Beginning Bridge - September 2017

The next Beginners' Class will start on 14th September 2017 with a Free Taster Class!

  • Thursday 2:00-4:00pm Pinner Bridge Club, 103 Marsh Road, Pinner HA5 5PA 
  • Thursday  7:30-9:30pm St John's Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood HA6 1DN (Near Green Lane)  

The complete way for beginners to learn bridge using the  Bridge For All scheme from the English Bridge Union. No experience needed.  

£10 per person per lesson. The book that accompanies this course – Beginning Bridge is £25.

 

Thursdays

Lesson

Topic

Book Pages

Exercise

14/09/2017

 

Minibridge NT - Free Taster

p1-3

p11

21/09/2017

1

Minibridge Trumps

p4-5

p13

28/09/2017

2

Declarer Play

p6

p15

05/10/2017

3

Basic Defence

p7-10

 

12/10/2017

4

Minibridge Practice

 

 

19/10/2017

5

1NT, responses

p19-22

p27

26/10/2017

 

Half term Break

 

 

02/11/2017

6

1NT, responses

p23-26

T41

09/11/2017

7

Opening 1 of a Suit, limit raises

p30-33

p45

16/11/2017

8

New Suit responses

p34-39

p47

23/11/2017

9

Practice Hands

 

 

30/11/2017

10

Openers rebids

p40-41

p30-39 (read)

07/12/2017

11

Getting into NT

p41-44

Read handout

14/12/2017

12

Declarer Play Techniques

p53-56

p69

21/12/2017

 

Xmas break

 

 

28/12/2017

 

Xmas break

 

 

04/01/2018

13

Declarer Play in NT

p57-61

p71

11/01/2018

14

Practice Hands

 

 

18/01/2018

15

Declarer Play in a suit

p62-68

p73

25/01/2018

16

Defence - leading

p77-84

p89

01/02/2018

17

Defence - play

p86-88

TR34 (T88)

08/02/2018

18

Defence - discarding, rule of 11

p85

 

15/02/2018

 

Half term Break

 

 

22/02/2018

19

Suit Overcalls and responses

p93-95

p105

01/03/2018

20

Takeout doubles

p96-99

p107

08/03/2018

21

Practice Hands

 

 

15/03/2018

22

Takeout doubles and overcalls (review)

 

22/03/2018

23

1NT overcall and Revision

p100-103

p109

29/03/2018

24

Stayman

p137-139

p140

05/04/2018

 

Easter

 

 

12/04/2018

25

2NT opening

p115

NT Ladder

19/04/2018

26

2C/2D/H/S - opening

p116-122

p123

26/04/2018

27

Practice Hands

 

 

03/05/2018

 

Break

 

 

10/05/2018

 

Break

 

 

17/05/2018

28

Pre-empts and responses

p129-130

p133

24/05/2018

29

Competing against pre-empts

p131-132

 

31/05/2018

 

Half term Break

 

 

07/06/2018

30

Slam Bidding

p143-145

p147

14/06/2018

31

Practice Hands

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions I am sometimes asked about bridge lessons:

  • How long will it take me to learn bridge?

The beginners course consists of about 25 lessons plus another 6 practice sessions.  Most people are unable to attend every lesson so we do quite a bit of revision and recapping as we go.  Most of the time you will be learning by playing so you should enjoy yourself and be able to play right from the very first lesson.  This course will give you a good grounding in bridge.

  • Do I have to be good at mathematics?

No! The only mathematics you need is the ability to count.

  • Do I have to have a good memory?

No! you will find that as learn more about bridge, your memory for which cards have been played will improve automatically.

  • Do I need to sign up in advance?

No you just pay per lesson each time you attend.  The course book will be available to purchase at the first lesson.

  • Can I switch from the afternoon to the evening lesson and vice-versa?

Yes.  I give the same lesson twice each Thursday, so you can switch from one time to the other as you wish.

Continuing Bridge 2018

The next Continuing Bridge Class will start in summer 2018.  

  • Thursday 2:00-4:00pm Pinner Bridge Club, 103 Marsh Road, Pinner HA5 5PA 
  • Thursday 7:30-9:30pm St John's Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood HA6 1DN (Near Green Lane)

£10 per person per lesson. The book that accompanies this course – Continuing Bridge is £25. 

The course content will be the same as the last course, which ran in 2016/2017.

 

Wednesday

   Thursday   

Lesson

Topics

Area

Book Pages

Exercise

07/12/2016

08/12/2016

1

Review the uncontested auction

Bidding

p3-7

p15

14/12/2016

15/12/2016

2

Review overcalls and doubles

Bidding

p8, p14

quiz

21/12/2016

22/12/2016

 

Break

 

 

 

28/12/2016

29/12/2016

 

Break

 

 

 

04/01/2017

05/01/2017

3

Planning the Play

Declarer 

p21-24

quiz

11/01/2017

12/01/2017

4

3rd Hand Play

Defence

p41-43

 

18/01/2017

19/01/2017

5

2nd Hand Play

Defence

p44-48

p49

25/01/2017

26/01/2017

6

Protecting Partner and defence

Defence

p12-14

p17

01/02/2017

02/02/2017

7

The Danger Hand, holding up

Declarer

pp 77-80

p85

08/02/2017

09/02/2017

8

Showing shape, 4441

Bidding

p90-91

p97

15/02/2017

16/02/2017

 

Break

 

 

 

22/02/2017

23/02/2017

9

Losing Trick Count

Bidding

p129-130

p141

01/03/2017

02/03/2017

10

The Law of Total Tricks

Bidding

 

 

08/03/2017

09/03/2017

11

Slam Bidding: Cue Bids

Bidding

p29-36

 

15/03/2017

16/03/2017

 

Break

 

 

 

22/03/2017

23/03/2017

12

Negative or Sputnik doubles

Bidding

p55, 57-60

p71

29/03/2017

30/03/2017

13

Fourth Suit Forcing

Bidding

p92-93

p99

05/04/2017

06/04/2017

14

Bending the rules

Bidding

p94-95

p101

12/04/2017

13/04/2017

 

Break

 

 

 

19/04/2017

20/04/2017

15

Defensive signals

Defence

p107-9

p118

26/04/2017

27/04/2017

16

Signals and discarding

Defence

p110-112

p119

03/05/2017

04/05/2017

17

Defence against suit contracts

Defence

p113,4

 

10/05/2017

11/05/2017

18

Lead of king vs NT

Defence

p115-6

 

17/05/2017

18/05/2017

19

Red Suit Transfers

Bidding

p134-135

p145,147

24/05/2017

25/05/2017

20

Weak Twos and Landy

Bidding

p136-140

p149,151

Contact me

Call Tony Staw on 020 8868 7205, email tonystaw@blueyonder.co.uk or fill out this form to get in touch.

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