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Greg Coles

Greg Coles - Bridge Teacher

  Better Bridge - Greg Coles Spring Bridge Lessons

Announcing Spring Tuesday Bridge Lessons
with Greg Coles


Every Tuesday in June, from 7pm to 9:30pm, Greg will be leading bridge classes, focusing on the Play of the Hand.  These classes are suitable for beginner and intermediate players.

Email to pre-registered.

$10 per class or $35 for all four.


Lesson Download

June 2018 - Lesson 1

June 2018 - Lesson 2

June 2018 - Lesson 3

June 2018 - Lesson 4

July 2018 - Lesson 1

July 2018 - Lesson 2

This concludes the lessons for this summer.  Stay tuned for a possible September series.

  Fern Resort Bridge Getaway Weekend

October 19 - 21, 2018

Please contact Reservations to book your Bridge Weekend Getaway


Bridge Games – Duplicate and Progressive

Pre-Game Mini Lessons – Tips in Bidding, Play and Defence

For more information, email or call 705-717-4133.

  Lesson FAQs


What is the cost of a lesson? A. $10 each or if you can take advantage of a discount by pre-paying for all in the series.

I've never played bridge before and I want to learn.  Can I still come? A.  We accommodate ALL levels of players.  Don't be afraid to come out to the beginner lessons even if you've NEVER played bridge before.

Do I need to bring a partner? A. No.

Where are the lessons? A. Midland Bridge Club, 427 William Street, Midland

Do I need to pre-register? A. Its not mandatory to pre-register, however knowing the number of students allows Greg to have the right number of tables prepared, enough pre-dealt hands for every one and enough handouts, if applicable.  Most important, whether to make a 2nd pot of coffee. :-)

How do I pre-register? A. Email 

Are there any books I should buy? A. No - books are optional. 

Do I need to take notes? A. For some people, writing things down helps them remember, but take notes only if you want to.  We send out Lesson Notes after every lesson.

What is Vulnerability? (from ACBL website)

The condition of being subject to greater undertrick penalties and eligible to receive greater premiums as provided by the scoring table.

In rubber bridge, vulnerability comes about by having won one game toward rubber.

In duplicate bridge, vulnerability is arbitrarily assigned by board numbers. Vulnerability in duplicate is on a 16-board cycle, repeating for each succeeding 16 boards; boards 1, 8, 11 and 14 have no vulnerability; boards 2, 5, 12, and 15 have North-South vulnerable, East-West not vulnerable; boards 3, 6, 9 and 16 have East-West vulnerable, North-South not vulnerable; boards 4, 7, 10 and 13 have both sides vulnerable. This can be remembered fairly easily by the 16 letters forming this arrangement:

O  N  E   B

N   E  B   O

E   B  O  N

B   O  N   E

where O stands for no vulnerability, N for North-South, E for East-West and B for both.

In Chicago, a four-hand variation of rubber bridge, the vulnerability also is arbitrarily assigned in similar fashion; no vulnerability on the first hand; dealer vulnerable on the second and third hands; and everyone vulnerable on the last hand. A variation in a few clubs that is technically, perhaps, a slight improvement assigns the vulnerability on the second and third hands to the opponents of the dealer. The purpose is to allow opener more latitude in preempting.

The feature of vulnerability gives rise to many variations in the strategy of bidding and play. These variations probably are foremost among the reasons for the great interest that contract bridge has stimulated. Some strategies: (1) bidding low-point games when vulnerable, (2) preempting with minimum values when not vulnerable, (3) taking saves when not vulnerable, etc.


  Greg Coles - Bio

Greg taught himself to play bridge by reading bridge books but never managed to get around to actually playing the game for quite some time.  Finally, in 2004, he mustered up the courage to make a trip to his local bridge club to play.  If only Greg's wife, Stephanie, had known how that trip to the bridge club was going to change his life - she probably never would have allowed him to go!

Within just a couple of years, Greg had become a Duplicate Bridge Director and started directing games at his local club.  Shortly thereafter he took over as the Midland Bridge Club Manager.  Teaching certifications, a position on his local Bridge Unit's Board of Directors and many other stints as a volunteer soon followed.  Somehow or another by 2009, Greg had managed to play enough bridge to earn the status of Life Master (a designation or level with the ACBL - American Contract Bridge League).

Today Greg is a Silver Life Master and has taught hundreds of students wanting to learn the game or improve their bridge.  He still loves playing the game and plays at least once a week, often partnering with some of the best players in Ontario.  Greg now also works for the ACBL part-time as a Tournament Director.  While this has cut into his playing time at area tournaments, he loves the fact that this allows him to improve the tournament experience for the players.  Greg teaches bridge throughout the year and prides himself on providing his students with a relaxed and fun atmosphere in which to learn the world's greatest card game.

  Greg Coles: Teacher - What students are saying.

It is evident that by taking the beginners series, I can now build on the fundamentals that were missing.  In the first ten minutes of tonight's class I counted at least six things in the "I didn't know that" category.  By the end of the class this evening, I knew this series was the right choice.

Greg is one in a million in the teaching department, and believe me, I know.  I taught new teachers at Brock university for much of my career who were doing their B.Ed. And M.Ed. Degrees, and Greg would rank as one of the top five teachers of adults (out of thousands) I have observed and taught.

Greg's teaching style implements a combination of theory and practise which is irresistible to learners.  That makes the learning real and relevant.  The women at my table last week didn't want to leave and begged for just "one more hand" the end of the lesson.

Many thanks for your great teaching style and inspiration!

Ellie Kirby-Seaton

Greg does a great service to bridge learners.  His seminars are informative, well communicated, and topical.  His organization skills are evident in the format of the lesson plans and in the manner in which he communicates.  He adapts his presentations to the needs and levels of his audience.

Greg is supportive of individuals' efforts, willingly responding to questions and complimenting people's results.  He encourages people to send him follow-up questions and is prompt and thorough in his responses to those.

A learning environment can sometimes be a frustrating and intimidating experience.  Greg minimizes this as well as anyone.

John Chiles

I have worked with many teachers both in schools and as an adult learner. Greg Coles is an excellent bridge teacher--he has an abundant knowledge of bridge and he also has the gift of being able to teach this exciting game to everyone who attends his lessons! The Midland Bridge Club is extremely fortunate to have acquired such a talented bridge  player to teach students of all levels!
I am very thankful that Greg is willing to offer his services to the bridge players in this area!

Chris P.

Greg's humour, laid-back attitude and positive outlook all come through as he teaches. Thank you.

Carol F.

It is amazing to me how much Greg knows and how he remembers things so well.  Its certainly helps me [and he] certainly explains things well.

Ken W.

We are really enjoying the lessons. Greg makes them interesting and easy to understand. We're looking forward to the next session. We're also looking forward to trying out our newly learned skills on our bridge playing friends.

Warren and Marilyn Bonneville

Greg makes our learning easy. He explains things clearly. His friendly manner encourages our participation. His lesson plans are well organized. Actually playing out the topic allows us to see its merit. Having the content of each lesson e-mailed to us reinforces our learning by providing us with the relevant reading material.

Thank you many times over, Greg. Thank you to the members of the Midland Bridge Club for facilitating our School of Bridge.

Trudie Reid

As a visitor from Hong Kong, I feel so welcome at the Midland Bridge Club. Greg's lessons are fantastic and there is always lots of take away for further thought and strategy. Greg makes it seem so simple! I look forward to more lessons and improving my game at the many options to play at the club. 

Extraordinary value for your money!

Cat Graydon