LBCT Training Events

The training events listed below, and using 'Zoom', have been 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.

December Seminars


Date and Time:  Tuesday, 1 December 2020 at 5.00 pm

Presenter:  Alan Hayward

Topic:  'Combining Chances' (Suitable for all members)


Date and Time:  Tuesday, 15 December 2020 at 5.00 pm

Presenter:  Daryl Kayes

Topic: 'Simple Lebensohl Over Weak Two's (Aimed at up to NGS 8)


January Seminars


Date and Time:  Thursday 7 January 2021 at 11.00 am

Presenter:  Nick Woolven

Topic: 'Advanced Lebensohl over 1NT and more'  (Open to all members)


Date and Time:  Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 5.00 pm

Presenter: Mike Ferguson

Topic: 'Responding to 1NT - old and new options' (Open to all members but aimed at NGS 8 and above)


February Seminars


Date and Time:  Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 11.00 am

Presenter:  Robin Jepson

Topic: 'Slam Bidding – Evaluating Hands' (Open to all but aimed at less experienced players)














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 at 11.00 am - 'Doubles of Stayman and Transfers' by Nick Woolven


Thursday, 11 June 2020 at 4.30 pm - 'Active and Passive Leads against NT Contracts' by Alan Hayward


Wednesday, 24 June 2020 at 11.30 am - 'Declarer Play in No Trumps' by Brian Davison


Thursday, 9 July 2020 at 4.30 pm - 'Behaviour at the Bridge Table' by Mike Ferguson

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 at 4.30 pm - 'Declarer Play in Suit Contracts' by Brian Davison


Thursday, 6 August 2020 at 11.30 pm - 'Open Forum' with Mike Ferguson

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 at 4.30 pm - 'Rules Seminar' with Peter Carson


Wednesday, 9 September 2020 at 11.30 am - '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 at 5.00 pm - 'The Law of Total Tricks and Total Trump Raises'


Thursday, 8 October 2020 at 11.30 am - '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 at 5.30 pm - 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 at 11.30 am - '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 at 11.30 am - 'Stayman' - a session led by Brian Davison aimed at students, beginners and improvers (up to NGS 8).


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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.  


Our first event took place on Tuesday, 26 May 2020 when Nick Woolven gave an informative presentation on 'Doubles of Stayman and Transfers'.  The event was restricted to members who had signed up for the initial club seminar in order for us to test the process.  Some of our previous seminars have been restricted to members who signed up for our 'Teams Training Programme' but our current seminars are open to everybody.  



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