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Teaching/Learning Programs

Last revised: June 30, 2021
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 Spring Courses In progress, late registrations allowed for May 2021 to June 2021 Mondays 1:30 - 3:30 One day courses Click here
Level 2 Course Next Offered Jan-March 2022 Mondays; 12:30 - 3:00 10 weeks Click here
Absolute Beginner Course Next Offered Sept-Nov 2021. Register now Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00 11 weeks See front left of main page for links and details
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 2021 Lessons

Courses Participants w Fees
Pay by E-transfer to etobicokebridge@gmail.com or by cheque

Lesson TopicDateLevel (Advanced Novice=easier   Intermediate=harder)
     $20 per lesson       Mondays 1:30-3:30
Defense: Signaling & DiscardingMay 3Adv. Novice (& great review for Intermediates)   Movie of Lesson
Two Conventions (Drury, Support Doubles)May 10Intermediate        Movie of Lesson
Slam Bidding (and Play) Session 1May 17 Advanced Novice        Movie of Lesson
Slam Bidding (and Play) Session 2 May 24Intermediate       Movie of Lesson
Hand EvaluationMay 31Intermediate but also good for most Adv. Novices       Movie of Lesson
RedoublesJune 7All       Movie of Lesson
Defense: Planning/VisionJune 14Intermediates       Movie of Lesson
Takeout DoublesJune 21Advanced Novices       Movie of Lesson
Play and Analyze - Play 8ish hands, take up rigorouslyJune 28All       Movie of Lesson
 Take every course for $170 (save $10) and improve your average game by 2.8%

Intermediate approximately corresponds to 0-750 and strong 299ers
Advanced Novice approximately corresponds to upper 0-20 and most 299ers
Email Steve to register, list course names
Pay by E-transfer or cheque at the end of all classes taken.

What a game!!