Live Teaching Games and Seminars on BBO and Zoom!

During Social Distancing I am bringing my seminars right into your home!


There are three options all described below:


Online Mini-Lessons ($30 for four lessons you can buy in the online store or through Venmo, Zelle, or personal check. See the FLYER.

You have a 50 minute experience with a lecture topic and examples. You then receive a handout for the lesson through email.

They are done on a combination of BBO and/or Zoom video conferencing.


Teaching Game: You play in an ACBL tournament on BBO and register through BBO ($10). The hands are played in a teaching tournament style. They are scored barometer style (simultaneously) and discussion with the group can occur at the end of each round (or occasionally, every few rounds). We go through a short Powerpoint and trough each example hand in depth. You receive an email with links so that you can replay the example hands as often as you like.


Expert Commentary Game:

These are BBO tournaments that are played in my private club on BBO. You play a 12-board tournament with a theme and then after the tournament is over you receive a write-up from each of the 12 hands. The theme may be a convention such as Negative Doubles, a declarer play skill such an Avoiding a Finesse, or a defensive play skill such as Finessing the Dummy. I will usually advertise the skill ahead of time so you have an idea what are you trying. You register for these through BBO as well and the cost is $3.50. 

Schedule

Friday July 10, 2020 10 AM Eastern USA Time

Friday July 17, 2020 10 AM Eastern USA Time

Monday July 20, 2020 9:10 AM Eastern USA Time

Friday July 24, 2020 10 AM Eastern USA Time

Monday July 27, 2020 9:10 AM Eastern USA Time

Friday July 31, 2020 10 AM Eastern USA Time


Expert Commentary Games: Private Club on BBO

My Private Club is named GRYPHO

Wednesday July 8th 7:30 PM - Splinter Bids

Saturday July 11th, 10:30 AM - Splinter Bids


Topics in Defensive Play (8 of 12 topics, not a series)

Topics in Defensive Play (9 of 12 topics, not a series)

Online Mini-Lesson: New Minor Forcing

Topics in Defensive Play (10 of 12 topics, not cumulative)

Online Mini-Lesson: Penalty Doubles

Topics in Defensive Play (11 of12 topics, not a series)


From BBO's Home Page Choose Virtual Clubs and then

All Clubs from the next Screen. You may begin registration 2 hours before the tournament begins. You will receive an email with write-ups of every hand in the tournament.  

Cost

The tournaments cost $10 to join, payable in BBO dollars. All tournament registrants will be given a link to a ZOOM seminar. The link will only be provided to the registrants of the tournament. This is currently the only way to take part in my seminars and teaching tournaments. You must have an active BBO account and BBO $ in your account to register. The Expert Commentary Games cost $3.50. After the tournament is completed, you will receive an email with write-ups of every hand that you played.

Seminar Name

Level

1-5

Type

Sub-type

Description

Basic Stayman

1

Bidding

Convention

How to find a major fit and how responder shows strength after a 1NT opening

Takeout Doubles

1

Defense

Convention

The requirements and uses of takeout doubles

Overcalls

1

Defense

Strategy

The reasons why we overcall and best practices

Hand Evaluation Methods & The Rule of 20

1

Bidding

Evaluation

Discusses basic evaluation methods; HCP, quick tricks, married honors, tenaces, and the Rule of 20 and 20+2

Fitting Honors

2

Bidding

Evaluation

1st and Original Seminar written by Kevin. On Hand Evaluation! Uses location of honors intead of pure HCP to evaluate.

Basic Losing Trick Count (LTC)

2

Bidding

Evaluation

Learn how to count losers and why losers may be an effective evaluation method.

Rule of 11

2

Defense

Play

Using the Rule of 11 for third hand play and declarer

Covering Honors

2

Defense

Play

When and more importantly why we cover honors

Bidding After Overcalls

2

Bidding

Agreements

Advancer's rules and agreements

Bidding After Takeout Doubles

2

Bidding

Agreements

Advancer's rules and agreements

Support Showing Cuebids

2

Bidding

Agreements

What is a cuebid and what does it show?, When does it show support? When does it show a control?

Timing

2

Declarer

Play

Understanding Timing and How it affects declarer's plan

Entries

2

Declarer

Play

Using Entries Wisely and how to create an entry

Suit Establishment

2

Declarer

Play

Choosing the correct plan as declarer

Crossruffs

2

Declarer

Play

Mastering the technique; includes rules and many pitfalls

Using the Dummy Wisely

2

Declarer

Play

Pausing at Trick One to Make a Plan. Evaluating how dummy can help you and then following the plan.

Opening Leads

2

Declarer

Play

Please consult with me; I will teach your style as my style is not widely accepted (Aor Q = attitude, K for count)

Attitude Signals

2

Defense

Play

How, When, and Why to give attitude signals

Advanced Losing Trick Count

2

Bidding

Evaluation

Builds on Basic LTC and adds additional uses.

Preempts & Bidding Over Partner's Preempt

3

Bidding

Strategy

Focuses on Position and Vulnerability and Partner's Expectations

Advanced Stayman Auction (2D rebid)

3

Bidding

Convention

Smolen, Delayed Texas Transfers

Using The Auction to Determine Your Lead

3

Defense

Opening Lead

Use The Auction to determine Trump, Aggressive, or Passive Type Lead and which suit to lead

Control Showing Bids

3

Bidding

Strategy

Definition of controls and using a control showing bid to facilitate slam bidding

LSDUP (Long, Short, Dead, Uppercut, Promotion)

3

Defense

Play

Defending based on Dummy's hand and shape. An unusual but unusually effective way to plan a defense.

Hold-up Plays

3

Declarer

Play

Understanding Why You Hold-up and The Rule of 7

Count Signals

3

Defense

Play

How, When, and Why to give count signals

Suit Preference Signals

3

Defense

Play

How, When, and Why to give suit preference signals

Roman Key Card Blackwood

4

Bidding

Convention

RKB is an effective upgrade. Learn the queen ask and specific kings.

Basic Lebensohl

4

Bidding

Competitive

Understanding a Relay, Use over NT openings. Updated and available beginning January 2019.

Advanced Lebensohl

4

Bidding

Competitive

Using After a Weak Two is Doubled and After a Reverse

Quantitative Notrump Auctions

4

Bidding

Convention

Understanding the many uses and responses to a seemingly simple bid

Loser on Loser Plays

4

Declarer

Play

There are 10 types of Loser on Loser plays. I'll choose ones appropriate for your group.

Advanced Stayman Auctions (2M rebid)

4

Declarer

Convention

Showing the fit; FG bids, Splinters, Baze, Delayed Jacoby Transfers

Elimination Plays

5

Declarer

Play

Mastering the technique; includes discussion of endplays

Basics of Squeeze Play

5

Declarer

Play

Basic Technique; Threats, Losers, Timing, Entries

Two-Way New Minor Forcing

5

Bidding

Convention

An effective but totally new approach to your minor suit oriented auctions. A sea change from original NMF.

New Minor Forcing

3

Bidding

Convention

A fresh approach to a critical convention. NMF is a must learn convention for any duplicate player.

Lebensohl Over a Weak Two Doubled

5

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Convention

Learn the use of space saving relays and their ability to solve otherwise nasty problems.

30 Seconds to Taking More Tricks

2

Declarer

Play

Learn what to think about when dummy comes down and also learn the two best ways to get extra tricks

Highly Reviewed and Recommended for First Time Seminars

Travel Seminar for 2020; Available on NO Advance Notice

New for 2020

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