Author Archives: Jonathan Davis

Online bridge update 44

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (2nd March), starting at 9.30am. I look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday evening as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. Apologies for the late delay in sending out the invitation this week (some website issues). The maximum number we can currently handle is 20 and that has been working very well recently, with some lively hands and keenly contested match ups.

Tuesday supervised play

2nd March 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

After publication of the Government’s roadmap for exiting from lockdown and social distancing, it is possible for the first time to think about the possibility of resuming face to face bridge in some form later this year. I do not want to raise hopes only to dash them later, but assuming the vaccination programme is completed and no new vaccine- immune strains appear, it is certainly possible to envisage one or more regular face to face sessions of supervised play for those willing to come, given suitable social distancing arrangements, which may or may not still in place.

The club I belong to in London for example is hoping to reopen for a limited number of participants within the next couple of months. I would welcome any thoughts that you have about your willingness to participate in such sessions, as and when circumstances permit. So as to think through the best way to organise all this, I wonder how many of you might wish to combine face to face play and still continue with a regular online coaching session? I certainly hope to offer minimum of two play sessions a week, one in Wytham and one in Charlbury (where my son and his family are moving at the end of this month), and am happy to continue all the coaching sessions for those who want them.

Jonathan

Footnote

For those of you who’ve an interest in investment, I am running a series of podcasts and weekly updates on the Money Makers website (https://money-makers.co).

Online bridge update 43

There is no seminar on Monday (22nd February) I am afraid because of a competing commitment. After last week’s session, I have noted that a number of you are interested in learning more about duplicate pairs tactics and I am considering whether to offer a series of lessons around that theme. If you would be interested in a few sessions of that kind, please let me know so I can gauge the level of interest. The seminar series will resume as normal on Monday week.

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (23rd February), starting at 9.30am. I look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday evening as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. The maximum number we can currently handle is 20 and that has been working very well recently, with some lively hands and keenly contested match ups.

Tuesday supervised play

23rd February 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions continue as normal this week. I continue to juggle the timing and makeup of a couple of groups to align those of a similar standard. As I noted last week, if you and/or a partner are interested in joining one of these please let me know. I only have a limited amount of spare capacity but always keen to ft in newcomers if at all possible.

Jonathan

Footnote

For those of you who’ve an interest in investment, I am running a series of podcasts and weekly updates on the Money Makers website (https://money-makers.co).

Online bridge update 42

For tomorrow’s seminar (February 15th) I am reverting to the Play These Hands With Me format. I thought it would be helpful to some of you to play through all 18 boards of an Andrew Robson Bridge Club duplicate with me. The hands comes from a real life duplicate that I played last week and include a nice mixture of bidding, play and defence hands.

My thinking is that this will give you a chance to see the kind of issues that arise in an 18 board event and also allow me to explain some of the factors that make duplicate pairs such a fascinating but different version of the game. Unlike most weeks my proposal is to start the seminar later than usual, at 10.30am rather than 9.30am. (You may also discover that the standard of the field in an ARBC event is quite varied but nothing that any of you should be afraid of).

Pay for seminar

15th February 2021 from 10.30am

£20.00

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (16th February), starting at 9.30am. I look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday evening as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. The maximum number we can currently handle is 20 and that has been working very well recently, with some lively hands and keenly contested match ups.

Tuesday supervised play

16th February 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions continue as normal this week. I am juggling the timing and makeup of a couple of groups to align those of a similar standard. As I noted last week, if you and/or a partner are interested in joining one of these please let me know. I only have a limited amount of spare capacity but always keen to ft in newcomers if at all possible.

Jonathan

Online bridge update 41

There is no topic seminar this Monday (February 8th), as I doing a one-off coaching session at the normal starting time of 9.30am. Normal service will resume the following Monday (February 15th) and you can book up for that in the normal way ahead of time by using the payment button below. If however any of you are interested in either extra group coaching or a “play these hands with me” session for an hour or 90 minutes at 11am this Monday, please let me know by email. I would be happy to try and fit that in if there is sufficient demand.

Pay for seminar

15th February 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (9th February), starting at 9.30am. I look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday event as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. The maximum number we can currently handle is 16 and that has been working very well recently, with some lively hands and keenly contested match ups.

Tuesday supervised play

9th February 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions continue as normal this week. I am juggling the timing and makeup of a couple of groups to align those of a similar standard, so if you and a partner are interested in joining one of these please let me know. I only have a limited amount of spare capacity but always keen to ft in newcomers if at all possible.

Jonathan

Online bridge update 40

The second part of the opening lead session – what to lead against trump contracts – will be on Monday (1st February), with the normal series of illustrative hands. The level is intermediate. You can sign up in the usual way either from this email or with the payment button in the sidebar of the website.

Pay for seminar

1st February 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The normal Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running again this week (2nd February), starting at 9.30am. I shall look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday event as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. The maximum number we can currently handle is 16.

Tuesday supervised play

2nd February 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions continue as normal this week. I am juggling a couple of groups. Thank you for making them so enjoyable.

Jonathan

Online bridge update 39

Sorry for the late notice but I am afraid that there will be no two-hour Monday morning seminar this week but the second part of the opening lead session – what to lead against trump contracts – will be on 1st February instead, with the normal series of illustrative hands. The level is intermediate. You can sign up in the usual way either from this email or with the payment button in the sidebar of the website.

Pay for seminar

1st February 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The normal Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running again this week (26th January), starting at 9.30am. I shall look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday event as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. The maximum number we can currently handle is 16.

Tuesday supervised play

26th January 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions continue as normal this week. I am juggling a couple of groups. Thank you for making them so enjoyable.

Jonathan

Online bridge update 38

The two-hour Monday morning seminar will focus this week on the hardest part of bridge, the opening lead. On average you will be giving away a trick on every second hand you defend. Even the very best professionals get only 80% of their opening leads right. It is that difficult. You have to learn to listen to the bidding and draw both positive and negative inferences from what you hear. The level is intermediate. You can sign up in the usual way either from this email or with the payment button in the sidebar of the website.

Pay for seminar

18th January 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The normal Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running again this week (12th January), starting at 9.30am. I shall look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday event as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away. The maximum number we can currently handle is 16.

Tuesday supervised play

19th January 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions return as normal this week. In order to avoid me having to chase you for payment, it will very helpful if you can make your bank transfer payment in advance. Many thanks again for all your support and I look forward to more fruitful bridge play this year. The competition for most improved player 2021 is up and running!

Jonathan

Online bridge update 37

The two-hour Monday morning seminar will focus on the play of the cards with a particular focus on finessing – when to take a finesse and when not. There will also be lessons to be learnt from the bidding as well. Then as usual we will follow that up by a series of randomly dealt hands that I have not seen before. The level is intermediate. You can sign up in the usual way either from this email or with the payment button in the sidebar of the website. Suggestions for topics always welcome.

Pay for seminar

11th January 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The normal Tuesday morning supervised play session will however be running again this week (12th January), starting at 9.30am. I shall look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday event as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away.

Tuesday supervised play

12th January 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

The group coaching sessions will also resume as normal this week. In order to avoid me having to chase you for payment, it will very helpful if you can make your bank transfer payment in advance. Many thanks again for all your support and I look forward to more fruitful bridge play this year. The competition for most improved player 2021 is up and running!

Jonathan

Online bridge update 36

We are back! Welcome to 2021, the year when we all hope that face to face bridge may return, although it would be foolish to predict it happening with any confidence. I hope that you have all enjoyed as good a Christmas as circumstances allowed and are now ready to get back to the virtual card table and see those lockdown blues.

The first two-hour Monday morning seminar will not be kicking off until tomorrow week (January 11th). Continuing with the format we had before Christmas, each session will start with half a dozen hands around a common theme, followed by a series of randomly dealt hands that I have not seen before. The first few seminar themes I expect to be devoted to the play of the cards, although the bidding of each hand will also of course be reviewed. The level is intermediate. You can sign up in the usual way either from this email or with the payment button in the sidebar of the website. Suggestions for topics always welcome.

Pay for seminar

11th January 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The normal Tuesday morning supervised play session will however be starting again this week (5th January), starting at 9.30am. I shall look forward to seeing you all. Please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday event as it makes it so much easier to arrange the tables and reduce the risk of having to turn one of you away.

Tuesday supervised play

5th January 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

Our popular group coaching sessions will also resume as normal this week. Please let me know if for any reason you think that your group may not wish to continue with their regular session. There is always more demand for these slots than I have capacity for, so knowing in advance whether you expect to make them is helpful. I still have some other professional commitments to fit in during the week as well, so all the more reason to confirm your regular slot if you can……

Here’s hoping again for a better 2021.

Jonathan

PS It looks like my grandson and his parents are going to be completing on the purchase of a house in Charlbury soon, so that opens up the possibility of resuming bridge lessons there, as well as in Wytham, as and when the ability to play face to face resumes. Fingers crossed!

Online bridge update 35

So this is it – the first time in months that I am going to have to say “sorry, but there are no bridge sessions this week”. Bridge in Oxford is taking a break to enjoy….well, not a lot, if truth be told. With most of the country in one kind of lockdown or another, and Christmas cancelled for many, this week is certainly going to be a quiet one, a chance to do some boring admin (ugh), reflect on the year just gone and make some plans for next year.

Everything will be back to normal in the first week of the New Year and it may be, given recent events, that I can fit in some bridge sessions in the week after Christmas. If so, I will notify you accordingly. I shall be disappointed if some at least of you don’t find the time to play some bridge over the holiday period. In 2021 I expect to investigate using a different bridge website for the Tuesday morning sessions and maybe some of the coaching sessions as well.

As some you will know, away from the bridge table I edit and publish an annual handbook about investment trusts which finally appeared this week, so I have been busy some interviews and podcasts to help promote the latest edition, which I’m happy to say is selling well. I am however planning to find the time to play in a couple of tournaments – including one this weekend which is being held to help the international campaign against cheating in online events (you would be surprised how widespread this has been) – and hope to add to my growing stock of interesting hands to play through on Mondays in the weeks ahead.

I do want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been able to join us this year for a seminar, Tuesday morning group play or one of the dozen or so group coaching sessions that have been running for something like 40 weeks now. Starting the coaching sessions was a spur of the moment idea, designed to be a temporary fix when face to face bridge sessions had to be halted back in March.

I never imagined we would still be doing them nine months later. As it turns out, they have proved to be a great way to learn and improve your game, as well as a nice way for close friends to stay in touch and newcomers to make new acquaintances. From my perspective, the sessions have enabled me to get to know a lot of you much better, down to and including an insight into the way you decorate your homes……Most encouraging of all, I have been able to observe the tremendous improvement that every one of you has made as a bridge player with the help of these regular training sessions.

The contest for most improved player has been intense all year, and I am afraid that I have been unable to pick a winner from the many strong candidates. (Thank you, Phil, for the offer of a bribe, but nothing has yet arrived – probably delayed in the post). As I have told you many times, bridge is a game where everyone can be a winner – but the most important thing is never to lose sight of the fact that it is a game, something to be amused and entertained by, to add to its proven qualities as a source of mental health and wellbeing.

Instead of a Christmas card, I would like to leave you with a couple of images from our sessions in Wytham Village Hall and express the wish that you all have as good a Christmas as circumstances allow, and that at some point next year we will be able to have our first face to face bridge session for what has been a long time. In the meantime, many thanks again for your support and may your suits always split and your finesses succeed.

Here’s hoping for a better 2021.

Jonathan

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