Bridge Center of Saint Paul


Fall Bridge Lessons 2021:

NEW Hybrid Format: Online and In Person simultaneously!

  Beginning Bridge I - Bidding​
    Classes: Mondays  6:30pm – 8:30pm
                                  September 13 though November 1, 2021
    The Club Series: Bidding In The 21st Century
     Based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series this course has 8 lessons based on five card major openings. 
     We will cover: Getting started--Objectives--Opening Bids Responses to opening bids--Rebids--Takeout Doubles and
     Responses--The Stayman Convention--Jacoby Transfers--The Blackwood convention. 
        ♣ The course book is available at the club for $18.00 (Kim can arrange for you to pickup) or online from Baron Barclay.
        ♣ Each class includes approximately a 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play.
        ♣ Taught by: Larry Huiras. For more information email:  bcofstp@gmail.com

This course will be offed again beginning in January on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm

  Beginning Bridge II  - Play of the Hand
    Classes:   Tuesdays  4:00pm – 6:00pm
                                      September 14 though November 2, 2021
    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.
       ♦ The course book is available at the club for $20.00 (Kim can arrange for you to pickup) or online from Baron Barclay.
       ♦ Each class includes approximately a 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play.
       ♦ Taught by: Larry Huiras. For more information email:  bcofstp@gmail.com

This course will be repeated beginning in January on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm

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. Come anytime, no partner necessary. Teachers: Doug and Jane Frost.


Other Classes:

​​  Beginning Bridge III - Defense
     Beginning after the Play of the Hand Course as scheduled.
     Based on the popular ACBL Bridge Series: Defense In The 21st Century this course has eight 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. It is generally assumed that the students are familiar with the material
     presented in the previous two courses on bidding and declarer play. The course book The Heart Series Defense In The 21st
     Century is $21.95 at BaronBarclay.com or available at the club (Kim can meet you for pickup). Lessons are $50 for the series
     of 8 classes. Each includes 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Questions contact Larry Huiras, email: bcofstp@gmail.com


  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 $7.50 per week
     or $50 for entire series and include about 1 hour lesson and 1 hour of play. Questions contact Larry Huiras,  email:
     bcofstp@gmail.com


  Advanced Topics I - Bidding
     Offered in the Spring

     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.  
Topics include: Two Over One: Part 1 - Game Forcing Auctions, Two Over One: Part 2 – Forcing NT and
     building a bidding structure, Minor Suit Openings – Inverted Minors & Minor Suit Slam Bidding, 2 Club and 2 NT Openings –
     Conventions you should know/play, Alternative bidding structures – Bergen Raises, Forcing Club Systems, 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!!!

     Questions  contact Larry Huiras,  email: bcofstp@gmail.com


​  Advanced Topics II - Bidding and Play

     Offered in the Summer
     For Intermediate/Advancing Players. Topics included: Takeout Doubles: getting it right!, Preemptive Bidding, Weak No
     Trumps, Leads and Carding All classes are approximately one hour of interactive instruction followed by an hour of directed
     play. Facilitated by Larry Huiras.  Classes are facilitated over Zoom. A working microphone and speakers are required for
     your computer. PCs are recommended but others will work. Classes are $8 per class or subscribe to all 4 for $25. Questions
     contact Larry Huiras,  email: bcofstp@gmail.com