St. Martin’s Activity Center Adult Classes

Registration for spring classes opens Monday, November 26.

January Bridge Workshops

With Joyce Ryan

Defense
Opening bids at the first and second seat using additional guidelines; opening the bidding in the third and fourth seats with borderline hands. Responding to bids in the third and fourth chairs. Obstructive opening bids using guidelines of 500; improving your judgment on obstructive bids. Strong opening bids with balanced and unbalanced hands.

Tuesdays, January 8 – 29
10 a.m. – noon

Play of the Hand
The class will focus on play techniques including counting losers/winners, promotion, long-suit development, finesses, trump management, managing entries and more. We will review basic bidding including opening bids of no trump, major suits and minor suits as well as introducing overcalls and take out doubles. You will play 8 hands each session practicing play techniques.

Tuesdays, January 8 – 29
1 – 3 p.m.

FEE: $80 per class

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 713-301-0624.

May Bridge Workshops

With Joyce Ryan

Popular Conventions
This class is designed for players who know how to play bridge but want to modernize bids and responses to conform to contemporary bidding. This class is a review of bidding using contemporary no trump ranges. Players will use current techniques for counting points for opening the bidding and raising partner’s suit. Using length and shortness in the modern way is reviewed. If you have taken the beginning classes but need a thorough review of that material in a fast paced class, this is the class for you! You will review requirements for overcalls, take out doubles, and the advancer’s ranges.

Tuesdays, May 7 – 28
10 a.m. – noon

Advancing Player Workshop
Hands combine opening bids and responses with second bids by responder and opener. Competitive bids are included as well when to continue bidding and when to stop. Players will focus on card play as well as improving their defense. Eight hands are bid and played each session. This class is intended for players who have an understanding of bidding, play and defense and wish to practice hands focusing on all three skills.

Tuesdays, May 7 – 28
1 – 3 p.m.

FEE: $80 per workshop

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at 713-301-0624 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Spring Bridge Workshops

With Joyce Ryan

Bidding Review and Practice
This is a class designed for players who know how to play bridge but want to modernize bids and responses to conform to contemporary bidding. It is a review of bidding using contemporary no trump ranges. Players will use current techniques for counting points for opening the bidding and raising partner’s suit. Using length and shortness in the modern way is reviewed. If you have taken the beginning classes but need a thorough review of that material in a fast paced class, this is the class for you! You will review requirements for overcalls, take out doubles and the advancer’s ranges.

Tuesdays, March 26 – April 16
10 a.m. – noon

Judgment Opening the Bidding
Opening bids at the first and second seat using additional guidelines; opening the bidding in the third and fourth seats with borderline hands. Responding to bids in the third and fourth chairs. Obstructive opening bids using guidelines of 500; improving your judgment on obstructive bids. Strong opening bids with balanced and unbalanced hands.

Tuesdays, March 26 – April 16
1 – 3 p.m.

FEE: $80 per workshop

Please contact Joyce Ryan about the book at 713-301-0624 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Spring Bridge Lessons

With Joyce Ryan

Beginning Bridge
Never played bridge before? Did you play bridge 20 or 30 years ago and want to learn modern methods of bidding and hand evaluation? This is the class for you! Have friends who would like to learn the game? Please let them know!

Tuesdays, February 5 – March 12
10 a.m. – noon

Competitive Bidding
Competitive bidding covers the information needed when both partnerships are bidding during the auction. Players want to get to the best contract but also want to make it difficult for the opponents to reach their best spot. This class introduces innovative methods of hand valuation and the bids that experts use in competitive situations. Preemptive bids at the 2 and 3 level and responses, take out doubles and advances, and overcalls and advances are taught.

Tuesdays, February 5 – March 12
1 – 3 p.m.

FEE: $120 per class

Please contact Joyce Ryan about the book at 713-301-0624 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mah Jongg

With Sally Pehr

Come play Mah Jongg! You will learn the basics of this ancient Chinese tile game that combines skill and luck. Please bring a current official Standard Hands and Rule card if you have one or you can buy one from Sally on the first day of class. Mah Jongg sets will be provided.

Fall Lessons
Tuesdays, November 13 – December 11
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

FEE: $245

Spring Lessons
Mondays, January 28 – February 18
10 a.m. – noon

FEE: $170

Minimum 4 / maximum 8 participants

Supervised Bridge Play

With Joyce Ryan

Our outstanding bridge instructor, Joyce Ryan, will continue conducting an ongoing supervised play session. This is the perfect class for those who already play bridge, but would like a little help sharpening their skills.

Mondays
1 – 4 p.m.

FEE: $10 per session.

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at 713-301-0624 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.