Bridge Instructors & Classes at the SCBC

Instructors

Nancy Wainer

Ken Gamble

Sydney J. Reuben

Bette Harken

Ken Llacera

 

Sydney J. Reuben

Sydney is an accredited ACBL Best Practices Teacher who has taught Beginning Bridge I & II. 

 

Sydney’s Mentored Group meets on Tuesday, January 15, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. The ongoing group has these features:

 

• Small group of 5-7 new or returning players 
• Combination of mini-lessons and practice hands
• Post-hand discussion of bidding, declarer play, and defensive strategies 

Please contact Sydney at sydneyjane210@gmail.com or (831) 515-7449 for more information or to reserve a spot.

 

Ken Gamble

Ken Gamble is a Gold Life Master with many years of playing and teaching experience. He has applied the ideas taught in his courses at both the club and tournament levels. Please contact Ken at gamble.ken@gmail.com or 831-600-6184 to reserve a class spot. 

 

Bid/Play with KenGThis course is a mentoring-oriented approach where a handful of newer/low intermediate players are faced with a set of hands they bid and play. A supervised group discussion follows about better bids or play. A topic is presented at the beginning of each session. The goal is for players to become competitive more quickly and reduce mistakes. The sessions will span several months and be progressive. The course will meet Monday mornings at 10A starting January 14th and cost $10 per session. Players are expected to have taken a beginning bridge course or have equivalent playing experience. 

Expert at Your Elbow: Each Friday at 10 AM, we offer 2-3 hours of guidance on bidding and play. Newer players are welcomed. Following each hand, a monitored discussion with a local expert highlights bidding and play subjects.

 

Nancy Wainer

Nancy Wainer, an ACBL Accredited Instructor, known for her “desire to inspire,” has been teaching bridge for 20 years in Santa Cruz County.  Nancy’s popular classes fill quickly so please contact her for more information or to reserve a class spot:  Nancy (nlmbridge@yahoo.com) may be reached by phone at (831) 465-1234.

 

Beginning Bridge I: Learn to play the world’s greatest game!  Beginner bridge lessons start on Wednesday morning, January 16, 2019 from 10am until noon at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center and will meet weekly for 9-10 weeks.  First class is FREE.  Subsequent lessons are $10 - pay as you go.   Nancy Wainer who has taught bridge locally for 20 years will be conducting all classes.   Enrollment is limited due to classroom size, so reservations are required.  Contact Nancy for more information at nlmbridge@yahoo.com.

 

 

Bette Harken

 

Bette is an accredited ACBL Best Practices Teacher. She is teaching the evening session of Nancy’s class one week later than Nancy. This allows students who cannot make a morning class to take the evening class in this important first step in learning this terrific game.

 

Beginning Bridge I: Beginner bridge lessons start on Wednesday evening, January 23, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center and will meet weekly for 9-10 weeks.  First class is FREE.  Subsequent lessons are $10 - pay as you go.  Enrollment is limited due to classroom size, so reservations are required.  Contact Bette for more information or to register at bdharken@comcast.net.

 

 

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Ken Llacera

Ken is a Gold Life Master who has been teaching beginners and intermediate players. He is a student of the game and wants to share his enthusiasm for improving bridge skills with a wider audience. He has enjoyed success at each level of competition, including a national title (won with Mick Friedberg, on right in photo) and multiple regional wins.

2/1 Game Force Essentials is appropriate for players wishing to learn 2/1 or needing to review system basics. 2/1 Game Force is a variation of the Standard American system you already use. Cost is $10 per weekly session. In addition to instruction, there are hand-outs and quizzes for reinforcement.

The class is scheduled to restart in 2019. Look for the announcement. Please contact Ken at (831) 426-4949 or pasa49@pacbell.net for more information.

 

Updated: January, 2019