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Bridge for Improvers


Start date: 14th Jan 2020

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £95

Day: Tuesday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Jim Edwards

Course code: 20SP97

This course aims to introduce students to the wonderful game of bridge. The main emphasis will be on card play. Once students have some confidence in playing the cards, we then introduce them to bidding.

 It is for

complete beginners. No prior knowledge of bridge is required.

 For the first session students will need

a smile.

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By the end of the course students should be able to

play a hand of bridge and be able to bid a limited set of hand types.

Bridge is a fascinating and challenging game. It is highly addictive and will keep you entertained for the rest of your life. There is so much to this game that a 10 week course can not do it justice, it can only whet your appetite.


Course programme


Week 1            Introduction: Getting started with Bridge

                        Cashing top tricks.

                        Overcoming a possible blockage.

Week  2           Declarer play in no-trumps.

                        Giving up the lead to establish a winner.

                        Giving up the lead twice.

Week 3            Declarer play in no-trumps II.

                        Recognising when small cards in long suits are winners.

                        Losing the lead to make a small card a winner.

Week 4            Declarer play with trumps.

                        Cashing top tricks after drawing trumps.

                        Taking a ruff for the extra trick.         

Week 5            Introduction to no-trump bidding.

                        Extra tricks with a finesse.

Week 6            Opening one of a suit with limit raises.

Week 7            Case for the defence. Signalling.

Week 8            More responses to 1NT.

Week 9            More signalling.

Week 10          Consolidation.

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Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards has 40 years of experience in playing Bridge. He began teaching the game whilst a student at Leeds University. He worked as a computer programmer for 25 years, and started teaching Bridge again since 2011. He runs various teaching and supervised play groups in Leeds and Harrogate, and assists in the Bridge for Schools program.

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