Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Spring 2017 Bridge Class Schedule:

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for Spring 2017 (March through June).

If you would like to print out your own 2017 Spring Schedule at home, click here: 2017SpringREV

Click here to register for any of the classes below (Spring 2017).

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Tuition rates: Tuition for most of the classes is $150 in advance ($175 at the door).  The only classes that are $175 are the Wednesday mornings which are seven weeks long (not six like the others).  All of the classes can be paid using our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.   You may choose a pay as you go option which is $30 per class.  (Note our new home address!!  We moved January 21st.  Although we have mail forwarding, please update your records if you have it stored anywhere at your home or office. Our email and phone has not changed.)  

Beginner Level:

Brand New Beginner Bridge Part 1 Classes! Please tell your friends!!! Thursdays 10 AM—Noon at the UMC* site. For those who’ve never played before or who haven’t played in many years and want to start over. Topics: point count evaluation, opening bids and responses, basic play of the hand techniques. Six weeks, starts March 30 and ends May 11 (no class April 13). Tuition is $150 to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

 Beginner Bridge Part 2. Thursdays 10 AM—Noon at the UMC* site. Basic bidding and responses are reviewed as well as an introduction to a few new bids (takeout doubles, preempts, overcalls, and the strong 2C opening bid). This is also a great class for those who played years ago and want to get back into bridge and modernize their skills. Six weeks, starts May 18 and ends June 22. Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

 Beginner Bridge Part 3: Introduction to Play of the Hand. Mondays 7—9 PM at the UMC* site. Now that you have a basic knowledge of bidding, let us show you how to plan the play of the hand. Usually there is some method that must be used to actually make your contract. We will show you the methods of counting your tricks and recognizing how to find the extra ones that you will need. Includes: Promotion, Length, Finessing, and How to Get Rid of Losers. Six weeks, starts March 20 and ends May 8. (No class on April 10 and 17.) Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Beginner Bridge 4: Introduction to Basic Conventions. Mondays 7—9 PM at the UMC* site. Topics: Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Weak 2’s, and the Strong 2C Opener and Blackwood. We will spend up to 1-1/2 weeks on each topic. These are the conventions that you must learn to complete your basic bidding arsenal. After this class you will progress on to the intermediate level. Six weeks, starts May 15 and ends June 26.  (No class on May 29—Mem’l Day.)  Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Intermediate Level:

Avoiding Common Bridge Dilemmas. Tuesdays, 10 AM—Noon at the UMC* site. Topics include: Weeks 1: Rule of 7—When to take your ace as declarer; Weeks 2 & 3: Reopening Doubles—How to get back in the auction when it’s dying out; Weeks 4, 5 & 6: How to Play NT Like an Expert!! Six weeks, starts March 21 and ends May 2. (No class on April 11.) Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Sidestepping Frequent Mistakes. Tuesdays, 10 AM—Noon at the UMC* site. Topics include: Weeks 1 & 2: When to Pass With Good Hands!!; Week 3: High Card From the Short Side—NOT SO FAST!!!; Week 4: Law of Total Tricks—When to keep bidding in competitive auctions; Week 5: Using a Cuebid as a Strong Raise in Competition; Week 6: Sacrifices! Six weeks, starts May 9 and ends June 20. (No class on May 16.) Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Polishing your Bridge, Parts 1 and 2. Thursdays 10 AM—Noon at the UMC* site. This is one of our most popular classes and students are amazed at the amount of new information that they acquire. You do not have to take both parts to enjoy this class, each chapter stands alone. Two six-week courses. Tuition for each is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. If you are registering for both Parts 1 & 2 (same tuition rate and registration info), please note that on the memo line of the check.

Part 1: Six weeks, starts March 30 and ends May 11 (no class April 13). Topics: Categorize your Strength; Which Suit Do I Bid First?; The Best Opening Bid Ever; Bidding With Minimum Hands; New Ways to Invite Game; and Major-Suit Raises (and the Losing Trick Count).

Part 2: Six weeks, starts May 18 and ends June 22. Topics: The “Weak Freak”; Don’t Rebid a  Five-Card Suit When You Have a Reasonable Alternative; Responder’s Only Forcing Bid; When a New Suit by Responder is not Forcing; and the Decider and Describer (2 weeks).

Signaling, Parts 1 and 2—Introduction to Defense. Thursdays 7—9 PM at the UMC* site. Learn how to signal your partner about what’s in your hand. Partner will start playing like a genius after this course (and that should make you very happy). Two six-week courses are offered. Tuition for each is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. If you are registering for both Parts 1 & 2 (same tuition rate and registration info), please note that on the memo line of the check.

Part 1: Six weeks, starts March 30 and ends May 11 (no class April 13). Topics: Opening Leads; 2nd Hand Low; 3rd Hand High; and Attitude Signals.

Part 2: Six weeks, starts May 18 and ends June 22. Topics: Using Attitude Signals; Signaling When Discarding; Leading From Interior Sequences; and Leading 4th Best.

Advanced Level:

Advanced Declarer Play. Mondays 10 AMNoon at the UMC* site. Improve your declarer play by utilizing methods to find tricks you didn’t even know were there. Week 1: Playing in a Four-Four Fit; Week 2: The Crossruff; Week 3: The Ruffing Finesse; Week 4: Establishing Dummy’s Long Suit; Week 5: Establishing Declarer’s Side Suit; Week 6: Review of Setting up Long Suits! Six weeks, starts March 20 and ends May 8. (No class on April 10 and 17.) Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Introduction to Cuebids! Mondays 10 AMNoon at the UMC* site. Topics include: Weeks 1 & 2: Using Cuebids as Strong Raises in Competition; Weeks 3 & 4: Using Cuebids to Either Ask for or Show Stoppers; and Weeks 5 & 6: Using Control Cuebids When Blackwood Won’t Work. Six weeks, starts May 15 and ends June 26. (No class on May 29—Mem’l Day.) Tuition is $150 in advance ($175 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Advanced Supervised Bidding, Play and Defense, Parts 5 and 6. Wednesdays 10 AMNoon at the UMC* site. This has become one of our most popular classes. We have assembled more of the most inspiring teaching deals we have and mixed them together so you won’t know in advance if it’s a bidding, play or defense problem. Two seven-week courses are offered. Tuition for each is $175 in advance ($200 at the door) to be paid on our website or sent to: Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. If you are registering for both Parts 1 & 2 (same tuition rate and registration info), please note that on the memo line of the check.

Part 5: Seven weeks, starts March 22 and ends May 3.

Part 6: Seven weeks, starts May 10 and ends June 21.

How to register: 1) Pay by credit card using our website payment option on this website or 2) if paying by check, please include your telephone number, the starting date, day and time of the class on the memo line.  For Example:   301-555-5555 March 20, Mon 10 am.  If sending by mail, please register early so that we can better prepare for our classes and the supplies needed. Send your tuition via mail to:  Leslie Shafer, 1 Treworthy Road, Gaithersburg, MD  20878.

Location:  All of the classes listed below (and the student game) are held at:  *UMC = United Methodist Church’s Activity Center Building. We hold many classes a week at this site. The address is: 9908 South Glen Road, Potomac, MD.  It is located at the intersection of Democracy Blvd. and Falls Road. The entrance to the parking lot is on Falls Road. Facing the building, please park on the left side or in the center of the parking lot to allow for other church activities.