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TBC EDUCATION SCHEDULE WINTER 2018

If these courses do NOT meet your needs or schedule PLEASE contact us with your requirements. We will try to offer or schedule as best we can to meet the needs of the most number of students. If you wish to have an instructor teach you either a course or a workshop on a specific topic, you only need 3 additional persons of similar interest.

We also plan to run a full slate of courses beginning in April 2018.To register for any of these courses or if you have questions:
e-mail Tim Edwards-Davies (email to: time-d@rogers.com), OR;
e-mail Colin (email to: colin@thebridgeconnection.ca ).
We hope to hear from all interested students!!!

 

COURSES

BB3 (Bridge Basics 3) - Tuesday afternoon 1300h to 1500h with Barbara McLellan; 8 weeks starting January 16th;

Play of the Hand in the 21st Century - Saturday morning 1000h to noon with Barbara McLellan; 8 weeks starting January 20th;

BB1 (Bridge Basics 1) - Saturday morning 1000h to noon with Brenda Quaile; 8 weeks starting January 27th;

BB2 (Bridge Basics 2) - Sunday morning 1000h to noon with Brenda Quaile; 8 weeks starting January 28th.

 

WORKSHOPS

Boot Camp Workshops (STAND ALONE) Monday afternoon 1230h to 1430h;  (Heidi's BB1 - Part 2)

Jan 22 Responding with 6 to 9 HCP. Learn the choices Responder has when they have a weak hand and partner opens.

Jan 29 Rebidding your Major. Learn what it means if you rebid the major suit you opened.

Feb 5 Rebidding your Minor. Learn what it means if you rebid the minor suit you opened.

Feb 12 Opener is 5-4. Opener learns how to show their hand if they have a five card suit and a four card suit.

Feb 19 How does Responder support Opener? Opener has rebid.  How does responder bid now?

Feb 26 Responder shows a weak six card suit. Responder will learn how to show a weak six card suit.

Mar 5 Responding NT to 1 of a Major. Responding 2NT or 3NT when Partner opens 1 of a major.

Mar 12 Responding NT to 1 of a Minor. Responding 2NT or 3NT when Partner opens 1 of a minor.


Boot Camp Workshops (STAND ALONE) Wednesday afternoon 1230h to 1430h;
(PLEASE Register for these with Heidi so she knows the # of hands to prepare).

Jan 24 Defence: Signalling Attitude. -- Suitable for VERY experienced players. Learn when to give partner upside down attitude signals.  Practice defending contracts where you need to rely on an attitude signal from partner.

Jan 31 Declarer Play: Unblocking. -- Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn how to recognize when a suit is blocked and how to unblock the suit. (Lesson will be geared towards somewhat experienced players but hands will be a range for the somewhat experienced to VERY experienced players)

Feb 7 Defence: Signalling Count.  -- Suitable for VERY experienced players. Learn when to give partner upside down count signals.  Practice defending contracts where you need to rely on a count signal from partner.

Feb 14 Declarer Play: Tough finesses. -- Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn some more difficult finesse positions.  Practice counting winners and playing out contracts by taking these finesses. (Lesson will be geared towards somewhat experienced players but hands will be a range for the somewhat experienced to VERY experienced players)

Feb 21 Defence: Signalling King from Ace/King. -- Suitable for VERY experienced players. Learn to lead the King from Ace/King and everything that implies.  Upside-down signaling will also be used.

Feb 28 Declarer Play: Hold up Play. -- Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn when to NOT win the first trick (or two) the opponents lead. (Lesson will be geared towards somewhat experienced players but hands will be a range for the somewhat experienced to VERY experienced players)

Mar 7 Defence: Signalling Suit Preference. -- Suitable for VERY experienced players. Learn when to give and receive Suit Preference signals.

Mar 14 Declarer Play: Dangerous Opponent. -- Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn just WHO the Dangerous Opponent is and how to plan the play accordingly. (Lesson will be geared towards somewhat experienced players, but hands will be a range for the somewhat experienced to VERY experienced players)

 

Boot Camp Workshops (STAND ALONE) Thursday morning 0930h to 1130h;

Jan 11 Stayman – Part 1 Learn how to find a 4-4 fit when Partner opens the bidding 1NT

Jan 18 Stayman – Part 2 Learn how to rebid invitational hands after bidding Stayman

Jan 25 Stayman – Part 3 Bidding Stayman when 1NT Opener has two four card majors

Feb 1 Jacoby Transfers – Part 1 Learn how to show a 5 card major when Partner opens the bidding ?NT

Feb 8 Jacoby Transfers – Part 2 Learn how to show a 6+ card major when Partner opens the bidding ?NT

Feb 15 Bidding with a four card major AND a six card major. When you have BOTH a six card major AND a four card major what do you bid?  Jacoby or Stayman?

Feb 22 Bidding with a four card major AND a five card major. When you have BOTH a five card major AND a four card major what do you bid?  Jacoby or Stayman?

Mar 1 Weak 2s. Learn how to show weak, long suits. 2NT asking for a feature will be taught.

Mar 8 Blackwood. Learn how to ask for Aces when Partner bids a suit.

Mar 15 Gerber. Learn how to ask for Aces when Partner bids NT.

Mar 22 Strong 2 Clubs Balanced. Learn how to show very strong balanced hands.

Mar 29 Strong 2 Clubs Unbalanced. Learn how to show very strong unbalanced hands

 

SUPERVISED GAMES (check the club schedule).

Every open club game will include these sessions for beginners when possible. Heidi’s games are EVERY Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon, and Saturday morning. Heidi’s sessions include a chalk talk at the beginning and cost $10/session. Friendly and Fun supervised games aimed at new players who have little or no experience playing bridge. Preconstructed hands will allow the best contract to be reached by only using bids taught in BB1. You can search through your notes and/or ask an instructor to help if needed. Come out in this relaxed setting and improve your skills and confidence! You might even find a regular partner.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Courses are 2 hour lessons for 8 weeks and the cost is $150.00. Returning students get a 10% discount. The courses all have student workbooks (recommended) at an additional cost ($14 to $25). A minimum of 4 students is required to run a course. There will be a discount for a spouse taking the same course if a sufficient number of students are enrolled (cannot be in addition to the returning student discount). In addition to the minimum of 4 students, pay-as-you-go ($20 per lesson) students are welcome.


Bridge Basics 1 (BB1)
is an introductory course of Bridge. It gives the basic principles of the game and provides a well balanced overview of bidding, play and defense.
Bridge Basics 2 (BB2) introduces innovative methods of hand evaluation and the bids that are used in competitive situations, that is when both partnerships are bidding during the auction. It stresses the ability of both sides to either get to the right contract or make it as difficult as possible for the opponents to arrive at their best spot.
Bridge Basics 3 (BB3) Popular Conventions - Offers a thorough grounding in the most common conventions; Stayman, Jacoby transfer bids, the strong opening bid, Blackwood and Gerber. This course illustrates the problems these conventions are designed to solve and how the conventions can best be used. Bridge Basics 3 will leave you confident adding these conventions to your bidding system.
Play of the Hand in the 21st Century instruction series will cover play in minor and major suits, no trump, game contracts and partial games. Slam bidding and playing may be reviewed, time permitting.
Defense in the 21st Century will cover opening leads, attitude and count signals, discard systems and many more helpful tips to help you improve on this critical aspect of the game.
Two over One This 4 week course ($80) covers 1NT Forcing, Two over One sequences and Slam Bidding using Two over One principles.
Supervised Play with any Instructor is also available if enough students express an interest. This 8 week course ($150, 2.5 hours per lesson) is for players who have completed at least BB2. Bid and play hands and then discuss what could have been done differently. A minimum of 4 full time students is required and a maximum of 7 students will be accepted.

Want to play with a "pro" in Club, Sectional or Regional events? Please contact the club at 613-727-4747 or Colin@thebridgeconnection.ca.