Our Advanced Beginner and Intermediate Classes Online

Note: These classes require that you have a Bridge Base Online (BBO)  account and understand the basic idea of how to play out a hand online. All classes are $35 and are from an hour and forty-five minutes to two hours in length. 

ADVANCED BEGINNER COURSES:

Your first look at preemptive bidding with Barbara Bayone
Tuesdays from 1:00 pm

What does an opening 3 diamond bid by your partner mean? How do you respond to it? What can your opponents do to compete. All this and the equities involved in “sacrifice” bidding are topics you will be exploring. These “first look” courses mean just that. You are not expected to know much, if anything, about the subject being presented.

Email: bbayone@gmail.com for reservations.

Your first look at slam bidding with Barbara Bayone
Thursdays from 10:30 am

Barbara will start with the three types of “strong bids”:  Jump Shifts, Reverses, and the strongest of all, 2-Club openings. Then comes Key-Card Blackwood and control-showing cue-bidding. Lots of examples and practice hands. 

Email: bbayone@gmail.com for reservations.

Defensive Play with Shlomit Rind

Tuesdays from 10:00 am 
Shlomit’s Thursday defense class. Basic concepts in defense. Where are your tricks coming from? Where are declarer’s? Counting declarer’s points. Trying to figure out declarer’s shape. The three types of signals. And lots of practice hands.  What does an opening 3 diamond bid by your partner mean? How do you respond to it? What can your opponents do to compete. All this and the equities involved in “sacrifice” bidding are topics you will be exploring. These “first look” courses mean just that. You are not expected to know much, if anything, about the subject being presented.

Email: shlobridge@gmail.com for reservations.


INTERMEDIATE COURSES:

Declarer Play with Joe Byrnes

Mondays from 9:45 am (repeated on Tuesday morning at 9:45 am)
 
Upcoming topics include:
Delaying drawing trumps.
Managing entries.
Crossruffing.
Setting up long suits.
 
*Email: bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservations. 
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Your second basic bidding book with Jeff Hand

Mondays from 1:50 pm (Repeated the following Monday at 2 pm)

Your first concern in hoping to develop a solid bidding foundation is a thorough understanding of what are the basic building blocks (the book bids) are and of all the basic concepts involved. Jeff’s courses do just that.
A new topic, Overcalls, begins Monday August 31st.

Email: hand_jeff@hotmail.com. cell: 914-960-3055  
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Play of the hand with Yefim Shoykhet

Tuesday from 10:00 am (If sold out, Monday and Friday at 9:45 am) 
 
Planning the play.
Play techniques each designed to show you how to make those extra tricks as declarer. This course is for the low-intermediate and intermediate student of the game. As always with Yefim, you can be sure there will be lots of interesting hands to play.
 
*Email: yefim50@verizon.net for reservations.

 Card Sense with Jeff Hand

Tuesdays from 9:50 am 

PLAY AND LEARN. Usually declarer does not have enough immediate winning tricks to fulfill the contract.  Additional tricks must be found and established.  In these lessons we will discuss several ways that this can be done. For example: Declarer establishes additional tricks by promotion (forcing out honors and promoting lower-ranking honors), and by setting up long suits while keeping the bridge connection to them open.  We will also look at and try to learn to “see” how the opponent’s cards are likely to divide and how best to play accordingly.Your first concern in hoping to develop a solid bidding foundation is a thorough understanding of what are the basic building blocks (the book bids) are and of all the basic concepts involved. Jeff’s courses do just that.

Email: hand_jeff@hotmail.com. cell: 914-960-3055  
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Play and defense for the strong Intermediate player with Andrea Hayman

Tuesdays from 1:00 pm
 
This course is designed for students who have been playing for several years. The emphasis will be on bridge logic: Drawing inferences from the auction, the opening lead and the play to the first few tricks. Special emphasis will be placed on counting out the
distribution of the hands and placing the high card points.
 
*Email: ashbridge22@icloud.com: 

Essential conventions with Jess Jurkovic

Tuesdays from 6:30 pm   (Repeated from the previous Thursday class if Thursday was sold out)     

Jess’s bidding conventions course returns, and will begin with those concepts that should be standard and owned by you. If not now, soon. Remember to invite your partner. Refining your bidding, to be sure you’ll be landing in the right contract more often than you do now, is the goal of any good partnership and of this course.

Email: jesster2@aol.com

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Our basic two-over-one bidding course with Yefim Shoykhet

Wednesdays from 10:00 am (If sold out, Friday at 10:00 am)
Starts Wednesday September 9th.
 
Basic 2/1 bidding from the ground up. Complete with the entire Forcing No-Trump structure. This course is for the low-intermediate and intermediate student of the game. Lots of interesting hands to play.
 
*Email: yefim50@verizon.net for a reservation.

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Bridge thinking with Adam Parrish

Wednesdays from 10:00 am (Starts again in September).
 
Practical lessons on the thought process needed to tackle everyday problems of bidding, declarer play, and defense.
 
Email Adam at adamparrish2@gmail.com for reservations.
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The basics of sound defense with Joe Byrnes

Wednesdays from 9:45 am 
 
 
These classes will include:
Where are your tricks coming from?
Where is declarers tricks coming from?.
Making a defensive plan
The three types of signals,and when to use each.
Lots of counting

*Email: bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservation

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Defense with Jess Jurkovic

Wednesdays from 10:00 am (If sold out, repeated on Fridays from 10:00 am)

This week: Defensive carding from the opening lead throughout the entire hand. Defense requires your utmost attention, and this class will help you understand the signals you can give, what they mean, and when to give them.
 
*Email: jesster2@aol.com for reservation
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Improving card sense with Jeff Hand

Wednesdays from 3:50 pm

PLAY AND LEARN. Usually declarer does not have enough immediate winning tricks to fulfill the contract.  Additional tricks must be found and established.  In these lessons we will discuss several ways that this can be done. For example: Declarer establishes additional tricks by promotion (forcing out honors and promoting lower-ranking honors), and by setting up long suits while keeping the bridge connection to them open.  We will also look at and try to learn to “see” how the opponent’s cards are likely to divide and how best to play accordingly.
September 2nd…Card combinations

Email:  hand_jeff@hotmail.com  cell: 914-960-3055 
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Play of the hand with Yefim Shoykhet

Wednesdays from 6:30 pm (If sold out, Thursday at 6:30 pm).

One or both of your opponents have entered the auction. If you buy the contract, how will their bidding influence you?  After their opening lead,  what assumptions should you be making to guide you to the best line of play?

*Email: yefim50@verizon.net for reservations.
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Defensive ideas for solid Intermediate players with Joe Byrnes

Wednesdays from 6:30 pm (Repeated Fridays at 6:30 pm).

More advanced ideas in:

  • Advanced ideas in signalling
  • Lots of counting
  • Defensive card combinations
  • Lots of counting
  • Breaking the rules
  • Lots of counting

*Email: bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservations.
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Advanced Bidding…Students request the topic.

Thursdays from 9:50 am 

Intensive training…This particular class will be limited to five students!!
Email: hand_jeff@hotmail.com  cell: 914-960-3055      
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Essential conventions with Jess Jurkovic

Thursdays from 6:30 pm  (Repeated Tuesday evening if sold out).     

Jess’s bidding conventions course returns, and will begin with those concepts that should be standard and owned by you. If not now, soon. Remember to invite your partner. Refining your bidding, to be sure you’ll be landing in the right contract more often than you do now, is the goal of any good partnership and of this course.

Email: jesster2@aol.com

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Tackle difficult competitive bidding decisions with Joe Byrnes.

Saturdays from 10:00 am.                                                                 
Topics will include:

  • All forms of cuebidding in competitive auctions
  • Lebensohl auctions.
  • Fit showing bids.
  • Matchpoint decisions.

*Email:  bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservations.