Hosting a Seminar

Help your players get more enjoyment from their game during social distancing. Through a Zoom Webinar you can get the group back together and reinvigorated about bridge. I have a huge library of topics listed below. There is something for every level and interest.  See great testimonials below!


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Seminar Name

Level

1-5

Type

Sub-type

Description

Basic Stayman

1

Bidding

Convention

How to find a major fit and how responder shows strength after a 1NT opening

Takeout Doubles

1

Defense

Convention

The requirements and uses of takeout doubles

Overcalls

1

Defense

Strategy

The reasons why we overcall and best practices

Hand Evaluation Methods & The Rule of 20

1

Bidding

Evaluation

Discusses basic evaluation methods; HCP, quick tricks, married honors, tenaces, and the Rule of 20 and 20+2

Fitting Honors

2

Bidding

Evaluation

1st and Original Seminar written by Kevin. On Hand Evaluation! Uses location of honors instead of pure HCP to evaluate.

Basic Losing Trick Count (LTC)

2

Bidding

Evaluation

Learn how to count losers and why losers may be an effective evaluation method.

Rule of 11

2

Defense

Play

Using the Rule of 11 for third hand play and declarer

Covering Honors

2

Defense

Play

When and more importantly why we cover honors

Bidding After Overcalls

2

Bidding

Agreements

Advancer's rules and agreements

Bidding After Takeout Doubles

2

Bidding

Agreements

Advancer's rules and agreements

Support Showing Cuebids

2

Bidding

Agreements

What is a cuebid and what does it show?, When does it show support? When does it show a control?

Timing

2

Declarer

Play

Understanding Timing and How it affects declarer's plan

Entries

2

Declarer

Play

Using Entries Wisely and how to create an entry

Suit Establishment

2

Declarer

Play

Choosing the correct plan as declarer

Crossruffs

2

Declarer

Play

Mastering the technique; includes rules and many pitfalls

Using the Dummy Wisely

2

Declarer

Play

Pausing at Trick One to Make a Plan. Evaluating how dummy can help you and then following the plan.

Opening Leads

2

Declarer

Play

Please consult with me; I will teach your style as my style is not widely accepted (Aor Q = attitude, K for count)

Attitude Signals

2

Defense

Play

How, When, and Why to give attitude signals

Advanced Losing Trick Count

2

Bidding

Evaluation

Builds on Basic LTC and adds additional uses.

Preempts & Bidding Over Partner's Preempt

3

Bidding

Strategy

Focuses on Position and Vulnerability and Partner's Expectations

Advanced Stayman Auction (2D rebid)

3

Bidding

Convention

Smolen, Delayed Texas Transfers

Using The Auction to Determine Your Lead

3

Defense

Opening Lead

Use The Auction to determine Trump, Aggressive, or Passive Type Lead and which suit to lead

Control Showing Bids

3

Bidding

Strategy

Definition of controls and using a control showing bid to facilitate slam bidding

LSDUP (Long, Short, Dead, Uppercut, Promotion)

3

Defense

Play

Defending based on Dummy's hand and shape. An unusual but unusually effective way to plan a defense.

Hold-up Plays

3

Declarer

Play

Understanding Why You Hold-up and The Rule of 7

Count Signals

3

Defense

Play

How, When, and Why to give count signals

Suit Preference Signals

3

Defense

Play

How, When, and Why to give suit preference signals

Roman Key Card Blackwood

4

Bidding

Convention

RKB is an effective upgrade. Learn the queen ask and specific kings.

Basic Lebensohl

4

Bidding

Competitive

Understanding a Relay, Use over NT openings

Advanced Lebensohl

4

Bidding

Competitive

Using After a Weak Two is Doubled and After a Reverse

Quantitative Notrump Auctions

4

Bidding

Convention

Understanding the many uses and responses to a seemingly simple bid

Loser on Loser Plays

4

Declarer

Play

There are 10 types of Loser on Loser plays. I'll choose ones appropriate for your group.

Advanced Stayman Auctions (2M rebid)

4

Declarer

Convention

Showing the fit; FG bids, Splinters, Baze, Delayed Jacoby Transfers

Elimination Plays

5

Declarer

Play

Mastering the technique; includes discussion of endplays

Basics of Squeeze Play

5

Declarer

Play

Basic Technique; Threats, Losers, Timing, Entries

Two-Way New Minor Forcing

5

Bidding

Convention

An effective but totally new approach to your minor suit oriented auctions. A sea change from original NMF.

New Minor Forcing

3

Bidding

Convention

A fresh approach to a critical convention. NMF is a must learn convention for any duplicate player.

Lebensohl Over a Weak Two Doubled

5

Bidding

Convention

Learn the use of space saving relays and their ability to solve otherwise nasty problems.

30 Seconds to Taking More Tricks

2

Declarer

Play

Learn what to think about when dummy comes down and also learn the two best ways to get extra tricks

Testimonials​​​

Kevin is personable, enthusiastic, organized, and interacts excellently with the students. His handouts were clear and professional, and his approach to the topics was both fresh and valuable. Both the students and the more experienced helpers we had on hand agreed. At the conclusion of both seminars, evaluations were passed out. His students responded with 96% “excellent” and 4% “very good”. (“Good”, “Fair”, and “Poor” were available but not selected.)

--- Jack Brawner, manager of Naples Bridge Center in Naples, FL (11th largest club in ACBL)


Kevin Wilson recently presented a half-day seminar at the Asheville, NC Bridge Room. The evaluations were overwhelmingly positive with 86% rating it excellent and 14% rating it very good, the two highest possible ratings. The only suggestion for improvement was to make the sessions longer. Kevin has an engaging style, an encyclopedic knowledge of Bridge, and outstanding communication skills. We will definitely have him back!

--- Lee Wilcox, VP, Asheville, NC Bridge Room


If you don't want your opponents preempting in front of you at every opportunity, don't invite Kevin to speak to your Bridge Group. If you prefer your opponents to be sloppy about re-evaluating their hands during the bidding, don't invite Kevin to speak to your Bridge group. If you prefer meek opponents who never get in the way of your nice, orderly auctions, don't invite Kevin to come and speak to your Bridge group. However, if you ARE the opponents, and would enjoy being a feisty, pesky, and more talented opponent to everyone including your closet bridge friends, sign up as soon as you possibly can for one of Kevin's seminars. He will change the level of your play in one afternoon - guaranteed. I know because I've been on the receiving end from my own Bridge Group.

--- Susan Crutchfield, Blue Ridge, NC Bridge Club


Our club was especially pleased with the seminar conducted by Kevin. It was our first such event, and members were somewhat skeptical. The instruction was clear and reinforced by the play of the hands. By the end, everyone was excited and were immediately asking when we could bring him back for another event. It was effortless to coordinate with Kevin's wife Jennifer. We will have him back!

--- Linda James, Melborne, FL Bridge Club


A good Bridge Pro should have ample amounts of skill and knowledge. A Bridge presenter should have a comfortable presence in front of an audience, have enough humor and casualness to put the audience at ease, enough experience to answer any question, and enough knowledge to have a multitude of topics to offer. A great presenter can do all that for any type of audience. I have seen several of Kevin Wilson’s presentations and have ALWAYS come way super-satisfied that I just gained a wealth of new knowledge (even when I thought I already knew the topic). I am a bridge teacher and author myself and I tell my students “If you get a chance to hear Kevin speak, do it. He is the best teacher I have ever heard”.

--- Jim Ricker, author of Beginning Bridge Using 2 Over 1, The 2/1 Gold Card series, Bridge Teacher, Director and Club Owner