We are very active in tuition and coaching for all levels of players.
Teachers and Supervisors ♥
All our lessons are led by qualified or accredited English Bridge Union Teachers Association (EBUTA) members. Helpers practice sessions are qualified or accredited English Bridge Union Teachers Association (EBUTA) members or else highly experienced players.
Private Lessons ♦
We can give private lessons, and are happy to plan for one player, or a group of players to their particular requirements.
Regular Lessons ♣
We generally offer lessons in courses of ten sessions. Lessons generally include colour printed hand outs, glossaries, quizzes and playing of pre dealt boards designed to exercise the lesson topics.
Our two teaching terms start in January and September. See the calendar on the web site, or the home page, for details of what's being offered currently, or planned for the future. It will be selected from:
Bridge 1 Getting Started ♠
Bridge 1 assumes no knowledge of any card games. The goal of the course is to give enough knowledge to attend a practice session. This will include:
- The mechanics of the auction, some simple opening and replying bids.
- The playing of the cards in declarer, dummy and defence.
- An introduction to the mechanics and the effect of scoring.
Bridge 2 Building Your Skills
Bridge 2 assumes the knowledge of Bridge 1. It is also suitable for Rubber Bridge Players who have taken the Duplicate for Rubber Bridge course.
Each lesson begins with a recap often covering the material from Bridge 1 as a reminder and to set the scene.The goal of the course is to give the client enough knowledge to use the Acol bidding system for the most commonly occurring auctions. This will include:
- Declarer Play in Trump and No Trump contracts.
- The Stayman convention, bidding weak and strong two suited hands, overcalling 1 No Trump openings.
- Vulnerability, Doubling, using double for take out, redoubling.
- Understanding the principles of authorised and unauthorised information, alerting, announcing and asking questions.
Bridge 3 Taking ACOL further
Bridge 3 assumes the knowledge of Bridge 2. Each lesson begins with a recap often covering the relevant material from Bridge 2 as a reminder and to set the scene. The goal of the course is to give the client more tools from the Acol bidding system. This will include:
- Further Declarer Play skills in Trump and No Trump contracts.
- Opening leads, signals and discard systems for defensive play.
- Opening Stronger Hands
- Slam bidding tools
Advanced Bridge - Card Play
This course covers card play techiniques, both defence and declarer.
Advanced Bridge - Auctions
This course covers weak two openings, and the methods for bidding stronger hands in Benjamised Acol; Roman Key Card Blackwood and Cue Bidding, Gerber, Quantitative and Splinter Bidding; techniques for finding game contracts; the Multi 2 Diamond; and dealing with opponents using non-ACOL systems.
Advanced Bridge - Competitive Auctions
This course covers Overcalls; Doubles, Protective Position; Judging the potential of your pairs hands when opponents have opened; Two Suited Overcalls; Responding to opponents overcalls; bidding against pre-empts and weak twos; responding to opponents double of your 1NT.
During these sessions players can use notes or books and ask for help. Pre dealt hands on a chosen topic are played at these sessions, scores are collected and displayed to demonstrate the effect of bidding and play. Because the normal rules of competition are not followed EBU master points are not awarded.
Please see our web site calendar to check when Practice Sessions are running.
The Wednesday morning practice session topics will usually follow the topics on any current Bridge 2 course, so that attendees can follow up their learning. Outside term times, Wednesday practice topics are generally selected to suit novice duplicate players.
There is always a host for practice sessions so you do not have to come with a partner. Non members are welcome.