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Teaching/Learning Programs

Last revised: Oct 22, 2022
In addition to providing duplicate games, we are committed to bringing new players to the game, and providing appropriate venues for their game to grow. Text in red means starting soon, sign up now. Courses are afternoons unless stated otherwise

Program Offerings - Overview

Program When Duration Details Details
Level 2 Course Next Offered Jan-March 2023 (F2F and hopefully also online) F2F = Mondays; 12:30 - 3:00 10 weeks Click here
Absolute Beginner Course In progress Oct-Dec 2022. Still can Register Monday 10 weeks See front left of main page for links and details
Shuffle & Play (*Not offered online) Mondays 12:30-3:15 Ongoing; Supervised Recent Level 2 Graduates (or equivalent) Click here
Intermediate/(Adv Novice) single (online) courses TBA for November22 OnLine

We also offer a complementary advanced seminar aimed at Open players. This runs on the first Monday of months Oct thru June. It starts at 11:00 before the open game, and is run by Dave Colbert, a international-level Canadian player. Just show up, no registration required.

Below are descriptions of courses offered

Shuffle & Play

Open to any novice players who have completed Level 1 and 2 or equivalent. Come and practice your game by playing shuffled hands. Ideal for those who prefer this casual learning environment over a gentle but formal duplicate game. A bridge instructor will be supervising by answering any of your questions. Runs every Monday from 12:30 to 3:15. $8 per session

Absolute Beginner Bridge: Lesson series

This course will start from the very beginning and take participants through the basics of the game. Topics include ....

*  Basic mechanics of the game
*  Bidding basics; suits/rank/auctions
*  Counting points in your hand
*  Starting to bid your hand - Opening Bids
*  Bidding - Evaluating your hand
*  Bidding - Responses
*  Scoring
*  Starting to Play the Hand
*  Card combinations
*  Bidding - Overcalls
*  Intro to Defence - Opening Leads

The following applies to the Absolute Beginner course starting September 2019.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve

Beginner Bridge Level 2: Lesson series

This course is for those who have specifically taken Beginner Bridge (Level 1) at EBC or an equivalent first bridge course. (Those wishing to verify equivalence, please check the course description above). Topics for Level 2 include ....

*  Review of Beginner course
*  Bidding: Opener's Rebids
*  Competitive Bidding: Overcalls & Doubles; review and responses
*  Playing the Hand: Building Blocks of Declarer Play
*  Playing the Hand: Analyze and Play Trump & NT contracts
*  Defense: Basics
*  Defense: Talking with your cards
*  Bidding: Big Hands
*  Bidding: Adding some conventions (Blackwood, Gerber)
*  Last week: Supervised Play & Casual competition

The following applies to the Beginner Level 2 course starting January 2019.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve

May/June 2022 Lessons

MayJune 22 courses now over, please E-transfer fees: $20 per in-person course, $10 per watched movie

TopicDateLevel (Advanced Novice=easier   Intermediate=harder)
     $20 per lesson       Mondays 1:30-3:30 online       All notes are at EBC Web Page; Learning Materials...
Responding to Takeout Doubles and OvercallsMay 2Adv Nov     Movie Posted     Notes (Competitive Bidding - pgs 4-7)       7 Hands
Introduction to Negative DoublesMay 9Adv Nov     Movie Posted    For note, see Negative Double section of Intermediate Conventions     HANDS - 6 Negative Doubles
Bidding: Two Conventions
1) 4th Suit Forcing 2) New Minor Forcing
May 16 Intermed    Movie Posted    For note, see Intermediate Conventions     HANDS - 4th Suit Forcing & New Minor Forcing
Defence: When NOT to follow the rules May 23All    Movie Posted     For note, see Single Lessons; Defence     HANDS - When NOT to follow the defensive rules
Penalty DoublesMay 30All     Sorry no Movie; the videographer failed to execute       For Note, see Learning Materials; Single Lessons; Bidding; "Doubling the Opponent's Contract" (Hands link just below there)
Planning and Play of NT ContractsJune 6All             Movie      Notes       Hands
Defence: Visioning the Proper DefenceJune 13Intermediate          Movie - Part 1       Movie - Part 2
Play and Analyze - Play 8ish hands, take up rigorouslyJune 20All             Movie
 Take every course for $150 (save $10) and improve your average game by 2.6%

Intermediate approximately corresponds to 0-750 and strong 299ers
Advanced Novice approximately corresponds to upper 0-20 and most 299ers
Email Steve to register, list course names
Pay by E-transfer or cheque at the end of all classes taken.

What a game!!