Learn bridge the Andrew Robson way

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Andrew Robson

Andrew Robson, the country’s top bridge teacher, and multiple world champion, has spent 25 years devising and refining his legendary bridge courses, with the emphasis on making this wonderful game a pleasure to play. With his help thousands of people have learnt to play and enjoy bridge to the full, many of them never having touched a card before. His friendly club in London is the most popular in the country and his newspaper columns in The Times and Country Life have entertained and informed bridge lovers for years.  In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for his services to bridge and to charity.

Jonathan Davis

All the popular Robson courses are now available in Oxford for the first time, taught by Andrew’s longstanding friend and fellow bridge expert Jonathan Davis. Having started his career as a writer on the Oxford Mail and Times, before moving into the investment business, Jonathan recently returned to live in Oxford, where he combines investment writing and research with playing and teaching bridge. An experienced county, tournament and money bridge player, he also teaches single topic seminars, a refresher course and private groups on demand. His professional website is http://www.independent-investor.com.

What is coming up; it’s all online for now!

There is a link at the top of the page to a calendar showing what is coming up in the weeks ahead. If you sign up to the mailing list, you will also get regular reminders of future events and courses. PLEASE NOTE THAT because of the coronavirus, all our lessons and general play sessions are now online. The online bridge page has more details and is updated on a regular basis. You can read the latest updates here as well.

Regular play and learn sessions

Bridge in Oxford has been hosting a weekly supervised play session for more than a year now. Before the lockdown we played at our permanent venue in Wytham Village Hall every Tuesday morning, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 1pm. The village hall has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible from the Oxford ring road. For the last four months these have been successfully moved online, with the help of Bridge Base Online and Zoom technology. Come and play a series of carefully selected pre-dealt hands with others like you – it is the best way to practise everything you know or have learnt about bridge and to meet other like-minded enthusiasts in a friendly atmosphere.

There is expert guidance from Jonathan and Annabel at every stage and at the end of each hand, you have the opportunity to discuss the deal, review the bidding and play and see if or where you might have gone wrong. See the Play and Learn page and the News and Updates page for more details. No partner is required, although a number of regular partners do participate each week. All but absolute beginners are welcome; please email in advance if you have not been before. e look forward to resuming bridge at Wytham as soon as pandemic restrictions are eased.

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About our teaching   

Andrew Robson courses

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There are eleven different Andrew Robson courses to choose from – one for every level of ability and experience. See this page for the full range. Every course consists of eight lessons, with each 1 hour 45 minute lesson covering a specific topic in both bidding and play. All courses comes with detailed course notes and the chance to play through a series of instructive pre-dealt hands, asking questions as you go along. Feel free to contact Jonathan by email (bridge@arb-oxf.uk) if you see a course that you think would benefit you. The latest scheduled courses started in the New Year, but if there is another one you would like to do let me know and I will see if that too can be arranged. See also the online options now available.

Bridge topic seminars

Every Monday morning you can join a two-hour weekly seminar on a range of topics, a different one each week. See the seminars page for more details and to find out which topics are being taught which week. Jonathan provides a series of presentation slides (emailed to you after the event) and takes you through a number of illustrative hands. These seminars are interactive, giving you the chance to ask questions as the seminar progresses. 

Group coaching

Since lockdown began, we have been running very popular coaching sessions online for regular groups of four players. Jonathan is currently hosting more than than ten of these 60 or 90 minute sessions each week. Each one features a series of randomly dealt hands for you to bid and play. It is one thing to learn bidding and play as standalone topics, but another to recognise when to use each technique or convention. The group coaching sessions are a perfect opportunity to practise what you have learnt, with individual expert supervision.

What to do next

To get on the mailing list to find out more and stay in touch for news about the latest courses and receive periodic “bridge tales“, simply fill in your email address in the sidebar. If you have any queries or want to know which course is right for you, then send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can what courses and play sessions have been scheduled by following the What is coming up link at the top of the page. And most importantly of all, do please tell your friends and family that Bridge in Oxford is open for business……the more the merrier.