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Beginners' Course - Standard

with Tina McVeigh

The Beginners' Course is for everyone who'd like to learn or review the most important bridge basics. In these lessons and tutorial hands, Tina will guide you through the most important aspects of the game, from understanding the bidding to planning your play.

In this free online bridge course, you will learn about:

Your teacher is Tina McVeigh, one of our teachers here at Sky Bridge Club. As you make your way through the course, you can leave questions in the comments, test yourself, and play your first bridge hand.

Begin here:

This lesson is an introduction to bridge, reviewing the key concepts which we also teach in our Introduction to Bridge course.

Come back to this page at any point to play any of the practice hands or review the lessons.

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Lesson Review

This lesson is an introduction to bridge, reviewing the key concepts which we also teach in our Introduction to Bridge course.
You and your partner's objectives during the auction are twofold: To choose the correct trump suit and level...
Bids that show a precise number of points are called "limit" bids. Limit bids are important because they enable the opener to calculate the combined strength.
Responder's choices are the same as the opener's: longest suit, lower available 4-card suit, or higher ranking 5-card suit...
In this lesson, we learn about overcalls, when an opponent decides to bid after an opponent has bid.
Opening 1NT is a very helpful and specific bid. In the Standard system, it means you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand.
In this lesson, Tina will teach you about other notrump bids. We learned that an opening bid of 1NT shows 15-17 HCP. What if your hand is stronger?
This lesson is about weak opening bids. Why would you open the bidding with a weak hand? Often, it's to be a nuisance to your partner.
This lesson is about what to bid with 20+ HCP.
Doubles are an exciting part of bridge. There are two types of bridge: penalty doubles and takeout doubles. This lesson is about takeout doubles.