Bridge Center of Saint Paul


Due to COVID-19 and our State of Minnesota mandates, we will be closed until further notice. Please join us online - see below for instructions.

LINK TO WEEKLY INTERMEDIATE CHAT ZOOM SESSION - Tuesdays at 1pm

Anyone can participate in these lessons. No prior classes required. We'll bid and play through several hands with Q&A throughout. No partner necessary. Once in the Zoom meeting players and coaches will leave to private rooms to work on hands for 60-90 minutes. Please text 651.271.3500 or email bridgecenterofstpaul@gmail.com to make a reservation by Monday evening for the next day so we have enough coaches. Password if needed, 756777


LINK TO WEEKLY CHAT BRIDGE ZOOM SESSION - Thursdays at 9am (game to follow at 9:30)

Only players 20mp or fewer can participate in Chat Bridge. If we get 10 or more players we will run a game. If fewer show up we will send players and coaches to tables for practice. No partner necessary, but if you have one, great! Once in the Zoom meeting Director will assess whether we can run a game, if so, all will register for the game on BBO, if not, players and coaches will leave to private rooms to work on 10-15 hands. Password if needed, 511674


​​Beginning Lessons - ACBL Series (Club Book) - Bidding​
Beginning in January & September.
THE CLUB SERIES: BIDDING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Updated by Betty Starzec to reflect more modern bidding methods, this textbook now has nine lessons based on five card major openings. The chapters are titled: Getting started--Objectives--Responses to 1NT--Responses to One of a Suit--Rebids by Opener--Rebids by Responder--Responses to One of a Suit--Overcalls--Takeout Doubles and Responses--The Stayman Convention. Book is $19.99 and is available through BaronBarclay.com or Amazon.com. Lessons are $7.50 per week or $50 for entire series and include about 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Taught by Online using Zoom. Students will need a working Internet connection, speakers and microphone - camera/video optional. Taught by Larry Huiras. Please sign up Online.

Beginning Part II Lessons - ACBL Series (Diamond Book) - Play of the Hand
Beginning in March & November following Beginning Series.

THE DIAMOND SERIES: PLAY OF THE HAND IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series this course has eight lessons on developing strategy and playing the hand to win. We will cover: Making a Plan (the process to go though before you touch a card)--Developing Tricks - Promotion and Length--Developing Tricks - the Finesse--Eliminating Losers - Ruffing and Discarding--Watching Out for Entries--Watching Out for the Opponents--Managing the Trump Suit--Putting It All Together--Jacoby Transfer. Book is $19.99 and is available through BaronBarclay.com or Amazon.com. Lessons are $7.50 per week or $50 for entire series and include about 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Taught by Online using Zoom. Students will need a working Internet connection, speakers and microphone - camera/video optional. Taught by Larry Huiras. Please sign up Online.

Beginning Part III Lessons - ACBL Series (Heart Book) - Defense
Beginning after the Diamond Series as scheduled.
THE HEART SERIES: DEFENSE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Updated by Betty Starzec to reflect current bridge playing standards. This textbook now has nine lessons on techniques for defeating contracts that declarer would make if we don't defend carefully. Chapters are titled: Opening Leads Against Notrump--Contracts--Opening Leads Against Suit Contracts--Third-Hand Play--Second-Hand Play--Defensive Signals--Developing Defensive Tricks--Interfering With Declarer--Making a Plan--Negative Doubles. Book is $19.99 and is available through BaronBarclay.com or Amazon.com. Lessons are $7.50 per week or $50 for entire series and include about 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Taught by Online using Zoom. Students will need a working Internet connection, speakers and microphone - camera/video optional. Taught by Larry Huiras. Please sign up Online.


Beginning Part IV Lessons - ACBL Series (Spade Book) - Conventions
Beginning after the Heart Series as scheduled.
THE SPADE SERIES: COMMONLY USED CONVENTIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Eight lessons including: Stayman Convention--Jacoby Convention--Major suit openings and responses--Minor - suit openings and responses--Subsequent auction--Weak two-bids--strong 2 club openings. Book is $19.99 and is available through BaronBarclay.com or Amazon.com. Lessons are $7.50 per week or $50 for entire series and include about 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Taught by Online using Zoom. Students will need a working Internet connection, speakers and microphone - camera/video optional. Taught by Larry Huiras. Please sign up Online.


Advanced Topics in Bidding -- Instructor: Larry Huiras
This is a six-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 the course together.            


Course Schedule
Mar 22 - Two Over One: Part 1 - Game Forcing Auctions
Mar 29 - Two Over One: Part 2 – Forcing NT and building a bidding structure
Apr 5   - Minor Suit Openings – Inverted Minors & Minor Suit Slam Bidding
Apr 12 - 2 Club and 2 NT Openings – Conventions you should know/play
Apr 19 - Alternative bidding structures – Bergen Raises, Forcing Club Systems
Apr 26 – Preempt Structures  – messing with them, messing with you.

Each Class is designed for about an hour of interactive instruction online using Zoom followed by an hour of online practice hands.
Cost: $10.00 per class. Register for all 6 classes for $50.00 a $10.00 savings.
Prerequisites: Working knowledge of Standard American Bidding, Stayman, transfer bids, Blackwood. Also, a computer and a working Internet connection and a microphone (camera is nice too). Smart phones not recommended!!!


Sign Up and pay at http://www.bridgecenterofstpaul.com/
You will receive a separate registration form in an email for each class


Thinking Bridge: Take more tricks by taking a closer look at concepts in bidding, play and defense
Instructor: Mike Flader; based on materials developed by Eddie Kantar.
Format: Written materials will be provided via e-mail each week to help the students improve their game. Each session starts with a 15-20 minute lecture on bidding, play or defense, followed by playing 8-10 hands, duplicate style.  The goal is to replicate conditions that players encounter every time they play. Everyone bids the auction--Best auction will then be discussed--Hands will be played based on the suggested auction--Post-mortem of hands follows with tips guaranteed to improve play and/or defense. Following the class, hand records and analysis of the hands will be provided via e-mail.
Cost: Each lesson is $15 per student, 6 classes discounted at $80 (8 student minimum), discounted further for students retaking series. 
Registration: Pre-registration required. To register,  call the Bridge Center of St Paul at 651 490-5430 or e-mail bridgecenterofstpaul@gmail.com.


(Postponed during COVID closure.) ​Tuesday Mini Lessons 6:00-6:20 pm
Various topics are covered. No cost. Teacher: Keith Thompson

(FTF version postponed during COVID closure, but we have this online Tuesdays at 1:00)

Intermediate Chat Bridge (Please sign up for our count!)
Thursdays, 11:00-12:00, SIGN UP 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.


(FTF version postponed during COVID closure, but we do this at 9:30 Thursdays online.) 
Chat Bridge $6 - Thursdays 12:30pm ONLY { Mondays 6:30pm are postponed for the Winter months } 

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. Come anytime, no partner necessary. Teachers: Doug and Jane Frost (Thursdays) and Larry Huiras (Mondays)