Jack Stocken starts his Bridge courses in Harrogate on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th October 2019. All courses last eight weeks, cost £125 and no partner needed. Missed lessons can be made up when the course is repeated. There will be a half term break, so no Bridge on the 22nd and 23rd October, denoted by a red asterisk below.


“Jack is a Bridge teacher par excellence, as many will testify”

Andrew Robson, Times columnist and Number One British player.


The venue is upstairs at the Palm Court Café, 29 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate HG1 2TG, above Farrah’s Olde Sweet Shop, just down from Betty’s and opposite the Crown Hotel. There is plenty of metered parking nearby, and free parking within five minutes walk.


In course order:




11.15am – 12.45pm

This really does mean beginner; it’s either for people who have never touched a playing card in their lives or for those who learnt in the distant past. Starting from scratch and learning at a gentle pace throughout the eight weeks, the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment, although you will be given clear notes at the end of each class.   1.    Introduction 8th October
  2.    Balanced Hands 15th October*
  3.    Scoring 29th October
  4.    The Play – Winning Tricks 5th November
  5.    FITS and Bidding Game 12th November
  6.    Responding to 1NT 19th November
  7.    Responding to Suit Bids 26th November
  8.    Overcalling 3rd December





11.00am – 12.45am

Suitable for those who have played Bridge for a long time, or just a year or two, this course will bring you up to date with the modern game, as it covers all essential aspects of Bridge. This course follows on from the Next Step course. Set hands are used throughout and on all subsequent courses. 1.     Suit Bidding as Opener 9th October
  2.    Suit Bidding as Responder 16th October*
  3.    Playing Suit Contracts 30h October
  4.    Responding to 1NT 6th November
  5.    Strong Balanced Hands 13th November
  6.    Opening Lead 20th November
  7.    Playing No Trumps & Finesses 27th November
  8.    T.O.P. Defence 4th December






1.00pm – 2.45pm

This course follows on from the Intermediate Play course and includes vital bidding tools such as “Double” and “Blackwood” and an introduction to the giddy heights of Slam bidding. After this course you will be ready for the Intermediate Plus course and beyond…..   1.    The Take Out Double 8th October
  2.    The Penalty Double 15th October*
  3.    Blackwood & Slam Bidding 29th October
  4.    Opening at the 2 Level 5th November
  5.    Overcalling and S.Q.O.T 12th November
  6.    Responder’s 3 card Major raise 19th November
  7.    Invitational Bids 26th November
  8.    Forcing Bids 3rd December




ADVANCED COURSE Lessons Wednesday

1.00pm – 2.45pm

Not as Advanced as the name suggests; this course is ideal for experienced social Bridge players or for those who are starting to enjoy the challenge and excitement of Duplicate Bridge. Fourth Suit Forcing and the UCB are two very useful conventional bids and everyone finds 4441 tricky!   1. Unassuming Cue Bid 9th October
  2. 4441 16th October*
  3. Playing No Trumps 30h October
  4. Fourth Suit Forcing 6th November
  5. Further uses of Double 13th November
  6. Coping with Intervention 20th November
  7. Card Placing 27th November
  8. Elimination and Endplay 4th December




Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3pm to 5pm, starting 8th October, ending 4th December 2019

Imagine playing relaxed, randomly dealt Bridge hands with like-minded people in your living room, able to ask advice from a friendly, expert supervisor; this is the experience we aim to provide.


These sessions are ideal for Intermediates and Improvers to practice their game. No booking or partner necessary, so come to as many as you like. £10 per session.


Please note that on both the above sessions there will be no Bridge on the 22nd and 23rd October as there will be a break for half term.




I will host three classes in Helmsley starting on Monday 7th October including a Beginner course and a supervised play session. Please look at this website or contact me for further details.


Any queries please email  jack@yorkshirebridge.com or call Jack Stocken on 07775 892720