Face to face bridge coming back

It looks like it won’t be long before we can go back to playing face to face bridge the Andrew Robson way in Oxford. As the Omicron variant fades and restrictions are lifted, we are planning on restarting our regular weekly play and learn sessions in Wytham and Charlbury, as well as continuing with online sessions and our first duplicate and team challenges.

Please look out for the chance to sign up and join us and renew contact with all the regulars who you may not have seen in person for the past couple of years while Covid was trampling all over our lives.

In the meantime this week I will be running the regular Tuesday morning online play and learn session, starting at 9.15am and finishing by 12 noon. You can sign up as usual using the link provided below, or do so from the new Book In page you will see at the top of the page. On Thursday next week there will be a second online evening supervised play session, starting at 7.30pm, and I will circulate details on that shortly.

Jonathan

Tuesday supervised play 25th Jan 2022

Our regular Tuesday morning online session (Zoom and BBO), starting at 9.15am.

£15.00

Online bridge update 89

In addition to the normal Tuesday morning supervised play session this week (sign up here), we are introducing a new supervised play evening session on Thursday 20th January 2022, starting at 7.30pm, which I have emailed details of separately. I hope that this may become a regular weekly event, but that will depend on the level of interest.

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Tuesday supervised play

January 18th starting at 9.15 am. Zoom + BBO

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 88

The first online evening play and learn session is scheduled for the evening of January 20th 2022, starting at 7.30pm.It will be hosted jointly by Charlie Bucknell and myself. Charlie is a young bridge professional (and an under-26 international player) based n Oxford and is joining ARB Oxford to offer more teaching and play options, in anticipation of a return to face to face bridge shortly. We have had some takers for this evening session already and I hope you will consider joining us then. You can sign up below or email me to ask for bank details.

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Evening supervised play (Online)

January 20th 2022 at 7.30pm (Zoom + BBO)

£15.00

Online bridge update 87 (resent)

We continue as normal this week with the return of the Tuesday morning online supervised play session, the second of the New Year, and most group coaching sessions as well – I have a couple of groups that are looking for new members to make up the numbers, so if you are interested please let me know. Wednesday mornings at 9am is one example.

While we wait for the return of face to face play (still not clear when that will be), we are proposing to introduce our first evening online supervised play session, hosted jointly by myself and the young bridge professional Charlie Bucknell, who is joining the team to provide more teaching and play options. The first one will start at 7.30pm on Thursday January 20th. You can sign up for this below. We will also be offering an alternative evening as well in due course.

Tuesday supervised play

Tuesday 11t January at 9.15am

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 87

We continue as normal this week with the return of the Tuesday morning online supervised play session, the second of the New Year, and most group coaching sessions as well – I have a couple of groups that are looking for new members to make up the numbers, so if you are interested please let me know. Wednesday mornings at 9am is one example.

While we wait for the return of face to face play (still not clear when that will be), we are proposing to introduce our first evening online supervised play session, hosted jointly by myself and the young bridge professional Charlie Bucknell, who is joining the team to provide more teaching and play options. The first one will start at 7.30pm on Thursday January 20th. You can sign up for this below. We will also be offering an alternative evening as well in due course.

Tuesday supervised play

Tuesday January 11th at 9.15am

£15.00

We will also offering a series of new seminars and courses, delivered online, as well as short are videos. We will be posting a schedule on the website in the next few days so please look out for that. If you are interested in the evening session, please book up now. That way we will get an indication of likely demand. Feel free to suggest other evenings that might interest you as well, though we cannot guarantee to be able to offer them all.

Evening supervised play

Thursday January 20th at 7.30pm

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 86

It is back to normal this week with the return of the Tuesday morning online supervised play session, the first of the New Year, and most group coaching sessions as well. While we wait for the return of face to face play (still not clear when that will be), I will be recording some videos that I hope you will find of interest and we will also be introducing an evening play option to see how that fares. More on that and other plans shortly.

Online supervised play

Tuesday 4th January at 9.15am

£15.00

My family Christmas was adversely impacted by a positive covid test in the family, but I hope you all fared better. Lets all hope that by this time next year we will have got used to leading normal lives again. Happy New Year to everyone: may your finesses all come off this time round!

Jonathan

Online bridge update 85

Can it really be week 85 since we stopped face to face bridge and I began this weekly online message? It can and it is, I am afraid, and the drought looks like continuing a little longer. Despite those false hopes a few weeks ago, there is still no certainty that we can restart our Wytham and Charlbury sessions any time soon. Look out therefore for some new online courses and play sessions in the New Year, when Charlie Bucknell, a charming and talented young bridge professional will be joining me to offer some additional options, including evening play.

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Online supervised play

Tuesday 21st December at 9.15am

£15.00

In the meantime the final pre-Christmas Tuesday morning session will be going ahead this week (December 21st). As always these days, the precise format will depend on numbers but I hope that as many of you as possible can join me tomorrow. It starts at the new regular time of 9.15 am. See you then.

Jonathan

Online bridge update 84

As I noted last week, it is getting predictably harder to schedule face to face bridge as we move into the latest phase of the virus. Sadly it seems sensible to postpone the restart of face to face action until at least January, given where we are at the moment. If it turns out that face to face bridge is not likely, my plan now is to press ahead with a series of online duplicates as well as a number of new seminars and courses, including our first ever evening events. These will all be scheduled before Christmas and will I hope give you time to put the days and times in your diariss.

In the meantime the normal Tuesday morning session will be going ahead this week (December 14th). There was some very lively action last week, so I am hoping for a repeat this week. It start at 9.15 am.

Online supervised play

14th December 2021 at 9.15am.

£15.00

A reminder that in place of face to face I am proposing to restart the Monday morning seminars that proved so popular earlier this year. The first one will be next Monday (December 13th) kicking off at 11am. The topic will be takeout doubles of all kinds – not just the normal overcall, but the other situations where a double should be treated as being essentially for takeout rather than for penalty (negative doubles, responsive doubles, competitive doubles and so on). You can sign up for that below. If you have a suggestion or any other topic you would like to be discussed, please let me know by email (arb.oxford@gmail.com). Hope you can join me.

Next online bridge seminar

Load of doubles 13th December 2021 at 11am

£20.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 83

It is getting increasingly hard to know how to plan ahead with the new Covid variant introducing more uncertainty into the prospects for face to face play. It seems sensible to postpone the restart of face to face action until January, given where we are at the moment. My plan is to schedule a series of face to face sessions on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings for January and hope to be able to make them viable.

In the meantime the normal Tuesday morning session will be going ahead tomorrow (December 7th) although I will be hosting this from London and will have to end the session at midday, which is normally enough to complete 16 boards. It start at 9.15 am.

Online supervised play

7th December 2021 at 9.15am.

£15.00

In place of face to face I am proposing to repeat the Monday morning seminars that proved so popular earlier this year. The first one will be next Monday (December 13th) kicking off at 11am. The topic will be takeout doubles of all kinds – not just the normal overcall, but the other situations where a double should be treated as being essentially for takeout rather than for penalty. You can sign up for that below. If you have a suggestion or any other topic you would like to be discussed, please let me know by email (arb.oxford@gmail.com).

Next online bridge seminar

Doubling for takeout 13th December 2021 at 11am

£20.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 82

There is no Tuesday morning session this week (30th November) as I will travelling back from Rotterdam on Tuesday. As luck would have it, the new coronavirus variant restrictions mean that it looks like I will also have to convert the Wednesday afternoon session that was planned for Wytham Village Hall into an online session. The reason is that I have to take a PCR test when I get back from Holland on Tuesday afternoon and will be required to self- isolate until the results come through (which normally takes at least 24 hours). I hope that those of you who have signed up for the Wytham session will be happy to join the online session instead, but please let me know what you are planning. If you have already booked for the face to face session you don’t need to sign up again.

It is very disappointing to have to cancel face to face bridge for a second time. On the other hand if you are one of those who are not yet ready for face to face bridge I hope that you may be able to join us online on Wednesday afternoon as an alternative to Tuesday morning. You can book from this post. Most regular coaching sessions will continue as normal this week. Future plans obviously are dependent on how the latest coronavirus news unfolds.

Online supervised play

1st December 2021 at 2.15pm.

£15.00

Jonathan

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