Bridge for Novices (12.45-2.15): Sian Harrison

"This Novices course would suit those of you who completed the introductory course in the summer or those who attended Novices last year but, after the summer break, feel the need to revise bidding and playing (many people play at the novice level for some years and we all need revision). Also welcome are newcomers to bridge at the REC - you may have been playing at home but don’t feel quite ready for the formality of a club. Here you don’t need to have a partner, just a very basic idea of bidding and playing. We will build on what you know, playing in a relaxed manner in a small group where you can get individual attention if you would care for it. The emphasis is on fun and informal learning. We shall cover counting points, basic bidding using the Acol system with one or two conventions (Stayman, Blackwood) and using bidding boxes, and the technique of playing the hands. We shall play in duplicate pairs and occasionally in teams. Brief notes will be emailed to you along with links to books and online bridge sites. At the end of the year you will hopefully be playing bridge with enthusiasm, aware of why it is such a popular game. "

Tutor: Sian Harrison

"Sian Harrison studied in Wales and at Cambridge and worked in IT and education. She has enjoyed being a student at the REC for at least 10 years and last year was proud to take on the role of bridge tutor. Sian believes that bridge should be a sociable and enjoyable game and teaches informally, learning through playing and building on skills. Having herself learnt the game later in life she understands that repetition is sometimes needed! Over the last 10 years she has taught bridge in schools, for the U3A and in pubs. She plays at a couple of clubs - and sometimes even wins!"