Conventions You Really Need

Joan Butts

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Learn to play bridge via Live Zoom Lessons from one of Australia's most popular and respected bridge teachers. 

When you feel ready to add to the basic system of bidding, it’s time to move into CONVENTIONS. 

You don’t need too many but you do need the best ones! 


Starting Wednesday, June 1st 2022

Online Lesson: 10 am - 11 am AEST

**Due to our Hunter Valley Holiday, there will be NO lesson on Wednesday June 22nd**

Four Week Course:  

Week 1: June 1st - Stayman

Used usually with four card majors, when partner opens 1NT or 2NT, when you have a feeling that playing in a major might work better than playing in no trumps. The Stayman Convention helps you here.

Week 2: June 8th - Transfers

Used with five or longer card suits when partner opens 1NT or 2NT, and any point range from 0 up. Showing your long suit (by bidding the suit ranked underneath your “real“ suit) allows opener to decide whether to play in your suit or in no trumps. 

Week 3: June 15th - Fourth Suit Forcing

When you and partner hold strong hands and are not sure where to play, using the bid of the fourth suit helps you decide. 

(NO lesson on Wed June 22nd)

Week 4: June 29th - Two-Suited Overcalls: Michaels Cue Bids

Being able to show two suits at the same time is great when overcalling. It helps partner decided where and how high to play, and you can get your message across, even with weak hands, in one bid rather than two. Michaels Cue Bids are overcalls where you use opener’s suit for your own purposes.


After each online lesson, you'll receive a wrap-up email containing:

  • A recording of the lesson for you to watch and review in your own time (for revision or if you're unable to make a class)
  • Student notes
  • Hands to practice (only available for Gold Members)

To get the most out of these lessons, we highly recommend you join as a Joan Butts Bridge Gold Member.

If you're not in Australia, here are the class times. 

EST – 8 pm, Tuesdays
PST – 5 pm, Tuesdays