Courses offered at the London Bridge Centre

The London Bridge Centre hosts a full range of bridge courses from novice, to beginner, to intermediate and to advanced players. The course syllabus is designed to help players progress their bridge skills as they become more familiar with the game. A series of courses is offered each Fall, Winter and Spring.

While not all courses are currently offered, courses listed below are anticipated to be available for registration at a future date.

Courses may be cancelled if there is insufficient enrolment. Please register at least 7 days prior to the course start date. 

Bridge Basics I

To be offered at a future date.

Bridge Basics II

 

To be offered at a future date.

Bridge Basics III

To be offered at a future date.

Bridge Basics II carries on with practice in playing hands and provides an introduction to the following topics in bidding: Take-out doubles, overcalls, pre-emptive bids, weak 2 openings and responses to each of these bidding strategies.  This is the next class to be taken following Bridge Basics I.

Bridge Basics II will consist of 4 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

 

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

Bridge Basics I is a general introduction to the game of bridge that includes basic terminology, bidding and card play. 

 

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 consist of 8 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

The fee for this course is $125 inclusive of materials.

Bridge Basics III carries on with practice in playing hands and provides an introduction to the following topics in bidding: Take-out doubles, overcalls, pre-emptive bids, weak 2 openings and responses to each of these bidding strategies.  This is the next class to be taken following Bridge Basics I.

Bridge Basics III will consist of 4 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

 

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

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Play of the Hand I

To be offered at a future date.

Play of the Hand II

To be offered at a future date.

Defence - Part 1

To be offered at a future date.

Play of the Hand I reviews basic bidding and provides the opportunity to become more skilled at playing hands.

Play of the Hand I topics: planning the play in no-trump and in suit contracts, developing tricks through promotion and length, eliminating losers through ruffing, discarding or finessing, and managing entries 

Play of the Hand I will consist of 4 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

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

 

Play of the Hand II will consist of 4 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

 

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

Defence - Part 1 reviews the strategies that can be used by defenders against their opponents.

 

Defense - Part 1 topics:

Opening leads against no-trump, opening leads against suit contracts, and attitude signals.

 

Defense - Part 1 will consist of 4 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

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Defence - Part 2

To be offered at a future date.

2/1 Game Force

To be offered at a future date

Defense - Part 2 continues to explore card playing strategies that can be used when you are defending against declarer. Topics discussed in this course include: second hand play, third hand play, the forcing defense and defensive strategies.

Defense - Part 2 will consist of 4 sessions to be held at the London Bridge Centre.

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials.

  

2 Over 1 Game Force is the most popular bidding system in use in tournament bridge across North America. It is not radically different from Standard American bidding, but has some added considerations that make game and slam bidding more accurate.  

 

For those wanting to progress as tournament players, understanding the principles behind 2 Over 1 Game Force is important because, even if you don't play the system, you will certainly play against it and understanding what your opponents' bids mean is an important part of the game.

This course will be offered  in 4 separate two hour sessions at the London Bridge Centre.

 

The fee for this course is $50 plus materials. 

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