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Past Course Information
Countering pre-emptive bids

Saturday 9th December at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate to Intermediate+ 
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Aspects of Defence I

This five week course on defence concentrates on common blindspots.

  

Level:  Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Highlights from Kathy's Korner

Saturday 28th October at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate to Intermediate+ 
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Duplicate Minibridge - NEW
Duplicate Minibridge - NEW

Duplicate Minibridge sessions are run for the benefit of attendees at year 1 of the Bridge for All course. 

What happens? About 8 hands are played in a 2 hour period. The session is organised as a “duplicate session” and is scored manually.

“Duplicate session” means that each partnership plays against different pairs, changing position after each round.  Each board is played multiple times during the session. The scoring is arranged such that each N-S pair is trying to do better on each board than other N-S pairs in the room and similarly for E-W pairs.

When can I play? Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm from 18th October until 6th December - as listed in the calendar. Table money is £4 per session.

If you are interested in reading about MiniBridge then you can find detailed information on the EBU website.

Seminar Series 2017

This series of seminars is aimed at club players who want to improve. The level at which each seminar is focussed varies.

Levels vary: Intermediate to Advanced

For the topics for each seminar click here.

Competitive bidding: other uses for doubles

Saturday 14th October at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced
Tutor: Chris Kerr

Kathy's Korner

This is the next series of tutorials in which Kathy will discuss problems and dilemmas that have arisen at her table in recent months. Bookings are either for all three sessions in the Autumn Term or for individual sessions.  

  

Level: Next Step+ to Intermediate+
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bridge for All - Year 2 Term 1 Autumn 2017

Three separate courses run on Monday afternoon, Thursday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

This course is open to those who have completed Year 1 of the Bridge for All course and to those with the equivalent knowledge of Bridge.  For further details click here. This course is designated as Next Step.

Please contact education@oxfordbridgeclub.com for further details if you are not one of our existing students.  

Level: Beginners
Tutors: Ann Lee, Sandra Nicholson, Shirley Rawlings

Bridge for All - Year 1 Term 1 Autumn 2017

Three separate courses run on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

This is the first term of a 30 week course for beginners based on the English Bridge Union’s ‘Bridge for All’ programme, using the Acol bidding system. It is a carefully structured course that starts out by assuming no previous knowledge of cards.    It is also suitable for anyone who has played a little Bridge with friends and wants to learn more.  

Level: Beginners
Tutors: Ann Lee, Steph Bliss, Shirley Rawlings

Learn to Play Bridge

Booking is now open for the Beginners courses that start in the Autumn and for our Year 2 Improvers course.   Click here for further details.

If you know someone in the area who is interested in learning bridge, tell them about what is going on at the club.

Three weak twos - developing the auction

This one-off lesson gives some guidance on when to open a weak two and how to develop the auction when your side has opened a weak two.

  

Level:  Next step+ to Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Protective Bidding Tutorial

This session is intended primarily as a follow up to the seminar given on 15th July but it is open to everyone.

  

Level:  Next step+ to Intermediate
Tutor: Sandra Nicholson

Free Taster Sessions

We are running four free Taster Sessions during the summer on the following dates:-

  • Tuesday 4th July at 7.30 pm
  • Wednesday 12th July at 10.00 am
  • Wednesday 16th August at 10.00 am
  • Tuesday 22nd August at 7.30 pm
  • Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm

Book your place now by clicking on the green button below and following the instructions. Just click on the date you would like to come, click select for one place and click on proceed to provide your contact information and confirm the booking.

 

The Losing Trick Count

Saturday 19th August 2017 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate/Intermediate+ 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Protective Bidding

Saturday 15th July 2017 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Next Step+/Intermediate 
Tutor: Sandra Nicholson

Introduction to Squeezes

Saturday 8th July at 10.00 am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Advanced
Tutor: Aleksander Lishkov

 

Two suited Overcalls

Saturday 13th May 2017 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate/Intermediate+ 
Tutor: Sandra Nicholson

Competitive Bidding

10 sessions on Tuesday afternoons. 

This course is designed to help you improve your competitive bidding so that you make life more difficult for your opponents and get more out of your hands.  It is likely to cover:  overcalls (simple, jumps,two suited, NT), takeout doubles and ways of converting to penalties; doubling 1NT and developments by each side; ways of supporting partner including competitive raises; sacrificing.  The content may change depending on the needs of participants..

Level: Intermediate to Intermediate+
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Kathy's Korner

This is the next series of tutorials in which Kathy will discuss problems and dilemmas that have arisen at her table in recent months.  Following the successful trial during the Autumn Term, we will now be running one tutorial each month.   Bookings are either for all five sessions in the Summer Term or for individual sessions.  

  

Level: Next Step+ to Intermediate+
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bridge for All - Year 1 Term 3

Three separate courses run on Monday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings.

This is the third term of a 30 week course for beginners based on the English Bridge Union’s ‘Bridge for All’ programme, using the Acol bidding system. It is a carefully structured course that starts out by assuming no previous knowledge of cards.    It is also suitable for anyone who has played a little Bridge with friends and wants to learn more.   Anyone interested in joining one of the classes who has not completed term 2 should first contact the Education Team by email education@oxfordbridgeclub.com

Level: Beginners
Tutors: Ann Lee, Sandra Nicholson

Declarer Play When to Draw Trumps and When Not To

Saturday 1st April 2017 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Bidding Better Ways to Raise

Saturday 25th March 2017 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate 
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bridge for All - Year 1 Term 2

Three separate courses run on Monday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings.

This is the second term of a 30 week course for beginners based on the English Bridge Union’s ‘Bridge for All’ programme, using the Acol bidding system. It is a carefully structured course that starts out by assuming no previous knowledge of cards.    It is also suitable for anyone who has played a little Bridge with friends and wants to learn more.   Anyone interested in joining one of the classes who has not completed term 1 should first contact the Education Team by email education@oxfordbridgeclub.com

Level: Beginners
Tutors: Ann Lee, Sandra Nicholson

Bidding We double Their 1NT Opening They Wriggle What happens next?

Saturday 25th February at 10.00 am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced
Tutor: John Slater

Benji Acol

Six Sessions on Tuesday evenings

Even if you do not want to play "Benji" yourself, if you play in a duplicate club you will frequently come up against it, so you need to know how it works.  This short course will teach you how to use, and respond to, all the 2-level bids in the Benjaminised Acol system, and also explain how to defend against them.

Level: Intermediate
Tutor: Sandra Nicholson

Improve your Defence

Monday evenings, repeated on Tuesday afternoons. Course postponed

Defence is regarded by many as the most difficult area of Bridge.   Since one defends twice as often as one declares, improving your skills in this area is an excellent way of increasing your enjoyment of the game.   This course covers the key aspects of defensive strategy with plenty of practice in applying them.    It is aimed at people with some experience of playing Duplicate Bridge who wish to defend contracts at a more advanced level than is possible with their current level of understanding.

Level: Intermediate to Intermediate+
Tutor: Peter Litchfield

Bidding - Lebensohl part 2

Saturday 14th January 2017 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bidding Review

Ten Sessions on Tuesday evenings

Designed as  a fast-track revision of basic Acol, this course is ideal for those returning to bridge after a long gap or for more recent starters who would like to revise and consolidate bidding.

Level: Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Defence - Planning the defence

Saturday 19th November 2016 at 09.30am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Kathy's Korner

This is a series of five tutorials in which Kathy will discuss problems and dilemmas that have arisen at her table in recent months.  Bookings are for individual sessions.   If this format proves popular, we will run monthy sessions from January 2017.   

  

Level: Next Step+ to Intermediate+
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bidding - Lebensohl part 1

Saturday 15th October 2016 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Aspects of Play I

Once your bidding improves a little, you get to the right contracts a lot of the time.  Now learn to improve your play so that you bring home those contracts.   

  

Level: Next Step+ to Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bridge for All - Year 1 Term 1 (Thursday evenings)

This is the first term of a 30 week course for beginners based on the English Bridge Union’s ‘Bridge for All’ programme, using the Acol bidding system. It is a carefully structured course that starts out by assuming no previous knowledge of cards whatsoever, although it is also suitable for anyone who has played a little Bridge with friends and wants to learn more.

Level: Beginners
Tutor: Sandra Nicholson

Bridge for All - Year 1 Term 1 (Wednesday mornings)

This is the first term of a 30 week course for beginners based on the English Bridge Union’s ‘Bridge for All’ programme, using the Acol bidding system. It is a carefully structured course that starts out by assuming no previous knowledge of cards whatsoever, although it is also suitable for anyone who has played a little Bridge with friends and wants to learn more.

Level: Beginners
Tutor: Ann Lee

Bridge for All - Year 1 Term 1 (Monday afternoons)

This is the first term of a 30 week course for beginners based on the English Bridge Union’s ‘Bridge for All’ programme, using the Acol bidding system. It is a carefully structured course that starts out by assuming no previous knowledge of cards whatsoever, although it is also suitable for anyone who has played a little Bridge with friends and wants to learn more.

Level: Beginners
Tutor: Ann Lee

The 2 over 1 Bidding System

A taste of 2/1: The course is designed for experienced players who want a taste of a modern bidding system played by many top tournament players the world over.  2/1 is a development of Standard American and is thus a five card major, strong no trump system.  Some knowledge of such a system will be assumed.  The defining feature of 2/1 is that a two level response to an opening bid is forcing to game.  Defining a game forcing sequence at a low level increases space for the exchange of information, making it easier to reach the correct game contract or close slams. 

  

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced
Tutor: Peter Litchfield

Defence - The opening lead

Saturday 24th September 2016 at 09.30am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Bidding - Slam bidding

Saturday 6th August 2016 at 9.30am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Bridge for All Taster Session (morning)

We are offering a free taster session for our Beginner's courses on two dates.  No knowledge of Bridge or of card games is required to attend the session. Come along if you wish to try out the game of Bridge and to learn more about the year-long Beginner's courses that we will be running from October 2016. 

Level: Beginners
Tutor: Ann Lee

Bidding Responding to 1NT

Saturday 23rd July 2016. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Reading the Opening Lead

Saturday 9th July 2016 at 10.00am. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced
Tutor: Rob Dixon

Team Tactics

Saturday 4th June 2016. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

       POSTPONED

Level: Intermediate+ to Advanced 
Tutor: Gunzel Akyol

Bridge for All Taster Session (evening)

We are offering a free taster session for our Beginner's courses on two dates.  No knowledge of Bridge or of card games is required to attend the session. Come along if you wish to try out the game of Bridge and to learn more about the year-long Beginner's courses that we will be running from October 2016. 

Level: Beginners
Tutor: Sandra Nicholson

Declarer Play - Playing with the odds

Saturday 7th May 2016. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Declarer Play - making more tricks in suit contracts

Saturday 5th March 2016. Click on the "Details" signpost for further information about the topics to be discussed at the event:

Level: Intermediate+ 
Tutor: Steven Bliss

Seminar Series 2016

This series of seminars is aimed at club players who want to improve. The level at which each seminar is focussed varies.

Levels vary: Intermediate to Advanced

For the topics for each seminar click here.

Aspects of Play II

This course is designed for players who found Aspects of Play I stimulating and rewarding. You will also benefit from this course if you understand opening leads, safety plays, ducking and a little bit about endplays at an introductory level. This course aims to improve your card play technique, building on concepts covered in the previous course. 

Level: Next Step+ to Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Aspects of Play I

Once your bidding improves a little, you get to the right contracts a lot of the time. Now learn to improve your play so that you bring home those contracts.  

   FULLY BOOKED

Level: Next Step+ to Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot

Bidding Review Course

Ten Sessions on Tuesday evenings

Designed as  a fast-track revision of basic Acol, this course is ideal for those returning to bridge after a long gap or for more recent starters who would like to revise and consolidate bidding.

Level: Intermediate
Tutor: Kathy Talbot