Intermediate Lessons (Acol) with Jack Stocken

$40 every 4 weeks

Jack Stocken is one of the UK and Ireland’s most respected and popular teachers. His weekly lessons present organized and helpful guidelines we can use to elevate our bidding and card play. Take part in a new interactive online lesson each week. Ask and respond to Jack’s questions in real-time.

A library of recorded lessons is available to all members of the class.

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Mondays at 9:30am, UK time – (View class time in your local timezone)

Take part in a new interactive online lesson each week. Ask and respond to Jack’s questions in real-time.

Jack’s intermediate’ lessons continue every Monday for £8 a lesson, billed as £32 every four weeks. Cancel anytime.

All active members of the class are able to:

  • Attend new interactive live lessons every week
  • Access a library of past lessons available via replay
  • Receive lesson worksheets and playable hands created for you by Jack
  • Ask Jack bridge questions via the class forum

Lessons are generally available via replay to members of the class for six months.

Topics covered:

Suit Establishment with Trumps, Double Trouble, Slam Bidding, Transfers, Defending against Pre-empts, Showing your Shape, Tricky Opening Leads against Trump Contracts, Playing No Trumps, Signals, Common Shapes

Recent Lessons available via the Replay Library:

Coping with Intervention

  • Learn how to bid when the opponents overcall and take your rebid away. We wil also look at how to ask for a stopper for 3NT when an opponent has overcalled

Losing Trick Count

  • The only time we add on points for shape is when we have a fit with partner. The Losing Trick Count is a handy way of finding the correct level of support for partner. It is not a conventional bid so it doesn’t matter if your partner hasn’t learnt LTC yet or forgotten it!

Play to the First Trick

  • “Never play too quickly at trick one” is the most important saying in bridge. We will look at a number of scenarios when it is not always second player plays low or third player plays high

Finessing Fun

  • Finessing is the most important tool in declarer’s armoury. We will look at some less common finesses which are bound to enhance your declarer play skills by the end of this lesson


  • All bridge players find the dreaded 4441 hand difficult to bid. Hopefully after this lesson it wil be a bit easier to bid these horrid hands!

Forcing or Non-forcing

  • In these two lessons we will look at many different bidding sequences and the students will be asked which bids are game forcing and which are non-forcing, so plenty of scope for interaction. We will also look at bids that are just forcing for one round.


  • One of the most commonly used conventions in bridge and one of the most useful. It is the only way to find a 4 – 4 major suit fit when partner opens 1NT or 2NT. For the more experienced we will also look at weak Stayman and phoney Stayman!

Overcalling No Trumps

  • We will look at the 1NT overcall and how to respond to it. Also featured will be an overcall of 2NT after a weak two opener and a 3NT overcall after a weak three opener, again with the responses.

Responder’s First Bid

  • The first in a new unit on bidding as responder, this lesson covers supporting partner to the relevant level with 4+ card support, bidding the cheapest of fours and the Dustbin 1NT bid when you fail the Rule of 14.

Card Major Suit Raise

  • We will look at when it is preferable to raise partner’s major suit opener with just 3+ cards and also how the bidding will progress from there to reach the best contract.

Responder’s Rebid

  • The most difficult bid in bridge as get it wrong and you will end up in the wrong contract. Topics including finding the right bid when responder has a 6+ card suit, rebidding 2NT or 3NT and false preference when opener shows 5 – 4.

Fourth Suit Forcing

  • One of the most useful conventions in bridge as it opens up valuable bidding space when responder has a game going hand. Some hands are unbiddable without FSF.

SQOT and Level of the Fit

  • Overcalling is all about suit quality – the handy SQOT test will tell you if your suit is good enough to overcall. We will also discuss one of the most useful bidding strategies in bridge – bidding to the level of the fit.

The Unassuming Cue Bid

  • One of the simpler conventions in bridge but also one of the most useful. With the U.C.B. in your armoury you can differentiate between a weak supporting overcall by bidding to the level of the fit and a strong supporting hand with 10+ points by using a U.C.B.