Card play as defenders requires co-operation with partner. Conceptually it is harder than declarer play, as when you are defending you can not see your partner's cards - the combined assets of your partnership are not visible.
This course has been designed to help non-expert players improve their defensive card play. A knowledge of foundation bidding is required so this course is for "improvers" and not beginners. If you have attended any of Gillian's courses, you will know enough to attend and benefit from this one. You can come on your own and a partner will be found for you for the duration of the course.
This 10-session course will give you the opportunity to focus on your defence as you to work with a partner to understand and use the following techniques:
13th February: No trump leads: Which suit to lead; which card of the chosen suit to lead.
20th February: Third hand play: The lead is made and third hand has to play after dummy. Normally third hand plays high to try and win the trick; playing the lower with two touching high cards; what to play if partner or dummy is winning the trick (high encouraging signals); what card to play if dummy has a nine or higher.
27th February: Opening leaders next play: Assuming partner returns the original suit led, when to duck to preserve an entry; when to win and give a suit preference signal to show an entry; when to switch to another suit.
6th March: Second Hand Plays: When declarer leads a suit when to play low, when to play high; when and why we cover an honour; exceptions.
13th March: Count signals and discarding: Giving count on declarer's lead, examples of when it is useful and when not to signal; what signals to play when discarding - high encouraging is recommended; suit preference type signals should be avoided.
20th March: Leads to suit contracts: Mostly we choose the same card as in no trumps (except never underlead an ace) but not always the same suit; when to try a side suit; when to lead trumps; leads to avoid
10th April: Playing for ruffs: When to lead a short suit; when to lead to give partner a ruff; suit preference signals.
17th April: Forcing Declarer: Why playing a suit the long trump hand can ruff is often an effective defence; leading long suits when holding long trumps.
24th April: Trump Promotion: Making trump tricks by leading through declarer; the uppercut - recognising when this would be a good defence.
1st May: Planning the Whole Defence: Pulling all the topics together; making a defensive plan; deceptive plays
There is a lot of material in this course so there will be homework to do which may be preparation for the following session. The homework, in the main, will be taken from the EBU publication Really Easy Defence and should take you about 45 minutes.
Each "Develop Your Defence" session will consist of a short (maximum 20 minutes) introduction to the topic followed by playing and discussion of 12 hands. You will be given a handout for each lesson with a short introduction to the topic and the details of the twelve hands which were played during the lesson.
PRICE: £50 per person which includes the RE Defence text book. *If you already have this book, bring it with you to registration and you will only pay £40 for the course (Please tell me in advance so I don't buy more books than I need.)