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Bridge Today University offers a complete selection of bridge courses covering all aspects of the game. We have courses for beginners, intermediates, or advanced players. The courses listed below are 9, 10 or 11 lessons each ($49 per course). They come in PDF files, which the student downloads. You can read them on your screen or print them and read them at your own pace. Also, students may ask questions from the teacher by email. Descriptions of these courses are on this page, below the download center.

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204 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
210 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
220 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
240 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
260 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
261 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
262 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11
303 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11

HOMEPAGE > COURSES > BEGINNERS
101 - Learn Bridge with Larry King

This course begins with the assumption that you know nothing whatsoever about the game. Taught by tennis promoter Larry King, the course is very friendly and includes his ex-wife, Billie Jean King, and Martina Navratilova, as fellow students. You'll learn how to play the game, some of the basic strategies, and how to keep score. This is an excellent refresher course as well if you once played and need a good review. Includes a complete Glossary of bridge terms.

102 - Bidding with Paul Soloway
This course explains how to bid a bridge hand, starting with the basic concepts and developing into bidding sequences with your partner. Paul Soloway, one of our all-time great players, uses the point-count method and the most popular Standard American system, but tempers it with bidding judgment. Where are your highcard points? Are they good points or bad points? How does the auction change the value of your hand? By the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to sit at the bridge table with any partner and bid with proficiency. This is another excellent refresher course.
103 - Play of the Hand with Roselyn Teukolsky
This course is designed to teach basic card-play technique, but with an emphasis on planning.When the dummy comes down, what should your thought-processes be? How do you decide which suit to attack first? Pull trump? Develop tricks? Teukolsky, a high school math teacher and bridge columnist, teaches the student how to make order out of chaos by focusing on the goal: to make the contract.
104 - Defense with David Huggett
To become a good bridge player, you must be able to defend well. Your object is to defeat declarer. You and your partner must take a specific number of tricks, depending on the contract. How can you do it? What is your opening lead? How do you plan your defense while looking only at your hand and the dummy? London's David Huggett presents a step-by-step guide to the practical concepts for defenders at the bridge table.

HOMEPAGE > COURSES > INTERMEDIATES
110 - Preempts with the Granovetters
Everything you wanted to know about how to make life miserable for your opponents, but at the same time using common sense and learning when NOT to preempt.
190 - Switch in Time Defense with the Granovetters
From the authors of the best-selling book, A Switch in Time, here is the complete structure (and more) of how to signal at trick one and thereafter. Use this course with your partner to help you take all your tricks on defense.
105 - Conventions with Pamela Granovetter
This course teaches the student all about bidding "conventions." Pamela Granovetter, author of the book, "Conventions at a Glance," explains the most important and useful conventions used in the game today. Many players misuse conventions and this course is designed to make conventions more easily understood -- when to apply them and how to get the most from them. Begin with Blackwood, Stayman, and move up to more advanced conventions such as Cuebids, Jacoby Transfers, Negative doubles and more. Beautiful and clear illustrations for all the conventions taught.
140 - Counting with Eddie Kantar
This course, by America's favorite bridge teacher, is the first of its kind. To play a bridge hand, you must become a counter -- counting high card points in the opponents's hands and counting the cards played in each suit may seem like a difficult task. But Kantar makes it look easy! Learn to form a mental picture of the hands and you'll become a declarer that your partners will be proud of. This course is a great confidence booster as well, because once you start counting, all the other declarer play concepts become easier.
150 - Bridge Strategies with Matthew Granovetter
The editor of Bridge Today Magazine takes you into the world of strategic thinking. Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. Here are many tricks of the trade to help you fool your opponents (without fooling your partner). Make yourself into a feared opponent (while remaining a trustworthy fellow). Strategies include bidding, play and defense ideas, easily applicable and the teacher helps you realize when to apply them.
195 - Opening Leads with the Granovetters
Getting off to a good start - opening leads. Topics include:
1. Bread-and-butter leads.
2. Trump leads.
3. Don't lead aces! (except sometimes)
4. Leading partner's suit ... or not.
5. Leading short suits.
6. Leads against part-scores vs. leads against games.
7. Short-suit leads vs. long-suit leads.
8. Safe leads vs. aggressive leads.

HOMEPAGE > COURSES > ADVANCED
201 - Competitive Bidding & the Law with Larry Cohen
Competitive bidding means that all four players are competing for the contract. At a crucial point in the auction, you must decide whether to bid again or let the opponents buy the contract. This course is about this rucial point. Larry Cohen, a 10-time National Champion, teaches the theory and application of the most exciting bridge aid since point-count bidding: The Law of Total Tricks. Cohen begins from scratch, explaining the theory, and then tests you with quizzes to demonstrate how to apply the idea in various competitive bidding situations.
202 - Play of the Hand with Marshall Miles
This course is designed for fairly competent players who want to improve their skills at declarer play.Marshall Miles is the author of the all-time classic, "All 52 Cards." In this course, he teaches various aspects of declarer thought-processes. Subject matter includes: assumptions, avoidance plays, squeezes, trump management and percentages. This course is designed especially for duplicate and tournament players who want to work on their card play.
203 - Hand Study with Matthew Granovetter
One of the best ways to improve your game is to study hands that have already been played. Matthew Granovetter, the editor of Bridge Today Magazine, takes you into the world of hand study in a way you never dreamed of. The hands are presented as "bridge movies," with questions and answers as the bidding and play proceed to the hands' conclusion. Then the hands are analyzed in full view of all the cards. See what would have worked, where the crucial bid or play was, and what you should think about when you face similar problems at the table.
204 - Hand Study with Matthew Granovetter
A continuation of Hand Study 203, the teacher goes into greater depth, making the student work harder to develop skills based on the examples shown. This course also includes "Championship Hand Study" -- hands played in the big championships, where the very best players in the world made costly mistakes. We learn from our own mistakes and from theirs!
210 - Conventions with Pamela Granovetter
Conventions and treatments for advancing players. Includes conventional understandings that you just can't find elsewhere, as well as details of popular conventions (for example, playing unusual over unusual, what you are you expected to have for a non-forcing bid?; or, how do you make a slam try after Stayman?; or what's the difference between a Jacoby Transfer followed by a raise to game, and Texas?; etc.). Some of the conventions/treatments included are: the Trent Weak Two-Bid, the Zia Cue Bid, the Trump Cue Bid, the Squeeze Bid. A lot of the course material can also be found in her new book: Conventions In Depth.
220 - Hand Evaluation taught by the Granovetters
If you're tired of the bidding accidents you have by mechanically following the Law of Total Tricks formula or by slavishly bidding according to high-card points, try thinking for yourself! Learn how to judge each hand by
evaluating your honors, spot cards, and distribution, and by listening to the bidding. Lesson One begins with the fundamentals of hand evaluation taught by Paul Soloway. The rest of the course, using quizzes and real-life championship illustrations, will provide you with all the tools you need to make the right decisions at the table.
240 - Championship Hand Study with Eddie Kantar

(Or, "Hands I Got Right for a Change")
Eddie shares some of his most dazzling successes and shows how he arrived at the proper line of play (or defense). The ever-modest Eddie illustrates that "brilliancies" can be the result of simple analysis, counting, inference, familiarity with card-combinations, or sheer desperation. As one would expect, the course is entertaining as well as educational.

260 - Improve Your Card Play with the Granovetters
Spruce up your declarer play without too much fuss! Topics include:
1. Sports Psychology - learn how to declare a hand to the best of your ability no matter how
bad the contract is.
2. Listen to the opponents - their bidding provides lots of clues for you!
3. Planning ahead - learn how to avoid embarrassing mishaps in the end game.
4. Playing the odds vs. playing the people.
5. How to induce your opponents to misdefend.
6. What can go wrong and what to do about it.
7. Improvise (!) your card play.
8. Desperate measures.
261 - Advanced Defense with the Granovetters
This course covers a number of topics that will make you a feared opponent, including:
1. Learn how to listen to the bidding - it will help you defend better!
2. Learn to recognize "frozen suits" and avoid opening them up for declarer.
3. Learn basic obvious-shift carding so that you can figure out when to continue and when to shift.
4. Learn how to process as much information as possible about each hand before your defense even begins!
5. What should you think about on defense? What is "chess thinking"?
6. Recognize attacking defense situations vs. passive defense, and become an expert at the killing defense strategy known as "the tap."
7. Timing is everything - learn how to time your defense effectively.
8. The course includes a number of bread-and-butter defensive tips that will make you a steady and consistent defensive card-player.
262 - Refine Your Bidding with the Granovetters
Learn to bid better just by using common sense! Topics include:
1. The purpose of bidding.
2. Card evaluation - when to invite games and slams, and when to
accept or reject partner's game or slam invitations.
3. Suit contracts vs. notrump contracts - how to play in the right strain.
4. Reaching the right game ... from the right side!
5. The human element.
6. Competitive bidding agreements.
7. The new suit bid: is it cue bid? a probe for notrump? or natural?
8. Defensive bidding.
303 - Inferences with Marshall Miles
Mr. Miles, the teacher of the 202 Play of the Hand course, offers this more advanced course in thought processes. Serious students will enjoy the wonderful hands that the teacher uses for illustrations. It's a fantastic journey into the depths of card-play ideas, reading your partner's signal, and deciphering the opponents' plan. Some of the material in this course can be found in Miles' recently published book: Inferences at Bridge.

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