Beginning bridge classes with American Contract Bridge League Hall of Fame member Patty Tucker typically start the second week of September with daytime and early evening start times. Each class runs 10 weeks and costs $200. A second session is usually offered beginning in January.
Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Center, Dunwoody Park South, Building 5, Suite 118, Dunwoody. 770-248-0306.
Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta.
Bridge & Company
Founder and lead instructor Melissa Bernhardt was co-creator of Whirlwind Bridge with Tucker. That set of materials includes the concept behind Learn Bridge in a Day? ® , which Bridge & Company offers periodically. They also teach higher-level bridge "boot camps." The group is also trying to gauge interest for a "Bridge Brunch" where they will "simply gather periodically in a fun setting to share a meal and an afternoon of cards." To reach out to Bridge & Company, use its website to email individual instructors or on its Facebook page.
Location: The clubhouse at Cross Creek, 1221 Cross Creek Parkway, Atlanta. 404-351-7600.
Atlanta Junior Bridge
Funded by private and corporate donations, Atlanta Junior Bridge furnishes teachers and materials for groups that want to teach children and young adults to play bridge. It also teaches free lessons for all players 25 and under on Saturdays. The basic lessons start in mid-September and run up to the winter holidays with various instructors including Patty Tucker, Bob Jones and Marty Nathan. Contact Patty Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Atlanta Junior Bridge also offers an online library geared to Juniors but available to anyone, with very specific topics like how to bid no trump.
Club location: Bridge Club of Atlanta, 4920 Roswell Road, Suite 33 (Fountain Oaks Shopping Center), Atlanta. 678-812-4324.
Bridge in a Box
While this bridge tool crafted by Grand Life Master Tucker may not substitute for hands-on learning, it does allow you to start playing right away and costs around $49. There are no lectures and you learn at your own pace, either using the four-player or individual option via the mobile/computer app.
The ACBL also maintains a directory of personal bridge instructors, and Atlanta has its fair share. Many of those listed are the same ones teaching local classes; some offer online options as well where students pay by the hour.
Bridge Base Online is a great practice tool and also runs ACBL-sanctioned tournaments. On BBO, after downloading software a few of the free options include playing a stream of hands, practicing bids at a "bidding table" or sharpening your wits at video bridge. For those who learn best by listening to experts, there are also online tutorials. For an Atlanta expert, try Tucker's online "Bridge Chats With Patty." They begin with a free introductory session and continue with topical downloads like "opening bids" for $2.50 each.