Host an Event 

Throughout the year we run workshops at bridge clubs across Australia. These workshops can cater to a range of skills and can cover a wide variety of topics. 

If your bridge club is interested in hosting a workshop, here is how to secure an event.

 
  1. Review the list of Workshop Topics below and confirm what topics the club would like to offer and potential dates for the event. Due to the heavy demand, it is best to stay flexible, but we will try to accommodate your preferences.

  2. Complete the Expression of Interest Form by clicking on the button below. You will be asked to provide contact details for the event organiser, select the workshop topics you wish to offer, and nominate potential dates.

  3. Joan will be in contact to discuss and confirm the workshop and details.

 


Once your event is confirmed, we will list it and set up online registration on this website. We will also provide you with a promotional flyer and images that you can use at the club to promote the event. For the best results, try to book your event with at least two months for marketing and promotion before the day.


WORKSHOP TOPICS  

Each topic listed below is covered in a two-hour long session.  An all-day workshop is usually made up of two sessions with a half-hour break for lunch. 
A third session may be added for a longer day. 

To view all of the workshop sessions, click on the Category box to expand the list.

Competitive Bidding

Overcalls & Responding
This workshop will show you how to successfully come into the bidding after an opponent has opened.

Preemptive Overcalls
This workshop will highlight how effective it is to bid a lot with a weak hands and long suits.

Doubles & Responding
A takeout double is the most versatile bid in bridge. This workshop will clear up any questions you have about when and how to use a double.

Conventions

Strong Hands (Slam & Blackwood)
The most exciting of all bidding situations is reaching slam. This workshop will help you use the 2♣ opening effectivley and also teach you to show controls for slam.

Preempts & Weak Twobids
How important is it to take away the opponents' bidding space? It's vital! This workshop will help you know exactly when to use these effective bidding weapons.

Stayman & Transfers
Having the stronger hand play a contract will give better results. Transfers are designed to help you do this.

Major Suit Raises

Constructive & Preemptive Raises
This workshop will cover one of the most vital areas of bidding, what raise to make when you have a fit for partner's major. Learn about single, limit, and preemptive raises.

Strong Raises
It's so important to describe a strong responding hand with a good fit for opener. This workshop, covering the Jacoby 2NT convention, will help your side reach the best slams.

Modern Bidding Methods

Opener’s & Responder’s role
This workshop will open the doors to modern bidding, and examine all the positions for opening. It will help you know when to bid a lot with a little and a little with a lot.

Intervener & Advancer’s role
This workshop will focus on the "other side". Sometimes it's right for you to overcall and double, sometimes it's not. After this, you'll be in no doubt when to enter the auction.

Two over One Game Force

Bidding with strong hands. The 2/1 concept.
This is the system sweeping the world. It's easier than Standard and helps you to make the most of two strong game forcing hands. You'll also find slam bidding easier using 2/1.

The 1NT Response
The 1NT response is not easily managed. This workshop will show you how to expand the range for the 1NT response by including the medium strength hands, and is guaranteed to improve your results.

Opener’s & Responder’s Second Bid
The great thing about the 2/1 style is that it allows to show the hand's shape before worrying about points. You don’t have to jump around any more and you can exchange a lot of good imformation at a lower level.

Game or Slam (cue Bidding)
The best way to bid slams is to know WHICH contols your side has, rather than how many controls. Cue bidding is the way to go. 2/1 allows you to do this at a lowere level, and as such is much more effective in helping you to find the best slams.

Advanced Topics

Michaels Cue Bids
This workshop will help you describe weak hands with two long suits, so that your partner is in a perfect position to place the contract. It will cover the very popular Michael's Cue Bids, and also the Unusual No Trump.

Cue Raises of Overcalls
It's great to be able to show your overcalling partner whether you have a good hand or not. This workshop will cover the stronger responding version of hands. You'll be in a good position to bid game when it's right.

Modern Doubles (negative, responsive, reopening)
Because doubles are so versatile, we use them at many times of the bidding. Each person has a chance to double - Opener, Responder, Overcaller and Advancer. This workshop will focus on all these doubling situations and sort it all out for you.

Cue bidding to Slam
The most effective way to reach good slams is to know exactly which controls your side holds. Cue bidding is the way to do this, and it's not hard at all...just follow a few simple steps.

Bidding Over Opponent’s 1NT
This workshop will clear up any confusion about when to come into the bidding over the opponents' 1NT openings. Modern bidding is aggressive, and this workshop will show you a convention that works well for single-suited and two-suited hands, and allows quite weak hands to enter the auction over the opening 1NT by the other side.

The Art of Balancing
When you’re the last to speak, you're in what's called the Balancing position. Sometimes it's good to bid, and at other times, you should pass. This workshop will explain the thinking in the last seat, ie the balancing seat, and help you make better decisions about whether to keep the auction alive ot not.

Card Play

The Plan. Winners and Losers
The absolute key to playing better is to know how to make a plan every time you are dedlarer and you see dummy for the first time. This workshop will make it easy for you to count definite winners and losers, and to know how to consider the order of play.

Trick Taking Techniques in no trumps and suits
This workshop will cover Promotion, Length, the Finesse, Using the Trump Suit and Discarding Losers on Winners, and help you find the extra tricks you need to succeed.

Simplify the End Play
Sometimes as declarer, you can force the opponents to lead exaclty what you need them to, even if they don't want to. It happens at the end of a hand, and this workshop will cover the five essential steps for setting up these elegant end plays.

Safety Plays
This workshop will show you the best way to succeed in playing suits when they break badly against you. Sometimes one opponent rather than the other is dangerous for your dies too. Learn how to recognise and fix these problems in play.

Entries
One of the most vital parts of a declarer's plan is to consider the order to play the cards in. And this involves recognising and using entries to cross from declarer to dummy. This workshop is designed to show you five important tips for managing entry problems.

Defence

Opening Leads
The first card the defenders lead is essential for giving the defence the best advantage. This workshop will cover the main considerations for making the opening lead so that your side has the best chance to defeat the contract.

Signals: Attitude
This workshop will cover how to tell partner whether you liked their lead or not, and whether you'd like them to continue that suit, or find a switch. Working together here will give you the best chance to beat the contract.

Signals: Count
It's so useful to know how many cards your partner holds in one or more of declarer's suits. This workshop will give you an easy formula to do this every time, and to beat a lot more contracts.

Signals: Suit Preference
This workshop will cover the most elegant of defensive signals, and help you understand which suit partner is asking you to switch to, at certain times of the defence.

Keeping Defensive Communications
Your role as a defender is both to break communications between declarer and dummy, and also to make sure you and partner are able to enjoy your own long suit winners. This workshop will examine how to play your cards to make this happen.