Welcome to the Lessons Page!

9:30 – 11:30

Looking to reinforce knowledge and skill for some contract bidding and play? Come join us for any of the lessons listed below that interest you. The cost is $5.00 per lesson. No reservations required. Just show up on time and we will do our best to help you with your game. These lessons will be taught by Janie Hunt and Margie Moses and will include discussion, sample hands to discuss and play of hands covered in the lessons. FYI – there will also be homework!!

Apr 1:   Major openings and rebids

Apr 8:  HSGT (Help suit game try)

Apr 15: Review Stayman, transfers, and minor relays after partner opens 1NT

Apr: 22 Inverted Minor

Apr: 29 TOX (Take out Double)

May 6: DON’T (Disturb opponents NT)

May 13: Weak 2 bids and Strong 2 club openings

May 20:  Reverses and Jacoby 2NT

May 27:  Whatever the class wants or a day of play.


Beginning Bridge, the Audrey Grant Way!

Bridge Basics and Beyond (Mike Holmes) and the Chattanooga Bridge Center are offering the third beginning bridge class “Bridge Basics III-Popular Conventions.”  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, March 7, 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 BBIII being the third 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:

March 7:  The Stayman Convention                               April 4:  Slam Bidding
This convention looks for a 4-4 major-                             The Blackwood and Gerber Conventions
suit fit after a 1NT opening                                                   are explained and discussed.

March 14: Jacoby/Texas Transfer Bids                        April 11:  Structured Play
Jacoby/Texas transfer responses to notrump                Guided play with hands designed
bids are explained and discussed                                         to reinforce previous lessons.

March 21: The 2NT Opening Bid                                     April 18: Structured Play
Students will learn the requirements for                        Guided play with hands designed
an opening 2NT bid and responses.                                   to reinforce previous lessons.

March 28:  The Strong 2 Club opening Bid                April 25: Structured Play
Students will learn the requirements for                       Guided play with hands designed
the 2 Club opening bid and responses will be               to reinforce previous lessons.
explained and discussed.

There will be structured play of hands in each class.  Features of how to play the hand and basic defense will be discussed at every class.  The cost of the course is $70.00 paid the first class.  This class is taught at the Chattanooga Bridge Center -1103 Dayton Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37405

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