Newsletter - 2 August 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • GNOT Final
  • Olive Lott Pairs
  • NSW State Veterans Pairs
  • July Promotions
  • July Eclectics


From the President:

I have seen blossom, daffodils and camellias. Surely spring is coming!

Best wishes,


Upcoming Events

Wednesday Night Bridge – Pizza Night

Our next pizza night will be 7th August and Richard Hills will talk about some interesting hands he came across at the ANC. As we all know if Richard thinks they are interesting, they are truly interesting.

Please sign up on the list on the wall or contact Clem Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Teams of Three

  • 25th August 12.30pm
  • $16 per player (members), $18 for non-members
  • Sign up online or on the noticeboard in the club.

Enter as a team of 3 with your friends, and you will be provided with an experienced captain to help and advise you.

Each player must have fewer than 300 masterpoints. You will be allocated to an appropriate section according to your experience.

Scrumptious eats and drinks afterwards.

Directors' Course

  • Saturday 31st August: All levels welcome
    • 10am – 4pm
    • How to run a session; Movements; Scoring Programmes; & Basic Laws
  • Sunday 1st September: for those with some experience directing. 
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Table simulations; Discussions on more interesting laws & situations; Q&A session

Venue: Canberra Bridge Club

Cost, times and other details TBA.

Cost: $20 for one day, or $30 for both days. Includes a light lunch.

Enter on the noticeboard, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please indicate which day(s) you wish to attend.

Thank you

A big thanks to John McDonald, Steve Kyburz, Nick Vonthethoff who assisted John Hempenstall clean the vents in the Barry Turner room. The Club could not operate without the contributions of time and skill from our volunteers.

Lighter Moments

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.

- Woody Allen


GNOT Final

  1. David Hoffman, David Wawn, Stephen Mendick, Bernard Waters
  2. George Kozakos, Arjuna De Livera, Peter Reynolds, David Appleton, Ian Thomson

State Veterans Pairs Championships

  1. Val Brockwell & Elizabeth Havas
  2. John Brockwell & Richard Douglas

Olive Lott Pairs

  1. Colin Davidson & Peter Kowald
  2. Andrew Gibbs & Edith Blumenthal
  3. Sheila Murray & Jim Murray

July Promotions




Yvette Gilroy
John McDonald
Vicki Deakin


Paul Birkby
Judy Scealy
Thomas De Poorter


Michele Grant
David Lee
Jade Wilkinson
Jann White
Simon Grant


Mary Knapp
Robert Knapp
Gita Curnow


Sau-Yem Lo


Colin Davidson


Bill Donovan

Bronze Life

Patricia McDonald

Gold Life

Bev Crossman

July Eclectics



Monday Morning

N/A due to Olive Lott Pairs

Monday Evening

Debra Birkby & Paul Birkby

Tuesday Afternoon

Brian Thorp & Nat Krishnamoorthy

Wednesday Morning

Ken Anderson & Paul Nelson

Wednesday Evening

Chris Tough & Mary Tough

Thursday Morning – Red Butler

Ian Dalzeill & Trevor Berenger

Thursday Morning – Blue Matchpoint

Colin Davidson & Peter Kowald

Friday Morning

Richard Hills & Richard Neville

Friday Afternoon

Vic Meakins & Maria Meakins

Saturday Afternoon

John Hempenstall & George Mclean

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

The next lesson will be on August 7, 2019 @ 9.15am
 “Defence – To Cover or Not to Cover”.
Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

  • Every Thursday Morning at 9.30am SHARP
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost $5 for members, $7 for non-members
  • Come alone, with a friend or your partner
  • Program:
    8th Aug -      Planning at trick 1
    15th Aug -    Defence, Signals
    22nd August -    Major suit transfers
    29th August -     1NTx – now what?

Supervised Play & Lessons

  • Monday evenings, 7:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:30am
  • 20 minute free lesson, then play in the Supervised Play section to reinforce your learning (normal table fees apply).
  • You do not need a partner for Supervised Play.


  • 5th - 9th Aug -               Trump Play #1
  • 12th - 15th Aug -           Card Play #2 Finesse
  • 19th – 23rd August -      Better Minor – rebids
  • 26th – 30th August -      Responses to NT & Stayman