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.



Review of Defence Principles

This workshop will review the basic concepts of good defensive play. It is a condensed version of the five-module defence course offered last fall and will serve as a good review of that course or as an introduction to those who want to improve their defensive skills. Concepts discussed will include opening leads, second hand play, third hand play, signals, and discards. Plenty of hands will be played to emphasize the concepts.


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

INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Carpenter

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




Take-Out Doubles

A take-out double is a low-level conventional call over an opponent's bid as a request for partner to bid his best of the unbid suits. Understanding take-out doubles and the follow-ups is probably more important than any other part of bidding. They come up more often than any other convention.

This workshop is for beginning and novice players. There will be lots of examples and hands to play.


DATE OFFERED:   Friday, April 26,  9:00 am


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




Counting Tips

Counting cards is necessary if you want to improve your game. You also need to count high card points, the opponents' distribution, your tricks, your opponents' tricks, plus keep track of the spot cards. How can you do all this without a) getting a headache or b) having the director warn you about slow play? Find out how to make counting easier in this workshop.


DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9:00 am


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




Opener and Responder Rebids (Encore Presentation)

Re-bids are among the most challenging aspects of bidding.

This workshop is for novice players who want to improve their bidding skills. Topics covered include revising hand evaluation as bidding proceeds, reverses, forcing bids, and invitational bids. The workshop will focus on hands when your side has opened the bidding with 1 of a suit.

The workshop will include lots of practice on bidding hands. 


DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, May 16,  9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Carpenter

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




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