Lessons at the Bridge Center

Bridge Lesson Series on 2/1 Bidding System

The Bridge Center will offer a series of ten lessons by John Friedl on the 2/1 bidding system, beginning January 11 and continuing through March. A lesson fee of $50 will be charged, with all proceeds going to the Bridge Center.

The lessons are designed for players at the intermediate level, either as an introduction to the 2/1 system or as a review for those players who have begun using the system. It is assumed that players in the class are thoroughly familiar with Standard American bidding and the basic conventions used by beginning players.

It is strongly suggested that everyone who takes the course should also purchase the book “2 Over 1 Game Force” by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell. Reading assignments from this book will accompany the lessons. John will also hand out a series of lesson notes to assist in following each lesson. The book is available from Amazon for just under $16.00, and from other online book sellers as well.

Lessons will be held on Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:15, immediately preceding the Thursday evening games at the Bridge Center. The lesson fee can be paid in cash or by check payable to “Chattanooga Bridge Center.”

Please help us prepare for the lessons by signing up in advance, by sending an email to John at johnfriedl@epbfi.com, so that he can send you the lesson notes for the first session.

This is the tentative schedule for the ten lesson series on 2/1 bidding system, along with suggested readings from the Grant/Rodwell book. This schedule may be adjusted as the course progresses, depending on how much time we devote to particular topics.

Week Topics Suggested Reading
1/11 General review, opening bids, hand evaluation  
1/18 2 over 1 bids, responses to 1-level bids Ch. 1 pp.1-33
1/25 Inverted minors; responding to minor suit opening pp.57-59, 222
2/1 NO CLASS  
2/8 NO CLASS  
2/15 1NT Forcing Ch.2, pp. 35-79
2/22 Responding to 1NT opening bid; Jacoby transfers, Texas transfers, 4-way transfers  
3/1 Other forcing bids by Responder: 4th suit, new minor, reverse; weak bids by responder  
3/8 NO CLASS  
3/15 Opener’s and responder’s rebids in 2/1 sequence; Principle of 154-160; 226-7 Fast Arrival Ch.3, pp.81-123
3/22 Jacoby 2NT; splinters; structured reverses Ch.4, pp.125-175
3/29 Roman Key Card pp. 132-153, 228-234
4/5 Review and recap (Possibly also Puppet Stayman)  

Lessons for 12 weeks:

Lessons that will continue to build on the “Learn Bridge in a Day?” session will be available beginning September 9 from 10:00 am. until noon. Lessons will cover more details on bidding, play of the hand, and defensive play. At least half of each session will be playing hands. Topics will include transfer bids, weak 2 bids, and competitive bidding. Lessons will be taught by Bill Adams and Teresa Moore and are $5 per lesson attended. Please indicate your interest to Bill Adams (contact information below).

Contact for Information: Bill Adams at 842-6632 or bjsmada@bellsouth.net

Friday Lesson Schedule 2017

Before 99er games on the 1st and 3rd Fridays each month, there will be a mini-lesson beginning at 12:15 pm and lasting until 1:00 pm. Play-and-discuss sessions will continue on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Fridays of each month from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.