We currently have a number of Bridge groups in operation.
BRIDGE - 1 Beginners Walton 1:45 to 4:00 every Tuesday
BRIDGE - 2 Intermediate Various homes in Thames Ditton, Esher and Weybridge 2 p.m.–4.00 alternate Tuesdays
BRIDGE - 3 Improvers Weybridge 10.15 a.m. – 12.15 every Tuesday
DUPLICATE BRIDGE GROUPS
BRIDGE - 5 Duplicate, Intermediate Hersham. 9.45 a.m. for 10 a.m every Monday.
BRIDGE - 6 Duplicate,Improvers Hersham. Friendly play with guidance. 9.45 a.m. for 10 a.m. every Wednesday.
These two groups were established in 2010 and stemmed from an Absolute Beginners Group which had started the previous year. For people beyond the beginner stage but not yet ready to play at a competitive Bridge Club, the new groups were conceived as a ’Nursery’ to enable relatively new players to gain in skill and confidence before moving on to higher things. Many of those still playing in the groups are ‘originals’ and over the years we have attracted many other U3A members who have some knowledge of the game and would like to try their hand at Duplicate Bridge.
The Groups meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings for a three-hour session of Duplicate Bridge at the Hersham Day Centre, who kindly provide the space at no charge, although members are expected to join the Day Centre for a small annual fee.
Play starts at 10.00 am but players are expected to arrive earlier to help set up the tables and prepare the hands. Both groups insist on courtesy and good behaviour at the table so that members can enjoy their Bridge in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The Monday Group is slightly more serious with members expected to play without help or advice as stipulated in the rules of Bridge, while on Wednesday guidance and help is freely given to those who might need it. An experienced member acts as Director at each session and the results are emailed to every player. We do not have set partners, apart from once a month at the Monday Group.
We normally have 4 or 5 tables (16 to 20 players), although on occasion we have had 7 tables with 28 players, although this is pretty tight given the limited space available.
There is no weekly charge, although members are expected to contribute to the cost of new equipment, playing cards, tables etc. Many of our members now also play at ‘proper’ Bridge clubs and acquit themselves well. Others are happy to stick with our groups, and they are very welcome to do so.
There is some overlap of membership, and each group has over 30 members on its roll. If everyone turned up at once, we’d be in trouble, but fortunately that hasn’t happened yet!
BRIDGE - 7 East Molesey CLOSED
BRIDGE - 8 Beginners and Advanced Beginners Weybridge. Every Wednesday, morning Beginners or afternoon, Beginners and Advanced Beginners.
BRIDGE - 9 Improvers Walton - Mondays, 10.00 to 12.30 St Andrew`s United Reform Church Hersham Road, Walton, KT12 1LG
BRIDGE - 10 Saturday Master Class East Molesey, once a month, including teaching, playing sessions in the morning and afternoon and lunch (at £10 p.p). Suitable for players of all abilities except complete beginners.
The Leader says:
"When I joined the U3A in 2017 and eagerly looked through the Newsletter for details of classes something surprised me – the lack of sessions in the evenings and at weekends. Bridge was taught and played in two hour slots – how pleasant would it be to combine bridge, food and conversation into a longer session. And so the idea of a Bridge Masterclass was born.
The Bridge Masterclasses started in October 2017. These are intended for bridge players who have been playing for some time, but who want to stay sharp and pick up some new techniques, tips and tricks. There are two groups of eight who meet on the second and third Saturdays of the month respectively. The Masterclass number is specifically eight, so I also have a back up group of reserves who fill in when required. Unfortunately, after some initial drop off, the current group members are very dedicated, so the opportunities for the reserves to drop in, are rare.
The classes start at 10am and we have a short taught session followed by seven played hands on the topic taught. At 12 we stop for lunch and drinks and very free flowing conversation, followed by another two hour session in the afternoon.
I have been involved in education virtually all my life and firmly believe that teaching must be fun for all of those involved – and this format certainly seems to work by combining learning and entertainment.
Sadly, at the moment, there is no room for anyone else and we have material for another year or so. However, at some point, the material will run out and we will have to restart the sessions with new members, so, as they say, watch this space
Topics Covered in Bridge Masterclasses
Losing Trick Count, Opening Leads and Basic Defence, Overcalls and Doubles
Stayman, Transfers, Finding an 8 card fit, including Checkback Staymen
Defending against a 1 No Trump opening – including Landy, Pre-emptive Bidding
Weak 2 Openings, 4:4:4:1 Hands, Hand Evaluation
Brush Up Your Bridge East Molesey, FULL. This group has members signed up until 2020.
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