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Learning Bridge and Improving Your Game

David Robinson's Bridge Lessons

It is a great pleasure to announce the next set of David Robinson's ever popular lessons, starting Wednesday October 28th. David will be holding five lessons covering twelve topics to improve your declarer play and make those all important extra tricks. The topics are:

  1. Trumping losers in dummy
  2. Discarding losers on dummy's winners
  3. Finesses
    • Direct, indirect, combination, double, ruffing, safety and backwards
  4. Hold up plays
  5. Cross ruffing techniques
  6. Techniques to establish a long suit
    • Ducking, ruffing and finessing
  7. Unblocking plays
  8. Avoidance plays
    • Simple situations, hold ups, swapping losers, Morton's fork, scissors coup, loser on loser
  9. End plays
    • Throw ins and eliminations
  10. Loser on loser
    • Various techniques
  11. Dummy reversal
  12. Squeeze plays
    • Basic squeeze mechanism and what to look for

The lessons will be held at the TBA club rooms at 2pm on Wednesdays - October 28th, November 4th, 18th and 25th, and December 2nd. The cost is $5 per person per lesson.

6 week beginners' courses

These 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 second set of courses for 2020 are currently in progress. Lessons are held Mondays, 1:00-3:00pm or Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm. Future course dates have not yet been set.

The cost is $120 per person, including a copy of the book used in the course. Contact Sue or email the TBA to learn more, register interest or enrol.

Contact Sue Falkingham: 0411 646 888.

Monday morning lessons

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.

The Monday sessions have restarted after the COVID-19 shutdown. As seats are limited due to space restrictions, please use the TBA Booking system to reserve a seat.

Contact Sue Falkingham: 0411 646 888.

Supervised play

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

  • Tuesday mornings (if there are at least 3 supervised tables)
  • Wednesday mornings (separate supervised section - no partner required) Temporarily suspended
  • Wednesday evenings (fully supervised session) Temporarily suspended
  • Thursday evenings (if there are at least 3 supervised tables) Temporarily suspended

Sue Falkingham is also running a 'Rookie' session on BBO for less experienced players (Wednesday 1:15pm). See the instructions here for details on getting set-up for online bridge.

See the Sessions page for full session details.

Improvers' training

Sue Falkingham ran a very popular Improver's Course at the TBA in August 2019. The topics covered were:

  • Overcalls and Responses
  • Two Suited Overcalls (Michaels)
  • Overcalls of opponents' 1NT (Cappelletti)

Look out for more sessions in the future.

Director training

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

The library

The club 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.