STARTING FROM BASICS
Lesson 1: Introduction & Minibridge -
This lesson provides an introduction to the general principles of bridge,
playing as a partnership, and etiquette at the table. Students will learn
how to play Minibridge, how to evaluate their hand, very basic scoring (the
difference between part score, game, and slam), and the difference between
playing with trumps and playing in No Trumps (NT).
Lesson 2: Opening 1 NT and responses
Students will learn the difference between bridge and Minibridge. They will
be introduced to the general principles of bidding and will learn how to
recognize a balanced hand and when to open 1NT. Partner's responses to 1NT
and finishing the auction will also be covered.
Lesson 3: Opening 1 of a suit and responding/openers rebid -
Students will learn when to open 1 of a suit and how to choose
which suit to open. Partner's responses will also be covered, including
supporting partner's suit, changing the suit, and responding in No Trumps.
Finally, consideration will be given to opener's rebid and responder's
Lesson 4: Declarer play (No Trumps)
Students will learn how to plan the play by making a SWOT analysis. They
will also learn how to establish tricks in a long suit, how and when to take
finesse, and how to avoid danger by holding-up playing high cards.
Lesson 5: Declarer play (suit contracts)
This lesson will concentrate on the advantages of having a trump suit, when
to draw trumps and when to delay drawing trumps. Ruffing in the 'short' hand
(the one with fewer trumps) and using trumps as entries will also be
Lesson 6: Defence -
This lesson will cover the basic principles of opening leads, including
deciding which suit to lead (i) against No Trump contracts and (ii) against
suit contracts, then selecting the right card to lead. Students will learn
how to interpret the opening lead (Rule of 11) and will also learn the
importance of returning partner's suit, the principle that second hand plays
low and third hand plays high, when to cover an honour with an honour,
leading through strength, and using all available information (remembering
the bidding and looking at the dummy).
Lesson 7: Competitive bidding- Overcalling -
Students will learn about overcalling in a suit, overcalling in No Trumps,
and responding to partner's overcall.
Lesson 8: Weak pre empt openings and strong 2 openings
This session covers the important topics of strong and weak opening bids which make communication difficulties with the opposition.
Lesson 9: Bidding revision
This lesson recaps on all you have learned. Opening responding, openers rebid overcalling and final contract considerations
Lesson 10: Declarer Play Revision.
This lesson covers general planning and techniques in play.
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