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Monthly Competition 

And the Winner Is.......

This Bridgewebs bridge club site lets us put up various competitions online.  The Club Manager does these for fun, since they are available.

January's competition was the Slam Dunk, with players receiving one point for a small slam and 3 pts for a grand slam. The winner this month was Woody McHarg with 15 slams. Runner up was Misha Tomic. First in C was John Dundas and First in B was Susan Cumming, both with 9 points. Congratulations all.

February's competition will be for highest averages for A, B, and C players, A for players over 1000 mps, B for 300-999, and C up to 299. A minimum of 4 games is required to be a winner.



Due to increased expenses, the Board voted to raise the game fee to 100 pesos, and the book of 10 tickets to 900 pesos. But remember, your game fee now includes fees for special games, such as charity, NAP games and others.

Classes for January-March 2018 by Ellen Snyder


If you are interested in Beginning and Intermediate Bridge Classes, please write to Ellen Snyder at to be added to a mailing list. If you have a class you would like taught please let her know.

The classes below are tentatively scheduled. Most require a minimum of 4 to be held.

Beginners Bridge

Jan. 22-Feb 28 Beginners Bridge Tues and Thurs 10:30-12:30

March 4-March 29 Beginners Bridge MWF 10:00am-12:30am

Based on the series by Audrey Grant, this course is designed for the new player or for players who have been out of the game for a while. The 12 lessons cover all the basics: trick-taking, bidding, defending, scoring. It can be used by casual players, rubber or party bridge players, or duplicate bridge. By the end of the course you should be able to play a basic game of Bridge. A series of 3 text books is available, for about $10 each. The class costs $80 total, payable at the first lesson.

Advancing Classes

Jan 18-Jan 25 Play of the Hand (Advanced Beginners) Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 am-12:30pm

Feb-1-March 1 Defense (Advanced Beginners) Mondays and Friday 10:30am-12:30am. A course in the in the basic ACBL series, it covers concepts of trying to defeat your opponents contract. Since you play defender an average fifty percent of the time so best to learn all the "tricks" you can. Also the course includes bidding review and review of declarer play. 200p per class Topics include: Opening leads, Third and second-hand play, Signalling, Making a defenders plan, 

Feb 6-13 Introduction to Duplicate Bridge 10:30am - 12:30-am Wednesdays. For those who are new to duplicate bridge or have never played duplicate before, an introduction to the mechanics, scoring, strategy vs rubber bridge (the first session), and some of the laws that you must follow, and how you can take advantage of them. The role of the Game Director will be explained. Some hands will be played and scored as examples. $20 usd for both classes.

Other courses may be considered. If you are interested or have a group of 4 or more who want to pursue a topic please let us know. Some possibilities are:

Doubles: Simple takeout, Takeout doubles for two suits, Doubles for strong overcalls, Responsive Double, Negative (Responder's) Double

Overcalls: Simple Overcalls, Strong Overcalls, Two-suited Overcalls

Introduction to Two-over-One - 4 lessons based on the Audrey Grant book. Includes forcing 1 NT, cue-bidding, slam bidding. You don't have to be an advanced player to play the 2/1 system - just add a few new gadgets to your Standard American.

Opening Leads against Notrump (and why they work)

No Trump Bidding Play Course: Includes bidding ranges, Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Slam bidding in NT

Major Suit Raises Play Course (includes long-suit game tries, Jacoby 2NT, Weak Freaks, 2-step Limit Raises)

Major Suit Raises Play Course II (includes Splinter bids, Drury, Forcing 1NT)

Entries: Based on new Audrey Grant course, maintaing and finding entries and the importance of the Link Card.

End Plays: Based on book "Five Steps for Endplays": how to use this declarer play technique.