Continuing Bridge 2018

The next Continuing Bridge Class will start in June 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. 

 

Thursday

Lesson

Topics

Area

Book Pages

Exercise

28/06/2018

1

Review the uncontested auction

Bidding

p1-5

p13

05/07/2018

2

Contested auction: overcalls and doubles

Bidding

p6, p12

quiz

12/07/2018

3

Planning the Play in No Trump

Declarer Play

p19-24

quiz

19/07/2018

4

Planning the Play in Suit Contracts

Declarer Play

p19-24

quiz

26/07/2018

5

Practice Hands

 

 

 

02/08/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

09/08/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

16/08/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

23/08/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

30/08/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

06/09/2018

6

3rd Hand Play

Defence

p39-41

 

13/09/2018

7

2nd Hand Play

Defence

p42-46

p47

20/09/2018

8

Protecting Partner and review defence

Defence

p10-12

p15

27/09/2018

9

The Danger Hand, holding up

Declarer Play

p77-81

p85

04/10/2018

10

Showing shape, 4441

Bidding

p90-92

p99 

11/10/2018

11

Losing Trick Count: an easier way to bid

Bidding

p131-133

p141

18/10/2018

12

Practice Hands

 

 

 

25/10/2018

 

Break   

 

 

 

01/11/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

08/11/2018

13

The Law of Total Tricks: how high to bid?

Bidding

 

 

15/11/2018

14

Slam Bidding: Cue Bids

Bidding

p27-34

 

22/11/2018

15

More on doubles: negative or Sputnik

Bidding

p53-54, p56-60

p71

29/11/2018

16

Fourth Suit Forcing

Bidding

p93-94

p101

06/12/2018

17

Bending the rules

Bidding

p95-96

p103

13/12/2018

18

Defensive signals (att and suit pref)

Defence

p108-111

p120

20/12/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

27/12/2018

 

Break

 

 

 

03/01/2019

19

Defensive signals (count) and discarding

Defence

p112-114

p121

10/01/2019

20

Defence against suit contracts

Defence

p115-6

 

17/01/2019

21

Lead of king vs NT

Defence

p117-8

 

24/01/2019

22

Red Suit Transfers

Bidding

p136-137

p145,147

Beginning Bridge - September 2017

  • 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 – Beginning Bridge, from the English Bridge Union is £25.  Revised Dates (as of 28/02/2018)

    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

    21-28/12/2017

     

    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

     

    Break

     

     

    08/03/2018

    20

    Takeout doubles

    p96-99

    p107

    15/03/2018

    21

    Practice Hands

     

     

    22/03/2018

    22

    Takeout doubles and overcalls (review)

     

    29/03/2018

    23

    1NT overcall and Revision

    p100-103

    p109

    05/04/2018

     

    Easter

     

     

    12/04/2018

    24

    Stayman

    p137-139

    p140

    19/04/2018

    25

    2NT opening

    p115

    NT Ladder

    26/04/2018

    26

    2C/2D/H/S - opening

    p116-122

    p123

    03/05/2018

    27

    Practice Hands

     

     

    10/05/2018

    28

    Pre-empts and responses

    p129-130

    p133

    17/05/2018

     

    Break

     

     

    24/05/2018

     

    Break

     

     

    31/05/2018

    29

    Competing against pre-empts

    p131-132

     

    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.

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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