Education

Level of Lessons: Beginner | Advanced Beginner to Intermediate | Coaching/Supervised Play

Bridge Lessons & Supervised Play Sessions

At the Beginner Level

The wonderful thing about bridge is that there is always more to learn! And learning bridge is really good for the health of our brains. The Mathewson Bridge Center is fortunate to have several bridge teachers who will help you in learning to play bridge or in improving your game.

Learn Bridge in a Day?® (Jan. 7th, 2023, Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: Mathewson Bridge Center, 125 W. Plumb Ln, Reno
Description: If you’d like to learn or review the basics of bridge before you take more formal lessons, this 5-hour workshop is for you!
Level: The goal of this seminar is to provide a fast, fun, and interesting overview of bridge’s fundamental concepts.
Cost: $50 (includes lunch, student manual, and instruction)
Textbook: The Learn Bridge in a Day?® Student Manual will be provided in class.
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

Bridge I: Bridge Basics (Feb. 1 – Mar. 22, 2023, Wednesdays, 3-5 pm) – IN PERSON
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/timeA weekly two hour IN-PERSON lesson at the Mathewson Bridge Center on Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm. You will also have access to an online recording of the lesson. For people who live in the Reno or the near area, there is also an in-person practice session at the Mathewson Bridge Center (125 W. Plumb Ln.) on Saturdays, 9:30-11:30.
Level: This series is recommended for people who are beginning bridge players or who would like to review beginning bridge topics.
Cost of Lessons: $80 ($50 if you attend the Learn Bridge in a Day?® workshop)
Required textbooks: Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1 by Jim Ricker and the Learn Bridge in a Day?® student manual. The Beginning Bridge book can be ordered from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3uFk9B5. The LBIAD student manual can be ordered at https://www.amazon.com/Learn-Bridge-Day-Student-Manual/dp/0615851517 or you can be provided with a free PDF copy. In addition, handouts will be provided.
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

At the Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Level

Mini-Course 2 –  Competitive Bidding (4 online lessons), Jan. 2 – Jan. 30, 2023, Mondays, 12-2 pm
Date/time: A weekly one hour, online, live lesson on Mondays (via ZOOM) on Mondays, 12:00-2:00 pm, plus a one hour online practice session in the Sharkbridge Classroom where you practice playing what you’ve learned. All live online lessons will be prerecorded for your review. For people who live in the Reno or the near area, there is also an in-person practice session at the Mathewson Bridge Center (125 W. Plumb Ln.) on Saturdays, 9:30-11:30.
Description:
This 4-week course is an in-depth study of competitive bidding with an emphasis on preempts, overcalls, takeout and negative doubles and interference over opponents’ 1NT opener.
Level: Recommended for novice and experienced players who want to be tougher competitors.
Cost: $40
Required textbook: No textbook required; handouts used for each lesson.
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

Bridge 2: Bidding and Play (Feb. 6 – Mar. 27, 2023, Mondays, 3:00-5:00)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: A weekly one hour interactive lesson (via ZOOM) and one hour an online practice session on Mondays, 3:00-5:00 pm, plus an in-person Saturday practice session at the Mathewson Bridge Center (125 W Plumb).
Description: This course begins where Learn to Play Bridge I leaves off and continues with students learning to play Two over One, a modern day bidding system. The course also focuses on competitive bidding where both pairs at the bridge table are competing for the contract.
Level: This series is recommended for people who attend the Learn to Play Bridge 1 course and for advanced beginners who are ready to take their bidding and play to the next level. Upon completion of this course, you should be ready to play in any social or duplicate bridge group.
Cost: $80
Textbook: Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1 by Jim Ricker (can be purchased on Amazon). In addition, handouts and practice exercises will be provided.
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

Bridge 3: Declarer Play in Notrump (Feb. 6 – Mar. 13, 2023, Mondays, 12:00-2:00 pm) –
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: A weekly one hour, online, live lesson on Mondays (via ZOOM), plus a one hour online practice session in the Sharkbridge Classroom where you practice playing what you’ve learned. All live online lessons are recorded for your review. For people who live in the Reno or the near area, there is also an in-person practice session at the Mathewson Bridge Center on Saturdays, 9:30-11:30.
Description: Topics include: The case for Notrump, Getting to Notrump, Choosing NT over a Major-Suit Fit, Basic NT Strategies, Counting Winners and Losers, The Hold-Up, The Safe Hand, and Entries.
Level: This series is recommended for people who have completed the Learn to Play Bridge 2 course or for experienced players who would like to improve on declarer play strategies.
Cost: $60
Required textbooks: When to Bid Notrump (And How to Play It) by Adam Parrish.
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

Supervised Play Sessions

Lesson plus Supervised Play with Bob Luebkeman
Date/time: Every Tuesday, 11:00-12:00 pm
Location: Mathewson Bridge Center (125 W. Plumb Lane)
Description: Bob Luebkeman offers bridge lessons plus supervised play at the Mathewson Bridge Center each Tuesday of the month, 11:00-12:00. You don’t need to pre-register, you get to see your friends, and you LEARN from a pro!
Cost: $5

Thursday Coaching Sessions with Don Rogers (see Don Roger’s Lessons)
Date/time: Every Thursday, 9:00 am – 11 am
Location: Mathewson Bridge Center (125 W. Plumb Lane)
Description: These are not lectures. Participants bid and play actual hands, leaving the bidding out on the table for discussion afterwards. Although many people choose to come with a partner, this is not required, and no advance sign-up or reservation is necessary.
Teacher: Don Rogers. If you have questions, or would like to be added to an email list for these sessions, you can email Don directly at drdzr1890@gmail.com
Level: These sessions assume a basic knowledge of bidding and play, and are not intended for complete beginners. 
Cost: $5 per person

Saturday Supervised Play Sessions with Jill Wallace & Brad Stone
Jill Wallace offers two practice sessions at the Mathewson Bridge Center, Saturdays, 9:30 -11:00 and 11-12:30. Although these supervised play sessions began in association with the Learn to Play Bridge 1 and 2 classes, other players from MBC are attending these sessions to meet and support our newest players and to review their own bidding and play concepts. Each session focuses on a particular play or bidding concept. If you would like to receive weekly emails regarding the topics for these sessions, please let Jill Wallace know (alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com). There is no charge for current students, but a $5 charge for others.

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