ACBL Unit 503

Intermediate IV

Level: Intermediate

6:30-7:15 PM: Homework Help (Optional)
7:15 PM-9:30 PM: Class
March 29 - May 24
No class on April 12

Instructor: Frank Smoot

Location: Bridge Center

Cost: $175

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

This new course goes beyond the topics from Intermediate Bridge II and Intermediate Bridge III (Beyond Intermediate).

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

Using materials from many sources (primarily Richard Pavlicek) you will learn powerful and practical bidding, play and defense 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 8-Week Course Covers

Declarer Play:

  • Trump Control
  • Trick One Tips
  • Suit Establishment
  • Timing
  • Counting


  • Signaling
  • Trump Promotion and Defensive Ruffs
  • Counting
Class Downloads**
Lesson 1 on 3/27/18 Trump Control
Lesson 2 on 3/31/18 Trick One Tips
Lesson 3 on 4/9/18 Suit Establishment
Lesson 4 on 4/24/18 Timing
Lesson 5 on 4/28/18 Counting
Lesson 6 Signal
Lesson 7 Defensive Trump Tricks
Lesson 8 Defensive Counting

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