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).
I am very sorry, but I have to cancel the supervised play session at The Trout this Tuesday (May 7th) because of a family funeral in Holland. There will be another session in Islip on Friday and normal service will resume at the Trout on May 14th (start 9.45am). Apologies to anyone who was looking forward to the session on Tuesday. Thanks also to those who have already expressed interest in supervised play in Charlbury. We will be doing a trial first run there shortly – watch this space!
Tuesday morning sessions at The Trout will continue throughout May and June, starting at 9.45am and finishing at 12.45pm. There will be no bridge in Islip tomorrow (May 3rd) but there will be another supervised play session there on Friday May 10th. More dates for single topic seminars will be published shortly – subjects include the Jacoby 2 No Trump convention and a series on two-suited bids (Michaels, Landy and the Unusual Trump). I am also looking at a number of different locations around the county for regular supervised play sessions. If you live within reach of Charlbury, in particular, please let me know if you would be interested in a regular supervised play session there, probably on Wednesdays. I am also keen to hear from anyone willing to join a four-session beginners course, to make up the numbers with an existing group.
I have now published details on the website of the confirmed Andrew Robson courses which will be starting after Easter. They are Next Step, Essential Extra, Improver Plus and Advanced courses. For more details of these courses please follow this link. To book a place simply send me an email (email@example.com) and I will confirm and provide bank details by return if you need them. I am also planning to offer another Beginners course, with the first lesson free if you attend and later decide that this is not suitable for you. If the times and dates do not suit you, don’t worry – simply email me with the course that you are hoping to do and I will make arrangements to schedule it as soon as there is sufficient demand. Detailed lesson by lesson outlines of the 11 Andrew Robson courses that are available to take are now listed here. I will also separately be running single topic seminars over the course of the next few weeks – do look out for details of those. The weekly play and learn sessions will also continue after Easter. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible!
Over the course of the next month, in addition to the weekly Tuesday morning sessions at The Trout, I am offering three single-session seminars on specific topics in which I know many of you have shown an interest. These lessons will all run to two hours and cost £20 each. They will take place on Thursday mornings beginning at 9.30 in the Library at the North Oxford Association in Summertown (plenty of parking available).
March 28th Transfers over 1NT and 2NT (and Stayman review)
April 4th Cue bidding and Roman Key Card Blackwood
April 18th Signalling and an introduction to better defence
These lessons should be suitable for anyone who is familiar with basic bidding methods, either from a Robson course or from other sources. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) to book a place. Payment by bank transfer is preferred. For those who don’t already have them, our bank details will be provided by return if you request a place – first come, first served. I will however run a waiting list if there is an awkward number looking to attend, but I hope to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to come along.
The next set of eight-week courses will start immediately after Easter. They will run on Monday and Thursday mornings and possibly Tuesday afternoons as well. I will produce a schedule shortly. There are 11 Andrew Robson course in total (follow this link for a summary). There will definitely be an Improver/Improver Plus course on Thursday mornings, and probably a Beginners and Essential course as well.