March 30, 2021 Update: A Message From Leslie

Charlie and I got our first Covid vaccination yesterday (March 29). We’ll get the 2nd one April 19. Two weeks after that, we would be available to accept reservations for a private lesson in your home. (See types of lessons offered below.) We will add an additional 15 minutes at no charge for an optional break. Only small private classes are available at this time. Proof of vaccination is required and class size is limited to 2 or 4 students.

Types of Private Lessons and Costs

A.   Multi-person Lesson (Limit 4 players):  Cost: $60 per person. (Total: $240 for 2 hrs.)   Lesson provided first followed by hands emphasizing that lesson.

B.   “Over My Shoulder”.   Exclusive lesson for just you and your favorite partner with Leslie & Charlie in your home. We’ll play randomly generated deals with hand records.  What does it mean when your partner plays that card? What does this bid mean? How should I defend this hand?  What’s that lead show? This lesson focuses on what you should be “thinking” at the bridge table.  Cost: $200.00 for 2 1/2 hrs.  “The object of the game is to see through the backs of the cards.” (Hideous Hog/Victor Mollo)

Previously purchased “Bridge Tickets”:  Anyone still holding unused pre-purchased tickets may be used.  Limit of one ticket per person per visit for a $25 credit.

How to Register Your Private Lesson:  Call Leslie or Charlie @  240-670-7149

Accepting reservations now for bridge lessons scheduled May 3rd or later.


Leslie Shafer Wins the 2016 BRIDGE TEACHER OF THE YEAR Award!!

Leslie Shafer, ABTA 2016 Bridge Teacher of the Year

Leslie Shafer, ABTA 2016 Bridge Teacher of the Year!

July 19, 2016 at the
American Bridge Teachers’ Association in DC!

I was so pleased to have been chosen for this honor. It has truly been one of the greatest privileges I have had in life, to teach others about the wonderful game of bridge. A big THANK YOU to all of you who helped to make this happen. Your encouragement of my efforts is very much appreciated!

Here’s a link to the ACBL article on this award!

This site is a clearinghouse of information on classes being run by our professional team of bridge teachers: Leslie Shafer and Charlie Williams. If you have any questions that you don’t see addressed on this website, please let me know. The best years of my life started when I began to teach bridge full time, about 20 years ago, meeting all of you and making so many new friends. What a blessing it is to be able to love your job. Not only is bridge a wonderful sport, but we have found that for many students, it has enriched their own personal social contacts. Our mission statement is to spread the love of bridge to everyone. Thanks for your time. — Leslie

What’s here? On this site, you will find a list of both current and upcoming classes in the Montgomery County (Maryland) area. You will also find my classroom policies, humor, the best internet bridge sites and so much more. I hope you enjoy what I have included here in the website for you.