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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.

 

Bridge Basics Now Open for Registration Fall 2016

Click here to register online through PCC Extension

I'm offering the Bridge Basics classes I and II this fall through PCC Extension. This is my first introduction of Audrey Grant's Better Bridge curriculum for new players.

Bridge Basics I is the place for new players to learn the game, and an excellent place for students who already play bridge to modernize and refresh their skills. Each lesson is designed for players of widely different skill levels to be fully engaged.

The fall class listed as "Bridge I" in the PCC Catalog will be a combination of Bridge Basics I and II. Both books will be included for the materials fee. The weekly lessons will proceed as follows:

Lesson Plan

Bridge Basics I, An Introduction

  • Week 1 - The Basics
  • Week 2 - Notrump Opening Bids and Responses
  • Week 3 - Major Suit Opening Bids and Responses
  • Week 4 - Minor Suit Opening Bids and Responses

Bridge Basics II, Competitive Bidding

  • Week 5 - Preemptive Opening Bids
  • Week 6 - Overcalls and Advances
  • Week 7 - Takeout Doubles and Advances
  • Week 8 - The Competitive Auction

Registration is now open with PCC Extension. Follow this link to register online, or call (626) 585-7608 to register by telephone.

  • Class meets Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • First class, September 21, 2016, for eight weeks, through November 9, 2016
  • Class meets at Arcadia High School, room H108
  • Cost: $95 payable to PCC Extension, plus $15 materials fee for the text books

Please contact me with any questions about the class.

Now offering Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Program

This 2016 Summer I've been training and studying to offer the Better Bridge curriculum by Audrey Grant.

Audrey combines technical information from the best players in the game today with her own unique style for making the class entertaining and enjoyable. The classes are supported with great books, materials, a magazine, an online daily bridge column, and available lesson software.

During the 2016-17 season, I am restructuring my class schedule to offer the Bridge Basics courses, and possibly a 2/1 Game Force class next Summer. Let me know if you have suggestions or requests related to Better Bridge.

My regional bridge talk available now on video

I edited and added graphics to my bridge talk from the Los Angeles Regional a few weeks ago.

The talk will be linked permanently on this page and available on YouTube at this link.

The subject is the ACBL Yellow Card, also known as SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card), how it became the standard convention card for online bridge, and why you need to know SAYC and play bridge online.

Here are links related to the video and the ACBL Standard Yellow Card from ACBL's web site:

ACBL's Convention Card page

The ACBL Standard Yellow Card as a convention card (PDF)

The SAYC system booklet in single pages, or paginated for a folded print-out.

Many thanks to Claudia Henry for helping shoot the video!

Join the Bridgemojo fan page on Facebook

Here's a new way to connect with fellow students, "like" our fan page on Facebook: http://facebook.com/Bridgemojo

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 http://mail.bridgemojo.com/mailman/listinfo/social and using the "Subscribing to Social" form -- or just drop me a note at the Contact link.

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