You may have noticed that I have now added a Facebook Link to my Contact Page and Home Page. Facebook is a work in progress and I hope to begin adding some interesting hands. First, there is the technical challenge of how best to get them into Facebook! As so many people use smartphones now to check their mail and Facebook then a complete deal could be too small to see! So far I have only added one hand which gives and example of the losing trick count. Do please take a look at the Facebook page and feel free to ask questions!
At this time of year a little social bridge can be turned into a festive celebration. For two tables, "teams" works well but for three tables a little mayhem is always fun! Change your partner each round and have fun playing and circulating with a little supper along the way. You will need a sign for each table (table 1, table 2 and table 3) and the individual score cards attached to this blog. Print off both and cut up. Each player has a card with their own number. Keep your own score. It is easiest to use a simple rubber bridge score with any added overtricks or alternatively treat each deal as non vulnerable duplicate. Record a minus or a plus and tally up the result at the end (or as you go along). Highest score at the end of the evening wins!
PS These score cards are scanned from copies which are at least 40 years old.
After one year of Bridge lessons, most people have covered all of the bids as opener, responder, and rebids as opener and responder. Then there is competitive bidding with overcalls and doubles and some slam bidding. If your head is not spinning after all that, the second year is about getting in some practice. Going over those things you cannot quite remember and getting your play right. Slam bids? How often do they happen? Well like buses three come along at once! Roman Key Card Blackwood is a great slam bidding convention for those who are ready to try it. There are a few new things you can find out in an improvers, second year class, like what on earth is an Unassuming Cue Bid and why is bidding in the fourth position different? I am offering a new improvers group on a Wednesday afternoon. Details are on my bridge lessons page. Some details are still being confirmed so nothing is written in stone. Please let me know if you are interested.
It is hard to know how long it takes to learn bridge. I don't like to make assumptions! When I began learning I was told it takes 5 years to become a good bridge player. The great thing about Bridge is that you can enjoy it at lots of levels. From a social game with just four around a kitchen table to local, regional or even national competitions. It is great to see people at the Bridge Club who have been to my lessons and now play regularly. My aim is to get you started and the rest is up to you!
If you had lessons a few years back and didn't find a regular bridge circle to play in do contact me. I just may know someone looking for a partner at your level or can ask around. I have also had people join, learn a bit, give up and then return to my class a few years later, so it's never too late.
Last Tuesday I spent an enjoyable afternoon teaching minibridge to an enthusiastic group of Primary School pupils in Bradley Stoke. My friend Liz who is governor at the school and keen Bridge Player is helping to start up a minibridge club and the EBU have kindly supplied cards and lots of teaching materials to get them off to a great start.
This time of year is always lovely. Bridge can bring so much fun to peoples lives. Many of my past learners have told me that they joined when something had changed in their lives. Perhaps retirement or some other reason to go looking for something new. A new door to open when one has closed. Bridge is a new door opening...
As well as being a Bridge Teacher I have been a Training Manager, an Air Stewardess, I have hiked down the Grand Canyon and held a live "carpet" python.