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Westfield Area Y Offers Beginner Bridge Classes

Christine Alger

Friday, February 21, 2014 • 9:52am

The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce a new eight-week Beginner Bridge class this spring.  The class begins March 5th and meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Westfield Area Y’s Bauer Branch, 422 East Broad Street in Westfield.  Participants with little or no experience are welcome. 

This Beginning Class uses Audrey Grant’s revolutionary "Cards-On-The-Table" teaching method that has you playing bridge from the very first lesson, making learning bridge fun, easier, faster and more effective.  Participants will learn by playing, analyzing, and discussing many interesting deals instead of listening to lectures.  It starts at the beginning, introducing the mechanics of the game through its history.  The series will cover the fundamentals of the three aspects of the game such as bidding, play and defense.  Audrey Grant’s “Better Bridge 1: An Introduction” textbook is offered separately for a fee and presents the most current concepts and accurate information available.  It was developed with the assistance of the game's top champions. The material is presented in a clear, well-organized format, moving smoothly from one topic to the next.

The class is instructed by ACBL accredited bridge instructor, Robin Gillett. Robin is an ACBL Accredited Bridge Instructor, Tournament Director and Silver Life Master.  He states, “Bridge is the world’s greatest game of the mindIt’s stimulating and challenging and it also provides the ideal setting for socializing with interesting people and making new friends.”

Classes are open to members and non-members for a fee.   Members can register online at www.westfieldynj.org and non-members can register in person at the Welcome Center at the Main Y Facility.  For more information, please contact Jean White at (908) 233-2700 ext. 246 or e-mail Robin Gillett at bridge@westfieldynj.org.  The Y also offers bridge classes for all experience levels from beginner to intermediate. 

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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