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§  BB1 (Bridge Basics 1) - Monday afternoon 1230h to 1430h with Heidi Wegman;

8 weeks starting September 11th (no class Thanksgiving weekend);

§  BB2 (Bridge Basics 2) - Tuesday morning 0930h to 1130h with Patricia Spratt;

8 weeks starting September 12h;

§  Defense in the 21st Century - Tuesday afternoon 1300h to 1500h with Barbara McLellan;

8 weeks starting September 12th;

§  BB1 (Bridge Basics 1) - Sunday morning 1000h to noon with Brenda Quaile; 8 weeks

starting September 10th (no class Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 8 and Sunday Oct. 15) and a

BONUS class (Stayman and Jacoby Transfers) Sunday Nov 19th;

§  BB3 (Bridge Basics 3) - Saturday morning 1000h - noon with Barbara McLellan; 8 weeks

starting September 16th (no class Thanksgiving weekend);

§  Play of the Hand (Audrey Grant) - Saturday morning 1000h - noon with Brenda Quaile;

8 weeks starting September 16th (no class Sept. 30 and Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 7;)  classes resume
on Sat. Oct. 14 and conclude on Sat. Nov 18.

§  2 over 1 – Saturday morning 1000h to noon with Patricia Spratt;

4 weeks starting October 14th;

§  BB2 (Bridge Basics 2) - Saturday morning 1000h to noon with Brenda Quaile; 8 weeks

starting December 2nd (no classes Christmas or New Year weekends).  This class finishes at the end of January, 2018.


(PLEASE Register for these with Heidi so she knows the # of hands to prepare)

Boot Camp Workshops (STAND ALONE) Wednesday afternoon 1230h to 1430h;

  • Sept 20 - Defence: Signalling.  Suitable for more experienced players.    Learn how to give (and read) upside down attitude signals when partner leads.


  • Sept 27 - Negative Doubles Part 1.  Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn how to use the "Double" to show Spades after partner opens 1 of a minor and the opponents bid Hearts.  Compare that to bidding Spades to find out what the difference is.


  • Oct 4 -  Negative Doubles Part 2.  Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn how to use the "Double" to show Hearts after partner opens 1 of a minor and the opponents bid Spades.  Compare that to bidding Hearts to find out what the difference is.


  • Oct 11 - Declarer Play: Counting winners and the Finesse.  Suitable for new players. Learn what a finesse is.  Practice counting winners and playing out contracts by taking finesses.
  • Oct 18 - Declarer Play: Counting losers and Setting up the Side Suit.  Suitable for new players.Learn what a side suit is.  Practice playing out contracts by counting losers and setting up the side suit.  Students should be aware of what a finesse is.


  • Oct 25 - Defence: Signalling.  Suitable for more 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.


  • Nov 1 - Declarer Play: Plan Entries.  Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Plan out the hand to determine where you need to be at what point in the hand.  Students should know how to count winners and losers.


  • Nov 8 - Declarer Play: Count Fast and Slow Losers.  Suitable for somewhat experienced players. Learn to count fast and slow winners to help you decide whether or not you should take out the opponents trump.

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

  • Last of the Thursday morning BB1 series.  Students who took the summer off are encouraged to come either Wed morning (9:10) and/or Thursday aft (12:15) to refresh their memories before beginning the final BB1 series.
  • Sept 21 - BB1 Part3: Balanced Hands. Learn how to show the value for balanced hands by either opening NT or rebidding NT.
  • Sept 28 - BB1 Part3: Jump Shifts. Learn how opener can create a game force on the auction one partner responds.
  • Oct 5 - BB1 Part3: 1 Major raise to 4 Major. When Partner opens 1 of a major learn what hand you need to respond 4 of that major.


  • Oct 12 - BB1 Part3: Major suit raises: Forcing and 3 card limit. Learn how to show a fit for Partner's major with a forcing hand or a 3 card limit raise.


  • Oct 19 - BB1 Part3: 4-4 Suit fits. Learn why 4-4 fits are better than 5-3 fits or 6-2 fits.  Practice by finding a 4-4 heart fit over partner's 1 Spade opener.
  • Oct 26 - BB1 Part3: How Does Responder Force?  Part 1. How does responder force after 1NT has been bid in the auction?
  • Nov 2 - BB1 Part3: How Does Responder Force?  Part 2. Responder will learn how to keep the auction going by bidding a new suit.


  • Nov 9 - BB1 Part3: Responder Rebids. Responding for the first time is somewhat easy.  What happens when you need to bid again as responder?  Practice bidding only.  No playing.
  • Supervised Game for BB1/2 Grads with Heidi Wegman EVERY Wednesday morning @0910h until 1145h AND EVERY Thursday afternoon @1230h until 1500h. NOTE: Both these sessions include a chalk talk at the beginning and cost $10/session. Friendly and Fun supervised game 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.

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.  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 Tim Edwards-Davies OR Heidi Wegman 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.

Play of the Hand Workshop  Open to anyone interested – pay as you go each week or sign up for all of them – Friday mornings @09:00 (Please contact Colin if you are interested).

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 September.

To register for any of these courses or if you have questions:
e-mail Tim Edwards-Davies (email to:;
e-mail Colin (email to: ).
We hope to hear from all interested students!!! 

Dave Willis has modified his mentoring program. Please speak with Dave at the Prince of Wales Club or call  - 613-727-4747. He is also offering  an "Introduction to Duplicate" game on Mondays. Please see the home page and club calendar for the most accurate information!!!    

                  Reading the Lead -  notes from a previous chalk talk by Erez ...

Studying the Opening Lead


Before the afternoon game on Saturday, September 24, Erez Hendelman gave a chalk-talk discussing what you can learn about a hand by studying the opening lead. All attendees benefited from the talk. Please find below a document reviewing what was discussed.



Hand 1: Where’s the fourth spade?


You open 1NT and partner makes a quantitative raise to 4NT. You pass your flat 15 count. Putting down dummy, partner comments that he “liked his tens and nines.” You resolve to get a new partner. Meanwhile, you need to make this hand.













Opening lead is the K of spades. Ducked all around, and LHO leads the Q of spades at trick two. Ducked all around again. LHO persists with a third spade, taken with dummy’s ace. You realize that, while inwardly fuming at partner, you didn’t notice RHO’s spot cards at trick one and two. You take a moment to regroup and consider what you do know.


You have nine top tricks and can take one or two more in diamonds. However, if you lose to the diamond queen and the winner cashes the 13th spade, you’re down.


You have a two-way finesse in diamonds. Which direction do you choose?


Hand 2: Restricted Choice


You open 1NT and partner transfers you to hearts. You super-accept, partner checks for aces and bids the slam. Putting down dummy, partner comments that “I have two doubletons…and you played that last one so nicely…and look at all my nines!”


Opening lead was the six of clubs.













You play low from dummy, RHO plays the 9 and you win your King.


You can’t afford to lose a trump. You recite “nine-never” to yourself and plan to cash the two top honours. But should you cash the Ace first, or lead low to the King first?



Hand 3

You’re playing six spades after the following auction:


You        LHO        Pard       RHO

1S            3H*        4H**      5H



* preemptive

** good hand for spades


LHO leads a small trump.










            ♥ -




Trick 1: You win the spade J.

Trick 2: ruff a heart

Trick 3: spade to the K. LHO discards a heart.

Trick 4: ruff dummy’s last heart

Trick 5: cash the Ace of clubs, both opponents follow

Trick 6: cash the King of clubs, both opponents follow

Trick 7: exit a low club. LHO wins the Q

Trick 8: LHO leads the Q of diamonds.


Your play.



Hand 4

You’re playing 6H after the following uncontested auction:


You        Pard

2NT        3C

3H           3S*

4NT        5C**

6H           P

* Showing slam interest in hearts.

** One or four keycards in hearts.


LHO leads the 2 of clubs.









            ♠ AQ

            ♥ K9xx

            ♦ KJx

            ♣ AQJ109


RHO plays the eight of clubs and you win the queen.


How will you handle the trump suit?





You’re defending 2CX against an expert declarer after the following auction:


You        LHO        Pard       RHO

1S           2c            X             P

P             P


Partner’s double was negative, but you convert to penalty.


                You:       KQJxx













Trick 1: Partner leads the 2 of spades, and declarer takes your J with his A.


What is declarer’s shape? (There are two possibilities).  


Trick 2: declarer leads the K of diamonds and partner covers with her A.

Trick 3: partner leads the ten of clubs.


What is declarer’s shape? Who holds the King of hearts?


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