Bridge Basics and Beyond


Do you want to learn the game of Bridge?  Do you want to improve your Bridge game?  Bridge Basics & Beyond can help.  We specialize in Beginning Bridge and Intermediate Bridge Instruction.  We offer group bridge lessons, pairs & individual bridge lessons, and playing lessons.

Beginning Bridge I: OLLI West

OLLI and I are offering Beginning Bridge I starting Sept. 19th, 2018 and finishing November 7th, 2018.  This is the beginning of a three course series of classes designed to get students ready to play social bridge or a beginning duplicate game.  Students new to bridge or students who have been away from bridge will benefit from these courses.  

The course will be taught on Wednesday morning starting and 9:30 a.m. and finishing at 11:30 a.m.  This will be an eight week course where students will learn the mechanics of playing bridge, how to evaluate a bridge hand, no-trump bidding and responses, major suit bidding and responses, minor suit bidding and response.  Students will also learn basic play of the hand and defense.  Students will play supervised hands to practice what they have learned in each class.  

Play of the Hand:  OLLI West

Classes are taught on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This is an eight week class.  Classes will start on Wednesday, September 9th  2018 and finish on November 7th, 2018.  This class is designed for students who have finished the three class beginning bridge series or students with previous experience with bridge.  Students will learn how to make a plan to achieve the desired goal of a bridge hand, learn how to develop tricks by using the techniques of promotion and length, develop tricks by using the finesse, how to eliminate losers by using ruffing in dummy and discarding losers, to recognize entries and develop entries, how to recognize the dangerous opponent, how to manage the trump suit and combine techniques in order to meet the bridge goal.  There will be ample time to practice bidding and defense play.  Guided instruction will be provided with practice hands that demonstrate the concepts taught.

Classes are taught at Shepard of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 115700, West 20th Ave, Lakewood, Co 80215. 

One does not have to be a member of the OLLI program to take these classes.  Non OLLI members can pay a guest fee of $60.00 for the course.  To take the guest option, you would still register through the OLLI program - see information below.

You can register for the course by going to the OLLI webpage (go to the Fall Term Information' tab)  You can contact the OLLI West program by calling Dara Hughes, OLLI West Assistant - 303 912-9389. 

The fees for the OLLI program are $130.00.  However, with the payment of that fee, one can take as many courses as they wish, offered in the Fall program.

If you want more information you call me at 303 928-9187 or email at [email protected]

Other classes:

In partnership with the Northwest Bridge Club (St. John's Chrysostom Episcopal Church. 13151 W. 28th Ave, Golden, CO 80401) we are offering bridge lessons for interested students.  Class begins at 9:30 a.m. and will finish by 10:30 a.m.  Students are encouraged to stay and play in the regular Northwest open game that begins at 11:00 a.m.  The cost of each class in $5.00.  For info. call Mike Holmes at 303 928-9187 or email to [email protected]

I am going to take a rest for the summer months and start back with more bridge concepts in the Fall.  Have a great summer.

All my best!  Mike


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