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Introduction to Bridge (Acol) – Part 1 Preview Introduction to Bridge (Acol) – Part 2 Preview 1NT and Balanced Hands Preview The Play – Winning Tricks Preview Scoring and Quiz Preview FITS and Bidding Game Preview Putting it all Together Preview Responding to 1NT Preview Responding to 1 of a Suit and Opening Leads Preview

Message from the teacher:

Bridge is one of the world’s greatest games played by millions of people. It combines logic and numeracy skills with great sociability and enjoyment. No knowledge of card games is necessary to join this course and it really is for complete beginners although if you learnt in the distant past you are welcome to join too. I have been teaching bridge for 20 years and will guide you through the game of bridge at a gentle pace, as well as making the course fun and interactive. Once you have started playing bridge there will be no looking back!

About Jack Stocken:

Jack Stocken has established himself as one of the country’s foremost bridge teachers; renowned for his patience, clarification of teaching and most important of all, making bridge a fun game to learn. Jack started teaching bridge in 1999 at The Andrew Robson Bridge Club where he worked as the club’s manager for seven years. He returned to his native Yorkshire in 2006 where he started “Yorkshire Bridge” and now has regular classes in Harrogate and Helmsley.  Jack also teaches groups at private houses and has taught in several other counties. His bridge teaching is in the same style as at the London Club, with an emphasis on creating a friendly atmosphere and enjoyment of the game.

Some recommendations from Jack’s students:

I came to Jack’s classes as an almost complete beginner and after 7 months I cannot believe how much I have learnt. The lessons are well structured and informative taking us at just the right pace to make good progress whilst building confidence. Jack’s easy going nature and sense of humour make it relaxed and fun.

Online learning means that a class need never be missed as it can be viewed at any time, whilst participating live gives the added bonus of ‘live chat’ and a chance to ask questions and connect with other learners and Jack. Class members now play together regularly online.

I highly recommend giving it a go. Jack is an Ace teacher (pun supplied by another student!)

– Kath W.

“I started learning Bridge, totally from scratch, at the end of 2019. Living in a remote Scottish area it is very difficult to find good teaching and opportunities to learn. LBO has been wonderful! I started the weekly lessons with Jack Stocken which give such a solid basis and explain bidding and playing techniques in a structured but very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Jack is a superb teacher and knows how to explain bridge clearly and simply. The interaction with students is fun and helps to clarify common questions and confusion. The availability of the replays and notes is a real bonus.

My bridge has improved much, much more than I expected. But also, so has my fascination with bridge!”

– Rosanna R.

Please note that this class is for beginners in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand using the Acol bidding system. Jack will teach you everything you need to know to start playing bridge.

After the first two lessons, you may continue with Jack’s weekly beginners’ course for £8 / lesson. This price includes access to the replays, the worksheets, and links to the lesson hands.