Bridge at Hidden Valley
Learn to evaluate your hand properly, master bidding conventions and acquire new techniques from experts as you immerse yourself in bridge at Hidden Valley Institute.
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Program No. 23081RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Elevate your bridge game with expert instruction at the serene Hidden Valley Institute on the central California coast. Immerse yourself in the world of bridge each day, learning techniques and strategies in sessions with a master instructor followed by supervised play reflecting the skills learned in class, complete with scoring and discussion and relaxed play in the evening. The combination of bridge lessons and practice gives you the discipline to play your hands properly and communicate with your partner at a higher level. Between bridge sessions, discover the fascinating Monterey region with a free afternoon and presentations from local experts. By week’s end, be amazed at how much fun you had while your skills improved.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking along flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Become a better bridge player by immersing yourself completely in the game, surrounded by fellow enthusiasts.
  • Enjoy the nature and beauty of sunny, oak-studded Carmel Valley with classes and lodgings at Hidden Valley Institute.
  • Master bidding conventions like Stayman, Jacoby Transfers and Takeout Doubles. Perfect play-of-the-hand techniques and acquire lethal defensive methods like leads and second- and third-hand plays.

General Notes

This program is designed for intermediate players who have mastered basic bridge concepts and scoring and are excited to move to the next level. Appropriate for social, party and tournament players.
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Frank Smoot
Frank Smoot is a popular teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 30 years experience teaching bridge to all levels. His wonderful sense of humor and common-sense style keeps his students coming back again and again. Frank was raised in New England and has degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and Santa Clara University. Frank worked in Silicon Valley for many decades, starting when it produced silicon chips next to fruit orchards. When he is not enjoying bridge, he likes to be outdoors.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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