What is the course about?
Building on Bridge 1: module 1 - Learn to Play in Term 1, this course introduces the concept of bidding with suits and learning simple declarer and defensive techniques.
What will we cover?
- Openers rebid with a strong hand
- Dealing with strong balanced hands
- Declarer play techniques
- Declarer play in suit and no trump contracts
- Defence - leads and play of the cards
- Suit overcalls and responses.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise opening hands suitable for rebidding 1NT, 2NT and 3NT
• Know when to open a suit at the one level
• Define what is meant by limit raises
• Explain the difference between opening 1NT and responding 1NT
• Develop declarer play techniques including when to lose a trick and when to finesse.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
City Lit offers bridge courses at a range of levels, starting with beginners in September and developing over two years. See below for progression routes:
Bridge 1: module 1 - Learn to play (daytime only)
Bridge 1: module 2 - improve your game (daytime only)
Bridge 1: module 3 - the competitive auction (daytime only)
Bridge 2: module 1 - more competitive bidding (daytime) / making overcalls (evening)
Bridge 2: module 2 - develop your defence (daytime) / opening at the two level (evening)
Bridge 2: module 3 - more defensive bidding (daytime) / planning the play (evening)
This course follows on from Bridge 1: module 1 and assumes a basic knowledge of card play equivalent to approximately 12 weeks' tuition: what is required to open 1NT and differentiate between playing in a part score or a game contract. However, if you are familiar with other trick-taking card games, it may be possible to catch up fairly easily. A good understanding of English is essential. If you wish to speak to the tutor prior to enrolling please contact the Humanities department.
You might find the following guidance from the tutor helpful.
Students enrolling on this course should already be familiar with the following:
- The difference between a game contract and a part score contract
- What is needed for a weak one no trump opening bid and how to respond with either a weak or strong hand up to game level
- What is required for an opening bid in a suit and how to respond without or without 4 card support up to game level
- How to rebid with a weak hand
Desirable, but not essential: Know simple leads and discards.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught in a relaxed and friendly environment and from day one you will be encouraged to play
cards. Through discussion and observation, individual needs will be assessed and the course tailored to meet those
needs. Teaching methods include prepared hands to play; PowerPoint demonstration; Q & A; quizzes and
recapitulation. All handouts will be provided including worksheets for optional homework practice and if you have
access to the internet recommendations will be made as to downloadable bridge materials.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The follow-on course is UBD22 Bridge 1: module 3 - the competitive auction.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details