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Short, two-session courses on: transfers, strong 2 openings and responses, slam bidding.


This is a play session where the hands are prepared for you to practise a particular bit of bidding.  For example, strong NT openings and responses, responding with a major suit fit, stayman, opener's reverse, responder's second bid, etc.  Let me know if this appeals to you.

For Experienced Players
Workshops for Experienced Players

During May June and July 2016 workshops for experienced players took place at Mansfield Mechanics Bridge Club.  They are summarised in the table below and more information is lower down on this page.

Gillian is now concentrating on delivering the 2017/18 "from whist to bridge" course from September 2017 

The next workshops for experienced players will not be until June 2018

Workshop Title Duration Price Date Scroll down for more infomation
Strong 2s 7.30pm-9.45pm £4 Tuesday 17th May


1 review: "Thank you for such an enjoyable and instructive session"

Puddings & Splinters 1.30pm-4.30pm £8 Friday 3rd June

COMPLETED   "I've learned something."   "Thank you that was helpful"  "Really enjoyable."

Competitive Bidding 10.30am - 4.30pm £20 Saturday 11th June


 "This was so good, I wish we could have more"

Multi 2  10.30am-4.30pm £25 Tuesday 11th June


"Educational"  "Very instructive"  "That was excellent"

Simple Slams 10.30am - 4.30pm £20 Tuesday 28th June

COMPLETED "I really think I know what to do now - at last it makes sense."    


Fourth Suit Forcing 1.30pm-5.30pm £10 Sunday 3rd July


"That was brilliant"



Fourth Suit Forcing

This workshop will answer the questions:

  • When is it helpful to use the FSF convention?
  • How forcing is FSF?
  • How do I reply to a FSF bid by my partner?

This is an afternoon workshop 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday 3rd July and will cost £10.  We will begin with a reminder of opener's rebids with a strong hand and responder's second bid (following a wide-range opener's rebid) leading to an examination of the convention "fourth suit forcing".  There will be several bidding practicals and quizzes and a teams or pairs 12 board competition with prepared hands.  Handouts will be provided.


Simple Slams

This is a full day workshop from 10.30am - 4.30pm (bring your lunch) for £20, Tuesday 28th June.

The workshop will answer the questions:

  • How do I recognise a slam opportunity?
  • Gerber v. Blackwood: which should I use when?
  • What is control/cue bidding and how does it help?

This is a practical workshop looking at bidding slams using quantitative raises and simple slam conventions. 

You will be identifying slam indicators by analysing example auctions, completing several bidding practicals and there will be a section of puzzles and practical exercises to encourage application and retention of the knowledge you have gained.  Be reassured - Gillian will lead and encourage you throughout and will provide explanations and guidance.

The day will finish with a teams or pairs 12 board competition using prepared hands.


The Multi 2 Diamond

Are you struggling to choose between strong 2s and weak 2s?  Fed up when you have a 19HCP balanced hand and your partner passes your opening bid?

The answer is the "multi 2 diamond" opening bid and responses.

This bid means you can use BOTH weak 2s and strong 2s and when you have that 19 HCP balanced hand it forces a response from your partner.

This is a full day workshop from 10.30am - 4.30pm (bring your lunch) on Tuesday 21st June.  At £25 this is the dearest workshop.  It is a brand new offering and all the materials for practicals will therefore need to be created from scratch. 

During this workshop you will discover:

  • When a 2 opening is appropriate
  • How you should respond to such a bid
  • What happens next!

There will be lots of practical work, illustrations, bidding practise, etc. and the seminar will finish with a 12 board pairs or teams competition.  Handouts will be provided.

Competitive Bidding

Once the opposition interfere with "your" auction, some bids are lost to you and others become available, for example, cue bidding and the negative double.

This is a full day workshop 10.30am - 4.30pm (bring your lunch) on Saturday 11th June looking at what to do when the opposition overcall your opening bid and what to do when they double your opening bid.

Information covered and practised will include:

  • pre-emptive support
  • mini pudding raise
  • redouble
  • wriggling out of 1NT doubled
  • negative double
  • cue bidding the opposition suit
  • bidding NTs after an overcall
  • bidding a new suit after an overcall

This workshop is best attended as a partnership.  Time will be given for partnerships to discuss and agree their future strategy.

There will be a "putting it all together" section of puzzles and practicals exercises to encourage application and retention of the knowledge you have gained or revisited.

The day will finish with a pairs or teams competition of 12 prepared boards.

Price: £20


Puddings and Splinters

Raising partner's suit to game can be appropriate with different shapes of hand.

Making a game raise in a format that tells partner the nature of your hand can be helpful in deciding whether or not to explore the possibility of a slam.

During this workshop you will (re)discover:

  • how to evaluate your hand using the losing trick count
  • the 3 types of game raise available to you, namely pudding, pre-emptive and the splinter bid
  • how to re-evaluate your hand following partner's game raise

This is an afternoon workshop 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Friday 3rd June, price £8

Strong 2s

Held in the evening from 7.30pm - 9.45pm and costing only £4, this is essentially a supervised play workshop giving you the opportunity to practise your strong 2 openings and responses.  A week or so before the workshop you will be given a handout to remind you of the EBU recommended route for these hands.  At the start of the workshop there will be an opportunity to ask questions and then you will bid and play prepared boards, seeking advice and reviewing the bidding or play as you see appropriate.  Tuesday 17th May.