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Updated: 20  NOV  2022

Weclome to the Cincinnati Bridge Association Newcomer's Page! 
We hope you find lots of great information about bridge and how to enjoy this game at your own pace.  We recognize that different people have fun at bridge in many different ways.  We want you to be able to get the most fun possible out of this great game of ours.  We welcome back all of you who played bridge some time ago and want to re-engage the fun you remember.  We also welcome all who are new to bridge and just starting out in the game.  We have something for everybody.  

Please be sure to check out the current schedule of bridge classes and current events in the Cincinnati area.  Don't miss COME AND PLAY BRIDGE and Supervised Play offered at the Cincinnati Bridge Center, and Non-Life Master Duplicate Games offered throughout the metropolitan area. 

There are many bridge games around town.  You can play at different venues. 
The Cincinnati Bridge Center (CBC) is at 2860 Cooper Road, Cincinnati OH 45241, and is near I-75 in Evendale.  CBC Website
The Northern Kentucky Bridge Club meets weekdays. NKy Website for location and details. 

The following are offered at the Cincinati Bridge Center for Newcomers:
Saturday Supervised Play - 9:30 AM to 12 NOON
(Includes 20 min lecture/lesson before play) 

Are you looking to learn about Duplicate Bridge or practice what you've learned in recent duplicate bridge lessons?  Do you feel more comfortable learning in a relaxed setting with people of your own experience level? The Cincinnati Bridge Association offers Saturday Supervised Play for bridge players starting or wanting to start playing bridge! Focus will be on new conventions, better bidding, and play techniques.  These sessions are open to members and non-members alike. 

Supervised Play is for those familiar with bridge but still basically beginners. In Supervised Play, experienced bridge players coach you on bidding, play and defense during each hand.  Supervised Play provides you with an opportunity to meet new partners, and there is a half hour lesson before play begins.

Supervised play is not a sanctioned game - no master points are awarded.   One weekend every month the Saturday Supervised Play Duplicate might hold a sanctioned game for masterpoints ($5 per person) if there are enough tables.  Be sure to try this - a great way to learn about playing duplicate bridge! 

Come join us for a fun Saturday morning!  Bring a friend! Show up a few minutes early to sign in.  We will match players of similar experience at the table.  A short lecture starts at 9:30 AM (various bridge topics).

Cost:  $5 per person ($1 Youth).

Contact Mike Purcell ( ) if you have any questions about Saturday Supervised play.
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Interested in Duplicate Bridge?  Here are all the offerings in the Cincinnati Area for Non-Life Masters.  You may always play in any open game of your choice.  All games are stratified so you are competing with your peers for masterpoint awards. 

Mon CBC Altman's U2000 Pairs  7 PM
 Contact John Altman for partners  
Tue CBC 0-200 Pairs 11 AM Bills Bridge Club
 We play 18 boards and you can ask questions and get advice as you play.
Contact Bill Brewer at
Wed CBC U1500 Pairs - Reservations Required - game if attendance warrants. 
 Contact Isaac Stephani  
Thu CBC Invitational Pairs 10 AM
 Contact Rob Lail for partners

Thu CBC "Eight is Enough Swiss Teams" 6:30 PM 
(1st 3rd 5th Only)
Learn team bridge in a friendly environment with balanced teams.  Team points must be less than 8. (0-400 1 point. 401-2000 2 points > 2000 3 points). Contact John Meinking for a partner or a team. 513-379-2882
Fri CBC  Friday Bridge Friendly social duplicate bridge with no masterpoints.  $5 per person.  Contact Bob Letourneau

Sat   CBC Supervised Play 9:30 A - 12 Noon Supervised Play . Check the calendar for dates. Lecture at 9:30.  Play begins 10 AM.  $5 per person.  You will be placed at a table with people matching your skill.  Contact Mike Purcell
CBC is the Cincinnati Bridge ClubNKY BC is the Northern Kentucky Bridge Club

Check the CBC and NKBC home pages for the director's contact information. Call ahead for all NLM Games.  If there are not at least 2.5 tables, there will be no limited section.
Newcomers Reference Material

Play of the Hand
The Finesse
Suit Contracts - Counting Losers
Suit Contracts - Ruffing in the Short Hand, Dummy Reversal
Suit Contracts - Developing Side Suits
Suit Contracts - Cross Ruffing
NT Contract Play – Counting Winners
NT Contract Play – Developing our Suits Before Opponents Establish Theirs
NT Contract Play - When to take Stoppers
Introduction to Duplicate

Opening Leads Part 1
Opening Leads Part 2
Opening Leads Part 3
First Discards and Signals
Second Hand Low
Third Hand High
Covering an Honor with an Honor

Bidding to the Right Level (Part Score, Game, Slam)
2C Opening Bid and Responses
Opening Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment [Worksheet]
Rebids by Opener - II
Invitational Bids by Opener - Minors
Responder Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment
Invitational Bidding by Responder
Preemptive Openings and Overcalls
Responding to Preemptive Openings
The Stayman Convention
Jacoby Transfers
Slam Conventions - Blackwood and Roman Key Card

Overcalls and Interference

Overcalls - 1 Level

Overcalls - 2 Level
Overcalls - Advancer Responses (simple raises, cue bids)
Overcalls 1N, 2N over a Weak 2
Overcalls - Big Hands
Michaels Cue Bids
Takeout Doubles