Bridge Classes and Games

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, and Bridge 9. We also occasionally offer classes on specific bridge topics. On Monday afternoons, we sponsor a duplicate bridge game. Dates, descriptions and times of confirmed classes and games are listed below.

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Bridge Classes, Games and Events:
As classes, games and events are confirmed, full details will appear below.

Continuing Beginning Bridge Class

This class picks up where Bridge 3 left off. We’ll cover basic play of the hand and continue to learn some basic bridge conventions. Instructor: Joan Bergen

Six Wednesdays: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 15
9:00am – 11:00am

Bridge 2 Class

Beginning Bridge continues. Prerequisite Bridge 1 or basic understanding of the game. Topics will include Minor Suit openings, play of the hand and basic defense. Instructor: Meredith Dunne

Six Thursdays: March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 16*
9:30am – 11:30am
*Due to the date change (added 3/26 and deleted 4/23), there will be a free make-up day on Thursday, April 30 from 9:30am-11:30am.

Bridge 7 Class

This class will pick up where Bridge 6 left off.  Continued discussion of basic conventions, declarer play and defense.  Basic bidding and a good understanding of the game is required. Instructor: Joan Bergen

Six Tuesdays: February 11, 18, 25 and March 10, 17, 24
9:30am – 11:30am

Duplicate Bridge
This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon, and is directed by Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge. Tom uses hands from The Common Game, so hand records are available. Games are stratified, and Tom is on hand both before and after the game for questions and discussion.

Mondays: from September 16, 2019 – May 18, 2020
12:30pm
$13 per game, drop-in play
Open game (DCA membership not required)
Director: Tom Hunter


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 is a longtime Darien 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.

Joan Bergen
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!

If you wish to be notified when new bridge classes will be available, and about other announcements, please subscribe to our DCA emails through this link and select “Bridge” as one of your areas of interest. Alternatively, contact the DCA directly at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050, extension 10.