Teaching Defence

Defence is high on the list of popular workshop topics. We all know that defending is hard to get right, but teaching it can be tough too. 

At first, a student’s attitude towards defending is one of utter confusion. Their instinct is to take all their winners. They’re terrified of losing the lead and can’t imagine how they will regain it. Even if they succeed in defeating a contract, they don’t know why they did. They have no idea of working together as partners.
You can’t blame them. Teachers need to demonstrate (via the Cards on the Table method) exactly how the trick taking process works. Use one suit only to show students how leading the top of a sequence will actually promote winners, how leading fourth highest will develop tricks through length etc.
A course of lessons on Defence should cover at least these areas:

  1. Opening Leads against No Trumps and Suits
  2. Signals – Attitude, Count, Suit Preference and
  3. Keeping Defensive Communications 

Defensive signals are not really a topic for beginners, it's more for players who are experienced in card play. 

This year, Defence has been introduced as the second Professional Development Day in the ABF Accreditation Programme, and it is proving to be popular.

In 2017, a third Professional Development Day, an Introduction to Two Over One Game Force, will be introduced to teachers and students. This means teachers who have completed the initial Teaching Training Program will be able to choose to complete the following workshops: 

  • Modern Bidding Methods
  • Defence
  • Introduction to 2/1 Game Force

Each workshop is worth 10 points towards accreditation. 2017 workshop dates will be announced shortly. If your club is interested in hosting a workshop, please email teaching@abf.com.au.