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.
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 postponed for the foreseeable future, although I am continuing with a lot of online and smaller group teaching and play, which is proving very popular in these difficult times. If you have not done so already, please sign up to the mailing list in order to remain up to date and for news about the online options and other developments. See the online bridge page for more details, as this will be updated regularly in the coming weeks. You can read the latest updates here as well.
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 possible thanks to the wonders of modern technology. It is as intensive as you want it to be, but it will do wonders for your game.
Regular play and learn sessions
Bridge in Oxford has been hosting a weekly supervised play session for more than a year now, and has a permanent venue in Wytham Village Hall every Tuesday morning, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 1pm. PLEASE NOTE These sessions are now being held online, using 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 required. All but absolute beginners welcome; please email in advance if you have not been before. There is plenty of free parking. Wytham is a lovely village and easily accessible from the Oxford ring road.
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. 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 (email@example.com) 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.
Once a week in normal times, on Thursday mornings, I also run a Refresher course for a maximum of four tables, where we deal and play a series of hands, which are then carefully analysed and discussed by all the participants over a period of two hours, with the aim being to help identify and explain the key decision points on each hand. Experience shows that this is the ideal way to practise what you know and recognise when different bids and card play techniques are required. Do contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be added to the list. This course is pay-as-you-go with each session being charged on the basis of £20 per lesson, so there may well be a vacant slot each week. These sessions have been replaced for now by private online group sessions.
The courses normally take place either in the Library at the North Oxford Association in Summertown or in Wytham Village Hall. There is plenty of parking at both venues (payment required in Summertown). 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 email@example.com, or from this website. Smaller groups are taught in private houses by arrangement.
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.
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.