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:



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.    Introduction21st January
  2.    Playing Suit Contracts28th January
  3.    Two Important Bidding Rules4th February
  4.    Opening Lead and Defence11th February*
  5.    Overcalling & Double25th February
  6.    Playing No Trump Contracts3rd March
  7.    Responding to a Suit Opener10th March*
  8.    Opening Bids at the 3 Level24th 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 Finesse22nd January
  2.    Length and Force29th January
  3.    3NT – making a plan5th February
  4.    Drawing Trumps12th February*
  5.    Trumping in Dummy26th February
  6.    Tricky Opening Leads4th March
  7.    Defending Trump Contracts11th March*
  8.    Defending No Trump Contracts25th 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.    Stayman21st January
  2.    Suit Combinations and Finesses28th January
  3.    Losing Trick Count4th February
  4.    Signals & Discards11th February*
  5.    No Trump Play & the Rule of 1125th February
  6.    Responder’s Rebid3rd March
  7.    Setting up the Side Suit10th March*
  8.    Pre-empts24th 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. Transfers22nd January
  2. Roman Key Card Blackwood29th January
  3. Unusual 2NT5th February
  4. Weak Twos12th February*
  5. Trial Bidding for game & slam26th February
  6. Splinter Bids4th March
  7. Jacoby 2NT11th March*
  8. Protective Bidding25th 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