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Teaching/Learning Programs

Last revised: Sept 23, 2017
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  
Level 2 Course Next offered: Jan-March 2018 Mondays; 12:30 - 3:00 10 weeks Click here
Absolute Beginner Course In Process (Sept-Nov 2018) Mondays   12:30 - 3:00 10 weeks Click here
Lesson & Play4 1st and 3rd Wednesday
12:30 - 3:00
Re-starting Oct 4 2017 Adv_Nov & Intermediate Click here
Casual Shuffle & Play Mondays 12:30-3:00 Ongoing; Supervised Recent Level 2 Graduates (or equivalent) Click here

Below are descriptions of All courses offered, but not necessarily in the coming year.
See the chart above for active courses

Casual Play

Open to any novice players. Come and practice your game, shuffle and play. A strong player will be supervising to assist

May & June 2017 Intermediate Classes

Per classMay/June 2017 Length in DaysDatesTotal Fee
 All courses run 12:30-3:00   
$20Conventions for the Intermediate Player 2May 1; May 8$40
$20Part-Score Jungle: When to bid one more or Double.. Or NOT2May 15; May 29$40
$20Defense: Beyond the Basics (Types of Defenses)2Jun 5; Jun 12$40
$12Practice Bidding (bring your favourite partner ideally)119-Jun$12
$12"Play; Then Analyze - Play 8-hand game, take up rigorously"126-Jun$12
     
   All courses$144
 Take every course for $135 and improve your average game by 3.5%  

Scheduling options for above:

You may take the first day only of a two-session course. Intermediates may take just the 2nd day of a two-session course. Fee is $20 or $12 per single session.

A suggested schedule (in order of easiness) for adv. novices (vs intermediates) would be Practice Bidding, Play and Analyze, Defense Day 1, PartScore Jungle Day 1 and 2.

Note that these specific courses are only offered every several years, take them now if you possibly can.






The following applies to the Defense course starting April 29, 2013.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve


Competitive Bidding: Lesson series

This course will cover the fundamentals of good bidding once the opponents have opened. Topics include ....

*  Overcalls & Doubles: Review of Basics
*  Overcalls; Bidding & Responding
*  Takeout Doubles: Bidding & Responding
*  Competing for the Contract, Vulnerability

The following applies to the Competitive Bidding course starting June 3, 2013.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve



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 - Basic strategies
*  Intro to Defence - Opening Leads

The following applies to the Absolute Beginner course starting September 2016.

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: 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 2017.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve


Lesson & 4-Play 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

Consolidating Learning Bridge Levels 1&2: Lesson series

This course is for those who have specifically taken Beginner Bridge (Level 1) AND Beginner Bridge (Level 2) at EBC or have the equivalent bridge experience. Topics for Consolidating Level 1&2 include ....

*  Review/Reinforcement of Bidding. Focus on Bidding over Major opening, 1NT opening, Minor opening
*  Review/Reinforcement of Declarer Play. Focus on card combinations
*  Review/Reinforcement of Defense. Focus on basic principles
*  Practice/Play integrating all of the above

The following applies to the Consolidating Beginner Level 1&2 course starting April 2013.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve


Conventions for Newer Players: Lesson series

This course is for those who have mastered most of Beginner Bridge (Level 1) AND Beginner Bridge (Level 2) at EBC or have the equivalent bridge experience. It is ideal for players who have just started playing in open or other above-novice duplicate games, or plan to do so soon. Topics for Conventions for Newer Players include ....

*  Review of Stayman, Blackwood, Gerber
*  (Detailed) Introduction of Jacoby Transfers over 1NT
*  Introduction of Negative Doubles, Jacoby 2NT Forcing Major Raises, 2-suit Bids (Michaels, Unusual 2NT)
*  Practice/Play integrating all of the above

The following applies to the Conventions course starting late May 2012.

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve



All students are welcome to come as early as 11:30 or stay after till as late as 4:00 to get some extra practice
All classes are at the Etobicoke Olympium

Register by calling Steve Overholt at 647.897.6179 or emailing Steve