Inga & Neil's Bridge Classes at Newburn 2018


CLASSES BEGAN AGAIN - on 8th January 2018
Half term is week beginning 12th February

Contact Neil & Inga on 0191 413 4224 or


Every Monday 12.45 -2.45 pm
we run a busy duplicate play session at Newburn Leisure Centre. Assistance on bidding & play is available.

Every Thursday 12.45 -2.45 pm
we run a, more relaxed, 'play' session on Thursdays 12.45 - 2.45,
Restricted to our past & present students, it has proved to be an effective '
learning' opportunity.
With only 5 or 6 tables, and a slower pace, you have the chance to find out where your bidding and
defence have been going wrong.



WEDNESDAY 12.45 pm - 2.45 pm : Beginning 10th January 2018 (10 weeks)


Because this game is so compulsive and endlessly fascinating, there is a danger that students may want to explore more and more of the mathematical magic and the abstract coded language of conventional bidding.

However, the more esoteric aspects of Bridge require a regular partner who understands what you are doing.
This class is for those who wish to improve their game by firmly establishing the principles of Basic Acol bidding,
by practicing standard declarer play tecniques and how to communicate information to partner in defence.

As in the 'Club Players' classes, we will cover any relevant aspect of the game that is requested, but we would like to concentrate on declarer play and defence.

A 30 minute lesson will be followed by a play session using set hands mixed with hands where an opening hand has been created for the dealer. (Remaining cards are freely dealt so that anything can happen.) Boards will move as normal and travelling score sheets will let players see what others have done with the same hands.



THURSDAY 12.45 pm - 2.45 pm : Beginning 11th January 2018

BEGINNER'S BRIDGE - UNIT 3/4 - Thursday 12.45 pm - 2.45 pm

Congratulations on surviving the most gruelling term when learning this complex game!
It gets a little easier from here!
Units 2 & 3 have covered the basics of the 'Acol' bidding system. I am sure that you will still need lots of practice with 2C opening bids, Weak 2's, 'Blackwood' 'Stayman' and Transfers when they crop up, but this term we would like to move on to
showing you some declarer play techniques and basic signalling in defence.

JENTLE JUPLICATE Every Thursday 12.45 pm - 2.45 pm

This is simply a duplicate play session following a 'Howell' movement playing 12 boards. It is restricted to past and present students of Inga and Neil!! It has turned out to be a marvellous opportunity for us to gently correct basic errors in your bidding and play - as they occur. Of course, if you would rather just play, or discuss errors with your partner, this is a much more relaxed duplicate session than the frantic 18+ table movement on Mondays. Results are posted on the web the following day!




MONDAY 10 am -12 Noon : Beginning 8th January 2018 - (10 weeks)
WEDNESDAY 10 am -12 : Beginning 10th January 2018

Most of our students are now playing duplicate bridge in clubs across the region and because of the large numbers attending the Wednesday morning 'Club Players' class we have decided to offer a second class for players who want to develop their game in a club environment.

Learning Duplicate Bridge requires a number of different skills

Partnership understandings in
bidding, declarer play and defensive techniques are essential to success and
within each of these categories there is standard technical knowledge that can be learnt. e.g.
BIDDING - Why did partner bid 2S after your opening bid of 1H?
DECLARER PLAY - Why did LHO play the queen on your lead of the ace?
Why did partner play the queen on your opening lead of the ace? (suit contract)

Knowledge of conventional bids, suit combinations and defensive signalling is important but bridge is a practical activity that requires many other skills. The most important being observation (not memory)
So often, the four cards played to a trick are turned over as soon as the fourth card hits the table.
The only thing that declarer and defenders see, is who leads to the next trick.
The significance of the cards played is simply not being registered. Every card tells a story and you must learn to read.

Much of our teaching in this class will develop from an analysis of 'real' hands that have cropped up recently in clubs.
Students will be given the opportunity to search for clues within the bidding and play of a hand - that were missed by the player when the hand was originally played. Slow your game down is our constant mantra.

Much of our teaching will reinforce things we have already taught but there will inevitably be strategies that are new.
We may use set hands when a theme is being covered and handouts will clarify/reinforce the practical lessons.

The main content of the two 'Club Players' classes will be the same but we are prepared to cover any relevant aspect of the game that individuals may request.