Bridge Instructors & Classes at the SCBC

Instructors

Nancy Wainer

Ken Gamble

 Sydney Reuben

Bette Harken

Ken Llacera

 

Sydney Reuben

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

 

Supervised Play continues from 12:30-2:30PM on Tuesdays. Classes are $10 per session.

·         Re-entry players: come and update your skills

·         Lessons are fun and get you playing immediately.

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 and an accredited ACBL Best Practices Teacher 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 831-477-9434 to reserve a class spot.  

 

2/1 Workshop: A series of courses to transition players from Standard American to 2/1 Game Force. After taking these courses you’ll see why many have adopted 2/1 for their principle bidding system. Courses will be offered on most Saturdays at 1 PM and will last about 2 hours. You’ll play many hands to apply the ideas/principals taught in the session. You don’t need a partner to attend. The cost is $10 per session.

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 accredited ACBL 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!  Lessons are on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30PM at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center, starting January 15, 2020.  Your first class is FREE.  Subsequent lessons are $10 - pay as you go.

Introduction to Defense: You play defense more than you play declarer. Fully half of bridge is defense. Each lesson will demonstrate key concepts using actual hands. Classes meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:45AM at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center, starting February 5, 2020; please check the calendar for any changes in schedule. Class open to those with 0-5 MPs or permission of instructor. Lessons are $10 per session.

 

 

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 are on Wednesday evenings 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center, starting January 15, 2020.  Your 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 Sapphire Life Master and an accredited ACBL Best Practices Teacher who teaches 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.

Thursday Topics focus on aspects of the game to assist intermediate players (typically 200-1000 MPs) in improving their game and results. Classes are scheduled in conjunction with the Thursday AM game at 10A for ½ hour; see the online calendar for dates. Cost is $2 if playing in the game or $5 per weekly session.

Successful Slam Bidding is a weekly seminar featuring: (i) Concise presentations with hand-outs on key slam bidding concepts and agreements; (ii) Actual hands students bid, play and defend; and, (iii) In-depth explanations. At the conclusion, students will be bidding significantly more high percentage slams. $10 per session. 9–11A on Mondays.

Please contact Ken at (831) 426-4949 or pasa49@pacbell.net for more information.

 

Updated: January 2020