Newsletter - 3 August 2018

From the President:

Good luck to the ACT players in the Butler trials in Hobart next week.

And good luck to Andrew Spooner and the Australian Youth Team in the World Championships in China 8-18 August.

Best wishes,

Coughs & Colds

If you are unwell, please stay home and get better before returning to play bridge at the club. Many are suffering colds and flu at the moment and we do not want germs to spread, especially to our more vulnerable members.

Visiting Neil in hospital

Unfortunately one of our members, Neil Naughton, is unwell and is currently at Canberra Hospital. Neil welcomes those who would wish to visit him whilst in hospital.

You will need to go to the front/check-in desk, and ask to see “Cornelius Naughton” who is in the ICU.

Upcoming events

State Singles Championship – Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

  • There are still 4 nights in which you can participate in the State Singles, incorporating the Griffin Trophy:
    • Tuesdays: 7th & 14th August
    • Thursdays: 9th & 16th August
  • Incorporating the Griffin Trophy
    The player with the best 3 scores with different partners will win.

Wednesday Night Bridge

Wednesday Night 29th August will be run as a Butler Pairs night.

This is where you can play teams tactics as a pair rather than Matchpoint, as your score is calculated against the average across the whole field. This means that the odd overtrick is not as important. You do not need to form a team for this event or to register, just turn up on the night.

Our next Pizza/Lecture night will be Wednesday night 5th September when Richard Hills will be talking about simple squeeze plays.

Book Fair – Woden Seniors Club

Two of our members, Margaret Bourke and Chris Sheen have been working hard preparing for a big book fair at the Woden Seniors Club. There will be books, CDs, DVDs, art works and a coffee shop!

Please put these dates on your calendar:

  • Dates: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August
  • Time: 10am- 4pm
  • Address: Woden Seniors Club, 12 Corinna St, Woden

Tim Mather Fundraising for MS

Funds raised so far: Over $2000

Tim Mather climbed (and is now descending) Mt Kilimanjaro and hopes to use this to raise funds for the MS Society, our club’s charity this year. Please find more information on our webpage about Tim’s climb.

Lighter Moments

A man had tickets for the World Final. As he sits down, another man comes down and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him. “No,” he says, “The seat is empty”.

“This is incredible!”, said the man. “Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the World Cup Final, the biggest sporting event ever, and not use it?

“Well, actually the seat belongs to me. My wife was supposed to come with me, but she passed away. This is the first World Cup Final we haven’t been to together since we got married.”

“Oh.....I’m sorry to hear that. That’s terrible. But couldn’t you find someone else - a relative, or friend, or even a neighbour - to take the seat?”

The man shakes his head, “No. They are all at the funeral”.


Congratulations to the ACT teams at the ANC

  • The Open Interstate team won the qualifying rounds and are playing in the Finals today against NSW (Friday). Final results will be published next week.
  • The Seniors’ Interstate team came second in the qualifying rounds and then won against third in the Repechage Final, and are now playing in the Finals against NSW today (Friday). Final results will be published next week.
  • The Women’s Interstate team were in contention for most of the week, finishing fifth.
  • The Youth Interstate team finished a creditable fourth, winning against strong teams and blending their mixture of extreme youth and experience. The ACT team had the oldest and youngest players in that category!

Olive Lott Championship winners for 2018

  1. Richard Hills & Chris Stead
  2. Dan Danton & Odette Mayne
  3. Colin Davidson & Peter Kowald

July eclectics

Note: there is no Monday morning eclectic in July, due to the Olive Lott Pairs event.

Session / Category


Monday Evening – Handicap

Jane Young & Jann White

Monday Evening

Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

Tuesday Afternoon

Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

Wednesday Morning

Sunny Campbell & Stephen Carter

Wednesday Evening – Handicap

Ann Howarth & Barbara Winder

Wednesday Evening

Ann Howarth & Barbara Winder

Thursday Morning – Blue

Colin Davidson & Peter Kowald

Thursday Morning – Red Butler

Sue La Peyre & Bob Cox

Friday Morning

Richard Hills & Richard Neville

Friday Afternoon

Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy

Saturday Afternoon

Gwendolyn Gray Jamieson & Mal Aldons

Promotions for July

Graduate:               Geoff Cameron, Kathy Cameron, Marie Digman, Pamela Lockwood
Club:                         Simon Grant, Doreen Hand, Karen Kranz, Ian Pryor                      
Local:                       Anne Howell
*Local:                     Kate Cush, Glenda Sullivan
Regional:                 Annabelle Boag, Colin Davidson, Sue Welburn
State:                       Cathi Bywater, Tamara Cutcliffe, Claire Hughes, George McLean, Denise Skinner

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, August 8:

No Trump Opening – “1NT doubled – now what?

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Better minor – rebids

6th August

10th August


13th August

17th August


20th August

24th August

Thursday supervised lessons will be varied.

- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Dear Hilda Lirsch,

What do you do when partner makes a bid which has nevermore happened before?

I held:





LHO dealt and opened a non-vulnerable 3♣ pre-empt. Partner made a vulnerable takeout double. RHO passed. I chose to respond 3. LHO passed. Now pard perpetrated the nevermore jump cuebid of 6♣. What should I have done now?

Quoth the raven, “Nevermore”.


Dear Raven,

From previous experience being at the table with your partnership, I know that you and your pard frequently use choice-of-game sequences. Hence pard’s unique improvisation may, by analogy, be intended as a choice-of-slams cuebid.

Therefore a signoff in 6 is the only winning action if partner happens to hold:





Best wishes,


copy paste tshirtTales from Bridge 4 Kids

Dummy (older brother) to Declarer (younger sister) ‘Play your lowest card’.

She played 10.

Brother replied, ‘I said your lowest.’

Grandmother at end of hand:

  • It was her lowest – she held KQJ10
  • Dummy must not speak during the play.
  • At the end of the hand, Dummy can say ‘Well played, partner’.

Note to grandmother: Put siblings at different tables?

Note from grandmother: Bridge is much the same whatever age you are!

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