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Bidding Foundations (the basics for new players)

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Bidding foundations is an 8 week series hosted by Mary Elson (Inaugural Victorian Teacher of the Year). The series follows Mary's Beginner Bridge Book.

Does this sound perfect for you? The foundations sessions suit players who have learnt bridge in the last few years or anyone who has learnt previously and would like to come back to the game. If you have played 500 before and would like to take the leap into bridge, this series is also suitable.


Wednesday evenings from 6.30 - 8.30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (Sydney/Melbourne). 3/11: Opening in a major suit and how the responder raises to show points.

10/11: Opening in a minor suit and responding to a minor suit opening + using distribution points. 17/11: More bidding after a minor suit opening: Opener and responder’s second bid. 24/11: Changing suit after a major suit opening + opener and responder’s strength ranges. 1/12: All about bidding NTs 8/12: Overcalling basics 15/12: Doubles 22/12: Summary of the foundations series (a big old quiz)

Format: - Notes and a quiz are emailed the day before (please book in at least 48 hours in advance). - 20 minute talk before the game (quiz answers) - 9 board play session - 25 minute hand analysis session Note: The session times listed in the RDB program are for the card play session. The pre game lobby opens 30 minutes prior to the session for the pre-game talk. If you miss it, don't worry, an audio video of the lesson and the hand analysis is sent after the session.

Cost: These sessions are amazing value at 50 RDB credits and are also eligible for golden ticket entry.

Booking: You can come to some or all of the sessions. Bookings are taken for each session individually. First, you will need to have downloaded the Real Deal Bridge Program and created your user account. From there, booking is easy! If you already have a partner, you can book in using the Real Deal Bridge Booking System (video below). Looking for a partner? Download Real Deal Bridge then book in using the registration form by clicking the button below. We will then match you up with another player.


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