Masks strongly recommended indoors at the DCA/Thrift Shop for fully vaccinated; required for those not fully vaccinated.

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.

Duplicate Bridge Open Game Starts September 20!

Mondays, from September until May
12:30pm
$13 Open game, drop-in play

Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge will return as our duplicate bridge director. Our Monday game is a drop-in play, $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement, to help players obtain more master points.

Tom will be using hands from The Common Game, so hand records will be available. Games will be stratified, and he will also be available both before and after the game for questions and discussion.

This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday, from September until May, starting September 20.

In keeping with current protocols in the bridge community, the director will require proof of COVID vaccination from all participants. The DCA has also purchased new bidding boxes, boards and cards for our bridge players.

Bridge 1 Class – This class is full
Beginning bridge instruction for those new to the game.  No previous experience needed. Instructor: Joan Bergen

In keeping with current protocols in the bridge community, the instructor will require proof of COVID vaccination from all class enrollees.

Six Thursdays: September 9, 16, 30 and October 7, 14, 21
9:00am – 11:00am
DCA member: $180.00
Public: $210.00

Continuing Bridge – Basics Review Class – This class is full
Basic understanding of the game needed.  We will be reviewing play of the hand, basic defense, opening bids for 1 of a major and 1 no trump, moving on to some simple conventions. Instructor: Joan Bergen

In keeping with current protocols in the bridge community, the instructor will require proof of COVID vaccination from all class enrollees.

Five Mondays: September 27 and October 4, 11, 18, 25
9:00am – 11:00am
DCA member: $150.00
Public: $175.00

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.