Online Lesson Series Begins January 9, 2022


As we head into the New Year and look forward to playing more bridge, would you like to improve your declarer play? Do you often ask yourself if you could have made that contract you went down in? How were others successful and I was not? Here is a chance to learn and practice some important techniques that will help you make more of those tricky hands.


HBC instructor and game director Laurie Robbins will present a new six-week course, Play These Hands With Me, on Sunday afternoons. Pre-registration and payment is required.  To register click here.

Lessons will be held online using Shark Bridge.

Dates: Sundays, January 9 through February 13

Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Target audience: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate (Fewer than 500 MPs)

Course Details

The program will focus on some of the key principles of declarer play, for both no trump and suit contracts. Examples and exercises will be designed to enable course participants to apply these principles in challenging settings. At the end of the program, participants will be able to approach declarer play in a more thoughtful, confident and consistent manner.


Lesson Topics

January 9: Making a Plan--counting winners and losers/order of play

January 16: When to finesse and how to avoid the danger hand

January 23: Card combinations and the importance of spot cards

January 30: Managing entries

February 6: Communication, including when and how to duck

February 13: Counting the opponents' points and distribution


Lesson materials will be sent to each participant to facilitate learning and for future reference. 

Participant Cost

The cost is $15 for each of the six lessons you choose to attend or a one-time fee of $80 for all six lessons, if paid in advance. Each session, however, must be paid for in advance.  Payment can be made using Paypal or by check. To register click here

Lesson Format

Laurie will present the lessons using Shark Bridge--a globally recognized and easy-to-use online teaching platform, featured in the ACBL Bulletin and used by such experts as the Grossacks and Adam Parrish. Using Shark Bridge, each participant will play ALL the same hands and benefit from the learning experience.

You do not need to sign up with a partner to attend this program! Most importantly, you do not have to be tech savvy or an online bridge player to participate in and enjoy the lessons. 

Free Practice Session


We strongly encourage you to attend a FREE 45-minute warm-up session, to be held on Shark Bridge on January 2 at 2 p.m. It is important that you attend this session if you are planning to sign up for any of the lessons, so you can familiarize yourself with the teaching tools. If you are unsure about participating in the course, we suggest you attend the warm-up session to learn how to use Shark Bridge, and to get a feel for the course content. There is no cost and no obligation!

If you would like to attend the warm-up session, please send an email to, with a copy to Laurie will send you a link to access the session. It is as easy as one click! Please also let Laurie know if you cannot attend the warm-up session but would still like to attend any or all of the six lessons.