Building your basic skills

New players start with the 6-week “Introduction to Bridge” which is designed to teach participants the mechanics of playing Bridge, as well as give them an understanding of basic bidding and play.

Bridge Basics

These lessons follow the 6-week "Introduction to Bridge" course.  They expand on the basic ideas already learned, introduce some new ideas, and focus more on card playing skills. Each week there is a practice session that supports the lesson. Topics & schedule may be altered if the group progresses quicker than planned.

The Bridge Basics course is available face-to-face at East Lindfield and will be advertised below.

Below is our timetable for Bridge Basics Lessons that are scheduled for 2024. 

 

On Tuesdays

CourseDaysTimeVenueFind out more
BRIDGE BASICS
Bridge Basics - Face-to-FaceTuesdays10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Responding to partner's opening of 1NT19th March10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
How to count your tricks and develop your playing skills26th March10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
No class - Easter Tuesday

2nd April

   
Finding a fit in a Major suit, and focus on Responder9th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Developing a long suit for extra tricks and planning the play in a No Trump contract16th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Overcalling and the Takeout Double23rd April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Counting losers, playing and defending a suit contract30th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Play in your Major when you have a fit, more bidding when partner opens 1NT7th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Making the best of your high cards, the fine art of Finessing14th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Being Competitive, getting into the bidding after an opponent has opened21st May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Defending well, the hardest part of the game.28th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information

 

and also on Saturdays

CourseDaysTimeVenueFind out more
BRIDGE BASICS
Bridge Basics - Face-to-FaceSaturdays10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Responding to partner's opening of 1NT16th March10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
How to count your tricks and develop your playing skills23rd March10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
NO LESSON

30th March

   
Finding a fit in a Major suit, and focus on Responder6th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Developing a long suit for extra tricks and planning the play in a No Trump contract13th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Overcalling and the Takeout Double20th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Counting losers, playing and defending a suit contract27th April10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Play in your Major when you have a fit, more bidding when partner opens 1NT4th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Making the best of your high cards, the fine art of Finessing11th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Being Competitive, getting into the bidding after an opponent has opened18th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Defending well, the hardest part of the game.25th May10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information

 

The Five Essential Conventions

With this beginner program complete, ideally, players now spend some time playing Supervised Bridge and consolidating what they have learned so far. When they are ready, their next set of lessons is “The 5 Essentials”. This is an ideal course for Bridge players who are returning to the game after a long break. By the end of “The 5 Essentials”, most players have moved up to play in the Rookie game.  The course is outlined below:

 

 

Five Essential ConventionsSundays10:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
StaymanFebruary 1810:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
TransfersFebruary 2510:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Strong 2 ClubsMarch 310:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
No LessonMarch 10 
BlackwoodMarch 1710:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information
Pre-emptsMarch 2410:00 amEast LindfieldRequest Information

With this beginner program complete, ideally, players now spend some time playing Supervised Bridge and consolidating what they have learned so far. When they are ready, their next set of lessons is “The 5 Essentials”. This is an ideal course for Bridge players who are returning to the game after a long break. By the end of “The 5 Essentials”, most players have moved up to play in the Rookie game.