Jack Stocken starts his Bridge courses in Harrogate on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th January 2018.


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 13th and 14th February nor 13th and 14th March, 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 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:



NEXT STEP COURSE Lessons Tuesday

1.15pm – 2.45pm

Designed to bridge the gap (sorry!) between Beginner and Intermediate, the Next Step Course is the perfect way to increase confidence and build on the foundations from the Beginner Course. Also aimed at players who are too rusty for the Intermediate Course.   1.    Introduction 16th January
  2.    Playing Suit Contracts 23rd January
  3.    Two Important Bidding Rules 30th January
  4.    Opening Lead and Defence 6th February*
  5.    Overcalling & Double 20th February
  6.    Playing No Trump Contracts 27th February
  7.    Responding to a Suit Opener 6th March*
  8.    Opening Bids at the 3 Level 20th March






1.00pm – 2.45pm

This course will be ideal for those who have completed the Intermediate and need to consolidate their bidding technique whilst at the same time improving their declarer play and defence. Aimed at those who would prefer to improve their card play rather than take on the challenge of the Improver course too soon.   1.    The Finesse 17th January
  2.    Length and Force 24th January
  3.    3NT – making a plan 31st January
  4.    Drawing Trumps 7th February*
  5.    Trumping in Dummy 21st February
  6.    Tricky Opening Leads 28th February
  7.    Defence vs Suit Contracts 7th March*
  8.    Defence against NoTrumps 21st March






11.00am – 12.45pm

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 16th January
  2. 4441 23rd January
  3. Playing No Trumps 30th January
  4. Fourth Suit Forcing 6th February*
  5. Further uses of Double 20th February
  6. Coping with Intervention 27th February
  7. Card Placing 6th March*
  8. Elimination and Endplay 20th March





Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3pm to 5pm, starting 16th January, ending 21st March 2018

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 13th and 14th February nor 13th and 14th March.




I will host two classes in Helmsley starting on Monday 15th January 2018 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