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
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!
Beginner Bridge II
Building on the Basics
Zoom Lessons and
with Meagan Powell
Bridge II: Unit 1
Reinforcing Bridge I and
Introducing 1NT Openings and Responses
These lessons are for players who took
our Bridge I - Absolute Beginner lessons
that started in January 2022
for players who took a very basic short Beginner I series and are ready to learn more about Beginner Bridge.
UNIT 1: Let's Learn 1NT Bidding!
A 9-week Bridge series for players who have studied the very basics
of Bridge bidding and play.
The format each week will be
a 90-minute online ZOOM Lecture
and online Bridge Play.
This allows players to apply
the lecture concepts right away,
playing Bridge from the very first lesson.
You do not need a Partner
to join our Bridge II Classes.
Meet new friends and find a Partner!
We will always have a Partner for you.
When: All times are Eastern Time
MONDAYS - Unit 1: March 21 through May 23
Morning Session: 10:00am - 11:30am
Evening Session: 7: 00pm - 8:30pm
Participants choose either the morning or evening session
for their primary class time.
One session only each week, please.
Participants may, however, change their time of day
on any given week if they have a scheduling conflict.
SATURDAYS - Optional BBO Lab Games for Practice in a Real Online Bridge Environment
There is no Saturday Morning Shark Bridge Practice.
Instead, this group will begin using BBO for our 'Lab Games'
to practice our play in a real Bridge environment.
Saturday Mornings BBO Lab Game
10:30am - 11:45am Eastern Time
Followed by a 30-minute Zoom Recap on Bidding
These Optional BBO Lab Games are handled differently
in payment and mechanics.
Meagan will explain all the particulars to students as we move
into this series.
$162 for the 9-week Bridge II MONDAY Lecture Courses
There is a separate $ 7 Fee for each
of the optional Saturday BBO Lab Games -
paid directly to BBO
Your Enrollment Fee covers:
* About 90 minutes of Monday Class time each week
- Roughly half of Class Time is Zoom Lecture
- Roughly half of Class time is online Bridge play
in Shark Bridge an online Bridge software package
* Pre-Class Video that walks students
through the lesson BEFORE the Monday lesson.
* A PDF for each class will be mailed on Friday evening
each week with the zoom links for Monday.
There is no textbook for Bridge II.
* We will also have optional Saturday Practice
in Bridge Base Online (BBO) for players
who want to reinforce their learning.
Information on BBO will be provided to students
Cancellations and Refunds will be allowed
up to 24 hours before the first class.
No Refunds after Classes start.
We won't be able to drop a replacement player
in your place once classes start.
Players need the right kind of technology
for the Online Play portion to work smoothly.
First Choice - Desktop Computer or
a Laptop Computer
(Windows or Mac)
Second Choice - Tablet (IPad or similar).
(We have experienced issues with Tablets in the past.
It is not perfect.)
This Class will NOT work on a Phone!
Players should download the Zoom App
onto their device.
Go to zoom.us and follow the download instructions.
Players do NOT need to find and
download Shark Bridge!
WE will take you into our portal for online play.
Once Enrolled in the Course, players will receive
their Zoom links each week on Fridays.
Players join Meagan in the Zoom first
for their Monday classes.
Meagan will then lead players into the online playing area
after the Zoom lecture.
Optional BBO Lab Games for Extra Practice
Bridge II does not have a standard Saturday Shark Practice session.
Instead, we introduce Bridge II players to Bridge Base Online (BBO).
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).
More information will be provided about how we use BBO
in our Bridge II classes.
NOTE: The Monday 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
Monday, March 21st
Class 1: Review and Application
of 5 - 3 Major Suit Fits and 4 - 4 Major Suit Fits
Players will review Major Suit Fits.
Understanding how Major Suits fit together will help students
in this NT Series.
Monday, March 28th
Class 2: 1NT Openings and
Players will review and apply Natural Responses
for 1NT Openers.
Monday, April 4th
Class 3: 1NT Openings and
the Stayman Convention
Players review Class 2 information, and then
players will learn the Stayman Convention to search
for a 4 - 4 Major Suit Fit after Partner's 1NT Opening
Monday, April 11th
Class 4: 1NT Openings and
the Jacoby Transfer Convention
Players review Class 3 information and
add in another 1NT Responding bid:
Jacoby Transfer to find a 5 - 3 Major Suit Fit.
Monday, April 18th
NO Class - We will take this week off
Monday, April 25th
Class 5: 1NT Openings
Practice & Review
Players will need to review Natural, Stayman, and Jacoby Transfer responses. There is a lot to remember and apply.
Players will get a brief review and then plenty of practice before we move on to Play of the Hand.
Monday, May 2nd
Class 6: NoTrump Play of the Hand - Length
Declarers will learn the steps to Establish a Long Suit in a NT contract to maximize and create extra winners.
We will reinforce a Declarer concept called High Card from the Short Side (HCSS).
Mixed Hands in Natural, Stayman, and Jacoby contracts.
Monday, May 9th
Class 7: NoTrump Play of the Hand - Promotion
Declarers will learn the steps to Promote a suit in a NT contract to maximize and create extra winners. We will reinforce the importance of Transportation in NT contracts.
Mixed Hands in Natural, Stayman, and Jacoby contracts.
Monday, May 16th
Class 8: Notrump Play of the Hand -
Length and Promotion Combined
in the Same Suit in NT Contracts
Players will learn how to manage a LONG suit that also has PROMOTION. Some additional information will be presented on how to decide which type of tool to use first if they are not
in the same suit.
Monday, May 23rd
Class 9: Putting it All Together
Recognizing and Executing 5-3 Major Suit Fits, 4-4 Major Suit Fits, 1NT Openings and all Responses: Natural, Stayman, and Jacoby Transfer.
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