Contra Costa Bridge Center (CCBC) Classes

For newer players…

Bidding II Round out your bidding toolkit, including preempting and bidding slamsFor new and returning players. Thursdays, 10:00–noon, Civic Park Community Center, Walnut Creek, begins June 14. Instructor Grant RobinsonClick here to enroll online.

For advancing players

Thinking Bridge: Improving Your Judgment  – Mondays, 7:00–9:00, Civic Park Community Center, Walnut Creek, begins June 11. Instructor Grant RobinsonClick here to enroll online.

The class takes place from 7:00 to 9:00 at Civic Park Community (Senior) Center in Walnut Creek. The class is offered by Walnut Creek Recreation in conjunction with Contra Costa Bridge Center.
Ongoing Intermediate Bridge – If you are unfamiliar with these classes, they are intermediate-level intended for those who play regularly. Use hands-on teaching methods combined with mentored play to improve your bidding, declarer play, and defense. Focuses on reasoning and judgment; standard bidding used throughout so you can come alone or bring your favorite partner. Lesson materials included. Specific topics will be announced in advance (see below).  Lesson materials included.
The classes are offered by Walnut Creek Recreation and Contra Costa Bridge Center. This means the classes are not drop-in, and require registration. Also, regrettably, a higher cost, but see below if you need flexibility.

Thinking Bridge Mondays, 7:00–9:00, Civic Park Community Center, Walnut Creek, Grant Robinson,

Thinking Bridge classes on Monday evening, taught by Grant Robinson, begin a summer series next week. There will be two six-lesson classes as described below, a challenging class on declarer play and a class on the two-over-one game-forcing bidding method.
Classes are from 7:00 to 9:00 at Civic Park Community Center in Walnut Creek.
These classes are offered jointly by Contra Costa Bridge Center and Walnut Creek Recreation. Walnut Creek Recreation handles registration, and by default will enroll you in an entire six-week series. If you know you will miss some classes, contact the instructor for options.
Take All Your Tricks as Declarer
June 11 – July 16 (6 classes)
>>> click here to register
This class will hone your ability to take all your tricks as declarer, including the following topics:
  • Playing suit combinations
  • Combining your chances
  • Placing the opponent’s honors without peeking
  • Avoiding the dangerous opponent
These classes will include hands-on learning and practice, with handouts for your reference and study.
 
 
Two-Over-One Game Forcing
July 23 – Aug 27 (6 classes)
>>> click here to register
​Once upon a time in bridge, there was resistance to switching from strong two-level opening bids to newfangled weak two-bids​. You know which won out. Then along came five-card majors, which are nearly universal today.
A similar shift is taking place from “standard” bidding to two-over-one game forcing (2/1 GF). Virtually all advanced bridge players play 2/1 GF (unless they play Precision or something even more exotic). Most consider 2/1 GF a superior method, even for beginners.
This class will allow you to switch to 2/1 GF. I will recommend mainstream methods, and give you a short checklist for playing with a new partner. As usual, these classes will include hands-on learning and practice, with handouts for your reference and study.

 

Free Youth Bridge for 10-25 year olds.

Every other Tuesday evening 7:00pm-8:30pm (New times)
Contact Bruce at 925-766-7586 to register or for more information.