Bridge classes

The DCA is delighted to offer a wide variety of levels of play for the bridge enthusiast who enjoys both the challenge and social aspect of play.

Classes we offer (in order of difficulty): Bridge 1 (Beginner Bridge), Bridge 2, Bridge 3, Bridge 4, Bridge 5, Bridge 6, Bridge 7, Bridge 8, Bridge 9 and Duplicate Bridge. Dates, descriptions and times of confirmed classes and games are listed below.

Upcoming Bridge Classes, Games and Events:

From September 2016, experienced and new players will find classes, games and events that suit all levels of play. Sessions include Duplicate Bridge with Director Bill Wood, several different levels of bridge classes with Meredith Dunne and Joan Bergen and one time events. Meet our instructors below.

As classes, games and events are confirmed, full details will appear below.

Learn to play Bridge at the DCA in Darien, CTBridge 6
Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 24, 31 and February 7,14
9:30am – 11:30am
DCA members $150, public $180
Prepayment required by Monday, January 2nd.

This class is designed for people who already know how to play bridge but want to improve or update their bidding. This class will cover Defense, and will use the book Defense in the 21st Century from the ACBL series.  Participants should purchase the book prior to the first class. Instructor Joan Bergen.

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Bridge 2
Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13 and January 10, 17, 31
9:00am – 11:00am
DCA members $150, public $180
Prepayment required by noon on Friday, November 25th.

Building upon the concepts in Bridge 1, this class focuses on bidding methods and play of hand. Prerequisite – Bridge 1, or a basic understanding of the game. Instructor Meredith Dunne.

Bridge Supervised Play
Tuesday, December 6
9:30am – 11:30am
DCA members $25, public $30
Prepayment required by Monday, December 5th .

This will be a one day class with supervised play and hands covering the following topics: Slam Bidding, Stayman, Jacoby 2NT, Overcalls, Negative Doubles, Take out Doubles, Michael’s Cue Bid and Unusual 2 NT. Instructor Joan Bergen.




Bridge-duplicate-bridge-in-action-verticalDuplicate Bridge
Monday – weekly starting September 12th
$12 per game, drop-in play.
1 partner must be a DCA member

This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon from September until May. Directed by Bill Wood.

If you wish to be notified when new bridge classes will be available, please subscribe to our DCA emails through the below link and select “Bridge” as one of your areas of interest. Alternatively, contact the DCA directly at or 203-655-9050.

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Meet our bridge instructors:

Joan Bridges teaches bridge to all levels of beginners at the DCA in Darien, CTJoan Bergen is a long-time Darien resident and Bridge Life Master who, after studying bridge intently for 8 years, is driven to teach others. Students will benefit from Joan’s enthusiasm and love for the game that she describes as both a great way to meet people, and a great activity to keep the mind sharp. She’s developing quite a following!




Meredith Dunne instructs Beginning Bridge classes at the DCA.Meredith Dunne is a long-time Darien resident and Bridge Life Master who, after studying bridge intently for 8 years, is driven to teach others. Students will benefit from Meredith’s enthusiasm and patient, personable demeanor.





Meet our duplicate bridge director:
Bill Wood leads Duplicate Bridge sessions at the DCA beginning June, 2014.Bill Wood has been playing bridge since age 9, and participated in his first Duplicate Bridge game at age 12. After playing only occasionally around active duty in the Navy, a successful career in investment analysis and money management, and raising a family, in 2000 Bill selected Bridge as his vocation, not just his avocation. He is now a Gold Life Master and recipient of numerous awards for the game. Bill has been directing Duplicate Bridge at the DCA since June 2014.


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