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 eckhoffhoppe@hotmail.com

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:
ccbc.reservations@gmail.com for class and event reservations, including requests for a stationary position. Game directors will monitor this email address.
ccbridgecenter@gmail.com 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.

LOTS OF NEWS!

Unit Game – The next unit game at CCBC will be on Friday, Nov 3 at 10:00am.

Club Appreciation Week, October 16–21

Jane Johnson was the beloved manager of the ACBL’s Club and Membership Department for many years. After she died in 2000, the ACBL honored her by establishing the Jane Johnson Award, to be given annually to the ACBL employee who provided the best customer service. It was decided that the award would be dual – one for a staff member at headquarters and one for a tournament director. In addition, Club Appreciation games were initiated to reward those who really make the ACBL successful — its clubs. All games October 16–21 will offer extra masterpoints with no extra fee.

Pro-Am, Saturday morning, October 21

The next Ken White Memorial Pro-Am Game will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 9:30 at CCBC. Reservations are required. Click here to see the flyer for details.

Club Appreciation Game, Thursday afternoon October 26

The 99er afternoon game on October 26 will be a Club Appreciation game offering extra masterpoints with no extra fee. Mini-lesson begins at 1:45; game at 2:00. No reservation required.

ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game, Wednesday afternoon, October 25

See your score instantly after each deal played! Features for players include a booklet with complete analyses of the deals by national champion Larry Cohen. Overall and district winners recognized on ACBL web site and Bridge Bulletin. Game at 12:30, open to all players, no reservation required. Extra $3 table fee.

NAP Qualifying games – Further information about the District 21 NAP may be found here

New Game – Contra Costa Bridge Center started a new game on Friday mornings for players with less than 300 masterpoints. It is an offshoot of the 10:00 open game. Both games will start at 10:00 and run simultaneously.  The game is $7.00.

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…

Introduction to Bridge For new and returning players, Thursdays, 10:00–noon, Civic Park Community Center, Walnut Creek, Grant Robinson, underway. Next series, on declarer play, begins January 11.  click here to contact instructor.  

For advancing players

Thinking Bridge Mondays, 7:00–9:00, Civic Park Community Center, Walnut Creek, Grant Robinson, begins October 16, click here to enroll, click here to contact instructor.

The Winter session is broken into two parts just for your convenience in scheduling:
Sep 11 – Oct 2 (four classes)
Oct 16 – Nov 13 (five classes)
​The topics will be:
  • Sep 11: Slam judgment — evaluating slam prospects
  • Sep 18: Slam bidding at suit contracts
  • Sep 25: Finding key cards — control bidding
  • Oct 2: Roman Key-Card Blackwood
  • Oct 9: *** no class ***
  • Oct 16: Slam bidding at notrump contracts
Sessions at 7:00 at Civic Park Community Center. 

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.

INTERMEDIATE/NEWCOMER GAMES EACH WEEK:

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, Ravib2000@hotmail.com, 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, bearkruley@gmail.com, 925-609-8517