Workshop Descriptions

Our club offers half-day workshops with a wide variety of levels, instructors, time slots, formats and topics. The fee is $15 for members/$20 for non-members.

You can register in person at the club or by phone (519) 578-4434 or online by clicking here. We normally need at least eight people registered to offer a workshop.

Note: To make it easier for students to choose their lessons in a logical learning order, we’ve colour-coded our lessons as follows.

 

Novices    YELLOW

intermediate Players    ORANGE

Intermediate/Open  GREY

Open Players    TURQUOISE

 

Online registration is available here.

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Get That Extra Trick by Playing Card Combinations Correctly

The dummy goes down and in a side suit you have:

Dummy:  A 7 6 2

Declarer:  Q J 5 3

How do you play this suit to maximize the tricks you take? Think about it....

If you answered that you would lead the queen or jack towards the board or if you answered that you would lead from the board towards the queen/jack, then you need to take this workshop. 

Learn how to play card combinations properly and earn that extra trick. This workshop will start with simple finessing situations and advance to frozen suits, safety plays, and more complicated plays that require the knowledge of card distribution percentages. The workshop is suitable for all novice and intermediate players.

PS  If you attend, you will learn why playing the ace at Trick 1 is the correct play.

Instructor:  Stephen Carpenter

Time and Date:  Friday, April 3, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

LEVEL:  NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE

 

  

Defensive Signalling ALL PLAY

On February 11, George Pepall taught a novice workshop on defensive signalling. The workshop was very well received, with the participants being very happy to have learned the new concepts - but many of them said they needed more practice.

 

At 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 7, George will be offering an all-play defensive signals session. After a short review of defensive signals, the participants will spend the rest of the time playing hands where defensive signals are critically important.

 

It is not necessary to have attended the first workshop on defensive signalling, but participants should be familiar with the concepts. Regular partners may find it beneficial to attend this workshop as a pair.

Instructor:  George Pepall

Time and Date:  Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

LEVEL:  NOVICE

 

 

Counting 2

In March, Dianne Aves taught a novice workshop on counting. The workshop was very well received, with the participants being very happy to have learned the new concepts, but many of them said they felt they had just skimmed the surface of counting.

In response to popular demand, Dianne will be taking her counting students to the next level. It is not necessary to have attended the first workshop on counting, but participants should be familiar with the basic concepts. Regular partners may find it beneficial to attend as a pair.

Instructor: Dianne Aves

Time and Date:  Wednesday, May 13, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

LEVEL:  NOVICE

 

 

 

Negative Free Bids

Partner opens 1 diamond, right-hand opponent bids 1 spade. You hold ª53  © J52  87  KQT962. 

  • You can't bid 1 no trump with no spade stopper.
  • You can't make a negative double with only three hearts.
  • You can't raise partner with only two diamonds.
  • You have only six high-card points, not enough to bid 2 clubs.
  • And if you pass, you'll miss a potential club fit.

What to do? Find out the answer in this workshop on Negative Free Bids.

Instructor:  Tom Ramsay

Time and Date:  Thursday, May 21, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

LEVEL:  OPEN

 

 

 

Mini-Splinters

You open 1 spade, partner bids 3 clubs. What's this - a strong hand with clubs, an intermediate hand with clubs, a weak hand with clubs, a Bergen raise (4 spades and 6-9 points), or a mini-splinter (singleton or void in clubs with spade support)? All have their uses, but you can't have two meanings for the same bid.

This workshop will examine mini-splinters, a useful tool for getting to game or slam, often with minimal high card points. It will also look at follow-ons to mini-splinters and the inferences that may be taken by the defence.

Instructor:  Tom Ramsay

Time and Date:  Thursday, June 18, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

LEVEL:  OPEN

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