For information about Bridge Lessons in the Pittsburgh Area,
see the roster of current classes below. Check back frequently.  These pages update with the new class information.
If you have further questions, please call
412-407-CLUB (2582)
and leave a message.  Someone will get back to you!
“Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail
if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were
willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day.”  
- Warren Buffett  (More Bridge Quotes Below)




No clue what bridge is about?    

   Click Here for 'The Bridge World Magazine's Guide for Beginners'

or,  Click here for Richard Pavlicek's excellent primer page

or,     Click Here for Free "Learn to Play Bridge" Software!



Bridge Classes 

Start Date /Time
  Start Date / Fee

Title / Topic

How to Register
Aug 20 - Sept 24
6:30 - 8:30 PM
6 Weeks
$72, text $11

Bridge Basics 2:  COMPETITIVE BIDDING.  

Preemptive Bids, Overcalls, and Takeout Doubles.  


Treesdale Community Ctr.
Lorraine Hanna, Instructor
Email Lorraine
July & August
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
9 Weeks

BRIDGE I – BASIC/BIDDING: This is the first of a Bridge class series, comprising 8 sessions, and is an introductory class that concentrates on bidding. It is meant for those who are complete beginners, or for those who wish to bring their bridge up to date with current standards.

* Add-on sessions on Tuesday and/or Wednesday are possible

Passavant Zelienople
192 Burgess Drive
Zelienople, PA 16063
June Morrison, Instructor
Sep 9th - Oct 28th
7 - 9 PM
8 Weeks
Fee $55 / 70*

Brush-Up Bridge:  Sharpen your bridge skills by reviewing basic Standard American bidding, responses, leads, and hand evaluation.

* Member / Non-member pricing

JCC Squirrel Hill
5738 Forbes Ave.,
Pittsburgh PA 15217
Judi Sonon Instructor
Sep 10th - Nov 5th
9:30 - 11:30 AM
8 Weeks (Omit 9/24)
Fee $55 / 70*

Intermediate Bridge:  “Thinking Bridge” – Draw conclusions from the opening lead, the bidding, defensive signals, and then develop the best plan to make or defeat each hand.

* Member / Non-member pricing

JCC Squirrel Hill
5738 Forbes Ave.,
Pittsburgh PA 15217
Judi Sonon Instructor
Fridays 11:30 AM
Every Friday
Pittsburgh North Free Lesson
There will be a 45 minute free lesson followed by a 0-20 point game. A minimum of 12 hands will be played. Masterpoints will be awarded with at least 2 tables.
Sewickley YMCA
Click for Details
Register with Lorraine Hanna,  724-625-6419
or by email


Already know how to play bridge?  Try one of these "Non-Life Master" Duplicate Games:

Monday Afternoon 12:00 - Rodef Shalom, Oakland
Tuesday Afternoon 12:00 - Temple Beth El  - Mt. Lebanon

Wednesday Evening 7:00 - PAA Oakland (Sept thru May)
Thursday Afternoon 12:00 - Greensburg

Thursday Evening 6:00 - Temple Beth El - Mt. Lebanon
Friday Morning 10:30 - Greensburg

Friday Afternoon 12:30 - Sewickley YMCA "0-20 masterpoint game"

For directions to these games and contact information, click here for the Club Directory.



More Bridge Quotes:

 “Bridge teaches logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skills.” - Martina Navratilova

“Playing chess, bridge or a musical instrument significantly lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, according to the most comprehensive study to examine the benefits of challenging intellectual activity among the elderly.”  -The Washington Post, June 19, 2003
Based on a study released by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York

“It's a game you can play at any age. If you take it up young, you have fun doing it the rest of your life. A lot of games don't have that depth. This one does." - Bill Gates,  Microsoft founder and ACBL Member
Microsoft's Gaming Zone features a popular bridge-playing site

“Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.” - Novelist W. Somerset Maugham

A November 2000 study by University of California, Berkeley researcher Marian Cleeves Diamond found that playing contract bridge leaves people with higher numbers of immune cells: “Contract bridge was ideal for what we were after,” she said. “It is the closest activity to a challenging card-sorting task that also contains multiple factors that should stimulate the dorsolateral cortex. Bridge players plan ahead, they use working memory, they deal with sequencing, initiation and numerous other higher order functions with which the dorsolateral cortex is involved.” - University of California, Berkeley

“Bridge should become a mandatory subject in school, like they do it in Europe. It’s a very social game, so it helps you develop social skills, like golf. And it grooms the mind and does so many things for the brain. Children who learn bridge learn logic, math and concentration, and they have fun while they’re doing it. They also learn teamwork, because you have to work with a partner.”- Larry Cohen;  Palm Beach Post, January 20, 2003 Author of To Bid or Not to Bid, the best-selling bridge book in the world.

For Teachers:


Attention Teachers:  Free entries for a local club game for your beginner graduates.  Click here for information.



...That lesson being the fact that the Board of Directors has made a generous amount of money available for each Unit in District #5 to conduct a novice teaching program. Although this is a Unit project, any individual who wishes to take advantage of this opportunity may do so with Unit permission. Some of our members have participated in this program and found it a great way to get others involved in bridge. If you are interested, we have wonderful format you can follow – or simply design your own program.
Project request forms are available on the District #5 website:
or contact Jan Assini at 330-995-8629, or via email: (  )



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