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Learning Bridge and Improving Your Game

The basic objective of the TBA is to promote and foster interest in the game of Bridge in Tasmania. We offer a range of options for players at all levels to learn and improve their game.


These very popular six week courses are ideal for people just starting in this wonderful game. They are taught by our ABF accredited bridge teacher Sue Falkingham.

The first set of courses for 2021 were held February and March. More courses will be held later in the year.

Register interest in future courses here.

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The Monday morning sessions (10:00am-12:30pm) are a mix of teaching and supervised play. Ideal for novice players wanting to practice and learn in a friendly atmosphere. A great next step from the six week beginners' course. Players are welcome with or without partners. Normal TBA table money applies.

Contact Sue Falkingham: 0411 646 888.

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Supervised play is a useful option for newer players. The TBA offers the following sessions with supervised sections:

  • Monday mornings (no partner required), lesson and supervised play
  • Tuesday mornings (if there are at least 3 supervised tables)
  • Tuesday evenings (no partner required), preceeded by a 15 minute lesson
  • Wednesday mornings (separate supervised section - no partner required)
  • Wednesday evenings (fully supervised session)

See the Sessions page for full session details.

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The TBA is in the process of developing some simple introductory guides to various aspects of the game. The currently available guides are:

If you see any errors in these documents, have any questions, or would like to suggest a topic please email the TBA.

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The TBA periodically runs director training sessions. See the TBA calendar for any upcoming sessions.

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The TBA has an extensive library of bridge books, carefully curated by our dedicated librarian - Richard Cooke. The library has books suitable for players of all levels. The library is located in the Vera Houdek room.

The library is for the use of the members. Books can be borrowed, but please read and promptly return your loans so that others can enjoy them. 2/3 weeks is a reasonable loan period.

A synopsis of the latest additions to the library is here. A full list of all 410 titles in the library, including commentary, is here.

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Thank you to David Robinson for running another set of his ever popular lessons. The topics this time were:

"All you wanted to know about bidding but were too frightened to ask"

  • March 3rd - Opening a major - responses and rebids
  • March 10th - Opening a minor - responses and rebids
  • March 17th - Opening 1NT and continuations
  • March 24th - Two-bids
  • March 31st - Preemptive bidding

We look forward to David's next set of lessons.

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Thanks to Sue Falkingham for running another set of improver's lessons in February 2021. The courses were run on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings and were extremely popular. The topics were:

  • Week 1 - Stayman and transfers.
  • Week 2 - Strong 2♣ openings.
  • Week 3 - Slam bidding.
  • Week 4 - Overcalls of opponents' 1NT (Cappelletti)

Keep an eye out for more improver's lessons coming later in the year.

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