Learn bridge the Andrew Robson way
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.
I am happy to say that all the popular Robson courses are now available in Oxford, thanks to an agreement I have with Andrew. He is a longstanding friend of mine at both the bridge table and beyond. Having started my career as a graduate trainee on the Oxford Mail and Times, before moving into the investment business, I recently returned to live in Oxford, where I combine investment writing and research with playing and teaching bridge. An experienced county, tournament and money bridge player, I also teach single topic seminars, a refresher course and private groups on demand. My partner Nick Smith and I are the current Oxfordshire county pairs champions. My professional website is http://www.independent-investor.com.
What is coming up; it’s all online for now!
PLEASE NOTE THAT because of the coronavirus, all our lessons and general play sessions are now held online, using a combination of Zoom video-conferencing and the Bridge Base Online bridge platform. The online bridge page has more details and is updated on a regular basis. You can read my latest weekly updates here as well. You can pay for both my seminars and the weekly Tuesday morning supervised play session by using the payment buttons in the sidebar of this and most other pages. Do feel to get in touch with me if there is something you think I might be able to help you with. My email address is on the contacts page.
Regular play and learn sessions
Until the pandemic struck Bridge in Oxford hosted a weekly supervised play session in Wytham Village Hall every Tuesday morning, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 1pm. The village hall is an ideal venue for face to face bridge, with plenty of free parking and easily accessible from the Oxford ring road. For the last six months the Tuesday morning sessions have been held online, with the help of Bridge Base Online and Zoom technology. We play a series of randomly dealt hands under supervision – 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 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. We look forward to resuming bridge at Wytham as soon as pandemic restrictions are eased.
About our teaching
Andrew Robson courses
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. The courses consist 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you see a course that you think would benefit you. Because of the impact of the pandemic these courses are now being taught in chunks of two lessons at a time. The next courses start in mid-October.
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. Each week I produce a series of presentation slides (emailed to you after the event) and take you through a number of carefully chosen illustrative hands. These seminars are interactive, giving you the chance to ask questions as the seminar progresses.
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 for your own favourite four players. Email me if you are interested in bringing your game with friends to a higher level.
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. And most importantly of all, do please tell your friends and family that Bridge in Oxford is open for business……this game is brilliant and you won’t regret taking it up, whether you play socially or aspire to something higher.