Education

Level of Lessons: Any Level | Beginner | Advanced Beginner to Intermediate | Intermediate

Bridge Lessons

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 Matthewson Bridge Center is fortunate to have several bridge teachers who will help you in learning to play bridge or in improving your game.

At Any Level

Free Weekly Lessons with Bob Luebekman
Bob Luebekman offers free bridge lessons at the Matthewson Bridge Center, Wednesdays at 1:30. You don’t need to pre-register, there is no charge, you get to see your friends, and you LEARN from a pro!  Remember to wear your mask.

At the Beginner Level

Learn to Play Bridge I (New series starting on May 17 – July 5th, 2021)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: Mondays, 1:00-2:30 , 8-week series
Location: Online with ZOOM and Shark Bridge (teaching application) 
Description: Jill recently became a ACBL Certified Online Teacher and has discovered many benefits of learning and teaching online. In this class you will learn modern bidding, play, and defense in a logical, fun, interactive manner. Learn to play bridge now from the comfort and safety of your home so that you are ready to benefit from its rich social component when we return to face-to-face bridge. 
Level: This series is recommended for people who are beginning bridge players or who haven’t played bridge in a long while.
Cost of Lessons: $75 (contact Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com, for payment detail)
Textbook: Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1 by Jim Ricker. In addition, handouts from Play & Learn Beginning Bridge by Pat Harrington, will be provided.

At the Advance Beginner to Intermediate Level

Bridge III Defense (May 4 – June 29, 2021)
Date/time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:15, 9-lesson series
Location: Mathewson Bridge Center, 125 W. Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89509
Instructor: Wayne Gordon, TMCC Instructor
Description: Improve your skills by learning how to work with a partner to defend a bridge hand, take more tricks and defeat more contracts. Explore opening leads, third- and second-hand play, defensive signals and tricks, interfering with the declarer and planning the defense. Review and improve your bidding and learn how to use Negative Doubles.
Cost of Lessons: $109 (TMCC registration fee)
Link to Register for TMCC Class
Textbook: ACBL Series: Defense in the 21st Century

Learn to Play Bridge II (May 19th – July 7th, 2021)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 (via ZOOM), 8-week series
Location: Online with ZOOM and Shark Bridge (teaching application) 
Description: This course begins where Learn to Play Bridge I leaves off and will continue with students learning to play Two over One, a modern day bidding system. We will also focus 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 I 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 duplicative bridge group.
Cost of Lessons: $75 (contact Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com, for payment detail)
Textbook: Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1 by Jim Ricker
Special note: If you would like to “sample” the Learn to Play Bridge lessons by attending the Learn to Play Bridge I lessons on Apr. 28, May 5th or May 12th, please contact Jill Wallace.

Conventions, Play and Defense (June 7th – July 26th, 2021)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: Mondays, 4:00-5:30 (via ZOOM), 8-week series
Location: Online with ZOOM and Shark Bridge (teaching/playing application) 
Description: This course will cover the most important of the 25 Conventions from the 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know book, as well as declarer play and defense strategies. There will also be weekly practice sessions where you will get the opportunity to apply what you are learning in supervised online play.
Level: This series is recommended for advanced beginner and intermediate players who play the “Two Over One” system.
Cost of Lessons: $75 (contact Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com, for payment detail)
Textbook: 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know book (by Barbara Seagram & Marc Smith). This book is the world’s best-selling bridge book in the post-war era and has long been my “go to” for all bridge convention questions.

Lessons upon Request by Rolando Grijalva
Rolando offers groups of lessons in person and online on various topics. Lessons are intended for advanced beginners and intermediate players, but some basic bidding concepts are required (e.g. what are invitational, sign off and game forcing hands). Roland is an advanced bridge player from Ecuador who is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has played bridge for about 14 years now and was U21 South American champion in 2008 and played in the 1st World Mind Sport Games the same year, got 2nd place in 2011 Bolivarian Championship and was port of Ecuador’s U21 team from 2008 to 2012, and U26 team in 2014.   
For more information about Rolando’s future classes (topics, cost, and format), please email him at Rolando_Grjalva@hotmail.com .

At Intermediate Level

Intermediate Bidding Practice Sessions with Don Rogers
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

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