Bridge Center of Saint Paul


Fall Bridge Lessons 2022:

   Beginning Bridge I - Bidding​ 
                [Hybrid Format: Online and In Person simultaneously]

      8 Classes:     Mondays  6:30pm – 8:30pm
                            September 19 though November 14, 2022
    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

                                  This course will be offered again in January.


Beginning Bridge II  - Play of the Hand
         
[Offered Online Only]
    Classes:    Wednesdays  6:30pm – 8:30pm
                      September 21 through November  9, 2022
    The Diamond Series: Play of the Hand in the 21st Century
    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; & 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


                                 This course will be offered again in Spring 2023.




CHAT BRIDGE THURSDAYS:

ALL IN PERSON AT THE CLUB

   Intermediate Chat Bridge: 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. Run by: Joseph Browan & various coaches.


   Chat Bridge Game $6: Thursdays 12:30pm
     Play bridge while being able to ask questions during the bidding and/or the play. Limited to those with 20 MP or fewer. 
     Masterpoints are awarded. Sign up online. Come anytime, no partner necessary. Teachers: various.



Other Classes:

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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 $19.99 at BaronBarclay.com or discounted 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.


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. ach 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