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Defense in the 21st Century

Bridge lessons You are a defender twice as often as you are declarer and whoever said defense was challenging was right. More tricks are dropped on defense than on bidding and play combined. This class will help you become a confident defender who can find the strengths your partnership holds as well as the weaknesses in declarer's hand.

Come with your partner — or come alone and make new friends! See how quickly you can polish your bridge game.

The bridge program at Newtown Bridge Club emphasizes fun and learning from playing. The Monday morning lessons use experience from playing hands to emphasize teaching points. ACBL Accredited Teacher, Susan Fronapfel, presents the lessons. Refreshments are provided.

Bridge defense in the 21st century

Tuition is $12 per lesson ($9 for Newtown Bridge Club members). The textbook, Defense in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant, is available from the instructor for $12. Advance registration appreciated but not required.

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.

Defense in the 21st Century, Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am
September 20 through November 22, 2021

Week Topic Date
1 Leading against Notrump Sep 20
2 Leading against a Suit Contract Sep 27
3 Playing as the Third Hand Oct 4
4 Playing as the Second Hand Oct 11
5 Signaling for the Defense Oct 18
6 Creating Tricks for the Defense Oct 25
7 Foiling Declarer's Plans Nov 1
8 Planning the Defense Nov 8
9 Reading the Dummy Nov 15
10 Encore and practice Nov 22


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