2020 Novice Schedule (February - March)

When: Tuesdays, 6pm to 9:30pm

Where: Room 2-135 on the MIT Campus.

This duplicate bridge game will focus on enjoyment and improving fundamental skills. The game is for individuals with little or no club experience, or ACBL members with fewer than 20 masterpoints. We also welcome experienced bridge players if they would like to bring novices to introduce them to the wonderful world of duplicate; however, masterpoints are only awarded to novices.

Each game starts with a 20 minute lesson and then a relaxed duplicate game, where you can ask questions and get help, if needed. Feel free to attend one or all.

Mailing lists - The club maintains a mailing list for novices: mitdlbc-novices at mit dot edu. The list is mainly used for announcements about the Monday Novice Game and for players looking for a partner for the game. You can add/remove yourself to the list here

Contact Mark at mthroop at mit dot edu with any questions.

Date Game Location Results Hands
02/04/20 IAP Tournament 2-132 Short Long PDF
02/11/20 Opening Leads 2-132 Short Long PDF
02/18/20 Second and Third Hand Play 2-132 Short Long PDF
02/25/20 Defensive Signals 2-132 Short Long PDF
03/03/20 Developing Defensive Tricks 2-132 Short Long PDF
03/10/20 Interfering with Declarer 2-132 Short Long PDF
03/17/20 Making a Defensive Plan 2-132 Short Long PDF
03/24/19 After this game, novices play in open game. 2-132 Short Long PDF
Note: links in this table have been generated in advance and will reach files when they have been posted.

Other documents

How to keep score PDF
Tips on playing faster PDF
Playing the Hand - Declarer play notes from Karen Walker PDF (Link to Karen's page)
Bidding Crib Sheet

Free Bridge Software

Play or watch bridge online: Bridge Base Online

Introductory bridge interactive software (Windows): Learn to Play Bridge 1: Learn bridge basics and Learn to Play Bridge 2: Beyond the basics

IAP Class in January

1) Game Mechanics, Hand Evaluation and Opening Bid Lesson 1 and 2
2) Responding to Opener Bid Lesson 3 and 4
3) Opener Responder Rebids Bid Lesson 5 and 6
4) Overcalls and Takeout Doubles Bid Lesson 7 and 8
5) Play: Making a Plan and Developing Tricks Play Lesson 1 and 2
6) Trump Techniques Play Lesson 3 and 4
7) Entries and Holdups Play Lesson 5 and 6
8) Putting It All Together Play Lesson 7

Scoring IAP Bridge Score Sheet
Convention Card 2/1 Convention Card
Bidding Ladders Bidding Ladders
Chapters 1-4 Counting Points, Openings, and Responses
Chapters 5 Rebids by opener
Chapters 6-7 Overcalls and Responder's Rebids
Chapter 8 Takeout Doubles

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