Education

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Bridge Lessons & Supervised Play Sessions

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.

Supervised Play Sessions

Lesson plus Supervised Play with Bob Luebkeman
Bob Luebekman offers free bridge lessons plus supervised play at the Matthewson Bridge Center each Tuesday of the month, 11:00-12:00. 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 if you are not vaccinated.)

Thursday Intermediate Supervised Play 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

Friday Intermediate Supervised Play Sessions with Rolando Grijalva
Rolando offers supervised play sessions on Friday, 4:30-6ish, as well as groups of lessons in-person and online on various topics. Roland is an advanced bridge player from Ecuador who is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. The cost of these session is $15. For more information about Rolando’s future classes (topics, cost, and format), please email him at Rolando_Grjalva@hotmail.com .

Saturday Supervised Play Sessions with Jill Wallace (assisted by 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). COVID19 vaccine required for the time being. There is no charge for current students, but a $5 charge for others.

At the Beginner Level

Learn to Play Bridge I (Feb. 2 – Mar. 30th, 2022)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: A weekly online lesson (via ZOOM) and an online practice on Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00, plus an optional in-person weekly practice session at the Mathewson Bridge Center. All online lessons are recorded for your review.
Level: This series is recommended for people who are beginning bridge players or who would like to review beginning bridge topics.
Cost of Lessons: $75 (contact Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com, for payment detail)
Textbook: Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1 by Jim Ricker (can be purchased on Amazon). In addition, handouts will be provided.

At the Advance Beginner to Intermediate Level

Bridge Bootcamp (Jan. 10th – Feb. 28th, 2022)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: A weekly online lesson (via ZOOM) and an online practice on Mondays, 12:30-2:30. All online lessons are recorded for your review.
Description: You and your partner have arrived at your final contract and you are playing the hand. This course will focus on how and what to think about when making a plan to play the hand. We’ll also look at the hand from the defenders’ point of view, covering topics like opening leads and defensive carding. And, through example hands, we’ll looking at good bidding principles, such as the ones we’ve covered in the Learn to Play Bridge 2 course.
Cost of Lessons: $75 (contact Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com, for payment detail)
Textbook: Topics in Declarer Play at Bridge by Eddie Kantar (can be purchased on Amazon). In addition, handouts and practice exercises will be provided.

Learn to Play Bridge 2 (Jan. 31st – Mar. 28th, 2022)
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Date/time: A weekly online lesson (via ZOOM) and an online practice on Mondays, 3:00-5:00 , plus an optional in-person weekly practice session at the Mathewson Bridge Center.
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 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 of Lessons: $75 (contact Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com, for payment detail)
Textbook: Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1 by Jim Ricker (can be purchased on Amazon). In addition, handouts and practice exercises will be provided.

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