Spring 2020 courses

These are the courses I shall definitely be teaching in Oxford in the first spring “term” of 2020. They include a new course based around Andrew Robson’s latest book, The Next Level, which allows you to dig deeper into conventions such as Stayman and transfers and play techniques such as finessing and setting up suits. But note also that if you cannot see one of Andrew’s courses that you would like to do, please feel free to suggest them to me and I will see if there is enough demand. The course outlines can be studied here. Please also look to see if the refresher course, described below, is of interest to you.

Next Step   

Friday mornings, Wytham Village Hall

The Next Step course is the follow up to our Beginners course and gives those who have mastered the basics of how to play bridge the chance to develop their game to the next level. The course consists of four double-lesson sessions, each one running from 9.30am to 12.45pm so that the course can be completed in four rather than eight weeks. The four confirmed dates are January 17th, 24th and 31st and February 7th 2017. No partner required. This course is already nearly full, but because of holidays or other interruptions, there may be opportunities to take just one or two of the individual lessons when others are absent. Email me at arb.oxford@gmail.com if you are interested in either the whole course or individual double lessons. The course outline can be viewed here.  This is the Next Step Booking Form Spring 2020.

Refresher course

Thursday mornings 9.45am to 11.45am, at Wytham Village Hall

In response to a request from some of our regular course attendees, I am running a repeat of my popular refresher course for those who have completed either the Essential, Essential Extra or Improver courses. 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. This course is limited to a maximum of four tables (currently fully booked) and involves playing a series of hands under close supervision. You will get to review all the main features of bidding and play as they arise at the table and also work on your partnership understanding. I provide follow up notes. Ideal for budding partnerships, but individuals are also welcome to apply. This is the Refresher Booking Form Spring 2020. Provided you give notice of not being able to attend in advance, you can store up credits if you have to miss a week.

The Next Level    

Monday mornings at NOA, Summertown

This specially designed course is based on Andrew Robson’s latest book The Next Level and  caters for those who have covered basic bridge technique, reaching intermediate + standard, and really want to improve their game. Each lesson takes one or more individual topics and delves deeper into them, to bring out some of the subtler aspects you may not have thought of until now. There is a minimum of four practice hands per topic and more than 30 separate topics in total to cover, including both bidding and play themes. Venue: the North Oxford Association, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DP.  Email me on arb.oxford@gmail.com if you are interested in this course. It will start in February 2020. The topics can also be seen by following this link.

Advanced Defence

Starts January 30th 2020; 1.30pm

This course is being offered in Oxford for the first time this spring. It will be taught as a block of four three hour lessons. This course is the next step up from Improver and one of four Advanced courses written by Andrew Robson. Defence is the hardest part of the game, and those who master the techniques described here will be ready to play on equal terms with the best tournament players. Ideal 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 bidding themes as well as defence tips. This is the Advanced Defence Booking Form Spring 2020 for this course, which will start in the first week of February. The  venue will be finalised once the course is fully booked.

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 between 1 hour 45 minutes and two hours each. The cost per course is £180. All Andrew Robson 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 per lesson. These are 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.