The fun way to learn bridge
Andrew Robson, the country’s top bridge teacher, and a 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 for the first time his methods and club are being brought to Oxford. Since May 1st 2018 bestselling bridge author Jonathan Davis, Andrew’s friend and kindred bridge spirit, has been teaching two of his most popular courses and giving private lessons on demand. Regular sessions where you can join other like-minded enthusiasts to play supervised bridge – play with your friends and learn something new as you go – will be starting soon. Having started is career as a writer on the Oxford Mail and Times many years ago, before moving into the investment business, Jonathan has recently returned to live in Oxford. Whether you are a beginner or looking to build on what you already know, why not come and try out what we are offering?
What is on offer
We kicked off in May with two sessions a week of Andrew’s Beginner and Intermediate (now called Essential) classes. This autumn we are offering two more courses: as well as the Beginner and Essential lessons, I shall be teaching the Next Step and Improver courses and hope to offer advanced lessons (defence and play) as well if there is sufficient demand. See the courses page for more details. The teaching schedule page also has details of the first four courses, which starting in the last week of September 2018 on Mondays and Thursdays. They will run for eight weeks (though not in the half term week in October).
The first four courses this autumn will take place 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. You can book a place by clicking on the Book a Place page.
We aim to offer two sessions a week of supervised play sessions, one in the daytime and another in the evening, at which you can come and play bridge in a friendly and congenial atmosphere. You will be encouraged to play a series of pre-dealt hands and at the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to review the hand records and discuss all the deals you have played with our experts. Playing and reviewing hands once you have played them, experience shows, is by far the best way to combine the fun of playing bridge and learning at the same time. These sessions take place in a private room at a pub or restaurant so you can have refreshments or something to eat and drink should you so wish.
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 Andrew’s courses 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.
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 tips, 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 Andrew Robson Bridge in Oxford is now open for business……the more the merrier.