Newsletter - 16 August 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Wagga Wagga Bridge Congress
  • Coffs Harbour Congress Pairs
  • CBC Winter Danish Pairs
  • GNOT Pairs Butler


Winter Produce wanted

From the President:

Good luck to Andrew Spooner on his next international foray – the World Youth Open Bridge Championships to be held in Croatia 20-29 August.

Best wishes,


Coughs & Colds

With the cold weather still with us the need for proper Hygiene Protocols in relation to coughs, colds and flu like conditions is essential. Although the club would miss you, it is better to miss a session of bridge than share the condition with others and increase the risk of lots of us missing a bridge session. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated by all. Please be mindful of touching your face with cards, use the sanitiser frequently and discard tissues in the waste bins.

The club has placed a container of hand sanitiser on the bench top under the big screen to aid in the containment of infection.

Upcoming Events

Beginners Lessons

The next course of beginners lessons start on Monday 9th (7-9pm) & Friday 13th September (10am-12pm).

$75 for the 6 lessons, including the textbook and all notes.

Please encourage your friends to learn.
Contact the office to enrol. Ph: 6282 2382 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teams of Three

  • 25th August 12.30pm
  • 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.

Upcoming GNOT Qualifying events – Gold MP

State Open Pairs Championship (Butler)

  • Tuesdays August 20th, 27th, 7.00pm (winter times)
  • Tuesdays September 3rd, 10th, 7.30pm (summer times)
  • The winning pair will be the ACT Open Pairs Champions.
  • Pre-entry closes 10.00am, 19th August.

State Masters Pairs (Matchpoint)

  • Thursday August 22nd & 29th, 7.00pm
  • Honour Board Event

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: $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.

Lighter Moments

Love is staying up all night with a sick child - or a healthy adult.

- David Frost


Wagga Wagga Bridge Congress

Pairs:   1st        Richard Hills & Chris Stead
Teams: 3rd        Jenny & Stephen Mendick, Karen & Andy Creet

Coffs Harbour Congress Pairs

3rd        Jodi Tutty & David Beauchamp

CBC Winter Danish Pairs

1st        George Kozakos & Ian Robinson
2nd        Julia Hoffman & Christopher Quail

GNOT Pairs Butler

1st        Tony Marinos & Peter Grant
2nd        Stephen Mendick & Elizabeth Havas

Did you know...?

A "Goulash" game is where any hand which is passed out or ends on a one level contract is redealt in any 5-3-5 combination. This results in very distributional hands.

In the Spectator Magazine of 3 August, Janet de Botton described a game in London where as dealer she picked up twelve spades (missing only the 6) plus the Ace of Diamonds. She bid and made 7 spades.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

The next lesson will be on August 21, 2019 @ 9.15am
 “Competitive Bidding – Advancing a Takeout Double”.
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:
    22nd August –    Major suit transfers 
    29th August –     1NTx – now what? 
    5th September – Rule of 11
    12th September – Second hand play

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.


  • 19th – 23rd August -      Better Minor – rebids
  • 26th – 30th August -      Responses to NT & Stayman
  • 2nd – 6th September -   Doubles & Overcalls
  • 9th - 13th September - Rule of 20 & Rule of 15

Wanted: Winter produce

Thank you to all those who have brought in produce for sale at the Club!

Yes, we always want more! If you have an abundance of produce, please consider donating some to raise funds for the Club. We are grateful for every donation.

Thank you to our members & visitors for their honesty in paying for the produce on the foyer table.