Contra Costa Bridge Center (CCBC)


Contra Costa Bridge Center, Inc. (CCBC) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Public Charity, formed for the purpose of Education.  Our mission is to offer educational and playing opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and experienced bridge players in the greater Contra Costa area.  We are striving to make every CCBC offering an enjoyable learning experience.

Board members of Contra Costa Bridge Center, Inc. (and e-mail addresses) are as follows:
Bruce Johnsonbaugh

Location – First Christian Church, Fellowship Hall
3039 Willow Pass Road, Concord
Phone:  925-935-2273

In addition to reaching the playing site, making reservations, and leaving messages, you will be able to get a lot of information about CCBC classes and events right from your phone.

Also note the email addresses for CCBC: for class and event reservations, including requests for a stationary position. Game directors will monitor this email address. for all other communications. The Center manager will monitor this email address.
Stay in touch!

Directions – here

Manager, Grant Robinson 

Limited and open games weekly!  Click here for the schedule!   Click here for Game Results!

Stratified Games  All games will have two to three strats, so your results will be compared to players of the same relative skill which means more master points for you.

Pre-Dealt Hands  Games will have hands prepared by dealing machines with hand records supplied after each game.

Fast, accurate scoring. Electronic scoring devices used to reduce scoring errors and provide results instantly 

Online Results. Hand records and results for each pair on every hand are available online for every game. Players can learn from reviewing these results.


Click here for special events schedule for CCBC – 2018

Unit Game – The next unit game at CCBC will be Saturday, May 19 at 9:30am (199er game)

Mon–Sat, April 16–21 all sessions Charity Fund Games
Wednesday, April 25 Morning ACBL-wide Charity Game
Saturday, April 28 – Closed – Unit 499 Sectional San Ramon

Mon–Sat, May 7–12 all sessions STAC Games

Saturday, May 19 Morning Unit Championship Game, 9:30

Saturday, May 19 Afternoon Unit Goodwill Game, 1:30 (preceded by lunch at 12:30)

Mon–Sat, May 21–26 all sessions Grass Roots Fund Games

New Game Cancelled – Contra Costa Bridge Center started a new game on Friday mornings for players with less than 300 masterpoints. For 2018, the game is cancelled.  CCBC will continue to hold its Friday morning open game at 10:00AM

Saturday Morning 199er – The limit of the Saturday morning game is increased so that any player with less than 200 masterpoints may participate. The limit was 100 masterpoints. The cost remains at $7. You are guaranteed to play if you come without a partner. The game begins at 9:30, and there is a free mini-lesson preceding the game at 9:15.


CLASSES AT CCBC for beginners to advanced players! 

Mini-lessons Prior to most games — Monday 9:30, Tuesday 9:30, Wednesday 8:35, Thursday 1:45, and Saturday 9:15.

For newer players…

There are a few seats available in a class series on defense beginning Thursday morning, March 22 in Walnut Creek.
You will spend half your time defending, so improving your skills in this area will pay big dividends. Defense is without doubt the most challenging aspect of the game, but there are techniques and ways of thinking that can put you heads above the competition.
Taught by Grant Robinson, this class is a thorough introduction to defensive card play, including choosing an opening lead, defensive signals, second- and third-hand play, thwarting declarer’s plans, discarding, and more. Using material from top players and teachers, you will learn using a hands-on approach and practice by playing to cement the lesson and review your bidding and playing skills.
The class takes place on Thursday mornings, 10:00 to noon, at Civic Park Community Center in Walnut Creek. The class begins March 22 and runs through May 24 (9 classes). The cost is $123. Accompanying, optional textbook, Defense in the 21st Century, will be available for purchase at the first class.
Click here for further information and to enroll.

For advancing players

Thinking Bridge: Improving Your Judgment  – Mondays, 7:00–9:00, Civic Park Community Center, Walnut Creek, began January 22. Instructor Grant Robinson.  

The class takes place from 7:00 to 9:00 at Civic Park Community (Senior) Center in Walnut Creek, and runs through March 5 except President’s Day February 19 (six classes). The class is offered by Walnut Creek Recreation in conjunction with Contra Costa Bridge Center. Please click here to register; you cannot register at class.
​This semester the class will focus on some bidding topics to improve your judgment in common but often misunderstood bidding situations:
Opening the bidding in first and second position
Opening the bidding in third and fourth position, and responses
The takeout double and its many flexible uses
Advancing a takeout double
Doubler’s rebid and the subsequent auction
Balancing and other useful doubles

Click here for current and upcoming classes.

Free Youth Bridge Class for 10-25 year olds.  It is held at CCBC on Tuesday evenings – 2nd and 4th Tuesday.  If you or anyone you know is interested, call Bruce at 925-766-7586.   CHANGE IN START TIME from 6:15 P.m. to 7:00 p.m..  Our session will end at 8:30 p.m. rather than 8:00 p.m.


Saturday Morning 199er Game   The Saturday morning Novice Game (199 or fewer master points) welcomes all interested newer players each week. The morning begins at 9:15 with a short lesson, then supervised play of 15-18 hands. Players can ask questions of the mentors. It is a great place to practice the things you have learned in classes and solidify your understanding. The Saturday morning sessions are growing each week.  Please join us for this fun learning experience.

Ravi Bhalla’s Tuesday Morning 499er Game   Lesson at 9:30am followed by game at 10:00am.  Ravi Bhalla,, 510-540-9872

Larry Miller’s Wednesday Morning 499er Game   Lesson at 8:35am followed by game at 8:45am.

Thursday Afternoon Novice Game (0-99 masterpoints)  Game is at 2:00pm with mini-lesson at 1:45pm, cost $7. Players are allowed to ask questions.  Contact Mike Kruley for information,, 925-609-8517