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 

Day Start Date /Time
  Start Date / Fee

Title / Topic

How to Register
April 28 - June 9
9 - 11 AM
7 Weeks
$70 plus Text ($12) if Req'd

Beginning Bridge: Bridge Basics #1. A class for those who wish to learn how to play bridge with a solid foundation. This course will use Bridge Basics #1 by Audrey Grant.

Taught by  Lou Joseph.



Rodef Shalom
3905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Lou Joseph, Instructor
Email Arlene Port
Register Online
April 28 - June 9
9 - 11 AM
7 Weeks
Intermediate Bridge: TRICKS OF THE TRADE!  Competitive bidding: To bid - or not to bid;  Auction warning signs; Gerber, the most misused convention, preemptive, intermediate and strong jump responses.  Why are you leading that card? Attitude vs. count. Suit preferences.  Do you want a ruff? Whose contract is it anyway?

Taught by Arlene Port


Rodef Shalom
3905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Lou Joseph, Instructor
Email Arlene Port
Register Online
May 28 - July 2
No Class May 21
6:30 - 8:30 PM
6 Weeks
$72 + Text

Introduction to Bridge: This course will cover the Language of Bridge, OneNoTrump Openings and Responses; Major and Minor Suit Openings and Responses. .


Treesdale Community Ctr.
Lorraine Hanna, Instructor
Email Lorraine
June 4 - July 23
9:30 - 11:30 AM
8 Weeks
$50 JCC Member / $72 Non

Bridge Clinic:  Intermediate level class.  Some of the duplicate bridge conventions covered will include: Weak Two Bids, Two Clubs Strong and Artificial, the Jacoby Transfer, New Minor Suit Forcing, and Drury.


JCC -  Squirrel Hill
5738 Forbes Ave.,
Pittsburgh PA 15217
 412-521-8011  X362
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 - JCC South - Scott Twp.

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

Thursday Evening 6:00 - JCC South - Scott Twp.
Friday Morning 10:30 - Greensburg

Friday Afternoon 12:30 - Sewickley YMCA "0-5 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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