Bridge Mentoring

OKBridge Mentoring

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Our Winner's Circle

Eric "ETSAND" Sandberg Gail "GAIL37" Wix

Here are two of our prize pupils, Eric "ETSAND" Sandberg and Gail "GAIL37" Wix, collecting their trophies at the Unit 174, Houston Vacation-time Sectional. It was a Matchpoint Pairs event, held on the evening of Aug 14th, 1999. They came in first in Section C with an impressive 57.45% game. Then, on Saturday, January 8th, 2000, they came first in the B Section (2nd overall) in the Houston Winter Sectional SATURDAY AFTERNOON 199ER PAIRS. Way to go, you two!

Various Mentoring Options

The Fifth Chair Mentoring Program

The 5th Chair Mentoring Program, run by Marcia "Tarsh" West, involves pairing novice players with volunteer mentors. This is a truly wonderful organization. Not for a second do I regret having volunteered my time to the cause. I have met many wonderful people through it and would recommend it to students and prospective mentors alike. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marcia for her tireless contributions to this fine organization. You may wish to do the same when you are contacting her.

Once the 5th Chair pairs novice with mentor, the two players then arrange games together as their schedules permit. There are also 5th Chair "lecture" sessions every day on OKBridge at 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Pacific time. OKBridge also arranges monthly Novice-Mentor tournaments.

Unfortunately, there are usually many more students than mentors. For this reason, we entreat experienced players to contact Marcia and devote some of their time to developing new talent. Let us never forget what our bridge teachers did for us! The imbalance between mentors and beginners also means that those who can afford to do so may find it quicker and easier hire professional teachers. Click HERE to email Marcia and put yourself on the waiting list for a 5th Chair mentor of your own. Remember to mention your OKBridge nickname and your time zone!

Professional Bridge Teachers

At a "going rate" of $25 per hour, those who can afford it will hire their own bridge tutor. This gives the student the chance to learn from an experienced professional teacher (not to be confused with a professional player) in a one-on-one setting, in a game environment, and at their own schedule.

Compatibility is the key issue in finding the right teacher. Are you looking for a teacher to make you a better social bridge player? Or are you hoping for more competitive coaching? Do you prefer Standard American, Acol, 2-over-1 Game-Forcing or some other system? Click HERE to email for a free consultation and referral to the teacher that is best for you!

The FireSide Bidding Practice Sessions

These sessions are quickly becoming one of the most popular OKBridge attractions for newcomers to Standard American Yellow Card and 2-Over-1 Game-Forcing bidding systems. The spotlight is on bidding only. Novice players bid the hands in practice mode. Once the auction is over, the hands become visible to all the players. There is no play involved. An experienced commentator will comment on the bidding and suggest alternatives to the bidders. Questions are welcome. Since these games are in Non-Competitive mode and scores are not kept, "table talk" is not only permitted, it is encouraged! This is a friendly learning game. After a few hands, the players are replaced by four more from the Spectator gallery.

If you would like to see this series continue by becoming a Supporting Attendee, please contact Kaltica at Your support will be greatly appreciated!

FireSide Bidding Practice Schedule
Pacific Time
11:00 A.M.
5:30 P.M.
11:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.
11:00 A.M.
5:30 P.M.
11:00 A.M.
5:30 P.M.
Raija and Pomo
11:00 A.M.
5:30 P.M.

Mentoring Games

Those who prefer a more collective approach should consider Mentoring Games. This involves organizing a game with you and your fellow OKBridge novice friends and hiring a qualified professional teacher to spectate and comment after each hand, with detailed analysis of what everyone did right...and wrong! Sessions usually last 2 hours and cost $25 per hour. The next day all four participates are emailed the hand records in lesson format. A great and friendly way to develop your bridge skills -- and those of your friends! Click HERE to order a mentor-analyst for your next OKBridge game!


The Rainbow Series, at 8:00 A.M. and either 3:00 P.M. (Monday and Wednesday) or 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday and Thursday) PST from Monday to Thursday, is a lecture program on the SAYC system, from Opening Bids all the way through to the conventional aspects of SAYC. Unlike the FireSide and 5th Chair sessions mentioned above, the Rainbow Series is a semi-private lesson program for our students. Nevertheless, you are invited to stop by and "eavesdrop" on the discussion from the Spectator's Loft.

The Rainbow Series has been very well received by attendees. At $60 for twelve lessons ($100 for both Rainbow and Spectrum), it may be the least expensive bridge course you will find anywhere!

CLICK HERE to email your registration. In the meantime, why not click on the lessons below and start learning the OKBridge version of Standard American Yellow Card now ?

Lesson #1: Opening Bids
Lesson #2: Responses to Opening Bids
Lesson #3: Rebidding Strategies
Lesson #4: Interference
Lesson #5: OverCalls & Takeout Doubles
Lesson #6: Two-Suited Overcalls
Lesson #7: Pre-Empts
Lesson #8: Competing with Doubles
Lesson #9: Lebensohl
Lesson #10: Defensive Signalling
Lesson #11: Defensive Strategies
Lesson #12: Declarer Play
To Order the Rainbow Manual
To See the Rainbow Schedule


The Spectrum, at 8:00 A.M. and either 3:00 P.M. (Monday and Wednesday) or 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday and Thursday) PST from Monday to Thursday, concentrates on aspects of the 2/1 Game Forcing system in its various flavours. This new series is presented by Colin "Kaltica" Ward and Shelagh "Shep" Paulsson. All are welcome!

Registration for this 4-lesson course is $60 ($100 for both Rainbow and Spectrum) and includes admission to the Rainbow Series for its lessons #4-12 on themes common to both systems. Those who have previously enrolled in the Rainbow Series can register in the Spectrum for a mere $40 .

CLICK HERE to email your registration.

SPECTRUM #1: System Overview
SPECTRUM #2: Minor and NT Bidding
SPECTRUM #3: The Forcing 1NT Response
SPECTRUM #4: The 2/1 GF Response

Students who have OKScript can run their own refresher Spectrum classes. Just click on the links below and hit "SAVE AS..." on your web browser to save these text files to your OKS40 folder. Then log onto OKBridge and open up a hidden table. With your printout of the lesson in from of you, these button panels will allow you to flash up the Prepared Remarks, quiz questions and answers section-by-section.

SPECTRUM #1: OKScript File
SPECTRUM #2: OKScript File
SPECTRUM #3: OKScript File
SPECTRUM #4: OKScript File


The KaleidoScope Series, at 8:00 A.M. and either 3:00 P.M. (Monday and Wednesday) or 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday and Thursday) PST from Monday to Thursday, is a lecture program on a variety of subjects: Bidding Light, Maximum Flexibility, Defensive Doubles, LOTT versus "Got More, Bid More", Squeezes and IMPs versus MatchPoints. Unlike the FireSide and 5th Chair sessions mentioned above, the Kaleidoscope Series is a semi-private lesson program for our students. Nevertheless, you are invited to stop by and participate.

The KaleidoScope Series, directed more at that intermediate player than the Rainbow and Spectrum, has quickly become one of our most popular. For $60 for five invaluable lessons ($100 for two series, $150 for all three series) this may be the best bridge instruction available anywhere!

CLICK HERE to email your registration. In the meantime, why not click on the lessons below and start learning now ?

Lesson #1: Bidding Light
Lesson #2: Maxi-Flex
Lesson #3: Defensive Doubles
Lesson #4: LOTT versus "Got More, Bid More"
Lesson #5: Squeezes
Lesson #6: IMPs versus MatchPoints

Pacific Time
Wednesday, 03-13-2002
8:00 A.M.
Rainbow #1: Opening Bids
Thursday, 03-14-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#2: Responding to Opening Bids
Friday, 03-15-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#3: Rebidding Strategies
Wednesday, 03-20-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#4: Dealing with Interference
Thursday, 03-21-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#5: Overcalls & Takeout Doubles
Friday, 03-22-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#6: 2-Suited Overcalls
Wednesday, 03-27-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#7: Pre-Empts
Thursday, 03-28-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#8: Doubles
Friday, 03-29-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#9: Lebensohl
Wednesday, 04-03-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#10: Defensive Signalling
Thursday, 04-04-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#11: Defence
Friday, 04-05-2002
8:00 A.M.
R#12: Declarer Play
Wednesday, 04-10-2002
8:00 A.M.
Kaleidoscope #1: Opening Light
Thursday, 04-11-2002
8:00 A.M.
K#2: Maximum Flexibility
Friday, 04-12-2002
8:00 A.M.
K#3: Defensive Doubles
Wednesday, 04-17-2002
8:00 A.M.
K#4: Law Of Total Tricks
Thursday, 04-18-2002
8:00 A.M.
K#5: Squeezes Part 1
Friday, 04-19-2002
8:00 A.M.
K#5: Squeezes Part 2
Wednesday, 04-24-2002
8:00 A.M.
K#6: IMPs vs Matchpoints
Thursday, 04-29-2002
8:00 A.M.
Spectrum #1: System Overview
Friday, 04-30-2002
8:00 A.M.
S#2: Minor Suit & No Trump Bidding
Wednesday, 05-01-2002
8:00 A.M.
S#3: The Forcing 1NT Response
Thursday, 05-02-2002
8:00 A.M.
S#4: The 2/1-GF Response
Friday, 05-03-2002
8:00 A.M.
S#5: Spectrum Series Notes

Please email me any questions or comments you may have. If you would like a professional bridge tutor please make your cheque or money order payable to: Colin Ward and send it to:

685 Pritchard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2W 2K6

One last word: If you cannot afford professional tutoring and simply cannot wait to get a 5th Chair mentor, email me anyway and I will do my best to include you on our mailing list and in our sessions.


Just click on the name of any of the following articles to read it. These articles are in unformatted text for ease of printing.

How to Play Bridge
Scoring at Bridge
General Rules of SAYC Bidding
Fit Inspired Bids - "FIBs"
IMPs Versus MatchPoints
Hand Evaluation
Defensive Signals
Jacoby Transfers
Jacoby 2NT Response to 1H or 1S
Michaels Cuebids
3 Types of Responding Hands
Percentages in Bridge
Roman Key Card Blackwood
BROZEL over their 1NT
4th Suit Force
Assume Jumps Are Raises
Glossary of Terms
Colin's Rules of Bridge
Impossible Bids
The Four Point Principle
The Macheide
Four Suit Transfers
BORIS and SORIS Doubles
BEPODU (for experts only)
Dynamic 1NT Overcalls
Scoring Table
Rescue systems of 1NT-Doubled
Colin's Advanced Bridge Page

Fireside IMP League Registration Site
Click here to go to the Firesides IMP League Registration Site to join the Fireside IMP League.
Lessons Site
Click here to go to the Lessons Site to get Rainbow (SAYC), Kaleidoscope and Spectrum Lessons emailed to you.
Take our SAYC Test
Click here to try our online SAYC Test. Be warned, though: this is a tough one!
Take our SARC Test
Click here to try our Standard American Rainbow Card Test. You may wish to read the SARC system notes first, though.
Take our 2/1-GF Spectrum Test
Click here to try our 2-over-1 Game Forcing Spectrum Test. You may wish to read the 2/1-GF-Spectrum system notes first, though.
Some Neat Hands
This site has some interesting and/or entertaining hands, mostly from online tourney play.
Take our SAYC Test
Click here to try our online SAYC Test. Be warned, though: this is a tough one!
OKBridge Web Site
CLICK HERE to go to the OKBridge Web site for information on downloading and using OKBridge.
Pictures from the 1999 Boston Fall Nationals
Click HERE to see Moogal's pictures of some of the Firesiders at the 1999 Fall Nationals in Boston.
The Fifth Chair Mentoring Program
This fine organization, run by Marcia "tarsh" West, arranges mentors for those who can't afford professional tutoring.
Colin Ward's Bridge Page
This bridge web page's technical and humour articles will appeal to the intermediate and experienced player.
Reports From Vancouver
Colin's reports from the 1999 Spring Nationals in Vancouver.
Links to Other Bridge Pages
The Canadian Bridge Federation has one of the internet's most interesting and comprehensive lists of bridge links.
Baron Barclay's Bridge Supplies
CLICK HERE if you'd like to order bridge books or supplies from Baron Barclay's, the largest source on the internet.
Sid and Abby's Bridge Site
Click HERE to go to the Sid and Abby's Site to see their "Hand of the Week" in "bridge movie" format.
Space Cadets' Home Page
Here you can spend weeks reading the hand records and instructive comments intended for the bridge neophyte.
SAYC Simplified by Waynef and Ana
This site by Anna "Ana" Marsh and Wayne "waynef" Flourney is a good source for learning SAYC.
Colin's Personal (Non-Bridge) Web Page
If tired of bridge (heresy, yes, but it happens) you may wish to switch to Acquire, poetry, gardening, music or literature.
The Winnipeg Bridge Club's NFL Betting Pool
Are you an NFL fan? If so, why not enter the Winnipeg Bridge Club's 1997 NFL betting pool? Great fun!

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