ACBL Unit 380
Las Cruces, NM

Bridge Lessons

Bridge Lessons

A variety of classes are offered at the Belton Bridge Center and are divided into two primary phases. They are taught by a team of club volunteers and are free of charge. The classes all offer a "hands on" approach using actual boards developed to match a particular lesson or boards from the previous day's game. Anyone is welcome to come to any class any time. Drop in and check us out.

Presently beginner classes which cover Phase One topics for complete beginners and novices are offered :

Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:45

Presently intermediate/novice classes which cover Phase Two topics are offered

Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:45

Thursday classes, which focus on more advanced play-of-the-hand and special one-class seminars regarding bridge conventions or techniques are aimed at intermediate or advanced players and are held on a less regular basis. Check this space, or with one of the education coordinators below for confirmation of an upcoming Thursday class..

The best way to learn how to play bridge is--to play bridge! We learn to play bridge by acutally playing bridge. We don't teach a rote series. Every hand of bridge is different. Each hand provides a different set of circumstances and we learn better by reacting to the choices we have to make. Our instruction covers the bidding, the play of the hand, and possible defenses available. Our students include actual beginners, advancing beginners, duplicate players, and folks who want to learn how to play this wonderful game! We all have fun! The nearly two hours on Tuesday mornings go by quickly! You'll soon be playing in the Tuesday and Saturday games, then advance to the regular daily open games. Come join us.

For information on the current schedule contact our Education Coordinators

John Randall at 786-338-5970

Cliff Denton at 575-523-2955

or the Belton Bridge Center at 575-524-3031

Phase One

Phase One is for beginning bridge players or those who learned bridge a long time ago and want to learn modern bidding. This phase focuses primarily on bidding via the Standard American System. It covers the basics of opening 5-card Majors, Minors, or No Trump. In addition, 8 conventions are taught: Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Take-out Double, Negative Double, Gerber, Blackwood, Roman Key Card 1430, and Strong 2 Club openings. (A nominal fee is charged for the material if you choose to keep it.)

Link to Phase 1

Phase Two

Phase Two assumes players are familiar with the material in Phase One. This phase explores play of the hand as well as rudimentary defense. It also includes a number of additional conventions such as The Strong Jacoby Trump Raise, Weak Two bids, Michaels, Unusual No Trump, and more.

Link to Phase 2

Defensive Lessons by Rajiv Kapadia


Defensive Signals Attitude (2033 KB)


Defensive Signals Other (1050 KB)


Strategy for Defense (1400 KB)

Hands on Lessons

Tuesday Phase One Class

Wednesday Phase Two Class

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