Course outlines

Here are the lesson by lesson details of the 11 Andrew Robson courses that are currently available through Bridge in Oxford. Note that all the courses apart from the first two include six deals per lesson for you to bid and play and then review under your teacher’s expert guidance. Some of Andrew’s best students have taken all 11 of the courses. They offer a clear progression through the various stages of learning bridge, from outright beginner to seasoned expert. WE also offer a Refresher course where you can practise what you know in a series of randomly dealt hands, just like the ones you will get when you sit down to play.

Beginner course

Lesson ONE Getting started
Lesson TWO The basics of bridge
Lesson THREE Introducing No Trumps
Lesson FOUR Making tricks
Lesson FIVE Finding fits and bidding game
Lesson SIX Bidding balanced hands
Lesson SEVEN Suit opening bids and responses
Lesson EIGHT Overcalling and leading
Objective You can say at end “Yes, I know how to play bridge”
Suitable for Beginners or the very rusty who want to relearn

Next step course

Lesson ONE Bidding balanced hands and No Trumps
Lesson TWO Bidding unbalanced hands and trumps
Lesson THREE Finding fits and bidding game
Lesson FOUR Overcalling
Lesson FIVE Introducing double
Lesson SIX Opening at the three level
Lesson SEVEN Opening lead
Lesson EIGHT Defence
Objective To kick on from a basic understanding of how the game of bridge is played – now to start getting better at it!
Suitable for Those who have completed Beginners or the mildly rusty who want a refresher on first principles

Essential course

Lesson ONE Unbalanced opening hands
Lesson TWO Balanced opening hands
Lesson THREE Responding to 1NT
Lesson FOUR Responder’s support line
Lesson FIVE Rule of 14 and 1NT response
Lesson SIX Overcalling
Lesson SEVEN Double
Lesson EIGHT Opening lead and defence
Objective Ideal for those who know some of the basics of bridge, but want to improve and learn the Robson method.

Essential extra course

Lesson ONE Balanced hands + tricks by force
Lesson TWO Responding to 1NT and tricks by length
Lesson THREE Using trumps to set up long suits
Lesson FOUR Supporting as responder and finessing
Lesson FIVE Dustbin 1NT response and delaying trumps
Lesson SIX More on overcalling
Lesson SEVEN Defending No Trumps
Lesson EIGHT Defending trump contracts
Objective You chance to practise your bidding and card play – consolidate the lessons of the Essential course

Improver course

Lesson ONE Improving as the opening bidder
Lesson TWO Improving as responder
Lesson THREE Signalling in defence
Lesson FOUR Stayman
Lesson FIVE Double
Lesson SIX Weak Twos & Threes
Lesson SEVEN Slams & Blackwood
Lesson EIGHT Opening 2♣
Objective Features basic conventions to raise your game – we see a huge rise in the playing level of those who take the course
Suitable for Those who have completed the Essential course or are confident in their knowledge of the basics.

Improver plus course

Lesson ONE Signalling in defence
Lesson TWO Finesse or play for the drop?
Lesson THREE Retaining a finesse position
Lesson FOUR Throwing losers
Lesson FIVE Setting up a long suit
Lesson SIX Trumps – draw them or not?
Lesson SEVEN The keys to good defence
Lesson EIGHT Round up and review
Objective Your chance to practise and deepen your knowledge of the conventions and play themes in the Improver course

Advanced course

Lesson ONE Using the Losing Trick Count
Lesson TWO Review and improve your bidding technique
Lesson THREE Weak Twos and beyond
Lesson FOUR Fourth Suit Forcing
Lesson FIVE More ways to signal
Lesson SIX The Unassuming Cue Bid
Lesson SEVEN More uses of double
Lesson EIGHT The No Trump battleground
Objective Each lesson includes six deals that bring out the lessons of the new material in this advanced course

Advanced play course

Lesson ONE Advanced finessing
Lesson TWO Keeping communications open
Lesson THREE Suit establishment technique
Lesson FOUR Trick One – the most crucial of all
Lesson FIVE Trump coups
Lesson SIX Placing the cards 1
Lesson SEVEN Placing the cards 2
Lesson EIGHT Choices in trump contracts
Objective Really move your game on with these lessons in advanced play – a chance to learn some expert techniques

Advanced defence course

Lesson ONE Defending No Trumps
Lesson TWO Defending trump contracts
Lesson THREE Second hand play
Lesson FOUR Third hand play
Lesson FIVE Attitude signals
Lesson SIX Discarding correctly
Lesson SEVEN Ruffs and suit preference
Lesson EIGHT Slow or quick defence
Objective Expert players put great store on accurate, logical defence – an ideal course for you and your favourite partner

Advanced plus

Lesson ONE Roman Keycard Blackwood
Lesson TWO Splinter bidding
Lesson THREE Trial bidding
Lesson FOUR Jacoby 2 No Trump convention
Lesson FIVE Transfer bidding
Lesson SIX The danger hand
Lesson SEVEN Protective bidding
Lesson EIGHT Tricky leads
Objective Put the icing on the cake with this most advanced of all Andrew Robson’s courses – bidding and play