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.
Now bestselling bridge author Jonathan Davis, founder of Bridge in Oxford, and Andrew’s friend and kindred bridge spirit, is making all the popular Robson courses available in Oxford for the first time. Having started his career as a writer on the Oxford Mail and Times, before moving into the investment business, Jonathan has recently returned to live in Oxford, where he combines investment writing and research with playing and teaching bridge. An experienced tournament and money bridge player, with many triumphs to his credit, he teaches the full suite of Andrew Robson courses, as well as single topic seminars and private group lessons on demand. He hosts a regular weekly play and learn session on both Tuesday and Friday mornings.
About our Andrew Robson courses
What is on offer
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 and this page for more details about which ones are currently scheduled. Every course runs for eight consecutive weeks, with each 1hour 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 (email@example.com) if you see a course that you think would benefit you. His advice: “The next scheduled courses start in the autumn, but if there is another one you would like to do let me know and I will see if that too can be arranged”.
Most of the courses take place in the Library at the North Oxford Association in Summertown, where there is plenty of parking. The courses are open to anyone, but because of limitations of space, unfortunately only those who have booked in advance can be admitted. Places can be booked by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Smaller groups can be taught in private houses by arrangement.
Regular play and learn sessions
Bridge in Oxford hosts two weekly supervised play sessions, one at The Trout in Godstow every Tuesday morning, starting at 9.45am and finishing at 12.45pm, and the second in Islip Village Hall on periodic Friday mornings (also 9.45am to 12.45pm). 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. Jonathan’s expert guidance is available 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 Bridge at The Trout page and the News and Updates page for more details. Coming shortly: a regular bridge learn and play session in Charlbury!
I am also happy to consider private lessons for small groups who can provide their own venue. Why not book a couple of hours or a regular series at a time that suits you? Your options are: (1) to let me take you through one or more of an existing course at a time that suits you; (2) ask for specific topics you want to learn (e.g conventions, declarer play, improve your defence); (3) let me bring some pre-dealt hands for you to play and practise on, with either on-the-spot guidance and notes or a post-play review session. Simply contact me for more details. I have two private groups running at the moment and others interested in courses on defence and useful conventions.
Online practice sessions
Bridge software has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, and the best online sites now allow you to practise specific aspects of your game under supervision. You want to practise how you (and your partner if you have one) bid over a 1 No Trump opening bid? Or weak Twos, Key Card Blackwood or any other popular conventional bids? No problem. Simply log in at home for an hour of supervised practice, with Jonathan arranging all the deals and talking you through the different sequences with a series of carefully calibrated example hands – all thanks to the wonders of modern technology. It is intensive but will do wonders for your game.
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. There is a link to book places at the free taster sessions and on future courses. 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. If you have a suggestion for a particular venue that would suit you, then let me know. And most importantly of all, do please tell your friends and family that Bridge in Oxford is open for business……the more the merrier.