Face-to-face bridge lessons
I offer several different formats of live lessons:
Classroom lesson series at the Flathead Valley Duplicate Bridge Center, 22 Village Loop, Kalispell, MT: these are six- to eight-week series of two-hour lessons. Each lesson consists of a short talk on that day's topic and a couple of example deals displayed on the board, followed by about six pre-dealt hands, giving you a chance to put what you've learned into practice. At the end of each lesson, you will receive a handout summarizing the lecture and a copy of the practice hands which you can review.
I alternate teaching these with Michael Boreson, another local bridge teacher. The schedule will be announced a month or two in advance, here and on fvdbc.org. These are currently $15 per lesson, with a discount for prepaying for an entire series.
Private lessons in your home or other location of your choice: this works best with a group of either 3 or 4 students, of somewhat similar ability. We can sit down, play cards together, and discuss each hand that happens to be dealt ("supervise play"), for as long as you'd like to play, for an hourly rate. Alternatively, I can prepare a lesson theme, similar to what I'd do for a classroom lesson series, to start off our session. Contact me to tell me about your group of players and schedule a session.
Weekend seminars: I am also available to teach 1- to 3-day seminars when I travel. This amounts to presenting a full classroom lesson series in a condensed timeframe, up to three 2-hour lessons per day. This could be the perfect brush-up the week before a tournament comes to your town, or a way to create a "bridge camp" as a special event for your club. I'm flexible on the details. Contact me, tell me what you have in mind, and we'll make it happen.
Among the topics I have materials already prepared and ready for:
- What's forcing and what's not, and why
- Slam bidding: cuebids, splinter bids, and asking bids
- Endplays and squeezes
- Develop your defensive ESP (counting on defense)
- Finding your best chance for the contract as declarer