Standby Players

Please help the club by volunteering to be a standby player on Thursday or Friday evenings at least once a year.

You will be given a free game or a voucher for a free game if it turns out you are not needed.

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Melville Bridge Academy

We offer a full three year SBU programme of classes covering sixty lessons. Spring term classes begin 7 January and run through until the end of March.

You can submit an enquiry about the availability of the various classes by filling in the boxes below.

More general information about the academy and the courses can be found using the link in the left hand menu.

Full details about the lessons and the days of the week on which they are offered, can be read below.

FORM
First Steps (Monday 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm; Wednesday 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm; Thursday 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm;)

This course, which is aimed at absolute beginners, assumes little or no knowledge of playing bridge, though you will find it a little easier if you have played some card games in the past.

NEW Wednesday afternoon class covering lessons 1 - 10 starting in the spring term.

The topics covered are:

Week Term 1 Term 2
1 Introduction and basic terminology Responses (I)
2 Mini-bridge as a lead-in Responses (II)
3 Basic Play (I) Rebids
4 Basic Play (II) Declarer Play
5 Bidding     Defender Play
6 Scoring  Signalling to partner
7 Bidding     Overcalls
8 Bidding Systems(I) Coping with overcalls
9 Bidding Systems (II) First Convention (Stayman)
10 Bidding and play in  'No Trumps'  Take-Out Doubles
11 Consolidation & Revision Consolidation & Revision
12 Consolidation & Revision Consolidation & Revision
Next Steps (Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30 pm; Wednesday 10.30 - 12.30 am; Wednesday 7.00 - 9.00 pm)

This course is for those players who have completed a beginner's course or who play at home or in a local club. It will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the game and improve your play.

The topics covered are:

Week Term 1 Term 2
1 Opener's second bid Fundamentals
2 Use transfers to enable partner to play in your preferred suit Stayman revisited
3 How to play in 'No Trumps'  When to compete in the auction
4 How to play in a trump suit   Double for take-out
5 Double for penalties Declarer play
6 Opening and subsequent leads Defender play
7 2NT as an opening bid  Limit bids in 'No Trump'
8 Opening bids at the 2 level Pre-empts
9 Finding Major suit fits More Declarer play
10 Hand Evaluation When to make a sacrifice
11 Consolidation & Revision Consolidation & Revision
12 Consolidation & Revision Consolidation & Revision
Improvers (Monday 1.30 - 3.30 pm; Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30; Tuesday 7 - 9 pm)

This course is for more experienced players who would usually have played in club tournaments. Your aim is to be more successful in your game.

The topics covered are:

Week Term 1 Term 2
1 Opener's Rebid  Opener's strong rebids
2 Responder's Rebid  Negative Doubles
3 Cue Bids  Defence: Second hand play
4 Blackwood  Card Play: the danger hand
5 Card Play - communication Bidding Opponents' Suit
6 Defence - counting  Coping with Interference
7 Transfers - Minor Suits 1NT response revisited
8 The takeout double revisited  Card Play: Elimination & Endplay
9 Card Play - cross ruff  Defence: More about Signals
10 Quantitative no trump bidding   Ready for the Real World
11 Consolidation & Revision Consolidation & Revision
12 Consolidation & Revision Consolidation & Revision