Mini-Lessons Library

In furtherance of the Hartford Bridge Club’s educational mission, particularly with regard to beginning and advancing players, starting March 1, the mini-lessons created by Laurie Robbins, Linda Starr and Bill Watson and given before Monday afternoon, Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon games will be posted here on a weekly basis.  These mini-lessons are an important component of the educational services provided by the club. Having them now available to everyone is a welcome and significant addition to our website.  Check back regularly as we keep adding more!


Defense Against No Trump Part V

Defense Against No Trump Part IV

Defense Against No Trump Part III


Defense Against No Trump Part II

Defense Against No Trump Part I

Reverses Part 12: Bidding Exercises

Reverses Part 11: Reverses by Responder


Reverses Part 10: High Reverses

Reverses Part 9:  Structured Reverses - Responder Bids 2C or 2D

Reverses Part 8:  Structured Reverses - Responder Bids 1H or 1S

Reverses Part 7:  Structured Reverses - Responder Bids 1NT

Reverses Part 6:  To Game or Not to Game

Reverses Part 5:  May The Force Be With You


Reverses Part 4:  You Can't Always Bid What You Want


Reverses Part 3:  What Opener Needs to Reverse

Reverses Part 2:  How to Recognize a Reverse

Reverses Part 1:  Introduction

Online Mini-Lesson: Declaring a Hand - Part 2: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Declaring a Hand - Part 1: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Dealing with Short Trump: Lesson Document, Lesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Handling a Cross-Ruff: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Draw Trump or Cross-Ruff: Lesson Document, Lesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Stealing Tricks: Lesson DocumentLesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: The Joy Of Counting: Lesson Document, Lesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Let's Talk About IMPs: Lesson DocumentLesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: To Finesse or Not: Lesson DocumentLesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Finding the Danger Hand: Lesson DocumentLesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Interfering with the Opponents' 1 NT Opening: Lesson DocumentLesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Splinter Bids: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Hold Up Plays in No Trump: Lesson DocumentLesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Defensive Carding: Lesson Document, Lesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Support, Lead-Directing, and Maximal Doubles: Lesson Document, Lesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Takeout and Negative Doubles: Lesson DocumentLesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Penalty Doubles: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Cue Bids: Lesson Document, Lesson Video


Online Mini-Lesson: Jump Shifts and Jump Raises: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Opening Leads Against Suit Contracts: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

Online Mini-Lesson: Opening Leads in No Trump: Lesson Document, Lesson Video 

Online Mini-Lesson: The Forcing No Trump: Lesson Document, Lesson Video 

Online Mini-Lesson: Blackwood: Lesson Document, Lesson Video

2/1 Game Force

What to Do Over RHO's Michaels Cue Bid

What to Do Over RHO's Take-Out Double

Psyche Bids






Opening Lead Out of Turn 

No Trump Bidding Quiz

Defensive Signaling 


Counting Losers

Everything About Penalty Cards


Another Two Tidbits


Another Trio of Tidbits


A Suit Combination to Recognize


A Misuse of 2 Over 1


Balancing Bids and Doubles


Table Manners

Trick Development

Tips for Playing Team Games

Playing the Odds


Hand Evaluation


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