Winter 2019 Schedule (Jan – Mar)

Here is the new schedule of classes that will be available for the upcoming Winter 2019 semester (January through the end of March). Snowed out dates will no longer be an issue as everyone will be paying by the class using Bridge Buck tickets, cash or checks.

Pre-registration is no longer required. The only thing we ask you to do is to pre-purchase your booklet(s) of tickets before coming to class so that there is no long line of students all waiting to purchase them.

*ALERT!!! WINTER CLOSING POLICY: For the winter semester, we follow Montgomery County Public School’s closing policies for inclement weather only. (If they are closed for a teacher’s day, we would then be open. Our closures are only for INCLEMENT WEATHER!!)  If they are opening late, we are starting ON TIME! If you have an evening class, again we will follow MCPS’s evening class closings. Your best source for announcements on local closings is probably the WTOP website (wtop.com).

Location: All classes at PUMC* (Potomac United Methodist Church’s Activity Center, 9908 South Glen Road, Potomac, MD  20854.)

Tuition: We have lowered our fees due to the ease of our new bookkeeping procedures. All classes can be paid by using the new “Bridge Buck” tickets (one booklet of 3 tickets sells for $78 online or $75 in class). You can buy these online with your credit card on this website OR you can purchase in class. If you prefer to pay by the class the fee is $30 cash or check.

NOTE: There will no longer be any make up coupons issued as each class is paid separately using either Bridge Buck tickets, cash or check. We recommend that any current make up coupons you have that are marked as expiring January 31st, 2019 be used FIRST!!  If you are going to Florida for the winter, give them to a friend to use!

Beginner Level:

Supervised Play Class for Advanced Beginners!! Thursdays 7—9 PM. Taught by Charlie. Learning to apply new knowledge (picking the right tool for the right hand) is a problem for every level student. We’re going to take the lessons you’ve had in basic opening bids and responses, mix up the topics in random order so you can apply your knowledge without our help. Book with all deals available for $10. No handouts for individual classes available. Twelve weekly classes, starts January 10 and ends March 28.  Note Evening Time!

 Intermediate Level:

Supervised Play Class for Intermediates!! Mondays 10 AM—Noon. Taught by Leslie and Charlie. Choosing the right tool at the right time is done through experience. These are hands using several topics you learned mostly during the recent Fall semester. There will be some overcalls, Stayman, competitive bidding, jump rebids, and even some slams. You play the contract you get to, then we discuss the best contract and how to play it. Book with all deals available for $10. No handouts for individual classes available. Nine weekly classes, starts January 7 and ends March 18 (no class Jan. 21 or Feb. 18).      

Polishing your Bridge, Part 3. Mondays 7—9 PM. Supervised Play format. Taught by Charlie. 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 have taken Parts 1 & 2 to enjoy this class, each chapter stands alone. Topics: Week 1: Are These Bids the End of the Auction?; Week 2: When NT Bids Show a Stopper and When They Don’t; Week 3: When a NT Bid is or is NOT Balanced! Three weekly classes, starts January 7 and ends January 28 (no class Jan 21).  Note Evening Time       
In the same time slot, we will pick up another six weeks by presenting 

Play of the Hand Supervised Play. Mondays 7—9 PM. Taught by Charlie. These are new hands that review basic bidding and play concepts. This is the intermediate class that most of our students ask for! Book with all deals available for $10. No handouts for individual classes available. Six weekly classes, starts February 4 and ends March 18 (no class Feb. 18).  Note Evening Time

Competitive Bidding Supervised Play. Thursdays 10AM—Noon. Taught by Leslie and Charlie. These are hands from Audrey Grant’s Competitive Bidding. If you have happy opponents, you are not doing your job! Get into their auctions. Preempts, overcalls, takeout doubles and other competitive tools are reviewed. Book with all deals available for $10 each. No handouts for individual classes available. Six weekly classes, starts January 10 and ends February 14.   
In the same time slot, we will pick up another six weeks by presenting   

Popular Conventions Supervised Play. Thursdays 10AM—Noon. Taught by Leslie and Charlie. These are hands from Audrey Grant’s Popular Conventions. You have learned these methods, now decide when they apply. Mixed review of Stayman, transfers, strong opening bids and slam bidding. Book with all deals available for $10 each. No handouts for individual classes available. Six weekly classes, starts February 21 and ends March 28.

For the Winter Semester ONLY, we are combining Leslie and Charlie’s Thursday morning classes. Separate Thursday morning classes will again be offered in the Spring.

There are no Winter Wednesday morning classes.

 Intermediate to Advanced Level:

Major Suit Raises Supervised Play. Tuesdays 10 AM—Noon. Taught by Leslie and Charlie. This is a review of topics covered in Major Suit Raises I & II. Help suit game tries, Jacoby 2NT and Splinter raises, cuebids as raises in competition, Forcing 1NT and 2 over 1 game force, and more. Both books with all deals available for $10 each. No handouts for individual classes available. Six weekly classes, starts January 8 and ends February 12. 
 In the same time slot, we will pick up another six weeks by presenting

Modern Notrump and Impact of Opening Leads Supervised Play. Tuesdays 10 AM—Noon. Taught by Leslie and Charlie. This is a review of topics covered in Modern Notrump and Audrey Grant’s Impact of Opening Leads on Notrump Contracts. Review the tweaks needed to play 15-17 notrumps properly; advanced bidding situations with transfers and Stayman; defense against notrump contracts, and more. Both books with all deals available for $10 each. No handouts for individual classes available. Six weekly classes, starts February 19 and ends March 26.