A quick reminder, for those who may not have seen my earlier email, that bridge tomorrow morning (July 9th) will not be at The Trout but once again at the Jacobs Inn in nearby Wolvercote. Also that there are additional places for the two special one-off seminars I am offering – one on transfers (this Thursday July 11th, starting at 9.40am) and the second on doubles (penalty or takeout?) next Monday (July 15th) at 9.40am. Both sessions to be held at the North Oxford Association in Diamond Place, Summertown (behind the Co-op). The cost for each two-hour lesson is £20, but free for those who have just finished the Essential Extra or Improver Plus courses.
Despite having to postpone a couple of lessons because of unavoidable changes to my schedule, the two courses I have been teaching this summer (Essential Extra and Improver Plus) are sadly coming to an end. Because they have been such excellent learners, however, I have decided to offer a bonus lesson to all members of these two courses and would also like to open these two popular single topic lessons to anyone else who would like to join, for a single one-off payment of £20.
The two dates are as follows:
Date: Thursday July 11th
Time: 9.40 to 11.40am
Where: North Oxford Association, Summertown
Subject: Transfer bids
Free to members of the summer 2019 Improver Plus course. £20 anyone else.
Date: Monday July 15th
Time: 9.40 to 11.40am
Where: North Oxford Association, Summertown
Subject: Doubles – takeout or penalty?
Free to members of the summer 2019 Essential Extra course. £20 anyone else.
I will also provide summary notes by email after each lesson.
To book a place for either lesson, simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your place and pay either online in the normal way by bank transfer or bring cash on the day.
Following requests from half a dozen budding enthusiasts who have completed my Beginners course, I am also looking to teach a version of the Next Step course over the course of the summer months. This will be done on an ad hoc basis through a series of 5 or 6 somewhat longer sessions than normal. If you would like to join this programme, please let me know and I will endeavour to arrange it. Next Step is suitable for anyone who is not a complete beginner, but is keen to go up a level or has recently returned to playing the game. The venue will also be in Oxford, and somewhere close to good parking and the ring road. More details once it is clear that we have the numbers to make it viable.
The play and learn session tomorrow will not be at The Trout, as usual, but instead at the Jacobs Inn, a few hundred yards away in Wolvercote village. There is parking there too and a fair deal of space – lighter and less cramped than the room at The Trout we had last week. Kick off as normal is formally at 9.45, finishing at 12.30 or so, but if you get there earlier and want to start playing a few randomly dealt hands that is fine too. I shall be there from 9.30. Sorry for the change in venue, but we are in peak tourist season, with the end of the University term thrown in as well. Here is a link to the new venue.
Following a successful first meeting in Charlbury at the end of May, I am happy to announce that we will be holding two more sessions there on Thursday June 20th and Thursday July 4th. Both sessions will kick off at 1.30pm in The Corner House, a delightful old building in the middle of the town.
In response to feedback my plan it to split the sessions into two parts: (1) an hour’s lesson followed by (2) up to two hours of supervised play. Because there is a range of ability, the first lesson will consist of a review/refresher lesson on the basic principles of bidding and a summary of Andrew Robson’s bidding methods. This I hope will be of value both to those who are still learning the game and those who have played more often before, but either may not know the Robson system or feel they would benefit from a refresher.
The supervised play session will be grouped into tables by level of experience and everyone will have the opportunity to ask for expert help at any stage, should they so wish. This way I hope that we will be able to move towards creating a regular weekly event in which as many players as possible can take part, combining a chance to improve with the opportunity to share in a sociable and friendly game. There will also be an opportunity at the end to ask questions about any of the hands that you have played.
You can book a place for the 20th June event by following this link and for the 4th July event by following this link. Alternatively, for those who already have our bank details you can pay directly online, giving Charlbury June 20 or Charlbury July 4 as the reference. The charges are (1) lesson only (one hour) £8; (2) supervised play only £7 (two hours); (3) combined lesson and play £14 (three hours). This includes free tea, coffee and refreshments.
Because of the Bank Holiday the Essential Extra course will restart on Monday week (June 3rd). On Tuesday morning (May 28th) there will be supervised play as normal at The Trout, in the capable hands of Annabel and Peter Finbow this time, as I am coming back from Wales that day – please treat them kindly! Wednesday morning sees our first play and learn session in Charlbury, at The Bull, starting at 9.45am. Anyone who lives locally and wants to taste bridge the Robson way is very welcome to come, as of course is anyone who has already been to The Trout or Islip, and/or taken one of our courses. There has been a lot of interest already in Charlbury as a venue, including several enthusiasts who cannot make next week because of half term but have promised to come thereafter. When I get back I shall be publishing some dates for our “summer specials”, a series of single topic seminars similar to those which proved popular during the Easter holidays. Watch this space!
I got the date wrong in my previous email – this just to confirm that bridge in Islip Village Hall will continue tomorrow morning (Friday May 17th, not the 16th, as inadvertently written in my earlier email). Apologies for the confusion.
We will be holding a supervised play session at a new venue on Wednesday May 29th. This is The Bull, a delightful pub in Charlbury where some of our most committed learners live (the town, not the pub, that is – at least to the best of our knowledge). The session will start at 9.45am and will follow the usual format of a series of pre-dealt hands with expert help on hand throughout. I will also be giving a couple of tips to kick things off. As this is the first session of its kind in Charlbury, the cost will be just £5 to include tea and coffee. Do come if you can – and encourage anyone else you think might be interested to come along and see what is on offer. It is helpful but not essential to let me know if you can come. If there is sufficient interest we will consider making Charlbury a regular venue for this kind of bridge, though not necessarily on the same day of the week (depending on what is most suitable for the most people). All but absolute beginners welcome. Supervised play sessions meanwhile continue at Islip Village Hall (tomorrow, May 16th) and besides the river at The Trout (next Tuesday).