CBA Seminar Series

Welcome! We hope you enjoy the opportunity to meet CBA Life Masters and learn more about bridge in a fun, informal, and entertaining 20 minutes at the Cincinnati Bridge Center.  These seminars are free to CBA members and new players. We thank Karen Walker,  Richard Pavlicek, Phillip Alder, and Bridge Hands for the wealth of information published on their websites.  The seminars are based on published information, to which our discussion leaders will add their perspective, advice and experience.  If you find better information on a topic of interest please bring it to the attention of the content owner from the CBA Education Committee (see below).  Click on the buttons for the series of interest to you.  Bring a friend or 3 (bridge goes better in 4's!) Better yet bring a whole section to join you as you learn more about the game, our players, and what you can do to have more fun and success at duplicate bridge.

The CBA Education Committee
About CBA Series Improve Your Game Seminar Leaders
Learning to Learn Bridge Learning Points National Tournaments  (48 pages)
Your convention card Common Conventions ACBL Teachers Manuals ← Learn at your own pace!

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Go To:  0-30  99er  NLM

0-30 Series  (Content Owner: Mike Purcell

Duplicate Bridge

Basics for Opening the Bidding

Opening 1-Bids

Responders First Bids

Which Suit to Respond?  Showing Your Pattern and Strength

Responding When Opponents Interfere over 1 of a suit

Opener’s First Rebid            [Handout]

1 NT - Invitational Stayman 

1NT - Responder's Rebids

1 NT - Jacoby Transfers

1 NT - When Opponents Interfere

2C Strong Artificial and Forcing (Cheapest Minor 2nd Negative)

Weak 2 Bids (Feature)

Slam Bidding (Gerber & Blackwood)

Preempts and Jump Overcalls            [Handout]


Defense Series - NEW!!

Opening Leads Part 1

Opening Leads Part 2

Opening Leads Part 3

First Discards and Signals

Second Hand Low

Third Hand High

Covering an Honor with an Honor

Defensive Habits That Put Pressure on Opponents

Bidding to the Right Level (Part Score, Game, Slam)

2C Opening Bid and Responses

Opening Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment [Worksheet]

Invitational Bidding by Opener - Majors

Invitational Bids by Opener - Minors

Responder Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment

Invitational Bidding by Responder

Preemptive Openings and Overcalls

Responding to Preemptive Openings

The Stayman Convention

Jacoby Transfers

Slam Conventions - Blackwood and Roman Key Card

What to lead agains NT and Suits

Takeout Doubles 

Overcalls and Takeout Doubles Quiz

Overcalls and Takeout Doubles – Responding to Partner Quiz

Negative Doubles

When Opponents Interfere

The Finesse

Declarer Play


Master Points

Active Ethics

Don’t be Afraid to Call the Director


99er  Series  (Content Owner: Steve Moese

1 NT -  Stayman

1 NT – Jacoby Transfers

1 NT – 4-Bids - Gerber

1 NT – 4-Bids - Texas Transfers

1 NT – 4-Bids - 4NT Quantitative Raise

1 NT - When Opponents Interfere 

5-Card Majors - Invitational & Forcing Raises 

5-Card Majors - Jacoby 2NT

5-Card Majors - Splinter Bids

Minors - Invitational & Forcing Raises 

Minors - Inverted Minors                   [Handout] 

When Opener Reverses

New Minor Forcing

4th Suit Forcing

Strong  Jump Shifts

Bidding When Opponents Interfere - Responder

Slam Bidding and Ace Asking  [Handout]

2C Strong Artificial and Forcing  Part I Is This a 2C Bid  [Handout]

2C Strong Artificial and Forcing  Part II Problem Hands  [Handout]

2C Strong Artificial and Forcing  Part III Responding to 2C [Handout]

2C Strong Artificial and Forcing  Part IV Openers Rebids  [Handout]

Weak 2 Bids (Ogust)


Responding to Partner’s Preempts


Takeout Doubles

Negative Doubles 

Balancing – 1 Level

Balancing – 2 and 3 Level

Weak Jump Overcalls

Direct Cuebids and Unusual NT

NT Overcalls

Slam Bidding

Bidding over their 1NT 

Bidding over their 1NT - DONT

Bidding over their 1NT – Modified Capelletti

Defensive Carding

Opening Lead – NT   [Handout]

Opening Lead – Suits   [Handout]

Basic Attitude Signal [Handout]

Basic Count Signal [Handout]

Basic Suit Preference Signals  [Handout]

Counting HCP

Counting Shape

Counting – the Rule of 11

Basic Bridge Odds –  Finesses and Suit Breaks  [Handout]

Bridge Odds –  Many Chances, Information, Restricted Choice   [Handout]

Create a Plan (NT and Suit Contracts) 


Defensive Bidding Judgment   [Handout]

Competing - How High?  [Handout]

Teams Strategy

Matchpoint Pairs Strategy


NLM Series (Content Owner: Steve Moese

1 NT –  Stayman on Steroids

1 NT – 4-suit Transfers    [Handout]

1 NT – 3-bids (Advanced Approaches)

1 NT – 4-Bids (Gerber, Texas Transfers, Quantitative Raise)

1 NT – When Opponents Interfere

Transfer Lebensohl
5-Card Majors - Invitational & Forcing Raises (Bergen)

Minors - Invitational & Forcing Raises (Inverted Minors)  [Handout]

Minors - Jump Shifts (Weak)

Minors - When Opponents Interfere – Support Doubles

2/1 Game Force - The Basics    [Handout]

Josh Donn Roger Lee Card
New Minor Forcing – 1-way or 2-way

4th Suit Forcing

2C Strong Artificial and Forcing - Kokish Transfers

Weak 2 Bids (Variants: 5 Card Suit, 9-12 HCP Constructive)  [Handout]

Weak Two Archive
NT Overcalls - Advanced


Passive or Attacking Defense

Spectacular Opening Leads

Counting - Putting it all together

Spectacular Defense from the Experts

Basic Bridge Odds – Hand Patterns & Suit splits    [Handout]

Basic Bridge Odds – Choice of playsInvitational Bidding by Opener – Majors.

Changing the Plan (NT and Suit Contracts)


Combining Chances I

Combining Chances II

The Forcing Pass