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Intermediate Series with Kate Hill Starts February 8, 2019

Have you been away from the bridge table for a few decades? Get back in the swing by learning some of the new bridge gadgets and nifty ways to communicate more clearly with your partner. Our six-week series will get you back on the path. You’ll make new friends in the bridge community and gain new insights into how you and your partner can stay in tune.

Our intermediate series focuses on competitive bidding, and begins February 8, 2019, at the Card Room in the Oakmont Central Activity Center. The course takes place on six consecutive Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Last class is March 15, 2019.

Instructor Kate Hill is a teacher and director certified by the American Contract Bridge League. Hill competes regularly in regional and national tournaments, having achieved the rank of Gold Life Master. However, her passion is in sharing the fun and excitement of the game while taking advantage of opportunities for fellowship and stimulation with friends and ‘foes’ alike.

This class is for those who have been introduced to bridge fundamentals, but who wish to sharpen their ability to compete against experienced and aggressive opponents. We will also bring you up to speed by studying modern treatments that have become part of mainstream bridge in the 21st Century. These include five-card majors, Jacoby transfers, ‘weak twos’, and refinements in slam bidding. Competitive auctions — those where the opponents enter into the bidding after we have opened the hand — have become particularly rowdy and troublesome, necessitating new tools for handling aggressive opponents.

You’ll learn how and whether to open the auction with a preempt — at the two, three and even the four level — and how to cope with such strategies when they’re used against you. We’ll also cover overcalls, advances, takeout doubles and negative doubles.

Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on February 8, 2019, at 9:15 am, via email to or by texting or calling (707) 545-3664. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments. Cost is $90 per person for the series (includes text). Drop-ins are welcome ($15 per class). Those who have previously taken this class from Hill may attend any or all sessions for $10 per class.