Spring 2022
Essential Play of the Hand Concepts
Online
THURSDAY 

Lessons
With Alan Powell

The main audience for these lessons
is the player
with some Bridge playing experience:
Players are expected to understand the basics of planning and playing a Bridge Hand.
Players should be familiar with counting winners and losers.
Players should be familiar with techniques such as promotion, length, and the simple finesse.


This is a 9-Week Online Series.
Players may attend all or any of the classes.


If you have not taken classes with us,
we recommend you review our
*From Zoom to Shark tutorial

When: 

THURSDAYS from March 24 - May 26

      Morning Session:   10am - 11:30am    OR

      Evening Session:     7pm -  8:30pm

    Participants choose a specific class time

               but will receive Zoom links for both classes times each week.

      Participants can swap from their chosen time if necessary

                  but may only attend one class per week.

 What:

  Players receive a pre-class Lecture PDF

       with explanations and examples.

  Players also receive a pre-class Video

         to reinforce concepts from class.

  Materials are sent on Monday evening each week.

  On Class Day, players will join Alan

           for in Zoom for a Lecture

  Then players will join Alan in Shark Bridge

           for online practice of the lesson concepts.

There is no makeup for the practice portion of the class. 
However, players will have the video and PDF,
allowing them to keep up with the group
before the next class meeting.

 Price:

$144 for all 9 weeks   

Players may enroll in the entire series at once,

choose specific dates at once, or

pay for each class on an individual basis   

Single session classes - $16

Questions?

alan@essexbridgecenter.com

Advance Your Declarer Play Skills!

Declarer Play is the one aspect of bridge

you can improve on your own.

When you are playing the hand,

you and only you are in control.

Why not work on some more Advanced Techniques

to improve your scores!

Individual Topics for Each Week

Thursday, March 24

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Card Combinations

What to Play at Trick 1 - How to Preserve Stoppers

Double Finesses

Two-way Finesses

Thursday, March 31

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Dangerous Opponent

Identifying the Dangerous Opponent

The Two-way finesse revisited

Thursday, April 7

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Declarer's Holdup Play

Cutting Defensive Communications

Dangerous Opponent revisited 

Thursday, April 14

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Managing Entries

Planning, Preserving and Creating Entries

What to play at Trick 1 revisited


 

Thursday, April 21

No Class

Thursday, April 28

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Trump Management - To Draw or Not To Draw  Part I

Trumping in Dummy

Before, While, or After Drawing Trump

Thursday, May 5

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Trump Management - To Draw or Not To Draw Part II

Discarding Losers

Before, While, or After drawing trump

Using Trump as Entries

Thursday, May 12

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Trump Management - To Draw or Not To Draw Part III

Crossruffing 

Deciding Whether to Draw the Last Trump

Thursday, May 19

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Setting up a Side Suit

Using Trump, Entries and Timing to Create Winners

from your Long Suits

Thursday, May 26

Essential Play of the Hand Concepts

Putting it all together

Practice Session for all Topics