Harrogate Bridge Courses, January 2019
Jack Stocken starts his Bridge courses in Harrogate on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th January 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 19th and 20th February and no Bridge on the 12th and 13th 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|| Wednesday
11.15am – 12.45pm
|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||13th 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|
|INTERMEDIATE PLAY COURSE||Lessons|| Tuesday
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||15th January|
|2. Length and Force||22nd January|
|3. 3NT – making a plan||29th January|
|4. Drawing Trumps||5th February|
|5. Trumping in Dummy||12th February*|
|6. Tricky Opening Leads||26th February|
|7. Defence vs Suit Contracts||5th March*|
|8. Defence against NoTrumps||19th March|
|INTERMEDIATE PLUS COURSE||Lessons|| Wednesday
1.00pm – 2.45pm
|This course follows on from the Improver course. Learn bidding gems such as Stayman and the Losing Trick Count and as always, the set hands will test your card play. This course improves your game considerably and after this you will be ready for the Advanced course and beyond.||1. Stayman||16th January|
|2. Suit Combinations & Finesses||23rd January|
|3. Losing Trick Count||30th January|
|4. Signals & Discards||6th February|
|5. NoTrump Play & the Rule of 11||13th February*|
|6. Responder’s Rebid||27th February|
|7. Setting up the Side Suit||6th March*|
|8. Pre-empts||20th March|
SUPERVISED PLAY SESSIONS
Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3pm to 5pm, starting 15th January, ending 20th March 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 19th and 20th February as there will be a break for half term and no Bridge on 12th and 13th March.
I will host two classes in Helmsley starting on Monday 14th January and a supervised play session. Please look at my website or contact me for further details.
Any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jack Stocken on 07775 892720