Practice and Play

In addition to your Wednesday classes,

we also have an optional Practice and Play session

on Saturdays mornings from 10:00am - 11:00pm

(Eastern Time)

These practice sessions on Saturdays allow you

to play more hands on each week's topic. 

There is a brief review, and then you play - play - play!

Advanced Beginner


Building on the Basics



Zoom Lessons and

Online Play

for Advanced Beginners

with Meagan Powell

Fundamentals of

Opener and Responder Bidding

Without an Immediate Major Suit Fit


5-week Series


Any player who needs to learn these tools or

needs a refresher on these tools.   

These are the basics

of the Opener and Responder conversation

without an easy path to a Major Suit Fit.


   * 45-minute online Zoom Lecture

   * 60-minute online Bridge Play in Shark Bridge

   * No Partner needed - we will have a Partner for you.

When:  All times are Eastern Time

WEDNESDAYS:   April 27 - May 25

   Morning Session:  10:00am - 11:45am

   Evening Session:    7:00pm -    8:45pm

Participants choose a specific class time upon enrollment

but will receive the Zoom links for both class times each week.

Participants can swap form their chosen time

if necessary each week, choosing just one class time per week.

SATURDAYS - Optional BBO Lab Games for Practice in a Real Online Bridge Environment

Saturday Mornings 10:00am - 11:15am Eastern Time

Followed by a 30-minute Zoom Recap on Bidding

This optional Lab Exercises is through Bridge Base Online (BBO).

Players register and pay for each game on the Saturday mornings they chose to participate.

More specific information in the next column and from Meagan

at enrollment.


$ 16 for each the 5-week Wednesday Lectures

$ 80 for all 5 Wednesday Lectures on this topic

     Pay for individual weeks or for the entire unit at one time.


Saturday BBO Games have a separate $ 7 Fee

       for each of the optional  Saturday BBO Lab Games -

      paid directly to BBO


     * Pre-Class PDF Lecture Packet

        with Examples and Answers.   

          Sent prior to Wednesday's Class.

     * Pre-Class Video to accompany the Lecture PDF

     *  CLASS DAY:   45-minute Zoom Lecture

           followed by 60 - minute online Shark Bridge

            Play Practice

          Cancellations and Refunds for each class

         will be allowed until materials are sent.



Optional BBO Lab Games for Extra Practice

We use the BBO Bridge Software to allow players to experience

a real-world Duplicate Bridge Game.


Players will keep their same Partner throughout the Lab Game, but they will:

     * Change Opponents every couple of board

     * Play based on a timed round of Bridge


     * Be able to rebid and replay the Game's hand after the Game


     * Compare your results to the other players in the Game


     * Begin to understand Scoring and its effect

                 on Player decision-making in the Auction

     * Meet with Meagan and Alan after the BBO

                  for a bidding recap (if you desire).


NOTE:   The Wednesday Lecture Fee is separate

                        from the BBO Lab Game fee.   

               BBO charges from their platform.

               BBO Lab Games are $7 for each game per person.

 Individual Topics for Each Week

 Wednesday, April 27th

 Class 1:  Opener / Responder Bidding - Part I

 Review:  Responder bidding a new Major Suit on the 1-level

                  Opponents making a Simple Overcall


 Responder bidding a new Major or Minor suit on the 2-level. 

 Opener rebidding a 6+-card Opening Suit.

 Opener and Responder using these new tools after Opponent   makes a Simple Overcall or Common Takeout Double.





 Wednesday, May 4th

 Class 2:  Opener / Responder Bidding - Part II

 Review:  Responder bidding a new Major Suit on the 1-level

                  Responder bidding a new Major or Minor Suit on 2-level

                  Opener rebidding a 6+-card Opening Suit

                  Opponents making a Simple Overcall


 Responder bids 1NT (Junk Drawer),  2NT,  or  3NT

        as first response.

 Responder raising Opener's Minor Suit Opening bid.




 Wednesday, May 11th

 Class 3:  Opener / Responder Bidding - Part III

 Review:  Responder bidding a new suit.

                 Opener rebidding a 6+-card Major suit

                 Responder considering NT as a response

                 Responder considering Minor Suit Fits


 Opener rebids 1NT as an Opener's 2nd bid.

 Opener or Responder bidding NT later in auction.

 Determining if Responder's information guides Opener to NT





 Wednesday, May 18th

 Class 4:  Opener / Responder Bidding - Part IV

 Deeper Challenge

  in Opener and Responder  Bidding


 Review:  Responder bidding a new suit.

                 Opener rebidding a 6+-card Major suit

                 Opener Considering NT

                 Responder considering NT as a response

                 Responder considering Minor Suit Fits


 NEW:    Opener rebidding 1S in a very special circumstance 

               Responder bidding the Responding suit again.





 Wednesday, May 25th

 Class 5:  Putting it All Together

 General Review and Practice in all areas

 of Opener and Responder Bidding

 without an Immediate Major Suit Fit

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