Bridge topic seminars

This course, loosely based on Andrew Robson’s latest book The Next Level, with additional material, 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 four deals to play, allowing everyone on the course to take their turn, plus there will be additional Q and A 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. Please note that there was no lesson on March 9th 2020, as this clashed with Andrew Robson’s teaching day in Oxford, to raise money for the Rose Hill Youth Centre. The dates in bold are ones where the subject is confirmed. Throning 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. Delaying drawing trumps: May 4th
  13. The lead card
  14. There Weak Twos
  15. Pre-empting
  16. Bidding big hands
  17. Signal and discard
  18. Suit preference signal
  19. Losing Trick Count
  20. Roman Key Card Blackwood
  21. Splinter bids
  22. Trial bidding
  23. Ace-showing cue bids
  24. Jacoby 2 No Trump convention
  25. Playing No Trump contracts
  26. The danger hand
  27. Elimination and throw in
  28. Squeeze
  29. More squeeze
  30. Negative doubles
  31. Two-suited bids
  32. Law of total tricks
  33. Tricky leads
  34. Quick or slow defence?
  35. In “the cheat seat”
  36. Hand evaluation – beyond High Card Points