Multi-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.

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:  Saturday Mornings, September 15 - October 13

INSTRUCTOR:  Raina King


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

INSTRUCTOR:  Raina King

 

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, September 7 - October 5

INSTRUCTOR:  Cindy Mahn

 

Basic 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. POTH (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 courses.

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

DATES OFFERED:  Winter 2019

INSTRUCTOR:  Dianne Aves

 

Basic 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. POTH (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 POTH courses.

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

DATES OFFERED:  Wednesday Evenings, November 7 - December 5

INSTRUCTOR:  Dianne Aves

 

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, October 12 - November 9

INSTRUCTOR:  Stephen Carpenter

 

 

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