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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.  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: time-d@rogers.com);
e-mail Colin (email to: colin@thebridgeconnection.ca ).
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.

 

                AT9

                Kxxx

                KJT9

                KJ

K

 

                xxx

                AQJ

                A876

                Axx

 

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.

 

                K2

                K9874

                J4

                A654

8

 

                Ax

                AT32

                AQT

                K732

 

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

6S          

 

* preemptive

** good hand for spades

 

LHO leads a small trump.

 

                KJxx

xx

A98

Kxxx

 

2

 

            ♠AQ10xxx

            ♥ -

            ♦KTx

            ♣Axxx

 

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.

 

                KJx

AJTx

Qxxxx

x

 

2

 

            ♠ AQ

            ♥ K9xx

            ♦ KJx

            ♣ AQJ109

 

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

 

How will you handle the trump suit?

 

 


 

Hand5

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

                                Qx

                                xx

                                AJxx

 

Dummy

xxxx

AJx

JTxxx

x

 

                                2

 

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?

 


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