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): Beginning Bridge, Continuing Beginning Bridge, Continuing Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding, Supervised Bridge – Advanced Beginning Play, Supervised Bridge – Intermediate Play, and Duplicate Bridge. Dates and times of classes and games appear below.

Upcoming Bridge classes and games

Continuing Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding
Tuesdays, September 16th – October 21st
9:00 – 11:00am
DCA members $150 / public $170

Join us to continue your Bridge education! This class picks up where our Continuing Beginning Bridge class left off, and focuses on play of the hand defense and basic bidding skills.

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Supervised Bridge – Intermediate Play
Thursdays beginning September 18th
9:30 – 11:30am
$20 per lesson

This class is perfect for those who have a good knowledge of bridge, and are looking to learn more. Join popular bridge instructor Karen Barrett to move to the next level of play. Topics to be covered in the first four classes are below:

  • September 18th: Major Suit openings and responses including Bergen raise
  • September 25th: The Forcing No-Trump response to a major suit opening
  • October 2nd: Jacoby 2NT responses to major suit openings including splinters by the opener and the conventional response of 3NT to a partner’s major suit opening
  • October 9th: More Jacoby 2NT with splinters by the responder and Reverse Drury

Drop-in play, so no reservations are required.
**This class will not be held at the DCA in October; no class December 4th.**

Supervised Bridge – Advanced Intermediate Play
Mondays beginning September 8th
9:30 – 11:30am
$20 per lesson

This class is for advanced intermediate players, and focuses on how to bid, play and defend. Instructor: Karen Barrett. Topics to be covered in the first four classes are below:

  • September 8th: The Take-Out Double & the Equal Level Conversion Double
  • September 15th: The Negative Double and Sandwich No-Trump
  • September 22nd: The Support Double, Responsive Double & Maximal Double
  • September 29th: The Re-Double, Penalty Double & Snapdragon Double

This is drop-in play, so no reservations required.
**No class December 1st.**

Duplicate Bridge
Mondays beginning September 8th
12:30pm start
$12 per game

This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon. Directed by Bill Wood.
Drop-in play, game does not require reservations.
Please note that one of the partners must be a DCA member.


More Bridge classes expected this fall

The below classes are not yet scheduled for the fall of 2014, but may be soon. If you wish to be notified when a class is 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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Beginning Bridge

For those new to bridge, learn the basics of the game that so many people are so passionate about. This class runs over 6 sessions. Led by one of our three instructors: Joan Bergen, Meredith Dunne or Belinda Metzger.

Continuing Beginning Bridge

If you’ve just completed our Beginning Bridge class, or already have basic knowledge of the game, join us to continue your Bridge education. Led by one of our two instructors: Meredith Dunne or Joan Bergen.


Our Bridge instructors

Karen Barrett teaches Bridge on Mondays and Thursdays at the Darien Community AssociationPopular, experienced bridge instructor Karen Barrett runs two classes each week, and incorporates new learning into every session. Karen, a Silver Life Master, is an American Contract Bridge League Certified teacher and has been teaching for over ten years.




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




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, recipient of numerous awards for the game, and owner/director of the Wilton Bridge Studio in Norwalk. Beginning in June 2014, Bill directs Duplicate Bridge at the DCA.



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