Topic Seminars and Pre-Duplicate Discussions



As part of our training programme for this season, we are running a number of short seminars prior to the club duplicate sessions.  There are two types of event: the first will focus on a specific topic, and the other will be a discussion of the hands from the previous week’s duplicate session for that day.

The events will start at 6.30 in the left hand side of the bridge room, and will last no more than 40 minutes.  Members are free to join the event at any time.  There is no charge for these events.  All members are welcome, but the events are aimed at basic to intermediate players rather than experts.

Topic Seminars

There will be one a month, and we will spread these across Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The initial timetable is shown below:

October – Tuesday 16th: Cue bids and Splinter bids (Mike Ferguson and Nick Woolven)

November – Monday 12th: Defence to 1 NT (Derek Fraser)

December – Thursday 13th: Michaels cue bids and the Unusual NT (Alan Hayward)

Hand Discussions

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Night Duplicate Players

There will be one hand discussion each month for each day, as shown below.  The expert presenter will select some interesting hands from the previous week as a starting point, but anyone can ask to discuss a particular hand.  You do not need to have played the previous week to attend.  However, if you do play a week ahead of the event, we recommend that you keep a scorecard and make a note of anything you’d like to raise.  The hands will be shown on the TV screen to facilitate discussion, but we will have some copies available for anyone far from the screen.

October: Monday 8th, Thursday 18th, Tuesday 30th

November: Monday 5th, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 22nd

December: Thursday 6th, Monday 10th, Tuesday 18th.

Wednesday Night Duplicate Players

There will be hand discussions once a month for those who are playing on Wednesday evening.  The discussions will begin at 6.30 pm and will finish around 7.10 pm.  The first discussion will be on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 at 6.30 pm and Mike Ferguson will look at the hands from 3 October 2018.


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Weekend Seminars


(Entry Fee £2)

Seminar 1 – Sunday, 4 November 2018 – 11.00 am to 12.30 pm 

Leader:  Nick Woolven

Topic: Strategies for Defence to include leads, signals and discards. This seminar will be aimed at basic to intermediate players.

Seminar 2 - Sunday, 9th December 2018 – 11.00 am to 12.30pm

Leader:  Derek Fraser

Topic: Declarer Play, planning and strategies – this seminar is also aimed at basic to intermediate players

Seminar 3 - 13th January – 11.00 am to 12.30pm

Leader:  Mike Ferguson

Topic: Competitive & protective bidding and the use of doubles – this seminar is aimed more at Intermediate players and above.


A Wednesday evening ‘Play with the Experts’ event is to be organised in the New Year.

If anyone has any questions or feedback about the programme, please direct these to Mike Ferguson ( or 07725321816).

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