We are excited to welcome many new people to Essex Bridge Center this week to begin learning bridge with us.  We will do our best to give you a fun and rewarding experience.

These are busy times.  Beginners start on Monday the 28th.  Herb Freedman will give his lecture on “Discards” on Wednesday afternoon after the the game.  Alan starts his Tuesday/Thursday before the evening game lectures on the 29th.  There are 2 team games on Friday Oct. 2 (see the box at right).  Arlene DuBoff gives her after game lecture on Monday the 5th (second week on “Endplays”).  And Ken starts his Modern Bidding Techniques I class on Monday morning the 5th (see the box at right).  There is something for everyone here – beginner through advanced.

Some special GUEST LECTURES have started this fall.  They are open to all interested players.  Sign-up no longer required.


Happy September! updated

We have lots going on this month and lots to anticipate in October.  Please see the team games box at right.

Please note that we will be closed Tuesday evening (only closed in the evening, open in the morning and afternoon) Sept. 22 and closed all day Wednesday, Sept. 23 for Yom Kippur.  Our regular schedule will resume Thursday morning Sept. 24.

Beginner Bridge Lessons start Monday, September 28th with morning and evening sessions – please see the box at the right for more information.

Some special GUEST LECTURES have started this fall.  Preregistration for these is suggested, there are sign-up lists at the Director’s Desk.


Fall Brochure Now Online

Click here for our Fall 2015 Lessons Brochure. In addition to our Absolute Beginner Lessons, regular low-intermediate Lesson-Games, Noon Mini-Lectures, Tues-Thur evening series lectures, comprehensive Modern Bidding Techniques I classes, we also have this fall special selected Mondays after the afternoon game short intermediate lectures and selected Wednesdays after the game advanced hour-long lectures.  We have learning experiences for everyone, take a look at the brochure!


Here’s a little levity from the current online issue of our Unit 140’s quarterly magazine, The Declarer.  Click here to go to the online Summer Declarer where you can check on all the masterpoint race leaders, big game winners, and more.


BEST OF LUCK to all our players competing in the summer nationals in Chicago!

Saturday Morning Workshops:  Aug. 8 Takeout Double Part I, Aug. 15 Takeout Double Part II.

Teams Games:  8 is Enough Friday, August 21st 6:30 and 499 NLM Saturday, August 22nd.  Preregistration required for all team games.

NORTH AMERICAN PAIR games:  ½ red ½ black

8/25 6:30 Open & 499
8/26 12:30 Open
8/27 12:30 Open & 499
8/27 6:30 Open & 499
8/31 12:30 Open & 499

It’s time to start telling your friends about our Beginner Bridge Lessons which will start in September after the holidays.

First 6 Lessons Free! two separate sections starting
Monday, Sept. 28, 9:10 am
Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 pm

Tell your friends to email or phone to reserve their places!

Week of July 27

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK  runs from Monday June 27 through Sunday July 2.  All Open & 499 & Team games are extra points!  Be sure to pre-register if you want to play in the the Wednesday afternoon 499 Swiss Teams or the Friday evening Open Swiss Teams.

Saturday morning’s low intermediate workshop will be on the Jacoby Transfer bidding convention.

It’s time to start telling your friends about our Beginner Bridge Lessons which will start in September after the holidays.

First 6 Lessons Free! two separate sections starting
Monday, Sept. 28, 9:10 am
Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 pm

Tell your friends to email or phone to reserve their places!

Week of July 20

Don’t forget we have two NAP (half red / half black) games this week:  Tuesday 7/21 at 12:30 Open & 499 and Friday 7/24 at 12:30 Open.

Saturday morning 7/25 at 9:00 there will be a Low Intermediate Workshop on the Stayman Convention.

Club Championship Week starts Monday the 27th.  All Open & 499 pair games and a Wednesday afternoon 7/29 499 swiss team game and a Friday evening 7/31 Open swiss team game award extra points!

20 years

It was a fun day and we were honored by your presence and good wishes.  May we all have many more happy bridge days together.

Busy July Coming UP

We are looking forward to celebrating with you our 20 years of running EBC on Wednesday, July 1st.  Reservations are not needed for the  morning 299 and evening 199 (both of which will have special snacks), but if you are coming for the afternoon Open & 499 (with lunch) please make a reservation to help us with our planning.  All games are extra masterpoints.

When all the donations sent directly to the Alzheimer’s Association and sent through the ACBL from EBC register we expect our total to be $6000+.  If you missed donating and still want to the link in the Alzheimer’s paragraph below is still active. Thank you so much for your generous help and support for this event.

Meagan has planned some workshops for July and August.  Here is the schedule.

Saturday mornings 9:00 – 11:15am
$12 per lesson No partner necessary
July 11     2C and 2NT Openers
July 18     No Workshop
July 25     Stayman Convention and Natural Responses to 1NT and 2NT Openers
Aug 1       Jacoby Transfer Responses to 1NT and 2NT Openers
Aug 8       Takeout Double – Part I: Common Takeout Double
Aug 15     Takeout Double – Part II: The Big Overcall

Also, don’t forget the team games and NAP games scheduled for July.  They are on the calendar as well as in boxes to the right on the home page.  We are open July 4th.

We know also that some of you will be competing in the Regional in Fairfield – best of luck!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your support for the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Fund Drive.  We are currently at $4500+ and expect some more donations this week.  Monday the 22nd was an exciting day and it was great to have so many people participating.  Thank you for coming!  If you haven’t donated yet and would like to do so online, scroll down and in the Alzheimer’s paragraph you will find a link to their site where you can donate in support of our Essex Bridge Center team.  And we are still accepting donations at the bridge center also.

Next up is another very special day.  On Wednesday, July 1st we will celebrate our 20th anniversary with the Essex Bridge Center.  It will be a party day and all the games that day (299 in morning, Open and special 499 section in the afternoon and 199 in the evening) will award extra points and have special snacks.  We will also serve a lite lunch for the afternoon game.  We are so grateful for your support these past 20 years.  It’s been a lot of fun playing bridge with you.

For our July schedule for team games and our NAP game schedule check the boxes to the right on your screen when you are on our home page.