Beginner and Advanced Beginner Series with Jeff Badler
Beginner Series with Jeff Badler.
If you have no experience with bridge, take his Beginner 1 course, which consists of 5 weeks of instruction and interactive play for $175. It includes Jeff Bayone’s book, A Taste of Bridge and a free 6-week subscription to BestEbridge.com, a wonderful practice site. Visit our site to view a complete description of the Beginner series.
If you have anywhere from 2 months to 3 years of exposure to bridge, contact him and, in a 10 minute phone call, he will help decide which of his classes will be appropriate for you. He teaches Beginner 1, 2, 3 & 4.
The Beginner Review course takes place every Wednesday at 9:00 AM ET.
Been away from bridge for a while?
Jeff Badler’s review series is for those of you who would like to shore up basic bidding and play of the hand skills. This class will help those who haven’t played in a while. It will help you brush off the rust. Jeff begins with no trump and major-suit contracts, and moves on to reviews of Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, takeout doubles, and overcalls.
This class is ideal if you have finished Beginner series or equivalent experience. Class notes are provided. You will be bidding and playing many hands. Jeff will go over every hand, and reinforce the bidding and techniques of declarer play. Lots of practice as you will be the declarer on every hand.
This is meant for people who have already learned the material and need a review. For first timers, please take the Beginner series.
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The Whole Megillah
Whole Megillah comes from a Yiddish expression which means the entirety of something, involving a long, complicated story. You’ll be bidding and playing lots of hands every session. You will get to declare every hand. Then each hand will be explained. The course includes lessons on pre-emptive bids, utilizing 2 over 1, alternate game forcing bids and slam auctions including Key-Card Blackwood. Always something fun and interesting.
This is one of Jeff’s most popular classes. The Monday & Tuesday sessions of The Whole Megillah class have been running continuously with a loyal following for over 12 months, with no end in sight. You will learn new techniques to make you a better declarer, and gain the confidence to get you ready for competitive duplicate bridge. Many students have found their future bridge partners for our Newplicate introductory competitive bridge games. This class is intended for those who have completed the Beginner series or equivalent experience.
There are two versions of this class taking place. On Friday mornings, Jeff teaches, “The Whole Megillah…From the Beginning.” The Monday and Tuesday sessions are more advanced, as most participants have been attending for at least 6 months.
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Mini courses will take place Monday evenings and repeated Tuesday mornings. These are 3 two-hour online sessions. The next one, Stayman and Jacoby 2NT and Spliters…Basics and Beyond is a collaboration with Joe Byrnes. Joe has twice been bestowed Teacher of the Year honors, and is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced teachers in the country.
Most of you have learned the excellent 2 over 1 bidding system. There are alternatives which, in certain circumstances, are more useful. Sometimes using Jacoby 2NT or Splinter bids will convey more information about your hand to your partner. You will learn how to decide which game forcing tool is the most appropriate for your hand. We will teach you the fundamentals of these two valuable tools, and then take your skills to the next level. These two conventions should be in your bidding arsenal in conjunction with 2 over 1.
You will receive extensive notes on the basics of Jacoby 2NT and Splinter bids. Before each class, you will receive exercises to try, and after class, you will receive a detailed explanation of the solutions. There will be plenty of hands to practice your new bidding skills.
In 3 two-hour online sessions, you will learn to use the next levels of both game forcing conventions.
The mini course, with both Joe Byrnes and Jeff Badler will be held Monday evenings at 6:30 PM and repeated Tuesdays at 9:00 AM starting Oct 25 & 26. You may attend either session. You may attend both at no additional cost. Repetition is very valuable when learning bridge. If you need to miss a week, a recording will be provided along with the hands and class notes.
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