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

Advanced Players    RED


Online registration is available here.



Negative Doubles

Larry Cohen says he couldn't live without negative doubles. One of the most powerful bidding tools in a player's arsenal, negative doubles are more complicated than they first appear, and this workshop will teach what a negative double is, how many points you need to make a negative double, and - most important - when and when not to make a negative double. After a fun bidding exercise, the participants will bid and play 12 negative double (or not) hands.


DATE OFFERED:   Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR: Malkin Howes

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



Opener and Responder Rebids:  Should I Stay or Should I 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. 


DATE OFFERED:   Monday, February 25, 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. 


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


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. 


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.


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


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




Play of the Hand (No Trump) All Play

This is a follow-on session primarily for students who have completed the Play of the Hand (No Trump) course. However, it is not necessary to have attended the course, as the instructor will give a very brief overview of the basic principles, but the participants must have a working knowledge of declarer play in no trump.


DATE OFFERED:   Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1:00 pm


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.


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


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.


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


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

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