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Audio Visual Voice Lessons

Marty, this is absolutely the greatest thing since sliced bread.

It's like having private lessons - maybe better. The ability to hear you think out loud - explaining every conceivable play / bid covers all skill levels.

And, as I told Howard, the software covers every possible need of the student - go back, skip ahead, and then the best of all to actually play the hand as you recommended to lock in the lesson learned.

I'm frankly speechless.
You two have a winner here !
And, will make any dedicated student a winner as well.  -- Jill D.

"Advancing Partner's Takeout Double"

  "Your Most Important Suit: Trump"

   "How To Defeat 4 Of A Major"

   "How to Survive an Enemy Preempt"

   "Timing is Everything -- Declarer"

   "Good Judgment In Third Seat"

   "Do You Really Know When To Open 1NT?"

   "Make the Most of Your Entries"

   "Make The Most Of Your Preempts"

      "Responder's Rebid - The Key To The Auction"

    "How to Play 3NT"

    "What you Must Know about Jacoby 2NT"

    "Roman Key Card Blackwood"

    "Drawing Trump: All, Some, or None?"

    "How to Compete After Your RHO Doubles"

    "Effective Overcalls"

    "To Finesse or Not to Finesse"

Marty now delivers his lessons in an interesting new audio visual format.   These lessons are available at a time convenient to you, rather than on a fixed schedule.  We are very excited about this format, and students have found that it makes the lessons even more interesting and useful.

Using your web browser, you can hear an oral lesson while simultaneously viewing the cards.

Use the following link to order the lesson:

You can also use this link to view a free demonstration lesson.

Our audio visual format significantly enhances your learning experience:

The combination of voice and visual effects makes it easier to
understand what Marty is teaching.
The lesson is interactive, so students "learn by doing."
You can proceed at your own pace.
You can play and replay all or some of the lesson whenever you choose
as many times as you like.
The lesson includes a written transcript for you to study.
The lesson contains more material than Marty's previous online lessons.
The lesson is designed to work on most popular computers and browsers,
including Windows, Mac, and iPad.


The price for the lesson is $25.

You also have the option of ordering just the transcript for $20.
(Because this option includes only the transcript and no voice or
interactive features, we don't recommend this.)


Online Group Lessons These are 100-minute lessons on a single topic.  If you missed the previous online lessons, you can still get the transcript, FAQ, and Bergenisms guidelines for each topic for $20 per lesson:

       ♣ 2011 November - Improve Your Slam Bidding With Control-Bids

         September - How to Compete Over 1NT (Theirs and Yours) - Part 2

         ♥  July - How to Succeed in a Partscore

         May: How To Compete Over 1NT (Theirs and Yours) - Part 1

       March: Improve Your Competitive Bidding with "The LAW"

         January: Make Your Slams More Often

         ♥ 2010 November:  What you MUST Know about 1NT Forcing

       September: What you MUST Know about 2/1 Game Forcing

       August: Squeezes and Endplays

       ♠ July: What you Must Know about Negative Doubles

         ♥  June: Bergen on Bergen Raises

         ♦ May:  Free Demo Lesson: Sharpen Your Declarer Play

         ♣ April: Learn to Make the Best Rebid

       March: How to Create Trump Tricks on Defense

         ♥  February: What you Must Know about Balancing

         ♦ January: How to Declare a Suit Contract

          2009 December: What Everyone Must Know about Competitive Bidding

           November: How to Find the Best Opening Lead

         October: Secrets of Better Hand Evaluation

     ♦ September:  Declarer Play

         July:  What to do Over a Preempt

Seminars - Classes and lectures that are open to the public.   Usually 4 topics covered in-depth over two 1/2-day sessions.   Shorter lectures, e.g., 1-1/2 hours, are also popular.  1 or 2 sessions per day, or 1/2 day sessions, for one or more days.  Topics, teaching materials, and level of instruction are geared to your audience.  Can include supervised play if desired. 


Directors & Club Owners: Make money at your Club giving Marty's Lessons via the Internet)- click link for details!   This is a special arrangement with eBridge Workshops.

Private Lessons with Marty Bergen: "The perfect gift for any bridge player."

  ♠  Improve Your Bridge with an Experienced, Knowledgeable Teacher - Private one-on-one (or 2 players) Bridge Lessons with Marty Bergen

  ♥  As much detail and explanation as you want. You are billed only for my actual time involved based on $1 per minute (so 5 minutes = $5, 1 hour = $60, etc).

  ♦  We talk by Phone and/or Email - You choose the format/topics - Q&A, conventions, bidding, card play, etc. (Beginners, Intermediates, and Advanced are all welcome to receive lessons at their own level)

  ♣  If interested, call me at 800 386-7432 or Email

Here's a sample tip and lesson sheet from Marty - typical of teaching materials used for tutoring and coaching, it is tailored specifically to your requests.


2/1 Game Forcing (Bergen Style)

after 1H or 1S is opened in 1,2 seat and opponents pass:


Opener’s Rebids (after a response in a new suit at 2 level)

None of the following promises extra values:

    2 of original major: Denies a bad 5-card suit.

    2S after opening 1H: Could be 4S and 6H.

    2NT: Could be offshape. Does not promise stoppers in all unbid suits.

    3 of lower unbid suit: 5-card suit.

    Raise to 3 minor: Avoid with weak 3-card support.

    Jump Shift: Splinter raise in responder’s suit.

    Jump to 3 of original major: Sets trump with great suit. Solid, but could be missing A or K.

For either player:

    All jumps to 3NT promise extra values.

    All natural jumps to 4 major promise a minimum.


Live Group Lessons - these are Invitationals - delivered at Duplicate Clubs, Country Clubs, Schools, Private Homes, etc.


     Frequently structure a 2-hour lesson, with 1:15 hr lecture and :45 playing 4 hands, for example.

  ♣  Private groups at homes can be 2-4 people, or  larger - combination of lecture and play for 2-3 hours

Bridge Cruises - Check out my Bridge Cruises page for info about Larry Cohen's upcoming cruises as well.