Module Descriptions

Our club offers one-off “modules” with a wide variety of levels, instructors, time slots, formats and topics. The fee is $15 for members/$20 for non-members.

You can register in person at the club or by phone (519) 578-4434. We normally need at least 8 people registered to offer the module.

Note: To make it easier for students to choose courses in a good learning order, we’ve assigned a level or levels to each course.

1.  Beginners  2. Post Beginners  3. Lower Intermediate  4. Higher Intermediate  5. Advanced  6. Expert

 

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Learn Bridge in a Day?

This four-hour fun session is designed to introduce 36 would-be bridge players to the basics of bidding, play of the hand, and scoring.

The teacher will make sure everyone has a good time, as will the many helpers on hand to ensure everyone's success. There will be delicious food, prizes, and lots of laughter.

Participants who enjoy this taste of bridge will be encouraged to sign up for the five-week beginners' course that starts the following Saturday.

LEVEL 1

DATE OFFERED:   Saturday, September 8, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  Roz Shortt

COST:  $30 paid in advance, $35 at the door (if not sold out)

 

 

Barebones No Trump

This module is geared to newer players who think that playing or defending no trump contracts is extra difficult, even to be avoided. NOT SO!!

The guidelines for both declaring and defending are generally reliable, and the per-trick score for making no trump contracts is higher than for suit contracts.

This module will review the basics of bidding, declaring, and defending against no trump contracts at all levels - but with special emphasis on 3NT (both playing it and leading against it).

Then spend most of the time practising your no trump play.

LEVEL 1-2

DATE OFFERED:   Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR:  George Pepall

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Intermediate Supervised Play

Liz will be offering seven just-show-up supervised play sessions on alternate Tuesday nights, starting September 11. 

Each session will begin with a mini-lesson on a topic chosen by the participants, followed by pre-prepared hands that practise the new concept. Liz asks interested parties to email her telling her of their interest and including topics they would like a mini-lesson/practice hands on. In addition, the participants in these supervised play sessions are welcome to bring in difficult hands so the group can discuss how best to cope with them.

LEVEL 4-5

DATES OFFERED:   7 Tuesday evenings:  Sept. 11, 25, Oct. 9, 23, Nov. 6, 20, and Dec. 4

INSTRUCTOR:  Liz McDowell

COST:  $7 for members/ $9 for non-members

 

 

Count On It Some More

"Counting to a bridge player is similar to an actor learning his lines - it does not guarantee success, but he cannot succeed without it." George S. Kaufman

This module picks up where the first module left off, reviewing the basics of counting - points, cards, and tricks - and then play a lot of hands where counting counts for a lot.

It is not necessary to have attended the first Count On It module, but participants should not sign up for Count On It Some More unless they have some familiarity with counting. A brief outline of counting will be provided in advance for those who didn't attend the first module.

LEVEL 3-4

DATE OFFERED:   Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  Dianne Aves

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

To Lead Trump or Not to Lead Trump

That is definitely the question!

Opening leads are very important and often make the difference between success and failure. Most of the time it's wrong to make a trump lead, but sometimes it's vital. It's kind of like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead.

This module will identify four bidding scenarios that scream for a trump lead, followed by an exercise that practices the new concepts. The majority of the lesson time will be devoted to playing 16 hands where a trump lead is called for ... or not.

LEVEL 3-4

DATE OFFERED:   Saturday, September 22, noon

INSTRUCTOR:  Malkin Howes

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Following the No Trump Bidding Recipe

When someone opens 1NT, the bidding responses and sequences are very straightforward and well-scripted (unless the opponents interfere, but that's another lesson).

The module will go over the most common sequences that follow a 1NT opening, and then touch on a couple of less common situations - super-accepts and what to do with 4/5 and 5/5 in the majors. 

This will be followed by a bidding exercise that practises the new concepts. The majority of the lesson time will be devoted to playing 16 hands where the opening bid is 1NT.

LEVEL 3-4

DATE OFFERED:   Saturday, September 29, noon

INSTRUCTOR:  Malkin Howes

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Active vs Passive Defence

Bridge is like a marriage in some ways:  there are times when you should just keep your head down and ther are times when you should take chances. The trick is reading the situation correctly.

  • In active defence, you try to establish your tricks before declarer can establish his or hers. Is it ever right to lead low from KJ42? You'll know at the end of this lesson!
  • In passive defence, you play only safe cards, avoid breaking new suits, and make declarer do all the work for himself.

This module will identify when to get active and when to stay passive. It will help you either defeat contracts or, at a minimum, at least prevent overtricks.

LEVEL 4-6

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, October 4, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR:  Tom Ramsay

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Attitude Signals:  A Not-So-Secret Bridge Language

Bridge players who don't use attitude signals are playing as individuals, as opposed to being part of a team. There are three types of signals - attitude signals, count signals, and suit preference signals - and of these the greatest is attitude signals. In order to defend effectively, partners must be able to communicate by careful play of their cards.

This module will teach attitude signals - when and how to use them. The short lesson will be followed by an exercise to practise the new concepts. The majority of the lesson time will be devoted to the play of 16 hands for which the use of attitude signals is vitally important.

LEVEL 3-4

DATE OFFERED:   Saturday, October 13, noon

INSTRUCTOR:  Malkin Howes

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Do It With Finesse

This module will study and practise finessing as one of the three ways to eliminate losers. Students will practise identifying losers and choosing which to try to eliminate by means of a finesse. The various kinds of finesses will be identified, along with their probability of success, ending with a discussion of how to make an overall plan. While all finesses have in theory a 50% probability of success, other facts which affect the odds will be explained, discussed, and practised.

As the emphasis is on practice, a variety of pre-dealt sample hands will be played and reviewed. The instructor is willing to stay on after the end of the module for further discussion as desired, as well as inviting his students to email him problems encountered in future play.

LEVEL 2-3

DATE OFFERED:   Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  John Moser

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Defence vs Suits

This module will focus on defending against suit contracts, with particular emphasis on defensive trump tricks. Topics will include how to get a ruff or give partner a ruff, when not to over-ruff, trump promotions, when to give declarer a ruff/sluff, what to do with the master trump, and so forth.

The students will play a number of hands that practise the new concepts.

LEVEL 4-6

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, October 25, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

  

 

Two Over One Follow-Up

This module picks up where the first 2/1 module left off, reviewing the basics of the 2/1 bidding system - followed by the play of a lot of 2/1 hands.

It is not necessary to have attended the first 2/1 module, but participants should not sign up for this 2/1 follow-up module unless they have some familiarity with 2/1. A brief outline of 2/1 will be provided in advance for those who didn't attend the first module.

LEVEL 3-5

DATE OFFERED:   Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  Dianne Aves

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Defence vs No Trump

The emphasis in this module will be on counting and thinking. The instructor will cover how to establish your long suit or your partner's, how to prevent declarer from reaching dummy's long suit, how to counter declarer's hold-up plays, how to make killing leads, and so forth. 

The students will play a number of hands that practise the new concepts.

LEVEL 4-6

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, November 1, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

IMPs vs Matchpoints

Most club games are pairis games, with matchpoint scoring. But tournaments offer lots of team games, with IMP scoring - and the difference in scoring can be very important.

  • Should we bid a close game?
  • In a game or slam, should we play in a suit or no trump?
  • as declarer, should we try for an overtrick or play safe for the contract?
  • If the opponents are bidding, should we outbid them, double, or pass?

The answers to these questions could be different defpending on whether you are playing teams or pairs, and this will be explained in this workshop, along with strategies and practice hands. With the Stratford tournament coming up shortly, this workshop is just what the doctor ordered.

LEVEL 3-5

DATE OFFERED:   Monday, November 12, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Mahn

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

End Plays

End plays are tactical plays where a defender is put on lead at a strategic moment and is forced to play a card that gives declarer an extra trick.

End plays should be a part of everyone's play of the hand arsenal.

This module will outline the various roads to end plays - "strip and end play", "elimination play", and "throw-in play", along with the exit card that makes it all possible.

Once you have mastered this technique, you too will make that extra trick that the experts make.

LEVEL 3-5

DATE OFFERED:   Monday, November 19, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Mahn

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

When to Postpone Drawing Trumps

One of the first pieces of advice we are given when we learn bridge is to draw trumps right away. This is generally good advice but ... this is bridge we're talking about. There are exceptions. Lots of them.

This module will outline common situations where declarer should postpone drawing trump. The short lesson will be followed by an exercise to practise the new concepts. The majority of the lesson time will be devoted to the play of 16 hands for which drawing trumps should be postponed ... or not.

LEVEL 3-4

DATE OFFERED:   Saturday, December 1, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR:  Malkin Howes

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Inferences

Inference:  "a conclusion drawn from a bid or play made by partner or an opponent". If you are alert and know what to look for, you can gather clues from bidding and play that help you find a way to make or defeat contracts. For example, inferences can help you find a missing queen or pick up a singleton king or diagnose that a defender has 4-4-4-1 distribution. 

Examples of inference will be provided for both declarer play and defence. A number of hands will be played that practise the new concepts.

LEVEL 4-6

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, December 6, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

Michaels Cuebids and Unusual No Trump Overcalls

Don't you wish sometimes that you could make a bid that would kill two birds with one stone by showing two five-card suits? Well, in fact there are a couple of bids like this that may just do the trick for you. Of course, some conditions apply.

This module will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Michaels and the Unusual No Trump. The lesson will include several hands that provide practice in the new concepts.

LEVEL 3-4

DATE OFFERED:   Friday, December14, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Liz McDowell

COST:  $15 for members/ $20 for non-members

 

 

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