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Bells & Whistles

Bridge kessonsBells & Whistles workshops are geared for intermediate players who want to learn useful tools and conventions that complement either Standard American or Two-over-One Game Force systems. Whether you are looking to add new tools to your game or simply want a better understanding of them, these workshops are for you. Each workshop stands on its own so players are welcome to attend whenever there is a topic of interest.

The 1½-hour workshops use experience from playing hands to emphasize teaching points. The workshops focus on the 16 conventions Larry Cohen recommends. ACBL Accredited Teacher, Susan Fronapfel, presents the lessons. Refreshments are provided. Come with a friend — or come alone and make new ones!

The Bells & Whistles workshops are on Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am; cost is $12 per workshop ($9 for Newtown Bridge Club members). Players receive a comprehensive handout for each workshop.

Questions? Contact Susan at or 203-733-8525.

COVID-19 attendance policy: All attendees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. Please bring your original CDC vaccination card with you.

Bells & Whistles, Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am
September 23 through December 9, 2021

Workshop Topic Dates
1 Negative Doubles Sep 23
2 Cue Bids showing Limit Raises (or better) Sep 30
3 Key Card Blackwood “1430” Oct 7
4 Advanced Stayman and Jacoby Transfers Oct 14
5 4th Suit Forcing Oct 21
6 DONT, a defense over opponents’ opening 1NT Oct 28
7 Unusual Notrump & Michaels Cuebid Nov 4
8 New Minor Checkback Nov 11
9 Jacoby 2NT Nov 18
10 Support Doubles Dec 2
11 Control-showing Cue Bids Dec 9
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12 Drury TBD
13 Inverted Minors TBD
14 Splinter Bids TBD
15 Reverses & Jump Shifts TBD
16 lebensohl, part 1 (after interference over 1NT) TBD
17 lebebsohl, part 2 TBD


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