Five-Week Courses

Our club offers the following six different basic courses of five weeks each. The dates that a course will be offered are shown below its description. You can register in person at the club or by phone (519) 578-4434. Prepayment is required.

In order to help our players choose lessons at the right level, we have colour-coded our lessons as follows.

BEGINNERS    Green

NOVICES     Yellow

Online registration is now available

 

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Beginners 1

This course provides a hands-on introduction to the game of duplicate bridge, including basic scoring, basic bidding, and basic play of the hand. The third and fourth lessons focus on no trump bidding, while the fifth lesson concentrates on weak two bids. A textbook is included.

FEE:  $85

DATES OFFERED:  Thursday Evenings, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, March 7 - April 4, 2019

INSTRUCTOR:  Raina King

LEVEL:  BEGINNER

 

 

Beginners 2

This is a continuation of Beginners 1. All concepts are reviewed and reinforced, and bidding is emphasized, including take-out doubles and responses and ace-asking conventions. The principles of declaring no trump and suit contracts will be covered. The same text will be used for both courses.

FEE:  $75

DATES OFFERED:  Saturday Mornings, November 17 - December 15, 2018

INSTRUCTOR:  Raina King

LEVEL:  BEGINNER

 

 

Basic Bidding

This course is intended for those who have taken Beginners 1 and 2 or those who have been away from the game for a while. The topics include: opening in a suit, opening in no trump, responding, pre-empting, Stayman and Jacoby, Gerber, and Blackwood. A binder with lessons and homework sheets is included in the fee.

FEE:  $80 for members/$90 for non-members

DATES OFFERED:   Friday Mornings, 9:00 am - 11:30 am, April 5 - May 3, 2019

INSTRUCTOR:  Cindy Mahn

LEVEL:  NOVICE

 

 

Basic Declarer Play of the Hand (Suit Contracts)

This course is intended for those who have taken Beginners 1 and 2 or those who have been away from the game for a while. Declarer Play of the Hand (Suit Contracts) teaches how to declare suit contracts, focusing on counting losers, discarding losers, ruffing losers, taking finesses, and establishing suits. The same text is used for both both declarer play courses.

FEE:  $75 for members/$85 for non-members, plus cost of text ($20) if not already purchased

DATES OFFERED: Fall 2019

INSTRUCTOR:  Dianne Aves

LEVEL:  NOVICE

 

 

Basic Declarer Play of the Hand (No Trump)

This course is intended for those who have taken Beginners 1 and 2 or those who have been away from the game for a while. Declarer Play of the Hand (No Trump) teaches how to declare no trump contracts, focusing on counting winners, holding up stoppers, and establishing suits. The same text is used for both declare play courses.

FEE:  $75 for members/$85 for non-members, plus cost of text ($20) if not already purchased

DATES OFFERED:  Wednesday Afternoons, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm, January 16 - February 13, 2019

INSTRUCTOR:  Dianne Aves

LEVEL:  NOVICE

 

Basic Defence

This course is intended for those who have taken Beginners 1 and 2 or those who have been away from the game for a while. The course focuses on five aspects of the defence:  opening leads; third-seat play; signals; second-seat play; and discards. Each lesson covers one aspect of defence for both No Trump and suit contracts and includes playing of hands to enhance the understanding. Specific topics include Rule of 11 on NT leads; when to cover an honour; when to play high in second seat; when to play low in third seat; splitting honours; count, attitude, and suit preference signals; and defensive strategies (eg, active vs passive, cutting declarer's communications, and forcing defence). Lesson hand-outs and hand records are included in the fee. A textbook is available at an additional charge.

FEE:  $80 for members/$90 for non-members

DATES OFFERED:  Friday Mornings, May 10 - June 7, 2019

INSTRUCTOR:  Stephen Carpenter

LEVEL:  NOVICE

 

 

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