Please register at least 7 days before the course begins.

Courses for those new to bridge or needing a refresher

Beginner level courses will help prepare you for playing bridge, whether it be in a social setting or in a duplicate game. Click on the course title for more course details and for registration forms (where applicable).

Bridge Basics I - Currently offered for Spring Registration

          This is the first course to take if you are new to bridge!

Bridge Basics I is a general introduction to the game of bridge that includes basic terminology, bidding and card play. 

Bidding Topics: Hand evaluation, the bidding ladder, no-trump opening bids and basic responses, minor suit opening bids and basic responses, major suit openings and basic responses, and dummy points. Hand play and defence will be included in each class.  

Bridge Basics II Currently offered for Spring Registration

Bridge Basics II carries on with practice in playing hands and provides an introduction to the following topics in bidding:

Bridge Basics II topics: Take-out doubles, overcalls, pre-emptive bids and responses to each of these bidding strategies. 

Bridge Basics III - To be offered at a later date

Bridge Basics III carries on with practice in playing hands and introduces the following topics in bidding:

Bridge Basics III topics: Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, and Strong hand bidding including the Blackwood convention.

This is a beginner level course and the pre-requisite is any beginner bridge course or appropriate bridge experience. (Note: You can take Bridge Basics III without having taken Bridge Basics II). 

Play of the Hand I - Currently offered for Spring registration

Play of the Hand I reviews basic bidding and provides the opportunity to become more skilled at playing hands.

Play of the hand topics: planning the play in no-trump and in suit contracts, developing tricks through promotion and length, eliminating losers through ruffing, discarding or finessing, and managing entries. 

Play of the Hand II - To be offered at a later date

Play of the Hand II continues to review basic bidding and presents more sophisticated play of the hand techniques.

Play of the Hand II topics:  Watching for entries, the hold-up play, who is the dangerous opponent, managing trump, developing long suits and combining hand play techniques. 

Bridge Basics I: A Review and Refresher - Currently offered for Spring Registration

Bridge Basics I - A Review and Refresher is a review of the basics of bridge: Terminology, bidding and card play.

Bidding topics: hand evaluation, the bidding ladder, no-trump opening bids and basic responses, minor suit opening bids and basic responses, major suit openings and basic responses, and dummy points. Hand play and defense will be included in each class. 

 

Courses for intermediate and advanced players

LBC offers a variety of courses for intermediate and advanced players at various times during the year.  Courses currently being offered are: 

Defence - Currently offered for Spring registration

Defence: An introduction to basic defensive tools. 

Defence topics: Opening leads against no-trump contracts, opening leads against suit contract, attitude signals, second hand play and third hand play.

2 Over 1 Game Force - Currently offered for Spring registration

2 Over 1 Game Force is the most popular bidding system in use in tournament bridge across North America. It is not radically different from Standard American bidding, but has some added considerations that make the game and slam bidding more accurate.

For those wanting to progress as tournament players, understanding the principles behind 2 Over 1 Game Force is important because, even if you don't play this system, you will certainly play against it and understanding what your opponents' bid means is an important part of the game. 

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