Bridge Classes

Welcome to the East Bay Community Bridge Center's information page for bridge classes. Our goal is to provide the new and advancing player with the very best educational programs and playing opportunities. Visit often, as we continually update this page with new offerings. The following is our current schedule of classes.


Beginning Lessons:

Club Series: Beginning I  NEW!

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April 5 - June 7(10 classes)

Fee: $175

Instructor: Fred Schwartz, for more information contact Fred

Diamond Series: Beginning II  NEW!

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April 17 - June 26 (10 classes, no class 5/29)

Fee: $175

Instructor: JJ Kael, for more information contact JJ

 Club/Diamond Series Review: Beginning II+

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Heart Series: Beginning III  DATE CHANGE!

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May 4 - June 29 (9 classes)

Fee: $155

Instructor: JJ Kael, for more information contact JJ

Novice/Intermediate Lessons:

Bridge with Finesse:

TUESDAY EVENING:  6:45p - 9:45p (Results) A new series of lessons starts March 3, "Balancing." Feel free to come without a partner! 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON:  11:00a - 3:00p  (Results) A new series of lessons starts April 14, "Pre-emptive Bidding".

"Bridge with Finesse" classes offer a wonderful opportunity for those who have already completed the beginning Club/Diamond series, or are returning to bridge after a long hiatus. The class begins with a one-half hour lesson, then moves into a duplicate bridge game with supervised play. You are invited to attend, preferably with a partner. Since these classes are on-going throughout the year, come when you can. You need not commit to a series of lessons.


Instructor: Betty Kael (Friday class), for more information, contact Betty

                JJ Kael (Tuesday evening class), for more information, contact JJ

Intermediate/Advanced Lessons 

Defense, the Toughest Skill in the Game NEW! 

TUESDAYS (Downstairs): 5PM -7PM

First & Third Tuesdays: March 7, 21; April 4, 18; May 2, 16

Fee: $150 for a series of six lessons ($30 drop-in rate)

Instructors: Grant & Greg Vance, for more information contact Grant 

The Precision Bidding System  NEW!

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SATURDAY MORNINGS (Downstairs): 10AM - 12 Noon

April 8 - June 3 (no class on 4/27)

Fee: $160 for the eight week series ($25 drop-in rate) 

"Precision Today" by David Berkowitz and Brent Manley will be available for purchase on the first day of class.

Instructor: Ravi Bhalla, for more information contact Ravi 

The following topics will be introduced:

  • The One-Club opener
  • Responses to 1C
  • Auctions after 1C - 1D
  • The positive response to 1C
  • The One-Diamond opener
  • Other 1-level opening bids
  • The Two-Club opener
  • The Two-Diamond opener
  • The Two No-Trump opener
  • Other opening bids
  • The One-Heart relay
  • Transfer Positive Responses
  • Asking bids: Beta Control, Trump Asking Bid, Control Asking Bid
  • Dealing with interference over the One-Club opener