Online bridge update 49

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (6th April), starting at 9.30am. As usual, please let me know as early possible that you intend to join, ideally by early Monday evening. A couple of regulars are away this week, so we may need to do some juggling. Hope you all had a good Easter and are looking forward to the next phase of easing the restrictions.

Tuesday supervised play

6th April 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 48

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (30th March), starting at 9.30am. As usual, 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. This week I know that we have one regular missing but two others ready to join if needed, so with luck the numbers will work out fine.

Tuesday supervised play

30th March 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 47

Apologies for sending out the weekly email later than usual. The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (23rd March), starting at 9.30am. As usual, 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.

Tuesday supervised play

23rd March 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

There is no seminar tomorrow, I am sorry to say. All the group coaching sessions continue as normal and the improvement I mentioned last week is much in evidence. I am glad that most of you are getting comfortable with negative doubles and the unassuming cue bid, two invaluable tools for the improving player. Keep up the good work!

Jonathan

Online bridge update 46

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (16th 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. 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 March 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

There is no seminar tomorrow, I am sorry to say, but normal service should be restored the following week. All the group coaching sessions continue as normal, with one temporary exception. I am genuinely impressed by how improved so many of you are, bidding more accurately, landing more slams and playing with more confidence. If only I could stop some of you underleading an Ace against a trump contract (slams excluded)…….it seems to be hardwired into the human genetic code!

Jonathan

Footnote

Online bridge update 45

For Monday’s seminar (March 8th) I am offering a back to basics session that perhaps I should have offered before – one that involves going through a whole range of card combinations and explaining what is the best way to play them, starting with the simplest and moving on to more complicated examples. For example, are you sure that you know the best play to play A43 opposite Q102 or QJ52 opposite A63? How about A10632 opposite J4? Does it make a difference if one of the hands has a 9 instead of a small card?

I will also be looking at combinations such as AJ43 opposite K952 where the answer will depend on how many tricks you need to win to make your contract. Are there safety plays available? Which card combinations are ones that you are happy for the opponents to lead but should avoid leading yourself if possible? All these topics will be covered in the seminar. If you do join this session please bring a pack of cards (remember what they look like?) with you – in my experience the best way to practise handling suits is by playing them through with real cards.

Pay for seminar

8th March 2021 from 9.30am

£20.00

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will be running as normal again this week (9th 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. 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

9th March 2021 from 9.30am

£15.00

All the group coaching sessions continue as normal this week.

All the best

Jonathan

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

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