“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)

Know how to play, and looking for a Novice / Newcomer Game?   Click Here!


New!  0-5 masterpoint game.  Two Saturdays per month @ Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church.   Game time is 11 am, with free mini-lesson at 10:30.  Cost is $5 pp.

August Games are 8/13 and 8/27

RSVP here so we can plan.  Click HERE for a map.





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!


Time / Date / Fee / Site


Saturday September 3rd
11 am - 4:30 pm
LEARN BRIDGE IN 1 DAY?    Designed for the complete beginner, this single-session crash course will teach the basics of our wonderful game.  Combination of Lecture / PowerPoint and at-table individualized instruction.
Click here for details.
9:30 - 11:30 am
Starting July 18 for 5 consecutive weeks
5 weeks,   Fee: $50

Focus on Play and Defense.  Designed for Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Bridge players.  

Classes will be scheduled based on minimum attendance. You will be notified if registration does not  meet minimum registration.      

WHERE:  Rodef Shalom Congregation  4905 Fifth Ave, Pgh. PA 15213   
Registration forms available at area duplicate games. 
Note:  Make all checks payable to Rodef Shalom Sisterhood
Mininum class size 12 students (3 tables) Maximum class size 20 students  (5 tables) Teacher:  Arlene Port
Online Registration   or,    Call Arlene Port 412-521-3637
10:15 - 11:30 am
Aug 4 - Sep 22
7 Weeks (No class 9/01)
 Fee: $45
Intermediate Card Play.  Focusing on Declarer Play.   Taught by Bob Quinlan
Classes will be scheduled based on minimum attendance. You will be notified if registration does not  meet minimum registration.
WHERE: Beth El Congregation  1900 Cochran Rd., Pgh. PA 15220
  • Planning the play: Count your tricks, Review opening lead and bidding, Playing to trick one
  • Lines of play: Highest chance of success,  Suit combinations,
  • Managing Trumps: Drawing trumps (or not), Trump control, Ruffs in short hand,  Cross-Ruffing, Dummy Reversal
  • Transportation
  • Unblocking
  • End Plays
  • Simple Squeeze Positions
  • Playing IMPS v. Matchpoints
Online Registration   Or,    Call Bob @ 412-303-2179
10 am - 12 pm
Aug 11 - Sep 1
4 Weeks  Fee: $48

Doubles Galore: In depth look at Takeout Doubles, Advancing a Takeout Double, Opener's subsequent Bids; How to respond to partner after your right hand opponent doubles. Negative Doubles, Penalty Doubles, Balancing Doubles 

Instructor:   Lorraine Hanna

lorrainehanna4@gmail.com   724-625-6419

Register Online

6:30 - 8:30 pm
Aug 16 - Sep 6
4 Weeks  Fee: $45

Play Course based on Bridge Basics 1,  An Introduction, by Audrey Grant.  No Trump Openings and Responses, Major and Minor Suit Openings and Responses.    You will play bridge hands which we will then critique as to the bidding, play and defense.

Instructor:   Lorraine Hanna

lorrainehanna4@gmail.com   724-625-6419

Register Online

9:30 - 11:30 am
 Sep 7 - Nov 2
8 Weeks  (No class 10/12)Fee: $56 JCC Member
$72 non-member

Intermediate Bridge:  Defense – Course focuses on defensive strategies such as third-hand play, signaling attitude, count, suit preference, leads, discards, and Rule of 11.

Instructor:   Judi Sonon


Register Online

If you have further questions, please call
412-407-CLUB (2582)
and leave a message.  Someone will get back to you!


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

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

“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:



...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: http://www.d5bridge.com/Units.htm
or contact Jan Assini via email: ( jazohio@aol.com  )