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Beginning Bridge, the Audrey Grant Way!

Bridge Basics and Beyond and the Chattanooga Bridge Club are offering the second beginning bridge class “Bridge Basics II Competitive Bidding.”  This course is for individuals new to bridge or those who have been absent from bridge for a while.  The first class begins on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  This is an eight-week course and class begins at 9:30 a.m. and will finish at 11:30 a.m. Our approach to teaching bridge is a series of three 8-week courses with BBII being the second class.  When a student has finished the three courses, they are ready to play social bridge or a beginning duplicate bridge game.  Due to the club and ACBL guidelines, each participant needs to be fully vaccinated to participate in the course.  Proof needs to be provided the first day of class.

Class Schedule and Overview:

Jan. 10: 3 Level Preemptive Bids                        Feb. 7:  Structured Play
Students will learn the requirements for                     Guided play with hands designed
3 level preemptive bids and responses.                       to reinforce previous lessons.

Jan. 17: Weak-Two Bids                                          Feb. 14:  Structured Play
Students will learn the requirements for                    Guided play with hands designed
weak-two bids and responses.                                        to reinforce previous lessons.

Jan. 24: Overcalls and Advances                         Feb. 21: Structured Play
Students will learn the requirements for                    Guided play with hands designed
overcalls and advances.                                                   to reinforce previous lessons.

Jan. 31:  Takeout Doubles and Advances          Feb. 28: Structured Play
Students will learn the requirements for                    Guided play with hands designed
Takeout doubles and advances.                                      to reinforce previous lessons.

The cost of the course is $70.00 paid the first day of class.

The teacher for the course is Mike Holmes.  Mike has taught the game of bridge for over 17 years and is a Certified ACBL Online Bridge Teacher & Audrey Grant Bridge Teacher, Gold Life Master, ACBL Certified Club Director and ACBL Certified Tournament Assistant Director.

You can register for the course by contacting Mike Holmes  at 303 928-9187  or by emailing mdholmes8@yahoo.com

CBC Library

Cheryl Whitfield, Librarian

Library Policy

Library History

Prior to moving to Chattanooga in 2002, Cheryl Whitfield lived in three states and obtained a degree from a university in each one of those states. Learning to play duplicate bridge in Chattanooga has been perhaps the hardest “degree” to earn, she says, but that education has been well worth the time and effort and added a great deal of enjoyment during her retirement years. Initially Chattanooga Bridge Center member Sue Shramko encouraged Cheryl to try bridge at the Bridge Center. At about that same time, Betty Sue Farmer opened the Bridge Center to new players for a game on Mondays so that they could learn to play the duplicate way before taking the plunge to play in any regular duplicate game. Not long after, Michael (Mike) Sherman agreed to teach a group of four newcomers in a series of private lessons that certainly improved their play of the game. Because of the welcoming attitude and encouragement of these duplicate players, Cheryl and other new players became regular players at the Bridge Center. Cheryl’s first game at the Bridge Center was in 2005, and she hasn’t stopped playing several times a week since then. Her duties as Club Librarian began in 2008, and she has maintained the club’s library since that time, ordering and processing 600+ books on the subject of bridge. Cheryl wrote the document “Chattanooga Bridge Center Library Policies and Procedures,” which was approved by the Board of Directors on November 16, 2008. No good library is without one of these documents. In lieu of a card catalog, there is a spreadsheet in a notebook that lists the library’s holdings, and any member who is interested in finding a book on a particular subject or a book by a particular author can use this list to find books the library has in its collection. The support of the library by the Board of Directors has provided a valuable resource for all mem