Jack Stocken starts his Bridge courses in Harrogate on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October 2017.


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 24th & 25th October, denoted by an 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 Food Halls, 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:



1.15pm – 2.45pm

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 3rd October
  2.    Balanced Hands 10th October
  3.    Scoring 17th October*
  4.    The Play – Winning Tricks 31st October
  5.    FITS and Bidding Game 7th November
  6.    Responding to 1NT 14th November
  7.    Responding to Suit Bids 21st November
  8.    Overcalling 28th November




1.00pm – 2.45pm

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 would also suit those who have not done a course for a while or are rusty. Set hands are used throughout and on all subsequent courses.   1. Suit Bidding as Opener 4th October
  2. Suit Bidding as Responder 11th October
  3. Playing Suit Contracts 18th October*
  4. Responding to 1NT 1st November
  5. Strong Balanced Hands 8th November
  6. Opening Lead 15th November
  7. Playing No Trumps & Finesses 22nd November
  8. T.O.P. Defence 29th November



6.15pm – 8.00pm

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 3rd October
  2.    The Penalty Double 10th October
  3.    Blackwood & Slam Bidding 17th October*
  4.    Opening at the 2 Level 31st October
  5.    Overcalling and S.Q.O.T 7th November
  6.    Responder’s 3 card Major raise 14th November
  7.    Invitational Bids 21st November
  8.    Forcing Bids 28th November


ADVANCED COURSE Lessons Wednesday

6.15pm – 8.00pm

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 4th October
  2. 4441 11th October
  3. Playing No Trumps 18th October*
  4. Fourth Suit Forcing 1st November
  5. Further uses of Double 8th November
  6. Coping with Intervention 15th November
  7. Card Placing 22nd November
  8. Elimination and Endplay 29th November



11.00am – 12.45pm

Due to popular demand, I will be teaching all of the most useful Conventions in Bridge so you will be able to compete with your peers on a level playing field! DISRUPT your opponents bidding space with Weak Twos and the Unusual 2NT, Open up more bidding space with Transfers over 1NT and 2NT, and bid to Slam more confidently with RKCB and three other gems. Happy Slamming!   1. Transfers 3rd October
  2. Roman Key Card Blackwood 10th October
  3. Unusual 2NT 17th October*
  4. Weak Twos 31st October
  5. Trial Bidding for game & slam 7th November
  6. Splinter Bids 14th November
  7. Jacoby 2NT 21st November
  8. Protective Bidding 28th November




Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3pm to 5pm, starting 3rd October, ending 29th November 2017

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. Scoring can be either Rubber or Chicago. Nb If a group of four would like to practice set hands then this will be possible on either day but subject to minimum numbers.

Please note that on both the above sessions there will be no Bridge on 24th and 25th October as there will be a break for half term.




I will host three classes in Helmsley starting on Monday 2nd October including a supervised play session. Please look at my website or contact me for further details.



Any queries or to book please email mailto:jack@yorkshirebridge.com