The London Bridge Centre is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus. 

Online courses are currently available. Please click on Online Courses above for further information. 

In house courses will resume when the club reopens.

Courses for those new to bridge or those wanting

to advance their bridge skills

Beginner level courses will help prepare you for playing bridge, whether it be in a social setting or in a duplicate game. See below for course details and for registration forms.

Please register at least 7 days before the course begins.

Please note that these courses are not offered by the LBC but rather by independent teachers. 

Lebensohl Convention

March 5, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Of all the hundreds of bridge conventions invented over the last century, the Lebensohl Convention has proven to be one of the most flexible and useful. It is an essential tool for every partnership from the intermediate to the advanced. This class is for both individual players, and for partnerships.

Lebensohl Convention will be taught by Ross Driedger  and will consist of 2 sessions to be held on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:00 at the London Bridge Centre starting on March 5, 2020.

The fee for this course is $35, including materials.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Take-Out Doubles

March 30, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Take-Out Doubles

 

Course Topics: guidelines for a takeout double,  advancing the takeout double, rebids by the takeout doubler, and doubles showing a strong hand.

 

Take-Out Doubles will be taught by Audrey Craig. It will consist of 2 sessions to be held on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:15 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Wednesday March 30, 2020.

The fee for this course is $25 plus materials.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Yellow Card (SAYC)

May 13, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Yellow Card (SAYC) is designed to instruct students on the use of the Standard American Yellow Card in clubs as well as online. This course will provide information on conventions that have not been covered in BB1, BB2 and BB3, such as Michaels and Jacoby 2NT. This course is designed for students who have taken BB1, BB2 and BB3 or their equivalent.

Yellow Card (SAYC) will be taught by Hazel Hewit. It will consist of 3 sessions to be held on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Wednesday May 13, 2020.

The fee for this course is $45, which includes materials.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Bridge Basics I

April 2, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Bridge Basics I is a general introduction to the game of bridge that includes basic terminology, bidding and card play. This course is designed for individuals with no bridge experience or for those who are returning to bridge after an extended absence from the game.

 

Course Topics: Hand evaluation, the bidding ladder, no-trump opening bids and basic responses, minor suit opening bids and basic responses, major suit openings and basic responses, and dummy points. Hand play and defense will be included in each class. 

Bridge Basics I will be taught by Hazel Hewitt and Jane King. It will consist of 8 sessions to be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Thursday April 2, 2020.

The fee for this course is $125, which includes Audrey Grant's textbook, Bridge Basics I.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Negative Doubles

April 20, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date. 

Negative Doubles 

The negative double is one of our most useful and important bids, and is used by all the top players. Imagine that your partner opens 1♦, and you are about to respond 1♥.  However, your right hand opponent overcalls 1♠.  You hold: 

♠ 8 6 3

♥ K Q 10 7

♦ 6 4

♣ Q J 3 2 

 

What do you do?  Pass, bid 2♣  or bid 2♥?  None of these bids is attractive.  The negative double will help you resolve this and several other bidding dilemmas.

Negative Doubles will be taught by Audrey Craig. It will consist of 2 sessions to be held on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:15 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Monday April 20, 2020.

The fee for this course is $25 plus materials.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Play of the Hand II

May 4, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Play of the Hand II continues to review basic bidding and presents more sophisticated play of the hand techniques covering:

  • watching for and creating entries

  • ducking, finessing, discarding and ruffing losers

  • the hold-up play

  • who is the dangerous opponent

  • promotion, length and finesses

  • Establishing a side suit

  • When to draw trump

  • counting tricks

 

Play of the Hand II will be taught by Audrey Craig. It will consist of 4 sessions to be held on Monday afternoons 1:00 to 3:15 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Monday May 4, 2020.

The fee for this course is $50 plus text.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Bridge Basics III

April 11, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Bridge Basics III is for those who have taken BB I and who have gained some experience at playing bridge. This course is focused on popular conventions.

 

Course Topics: Stayman, transfers, the big 2 club, Blackwood, Gerber and slam bidding.

Bridge Basics III will be taught by Hazel Hewitt. It will consist of 6 sessions to be held on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Saturday April 11, 2020.

The fee for this course is $75 plus materials. You will also need Audrey Grant's book Popular Conventions, which can be purchased from the instructor for $15 or online at Amazon.com.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Defense I

Opening Leads & Signalling

April 1, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Defense I provides an introduction to important first elements of defensive play.  Aimed at those who have played for a while and are ready to start concentrating on defensive techniques.

 

Course Topics: opening leads against notrump, opening leads against a suit contract, defensive signals emphasizing attitude signals but providing examples of count signals and suit preference signals.

Defense I will be taught by Marie Wiley. It will consist of 4 sessions to be held on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:15 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Wednesday April 1, 2020. There will also be one additional optional class for extra practice on April 29.

The fee for this course is $50 plus text.

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

Advancing Your Game - Part I

June 4, 2020

Due to cancellations caused by the COVID-19 virus this course will be offered at a later date.

Advancing Your Game - Part I 

This 4-week course is designed for players who have completed several bridge courses and who play duplicate bridge on a regular basis. Bidding and play topics will be reviewed, consolidated and extended.

A variety of standard conventions will be re-introduced and fine-tuned to develop effective, competitive bridge strategies for duplicate bridge play. The use of good judgement will be emphasized.  A course outline may be found here.

Advancing Your Game will be taught by Mary Howe. It will consist of 4 sessions to be held on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 12:15 at the London Bridge Centre starting on Thursday June 4, 2020.

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

 

To register for this course please complete the Registration form below. 

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