The current curriculum consists of 18 separate courses:
• Bridge 100B – Beginning Bridge • Bridge 101A – Bidding I • Bridge 101B – Bidding II • Bridge 100PA – Beginner Practice I • Bridge 100PB – Beginner Practice II • Bridge 110 – Two over One Game Force • Bridge 130 – Defense • Bridge 140 – Slam Bidding • Bridge 200A – Modern Conventions I • Bridge 200B – Modern Conventions II • Bridge 200P – Intermediate Practice • Bridge 210 – Intermediate Declarer Play • Bridge 221A – Card Play, Part A • Bridge 221B – Card Play, Part B • Bridge 221a – Card Play, Part a • Bridge 221b – Card Play, Part b • Bridge 221c – Card Play, Part c • Bridge 100BL – Bridge Lab
The “100” series of courses are essentially “beginner” courses while the “200” series are in the intermediate to advanced level. New students who have some previous bridge experience and are familiar with the mechanics of the game and feel comfortable playing the cards as declarer and defending might choose to skip 100B and start with 101A. These students could take the 221 series after 101B if they thought they needed more instruction in basic card play. However, the 221 series is not included in my regular schedule and will be offered only if there is sufficient demand and a time slot is available. Otherwise, the courses should be taken in the order listed except as noted in the discussion of specific courses below.
Most courses are scheduled on a trimester basis with each course meeting once a week for 3 hours, with some weeks skipped because of conflicts.
The first five courses are usually offered in various time slots (Monday afternoons or evenings, Tuesday evenings, and Thursday mornings or afternoons) and staggered throughout the year. After Bridge 100B is given on a particular day/time, the other courses are offered on the same day/time in the proper order in subsequent trimesters.
Bridge 100B – Beginning Bridge Bridge 100B is the starting course for students who have no knowledge of the game or at best, a minimum exposure by observation or by having played a little in the distant past. In this course the student learns the basic mechanics of the game of bridge, hand evaluation and fundamental card play techniques.
This is a 13-week course with each 3-hour class period approximately equally divided between
1) lecture and class exercises 2) play of four (approximately) deals designed to utilize the ideas presented in the lecture and exercises
There is a short break near the middle of the session.
If you enroll in this course, you are strongly encouraged to also start attending Bridge 100BL after the first few weeks of 100B.
Bridge 100BL – Bridge Lab This is essentially a pay-as-you-go “lab” course to give students a chance to gain additional practice in a monitored environment. Students enrolled in 100B play a simplified form of bridge called MiniBridge. Students enrolled in 101A will also find this useful for the early weeks of that course. Students with bidding experience participate in a monitored play setting where they can ask questions and get advice on bidding and play during or after each deal. All players stay at the same table during the session and play at their own pace so this is a good opportunity to get together with your friends or just come on your own (we will provide partners if needed) for a relaxed learning session. This has become a very popular course. No advance registration is required so feel free to “drop in” anytime.
Bridge 101A and 101B – Bidding I & II These second and third courses in the series address all of the elementary aspects of bidding in the game of bridge. Mastery of the material presented in this course and the previous course will allow the student to fully participate in a bridge game with more experienced players.
The length and structure of these courses is the same as for Bridge 100B.
Bridge 100PA and 100PB – Beginner Practice I & II Bridge 100PA is a 13-week course providing students the opportunity to gain more experience in all of the material presented in Bridge 100B and 101A/B. Each session is devoted to the play and discussion of eight deals covering the topics presented during the three main courses. The course consists of three 4-week segments covering the general material of the three main courses plus one extra week. The first segment emphasizes bidding, the second segment focuses on declarer play and the third segment concentrates on defense. Bridge 100PB is similar to Bridge 100PA. The first two segments focus on major suit raises while the third segment emphasizes modern notrump bidding. The final week of each course is included as a general application session.
Note: Bridge 100PB was designated as Bridge 100P prior to the third trimester of 2014.
Bridge 110 – Two over One Game Force This 10-week course presents a popular extension to standard bidding which greatly simplifies many bidding sequences and is used by many experienced bridge players. The first eight weeks of this course alternate between lecture and practice play. The final two weeks provide additional practice play opportunities. It is appropriate for students who have a firm understanding of the basic bidding concepts presented in Bridge 101A and 101B.
Bridge 130 – Defense This 4-week short course focuses on all aspects of defensive card play, going into more details than that covered in Bridge 100B.
Bridge 140 – Slam Bidding This 4-week short course focuses on the detailed aspects of bidding slams.
Bridge 200A and 200B – Modern Conventions I & II This course reviews some of the conventions presented in Bridge 101B but also covers many more conventions that are popular among intermediate and advanced bridge players.
Bridge 200P – Intermediate Practice Bridge 200P is an 8-week course providing students with the opportunity to gain more experience in many of the ideas presented in Bridge 200. Each session is devoted to the play and discussion of eight deals focusing on some of the more advanced topics of Bridge 101A/B and 200. The course consists of two 4-week segments. This course is not currently included in my regular schedule.
Bridge 210 – Intermediate Declarer Play There is one week of lecture covering various aspects of declarer play, many of which were not covered in the basic 100 series. The last twelve weeks are devoted to “real world” application of the principles discussed in the first week by playing nine deals each week. Each deal requires the use of one of the ideas presented in the first week, but the student must decide which technique is applicable.
Bridge 221 – Card Play This is a new series being introduced in the first trimester of 2023 with 24 total sessions. It will be offered as a three-part series (a, b, c) of eight sessions each on Friday afternoons or as a two-part series (A, B) of 12 sessions each on Monday or Tuesday evenings.