Zoom Lessons and

Online Play

for Absolute Beginners

with Meagan Powell

This is an 8-week Beginner Bridge course

plus a week up front to check Hardware.

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 Beginner Class.

Meet new friends and find a Partner!

We will always have a Partner for you.

When:   MONDAYS

 

January 3 - Meet and Greet / Hardware Check

 

 January 10 - February 28:   8 Class Lecture Days

   Morning Session:  10am - 11:30am   Eastern Time

   Evening Session:    7pm - 8:30pm      Eastern Time

  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.

AND

 

 SATURDAYS - OPTIONAL Extra Play Practice

 January 22 - February 26   10:30 am - 11:30 am   Eastern

Price:

$200 for the 8-week Level I Course

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED

Your Enrollment Fee covers:

  * About 90 minutes of 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 copy of the Beginner Bridge Level I Lesson Book /

             Workbook

 

  * Optional 1 Hour Saturday practice session

      10:30 am Saturday Morning  (Eastern Time)

      starting on January 22

          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.

Technology Requirements:

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.

Materials 

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.

Questions?

meagan@essexbridgecenter.com

Practice and Play

In addition to your Wednesday classes,

we also have an optional Practice and Play session

on Saturdays mornings from 10:30am - 11:30am

(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!

Individual Topics for Each Week

Monday, January 3

PRE-Course Meet and Greet

This get together on January 3rd is optional but very, very important.   It's the time I can work with you to check your hardware requirements and ensure a smooth transition from Zoom into the Bridge playing software.

If you can join us at either 10am or 7pm, it will help you avoid being lost on our first actual Class day of January 10.

Monday, January 10

Class 1:  Introduction, Vocabulary, Mechanics

Our first class introduces players to the context of Bridge,

and we will be playing Bridge in this very first class while learning Bridge Vocabulary and Mechanics.

Monday, January 17

Class 2: The Basics of Opening and Responding 

This class introduces structure to our Bridge bidding.

Players will learn how to Opening Major Suits and

how to make basics Responding bids.

Monday, January 24

Class 3:  5 - 3 Major Suit Fits:  Point Ranges and Game

This class focuses on finding an 8-card Fit in a Major suit

after a 1H or 1S Opening bid.   Players will decide whether to bid to a Game-level contract.

Monday, January 31

Class 4:  Trump Play of the Hand Basics

This class focuses on Declarer Play in trump contracts.

Players will spend much of their time learning to Pull Trump from the Opponents and successfully using remaining trump most effectively.

 

Monday, February 7

Class 5:  1NT Openings and Natural Responses

This class focuses on the requirements for Opening 1NT

when no Major Suit Opening is found.   Players will learn to bid Game in NT and how to view Declarer Play without a trump suit.

Monday, February 14

Class 6:  NT Play of the Hand Basics

This class focuses on Declarer Play in NT contracts.

Players will spend much of their time learning Promotion as a technique to set up winning tricks later in a hand.  

Monday, February 21

Class 7:   4 - 4 Major Suit Fits:  Point Ranges and Game 

This class focuses on finding an 8-card Fit in a Major suit

after a 1C or 1D Opening bid.   Players will decide whether to bid to a Game-level contract.

Monday, February 28

Class 8:  Simple Overcalls by the Opponents

This class focuses on Opponent bidding for the first time

in the series.  Now, all four players will vie for the right to play

a contract in a competitive auction.  

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