Covering the Basics

Thursdays, 9:15am

Introducing common conventions and play techniques for newer players. This lesson is more advanced than the "Supervised Play" lessons.

  • Thursdays at 9:15am, for a 20 minute lesson
  • $6 for members, and $8 for non-members

2020 Covering the Basics Topic List

Date Topic
6 February Planning at trick 1 winners & losers
13 February Play points - promotion, length & finesse
20 February Play points - Trumps, discard on extra winners
27 February Signals
5 March Signals again
12 March 1NT & responses
19 March Stayman
26 March Extended Stayman
2 April Puppet Stayman
9 April Responses to 2NT, plus transfers
16 April Responses & rebids
23 April The reverse bid
30 April So the opponents have bid!
7 May Partner they have stolen my bid!
14 May Who's got what?
21 May Planning, play points
28 May Entries, order of play
4 June Rule of 15, Rule of 20
11 June To bid or not to bid!
18 June Rule of 11
25 June Second hand low, third hand high
2 July To cover or not to cover
9 July What card do I keep?
16 July Takeout Double
23 July Advancing a Takeout Double
30 July Negative & other doubles
6 August Transfer bids after 1NT
13 August Showing a second suit
20 August Invitational hands
27 August Super accepts
3 September 1NT doubled - what now?
10 September Maintaining trump control
17 September Hold-up play - danger hand
24 September Strong openings - 2NT, 2C balanced/unbalanced
1 October Hand evaluation
8 October Bidding big hands
15 October Roman key card Blackwood
22 October Controls & Splinters
29 October Michaels cue bids
5 November Unusual 2NT overcall
12 November Negative & other doubles
19 November More about doubles
26 November Responding to 4th suit forcing
3 December Forcing or not?
10 December What shape am I?
17 December Declarer play challenges