Learn to Play Bridge with Audrey Grant's Better Bridge

For Fall 2021 I have two in-person classes scheduled through PCC Extension, and three dynamite online classes available from home.

Upcoming in-person classes

Class (Click for description) Schedule Dates
Bridge - Introduction1 Wed 7:15 - 9:15, five sessions Sept 15 - Oct 13
Bridge - Popular Conventions1 Wed 7:15 - 9:15, five sessions Oct 20 - Nov 17

Upcoming online classes

Class (Click for description) Schedule Dates
Bridge Basics Refresh Monday Evenings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Sept. 13 - Oct. 25 (seven sessions)
Competitive Bidding Tuesday Evenings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 (except 9/28)
2 Over 1 Game Force Sunday Afternoons 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 - Oct. 31 (except 10/10)

Each class is available for $110 excluding textbooks. See information here to enroll. See also important requirements for online bridge classes.

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Archived Saturday Morning 15-minute mini lessons on declarer play and defense are available at this YouTube playlist.

1 Offered through PCC Extension and conducted in-person at Arcadia High School

2 Over 1 Game Force

Level up your game! Learn the bidding system played by most experienced players, and my personal favorite.

2 Over 1 Game Force (2/1GF) is based on Standard American 5-card Majors with one little tweak. Nearly every auction will be the same as with Standard. On the auctions that are different, you'll find yourself better able to find the right contract, as well as finding and bidding slam hands with more confidence.

The course uses the award-winning text 2 Over 1 Game Force by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell.

  • Six Tuesday afternoons, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 22 through Oct. 27
  • Course fee $120

The course is accompanied by the text book 2 Over 1 Game Force available from Mojo (for local delivery) for $15 or from Amazon.

Lesson plan:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Forcing 1NT Response
  3. Rebids by Opener and Responder
  4. The Choice Between Game and Slam
  5. Practice Deals
  6. Practice Deals

Enrollment is strictly limited! Reserve your seat by email to mojo@bridgemojo.com or use the contact form.

 

Bidding Basics Refresher

Have you ever wished you could go back and review those first few bridge lessons? Here's your chance!

We're going to focus on the basic framework of Standard American 5-card Majors. All "constructive" bidding, without interference from the opponents. Brush up on opening bids, responses, and rebids with your favorite partner. No conventions! Just standard bidding.

  • Four 90-minute sessions
  • Sunday afternoons 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 20 through Oct. 11
  • Course fee $75

Lesson plan:

  1. Opening notrump bids and responses
  2. Opening major suit bids and responses
  3. Opening minor suit bids and responses
  4. Practice hands using all the tools

Optional accompanying text book: Bridge Basics 1 - An Introduction Audrey Grant.

Class enrollment is strictly limited! Enroll by email mojo@bridgemojo.com or use the contact form here.

New online bridge classes this fall through PCC Extension

The BridgeMojo class studio

Learn to play bridge online from Mojo!

PCC Extension is offering three bridge classes from Audrey Grant's acclaimed Better Bridge curriculum this fall.

All classes are offered on Tuesday evenings at 7:15, from the comfort of your own home.

Playing and learning bridge this way, online, opens up new techniques and insight that aren't available with cards at a bridge table. Take advantage of this opportunity while you can!

To participate you will need at least one computer which you can use for a Zoom meeting session along with a web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari). You need to have the ability to switch between the browser and Zoom when called for. A microphone is required, but video is optional.

A good alternative setup is to use a tablet, such as an iPad, for the Zoom portion of the class, and a computer for the web browser portion.

You should have a reliable high-speed internet connection, such as cable internet. All students should have an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) player number. Guest memberships to ACBL are free and will be available soon. More information as they become available.

Bridge — Introduction

This is the starting place! This class is designed for people who have never played bridge. You'll learn the mechanics and vocabulary of the game, and start on the journey to becoming a competent bridge player. You'll learn the basics of card play as declarer and defender, as well as the fundamentals of Standard American bidding to reach the best contract with your partner.

  • Six weekly sessions, Tuesday evenings 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • First session: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
  • Course fee: $75 plus $12 material fee for the course book Bridge Basics 1 - An Introduction by Audrey Grant
  • Follow this link to register at PCC Extension

Bridge — Popular Conventions

These classes will give new bridge players a solid grounding in four of the most popular and most useful bidding conventions in modern bridge: Stayman, Jacoby Transfer Bids, strong artificial opening bids, and conventions to help you stay out of bad slam contracts.

  • Five weekly sessions, Tuesday evenings, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • First session: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
  • Course fee: $69 plus $12 material fee for the course book Bridge Basics 3 - Popular Conventions by Audrey Grant
  • Follow this link to register at PCC Extension

Bridge — Competitive Bidding

This class is dynamite for club and competitive players, or anyone who just wants to do their best at bridge. You'll learn how to work with your partner to bid to the contract that gets the best score for your side, while interfering with the opponents attempting to do the same. We'll study preemptive opening bids, overcalls and advances, doubling for takeout, and the competitive auction.

  • Five weekly sessions, Tuesday evenings, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • First session: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
  • Course fee: $69 plus $12 material fee for the course book Bridge Basics 2 - Competitive Bidding by Audrey Grant
  • Follow this link to register at PCC Extension

 

Defender and declarer play mini lessons every Saturday

Join me every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) just before our regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. 0-500 game for a bridge mini lesson.

In my experience, nearly every mini-lesson teacher in a bridge club teaches exclusively bidding conventions or topics related to bidding.

Online presentations provide a unique opportunity to present declarer and defender play topics. Seeing the hands presented online makes it much easier to visualize card combinations and possible layouts.

So my offerings on Saturdays will focus primarily on defender and declarer play. I may diverge into topics related to playing duplicate bridge such as scoring and other mechanics, and maybe even a little bidding when it seems appropriate.

Everyone is invited to attend, from any experience level, anywhere in the world.

Add the class to your calendar! Saturday mornings at 9:30 - 9:45.

Join the class on Zoom at this link.

See previous Saturday morning mini-lessons on this YouTube playlist.

Here's an example video from the series on finesses:

Online classes available

Mojo at "mission control" for online bridge classes.

I'm happy to offer the following classes for very small groups of students online, using Zoom and Bridge Base Online.

The ideal class size is four students, but as few as two or as many as six can be included.

Typically classes run for about 90 minutes each, and the price is $25 per student. Purchase lessons in bulk: 4 classes for $90.

Here are class subjects available:

  • Supervised bridge play, using hands from previous tournaments
  • Defense, up to 8 lessons
  • Play of the hand, up to 8 lessons
  • Competitive Bidding, up to 6 lessons
  • Popular conventions, up to 6 lessons
  • 2/1 Game Force, up to 6 lessons
  • Improving your Judgment: Doubles, 4 lessons

I also have shorter series of hands that are great ways to practice particular skills. Each session will consist of eight hands, with two classes available for each series.

  • Basic bidding
  • Competitive bidding
  • Popular conventions

Semi-private classes are subject to very limited availability on the calendar.

Mojo is also available on a limited basis to play in ACBL tournaments as a partner/coach with personalized analysis after each game. Contact Mojo to request a game.

To order a class, please send an email to Mojo suggesting a time you would like and a course you're interested in.

You can also drop me a note and express an interest in a particular course when a class is ready to be offered. I can gather interested players and form classes from the list.