Autumn 2019 courses

These are the Andrew Robson courses which are currently scheduled for the autumn “term” in Oxford. Others may be added in due course. To book a place simply fill out the relevant booking form and email it back to me (bridge@arb-oxf.uk). All courses are subject to a minimum number of attendees. Most will be held at the North Oxford Assocation in Summertown, north Oxford (where plenty of parking is available). Please note there will be no Thursday lesson on October 3rd,  as I shall be away that day.

See also the seminar pages for details of our one-off topic seminars (mainly on bidding conventions).  Popular topics include signalling in defence, Roman Key Card Blackwood, Weak Twos and transfer biddings. If you see a course listed on the courses page, but it is not yet scheduled or listed on this page, don’t hesitate to let me know (email arb.oxford@gmail.com) and I shall endeavour to find others who want the same thing and arrange to offer the course as soon as we can find a suitable time and venue.

Beginners  

Friday mornings

I am happy to be offering another Beginners course for those who have no experience of the game and wish to try it out for the first time. No partner required. The course consists of four double-lesson sessions, so that the course can be completed in four rather than eight weeks.

Essential     

Thursdays from 11.25am to 1.15pm; starts September 26th

This is one of Andrew Robson’s most popular courses – many people take it more than once – and is the ideal course for those who are ready to improve their game and have a basic understanding of bridge from a beginners or next step course – see this link for more details. The Essential course gives you the chance to practise and revise all the things that you have learnt so far, with a particular emphasis on the play of the cards. Venue: the North Oxford Association, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DP. This is the booking form for this course. Essential Booking Form

Improver   

Mondays from 9.30 to 11.15; starts September 23rd

By popular request I am repeating this course on Monday mornings from 9.30 am. Ideal for anyone who has completed the Essential or wants to refresh. It includes lessons on transfers, Blackwood, pre-emptive bids and Stayman, among other bidding tools, as well as six carefully constructed practice hands per lesson. This course is sure to take your game up to another level. Lesson by lesson details here. Venue: the North Oxford Association, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DP. This is the booking form for this course. Improver Booking Form

Advanced Play

Wednesday afternoons in Islip: October 16th, 23rd, 30th and one other date tbc.

This course is being offered in Oxford for the first time this summer. It will be taught as a block of four three hour lessons This course is the next step up from Improver and offers lessons in such topics as advanced finessing, trump management and trump coups, all brilliant tools for those who feel they are ready to up their game, or embrace club and competitive bridge of some kind. The six practice deals in each lesson also include important play themes as well as bidding tips. Please email me to obtain a booking form for this course.

Refresher course

Thursday mornings from 9.30am

In response to a request from some of our regular course attendees, I am running a special refresher course for those who have completed either the Essential, Essential Extra or Improver courses. This course will include a number of specially prepared hands and cover all the main topics that have been covered up to and including the Improver level. Going back over previous ground and learning to spot bidding or play situations as they occur is an important part of getting better at bridge. Booking form here. Refresher Booking Form

Other courses on demand

If none of these times or courses don’t suit your timetable, please don’t despair. Simply contact me by email and I will endeavour to meet your requirement if I can. There are 11 Andrew Robson courses available in total, and some, notably the other Advanced courses, have yet to be tried out in Oxford. Private lessons for smaller groups are also available. Another course I would be happy to prepare for those who are interested is on the 2/1 bidding system favoured by professional players. This is likely to be mainly of interest to those who want to play duplicate bridge.

Please note

All these courses are taught by Jonathan Davis personally and consist of eight lessons lasting at least 1 hour 40 minute each. The cost per course is £175. All courses come with a full set of course notes running to around 50 pages as well as between four and six especially prepared pre-dealt hands designed to bring out the themes of the day and to allow all members of the course to play at least one hand every time.