What is the course about?
Extend your use of the double in bidding and don’t let the opponents get away with playing a 1NT contract. Avoid
dodgy slams by learning how and when to use cue bids rather than Blackwood.
What will we cover?
We begin by looking at what we should know already and then move on to looking at when to use Blackwood or cue
bids and how to combine both. We will also develop our use of doubles beyond the simple takeout double by
looking at the sputnik and responsive doubles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Describe a hand suitable for cue bidding rather than Blackwood
Explain what is meant by a reopening double
Know how to respond to opponent’s overcall of 1NT.
Know what is needed to overcall the opponents’ 1NT
Differentiate between the penalty double and the takeout double.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course follows on from Bridge 2: module 2 and is suitable for bridge players who have attended the equivalent of
100 hours tuition and/or are fairly confident opening at the one, two and three level and responding. Knowledge of
Stayman and Blackwood is desirable. A good understanding of English is essential. If you wish to speak to the
tutor before deciding to enrol, please contact the Humanities Department.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching methods include prepared hands to play; Q & A; quizzes and recapitulation. All handouts will be provided.
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?
You may be interested in bridge revision courses which will be running in the summer.