GRBC Winter 2022 Lessons for Advancing Players

Our club has re-opened and we will be offering the following lessons at our club as described below. 

In an effort to help our learners gauge what level of courses to take, we provide the following GUIDELINES.

Beginner 0 - 5  MP

Novice  5 - 75 MP

Intermediate 75 - 500 MP

Open  500+  MP

In order to register, you need to take TWO actions. REGISTER for the workshop(s)  and ARRANGE FOR PAYMENT (click here for information on how to pay).

Intermediate Bridge Lab

Our first-ever Intermediate Bridge Lab will take place on Monday, September 19 from 10:00 am until noon. Your coach Liz McDowell will preside over a morning of practice hands and be available to provide constructive advice and, if needed, mini-lessons to help hone your skills.
You can come solo or with a partner.
This is a trial to test the concept's viability. So if you want it to continue, please be sure to show your interest by coming out to this inaugural session.

Instructor:  Liz McDowell
Level:  Intermediate
Date: Monday, September 19, 10:00 am - noon
Mode:  Face to Face at our Club
Fee:  $7 for members/ $9 for non-members


Penalty Doubles - A Double-Edged Sword

"If your opponents aren't making a few doubled contracts, then you aren't doubling enough." FAMOUS BRIDGE MAXIM

This statement is true - and this workshop will definnitely be encouraing its participants to double more often - but judiciousness is the order of the day.
The workshop will focus on when to double and - even more important - when not to double. The participants will bid and play up to 16 hands (depending on time) on the Shark Bridge platform.
On some of the deals it will be right to double - and on some of the deals doubling will be oh so wrong.
There will be some fun hands, lots of joking and laughter, and also a fair bit of learning.

Instructor:  Malkin Howes
Level:  Intermediate
Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 am - noon
Cost:  $20 for members/ $25 for non-members

Playing Face to Face

In-person bridge has made a welcome return to our club. This workshop will let newer players tour our fabulous facilities and meet some of our founding members. In addition, it will ease them into the mechanics of playing in face to face games - explaining in-person registration, bidding, alerts, table movements, calling the director, and scoring with BridgeMates. And of course it will provide a chance to make new friends and maybe even recruit new partners.

Instructor:  Ted Boyd
Level:  Beginner/Novice
Mode:  In person at our club
Date:  Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am - noon
Fee:  Free

Play of the Hand (Suits)

In an 18-board club game, you are likely to be declarer on four or five boards. You need to learn techniques to help you become a better declarer.

  • First, you need to be aware of your goal.
  • Second, you must learn how to make a plan.
  • And third, you must learn how to implement your plan.

In this course, you will learn how to make a plan right after the opening lead has been made, and you will also learn how to minimize your losers so that you can make your contract and maybe even make overtricks. A second course, Play of the Hand (No Trump) will be offered later.

Instructor:  Dianne Aves
Level:  Novice
Mode:  In person at the Club
Dates:  Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, November 2, 16, 23, 30, and Dec. 7 
Fee:  $75 for members/ $85 for non-members plus $20 for the text


Intermediate Bidding, Part 2

This course carries on the key points of Standard American bidding. Topics covered will include bidding big hands (2 Club Openings, Blackwood and 1430), Jacoby 2NT and splinter bids. In addition, several systems for interfering with opponents' 1NT opening bids will be discussed. Each class will conclude with some hands illustrating the lesson's topics, for practice in bidding (and play).

Instructor:  Neil Jeffrey
Level:  Intermediate
Mode:  In person at our Club
Dates:  Monday evenings, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, November 7, 14, and 21
Fee:  $55 for members/ $65 for non-members (includes supplementary handouts)

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