County and National TD Training Courses

More advanced training is also provided for aspiring County Directors. We run a 1-day County TD Preparation Day in mid-May. This is for those who need some practice at the type of material that will be tested on the main weekend. It is also suitable for those who want a 'refresher day' but who do not intend to go any further. The main course continues to be run as a weekend residential event, once a year.

Club Tournament Directors Courses: These are administered by English Bridge Education and Development. See here for more information.

County TD Preparation Course

In 2018 there will be two County TD Preparation courses.

Southern: Saturday 12th May at the EBU Headquarters in Aylesbury
Northern: Saturday 24th March at Leeds Bridge Club.

These are a one day course, beginning at 10:30am and ending no later than 4:30pm. The course fee includes tea and coffee but you will need to bring or make your own arrangements for lunch.

Further details available from Richard Banbury - 01296 317218 or by email:

To get ready for the preparation course - or to see if it may be suitable for you - please download this test paper consisting of 40 situations to consider. Some are book rulings, some judgement rulings and, in some cases, good old-fashioned common-sense. Some are quite intricate and others straightforward, but hopefully they will all make you think.

County Directors and County Refresher Courses

The 2018 event will be held on 15th - 16th September at the Coventry Hilton. It will be run by English Bridge Education and Development. Prices for the 2018 event will be posted here when available.

Courses are only open to qualified Club Directors or previously qualified County Directors.

The County Directors' course is for qualified Club Directors who will normally have at least one year's experience of directing and some experience of organising events at County level. The prime objective of the course is to assess candidate's experience to become fully qualified County Directors, based on their performance in the exercises therein.
Participation is also a learning experience - those attending will; on completion of the course:

  • Have answered a pre-course test including topics from the Blue and White Books.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a county director.
  • Have a good understanding of the Laws and EBU Directives governing duplicate bridge.
  • Able to deal confidently with common table situations.
  • Have participated in an appeal.
  • Have dealt with harder judgement rulings.
  • Have a better understanding of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017.

The course is a mixture of table simulations, lecture and written assessment.

The County Refresher course is for those who have already attended and passed the County Course. The course content is identical to the County Course and participants will be 'unofficially marked' on the same scale so you can see how you have improved since you did the County Course.

Further details available from Richard Banbury - 01296 317218 or by email:

Panel TD Training and promotion examinations

The TD panel meets as a group every two years for a training weekend to discuss matters of importance and to keep up to date on modern thinking regarding tournament direction. Panel TDs are also interviewed and examined if they wish to progress through the ranks. Past examination papers for 2007 and 2009 are available to download.