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Hand Evaluation -- Opening Bids
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  November 1 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  To open or not to open, that is the question! Everyone learns how to count High Card Points early in their bridge career, but we all know that HCPs are not enough -- a singleton K and a doubleton Q are not worth as much as KQxxx. Not all 13 point hands are created equal -- judgment is needed to upgrade an 11 point hand to an opening or downgrade a 13 point hand to a pass. In three 2-hour sessions, we will discuss how to evaluate a hand for opening 1 of a suit, when to open and when to pass. I will show you several guideline methods, but more importantly, I will show you how to tell the difference between an 11 point hand that should be opened and a 13 point hand that should be passed.



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Passed Hand Bidding
Taught by:  David Germaine
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Class Date:  October 31 at 4:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Experience has shown that active bidders do better at the table than passive bidders. Active bidders create more problems for their opponents and therefore, reap better results. Aggressive bidding has its downsides, but there is one time that you can afford to be aggressive: when your partner has already passed. When you are in 3rd and 4th positions, a different set of rules apply to your openings and rebids. This course will methodically cover passed hand bidding situations with lots of examples and opportunities to try out the new techniques you will have learned. Your opponents will look at you with a new respect once you unleash your new passed hand openings and follow ups.



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Choosing the Best Line of Play
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  September 20 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  You have two suits to finesse in, but if your choice fails, you go down. Which finesse should you take, and how can you improve your chances of making your contract? This class is about choosing between alternate lines of play, and will improve your declarer thinking and teach you how to do better than the usual 50% finesse odds! Review Notes will be provided.



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Converting Your Game from Standard American to 2 Over 1
Taught by:  David Germaine
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Class Date:  August 15 at 4:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Now is the time to modernize your SA game to the system that everyone will be playing in the future: Two Over One, Game Force. The system clarifies game going hands with responder's first bid, so that the ensuing auction can concentrate on finding the right place to play and evaluating the prospects for slam. Classes will cover Bergen hand evaluation, major suit openings and responses, the 1NT forcing bid and rebids, and the follow up auctions for forcing and non-forcing hands. Review notes will be provided at the end of each class. Bring your partner or come alone.



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Defense Strategies
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  August 9 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Defense presents the greatest opportunity for winning bridge. If you and your partner can defend like a well-tuned pair, you cannot help but do well. Knowing the major defense strategies and when to use them is a necessary first step to expert defense. A series of five lessons on the major defense strategies, including how and when to use each. 20% discount for anyone repeating this class. And bring your favorite partner!



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Lebensohl Over 1N
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  July 12 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  The Lebensohl Convention is among the best tools to use when opponents interfere over your 1NT opening. Once you know how to use it, you'll wonder what you ever did without it! This class will cover how to use Lebensohl to find your best partscores and games after the opponents overcall your 1NT opening bid. Review Notes will be provided at the end of the class.



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How to Play Card Combinations
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  May 17 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Do you know the best way to play AJ32 opposite K954? If you are not sure, this is the class for you! Learn how to play those annoying broken suit combinations and you will make a lot more contracts. In six 2-hour sessions, we will discuss many of the most commonly misplayed card combinations and how to play them for the best results. Comprehensive Review Notes will be provided at the end of each session. 20% discount for anyone who took the Card Combinations class previously. ****************************>>>>>> NOTE: Class will be six sessions but SKIPPING June 14th.



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Percentage Play
Taught by:  Zahari Zahariev
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Class Date:  September 28 at 6:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  It is of high importance for every successful declarer to choose between different lines of play. When you stick to the play with higher probability of success you win more often. If you want to improve your percentage play, this class is for you. Increasing chances and safety play in one suit, combining play in two or more suits, adding extras, additional possibilities and so on - advice, theory and a lot of examples in 5 sessions, 2 hours each. Complete notes will be provided as usual.



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Contested Auctions I
Taught by:  Zahari Zahariev
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Class Date:  July 27 at 6:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Bridge is not played by two people - it is played by four! You can study your system for months; you can discuss all the conventions in the world; you can even create rules to cover every imaginable situation. And then you sit down to play just to realize that the real world is different. The opponents continue bidding all the way to drive you out from the roads you had discussed with your partnner... If you feel uncomfortable in contested auctions, this class is for you. Important theory, useful tips and hundreds of examples will be discussed in four sessions. Complete notes, which will be provided after every single session.



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The 2/1 Game Forcing System
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  April 4 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  A comprehensive introduction to the 2/1 Game Force bidding system. We will cover the 2 over 1 bids as well as the conventions used over one-of-a-suit opening bids. 20% discount to anyone repeating this class.



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Planning the play in trump contracts
Taught by:  Zahari Zahariev
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Class Date:  March 30 at 6:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Every campaign needs a good planning. And every suit contract too. If you need to set order in your planning, this class is for you - ruffing losers, keeping the control over trumps, establishing side suits, isolating the dangerous opponent and even ruffing in the long trump hand. Important theory and a lot of examples in five sessions; complete notes will be provided after every single session. Discount for taking both "planning" classes.



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Lebensohl over 1N
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  February 28 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  The Lebensohl Convention is among the best tools to use when opponents interfere over your 1NT opening. Once you know how to use it, you'll wonder what you ever did without it! This class will cover how to use Lebensohl to find your best partscores and games after the opponents overcall your 1NT opening bid. Review Notes will be provided at the end of the class.



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Planning the play in NoTrump
Taught by:  Zahari Zahariev
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Class Date:  February 23 at 6:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  Every campaign needs a good planning. And every no-trump contract too. If you need to set order in your planning, this class is for you - how long to hold-up, which suit to play first, how to combine your chances and how to use your communications in the best way. Important theory and a lot of examples in five sessions; complete notes will be provided after every single session.



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Choosing the Best Line of Play
Taught by:  Cornelia Yoder
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Class Date:  January 10 at 7:00 pm (New York Time)
Description:  You have two suits to finesse in, but if your choice fails, you go down. Which finesse should you take, and how can you improve your chances of making your contract? This class is about choosing between alternate lines of play, and will improve your declarer thinking and teach you how to do better than the usual 50% finesse odds! This has some overlap with my previous "Which Finesse Should I Take" class but with new hands and topics added. Review Notes will be provided.



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Here is what people are saying about our classes!

"I feel like the defensive lightbulb is beginning to come on." - Linda


"Chick's Defense Strategies taught me how to leave a trail of very unhappy declarers behind. Don't miss the rerun." - Kerrie


"I thought the lessons on What Finesse to Take were some of the most helpful bridge lessons I have ever taken." - Brock


"Thank you for all the great lessons. I wish I had met you earlier!" - Ina


"Cornelia's Endplays class is typical of her other classes - well prepared, covers the topics most likely to be encountered, and is very interactive. Be prepared to THINK if you take this class." - Fred


"Card Combinations is a fantastic class!" - Pashi


"Cornelia's Defence classes were really excellent -- so well presented with a lot of examples." - Eman


"Luis's Doubles class was divine! A great teacher!." - Hope


"I think I have learnt more from this lesson than any other. I did wonder how one could spend 6 hrs on hand evaluation, but now I understand. Excellent lesson." - Delma


"Cornelia, I have seen a lot of teachers teach, but I have never seen anyone teach as well as you did tonight. Honestly." - Sandy


"Cornelia is one of the best teachers that I have ever encountered. If you get the chance to take one of her classes, TAKE IT. DON'T MISS IT!" - Elizabeth


"The Which Finesse class has done more for my declarer play than any other class I've ever taken." - Richard


"It was a terrific class -- so much that I had never been taught or thought about!" - Virginia


"This was by far better than reading a bridge book." - Patricia


"Best class I've ever taken. The teacher was nice and incredibly helpful." - Robert


"Great experience, I will definitely be coming back to learn more." - Patsy




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