Education

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

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: May 7th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Date/time: Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 – 4:00
Location: Mathewson Bridge Center, 125 W. Plumb Ln, Reno
Description: This seminar is designed for new players or for returning players who want to refresh their understanding of the game.
Level: The goal of this seminar is to provide a fast, fun, and interesting overview of bridge’s fundamental concepts.
Cost: $40 (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.

Learn to Play Bridge I (May 9 – June 27, 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. 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: $80
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 I can provide you 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

Learn to Play Bridge 2 (May 25 – July 27, 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.
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.
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

Bridge 3 (May 23 – July 4, 2022) – Declarer Play in NT
Teacher: Jill Wallace, alwaysup4bridge@gmail.com
Description: Topics cover: Review of NT bidding contracts, making a play plan, declarer play strategies in notrump contracts, and defensive strategies against a notrump contract.
Date/time: A weekly one hour lesson on Mondays,12:30 – 2:30 (via ZOOM), plus a one hour online practice session where you practice playing what you’ve learned. All lessons are recorded for your review. For people who live in the Reno 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 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: Introduction to Declarer Play, Second Edition (Eddie Kantar & Barbara Seagram) and Introduction to Defense, Second Edition (Eddie Kantar & Barbara Seagram)
To register: Register at https://bit.ly/Bridge-Course-Registration and payment information will be provided.

Two Over 1 Game Force (4 online lessons)
Date/time: The 4 online lessons are on May 2, 3, 4, and 9, 9:00-11:00. Each lesson will include an online playing session where you practice playing what you’ve learned. All lessons are recorded for your review.
Description: Topics cover: The 2 over 1 bidding system plus two additional game force conventions, Jacoby 2NT and Splinters.
Level: This course is recommended for experienced players who want to learn or review the 2 over 1 bidding system.
Cost: $30
Required textbook: Two Over One Workbook by the St. Petersburg Bridge Club. The 2/1 book can be ordered from Barclay Bridge at https://bit.ly/Two-Over-One-Workbook.
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
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 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). COVID19 vaccine required for the time being. There is no charge for current students, but a $5 charge for others.

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