Jack Stocken starts his Bridge courses in Harrogate on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd January. 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 18th and 19th February and no Bridge on the 17th and 18th March, denoted by a red 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

11.15am – 12.45pm

Designed to bridge (sorry!) the gap 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 21st January
  2.    Playing Suit Contracts 28th January
  3.    Two Important Bidding Rules 4th February
  4.    Opening Lead and Defence 11th February*
  5.    Overcalling & Double 25th February
  6.    Playing No Trump Contracts 3rd March
  7.    Responding to a Suit Opener 10th March*
  8.    Opening Bids at the 3 Level 24th March





11.00am – 12.45pm

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 22nd January
  2.    Length and Force 29th January
  3.    3NT – making a plan 5th February
  4.    Drawing Trumps 12th February*
  5.    Trumping in Dummy 26th February
  6.    Tricky Opening Leads 4th March
  7.    Defending Trump Contracts 11th March*
  8.    Defending No Trump Contracts 25th March




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 21st January
  2.    Suit Combinations and Finesses 28th January
  3.    Losing Trick Count 4th February
  4.    Signals & Discards 11th February*
  5.    No Trump Play & the Rule of 11 25th February
  6.    Responder’s Rebid 3rd March
  7.    Setting up the Side Suit 10th March*
  8.    Pre-empts 24th March




1.00pm – 2.45pm

Due to popular demand, I will be teaching all of the most useful Conventions in Bridge so you will be able to compete with your peers on a level playing field! DISRUPT your opponents bidding space with Weak Twos and the Unusual 2NT, Open up more bidding space with Transfers over 1NT and 2NT, and bid to Slam more confidently with RKCB and three other gems. Happy Slamming!   1. Transfers 22nd January
  2. Roman Key Card Blackwood 29th January
  3. Unusual 2NT 5th February
  4. Weak Twos 12th February*
  5. Trial Bidding for game & slam 26th February
  6. Splinter Bids 4th March
  7. Jacoby 2NT 11th March*
  8. Protective Bidding 25th March




Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3pm to 5pm, starting 21st January, ending 25th March 2020

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 a half term break, so no Bridge on the 18th and 19th February and no Bridge on the 17th and 18th March.



Jack will host three classes in Helmsley starting on Monday 20th January, including 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