Course Information: Bridge for Improvers - Term 2

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This is the second term for people who have completed the first term or have learnt a little before.

When and Where


From 16 Jan 2020 to 26 Mar 2020
Thu 13:15-15:15
for 10 weeks

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16 Jan 2020
13:15 to 15:15
23 Jan 2020
13:15 to 15:15
30 Jan 2020
13:15 to 15:15
06 Feb 2020
13:15 to 15:15
13 Feb 2020
13:15 to 15:15
27 Feb 2020
13:15 to 15:15
05 Mar 2020
13:15 to 15:15
12 Mar 2020
13:15 to 15:15
19 Mar 2020
13:15 to 15:15
26 Mar 2020
13:15 to 15:15


Stoke Lodge
Stoke Lodge Centre
Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop

with Lorna Watson


Fees and concessions information

The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £126 , the concession rate is £76. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility. For more details please see our Terms and conditions


This course continues and builds on the learning acquired in the previous term but new learners are welcome during the year if you have previous experience. Learn more about competitive bidding and complex auctions and gain more card play skills.

What can students expect?

This course is ideal for people who have completed the Bridge for Beginners first year course or who have not played for a while and want a (beginner level) refresher course. It is suitable for new players who want to reinforce their knowledge. The course concentrates on revision of previous learning with introduction of a few new techniques and plenty of practice.

The system used is foundation level Standard English ACOL.

The course will include these topics:

1. Opening bids, responses and rebids in an uncontested auction
2. Competitive auctions – overcalls and doubles
3. Card Play techniques as Declarer
4. Card Play as Defender
5. Slam bidding
6. Transfer bids (response to 1NT)
7. Protective bids
8. 4th suit forcing
9. Losing Trick Count
10. Popular conventions (such as Stayman, Landy, Blackwood)

There will be some Duplicate bridge practice for those who want to progress to playing in a bridge club. Each lesson includes practice card play. You will partner another class member.

Improvers courses are scheduled for September, January and April

Lorna Watson is a Professional member of the English Bridge Teachers Association. She can be contacted via email at and contact details are also on Lorna Watson’s own website at Please feel free to ask any questions.

Late starters allowed?

Late start is possible for this course provided you are at a similar level to the rest of the class. Discuss this with the tutor before joining.

Equipment Required


Previous experience required?

Completion of year one or previous bridge playing experience at novice level

What is the progression route?

Progress to next term to continue learning. Information will be given about local practice / beginner play opportunities.

Are there any extra costs?

Yes. A recommended book may be purchased during the term. (via tutor)

Work set between sessions?

Optional homework and practice deals (hands) to play.

What should students bring?

Pen and paper. Some handouts will be provided.

Teaching method/style?

Teaching methods:
• Explanations / presentations
• Discussions
• Problem solving (group work)
• Tasks / quizzes (individually / in pairs / small groups / whole class)
• Practise play (with other class members)
• On line materials

Teaching methods and materials approved by English Bridge Education and Development.