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Classes
 
 
  Continuing Education Single Session Classes

The following classes will be offered in the spring of 2017 at the Lansing Bridge Center.  Each class is a single session and will be on Tuesday mornings beginning at 9:00am and ending at 11:30am.  The cost of each session is $6.00 plus $1-$3 for class materials.

Sign-up sheets are on the White Board in the Main Lobby of the Bridge Center or you may call 351-7007.  Please sign-up by the dates indicated to provide the course instructor time tp prepare copies of printed materials.  Thank you.

April 11 - 12 Tips to Better Bridge   Course Instructor - Rick Johns   Please sign-up by April 4

This class will cover twelve tips which will lead to more accurate bidding, improved defense and better declarer play.  While it is aimed at non-life masters, even highly experienced players will learn something that improves their game.

April 25 - New Minor Forcing   Course Instructor - Diane Schafer   Please sign-up by April 18

This class will discuss methods for responders with invitational hand strength and a five-card major to learn if opener has three-card support for their major.  The class will consist of lecture, hand examples, and play of hands which demonstrate the convention.  

May 2 - Play of the Hand for No Trump Contracts  Course Instructor - Rick Johns   Please sign-up by April 25

This class will address declarer play for no trump contracts.  Topics will include: counting winners; developing tricks; analyzing alternatives and developing a plan; coping with opening leads; maintaining communication with dummy; and, playing strategies.

May 9 - Play of the Hand for Suit Contracts   Course Instructor - Rick Johns   Please sign-up by May 2

This class will address declarer play for suit contracts.  Topics will include: counting losers; eliminating losers; analyzing alternatives and developing a plan; and, managing the trump suit.

May 30 - Defensive Signaling   Course Instructor - Diane Schafer   Please sign-up by May 23

This class will discuss attitude signals, count signals, suit preference signals, and discard signals.  The most popular methods of first discard signals (Lavinthal, Odd/Even, and Standard) will be demonstrated through lecture, examples, and play of hands.

June 6 - Bergen Raises   Course Instructor - Diane Schafer   Please sign-up by May 30

The difference in hand strength between a 5/3 and a 5/4 major suit fit is enormous.  Responders can utilize Bergen Raises to identify 5/4 major suit fits with weak, invitational, and game-going hands.  This class will include lecture, hand examples, and play of hands demonstrating the convention.

June 13 - Playing Defense   Course Instructor - Rick Johns  Please sign-up by June 6

This class will address basic techniques to employ when playing defense.  Topics will include: counting; visualizing declarer's hand; opening leads; assessing dummy; defensive signaling; defensive strategy (passive or aggressive).

 

  Basic Bridge I (Introduction Bidding & Play)

♣ ♣ Not currently offered ♣ ♣

 

Cost - $60

This is a 6 week course for beginning bridge players or those coming back to the game. 

Topics include: 
  ♣ Getting started 
  ♣ Objectives
  ♣ NT Opening Bids & Responses
  ♣ Major Suit Opening Bids & Responses
  ♣ Minor Suit Opening Bids & Responses 
  ♣ Pre-emptive Opening Bids 
  ♣ Overcalls & Advances
  ♣ Takeout Doubles and Responses 
  ♣ Competitive Auctions 

Each lesson will include practice deals, with students bidding and playing the hand

Taught by Kathy Stepanovich and Helen Van Amburg       

Fee $60   repeat attendees $30    

Please register in advance at the Lansing Bridge Center, or call Kathy at (517) 881-8705

 

  Basic Bridge II (Play of the Hand)

♦ ♦  NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED ♦ ♦

(includes directed play)

This is the second in the basic bridge series for beginning players or those wanting to refresh their playing skills.

Topics Iinclude:

Playing a No Trump Contract

   Counting wiinners

   Developing tricks-Promotion, Length & Finessing

   Developing a plan-Analyzing alternatives

   Coping with opening leads

   Maintaining communication

   Playing Strategies

 

Playing a Suit Contract

   Counting losers

   Eliminating losers-Ruffing & Discarding

   Developing a plan-Analyzing alternatives

   Managing the trump suit.

 

   

  Inferences-Solving the Bridge Puzzle

 NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED 

 

This two session class is for bridge players of all skill levels. During the auction and play of the hand, numerous clues are provided which can be used to reach the best contract, to win more tricks as declarer, or to play better defense. This class will identify what those clues are, how they can be used to achieve better results, and the skill set one needs to accomplish this. Whether you have 10 masterpoints or 2000 masterpoints, the numerous examples provided will show you how you can up your game.

  Two over One (2/1) Game Force

  NOT CURRENTLY OFERED 

 

Whether you want to learn the 2/1 Game Force system, or want to refresh what you already know, this is the course for you.

In this seven week class you will learn the fundamentals of the popular Two over One (2/1) Game Force bidding system. Using the 2/1 system, reaching the best game and slam contracts is easier and there is less danger of being left in a part score contract because of confusion in the bidding process. Players already using 2/1Game Force will find the material in this course refreshing and helpful.

Each class will include a presentation on a specific topic, and students will bid and play at least 4 practice hands illustrating the principles in the lesson. Each practice hand will be fully discussed and analyzed with respect to bidding, playing and defense.

The basic text book is: 2/1 Game Force by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell. The text book is not required, but is highly recommended.

Classes will be held at the Lansing Bridge Center. 

Directed play Option: Putting what you learned into practice with help from the instructors .

Preregistration is required (a minimum of 12 students is necessary to conduct the class).  See any game director to register.  Early registration is appreciated to allow the instructors time to prepare materials and purchase books.

Instructors: George Van Amburg - Accredited ACBL Bridge Instructor
Helen Van Amburg - Accredited ACBL Bridge Instructor

  Commonly Used Conventions in the 21st Century

  ♠ Currently Not Scheduled 

This  course is the fourth in the basic series. 

Topics include:
  ♠ Stayman Convention 
  ♠ Jacoby Transfers
  ♠ Drury Bid
  ♠ Jacoby 2NT bids  
  ♠ Responses to Weak two-bids
  ♠ Strong 2 club openings & Responses

  Mentoring

Would you like to develop your game by learning from a more experienced player?

The Lansing Bridge Club offers a 6 month Mentorship Program that pairs novice players with Life Masters. The mentor plays with his/her mentee at least twice a month at regularly scheduled games and spends an additional 20 minutes/session discussing bidding techniques and play strategies. Mentoring sessions start April 1st and September 1st.

If you are interested, contact Diane Schafer at 327-3925 or DinnyS@aol.com.

  How to Find the Best Contract

Currently Not Scheduled


This 6-week class using material from Lawrence, Stewart, Grant and Kantar is designed to show partners how to bid to the b est contract.


Topics include: 


  Openers rebids, 

  Responder bids and rebids, 

  How to keep the bidding going, when to stop, the use of various double bids, and 

  Dealing with interference.


Each class will include a presentation on a specific topic, and students will bid and play at least 4 practice hands illustrating the principles in the lesson. Each practice hand will be fully discussed and analyzed with respect to bidding, playing and defending.


No text is required. Detailed handouts for each lesson will be provided.


ACBL accredited Instructors : George  Van Amburg & Helen Van Amburg