Bridge Basics

This course covers the important introductory information about contract bridge to enable you to play a reasonable bridge game with your partner.

1. Bidding basics: How to evaluate your hand of 13 cards, what you need to open the bidding in a suit contract and a notrump contract, points needed to respond to your partner’s opening bid at several levels, responding without a suit fit, points needed to overcall opponents, simple system conventions including Stayman, transfers, jump bids and asking for aces.

2. Principles of card play: Play in Notrumps - counting tricks, establishing long suit tricks, what is a finesse, leading honours, keeping control of suits. Play in Suit Contracts – counting losers, drawing trumps, establishing suits, dealing with unbalanced distribution. Defence – the opening lead, which card in partner’s suit, agreed leads and signals, second hand play, discards, counting the cards during play.

3. Partnership understanding: One of the most important aspects of bridge play and yet often overlooked or underplayed. We discuss system simplicity, being supportive, dealing with disasters at the table and moving on, understanding duplicate bridge competition, and being a good dummy. Remember bridge is for fun, enjoyment and mental stimulation -and never forget you and your partner are on the same side!

*Please note the course is 6 weeks, not 8 as stated in the Printed What’s on guide.

Tutor: Susan Wade

Susan Wade is a bridge player with over 25 years’ experience, having learnt from a State Pairs Champion. She has achieved Regional Master level and enjoys playing regularly at several local clubs. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and has enjoyed teaching a variety of subjects to many adult groups over an extended period of time. She is committed to creating a learning environment for potential bridge players where they can understand and learn the basics of contract bridge in a friendly and supportive environment. Endorsement from a former pupil: I highly recommend Susan as a gifted bridge teacher. She has encouraged me in developing my bridge game and I have loved her engaging, dedicated and fun approach. Caroline.