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Teaching/Learning Programs

Last revised: July 14, 2019
In addition to providing duplicate games, we are committed to bringing new players to the game, and providing appropriate venues for their game to grow. Text in red means starting soon, sign up now. Courses are afternoons unless stated otherwise

Program Offerings - Overview

Program When Duration Details  
Advanced Novice/Intermediate May/June Courses Next offered April to June 2020 Mondays 12:30 - 3:00 One (two)day courses Click here
Level 2 Course Next offered Jan 2020 Mondays; 12:30 - 3:00 10 weeks Click here
Absolute Beginner Course Sign up NOW FOR Sept 2019 Mondays   12:30 - 3:00 10 weeks Click here
Lesson & Play4 Year Round 12:30 - 3:00
One Wednesday of every month (check when via email)
Adv_Nov & Intermediate Click here
Shuffle & Play Mondays 12:30-3:15 Ongoing; Supervised Recent Level 2 Graduates (or equivalent) Click here

We also offer a complementary advanced seminar aimed at Open players. This runs on the first Monday of months Oct thru June. It starts at 11:00 before the open game, and is run by Dave Colbert, a international-level Canadian player. Just show up, no registration required.

Below are descriptions of courses offered

Shuffle & Play

Open to any novice players who have completed Level 1 and 2 or equivalent. Come and practice your game by playing shuffled hands. Ideal for those who prefer this casual learning environment over a gentle but formal duplicate game. A bridge instructor will be supervising by answering any of your questions. Runs every Monday from 12:30 to 3:15. $8 per session

Absolute Beginner Bridge: Lesson series

This course will start from the very beginning and take participants through the basics of the game. Topics include ....

*  Basic mechanics of the game
*  Bidding basics; suits/rank/auctions
*  Counting points in your hand
*  Starting to bid your hand - Opening Bids
*  Bidding - Evaluating your hand
*  Bidding - Responses
*  Scoring
*  Starting to Play the Hand
*  Card combinations
*  Bidding - Overcalls
*  Intro to Defence - Opening Leads

The following applies to the Absolute Beginner course starting September 2019.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve

Beginner Bridge Level 2: Lesson series

This course is for those who have specifically taken Beginner Bridge (Level 1) at EBC or an equivalent first bridge course. (Those wishing to verify equivalence, please check the course description above). Topics for Level 2 include ....

*  Review of Beginner course
*  Bidding: Opener's Rebids
*  Competitive Bidding: Overcalls & Doubles; review and responses
*  Playing the Hand: Building Blocks of Declarer Play
*  Playing the Hand: Analyze and Play Trump & NT contracts
*  Defense: Basics
*  Defense: Talking with your cards
*  Bidding: Big Hands
*  Bidding: Adding some conventions (Blackwood, Gerber)
*  Last week: Supervised Play & Casual competition

The following applies to the Beginner Level 2 course starting January 2019.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve

Lesson & Play-4 Drop-In

Participants have learned the basics of the game but need to improve their skills. There is about 45 minutes of direct instruction (topic of the day such as Raising a Major opening), followed by play of 4 hands. Hands are prepared and duplicated to provide maximum learning. Everyone plays the same hands, with direct assistance from the class director. After each hand is played, the instructor will go over the bidding, opening lead and play in detail with the entire group. It is the intention that participants will, if they so choose, be able to move to a novice duplicate game and on from there, once they are in a position to do so. Note that the EBC runs a 199er Novice game every Thursday and a 0-20 novice game every Wednesday

May/June 2019Length 
  in Days 
Date(s)FeeLevel (Advanced Novice=easier   Intermediate=harder)
   Mondays 12:30-3:00  
What does that Double mean (Takeout? Penalty?)129-Apr$20Intermediate
Rebids16-May$20Advanced Novice
Defensive Fundamentals113-May $20Advanced Novice
Slam Bidding2 May 27 & Jun 3$40Intermediate
Setting up Long Suits110-Jun$20Targeted to Advanced Nov but also good for most Intermediate players
Practice Bidding (bring your favourite partner ideally)117-Jun$12All
Play and Analyze - Play 8ish hands, take up rigorously124-Jun$12All
   $144Take every course for $135 (save $9) and improve your average game by 3.5%

Intermediate approximately corresponds to 0-750 or strong 199ers
Advanced Novice approximately corresponds to 0-20 or 199ers
Email Steve to register
Pay by cheque or cash on the day
If you have to miss a class, please email Steve