Intermediate Classes Online

Note: These are all semi-private lessons. No more than eight to a class. 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. Most teachers offer a repeat class. That happens if the first class fills up. Unless specified, all classes are $35 and are between an hour and forty-five minutes and two hours. 


Planning the defense with Joe Byrnes

Mondays from 9:45 am (repeated on Tuesday morning at 9:45 am)
 
Planning the defense based on what’s in the dummy (dummy types). There will be a lot of counting. Deciding whether to return partner’s suit or switch to a new suit. Did I mention that there will be a lot of counting?
 
*Email: bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservations. 
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First book on bidding with Jeff Hand

Repeated lesson from the previous Tuesday’s overflow group (see below)..

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Competitive decisions with Yefim Shoykhet

Tuesday from 9:45 am (If sold out, Monday and Friday at 9:45 am) 
 
Bid, pass, double and WHY!!!  The ins and outs of duplicate scoring. Should vulnerability factor into your decision making? When should you make the decision, when should you leave it up to partner? We will use hands from actual online games and show results.
 
*Email: yefim50@verizon.net for reservations.

 First book on bidding with Jeff Hand

Tuesdays from 10:00 am (Repeated the following Monday at 2 pm)

First learn the most important bidding concepts! 
June 2 & 8…Summary of all responses to one-of-a-suit openings.
June 9 & 15…Different ways of raising partner’s opening bid of 1H or 1S.
June 16 & 22…Two-over-one responses
June 23 & 29…Game tries.
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Play and defense for the strong Intermediate player with Andrea Hayman

Tuesdays from 4:00 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: 

Bridge thinking with Adam Parrish

Wednesdays from 10:00 am
 
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.

The basics of sound declarer play with Joe Byrnes

Wednesdays from 9:45 am (Repeated at 9:45 am most Thursdays).
 
This week: Entry management. Future classes will include:
  • Setting up long suits
  • Managing entries avoidance plays
  • Fast losers vs. slow losers

*Email: bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservation


Defense with Jess Jurkovic

Wednesdays 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.
Jess is taking over for David Libchaber until class resumes at 58th Street.
 
*Email: jesster2@aol.com for reservation

Improving card sense with Jeff Hand

Wednesdays from 4:00 pm (Repeated on Fridays at 10:00 am, but 9 days later, not 2 days)

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.

Email:  hand_jeff@hotmail.com  cell: 914-960-3055 


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.


Defensive ideas for solid Intermediate players with Joe Byrnes

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

More 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.


Build a Solid bidding system with Jeff Hand

Thursdays from 10:00 am (Again at 1:00 pm if there is an overflow.)

Do you think, by learning a few conventions, that you know how to bid?  Before learning so many conventions, you are better off learning and owning the meanings of all of the basic bids.  Then you will know if a bid is weak and meant to be a sign-off or if it is invitational or forcing. Does a particular bid promise a 4-card suit or five or even longer? Might it be a shorter ?  These questions and more are what you should expect to take from this course.
June 4, 11….Stayman
June 18, 25, July 2…Jacoby Transfers
July 9, 16…Texas Transfers
July 23rd…Jump Overcalls
 
Email: hand_jeff@hotmail.com  cell: 914-960-3055                                                 


Defensive Play for Advanced Beginners with Shlomit Rind

Thursdays from 10:00 am

Shlomit’s Thursday defense class continues online.

Email: shlobridge@gmail.com for reservations.


Essential conventions with Jess Jurkovic

Thursdays from 6:30 pm                                                                                                           

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.

Negative Doubles (Responder’s version of the Takeout Double)
Fourth Suit Forcing
 
*Email: jesster2@aol.com

Improving card sense with Jeff Hand  

Fridays from 10:00 am (Repeated 9 days after the class that is held on Wednesday at 4:00 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.

Email:  hand_jeff@hotmail.com  cell: 914-960-3055 
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Topics for the more advanced players with Joe Byrnes.

Saturdays from 10:00 am. (Repeated at 1:00 pm).                                                                     
 
This Saturday’s topic:  Responding to 2NT openings with good minor suit hands.              Future topics will include:
  • Basing the defense on what’s in the dummy (dummy types)…
  • Signalling.
  • Deciding whether to return partner’s suit or start a new suit.
  • Lots of counting.

*Email:  bridgeprojoe@gmail.com for reservations.