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Bidding Refresher

We are running a 1 off Bidding Refresher class covering the topic 'Successful Overcalling'.

Saturday 10 April 2021

10.00 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

Recording also available if you can't make the live Zoom.

To enrol please email 

westhantsbridge@gmail.com

For more information on the class click here.

Charity Bidding Refresher

Thank you to everyone who supported our Charity Bidding Refresher class in February.

Over £3,000 has been raised by this event thanks to the generosity of the 212 attendees.

We were raising money for Parkstone Golf Club Captain's Charity which this year is fundraising for The Samaritans and The Motor Neurone Disease Association. 

For more information click here.

The ‘6 Steps’ Course Structure

 

We teach Bridge from total beginner to confident intermediate across 6 courses, each lasting 10 - 13 weeks.

 

If you're unsure which would be best for you, get in touch and we'd be happy to evaluate your current skillset.

 

Step 1

Opening 1 No Trump & Responses

Opening 1 of a Suit & Responses

The Opener's & Responder's Rebid

Bidding to Game

Reverse Bidding

Strong Opening Bids  2NT & 2C

Simple Declarer Play

Simple Defensive Skills

 

Step 2

The Stayman Convention

Overcalling

The Unassuming Cue Bid

Take-out Doubles

Weak Two's

Weak Jump Overcalls

Declarer & Defender Skills

 

Step 3

Making a Plan

Playing a NT Contract

Playing a Suit Contract

Simple Signals & Discards

Declarer Play Skills

Defensive Play Skills

Re-cap of the Key Aspects of Bidding

 

Step 4

Slam Bidding

Roman Keycard Blackwood

The Losing Trick Count

Competitive Overcalling

Doubling of a NT Opener

Transfers to Majors & Minors

Exit Transfers

4th Suit Forcing

4-4-4-1 Hands

 

Step 5

Cue Bidding to Slam

Review of Slam Bidding

Negative Doubles

Other Uses of 'Double'

Landy  

Michael's Cue Bid 

Splinter Bids

Coping with Intervention

Duplicate Bridge Tactics

5 Card Puppet Stayman

 

Step 6

Step 5 Review

Competitive Bidding

Coping with Intervention

Bidding in the 4th Seat

Penalty Doubles

Sacrifice Bidding

Defensive Signals

Counting & Card Placement

The Reverse Problem

 

Full details of all courses are available above.

 

Get In Touch

 

WestHantsBridge@gmail.com

 

07805 971 829

Find Us On Facebook

 

Click here to check out our Facebook page and follow us for course updates.

 

Release 2.19n
All six 'Step' courses are starting in April - please see below for details

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Welcome to West Hants Bridge School

The fun & friendly place to learn or improve your Bridge

 

LIVE ONLINE CLASSES USING ZOOM

All of our live classes are now run online using Zoom video conferencing.  All you need is a device and internet connection

 

The Step 2, Step 3 & Step 5 courses are all starting in April live on Zoom

The Step 1, Step 4 & Step 6 courses will also be starting in April on a 'Recording & Notes' basis

 

To see which course would be best for you, click on the relevant tab on the left for a full breakdown of what each course covers

 

To enrol or get more information, please email or call us:

westhantsbridge@gmail.com     Tel: 07805 971829

 

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New to Bridge? Our Step 1 course is designed for total beginners...

 

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The Step 1 course involves 13 weekly classes, usually taught live using Zoom video conferencing. Each group class lasts 2 hours and we provide notes to assist your learning 

We will cover all of the basics to get you started on your Bridge journey. Along with classroom teaching, we use a popular Bridge website to play hands, meaning everyone can practise their new skills 

 

There are 3 ways to learn Bridge with us:

 

Join our next class. Enrol on our next Step 1 course starting in April 

 

Join our current class. Join our existing ‘live’ Zoom Step 1 course which started a few weeks ago - we will send you the Zoom recordings and notes of the classes you have missed so you can catch up

 

Watch our recordings. Enrol on a ‘video recording only’ basis where we send you a recording of all the ‘live’ classes and all the notes. You can then watch them at your own pace

 

Please email us to register your interest or ask any questions! 

 

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Since moving to online Zoom courses we've been amazed at the positive response.

 

Using two popular Bridge websites alongside the live classes, people have found that they can play more hands and take better notes while still keeping safe and having fun in these uncertain times.

Don't believe us?  Well, here's what some of our students have to say ...

 

“As complete newcomers to the exciting but challenging game of Bridge, we felt very nervous when logging on for our first Zoom lesson with Chris. There was no need! Chris has guided us through the Step 1 course with well planned lessons, clear explanations, frequent recaps and reinforcement, endless patience, and most importantly, humour! He is excellent at recognising the challenges of learning the game from scratch, and gives you plenty of confidence and opportunity to ask questions, either within the class itself or at the Saturday morning Questions Clinics. The technical side of running this online course has gone very smoothly, with plenty of help and support provided if necessary. Being able to catch up by video recording when we miss a session due to work commitments is also invaluable. We have already recommended this course to friends, and will continue to do so. Looking forward to Step 2!”

Jen & Iain Hogan, New Milton, April 2021

 

"We have so enjoyed our Bridge journey with Chris and we really looked forward to our Tuesday evening sessions. Zoom is an ideal way to learn Bridge and Chris makes it clear and interactive with lots of practice to help confidence building. We are looking forward to Step 3 - the bidding free course !!!  Thank you, Chris."

Lynn Davies and Jeremy Bailey, Wimbledon, March 2021

 

“Chris is a very patient teacher and never makes you feel stupid by the questions you ask. He helps, encourages and makes you feel empowered to play the game he so obviously loves. Thank you Chris - I would recommend you unconditionally.”

Jillie McLaren, Dorset, January 2021

  

“The Step 1 course has been absolutely wonderful. Huge fun, superbly taught, and has significantly brightened up a Covid year! Fantastic!" 

Gilly & Martin Wise, Fareham, December 2020 

 

"The Beginners Course ('Step 1') with Chris has been fantastic. He is clear, concise, easy to follow and manages to inject humour and his boundless passion for the game. What has been surprising is how effective his online classes are. No fuss, no travelling – just wonderfully focussed sessions with a good mix of learning and practice via Zoom and two online Bridge sites. I’m subscribing to the next Course and even if it were possible to do face to face, I’d probably still opt for the online class!"

Karen Morgan, Cardiff, June 2020

 

"Although I am not very computer literate I find it extremely easy to use Zoom, 'No Fear Bridge' and 'Bridge Base Online' and help is on hand if I have difficulties. This excellent standard of Bridge teaching has given me the confidence to play with people Worldwide. In these very difficult times it has been a lifeline and now I look forward to 'Step 5' which will bring me to the end of the 2020!"  

Sue Mayes, Hampshire, September 2020 

 

"The best thing about the course is Chris himself – if I had had him as a teacher in my early years at school I'm sure I would have made it to Oxford University! His enthusiasm and encouragement throughout every two hour session is quite amazing.  We get superb 'crib' notes each week and even homework! Thank you Zoom and thank you Chris."  

Andy Daykin, South Yorkshire, June 2020 

 

Click here to read more reviews from our students.

 

About Us

We are delighted to have been featured in the media.

To read The Sunday Times article or listen to our BBC Radio Four, talkRADIO and BBC Solent interviews please click here.

Weekly Questions Clinic

 

Every Saturday Morning we run a Questions Clinic on Zoom.

 

Students on any of our current courses are welcome to 'drop in' and 'drop out' of the meeting to ask Chris their questions. You can pop in for 1 minute or 1 hour and there's no need to let us know if you are going to attend! You are very welcome to join the session even if you haven’t got any questions.

 

Simply join the regular Zoom meeting at the time relevant to your level:

8.30 to 9.00 -  Step 1 - 3 level

9.00 to 9.30  -  Step 4 - 6 level

 

Look forward to 'seeing' you there!

 

Free Bridge Teaching

 

We believe more young people should be enjoying Bridge. 

 

People aged 18 - 35 may enrol on any of our Zoom courses at no cost.

 

Please spread the word and help us future proof this wonderful game.

 

Congratulations to our Students

 

Many congratulations to the following students who have sucessfully completed our courses:

 

Step 3 December 2020 - 54 students 

Jane Barnard, Elaine Barton, Madeline Bracken, Louise Burn, Simon Butler, Caroline Conway, Andy Daykin, Charlotte Edwards, Norman Ellis, Jim Ellwood, Jane Emsell, Jan Foster, Lillian Gee, Bev George, Maggie Gready, Phil Gready, Don Green, Beryl Grindrod, Fred & Rose Haines, George Harold, Hannah Johnson, Andy & Tricia Jones, Georgie Lane, Jillie McLaren, Gail Moneypenny, Karen Morgan, Paul Morris, Rosemary Morris, Joe Murgatroyd, Fiona Norton, Fiona Parker, Sally Pengilly, Ciara Plunkett, Richard Popper, Colin Prince, Patience Saunders, Francis Seymour, Liz & Nick Stanger, Lily Stickland, Neil Swimer, Fiona Tucker, David & Geraldine Waldron,  Deirdre Walker, Liz Watson, Kay Weldon, Amelia Whillans, Dorothy & Richard Winter, Sarah Wrixon, Ali Zutchi.  

Step 5 December 2020 - 31 students

Patricia Camerlynck, Pauline Cherry, Chrissy Coward, Jill Creagh-Barry, Colin Davidson, Ziva Dwek, Caroline Ekaireb, Pauline Fisher, Kathie Frodsham, Barrie George, Suzanne George, Sian Gordon, Rosemary Hadland, Tony Hargreaves, Linda Lew, Heather Marrow, Sue Mayes, Felicity Meakin, John Meakin, Anne Mynors-Wallis, Judith Parker, Lesley Potter, Miles Potter, Denise Pratt, Nicky Russ, Caroline Sard, Helen Schroeder, Liz Schuster-Bruce, Rob Schuster-Bruce, Emma Spriggs, Megan Stephenson. 

 

Step 1 December 2020 - 58 students

Amanda Arkwright, Andrew Balchin, Jeremy Bailey, Dennis & Jane Barnard, Liz Barry, Helen Bell, Jill Bladen, Bill Bucknell, Joe Bunyan, Gabrielle & Ian Burn, Julia Butterfield, Moira Byrne, Margie & Nick Chavasse, Charlotte Cockcroft, Penny Cullis, Lynn Davies, Lloyd Doble, Digby & Joyce Emson, Jennie Grady, Sarah Martin, Diana Hassall, Karen Hitchings, Allan Hutchins, Linda Jose, Dan Laking, Colleen Maple, Andrew Marchant, Anne & Ken McFarlane, Robert, Heidi & James McNeilly, Lesley Muddiman, Christopher O'Kane, Deirdre O'Meara, Sarah Packer, Fiona Pasche, Irene Plunkett, Bella Segal, Sheila Scott, David Snelling, Neil Sommerfelt, Maxine Spier, Susie Thornton, Fiona Turner, David & Kay Wakefield, Chrissy Westlake, Alison Whatley, Laura Williamson, Martin & Gilly Wise, Pam Woodhead, Tara Zutchi. 

 

Step 2 September 2020 - 79 students

Dennis & Jane Barnard, Elaine Barton, Louise, Olivia & Madeline Bracken, Louise Burn, Simon Butler, Paul & Annie Cadge, Pauline Cherry, Jen Cobb, Caroline Conway, Sue Cullen, Andy Daykin, David Dickson, Katie Dickson, Jackie Douglas, Charlotte Edwardes, Norman Ellis, Jim Ellwood, Jane Emsell, Jo & Mike Foster, Lillian Geey, Bev George, Manda Glenn, Julie Gourgey, Maggie & Phil Gready, Beryl Grindrod, Delia Grodner, Fred & Rose Haines, Anne Hargreaves, George Harold, Mary Harold, Diana Heppenstall, Mel Ireland, Hannah Johnson, Andy & Tricia Jones, Helena Jordan, Georgie Lane, Colin Lewis, Adrian Lickiss, Pete Lock, Sue Mayes, Jillie McLaren, Gail Moneypenny, Karen Morgan, Paul Morris, Rosemary Morris, Joe Murgatroyd, Fiona Norton, Fiona Parker, Sally Pengilly, Ciara Plunkett, Colin Prince, Will Pyle, Patience Saunders, Francis Seymour, Elizabeth & Nick Stanger, Lily Stickland, Neil Swimer, Lizzy Totten, Fiona Tucker, David & Geraldine Waldron, Liz Watson, Kay Weldon, Amelia Whillans, Alice White, Katie & Stephen Whitmore, Dorothy Winter, Sarah Wrixon, Ali Zutshi.

 

Step 4 September 2020 - 42 students

Dorothy Bridges, Patricia Camerlynck, Pauline Cherry, Chrissie Coward, Colin & Pip Davidson, Ann Dunn, Robin & Sally Farman, Pauline Fisher, Kathie Frodsham, Barrie & Suzanne George, Sian Gordon, Rosemary Hadland, Tony Hargreaves, Iris Jenkins, Marc Lazarus, Baron & Trudy Levine, Sue Lynch, George & Marion Mackay, Heather Marrow, David Marsh, Felicity & John Meakin, Anne Mynors-Wallis, Judith Parker, Lesley & Miles Potter, Geoff Rowbotham, Nicky Russ, Caroline Sard, Helen Schroeder, Liz & Rob Schuster-Bruce, Di Scorey, Andy Spriggs, Stephenson, Roy Tazzyman, Dorothy Winter.

 

Step 3 June 2020 - 72 students

Di Angles, John Babb, Madeline Bracken, Mandy Bray, Dorothy Bridges, Annie Cadge, Patricia Camerlynck, Pauline Cherry, Anne Clifford, Caroline Conway, Chrissie Coward, Colin & Pip Davidson, Jackie Douglas, Terry Duckworth, Ann Dunn, Liz Fairweather, Robin & Sally Farman, Pauline Fisher, Jo & Mike Foster, Kathie Frodsham, Barrie & Suzanne George, Maggie Gready, Sian Gordon, Beryl Grindrod, Tony Hargreaves, Mel Ireland, Iris Jenkins, Susan Johnson, Helena Jordan, Angela & David Lane, Marc Lazarus, Valerie Lee, Colin Lewis, Baron & Trudy Levine, Sue Lynch, George & Marion Mackay, Heather Marrow, David Marsh, Sue Mayes, Felicity & John Meakin, Gail Moneypenny, Joe Murgatroyd, Anne Mynors-Wallis, Roz Peters, Jane Porter, Lesley & Miles Potter, Denise Pratt, Geoff Rowbotham, Nicky Russ, Caroline Sard, Patience Saunders, Liz & Rob Schuster-Bruce, Di Scorey, Megan Stephenson, Roy Tazzyman, Maggie Tetlow, Deirdre Walker, Katie & Stephen Whitmore, John Wilson, Shirley Winstanley, Dorothy Winter.

 

Step 2 March 2020 - 44 students

Di Angles, Mandy Bray, Dorothy Bridges, Terry Duckworth, Kathie Frodsham, Steph Hale, Tony Hargreaves, Steve Hickman, Marc Lazarus, Colin Lewis, George & Marion Mackay, Gail Moneypenny, Anne Mynors-Wallis, Jane Porter, Lesley & Miles Potter, Nicky Russ, Caroline Sard, Patience Saunders, Liz & Rob Schuster-Bruce, Di Scorey, Colin & Pip Davidson, Ann Dean, Lynn Ford, Barrie & Suzanne George, Sian Gordon, Susan Johnson, Maureen Keats, Angela & David Lane, Valerie Lee, Sue Lynch, David Marsh, Sue Maxted, Geoff Rowbotham, Megan Stephenson, Roy Tazzyman, Deirdre Walker, John Wilson, Shirley Winstanley.

 

Step 5 December 2019 - 11 students

Sue Barraclough, Alan Frost, Valerie Frost, Judy Lambert, Amanda Mallinson-King, David Preston, Sue Proctor, Angela Scott, Sue Thomas, Jill Totten, Elizabeth Whitmore. 

 

Step 4 August 2019 - 32 students

Carolyn Ash, Sue Barraclough, Michele Campbell, Pauline Cherry, Chris Crossman, Jan Duff, Pauline Fisher, Alan Frost, Valerie Frost, Alan Green, Don Green, Tony Hargreaves, Wendy Haring, Anne Harris, Jane Henry, Linda Johnson, Paul Kearton, Annie Ketteringham, Julie Lanceley, Mike Lloyd, Amanda Mallinson-King, Heather Marrow, Katy Norman, David Preston, Sue Proctor, Nicky Russ, Megan Stephenson, Jill Totten, Anne Trehane, Elizabeth Whitmore, Anne Williams and John Wilson.

 

Step 3 June 2019 - 69 students

Mike Airey, Carolyn Ash, Sue Barraclough, Margaret Battcock, Libby Bentall, Kathy Bolton, Mandy Bray, Terry Brown, Brendan Carroll, Pauline Cherry, Alan Clark, Anne Clifford, Christine Corbin, David Craigmyle, Henry Craven, Chris Crossman, Carol Dunn, Pauline Fisher, Alan Frost, Valerie Frost, Pete Gammage, Don Green, Tony Hargreaves, Wendy Haring, Katrina Heatley, Richard Henry, Jane Henry, Anthea Hipwell, Brian Hirst, Kay Hirst, Linda Johnson, Paul Kearton, Annie Ketteringham, Julie Lanceley, Baron Levine, Trudy Levine, Amanda Mallinson-King, Heather Marrow, Mike Marrow, David Marsh, John Meakin, Felicity Meakin, Tony Newman, Serena Newton, Gordon Paterson, Roz Peters, Sandy Pressdee, David Preston, Tony Raybould, Cat Roberts, Nicky Russ, Tanya Salmon, Paddy Smyth, Pat Snow, Megan Stephenson, Steve Taylor, Roy Tazzyman, Bill Thomas, Gail Thomas, Sue Thomas, Jill Totten, Stuart Totten, Anne Trehane, Patti Waller, Elizabeth Whitmore, Anne Williams, John Wilson, Jackie Wilson, Scott Wilson. 

 

Step 2 March 2019 - 70 students

Mike Airey, Kathy Bolton, Mandy Bray, Pauline Cherry, Alan Clark, Anne Clifford, Christine Corbin, David Craigmyle, Henry Craven, Chris Crossman, Pauline Fisher, Alan Frost, Caroline Good, Don Green, Tony Hargreaves, Katrina Heatley, Richard Henry, Jane Henry, Anthea Hipwell, Brian Hirst, Kay Hirst, Linda Johnson, Annie Ketteringham, Maureen Law, Baron Levine, Trudy Levine, David Marsh, John Meakin, Felicity Meakin, Tony Newman, Serena Newton, Gordon Paterson, Roz Peters, Tony Raybould, Nicky Russ, Tanya Salmon, Paddy Smyth, Pat Snow, Megan Stephenson, Steve Taylor, Roy Tazzyman, Sue Thomas, Jill Totten, Stuart Totten, Anne Williams, John Wilson, Jackie Wilson, Scott Wilson. 21 more students also completed this course.