GRBC Fall 2020 Online Workshops

Here are the forthcoming two-and-a-half-hour online workshops scheduled for Fall 2020.

The fee for each workshop is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Click on the button below to register for any of the workshops.

In order to register for one or more workshops, you need to take TWO actions. REGISTER for the workshop(s)  and ARRANGE FOR PAYMENT (click here for information on how to pay).

Introduction to Two Over One

Two over One (2/1) is the most popular bidding system for experienced players. It is an extension of Standard American that introduces a few minor changes making it easier for partnerships to bid to games and slams that would be hard to get to using Standard American. The students will learn all of the features of 2/1:  game-forcing bids; forcing 1 no trump; Bergen Raises; and cue bidding for slams. Players need not be afraid of switching to 2/1, as most bidding stays the same. The first workshop will focus on the theory and the second workshop will focus on practising 2/1 bidding, using the magic of Shark Bridge.

Regular partners may find it beneficial to attend these workshops as a pair.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Stephen Carpenter
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 9:30 am - noon

Two Over One - ALL PLAY

This workshop will start with a brief refresher on the 2/1 bidding system, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to practising bidding and playing 2/1 hands using the magic of Shark Bridge.

Regular partners may find it beneficial to attend these workshops as a pair.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Stephen Carpenter
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 am - noon

To Bid One More or Not to Bid One More - The Simplified Law of Total Tricks

It’s an all-too-familiar dilemma. You and your partner have bid to a comfortable two spade contract and now the opponents – drat them – have bid three diamonds. Should you pass or bid three spades?

This workshop will introduce a simplified version of the law of total tricks that will help to guide you to the right decision. The participants will bid and play lots of practice hands, using the magic of Shark Bridge, allowing them to find out the hard way whether or not they made the correct decision.

Regular partners may find it beneficial to attend this workshop as a pair.

Level: Novice
Instructor: Malkin Howes
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 am - noon

Tips for Extra Tricks - Suit Contracts

Want to earn an extra trick as declarer? Then this is the workshop for you!

This workshop will focus on techniques to squeeze out extra tricks. Topics covered will include deceptive play techniques, loser-on-loser plays, making the opponents lead the suit you want, safety plays, and keeping the dangerous opponent off lead. The students will play several hands that demonstrate the new concepts, using the magic of Shark Bridge.

Level: Novice/Intermediate
Instructor: Stephen Carpenter
Date: Week of November 29

Flannery

The Flannery convention was invented to deal with those awkward hands when you hold four spades and five hearts and have enough HCP to open the bidding but not enough HCP to reverse (bids hearts first and then spades). These hands don't come up all that often, but when they do Flannery makes it easy to bid to the right spot.

The participants will bid and play up to 14 deals, depending on time.

Regular partners may find it beneficial to attend as a pair.

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Malkin Howes
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 9:30 am - noon

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