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BridgeMojo is ACBL accredited bridge teacher Morris "Mojo" Jones, offering beginning and continuing bridge lessons for Pasadena, Arcadia, and the San Gabriel Valley.

 

Fall Classes 2017

Bridge Basics 1 — Introduction

Here's your exciting plunge into the world's greatest card game!

This five-week class will give you a solid foundation for playing contract bridge, including play of the hand, defense, and the foundations of Standard American bidding. No experience required!

If you've already played some bridge, this course is an opportunity to refresh the fundamentals and meet more newcomers to the game.

Click here to enroll online at PCC Extension

Class details:

  • Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
  • First class Sept. 13, last class Oct. 11
  • Class fee $65 plus $10 workbook
  • Class meets at Arcadia High School, room H104

Lesson plan

  1. The Basics
  2. Notrump Opening Bids and Responses
  3. Major Suit Opening Bids and Responses
  4. Minor Suit Opening Bids and Responses
  5. Practice hands

Bridge Basics 2 — Competitive Bidding

Now that you have bidding fundamentals under your belt, this class will arm you with many of the weapons expert players use to compete during the auction. You will learn ways to make it harder for the opponents to find their best contract, while working with your partner to find the ideal contract for your side.

This class is the natural follow-up to Bridge Basics 1. Bridge players of all levels are welcome. Even experienced players will learn modern techniques that are favored in club and tournament play.

Click here to enroll online at PCC Extension

Class details:

  • Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
  • First class Oct. 18, last class Nov. 15
  • Class fee $65 plus $10 workbook
  • Class meets at Arcadia High School, room H104

Lesson plan

  1. Preemptive Opening Bids
  2. Overcalls and Advances
  3. Takeout Doubles and Advances
  4. The Competitive Auction
  5. Practice hands

My regional bridge talk available now on video

I edited and added graphics to my bridge talk from the Los Angeles Regional a few weeks ago.

The talk will be linked permanently on this page and available on YouTube at this link.

The subject is the ACBL Yellow Card, also known as SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card), how it became the standard convention card for online bridge, and why you need to know SAYC and play bridge online.

Here are links related to the video and the ACBL Standard Yellow Card from ACBL's web site:

ACBL's Convention Card page

The ACBL Standard Yellow Card as a convention card (PDF)

The SAYC system booklet in single pages, or paginated for a folded print-out.

Many thanks to Claudia Henry for helping shoot the video!

Join the Bridgemojo fan page on Facebook

Here's a new way to connect with fellow students, "like" our fan page on Facebook: http://facebook.com/Bridgemojo

Social bridge mailing list available

For bridge students and beginners, I've created an email list called "Social Bridge" with the intent of providing a place for students to ask questions and make arrangements to play bridge socially.

Clearly the best way to improve at bridge is to play as often as you can, but finding a game that isn't too competitive or intimidating can be difficult.

The list members should all be local to the Pasadena/Arcadia area, and mostly current or former students of my bridge classes at PCC. So it should remain a small list of folks who mostly know each other and would like to discuss bridge or get together to practice.

You can join the list by clicking http://mail.bridgemojo.com/mailman/listinfo/social and using the "Subscribing to Social" form -- or just drop me a note at the Contact link.

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