Helmsley Bridge Courses, Autumn 2018


Jack Stocken will restart his Bridge courses on Monday 1st October 2018. All courses last eight weeks, cost £125 and no partner needed. If you have to miss a class or two, then these can be made up when the course is repeated. There will be a half term break, so no Bridge on the 22nd October, denoted by a red asterisk. Minimum numbers apply.


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

Andrew Robson, Times columnist and Number One British player.


The venue is The Helmsley Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, YO62 5DW. There is parking available at the rear of the building and in the town.



Schedule below in course order:



4.00pm – 5.30pm

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 1st October
  2.    Balanced Hands 8th October
  3.    Scoring 15th October*
  4.    The Play – Winning Tricks 29th October
  5.    FITS and Bidding Game 5th November
  6.    Responding to 1NT 12th November
  7.    Responding to Suit Bids 19th November
  8.    Overcalling 26th November




12.00pm – 1.45pm

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 1st October
  2.    The Penalty Double 8th October
  3.    Blackwood & Slam Bidding 15th October*
  4.    Opening at the 2 Level 29th October
  5.    Overcalling and S.Q.O.T 5th November
  6.    Responder’s 3 card Major raise 12th November
  7.    Invitational Bids 19th November
  8.    Forcing Bids 26th November




10.00am – 11.45pm

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 1st October
  2. 4441 8th October
  3. Playing No Trumps 15th October*
  4. Fourth Suit Forcing 29th October
  5. Further uses of Double 5th November
  6. Coping with Intervention 12th November
  7. Card Placing 19th November
  8. Elimination and Endplay 26th November





Every Monday, 2.00pm to 3.45pm, starting 1st October, ending 26th November 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. This session is 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. Nb No Bridge on Monday 22nd October because of half term.



Courses start Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October 2018 and include a Beginner course and two supervised play sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please email Jack or look at the website for further details.


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