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






    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



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  jack@yorkshirebridge.com or call Jack Stocken on 07775 892720