About My Seminars

Each Kevin Wilson Bridge seminar consists of a two and a half hour speaking and playing engagement. We’ll have a talk and discussion about the topic of the day and then play six to eight hands (depending on time and speed) that reinforce the ideas introduced in the discussion. I use a Socratic method to engage the audience, while mixing in both humor and fun to keep it light.


After the seminar, each participant receives a take-home package of notes and hand write-ups of several of the hands that they played during the session. I pre-duplicate the boards so the hands are played barometer style (simultaneously) and discussion with the group can occur at the end of each hand (or occasionally, every few hands).


I have a microphone/speaker set-up and a projector with screen. While I prefer the more intimate nature of a white board, I am just beginning to make PowerPoint presentations for larger audiences. With enough lead time, I’m able to make a PowerPoint and use the projector.


The best seminars have an extremely narrow topic. Instead of Declarer Play, try Avoidance Plays. You can’t learn all about declarer play in two and a half hours but you can master a technique such as Avoidance Plays, and then apply it to the situations that occur in your everyday game! I can also customize a seminar just for your group.


We’ll play up to eight pre-dealt hands and provide take-home notes for the participants.

Local Responsibilities

The most important responsibility is a local marketing and seminar contact person and registrar! Unless I have been to your club several times and people know me, I need someone to talk the seminar up. Without local advertising and promotion, the seminar may be less successful. The contact should be very outgoing and well known, or it could be the club manager, social chair, or membership chair of the club. I’ve found repeated email blasts of the event are very effective at getting people to come. One blast should happen when the seminar is announced and others sent one month before and one week before the event.


Refreshments are a local obligation and can be part of the budget. I cover all the boards, printed materials, hotel, and transportation myself. Country clubs are excellent locations for seminars because they like to provide meals for multiple session seminars. Negotiating these prices and offering the participants a single price is the way to go! Many country clubs will offer free space if they get to provide a meal.

Topics

The local contact can definitely request any topic they want and I’ll write it especially for them. I have a list of topics I’ve already done (see seminars list below) and they can easily choose from the many different choices I offer. I pick a couple to travel with each year and I keep those boards available all the time for a last-second speaking engagement.

Time of Year

The best time of year for a seminar is the high season for the local club. People like to do things when the weather is nice and they enjoy attending special events when sponsored by a group they enjoy being a part of.  I can come at the beginning of an ACBL Sectional or even a Non-Life Master Tournament to bring more people to your event and make it really special.


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
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 in Hand Evaluation! Uses location of honors intead 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?
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
Defense
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
3
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 Aggressive or Passive 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
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
Uderstanding 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
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 auctions
Highly Reviewed and Recommended for First Time Seminars
Travel Seminar for 2016; Available on Short Notice