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, and Duplicate Bridge. Dates, descriptions and times of confirmed classes and games are listed below.

Upcoming Bridge Classes and Games

From September 2015, experienced and new players will find classes or games that suit all levels of play. Sessions include Duplicate Bridge with Director Bill Wood and several different levels of bridge classes with Meredith Dunne and Joan Bergen.

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

Bridge-duplicate-bridge-in-action-verticalDuplicate Bridge
Resumes Monday, September 14th
12:30pm
$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.

Bridge Classes 1, 2, 4 & 6
All of our bridge classes follow the same format. Each class begins with an oral lesson followed by play of the hand. Students should plan on bringing a three ring binder to the first class, as all classes are taught via handouts. No book is required.

Bridge 1 (Beginning Bridge)
Five Tuesdays, October 6th – November 3rd
9:00am-11:00am
DCA members $125, public $145
Prepayment for all classes is required by noon on Friday, September 25th. Minimum enrollment applies.

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Always wanted to learn how to play bridge? This class is for the person who has never played bridge or may have taken a beginning course but wants to refresh his/her knowledge. Basic concepts of the game will be introduced including opening bids, basic responses, and rebids. Instructed by Joan Bergen.

Bridge 2
Six Wednesdays, September 30th – November 4th
9:00am-11:00am
DCA members $150, public $170
Prepayment for all classes is required by noon on Friday, September 25th. Minimum enrollment applies.

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Building upon the concepts in Bridge 1, this class completes the presentation of basic bidding methods, covers basic concepts of Declarer Play and Defense, and concludes with classes on the Stayman Convention. Prerequisite – Bridge 1, or a basic understanding of the game. Instructed by Joan Bergen.

Bridge 4
Six Wednesdays, September 30th – November 4th
1:00pm-3:00pm
DCA members $150, public $170
Prepayment for all classes is required by noon on Friday, September 25th. Minimum enrollment applies.

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This class moves on to Takeout Doubles, Pre-emptive bidding, as well as an introduction on bidding high point value hands. We also focus on the play of the hand. Instructed by Meredith Dunne.

Bridge 6
Five Tuesdays, October 6th – November 3rd
9:00am-11:00am
DCA members $125, public $145
Prepayment for all classes is required by noon on Friday, September 25th. Minimum enrollment applies.

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This class is designed for people who already know how to play bridge but want to improve or update their bidding. Common conventions played today in Standard American Bridge are covered in depth. These include Jacoby 2NT, Bergen Raises, Splinter Bids, Slam Bidding and an introduction to 2/1 game force. This sequential series builds a detailed foundation for bidding. Each lesson has practice hands designed to illustrate the concepts being discussed. This course is not on a beginning level. Instructed by Meredith Dunne.

Augie Boehm leads a Bridge Master Class at the Darien Community Association in October, 2015Bridge Master Class with Augie Boehm
Friday, October 16th
9:30am – 12:00pm
Prepayment required by Wednesday, October 14th

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Other Bridge classes at the DCA

The below classes are not currently scheduled, but will be starting in November. 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 info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

Bridge 3
This course focuses on more bidding concepts and polishing your basic bidding language – reviewing and enhancing bidding principles learned in Beginning Bridge. The class emphasizes the importance of efficiently showing both your hand strength and distribution, and introduces modern approaches to major suit raises, Jacoby Transfers, basic defense, and an introduction to competitive bidding. Prerequisite – Bridge 2, or a solid understanding of basic and modern bidding.

Bridge 5
These classes are for the more intermediate student and focus on an in-depth review of major and minor suit openings, opening leads against suit and no-trump contracts, Forcing No Trump, and introduce two new conventions – New Minor Forcing and Drury.

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Our Bridge instructors

Joan Bridges teaches bridge to all levels of beginners at the DCA in Darien, CTInstructor Joan 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.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. Bill has been directing Duplicate Bridge at the DCA since June 2014.

 

 

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