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Newtown Bridge Club Offers Workshops, Supervised Play

The Newtown Bridge Club will host workshops and supervised play for bridge players during May and June.
The Newtown Bridge Club will host workshops and supervised play for bridge players during May and June. Photo Credit: KoeppiK via Wikimedia Commons

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The Newtown Bridge Club will host workshops and supervised play for bridge players during May and June at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St.

Players are welcome to come to educational events alone or with bridge partners. Supervised play has been added to the weekly Tuesday schedule from 7-9 p.m. It offers novice players the opportunity to practice with their peers and ask questions while playing hands. An instructor will be present to help. The cost is $10 ($8 for Newtown Bridge Club members).

Easybridge workshops on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. focus on modern bidding basics. Each workshop consists of a brief lesson followed by play and discussion of hands. Tuition is $12 per workshop ($9 for members). Upcoming topics:

  • Wednesday: Important rebids.
  • May 18: Pre-emptive bids.
  • May 25: Strong opening bids.
  • June 1: Minor suit opening bids.
  • June 8: Jacoby transfers.

Monday workshops, Improving Your Judgment – Opening the Bidding, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 23 through June 13. These workshops use experience from playing hands to emphasize teaching points. The topics cover opening bids in first and second position and how things are significantly different in third and fourth position, obstructive opening bids designed to interfere with the opponents when they may have the balance of power, and how to reach the best game with strong opening bids. Tuition is $50 ($40 for members) and includes the textbook, “Improving Your Judgment 1 - Opening the Bidding” by Audrey Grant. Players may attend individual workshops for $15 and purchase the textbook separately.

Two-Over-One Game Force workshops on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 23 through July 14 will introduce players to the recent widespread bidding trend in bridge. The topics address two-over-one concepts, forcing 1 no-trump responses, opener’s and responder’s rebids and the choice between game and slam. Tuition is $57 ($45 for members) and includes the textbook “2 over 1 Game Force” by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell. Players may attend individual workshops for $15 and purchase the textbook separately.

To register, email Susan Fronapfel at director@newtownbridge.org or call 203-733-8525.

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