More than forty players from all over joined me for the Langham bridge holiday in September. Some were very experienced, and others beginners…it really didn’t matter because it was a holiday and everyone was there to enjoy and learn.Read More
When partner leaps to 6NT in this month’s Challenge Hand, we must now make it! Taking our definite winners before committing to the heart suit is the way to go. You’ll gain clues about the distribution of left hand opponent’s hand, and know how to make that twelfth trick!Read More
There are now 100 lessons available to Gold Members on the Online School of Bridge. To celebrate this milestone, the first 100 people to sign up as a new Gold Member can receive $10 off their first payment.Read More
I simply had to share this image that I received recently. It shows Brisbane’s Jenny Douglas in London teaching her grandsons to play bridge. Believe it or not, I have something in common with these boys.Read More
Sixty keen bridge players gathered in Orange for a weekend of bridge and fun, at my Country Bridge Festival on May 10 – 12. The Fall gave the trees the most glorious range of colours, and…winter had arrived!Read More
If you have been playing hands online, you may have noticed a few changes come into effect in the past couple of weeks. After months of work with our game developer, we have finally been able to upgrade the online game.Read More
Sometimes the suit you work on as declarer is determined by how much time you have to develop suits, and whether the opponents are able to set up their suit through promotion or length before you can. The “C” of the plan = Consider the order of play, is absolutely necessary on this month’s hand!Read More
It has been seventeen years (2002!) since I wrote my first bridge book, Play Bridge: A Workbook for the Absolute Beginner. It’s now in its fourth reprint, with more than 10,000 copies sold. In that time a lot has changed, including how we approach basic bidding and play. The newly updated edition of my beginners' book, Play Bridge 1, which reflects these changes, is now available for sale.Read More
Since the first edition of my book (2002), styles in teaching and presenting bridge to beginners have advanced, to appeal to people’s modern lives. So I have updated the book to reflect both these trends and what I have noticed in teaching students for more than 40 years.Read More
Considering the order of play is probably the most important part of the plan. On this hand, it matters plenty which move you make first. Have a good think about it, play the hand, and watch my review video. The hand’s from young Australian champion, Matt Smith.Read More
2NT by responder is the popular Jacoby convention, showing a game force raise, at least four trumps, and asks for more information in case slam is on.
There’s a lesson on Jacoby 2NT (Forcing Raises: Major Suit Raises) in my Online School, for Gold members.
There have been Christmas parties galore for the social members of my bridge club… First a magnificent lunch at Jo-Jo’s organised by the Maria Woodruff, who is the best at putting people together for a good time, and then on Friday 14th, a lovely break up lunch at Ruggers after the game.Read More