Bridge topic seminars

This course is aimed at intermediate plus players and delves deeper into many of the basic conventions and play techniques you will come across while learning and playing. These are the sessions topic headings and (in bold) the ones that have been definitively scheduled so far. Each lesson includes a minimum of six illustrative deals, real time Q and A (via Zoom) and summary notes prepared by Jonathan Davis. Cost: £20 per lesson payable via Eventbrite or by bank transfer.

You cannot fail to end up a better player if you manage to work your way through all these lessons! Email arb.oxford@gmail.com if you need more information and to confirm which sessions you are hoping to attend. The dates in bold are ones where the subject is confirmed. The running order of topics for future seminars may (but probably won’t) change.

  1. Opener strategy: February 3rd
  2. Stayman in depth: February 10th
  3. Transfers in depth: February 17th
  4. Weak responding hands: February 24th
  5. Fourth suit forcing: March 2nd
  6. Overcalling insights: March 16th
  7. Takeout doubles: March 30th
  8. Penalty doubles: April 6th
  9. Reverses and showing your shape; April 13th
  10. Finessing in depth: April 20th
  11. Establishing suits: April 27th
  12. Managing trumps: May 4th
  13. Choosing a card to lead; May 11th
  14. Bidding big hands; May 18th
  15. Losing Trick Count; May 25th
  16. Roman Key Card Blackwood; June 1st
  17. Splinter bids; June 8th
  18. Trial bidding
  19. Ace-showing cue bids
  20. Jacoby 2 No Trump convention
  21. Playing No Trump contracts
  22. The danger hand
  23. Elimination and throw in
  24. Squeeze
  25. More squeeze
  26. Negative doubles
  27. Two-suited bids
  28. Law of total tricks
  29. Tricky leads
  30. Quick or slow defence?
  31. In “the cheat seat”
  32. Hand evaluation – beyond High Card Points
  33. There Weak Twos
  34. Pre-empting
  35. Signal and discard
  36. Suit preference signal