Locations

Lloyd Center
Portland Bridge Club
2010 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232
503.252.1318

South Waterfront
(Mondays only)
Mirabella Tower
Pennoyer Entrance
3550 SW Bond St.
Portland, OR 97239
971.232.1318

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Lessons
Learn To Declare Syllabus

Class 1 - April 1 - Introduction - HALT Part I

  • Stop and form a plan
  • Concepts and terminology

Class 2 - April 8 - Planning the play in NT

  • Counting Winners
  • Danger suits 

Class 3 - April 15 - Planning the play in Suits

  • Counting Losers
  • Draw trump unless

Class 4 - April 22 - The Finesse

  • The Drop
  • Suit Distributions 

Class 5 - April 29 - Establishing Suits

  • Promotion
  • Ruffing
  • Entries

Class 6 - May 6 - Managing Entries

  • Overtaking
  • Unblocking
  • Ducking

 Class 7 - May 13 - HALT Part II - The Auction

  • What to deduce from the auction

 Class 8 - May 20 - HALT Part III - The Lead

  • What to deduce from the opening lead
Learn To Play Bridge III Syllabus

Class 1 - April 3 - Rule of 20

  • A different way to think to about shapely hands

Class 2 - April 10 - Attitude Signals

  • How to communicate with your partner while defending

Class 3 - April 17 - Strong Hands - Showing a strong hand after partner has responded

  • Rebidding 2 NT
  • Jump Shifts
  • Jump Rebids

Class 4 - April 24 - Strong Hands - The 2C opener

  • The two types of hands
  • How to respond

Class 5 - May 1 - Negative Doubles

  • Takeout doubles by opener's partner

Class 6 - May 8 - Responder's Rebid

  • So you've managed to respond. Now what?

 Class 7 - May 15 - Slam Bidding - Roman Keycard Blackwood

  • How to stay out of bad slams

 Class 8 - May 22 - Balancing

  • Coming into the auction when the opponents stop at the 2 level
Free Lessons Before Games

Prior to the Monday night game 6:30 pm game
     - When: Fridays at 6 pm
     - Where: Lloyd Center location

     - What: A 30 minute lesson on a topic of the week presented by David Brower

Prior to the Saturday Afternoon 1 pm game
     - When: Saturdays at noon
     - Where: Lloyd Center location

     - What: A 30 minute lesson on a topic of the week presented by David Brower

Learn To Play Bridge

Our Learn to Play Bridge series of classes, broken in three parts, is designed for newer bridge players.

Our LTPB1 series is held at the Lloyd Center, and runs for eight consecutive Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This class is geared toward brand-new bridge players and costs $120. If you are interested in signing up for the next series, starting on Monday, March 11, and running through April 29th, please email us at staff@portlandbridgeclub.com.

Our LTPB2 series is run as a continuation our LTPB1 series. In addition to students carrying over from LTPB1, this class is also appropriate for people who have played a little bit of social bridge in the past, and want to get back into the game. It runs at Lloyd Center for eight Mondays, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and costs $120. If you are interested in the next series, starting on May 6th (but taking a week off for Memorial Day), please email us at staff@portlandbridgeclub.com.

Bid, Play, Learn I

On Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Lloyd Center, David Castles, one of the owners of the Portland Bridge Club, teaches an ongoing class intended for players relatively new to the game, or new to duplicate.

Each week you will receive an email with notes and practice problems for the upcoming lesson. Class will start with a discussion of those notes and practice problems, and end with playing a few hands designed to reinforce the ideas. To get on the email list for this class, contact: davidc@portlandbridgeclub.com.

The cost is $20 for one class or $75 for a punch card good for any five classes. The punch card does not expire, so you can pick and choose the weeks that you want to attend. You can also use the same card for the more advanced Thursday afternoon classes.

The upcoming topics are:

                  May 1: Which suit to attack

                  May 8: When to pull trump             

                  May 15: Important partnership understandings

                  May 22: Opening leads, finesses, entries

                  May 29: Principles of doubles, negative doubles

                  Jun 5: Michaels, Unusual 2N, counting as declarer

                  Jun 12: Reverses, etiquette

                  Jun 19: More on Stayman and transfers

                  Jun 26: The uses and limitations of HCP

Bid, Play, Learn II

On Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm at Lloyd Center, David Castles, one of the owners of the Portland Bridge Club, teaches an ongoing class intended for intermediate players who are working on improving their game.

Each week you will receive an email with notes and practice problems for the upcoming lesson. Class will start with a discussion of those notes and practice problems, and end with playing a few hands designed to reinforce the ideas. To get on the email list for this class, contact: davidc@portlandbridgeclub.com.

The cost is $20 for one class or $75 for a punch card good for any five classes. The punch card does not expire, so you can pick and choose the weeks that you want to attend. You can also use the same card for the easier Wednesday night classes.

The upcoming topics are: 

                  May 2: To finesse or not to finesse?

                  May 9: Timing issues in NT contracts          

                  May 16: Pull trump now, later, or not at all?

                  May 23: Inverted minors

                  May 30: Counting on defense

                  Jun 6: End plays

                  Jun 13: Opening leads, active ethics

                  Jun 20: Principles of cuebidding

                  Jun 27: Losers and cover cards