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given by Carol Griffin

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ClubTHE CLUB SERIES is the Official ACBL 8-week beginner's course on the basics of bidding. The course includes hand evaluation, opening 1NT, Opening Bids and Responses, Rebids by Opener and Responder, Overcalls, Takeout Doubles and Responses, with basic play concepts. Each class includes "hands on" practice in bidding and play.

Club+ THE CLUB PLUS SERIES, RUSTY BRIDGE is an 8-10 week course that is specially designed for those who want to update their bidding skills, improve their communication with their partners, and/or revive their "college days" bidding skills. It begins with a complete basic bidding review, followed by Leads against NT vs. Suit Contracts, the Stayman convention, and an introduction to Preemptive and Slam bidding. Each session will consist of 1/2-hour lecture and 1-1/2 hours supervised play with predealt hands that illustrate the subject of the day.

Diamond THE DIAMOND SERIES is the Official ACBL intermediate 8-week course that focuses on "Play of the Hand". The main objective is to develop a plan by declarer, including the counting of winners or losers, developing tricks, finessing, eliminating losers, managing the trump suit, considering entries and avoiding the “dangerous “ opponent. Each class includes "hands on" practice in bidding and play.




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Diamond+ THE DIAMOND-PLUS OR SUPERVISED PLAYis the Official ABCL 8-week course designed to provide reinforcement of one's bridge skills. Each week 8 predealt hands, especially selected to demonstrate strategies, are played while Carol is available for advice on bidding, declarer's plan, or defensive strategy. Time permitting, there will be randomly dealt hands for further exploration and fun. All hands will be discussed.

Heart THE HEART SERIES - is the Official ACBL 8-week course that concentrates on
DEFENSIVE play and some bidding review. I have divided the course in two parts. Part I encompasses Leads against NT, Leads against Suit contracts, Second Hand play and Third Hand play, Defensive Signals, and How to Develop. Part two covers Defensive Tricks, How to interfere with Declarer's Plan, and Making a Defensive Plan. Every other week there will be 8 predealt hands to bid that demonstrate the previous week’s lessons.

Slam Bidding is a new course to explore the various ways to investigate slams. There will be an hour lecture followed by an hour of fun slam hands! Roman Keycard will be introduced vs. quantitative bidding.

MODERN BIDDING CONVENTIONS is a 4 or 8 week course that covers a selection of bidding conventions including Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Weak Twos and the Strong Two Club opener, Michaels Cue- Bid, Unusual NT bids, Negative Doubles, Forcing 1NT plus others. Balancing, third and forth seat bidding, and other confusing issues, like "reverse" bids, can also be addressed. An optional textbook is available from the instructor for $18

Contact Carol for more information
925-933-3535
nobidd@astound.net

 

 

 

 

MINI DUPLICATE is a gentle introduction to duplicate bridge over an eight period. Come with one's favorite partner or we will provide you with a partner at each class. Approximately 8 hands will be played with an analysis given and discussed, time permitting, at the end of each class. The teacher will be available for help in bidding and planning at all times. The intent of the instructor is to provide a friendly and fun environment in which to learn better bridge! There is an optional textbook available at discount from the instructor.

IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE
This 4-week course is for those who like to expand their standard guidelines for opening the bidding in 1st and 2nd seat (rule of 20) vs. 3rd and 4th seats. We will introduce opening “Weak Two’s” and the responses and the strong “Two Club” opening and its responses. Each session will consist of a ½ hour lecture and 1 ½ hours supervised play with predealt hands that illustrate the subject of the day. There are free handouts.

COMPETITIVE BIDDING
This is a 4 week course to help experienced players better handle bidding situations when the opponents compete. Several types of cue bidding will be discussed along with the strategy for sacrificing using the Law of Total Tricks. There will be handouts, homework and hands-on experience with predealt hands to demonstrate the issue at hand.

Courses are taught in two-hour weekly classes.

Carol Griffin is an accredited ACBL "Star" teacher and ABTA Master teacher who loves the game and teaching. She is also a Silver Life Master.



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