Helmsley Bridge Courses, Spring 2019


Jack Stocken will restart his Bridge courses on Monday 14th January 2019. 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 18th February nor the 11th March, 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:


NEXT STEP COURSE   Lessons     Monday

    10.00am – 11.30am

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     14th January
  2.    Playing Suit Contracts     21st January
  3.    Two Important Bidding Rules     28th January
  4.    Opening Lead and Defence     4th February
  5.    Overcalling & Double     11th February*
  6.    Playing No Trump Contracts     25th February
  7.    Responding to a Suit Opener     4th March*
  8.    Opening Bids at the 3 Level     18th March




    12.00pm – 1.45pm

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     14th January
  2.    Suit Combinations & Finesses     21st January
  3.    Losing Trick Count     28th January
  4.    Signals & Discards     4th February
  5.    NoTrump Play & the Rule of 11     11th February*
  6.    Responder’s Rebid     25th February
  7.    Setting up the Side Suit     4th March*
  8.    Pre-empts     18th March





Every Monday, 2.00pm to 3.45pm, starting 14th January, ending 18th 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.

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 18th February because of half term or Monday 11th March.



Courses start Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th January 2019 and include 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