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BRIDGE WHIZ CLASSES – 4th thru 12th GRADERS

Do you know of any children in this age bracket that might have an interest in learning the fantastic game of bridge? If so, here is an amazing opportunity to be introduced to bridge from the comfort of home at no cost. Yes, it’s free!! Classes begin Oct 17, 2022  Click here to learn more.

NOTICE – The Learn Bridge In A Day class scheduled for September 10 has had a date change. The New Date will be October 1, 2022. Please contact Dan Chandler for further information. His contact information is listed below in the flyer.

Lessons after Learn Bridge in a Day Class

Short, follow-up lessons will be offered at the Bridge Center for those who have taken the Learn Bridge in a Day Class. Here’s the schedule of what will be taught and the calendar of dates. Class will begin at 9:30 and end at 11:30. The cost is $5.00 per class.

October 8            No trump opening, Stayman & transfers – Suzy Bryant
October 15           Opening & responding at 1-level – Janie Hunt
October 22           Rebids by Opener- Suzy Bryant
October 29          Rebids by Responder- Janie Hunt
November 5        Strong opening 2 club – Suzy Bryant
November 12      Weak (Preemptive bids) – Janie Hunt

Beginning Bridge, the Audrey Grant Way!

Bridge Basics and Beyond and the Chattanooga Bridge Club are offering the first beginning bridge class “Bridge Basics I.” 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, September 13, 2022. This is an eight-week course and class begins at 9:00 a.m. and will finish at 11:00 a.m. Our approach to teaching bridge is a series of three 8-week courses. When a student has finished the three courses, they are ready to play social bridge or a beginning duplicate bridge game. Students will play supervised hands each class related to the topics covered. Play of the hand and defensive strategies will be taught. The classes are taught at the Chattanooga Bridge Club located at 1103 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga, TN. 37405.

Due to 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:
Sept. 13: Basics of Bridge  Oct. 11:  Structured Play  
A review of the mechanics and the basics of the game of bridge. Guided play with hands designed to reinforce previous lessons
Sept. 20: No-Trump Opening Bids and Responses Oct. 18:  Structured Play 
Requirements for the opening No-Trump bid and the responses Guided play with hands designed to reinforce previous lessons
Sept. 27: Major Suit Opening Bids and Responses   Oct. 25: Structured Play 
Strategies and requirements for a major suit opening and responses Guided play with hands designed to reinforce previous lessons
Oct. 4:  Minor Suit Openings and Responses Nov. 2: Structured Play 
Strategies and requirements for a minor suit opening and responses Guided play with hands designed to reinforce previous lessons

 

The cost of the course is $60.00 paid the first day of class.  The recommended book for the class is Audrey Grant’s Bridge Basics I, An Introduction

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