ACBL Unit 503

Intermediate II

Level: Intermediate

6:30-7:15 PM: Homework Help (Optional)
7:15 PM-9:30 PM: Class
September 14- December 14
No class on October 12 and November 23

Instructor: Frank Smoot

Location: Bridge Center

Cost: $200

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

This course reviews and expands upon topics from Intermediate Bridge I and adds topics covering what to do when the opponents get into the auction (and they will more often in this course).

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.

The 12-Week Course Covers



  • Weak Two Bid
  • Strong Two-Club Opening
  • Bidding Judgment - Uncontested
  • Bidding Judgment - Contested
  • Competing and Sacrificing (Partscore and High-level Competition)
  • Combating Weak Openings (Overcalling and Doubling)

Declarer Play:

  • Declarer Suit Tactics (Loser-on-loser and Elimination Play)
  • Combine Your Chances
  • Endplays (Force a defender to Help You)
  • Entries (new for 2013)


  • Third Hand Play (Finesse Against Dummy)
  • Second Hand Play
Class Downloads**
Lesson 1 Weak Twos
Lesson 2 Strong 2 Club
Lesson 3 Bidding Judgment - Uncontested
Lesson 4 Bidding Judgment - Contested
Lesson 5 Compete
Lesson 6 Combating Weak Openings
Lesson 7 on 10/30/17 Suit Tactics
Lesson 8 Combine Chances
Lesson 9 End Plays
Lesson 10 on 11/23/17 Entries
Lesson 11 Third Hand
Lesson 12 Second Hand

**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:
Frank Smoot
528 S Taaffe St
Sunnyvale, CA 94086