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Thursday Mentoring Scheme

We are trying out a new mentoring scheme to encourage newer players to take the next step to playing on Thursday nights. If you think you would like to try this with the help of one of our volunteers to guide you please contact Mark Humphris  text or phone (after 5pm) : 07799 581686  There is more information about this scheme here

Did you know?
You can check your EBU masterpoints online?
Go to the EBU website www.ebu.co.uk/members

The first time you use this site, enter your EBU number and click "forgot password" to have this emailed to you.

Masterpoints from events at Pinner Bridge Club are uploaded to the EBU at the end of each session, and processed by the EBU every week or so.

Getting Copies of the Hands

Did you know?

You can obtain a copy of each set of hands from the Results->Hands link.

If you have PC software that allows you to replay hands and it supports PBN format, then enter your email and send yourself a copy of the Hand File
Learn to Play Bridge

There are regular bridge classes at Pinner Club for

  • Beginners
  • Improvers
  • Advanced

Contact Tony Staw tonystaw@blueyonder.co.uk for more information 020 8868 7205. 

 

Intermediate Bridge

The next Intermediate Bridge Class is due to start on Thursday 13th February 2020 

Thursday 2:00-4:00pm Pinner Bridge Club, 103 Marsh Road, Pinner HA5 5PA

Thursday 7:30-9:30pm St John's Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood HA6 1DN (Near Green Lane)

£12 per person per lesson.  The book that accompanies this course – Continuing Bridge, from the English Bridge Union is £25. Click 2020 Intermediate Course Details.pdf for a PDF Planned dates (as of 19/11/2019)

Thursday

Lesson

Topics

Area

Book Pages

Exercise

13/02/2020

1

Review the uncontested auction

Bidding

p1-5

p13

20/02/2020

2

Contested auction: overcalls and doubles

Bidding

p6, p12

quiz

27/02/2020

3

Planning the Play in No Trump

Declarer Play

p19-24

quiz

05/03/2020

4

Planning the Play in Suit Contracts

Declarer Play

p19-24

quiz

12/03/2020

5

3rd Hand Play

Defence

p39-41

 

19/03/2020

6

2nd Hand Play

Defence

p42-46

p47

26/03/2020

7

Protecting Partner and review defence

Defence

p10-12

p15

02/04/2020

8

The Danger Hand, holding up

Declarer Play

p77-81

p85

09/04/2020

9

Revision and Practice Hands

 

 

 

16/04/2020

10

Showing shape, 4441

Bidding

p90-92

p99 

23/04/2020

11

Losing Trick Count: an easier way to bid

Bidding

p131-133

p141

30/04/2020

 

Break

 

 

 

07/05/2020

12

The Law of Total Tricks: how high to bid?

Bidding

 

 

14/05/2020

13

Slam Bidding: Cue Bids

Bidding

p27-34

 

21/05/2020

14

More on doubles: negative or Sputnik

Bidding

p53-54, p56-60

p71

28/05/2020

15

Fourth Suit Forcing

Bidding

p93-94

p101

04/06/2020

16

Bending the rules

Bidding

p95-96

p103

11/06/2020

17

Defensive signals (attitude and suit preference)

Defence

p108-111

p120

18/06/2020

18

Defensive signals (count) and discarding

Defence

p112-114

p121

25/06/2020

19

Defence against suit contracts

Defence

p115-6

 

02/07/2020

20

Lead of king vs NT

Defence

p117-8

 

09/07/2020

21

Red Suit Transfers

Bidding

p136-137

p145,147

 

No need to sign up – just pay for each lesson you attend

 

www.bridgeclass.co.uk (020 8868 7205)

tonystaw@bridgeclass.co.uk

 

Last updated : 26th Nov 2019 11:27 GMT
Beginning Bridge

Thursday 2:00-4:00pm Pinner Bridge Club, 103 Marsh Road, Pinner HA5 5PA
Thursday 7:30-9:30pm St John's Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood HA6 1DN (Near Green Lane)

£12 per person per lesson. The book that accompanies this course – Beginning Bridge, from the English Bridge Union is £25Click 2019 Beginners Course Details.pdf for a PDF version Revised dates (1st September 2019)

Thursdays

Lesson

Topic

Book Pages

Exercise

02/05/2019

 

Minibridge NT - Free Taster

p1-3

p11

09/05/2019

1

Minibridge Trumps

p4-5

p13

16/05/2019

2

Declarer Play

p6

p15

23/05/2019

3

Basic Defence

p7-10

 

30/05/2019

4

Minibridge Practice

 

 

06/06/2019

5

Bidding: 1NT, responses

p19-22

p27

13/06/2019

6

1NT, responses

p23-26

T41

20/06/2019

7

Opening 1 of a Suit, limit raises

p30-33

p45

27/06/2019

8

New Suit responses

p34-39

p47

04/07/2019

9

Openers rebids

p40-41

p30-39 (read)

11/07/2019

10

Getting into NT

p41-44

Read handout

18/07/2019

11

Declarer Play Techniques

p53-56

p69

25/07/2019

12

Practice Hands

 

 

01/08–29/08/2019

 

Summer Break

 

 

05/09/2019

13

Declarer Play in NT

p57-61

p71

12/09/2019

14

Declarer Play in a suit

p62-68

p73

19/09/2019

15

Defence - leading

p77-84

p89

26/09/2019

16

Defence - play

p86-88

 

03/10/2019

17

Defence - discarding, rule of 11

p85

 

10/10/2019

18

Suit Overcalls and responses

p93-95

p105

17/10/2019

 

Break

 

 

24/10/2019

19

Practice Hands

 

 

31/10/2019

 

Break

 

 

07/11/2019

20

Takeout doubles

p96-99

p107

14/11/2019

21

Takeout doubles and overcalls (review)

 

21/11/2019

22

1NT overcall and Revision

p100-103

p109

28/11/2019

22

Stayman

p137-139

p140

05/12/2019

23

2NT opening

p115

NT Ladder

12/12/2019

24

2C/2D/H/S - opening

p116-122

p123

19/12/2019

25

Practice Hands

 

 

26/12/2019

 

Break

 

 

02/01/2020

 

Break

 

 

09/01/2020

26

Pre-empts and responses

p129-130

p133

16/01/2020

27

Competing against pre-empts

p131-132

 

23/01/2020

28

Slam Bidding

p143-145

p147

30/01/2020

29

Practice Hands

 

 

 

www.bridgeclass.co.uk 020 8868 7205 tonystaw@bridgeclass.co.uk

 

Last updated : 30th Jul 2019 12:13 BST
Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions I am sometimes asked about bridge lessons:

  • How long will it take me to learn bridge?

The beginners course consists of about 25 lessons plus another 6 practice sessions.  Most people are unable to attend every lesson so we do quite a bit of revision and recapping as we go.  Most of the time you will be learning by playing so you should enjoy yourself and be able to play right from the very first lesson.  This course will give you a good grounding in bridge.

  • Do I have to be good at mathematics?

No! The only mathematics you need is the ability to count.

  • Do I have to have a good memory?

No! you will find that as learn more about bridge, your memory for which cards have been played will improve automatically.

  • Do I need to sign up in advance?

No you just pay per lesson each time you attend.  The course book will be available to purchase at the first lesson.

  • Can I switch from the afternoon to the evening lesson and vice-versa?

Yes.  I give the same lesson twice each Thursday, so you can switch from one time to the other as you wish.

Last updated : 13th Jan 2016 18:41 GMT