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Thanks to everyone who has so far responded to assorted Doodle polls about our regular events – Tuesday supervised play and learn at Wytham, the Thursday Refresher course (ideal for, but not limited to, budding partners) and topic seminars based on Andrew’s The Next Level book. Please continue to update those if your plans change. The subjects of the seminars are moving into territory that some of you may be interested in if you have not come across them before. Next Monday (March 2nd) for example will cover Fourth Suit Forcing, an essential addition to any player’s bidding armoury, and future topic include Roman Key Card Blackwood, Jacoby Two No Trumps, two-suited overcalls (Michaels and the Unusual no Trump) plus many others. The seminars are single two-hour sessions at the North Oxford Association in Summertown, north Oxford starting at 9.45am, and cost £20. You can find the topics on a week by week basis by following the What’s Coming Up link at the top of this page, or the dedicated The Next Level page.   A reminder also that Andrew Robson’s charity day event at Rose Hill Community Centre is coming up on Monday March 9th.

Andrew Robson charity bridge day

It is not too late to book a place at Andrew Robson’s forthcoming charity day in Oxford – an annual event that supports a good cause and always draws a big local crowd. The date this year is Monday March 9th 2020 and the venue Rose Hill Community Centre, Carole’s Way, Rose Hill Oxford OX4 4HF. The bridge day raises money for the Rose Hill Junior Youth Club, a charitable organisation which supports youth activities in one of the poorest districts of Oxford.

You can find more details and book a place by opening the attached booking form. The day starts with coffee at 9.30am and includes four hours of tuition from Andrew Robson, with an excellent lunch in between. The day finishes at 3pm. It is helpful if you can indicate whether or not you have a bridge table that you can bring along. There will be several hands to bid and play to practise the themes covered in Andrew’s distinctive style.

Booking form here:


I shall be there for at least part of the day to lend a hand, and I hope to see as many of you as possible on the day at this enjoyable and worthwhile event.  Because it clashes with Andrew’s charity day, the Next Level course lesson scheduled for March 9th will be postponed until the following week.

Separately, some of you may be familiar with the Bridge for All programme, which is raising money for further research into the social and medical benefits of bridge. You can find out more about it here. The programme is run  Samantha Punch, a formidable bridge player herself, and a professor at the University of Stirling. Bridge for All is organising a charitable “Play with the stars” dinner and pro-am tournament on February 20th in London, at which most of the top British (and some overseas) players will be taking part. Andrew himself is sadly not available because of his other commitments.

These players are giving their time for free and you can bid for them in an online auction. I have been persuaded to volunteer to play for free with anyone from Oxfordshire who would like to part in this event and is willing to donate a significant sum to the charity and its very worthwhile objectives. Please contact me ( if you would be interested in making that sort of commitment.