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The Hartford Bridge Club welcomes bridge players of ALL levels, as well as people who haven’t yet learned how to play bridge.

Regularly Scheduled Learning Opportunities:

  • Monday games at 1:30 pm are preceded by a lesson.

  • Tuesday evening 0-49 game at 6:30 is preceded by 15 minute mini-lesson that begins at 6:15.

  • Roughly, once a month on random Tuesdays as his schedule permits, one of our club's own, multiple-time national champion, Frank Merblum, reviews the hands played that morning.  Be on the lookout for announcements for specific dates.  Next review scheduled for 1/14!

  • Thursday's game format is supervised novice.

At the introductory level, we offer a series of lessons on “how to play bridge”.  These lessons are offered once or twice a year and are not appropriate for those who know how to play.  If you want to learn the game, phone the club (860-953-3177) to get on a list to be notified the next time these lessons are offered.  See out current offerings listed below.


Suspended Due to Pandemic

Advancing Your Game in the New Year (2020)
The Hartford Bridge Club will be offering a series of classes designed to advance the play of “emerging players.” This series is an extension of the recently completed Basic Bridge series, but attendees need not have participated in those sessions.


The new sessions review some of the essential tools in the beginner and novice’s toolkit and offer additional opportunities to tune-up that toolkit. These are discrete lessons that offer instruction, followed by an hour of supervised play with hands specifically created to illustrate the bridge principles just taught.
To increase the opportunity for people to attend this new series of lessons, sessions are being offered both on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Please contact Felix Springer at if you’re interested in participating in one or more of the sessions. We hope you’ll also recommend the series to any friends or relatives who might be interested.  
The cost is $15.00/person per session or $80/person for all six sessions. 


Lesson Topics
hursday, January 2, and Saturday, January 4
The Stayman Convention

How to find a major suit fit when partner opens 1NT.

Thursday, January 9, and Saturday, January 11

The Jacoby Transfer

How to inform partner that you have five or more cards in a major suit when she’s opened 1NT.

Thursday, January 16, and Saturday, January 18
The Negative Double

Partner opens the bidding in a minor suit and RHO overcalls in a major suit. How to inform partner that you have 6+ HCP and four cards in the other major suit.

Thursday, January 23, and Saturday, January 25

The Take Out Double 

Opponent opens with a suit bid. How to inform partner that you have an opening hand and support for the unbid suits. 

Thursday, January 30, and Saturday, February 1

The 2NT Opening Bid

How to inform partner that you have a balanced hand of 20-21 HCP -- and appropriate responses to partner’s 2NT opener. 

Thursday, February 6, and Saturday, February 8

The 2 Club Opening Bid

How to inform partner that you have a very powerful hand -- and appropriate responses and opener rebids.


Lesson Dets
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