ACBL Unit 503

Essential Conventions

Level: Intermediate

Thursday Evenings
6:30-7:15 PM: Homework Help (Optional)
7:15 PM-9:30 PM: Class
June 14 - August 16
No Class on July 5 and August 2

Instructor: Frank Smoot

Location: Bridge Center

Cost: $175

For more information contact Barbara Shukov (650) 949-2410 email.

For more information contact Frank Smoot (408) 732-5736 email.

Strengthen your bidding with essential conventions. You will understand and use twelve popular conventions. These conventions are useful, easy-to-remember and fun to play. This course includes discussion of the weekly topic, in-class exercises, lots of practice deals and homework.

This course is designed for bridge players who have a minimum of one year of experience playing duplicate bridge.

Using materials from many sources you will learn concepts, do exercises in class (homework outside of class) and finish the evening by playing hands relating to the topic. Snacks are also provided. You will be amazed at what you'll learn, even if you've played for years and years!

The in-class exercises are available in electronic format so students can play the hands at home and receive commentary on their bidding and play (requires Bridge Baron software).

Our course lecturer is the very popular Frank Smoot who has taught bridge to beginners and beyond in Palo Alto for 15+ years.  Frank and our wonderful volunteers give students individual attention which helps our students learn in a fun environment.

Please contact Frank Smoot email for more information.

This 8-Week Course Covers


  • Jacoby & Texas Transfers
  • Jacoby 2NT & 1430 RKC Blackwood
  • Splinters
  • Inverted Minor Suit Raises
  • New Minor Forcing and Fourth Suit Forcing
  • Drury
  • Two Suited Overcalls
  • Responsive Doubles & Truscott 2N
Class Downloads**
Lesson 1  
Lesson 2  
Lesson 3  
Lesson 4  
Lesson 5  
Lesson 6  
Lesson 7  
Lesson 8  

**Downloads may change a couple of days prior to class.

Instructions for downloading and playing files with Bridge Baron

Bridge Baron Support

Bridge Baron Website. We usually have copies of Bridge Baron at class which we sell at a discount.

*After registering, please send a check made out to Frank Smoot in the amount of $175 to hold your spot to:
Barbara Shukov
14440 DeBell Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Frank Smoot
528 S Taaffe St
Sunnyvale, CA 94086