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Waverley Bridge club provides a program of complementary learning opportunities that allows new players the opportunity to gradually acquire the skills and confidence to play duplicate bridge
Our Beginners’ Course has been extended to 12 weeks so you can learn at a comfortable pace, and have time to revise topics if you find them particularly difficult.
Following your Beginners’ course, you move on to Supervised Lessons. This is a non-competitive session with the emphasis on practice in order to gain a greater degree of confidence. It provides an opportunity to practise your system in a relaxed environment and there is no requirement to understand the mechanics of playing in a duplicate session. A Supervised Lesson promotes discussion of both bidding and play techniques amongst players and the teacher. It also offers the opportunity for players to learn the scoring system which is integral to the game. The teacher will incorporate a lesson when appropriate.
Once you are comfortable with your system and playing techniques, the next step is Supervised Duplicate. This introduces the mechanics and etiquette of playing duplicate bridge. Bridge is a timed game and there are penalties if you do not complete each set of boards in the allowed timeframe. This session allows more time than a competition duplicate for each board and you must move at the end of a round. An important objective of this session is to simulate the conditions of a competitive duplicate session so talking between players is limited to the end of the play and should be done quietly. This is a semi-competitive session and therefore the teacher will be available to answer questions but not teach at the table. Lessons are not part of this session.
Once you are comfortable with the mechanics of a duplicate session, you can move to the No-fear duplicate which is aimed at improving players. This is played under normal duplicate conditions but all players must have less than 35 Masterpoints, so your opponents are at a similar development stage to you.
The final step is to move to Duplicate and here there are multiple sections available. You can try each section until you find one that suits your objectives.
Of course, you can extend your bridge knowledge at any time by attending workshops, lessons and free clinics on specific topics that interest you. Bridge is continually changing and as a player these workshops allow you to keep up with these changes and extend your repertoire of playing techniques and conventions.