LBCT Training Events - March to May 2021

March 2021

Date and Time:  Thursday 4 March 2021 at 4.00 pm

Presenter:  Alan Hayward

Topic:   Combining Your Chances in Declarer Play.  (This will be the conclusion to the double session on this topic.)


Date and Time:  Tuesday, 16 March 2021 at 11.00 am

Presenter:  Mike Ferguson

Topic:   Signalling - why and how you should do it?


April 2021

Date and Time:  Thursday 1 April 2021 at 5.00 pm

Presenter:  Nick Woolven

Topic:   How to Handle Strong Distributional Hands


Date and Time:  Tuesday, 13 April 2021 at 11.00 am

Further details will be available in due course.


Date and Time:  Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 5.00 pm

Further details will be available in due course


May 2021

Date and Time:  Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 11.00 am

Presenter:  Brian Davison

Topic:   Basic Defensive Technique

Previous Seminars, Notes and Videos

If you would like to view one of the videos of a past training seminar, you will need to email Mike Ferguson at in order to obtain the pass code so that you can view it. 


(Please note that videos are for the private use of LBCT members and should not be distributed.)


Tuesday, 26 May 2020 - 'Doubles of Stayman and Transfers' by Nick Woolven


Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 'Active and Passive Leads against NT Contracts' by Alan Hayward

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 - 'Declarer Play in No Trumps' by Brian Davison

Thursday, 9 July 2020 - 'Behaviour at the Bridge Table' by Mike Ferguson

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 - 'Declarer Play in Suit Contracts' by Brian Davison

Thursday, 6 August 2020 - 'Open Forum' with Mike Ferguson

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 'Rules Seminar' with Peter Carson 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 - 'Dealing with Opening Bids and Interference' by Nick Woolven

Please click here to view a video of Nick's seminar once you have obtained the pass code.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 'The Law of Total Tricks and Total Trump Raises' by Alan Hayward

Thursday, 8 October 2020 - 'Major Suit Fit' - a session targeted at less experienced players - by Brian Davison

Please click here to view a video of Brian's seminar once you have obtained the pass code.

(Please note that the above video begins two minutes into the event but everything in those  two minutes is covered in the session notes.) 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - Declarer play problems - a session targeted a more experienced players - by Mike Ferguson


Major Fit Auction - Summary

Major Fit Auction - Splinters

Major Fit Auction - Jacoby (2NT)

Major Fit Auction - Raising Partner's Major Suit

Declarer Play Problems - Hands


Thursday, 5 November 2020 - 'Declarer Play Problems'  - a session led by Mike Ferguson, targeted at players whose NGS is Jack and below.  Click on the link below to see the hands that were discussed during the seminar. 


Declarer Play Hands for Seminar on Thursday, 5 November 2020

Declarer Play Answers to Hands from Seminar on Thursday, 5 November 2020


Tuesday, 17 November 2020 - 'Stayman' - a session led by Brian Davison aimed at students, beginners and improvers (up to NGS 8).


Tuesday, 1 December 2020 - 'Combining Chances' by Alan Hayward


Tuesday, 15 December 2020 - 'Simple Lebensohl Over Weak Two's' (Aimed at up to NGS 8) by Daryl Kayes


Thursday 7 January 2021 - 'Advanced Lebensohl over 1NT and more' by Nick Woolven


Please click here to view a video of Nick's seminar once you have obtained the pass code.


Tuesday, 19 January 2021 -  Responding to 1NT by Mike Ferguson


Thursday, 4 February 2021 - 'Slam Bidding – Evaluating Hands' led by Robin Jepson (Open to all but aimed at less experienced players)

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Lockdown Seminars and Training Programme

Whilst the bridge club has been closed the 'Training and Development' team has reviewed its training activity options and has designed a programme of events to specifically meet the needs of our members. 


These 40-minute events are every two weeks and are delivered via 'Zoom', a cloud-based video conferencing facility which we have used successfully to manage club competitions.  'Zoom' is free and is very simple to join.  


All our training events are offered to members of the 'Training Group'.  If you are not a member of this group but would like to attend one of these sessions, please email Mike Ferguson at in order to join the group and obtain details of how to attend. 

The 'Training and Development' team would welcome ideas from club members regarding topics for future seminars.  Please email Mike, at the email address shown above, if you have any ideas.

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