LESSON TIMETABLE FOR 2023
Nedlands Bridge Club offers a variety of educational sessions, open to interested players from any club. The lessons being offered in 2023 are as follows –
BEGINNERS’ BRIDGE LESSONS
There will be two 8 week courses, commencing on Tuesday 7th February and a second to commence on Tuesday 25th July. These lessons go through the basic principles – no previous experience is necessary. If you are interested in trying out the game, please contact the club for further details. Classes run from 10 am to noon, and the cost is $100. This includes lesson notes, a name badge and bridge etiquette guide.
INTERMEDIATE / REFRESHER COURSES
Several courses will be run this year for novices, giving them the opportunity polish up their skills. The following lessons are planned –
Wednesdays 8th / 15th / 22nd March. Improve your declarer play
March 8 – Finesses – many examples
March 15 – Drawing trumps and when not to draw trumps
March 22 – The importance of entries
Wednesdays 11th / 18th October. Develop your bidding knowledge
October 11 – Opener’s rebids
October 18 – Responder’s rebids
Strictly, mentor days are not lessons, but they give inexperienced player the opportunity to pair with with more experienced players, and this can be a valuable lesson. You just need to put your name down – a partner will be provided. You never know, you could have a grand master as your partner. Have a look at the calendar to find the dates of these days.
WEDNESDAY ADVANCED LESSONS
These stand-alone lessons are on the last Wednesday of each month. Topics are advertised on flyers and the noticeboard at the club as well as under ‘Upcoming Events’ on the website. Each session runs from 10am to noon. The cost is $15 per session, and notes are provided. Registration is necessary as the session will only run if sufficient players enrol. Go to SESSIONS/ENTER EVENT to register, pay on the day. The lesson schedule for 2023 is as follows –
22nd February: Splinter Bids. Very useful in telling partner in which suit you have a shortage so that partner can judge slam prospects more accurately.
29th March: End Plays. As declarer, you can eliminate guesswork by getting the opponents to open up new suits for you.
28th June: Jacoby 2NT. A useful convention when you have support after partner opens 1 Heart or 1 Spade.
26th July: Declarer Play – the importance of entries. Learn to plan ahead and how to preserve vital entries until you need them.
30th August: Roman Key Card Blackwood. Learn how to ask for the King of Trumps as well as follow ups to ask about other Kings and the Queen of Trumps.
27th September: Deceptive Card Play. Learn how to make it more difficult for your opponents to read your hand with some very simple and effective methods.
25th October: Two over One. How to upgrade from Standard American to the system now played by most experts.
29th November: Clues from the Bidding. Improve your declarer play by thinking about what your opponents did or did not bid.