ACBL Unit 503

Intermediate I

Level: Intermediate

Thursday Evenings
6:30-7:15 PM: Homework Help (Optional)
7:15 PM-9:30 PM: Class
January 12 - April 6
No Class on February 23

Instructor: Frank Smoot

Location: Bridge Center

Cost: $200

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

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

Strengthen your bidding and sharpen your intermediate to advanced play technique. This course includes discussion of the weekly topic, in-class exercises, lots of practice deals, homework, and occasional examples from deals played at the Wednesday Night game.

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

Using materials from many sources (primarily Richard Pavlicek) 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 12-Week Course Covers


  • Opener's Rebid (and when to raise with three-card support)
  • Opener's Third Bid (when Responder is weak/invites/forces)
  • Overcalls (and Advancing Partner's Overcall)
  • Takeout Doubles (and Advancing Partner's Double)
  • Preemptive Bidding (Vulnerability Matters)
  • Negative Doubles (and rebidding after Partner makes one)

Declarer Play:

  • Card Combinations (and when to shun a Finesse)
  • Odds (when to finesse – when to build a long suit)
  • Notrump Play Technique (Entries / Ducking)
  • Suit Play Technique (When to draw/postpone Trump)


  • Notrump Leads and Strategy (Active versus Passive Defense)
  • Suit Leads and Strategy (Which Suit? Which Card?)
Class Downloads**
Lesson 1 Opener's Rebid
Lesson 2 Opener's Third Bid
Lesson 3 Overcall
Lesson 4 on 1/29/17 Takeout Double
Lesson 5 on 2/14/17 Preempt
Lesson 6 on 2/15/17 Negative Double
Lesson 7 on 2/20/17 Card Combinations
Lesson 8 on 3/4/17 Play the Odds
Lesson 9 Play at Notrump
Lesson 10 on 3/23/17 Play at Suits
Lesson 11 on 3/27/17 Defense at Notrump
Lesson 12 Defense at Suits

**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 $200 to hold your spot to:
Barbara Shukov
14440 DeBell Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Frank Smoot
528 S Taaffe St
Sunnyvale, CA 94086