Beginning Lessons

Beginning Lessons are taught on Mondays

Judy is on left. I didn't think I was that funny!

Judy is on left. I didn’t think I was that funny!

Beginning lessons are taught by Judy Remmers. Judy is an experienced teacher and excellent player. She has an easy way of guiding students through the first part of learning bridge. Students feel very comfortable and learn fast. Under her guidance the experience is fun and stress-free. Her students are very loyal. Most who start move on to become very good players.

Laying down a good foundation with the right basics makes it easy to improve. Lesson materials include hand out summaries and practice sheets to help everyone remember. 

Lessons start at 9 AM at the Modesto Bridge Center.

Judy playing hands for fun with students after lessons.

Judy playing hands for fun with students after lessons.



Part of Judy's Class

Part of Judy’s Class







Students eat lunch around 11:30. Some stay and play through the afternoon, others leave at noon.

Judy’s lesson handouts and exercises are available by clicking here. You will need a password from Judy, Chuck or Libby (,,


Just Getting Started? This is for you.

In the US, most of us bid using a system called Standard American or Modern Standard American.  In Modesto, we make one exception to this system when opening a minor. We bid 3 and 4 card suits up the line. So if we have 3 clubs and 3 diamonds (and no 5 card major) we open a club. Likewise, with 4 clubs and 4 diamonds, we open 1 club.  In responding to partner’s 1 club opening, we bid 4 cards suits up the line. If we have 4 diamonds and 4 hearts, we say 1 diamond (mostly). It is gives us only one thing to remember instead of two and no disadvantage.

Here is a short summary of American Standard from ACBL.  Booklet Explaining Standard American bidding You might also like  15 Words Allowed During the Bridge Auction

In order to play duplicate, you need to fill out a convention card. Here is a sample. Standard American convention card For details in how to fill out a convention card, click here.

In the 1980’s, this system was outlined by ACBL to be used at “Yellow Card” events where everyone would play exactly the same system, with no alerts or misunderstandings. It is sometimes referred to as Standard American Yellow Card. It has become widely used as a basis for modern bidding in the US and is the rule at online games, such as bridgebase (free) and OKbridge (not too expensive).

BEST ONLINE LESSONS The basics are beautifully taught on line at Even though this site was  developed and run by New Zealanders, it does a great job of teaching basic American Standard bidding. Each lesson is accompanied by 12 practice hands, which may be played with comments and help or without. Great way to support what you learn in class from Judy.

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