Newsletter - 29 March 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

  • 5 & 6 April - Help needed
  • Carpark
  • Fun Fact
  • ABF Bridge Column - 7 free
  • Dear Hilda Lirsch

Upcoming Events


  • ACT Open Teams
  • BFACT Restricted Pairs


From the President:

Good luck to Andrew Spooner who is playing in the Australian Youth Team in the APBF Championships in Thailand from 5 April.

Many hands would make for lighter work on 5 and 6 April (details below).

Best wishes,


5-6 April – Please help!

Carpet cleaning will be done by a commercial company from 3pm on Friday 5 April. We will need furniture-moving helpers from 2pm on Friday 5 April and after the afternoon session would everyone who can please lend a hand to at least get everything off the tables.

9:30am Saturday morning 6 April – replace furniture, side tables, bridge equipment  (sign-up sheet on the foyer notice board).

Carpark cards

In our continual efforts to reduce members of the public (not playing bridge) using our carpark, the managers place a note on car windscreens requesting that they should not park in our carpark, but to do so the managers need to know which cars belong to members.

Please collect from the office a small CBC Parking card and display this on your windscreen when parking in the CBC carpark.

Lighter Moments

If you are too open-minded, your brains will fall out. 

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Fun Fact

In the first week of our solar panels, a cloudy week:

  • We have saved 420.13lb of CO2 emission
  • And that is planting the equivalent of 0.64 of a tree.

Dear Hilda Lirsh,

The famous golfer from our land of Oz, Greg Norman, had the nickname of The Great White Shark. Why was he also given the derogatory nickname of The Great White Fish Finger?

Best wishes,



Dear Ozymandias,

Greg Norman was dubbed The Great White Fish Finger because of his habit of choking under pressure when playing in a major.

This is a lesson for bridge players. If we get a bottom on one board, we should not strive to get it all back on the next. Rather, we should just keep playing our normal game. The American bridge expert Larry Cohen wisely observed that it was easy to win a matchpoint pairs session despite one bottom, but a self-inflicted second bottom makes winning very much more difficult.

Best wishes,


Upcoming Events

CBC Congress – Restricted Matchpoint Pairs

  • Sunday 14th April, 2019
  • <600MP per pair
  • $12 per player
  • Half-day event, commencing at 1pm.
  • Presentation & Awards with nibbles & drinks at 5:30pm
  • Entries close Wednesday 10th April, 10am
  • Register online or on the notice board

CBC Barry Turner Teams

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 16th April for 3 weeks

CBC President’s Butler Pairs

  • Thursdays 7:30pm, starting 11th April for 3 weeks

Kantar Lessons

$20 per lesson for Members.

Sunday, 14th April, 10am

  • More Tricks as Declarer, placing opponent’s honours.
  • Optional lunch & entry to CBC Restricted Matchpoint Pairs for an additional $20

Sunday, 28th April, 10am

  • Even More Tricks as Declarer, counting the hand.

Bridge 4 Kids

The next Bridge for Kids session will be held at the club premises on Tuesday 16 April, from 10am until 12pm midday. The format is the same as previous sessions... mini bridge and other card games followed by Pizza and ice cream at 12pm midday.

The cost is $5 per child. A parent or guardian is expected to attend and assist if required during the session.
Could you please register each child attendee, their age and their carer’s name on the sign-up sheet on the club noticeboard. If there are any special dietary requirements include these in the comments section.

Further enquiries should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Patricia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming BFACT events

Dates for the 2019 ANC Trials

Seniors – Qualifying

Monday evenings 8 & 15 April

Seniors – Final

26-28 April

Wednesday Night Bridge – Pizza Night

Our next Pizza Night will be on 3 April from 6.15 pm.

Richard Hills will give a short lecture on ‘When to stop in contested contracts’ and he has some simple easy to remember rules as guidance.

If you want to partake in Pizzas please put your name on the list or email Jon Pike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by lunchtime on 3 April.

May is Mentoring Month

Do you want to improve your bridge game?

If you are a beginner who would like some help to improve your game, or a mid-level or slightly better player who wants help to move to the next level in bridge, the club invites you to apply for a mentor during May.

Each mentee will be provided with a suitable mentor as partner for 2 sessions of bridge. The mentor will generally play the mentee’s system. The mentee pays the table money.

Please complete the application located under the screen and put it in the box provided. Applications close on Monday, 29 April at 1pm. Contact Margaret Kyburz on (m) 0406 379 290, (h) 6241 3107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries.

Mentors are needed. If you are a friendly person who is available to play 2 sessions during the month to assist a club member please complete an application to be a mentor.


Stage 1 of Selection Trials for the ACT Open Team

N/S     1st: Roy Nixon & Emlyn Williams

            2nd: Peter Grant & Tony Marinos

E/W     1st: David Appleton & Peter Reynolds

            2nd: Pam Crichton & Ross Crichton

Stage 2 of the Selection Trials for the ACT Open Team

1st: Richard Hills & Chris Stead

2nd: Andrew Spooner & John Yoon

BFACT Restricted Pairs

1st: Claire Hughes & Cathi Bywater

2nd: Nola Arnold & Maureen Copping

3rd: Pamela McKittrick & Judy Netting

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

Master Basics will resume on April 3, 2019 at 9:15am.
“Declarer Play –

Play points-Promotion, Length, Finesse”.

Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members 

Supervised Play

Week of

Monday / Friday


1st - 5th April Doubles & Overcalls Competitive Bidding - T/O double
8th - 12th April No Trump Play #1 Competitive Bidding - Advancing T/O double
15th - 19th April Trump Play #1 Negative & other doubles
29th April - 3rd May Card Play #2 Finesse Planning - Play Points