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Updated: 24  SEP  2021

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We hope you find lots of great information about bridge and how to enjoy this game at your pace.  We recognize that different people have fun at bridge in many different ways.  We want you to be able to get the most fun possible out of this great game of ours.  We welcome back all of you who played bridge some time ago and want to re-engage the fun you remember.  We also welcome all who are new to bridge and just starting out in the game.  We have something for everybody.  

Please be sure to check out the current schedule of bridge classes and current events in the Cincinnati area.  Don't miss COME AND PLAY BRIDGE and Supervised Play offered at the Cincinnati Bridge Center, and Non-Life Master Duplicate Games offered throughout the metropolitan area. 

There are many bridge games around town.  You can play at different venues. 
The Cincinnati Bridge Center is at 2860 Cooper Road, Cincinnati OH 45241, and is near I-75 in Evendale. 
The Northern Kentucky Bridge Club meets every day of the week. Check the NKy Website for details. 
The Anderson Bridge Club meets on Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings in the Mt. Moriah Church, 681 Mt. Moriah Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45245.

The following are offered at the Cincinati Bridge Center for Newcomers:
COME AND PLAY BRIDGE - Thursday 2:00 - 4 PM
You can email or call ahead to assure attendance, or just come.; or 513-931-6127  

Are you looking to try your hand at some informal and fun rubber bridge?  Drop by the Cincinnati Bridge Center on Thursday Afternoon.  Come alone or with friends. 

Taking introductory lessons and want to practice some bridge?  This session is perfect for you.  Looking to hone your bridge skills a bit before starting duplicate bridge at the club?  Join us for COME AND PLAY - pure bridge fun. 

- our version of informal, fun, rubber bridge.  This is a great way for people just learning about bridge to play without the competition of Duplicate Bridge.  You will find fun playing with many different people.  This is a great event to bring friends for a fun afternoon! 

$3 per person, 1 Instructor per group (typically 3-5 tables), Come and Play is designed primarily for the player coming out of classes who wants to play right now. 
COME AND PLAY provides a fun venue for newcomers to play games, and find a gateway to classes, duplicate bridge and further bridge learning. 

Cost:  $3 per person ($1 Youth).  You do not need to be an ACBL member, however you an become a guest member for FREE!; or 513-931-6127
Saturday Supervised Play - 9:30 AM to 12 NOON
(Includes 20 min lecture/lesson before play) 

Are you looking to learn about Duplicate Bridge or practice what you've learned in recent duplicate bridge lessons?  The CBA offers Saturday Supervised Play for bridge players starting or wanting to start playing duplicate bridge! Focus will be on new conventions, better bidding, and play techniques. 

Supervised Play is for those familiar with bridge but still basically beginners at duplicate bridge. In Supervised Play, experienced bridge players coach you on bidding, play and defense during each hand.  Supervised Play provides you with an opportunity to meet new partners, and there is a half hour lesson before play begins.

Supervised play is not a sanctioned game - no master points awarded.   One weekend every month the Saturday Supervised Play Duplicate is a sanctioned game for masterpoints ($5 per person).  Be sure to try this - a great way to learn about playing duplicate bridge!  Come join us for a fun Saturday morning!  Bring a friend!

Show up a few minutes early to sign in.  We will match players of similar experience at the table.  A 20-minute lecture starts at 9:30 AM (various bridge topics).

Cost:  $5 per person ($1 Youth).

Contact Mike Purcell ( ) if you have any questions about  Saturday Supervised play.
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Interested in Duplicate Bridge?  Here are all the offerings in the Cincinnati Area for Non-Life Masters:
Mon BBO CBA ONline U100 Pairs (BBO)   2 PM  Contact Pam Campbell for partners 
Mon CBC Altman's U1250 Pairs  7 PM   Contact John Altman for partners  
Thu CBC U1500 Stratified Pairs 2 PM  Contact Pam Campbell for partners  
Thu CBC  COME AND PLAY - Rubber Bridge Fun! 2 - 4 PM  or 513-580-4229   
Thu CBC "Eight is Enough Swiss Teams" 6:30 PM 
(1st 3rd 5th Only)
Learn team bridge in a friendly environment with balanced teams.  Team points must be less than 8. (NLM 1 point. LM-2000 2 points > 2000 3 points). Contact John Meinking for a partner or a team. 513-379-2882  
Fri CBC  U500 MPs 11 AM (If attendance warrants) Contact Pam Campbell for partners  
Sat   CBC Supervised Play (<100 MP) 9:30 A - 12 Noon Supervised Play Duplicate Games - once each month. Check the calendar on the website for dates.  
CBC is the Cincinnati Bridge ClubNKY BC is the Northern Kentucky Bridge Club

Check the CBC and NKBC home pages for the director's contact information. Call ahead for all NLM Games.  If there are not at least 2.5 tables, there will be no limited section.
Newcomers Reference Material

Play of the Hand
The Finesse
Suit Contracts - Counting Losers
Suit Contracts - Ruffing in the Short Hand, Dummy Reversal
Suit Contracts - Developing Side Suits
Suit Contracts - Cross Ruffing
NT Contract Play – Counting Winners
NT Contract Play – Developing our Suits Before Opponents Establish Theirs
NT Contract Play - When to take Stoppers
Introduction to Duplicate

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

Bidding to the Right Level (Part Score, Game, Slam)
2C Opening Bid and Responses
Opening Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment [Worksheet]
Rebids by Opener - II
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

Overcalls and Interference

Overcalls - 1 Level

Overcalls - 2 Level
Overcalls - Advancer Responses (simple raises, cue bids)
Overcalls 1N, 2N over a Weak 2
Overcalls - Big Hands
Michaels Cue Bids
Takeout Doubles