This class presents the basics
of defending a bridge hand, not by giving you a lot of "rules," but by explaining how to think. It is intended for newer players, but
reviewing it won't hurt more experienced players either. Most players agree that defense is the
hardest part of the game; this class gives each student a chance to practice
essential defensive techniques and to interactively discuss and analyze many
interesting and instructive hands.
Each Lesson is 2
Hours long and includes:
Lecture (with sample hands)
Supervised Play (prepared hands, reinforcing
the Key Lesson points)
Review & discussion of the played hands
(Optional, separately priced) Student text includes:
Written analysis of the sample hands and the
Notes summarizing the Key Lesson Points
Lesson 1: Opening Leads versus NoTrump
from the Auction
a card in the Suit
From a Sequence
q "Fourth From Your Longest & Strongest"
"Rule of 11"
Lesson 2: Opening Leads versus Suit Contracts
Short Suits (to get a ruff)
a Suit (clues from the auction)
a card in the suit
Lesson 3: Third Hand Play
q "Third Hand High"
as High as Necessary
the Unseen Cards
Lesson 4: Second Hand Play
q "Second Hand Low"
Covering 2nd Honors
Lesson 5: Defensive Signals
"Two Card Difference" Rule
Lesson 6: Developing Defensive Tricks
q "Lead thru Strength and Up to Weakness"
Lesson 7: Interfering with Declarer
Lesson 8: Putting It All Together
q Before Dummy Comes Down
q After Dummy Comes Down
(Pause at Trick 1)