How exciting to walk into my favourite club in Sydney to see a record number of players coming along for a lesson on Doubles! A number of them are on the Online School of Bridge too, so I was able to meet some new Gold members! A double thrill.
Susan Jensen had done a marvellous job of organising the afternoon, and followed it up with a delicious spread at hers before we went back for the Swiss Pairs that night.
I talked to the evening group about the power of preempts, and they certainly took it on board, unleashing some beauties! I really enjoyed playing with David Farmer, who is another tireless worker for the club.
Workshop attendee Terry Herfort wrote a lovely report about the session - including his key takeaways from the workshop.
"Once Joan gauged the standard of her audience - which were mainly novices and intermediate players - she pitched her presentation solely to takeout doubles," Terry wrote.
"In my observation of playing bridge over the last eighteen months, the takeout double is underutilised.
"Joan confirmed this and explained that a takeout double is a very valuable bid to have in your armoury, especially when your pesky opposition open the bidding and you have an opening hand with shortage in their suit.
"So in summary, a most worthwhile session, and excellent value for the $12 outlay. I look forward to Joan's next workshop."
You can read Terry's full report, including his key points on the Peninsula Bridge Club website.
Peninsula Bridge Club on Sydney’s Northern beaches has boomed over the past five years, so that they are now the fourth largest club in NSW. Their president and teaching team work so well with the players that it’s no surprise to hear this.
Thanks for having me again Peninsula!