Current & Future Classes

Please contact teachers directly for exact times, dates, and subjects.

Classes by Carol Griffin in Orinda and Lafayette.  If one has any questions, please call the community centers for more info and if still not satisfied please don’t hesitate to visit Carol’s website at or call her at 925 933 3535

  • Orinda Classes 

    • Bridge conventions will be offered from 10am-noon starting March 5-April 30
      This course will offer several popular conventions with hands to demonstrate their usefulness.

      Rusty Bridge-part II starts at 1pm-3pm from March 5 to April 30

      This class was developed by Carol to give the students the chance to thoroughly review good clear bidding while putting to practice what they have learned with lots of hands to play. Weak Two bids, 2 club opening and responses, preemptive bids, defining what is and is not a Forcing bid and bidding in the Balancing seat.
      Other topics, given the time, will be covered along with good leads and Stayman.

      by Carol Griffin – at the Orinda Community Center, 26 Orinda Way, 925 254-2445‬. Please call them for more details.  Or, register on-line at

    Lafayette Classes 

  • by Carol Griffin at Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road:

    From March 14-May 9 The Heart course (Defense) Part I will be offered from 10am-noon

    From March 14-May 9 Rusty Bridge Part I will be offered from 1pm to 3pm.

    at the Lafayette Community Center 925 284-2232‬. Please call them for more details.   

  • ongoingDrop-in class which runs all year round for newer players to play under her supervision along with Deb Rechnitz every Wed at Lafayette Community Center from 10-noon.
  • For Drop-In please call to discover the very flexible sign-up procedure. This is a class for newer players that would like to practice the new ideas they have collected from their Club, Rusty and Diamond classes and would like to meet other like-minded students with whom to play.

CCBC Classes  – Classes for all levels.

Bridge for Beginners
3/21/24 – 5/09/24
(8 Sessions)
Thursday Mornings 10am-12pm
Civic Park Community Center Social Hall
Walnut Creek
4/15/24 – 6/03/24 (8 Sessions)
Monday Mornings 10am-12pm
Location: Creekside Commons – 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette
Cost: $135
Instructor: Deb Rechnitz
Continuing Conventions
4/15/24 – 6/03/24 (8 Sessions)
Monday Afternoons 1pm – 3pm
Location: Creekside Commons – 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette
Cost: $135
Instructor: Deb Rechnitz, (925) 360-1330,
  • Rossmoor Classes  – The Rossmoor Duplicate Bridge Club (RDBC)

      The Rossmoor Duplicate Bridge Club (RDBC) is offering “Bridge Basics Two:  Competitive Bidding,” taught by Kathrine Loh.
      The class is for those who have taken Bridge Basics One or have knowledge of the basics of Standard American bidding.  It will cover preemptive bids, overcalls, takeout doubles and negative doubles.
      There will be eight classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.  Classes will start on Tuesday, March 26.  Classes are held in the Oak Room at the Gateway Complex.
      The cost for this class is $50 for club members, $60 for resident non members and $100 for non residents of Rossmoor.   Checks should be payable to the RDBC and brought to the first class.
      The text will be “Bridge Basics Two, Competitive Bidding: by Audrey Grant, which can be purchased in class for $12.
      To register, text Bob LaPointe at 1-925-683-7301.
    • Lamorinda Classes

      Lamorinda Bridge Club, 183 Corliss Drive, Moraga, CA 94556

    • Mondays: We are initiating a 9-week course focusing on Play of the Hand. (ACBL sanctioned
      text). Lamorinda has the textbooks and they are included in the tuition fee of $200 for the course.
      The sessions will be weekly on Mondays from 9:30-11:30am commencing March 11, and ending on May 6, 2024. (LBC Students may repeat a class for $100 per course.)
    • The third series on Defense will be taught June 17 – August 12. After a short break we will once again teach the first series, Bidding in the 21st Century, meeting from September 9 – November 4.
      Please sign up in advance for classes with Winnie by phone or email or text
    • Monday 1pm-3pm  Single Topic Seminars – continues
    • April 1 Michaels Cue Bids and the Unusual 2NT
      April 8 New Minor Force (NMF)
    • April 15- Bergen Raises
      April 22- Losing Trick count (numbers of players love this concept- assists partnerships in deciding whether to open the bid ding and how high to advance the auction
      April 29- Rule of 20 and Pierson points to determine opening bids. One noted author has a book titled “points smoints”.
      May 6-Inverted Minors
      May 13- Drury Convention
      May 20- no session
      May 27- no session Memorial Day holiday
  • Class sizes are limited, so signing up in advance is necessary.

    For information, contact Jerry Chamberlain & Winnie Jasper, 925-766-5228 (Jerry) 925-683-1908 (Winnie) 925-376-1125 (Home)

 Other Classes

A beginning bridge class is being offered by Jackie Thomas.  The first class will begin on 2/14, Wednesday at 10:00 AM at her house in San Ramon. She will start with a series of 4 classes. $80 total. If you miss a class, you’ll get credit for future classes. You can continue classes in 4 week sessions if you would like. As the various levels become clear, she plans to create new sessions/times, if possible, to keep those with similar skills together.
Her address is:
630 Claire Pl.
San Ramon, CA 94583
Contact her via text or e-mail.