Workshop Descriptions

Our club offers half-day workshops 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 or online by clicking here. We normally need at least eight people registered to offer a workshop.

Note: To make it easier for students to choose their lessons in a logical learning order, we’ve colour-coded our lessons as follows.

 

Novices    YELLOW

intermediate Players    ORANGE

Open Players    TURQUOISE

 

Online registration is available here.

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Intermediate Supervised Play

On roughly every other Tuesday evening in the fall, we offer an intermediate supervised play session that begins with a short lesson on a topic chosen by the participants in advance, followed by two hours of playing hands that practise the new concept. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Instructor:  Liz McDowell

Time and Dates:  7:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 3

Level:  INTERMEDIATE

Fee:  $7 for members, $9 for non-members

 

 

 

Basic Bidding (Suits)

This workshop will teach when to open the bidding with one of a suit (and which suit), as well as how the opener's partner should respond to an opening bid of one of a suit.

Instructor:  Cindy Mahn

Time and Date:  Friday, September 6, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Level:  NOVICE

 

 

Hand (Re)Evaluation (Suit Contracts)

This workshop will show how all point counts are not equal, especially in suit contracts. Furthermore, once you add up your points when you pick up your hand, you still have more work to do. Sometimes your hand gets better (or worse) as the bidding progresses. The participants in this workshop will play 12 suit contract hands where they are challenged to bid to the right level.

Instructor:  Malkin Howes

Time and Date:  Saturday, September 21, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Level:  INTERMEDIATE

 

 

Basic Bidding (No Trump)

This workshop will teach when to open the bidding with one no trump, as well as how the opener's partner should respond to an opening bid of one no trump. The instruction will include Stayman to show a four-card major suit and Jacoby transfers to show a five-card major suit.

Instructor:  Cindy Mahn

Time and Date:  Friday, September 27, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Level:  NOVICE

 

 

Hand (Re)Evaluation (Invitational Bids)

This workshop emphasizes the differences between suit contracts and no trump contracts when it comes to using point count. The participants will play up to 16 boards with an invitational bidding sequence, with the last bidder making the decision about whether or not to go to game. Then the hand will be played and the correctness of that decision analyzed.

Instructor:  Malkin Howes

Time and Date:  Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Level:  INTERMEDIATE

 

 

Introduction to Competitive Bidding

Those nasty opponents have interfered with your bidding! What do you do now? Competitive bidding can be the most challenging aspect of bidding. This is the first of several workshops on competitive bidding. It will focus on when to overcall, how to respond to partner's overcall, bidding take-out doubles, and responding to take-out doubles. The participants will be given lots of hands to bid and play that will practise the new concepts.

 Instructor:  Stephen Carpenter

Time and Date:  Friday, October 4, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Level:  NOVICE

 

 

Balancing

Letting the opponents end the bidding at a low level is not necessarily the best way to win a good score on a hand. You might be better to risk a bid with the possible result of pushing your opponents past the level at which they can make a contract. Such a bid is called "Balancing". But when should you do it? And with what kind of hand? This workshop will include some theory and plenty of practice hands.

Instructor:  George Pepall

Time and Date:  Monday, October 28, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Level:  NOVICE

 

 

Balancing ALL PLAY

The instructor will provide a brief review of balancing, followed by the bidding and play of a number of pre-dealt hands: in some of these hands, balancing will be indicated, while in others not so much. It is not necessary to have attended the October 28 workshop; however, the participants should have some previous familiarity with balancing.

Instructor:  George Pepall

Time and Date:  Monday, November 4, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Level:  NOVICE

 

 

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