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.

 

Beginners   GREEN

Novices    YELLOW

intermediate Players    ORANGE

Advanced Players    RED

 

Online registration is available here.

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Jacoby 2NT

Jacoby 2NT is an artificial forcing raise in opener’s major, and it is a great tool because it leaves room to explore for slam. This workshop will investigate when you can make a Jacoby 2NT bid and what happens afterwards.

There will be lots of examples and practice hands.

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

DATE OFFERED:   Monday, January 7, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Mahn

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

 

 

 

Control-Showing Cue Bids

This workshop will show why 4 clubs is almost never Gerber, when not to use Blackwood, and how to get to good slams.

LEVEL:  ADVANCED

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, January 17, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

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

 

 

 

Bergen Raises

 

Bergen raises are based on the law of total tricks.
 
This workshop will explore how to show your partner you have four-card support for his or her major suit opening with a pre-emptive (0-7 points), constructive (8-10 points), or limit (11-12 points) raise.
 
There will be lots of examples and practice hands!

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

DATE OFFERED:   Friday, January 18, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Mahn

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

 

 

 

When to Cover an Honour

Dummy leads the jack from JT8. You have Q62. Do you play the queen? This lesson will tell you when to cover the honour and when to play low smoothly.

LEVEL:  ADVANCED

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, February 14, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

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

 

 

Opener and Responder Rebids:  When to Stay and When to Go (To Game)

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

  • Should I bid game, invite or just pass?
  • Is partner’s bid forcing?
  • Opponents have interfered – should we bid on or pass? 
  • We don’t seem to have a fit – should we keep trying to find our best contract or just pass?

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, invitational bids, and negative doubles. 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 in bidding hands. 

LEVEL:  NOVICE

DATE OFFERED:   Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Carpenter

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

 

 

 

End Play the Opponents - But Don't Let them End Play You

With AQ in dummy and 32 in your hand, you need two tricks.A finesse gives you a 50% chance. Can you manoeuvre the opponent on dummy's right to lead the suit? If so you're 100%. This workshop will show you how to end play opponents and - bonus! - how to avoid being end played yourself. 

LEVEL:  ADVANCED

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, March 14, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

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

 

 

 

Opening Leads

 
This lesson will deal with opening leading against no trump contract, followed by suit contracts. In both cases we will first, review the theory; second, apply that theory to a number of textbook hands; and third, lead to some actual hands with designated bidding sequences and a final contract to lead against. Groups of four at each table will be asked to review the different possible leads and decide on which one(s) were most effective in defeating or limiting the declarer in number of tricks taken. 

LEVEL:  NOVICE

DATE OFFERED:   Monday, March 18, 2019, 1:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR: George Pepall

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

 

 

Splinter Bids

A splinter bid is a bid, made by either opener or responder, that shows shortness in the suit bid and good support for partner's suit. A splinter bid focuses on exposing a good fit between partners' hands in order to explore the possibility of slam. Once a splinter bid has been made, the number of tricks your side will take depends more on how well your hands fit together and less on how many combined HCP you hold.

Do you miss out on bidding slams which other pairs bid? Maybe it’s because others use splinter bids and you don't. J

Come to this workshop to learn exactly how and why splinter bids make a difference.

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

DATE OFFERED:   Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Aves

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

 

 

 

Suit Preference Signals

You want partner to lead a heart but he plays a club. Could you have used a suit preference signal to point him in the right direction? Suit preference signals are a valuable tool in a defender's arsenal.

LEVEL:  ADVANCED

DATE OFFERED:   Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

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

 

 

 

Counting Tips

Counting cards 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.

LEVEL:  ADVANCED

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

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Ramsay

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

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