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

Beginning Bridge

This is the perfect class for anyone who wants to learn bridge.  Absolutely no prior experience required.  We will cover the basics of the game and will concentrate on basic bidding and how to play the hand. Instructor: Joan Bergen

Six Wednesdays: September 18, 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 23
Time:  9:00am -11:00am

DCA member $180
Public $210

Prepayment is required by September 17.
Minimum/maximum enrollment applies.

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Bridge 5*

This class will discuss slam bidding, weak opening bids, defense, play of the hand and some additional basic bridge conventions.  Basic bidding and a good understanding of the game is required. Instructor: Joan Bergen

Six Tuesdays: September 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29*
Time:  9:30am -11:30am

DCA member $180
Public $210

Prepayment is required by September 23.
Minimum/maximum enrollment applies.
(*Note beginning and ending date changes. Originally six Tuesdays starting on September 17 and ending on October 22.)

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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
$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 or 203-655-9050, extension 10.