Bridge Courses

London Bridge Centre recognizes the need for education programs for players of all levels - from absolute beginners to advanced players. The path for beginners starts with a basic course which can then be supplemented with additional basic+ level courses. Opportunities to practice what has been learned are also available. For the intermediate and advanced player, two and four-week courses are offered on a variety of topics.

 LBC reserves the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient registration.

Advancing Your Game - Part 1 - Mary Howe

This bridge course is designed for players who have completed several bridge courses and who play duplicate bridge on a regular basis.  A variety of standard conventions will be re-introduced and fine-tuned to develop effective, competitive bridge strategies for duplicate bridge play.  Each class will include strategies for handling the opponents’ interference.  The use of good judgement will be emphasized.

The 8-week course will be taught over two separate terms of four weeks each.

Part 1 will be taught during October 2022 (Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25) on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 12:00.

Part 2 will be completed in four weeks during winter or spring 2023 (time & dates to be announced later).  Please note that Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2.

The cost for the 4-week course is $60 plus $10 for the Student Handbook.  

For those players who are interested, private Practice & Play sessions will be offered after the completion of Advancing Your Game Part 1 for players who have taken the course.  Four hands-on play sessions using pre-set hands will specifically target topics covered in the lessons and will be played online.  Registration for these play sessions will be done during the October course.

Following the completion of this course, players should be more comfortable and successful competing against London’s better bridge players in the open games.

For a detailed course description of the lesson topics please check the LBC website.

For a detailed course outline click here.

To register, click hereDeadline for registration is Sept. 25.

 Please note that proof of Covid Vaccination and photo ID will be required.

Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding - Mary Howe

This 4-week course introduces bidding designed to help partnerships get to their best contract while making it difficult for the opponents to find their best spot.  Play of the hand and good defence will be included in each lesson.

Course Topics:

1.   Preemptive Opening Bids:  Three level pre-empts & weak two bids.

2.   Overcalls and Advances:  Simple overcalls, No Trump overcalls, Weak jump shifts

3.   Takeout Doubles & Advances:  Takeout doubles, responding to partner’s double, rebids by the doubler, Doubles that show a strong overcall

4.   Competitive Auctions:  Responding after the opponents’ takeout double and overcall, negative doubles, redoubles, penalty doubles.

Bridge Basics 2 will be taught by Mary Howe over 4 non-consecutive Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 12:00 at the London Bridge Centre on November 1, 8, 22 and 29. Cost of the 4 sessions is $60 + the textbook.

To register for this course please complete the Registration form here by October 23, 2022.

2/1 Game Force - Peter Tuttle

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 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 the system, you will certainly play against it and understanding what your opponents' bids mean is an important part of the game.

This course will be offered in 4 separate two-hour sessions at London Bridge Centre.

Sessions: 4 (with an option for an additional Practice and Play session)

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 Wednesday afternoon

Dates: October 19th & 26th, November 2nd & 9th with an option for extra practice on November 16th

Cost: $79.00 which includes the text "2 over 1 Game Force" by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell

 Register here.  Deadline for registration is October 10.

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