Thanks to all those who joined me for the inaugral Sunday Social last weekend. It was lovely to see participants from all over the world: Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, European countries and all over the UK. As well as answering the pre-session quiz, we looked at some famous hands, heard tales of well-known players, including a strange assignation experienced by Omar Sharif and, best of all, we dropped in on students all over the place to hear what they were up to, how they're coping with lockdown, and tried to answer their bridge questions. If you'd like to join me this weekend or anytime in the future and you don't have details, just e-mail me via this site, and I'll add you my list.
From this coming Sunday, 26th April, join Paul for his new Sunday Social online bridge class, at 4pm. Settle down with a cup, mug or glass of something, and enjoy up to two hours of bidding revision, defensive thinking and declarer play in a more leisurely style. Paul will be chatting with his students from all over the country - and internationally - and ensuring that this new class is as sociable as attending one of his live classes at The Roehampton Club, or one of his Specials at the various clubs he visits throughout the year. To take part, just contact Paul (using the contact form at the top right of this page) and he will add you to his mailing list. Each Monday, you will receive a ma
Lying in bridge is usually a bad idea. Not only will it confuse your opponents and your partner (possibly to your short-term advantage), more importantly, it begins to eat away at partnership confidence. A question sent to me recently reminded me of a time long ago when I lied - and, thankfully, it proved to be the right moment. SOUTH s Q8 h AK86532 d 4 c AKJ The scene was the final of the Devonshire Cup, a Teams event played with Rubber Bridge scoring - a fine format indeed. I opened 2D, showing a Strong 2 in one of the suits. Partner relayed with 2H, and I bid 3H. Strangely, this seemed enough for my good partner to bid 4NT. I replied 5C (showing 0 or 3 key-cards) and he bid 5D, which aske
As well as the core contingent of students from Paul's home club, the wonderful Roehampton Club, in SW London, the analystics revealed that students tuned in to the first week of lessons from as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Monte Carlo, France, Spain, Eire, Scotland and Wales. If you would like to join them and Paul for his lessons, just contact Paul through this website and he will sign you up. Currently, there is the choice between an Intermediate level class on Wednesday mornings, and an Advanced level class on Thursday morning, but more options will follow.
Following two successful pilot broadcasts, Online Bridge Lessons with Paul Mendelson are officially launched this coming week. There are many formats being considered but, to start, Paul will offer: an Intermediate class every Wednesday at 10.30am an Advanced class every Thursday at 10.15am The classes will take the form of studying hands to consider bidding, defence and declarer play. There will also be bidding challenges and quizzes which you can undertake before or after the class. There will be some interaction with students - plus a full chat facility open to all participants - and notes will be available to download / print afterwards. The cost is £4 per lesson. If you would like to ta
At 10.30am today, 100 students, from as far a field as Hong Kong, South Africa, Monte Carlo, France, Spain and Ireland, mastered the Zoom software and experienced the "Pilot" online bridge lesson. My apologies to the over fifty students who could not get in. To give them a chance - and to welcome other new students - there will be another brief pilot broadcast tomorrow: Thursday 2nd April - at 10.30am. If you would like to join in and haven't yet registered your interest, send me a message from this site and I'll include you on my mailing list. We looked at a bidding problem which swung an important online bridge match, and then studied four selected hands, illustrating techniques in establi