Use the form below to register for all Bridge Center classes.

Note: Once you’ve completed a 9-week course and paid-in-full, you can retake the same class free of charge. Most new players find repeating the courses very helpful to solidify their understanding of bridge fundamentals.

Introduction to Card Play (Prequel to Bidding in the 21st Century course)

Want to play bridge but no experience playing cards? Come learn the basics of card play.

  • Two Sundays – April 7 & 14 at 2:00 p..m.
  • Instructor – Danny Hibner

Bidding in the 21st Century (Beginner Class)

This course focuses on introducing the student to the basic concepts of the game. There is an emphasis on modern bidding (opening bids, responses, rebids, overcalls, takeout doubles and stayman) but sufficient elements of play and defense are introduced to allow the students to start playing hands right away.

Three class times are being offered:

  • Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting April 24 – Instructors Joyce Pepple & Pam Rhine
  • Thursdays at 9 a.m. starting April 25 – Instructor Linda Benedix
  • Sundays at 2 p.m. starting April 21 – Instructor Tom Frank
    • There will be no class on May 5 because the bridge center will be closed for a tournament.
    • Nine weeks
    • $180 for course, including book or $20 per week and $20 for the book

Play of the Hand (Next course for Beginners after the Bidding class)

Play of the Hand in the 21st Century” focuses on advanced techniques and strategies for playing the declarer’s hand effectively in the game of bridge.

  • Modern Approach: The authors emphasize the importance of adapting to the changing landscape of bridge in the 21st century. They introduce modern concepts and techniques that are relevant to today’s game.
  • Counting Techniques: The book explores various methods for counting cards in the opponent’s hands. Understanding the distribution of cards helps declarers make informed decisions during the play of the hand.
  • Communication: Effective communication between partners is crucial in bridge. The authors discuss ways to convey information through bids and plays, allowing partners to exchange key details about their hands.
  • Timing and Tempo: The book delves into the significance of timing and tempo in playing the hand. It covers when to finesse, when to delay certain plays, and how to maintain control of the tempo to gain an advantage.
  • Suit Combinations: The authors provide insights into handling different suit combinations, covering scenarios like holding long suits, splitting honors, and managing trump suits effectively.
  • Visualization Techniques: Successful declarers are often able to visualize the distribution of cards and make decisions based on the likely location of key cards. The book offers guidance on developing this skill.
  • Practical Examples: Throughout the book, the authors use hands to illustrate the concepts discussed. This practical approach helps bridge players apply the strategies in their own games.

This course concentrates on the play of the hand (making a plan, promoting winners, finessing, trumping losers, etc.). The initial bidding concepts are reviewed and a few new concepts are introduced (Jacoby transfers and slam bidding).

  • Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. starting April 3 – Instructor John Peer
  • Nine weeks
  • $180 for course, including book or $20 per week and $20 for the book

Defense (next course after Play of the Hand)

Topics include:

  • Opening Leads Against Notrump Contracts
  • Opening Leads Against Suit Contracts
  • Third-Hand Play
  • Second-Hand Play
  • Defensive Signals
  • Developing Defensive Tricks
  • Interfering With Declarer
  • Making a Plan
  • Negative Doubles

Fridays at 3:00 p.m. starting April 26 – Instructor Matt Cory

  • There will be no class on May 3 because the bridge center will be closed for a tournament.
  • Nine weeks
  • $180 for course, including book or $20 per week and $20 for the book

Call IBC at 317-845-5887 for details. Or, use the contact form to make a reservation.

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