GRBC Winter 2022 Lessons for Advancing Players

We are tentatively planning to re-open on January 17, 2022. The following face-to-face courses are in the works.

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

The fee for each workshop is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The fee for the five-week courses is $75 for members/ $85 for non-members. There is an additional $20 charge for a textbook for the Play of the Hand course.

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).

Playing in Our Online Games

This workshop is for new players who are joining our online duplicate community. The additional challenges introduced by duplicate and the mechanics of playing duplicate on BBO will be explained and demonstrated. Topics will include signing up for our newcomer games, scoring, stratification, and BBO features that are useful for the new player. Zoom and BBO will be used. 
Participants must have registered with BBO and ACBL before the seminar (instructions will be provided).

Level:  Beginner
Instructor:  Jack Cole
Date:  Thursday, January 6, 2022, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee:  $20 for members/ $25 for non-members

Playing Face to Face

In-person bridge will soon make a welcome return to our club. This workshop is intended to ease newer players into the mechanics of playing face-to-face games. We will learn about in-person registration, bidding, alerts, table movements, calling the director, scoring with BridgeMates, and (as time permits) review the basics of duplicate bridge scoring. 

Level:  Beginner/Novice
Instructor: Ted Boyd
Date:  Saturday, January 15, 10:00 am - noon
Mode:  Face-to-Face
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 in the spring.

Level  Novice
Instructor:  Dianne Aves
Mode:  Face-to-Face
Dates:  Tuesday, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, & 15, 9:30 am - noon
Fee:  $75 for members, $85 for non-members, plus $20 for the text

Bidding for Intermediate Players, Part 1

This course and its separately-enrolled continuation, Part 2, focus on Standard American bidding. Opening bids, responses, and rebids will be briefly reviewed. Topics covered in more detail will be forcing and non-forcing bids, competitive bidding, doubles, and balancing. Each lesson will conclude with some hands illustrating the lesson's topics, for practice in bidding and play. A few topics regarding play and defence will also be included, but the main goal of the course is to make attendees comfortable and confident with standard bidding conventions. Regular partners may find it advantageous to attend as a pair.

Level:  Intermediate
Instructor: Neil Jeffrey
Time:  Tuesdays from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm, January 19, 25, February 1, & 8
Mode:  Face-to-Face
Fee:  $70 for members/ $80 for non-members (includes handouts and HST)


Opening Leads

The bidding is over and your opponents have reached a four hearts contract. You're on lead. What card should you play? Opening leads are the only card played while the dummy is still concealed, but this is one advantage the defenders have over the declarer. This workshop is for post-beginners and will help the participants decide which card in which suit is the preferred lead. Leads for both suit and no trump contracts will be discussed.

Level:  Novice
Instructor:  Susan Lawton
Date:  Friday, January 21, 2022, 9:30 am - noon
Mode:  Face-to-Face
Fee:  $20 for members, $25 for non-members

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