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BridgeMojo is ACBL accredited bridge teacher Morris "Mojo" Jones, offering beginning and continuing bridge lessons for Pasadena, Arcadia, and the San Gabriel Valley.


So much July bridge!

Pasadena is a hot bed of bridge in July!

First there's the "Bridge Week" Los Angeles Regional tournament, at the Westin Pasadena, July 6 - 12.

On Monday, July 6, there's a very cool Pro-Am Game with a lesson, lunch, and a game with a "pro" partner, all for $14. It's an impressive program. Follow the link for information and where to make reservations.

Then on Tuesday, July 7, I'll be the first in a series of speakers for novice/intermediate players. There's more about that here, and a full schedule of talks.

On Saturday, July 11, let's play at the regional and get together after the evening game for a postmortem at Islands in Paseo Colorado. The games are at 10:00 and 3:00. See the flier for the schedule.

Finally there are two local sectional tournaments to finish out the month:

In Pasadena at the Scottish Rite Temple July 24-26 and at La Salle High School on Sierra Madre July 31-August 2. The fliers with schedules are at each of those links.

Mojo to speak at the Pasadena Bridge Week Regional

I've been invited by ACBL District 23 to give a lesson and talk for the novice/intermediate players at the Bridge Week Regional on Tuesday, July 7, at 12:30.

I'm planning an interactive talk on a popular bidding system known as the ACBL Yellow Card. The Yellow Card is ubiquitous in online bridge games, in part because of my own promotion of it in the early 1990's. Along with my story, we'll study the Yellow Card together. I'll discuss why the Yellow Card is important to study and understand.

I'm tentatively titling my talk "How and why to learn the ACBL Yellow Card."

The ACBL Yellow Card is commonly known online as SAYC and uses a foundation of Standard American 5-Card Major bidding, so its agreements should be easily within reach of all up-and-coming duplicate players.

The Bridge Week regional returns to the Pasadena Westin this year July 6-12 after a two-year hiatus, and I'm personally excited to have it back. Here is the complete tournament flier (PDF) with the schedule of games and events.

2014-2015 Bridgemojo Class Schedule

Learn to play bridge, or improve your game this coming year! Here is my calendar for bridge classes in the 2014-2015 season:

Fall 2014

Bridge I, September 10, 2014

Bridge I is the starting point for new players to the game. Current players will also enjoy this class to improve their fundamentals of Standard American bidding. This class uses the ACBL's "Bridge in the 21st Century" curriculum.

  • Offered through PCC Extension, class held at Arcadia High School
  • Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • First class, Sept. 10, Last class, Nov. 5, skipping Oct. 1

December 4, 2014

Single-topic class: The Stayman Convention

Learn or review the Stayman convention in a fun class with short discussion and lots of hands.

  • One class: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Forum Room, Oneonta Congregational Church, 1515 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030

December 18, 2014

Single-topic class: Jacoby Transfer Bids

Discover and study this popular convention that can net you an extra trick during play

  • One class: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Forum Room, Oneonta Congregational Church, 1515 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Winter 2015

Bridge I — Bidding in the 21st Century

Repeating this class from fall 2014

  • Offered through PCC Extension, class held at Arcadia High School
  • Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • First class, January 14, Last class, March 11, skipping January 21
  • Registration not yet open

Spring 2015

Bridge II — Play of the Hand in the 21st Century

Learn the timeless skills of declarer play, while adding new bidding and defense tools

  • Offered through PCC Extension, class held at Arcadia High School
  • Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • First class, March 18, Last class, May 13, skipping April 8
  • Registration not yet open

Summer 2015

Advancing Bridge — Bidding Conventions

New! This course will focus on the bidding treatments and popular conventions from the ACBL Yellow Card, and will end with an introduction to a popular variation of Standard American known as "Two-over-one Game Forcing."

  • Dates to be announced

Join the Bridgemojo fan page on Facebook

Here's a new way to connect with fellow students, "like" our fan page on Facebook:

Social bridge mailing list available

For bridge students and beginners, I've created an email list called "Social Bridge" with the intent of providing a place for students to ask questions and make arrangements to play bridge socially.

Clearly the best way to improve at bridge is to play as often as you can, but finding a game that isn't too competitive or intimidating can be difficult.

The list members should all be local to the Pasadena/Arcadia area, and mostly current or former students of my bridge classes at PCC. So it should remain a small list of folks who mostly know each other and would like to discuss bridge or get together to practice.

You can join the list by clicking and using the "Subscribing to Social" form -- or just drop me a note at the Contact link.

Students win at Pasadena Regional

Bridge students Michael Perera and Tor Hyblom won their first red points Sunday July 3, 2011, at the Pasadena "Bridge Week" Regional. Congratulations!

Bridge postmortem at Islands
Bridge students pour over results and hands from the Pasadena Regional. Left to right are Tor Hyblom, Michael Perera, Judi Gale, and Julie Holloway.

How SAYC Happened

In viewing the landscape of "online bridge" these days, I thought I'd tell some of my history with SAYC. It's sort of my fault. See the full story here:


Pasadena needs bridge teachers!

This great article in the Pasadena Star-News, Pasadena goes all-in on Bridge, highlights the interest and the need for bridge teachers in the area.

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