Newsletter - 11 October 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Canberra in Bloom
  • State Open Teams Qual
  • CBC Spring Pairs
  • NZ Congress


From the President:

Best wishes from the land of the long white cloud,


Funeral for Peter Andersson

Peter Andersson’s funeral will be held on Wednesday October 16, at 1:30pm at St Philip’s Anglican Church, 24 McPherson Street, O’Connor.

Wednesday day time players wishing to attend Peter’s funeral can elect to leave the duplicate session early to make the 1.30pm service.

Afternoon tea will be held at the Church Hall following the service. St Philip’s will provide tea & coffee, but we would appreciate members bringing a small plate of food to share for the afternoon tea.

For further details, contact Val Carmody on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0414 956 305.

Upcoming Events

Life / Non-Life Masters Pairs (Matchpoint)

Gateway Event Image

  • Tuesday & Thursday nights, for 2 weeks: 15, 17, 22, & 24th October at 7:30pm
  • Gateway Event: Designed for those who do not normally play evening competitions
  • Special consideration for players with less than 300MP
  • Green Masterpoints
  • Pair with best 3 of 4 scores is the winner. One substitute allowed.
  • Pre-entry is desirable, on the Sign Up sheet or enter online.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon - Tuesday 5 November

The Melbourne Cup Bridge and Lunch is just around the corner!  See the Melbourne Cup Event page for all the activities planned - morning tea, bridge, delicious lunch, and watching the race.

There are a number of ways you can enjoy the day!  Come to play and stay on for lunch, to play only, or just come along to join in the lunch and watch the race. 

Please sign up online or on the BT Room notice board for lunch by midday Friday 1 November, ensuring to add your dietary requirements. No sign up is needed for those just wanting to play bridge. If your regular partner is not able to play, please contact the Managers who can try to organise a partner for you.

To help make the event special, we would love any donations of treats for morning tea and of course Spring flowers to brighten up the room!

Kantar Lessons - Sundays 10th & 17th November, 10am – 12:30pm

These lessons are suitable for a wide range of players - from players who are starting out in the Club's duplicate session, all the way up to experienced evening competition players.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Sign up online or on the BT Room notice board.

Sunday 10th November

  • Topic: Discarding
  • Teacher: Ian Robinson

Sunday 17th November

  • Topic: Counting Declarer’s tricks
  • Teacher: Jodi Tutty

Asian Pacific Bridge Federation Championships

The APBF Championships are being held in Perth from 15th-22nd April, 2020. BFACT will send one subsidised ACT team. Nominations of teams with 4-6 members should be sent to Niek Van Vucht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or enter on the signup sheet on the noticeboard by 5pm Sunday 15 December 2019. Note that the CBC office is closed from 2pm Friday until 9am Monday, and any noticeboard signups need to be done by 1pm Friday 13th December, to be included in the list submitted to Niek Van Vucht.

Full event and subsidy funding details, see the APBF Championship page on our website

Sunday 27th October – Afternoon Bridge at the Mercure

Trumps Bridge Centre have invited CBC players to join their holiday attendees at the Sunday afternoon bridge session at the Canberra Mercure on the 27th October at 2pm clinic and 3pm Welcome Pairs, at a special combined price of $12/person.

Lighter Moments

In response to last week’s Lighter Moments on New Zealand accents, George Riszko replied telling us that:

Some time ago he attended a friend’s party to celebrate the construction of their new wooden deck on their house. He then rushed off to a bridge match at the club.

He sat down at the table of 3 women, and made the harmless social remark that he was lucky to be there as he had just come from a deck-warming party.

Given George's New Zealand origins, at least one of the women envisaged a very different sort of party...


Canberra in Bloom

Royal Bluebell Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
1st Ian Robinson & Neil Ewart
2nd Stephen Mendick & Bernard Waters

Spider Orchid Novice & Restricted Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
1st Brenda Reynell & Roy Quill
2nd Dan Danton & Colin Davidson
3rd Edith Blumenthal & Leonie Della

Golden Wattle Open Teams
1st David Hoffman, Richard Brightling, Stephen Mendick, Bernard Waters
2nd Chris Stead, Richard Hills, John Brockwell, Michael Cullen
3rd David Lilley, George Kozakos, Neil Ewart, Ian Robinson

Val & John Brockwell Mixed Teams
2nd Julia Hoffman, Chris Quail, Sally & Garry Clarke

Canberra Bells Swiss Pairs
1st George Kozakos & David Lilley
2nd John Donovan & Terry Heming
3rd Lynne Moss & Shane Woodburn

Federation Rose Novice & Restricted Swiss Pairs
1st Patricia Mulcahy & Geoff Hooper

2019 State Open Teams Qualifying

1st David Wawn, David Appleton, Peter Reynolds, Elizabeth Havas, Margaret Bourke, David Hoffman
2nd George Kozakos, Andrew Spooner, Michael Smart, David Vaughan, Arjuna De Livera, Ian Robinson

CBC Spring Pairs

1st Tony Marinos & Peter Grant
2nd Erin Tewes & Jodi Tutty
3rd John Brockwell & Patricia McDonald

New Zealand Congress

Open Pairs

3rd Peter Kahler & Jeanette Collins

Senior Teams

3rd Pam Crichton, Ross Crichton, Neik Van Vucht & Graham Wakefield

Open Teams

Elizabeth Havas, Dee Harley, Bob Sebesfi & Martin Doran got into the Quarter Finals.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on October 16, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Declarer Play – Hold-up play - Danger Hand!”
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:
    17th October - Advancing Take out doubles
    24th October - Neg & other doubles
    31st October - Overcalls
    6th November - Competing after an overcall

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.


  • 14th - 18th October - System Card
  • 21st - 25th October - Introduction, Etiquette, Key Points
  • 28th October – 1st November – Opening Leads & Signals (simplified)
  • 4th - 8th November - Double & Overcalls