Teaching Bridge with Bells and Whistles

by: Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen

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Teaching Intermediate Bridge

Bridge with Bells and Whistles has a lot of great material for intermediate lessons. To get you started, we’re providing six of our favorite intermediate lesson plans.

  • Better than Blackwood -- about control bidding and 1430 Roman Keycard
  • Jacoby Two Notrump: Get to Your Major Suit Slams
  • The Magic of Singletons -- about splinters
  • Major Suit Raises: Bergen with Four Trumps
  • Major Suit Raises: Be Careful with Three Trumps
  • Slam Bidding: Practice Deals

Each of the lesson plans includes teacher talking points, student exercises, practice deals and suggested reading and homework. At the end of each plan you’ll find tabletop hand records for quick and easy student assembly of practice deals.

You may use the plans for stand-alone lessons or you can mix and match to create four-week courses. For a four-week course on slams, we use:

  • Better than Blackwood
  • The Magic of Singletons
  • Jacoby Two Notrump: Get to Your Major Suit Slams
  • Slam Bidding: Practice Deals

For a four-week course on major suit bidding, we use:

  • Major Suit Raises: Bergen with Four Trumps
  • The Magic of Singletons
  • Jacoby Two Notrump: Get to Your Major Suit Slams
  • Major Suit Raises: Be Careful with Three Trumps

We love to hear from bridge teachers. With questions, problems or suggestions, email us at whimsey@atlantic.net.

Mary Ann Dufresne
Mary Ann Dufresne
MARY ANN DUFRESNE (Florida) is a retired U.S. government project manager. She lives in Weeki Wachee — mermaid country — with her beloved menagerie of furry dependents, and is a full-time bridge teacher.


Marion Ellingsen
Marion Ellingsen
MARION ELLINGSEN (Florida) is a retired school teacher who couldn't resist introducing her third graders to basic bridge. She lives in Spring Hill with her beloved husband, Art.



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