Bridge Classes and Games

The DCA is delighted to offer a variety of levels of play for the bridge enthusiast.

Winter and Spring Schedules posted below:

Monday

Newplicate

Drop-in NEWPLICATE with Bridge Director Tom Hunter @ 9:45am

Come with a partner or email Tom and he’ll help you find one.

Also, email Tom if you have questions regarding Newplicate. 

Beginning Bridge Year 2

This class picks up where Beginning Bridge left off. We will review basic bridge bids – opening one of a major and a minor, no trump openings, and no-trump responses. The class will move on to other basic bidding and play of the hand. This is a fun and wonderful way to meet new people while improving your basic bridge skills. 

Minimum of 12; Maximum of 24

Instructor: Joan Bergen

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter Session:  

1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/11 

Spring Session:    

3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 

Tuesday

Supervised Play, Intermediate Players

Here is your opportunity to get a lot of play of the hand practice! This class will provide a brief 15 minute review of an intermediate subject and the bridge hands will center around a particular subject. This class will follow the subjects taught during the intermediate class on Thursday, but you do not need to sign up for both classes. Topics will include Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, defense, overcalls, and takeout doubles.

Minimum of 12; Maximum of 24

Instructor: Joan Bergen

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter Session:  

1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26 (make up dates)

Spring Session:    

4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 

Wednesday Class with Meredith

Beginning Bridge 1 Session 2

This class picks up where Beginner Bridge 1 left off. Some basic bridge skills are required.  Topics will include Minor suit openings, overcalls and advancing overcalls. 

Minimum of 12; Maximum of 20

Instructor: Meredith Dunne

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter/Spring Session:  

1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10

Wednesday class with Joan

Supervised Play – Advanced Players

This is an opportunity for the more advanced player to get a lot of play of the hand practice! This class will provide a brief 15-minute review of a subject and the bridge hands will center around that topic. Topics will include slam bidding, inverted minors, Michael’s cue bids, Bergen bids, etc. 

Minimum of 12; Maximum of 24

Instructor: Joan Bergen

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter Session:

1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6

Spring Session:    

3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 

Thursday

Intermediate Bridge

This is an opportunity for the intermediate player to learn better ways to defend and some new conventions. This class will provide a short lesson on a new bridge topic every week. Topics will include introduction to slam bidding, defense, no trump interference, and competitive bidding.

Minimum of 12; Maximum of 24

Instructor: Joan Bergen

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Winter Session:

1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7

Spring Session:

3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 

Meet our bridge instructors and director

Joan Bergen

Joan Bergen is a longtime local resident and Bridge Life Master who, after studying bridge intently for eight years, is driven to teach others. Students will benefit from her enthusiasm and love for the game that she describes as both a great way to meet people, and a wonderful activity to keep the mind sharp.

Meredith Dunne

Meredith Dunne is a longtime local resident and Bridge Life Master, who says it’s fun watching her students get hooked on the game of bridge. Meredith’s students enjoy continuing their instruction with her, appreciating her patient and personable teaching style.

Tom Hunter

A former Wall Streeter, Tom Hunter learned bridge at a young age from his grandmother, and his love for the game has continued ever since. He is an American Contract Bridge League certified teacher and director, and a local boy — confessing that he graduated from Staples High School more years ago than he’d care to admit!