Bridge seminars

This series of weekly seminars 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. They come in two formats: (1) online lessons on individual topics : or (2) “play these hands with me” sessions, in which I talk through how I would bid and play a series of hands in real time.

These sessions therefore correspond to the experience you will have if playing a social game or tournament. The emphasis is not just on the best way to bid or play a hand, but to recognise which kinds of hand require particular techniques. The seminars are run on Zoom. The cost of each seminar is £20 and can be paid for directly from the Paypal payment buttons on this site. They start at 9.30am on Monday mornings and run for up to two hours.

Play these hands with me sessions

2021 series

  1. Play these hands with me: January 11th
  2. Opening leads + PTHWM: January 18th
  3. Opening leads against No Trump trump contracts: January 25th
  4. Opening leads against trump contracts: February 1st
  5. No seminar: February 8th
  6. Play these hands with me: February 15t
  1. Play these hands with me 1 October 26th
  2. Play these hands with me 2: November 2nd
  3. Play these hands with me 3: November 9th
  4. Play these hands with me 4: November 16th
  5. Play these hands with me 5: November 23rd
  6. Play these hands with me 6: November 30th
  7. Play these hands with me 7; December 7th
  8. Play these hands with me 8: December 14th
  9. Play these hands with me 9: December 21st

Topic seminars (dates 2022)

  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. Which 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. No seminar: June 15th
  19. Ace-showing cue bids: June 22nd
  20. Jacoby 2 No Trumps: June 29th
  21. Trial bids for game and slam: July 6th
  22. Playing No Trump contracts: July 13th
  23. Playing No Trump contracts part 2; July 20th
  24. Slam review session; July 27th
  25. Intervening after 1 No Trump: September 7th
  26. Dealing with intervention after 1 No Trump; September 14
  27. Negative doubles; October 5th