club]
 
Chat Bridge Game $7: Mondays 6:30-8:30pm & Thursdays 12:30-3:00pm
     Play bridge while being able to ask questions during the bidding and/or the play. Limited to those with 50 MP or fewer. 
     Master Points are awarded. Sign up online. Come anytime, no partner necessary. Teachers: various.


  Intermediate Chat Lessons: Thursdays, 11:00-12:00
     Sign up online or in person by Wednesday noon, so we can plan for enough coaches. Like Chat Bridge you get to bid and
     play the hands open and you can ask questions. Each table has a coach, so the instruction is very hands-on.
     The cost for the lesson is a suggested donation of $2. Facilitated by: various coaches.



Catalogue Of All Classes/Courses:

​​  Beginning Bridge I - Bidding​ 
 
           [Hybrid Format: Online and In Person simultaneously]
    The Club Series: Bidding In The 21st Century
      They say Bridge is a Bidder’s game! Here is where you can start, based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series
      this course has 8 lessons on Standard American bidding. We will cover all the basics to get you playing
      at the club or at your kitchen table.
         ♣ Each class includes approximately a 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play.
         ♣ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
         ♣ The course book is available at the club (Kim can arrange for you to pickup) or online from Baron Barclay.
         ♣ Taught by: Larry Huiras. For more information email:  bcofstp@gmail.com


  Beginning Bridge II  - Play of the Hand
 
        [Offered Online Only]
    The Diamond Series: Play of the Hand in the 21st Century
    COurse is facilitated over Zoom. Based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series this course has 8 lessons
    on developing strategy and playing the hand to win.  We will cover: Making a Plan -- The process to go through
    before you touch a card, Developing Tricks, Eliminating Losers, Transportation, Thinking like the Opponents,
     and Managing the Trump Suit.
            Note:  Students should have completed Beginning Bridge I or have a basic knowledge of Standard American bidding,
                       Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, and Blackwood.
       ♦ Each class includes approximately a 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play.
       ♦ The course book is available at the club (Kim can arrange for you to pickup) or online from Baron Barclay.
       ♦ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
       ♦ Taught by: Larry Huiras. For more information email:  bcofstp@gmail.com


  Beginning Bridge III - Defense   
              [Hybrid Format: Online and In Person simultaneously]]

    The Heart Series: Defense in the 21st Century.
    Based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series: this course has 8 lessons focusing on the defensive aspect of bridge.
    Defense,  often  considered the hardest aspect of bridge, is the foundation of winning play. This  course is the third
    in a series of beginning courses.
             Note:Students should have completed Beginning Bridge I and II and/or have a sound knowledge of Standard American
                       bidding including most basic conventions as well as basic declarer play.

       ♥ Each class includes approximately a 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play.
       ♥ The course book is available at the club (Kim can arrange for you to pickup) or online from Baron Barclay.
       ♥ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
       ♥ Taught by: Larry Huiras. For more information email:  bcofstp@gmail.com

                                  This course is offered when a minimum number of interested students makes it viable.


  Beginning Part IV - Conventions
     Beginning after the Defense Course as scheduled.
     Based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series: Commonly Used Conventions in the 21st Century this course has eight lessons
     that  include: Stayman Convention--Jacoby Convention--Major suit openings and responses--Minor - suit openings and
     responses--Subsequent auction--Weak two-bids--strong 2 club openings. The course book The Spade Series Commonly
     Used Conventions in the 21st Century is available at a discounted price at the club. Lessons are $70 for entire

     series and include about 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Questions contact Larry Huiras,  email:
     bcofstp@gmail.com


This course is offered when a minimum number of interested students makes it viable.



   Beginning Bridge – Bridge Basics
              [In-Person Only]
      The course is based on the Book Bridge Basics I: An Introduction by Audrey Grant and taught in 8 interactive lessons
      that include practice and play. Each lesson is interactive and will have cards on at the table. The course will cover the
      basics and includes: No Trump Opening Bids and Responses, Major Suit Opening Bids and Responses, and Minor Suit
      Opening Bids and Responses. Register by yourself or with a partner everyone plays.
          ♣ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
          ♣ Register online at: www.bridgecenterofstpaul.com
          ♣ The course book is $13, available at the club (Kim can arrange for you to pick up).
          ♣ Taught by: John Edmundson. For more information email:  edmundson.john@gmail.com

   Beginning Bridge – Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding
             [In-Person Only]
     The course is based on the Book Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding by Audrey Grant and is taught in 8 interactive 
      lessons. Each lesson will have cards on at the table from the first lesson.  The course will cover the basics of competitive
      bidding and include: Preempts, Overcalls and Advances, and Takeout Doubles and Advances.
          ♣ Course is offered in person only at the Bridge Center.
          ♣ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
          ♣ Register online at: www.bridgecenterofstpaul.com
          ♣ The course book is $15, available at the club or online at various retailers
          ♣ Taught by: John Edmundson. For more information email:  edmundson.john@gmail.com

  

  Beginning Bridge – Bridge Basics 3: Popular Conventions
              [In-Person Only]
      The course is based on the Book Bridge Basics III: Popular Conventions by Audrey Grant and taught in 8 lessons.
      It covers everything from playing at a party table to a tournament table Popular Conventions teaches you the core
      conventions that will strengthen your game for sure. It introduces you to the Stayman conventions, Jacoby transfer bids,
      the strong artifical two club opening, Blackwood and Gerber. This book gives you a chance to get ahead and win!
               Table of Contents:
                    The Stayman Convention
                    Jacoby Transfer Bids
                    Strong Opening Bids
                    Slam Bidding
                    Additional Practice Deals
          ♣ Course is offered in person only at the Bridge Center.
          ♣ Course Fee is $70 for all 8 classes - no refunds after the third week of classes.
          ♣ The course book is $12, available at the club (Kim can arrange for you to pick up).
          ♣ Taught by: John Edmundson. For more information email:  edmundson.john@gmail.com


  ​Advanced Topics I - Intro to 2 over 1    
     This is a four-lesson series designed for improving players who would like to move from Standard American to a Two Over
     One system. It would be extremely advantageous for a regular partnership that would like to develop a basic 2/1 card to take
     this course together. Each Class is designed for about 1 hour of interactive instruction followed by an hour of live and/or online
     practice hands
     Topics include:
             * Two Over One: Game Forcing Auctions
             * Forcing NT and  Bidding Structure
             * Inverted Minors & Minor Suit Slam Bidding
             * Jacoby 2NT, New Minor Forcing, 4th Suit Forcing
     Prerequisites:   Working knowledge of Standard American Bidding, Stayman, Transfers, & Blackwood.
     Cost:   $50.00 for the 4 class series. No refunds after the first week of classes.
     Questions  contact Larry Huiras,  email: bcofstp@gmail.com

                         This course is generally offered in the Summer  or when a minimum number of interested students makes it viable



   Advanced Topics II - Bidding and Play
     A workshop of various advanced topics designed for improving players. Each Class is designed for about 1 hour of interactive 
     instruction followed by an hour of online practice hands.

     Topics included: 
           * Doubles: getting it right!
           * Preemptive Bidding
           * Weak No Trumps and defending against them
           * Leads and Carding Conventions
     Prerequisites:   Working knowledge of Standard American Bidding, Stayman, Transfers, & Blackwood.
     Cost:   $50.00 for the 4 class series. No refunds after the first week of classes.
     Questions  contact Larry Huiras,  email: bcofstp@gmail.com

                         This course is generally offered in the Summer  or when a minimum number of interested students makes it viable