Newsletter - 18 October 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Dubbo Congress
  • Albury Congress


From the President:

Thank you once again to the wonderful Bridge4Kids team – Patricia McDonald, Bev Crossman, Bruce Crossman, Susie Ryrie – who helped 23 children to enjoy playing cards in the holidays.

Best wishes,



Some volunteers are helping CBC again by dealing boards for the Swiss Pairs event on the middle weekend of the Summer Festival of Bridge.  Our club earns income from their labour.

More helpers are needed – the significant requirement is that you cannot play in those events on 11-12 January.

Please contact Mary Tough This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Renewing membership – new bank account

As the end of the year approaches, our Membership year comes to an end on 31st December and emails for renewals will be sent out. Please note that this year the Club has a new bank account, and the BSB and account number for direct deposits has changed. If you renew by direct deposit, please ensure to check and update our bank account details that will be included on the renewals email.

Upcoming Events

Melbourne Cup Luncheon - Tuesday 5 November

Melbourne Cup Bridge and Lunch day is coming up on Tuesday 5 November!

Note the changes to timing this year. The day starts at 10:15am with morning tea and buying of sweep tickets. Bridge will commence at 10:45am.

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

We would love your Spring flowers please to brighten up the room. It would be appreciated if members could please bring flowers to the Club on Monday 4th November.

Helpers are needed on the afternoon of Monday 4 November to assist with arranging flowers, room set up, and to help prepare for the lunch. If you are able to help, please let us know.

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.

Wednesday Night Butler Event and Pizza Night

The last Wednesday of the month will be run on a Butler scoring system which means that you play as though it is a Team event.

Christy will continue with her talks on Doubling at our next Pizza night in on the 6th November. Pizzas from 6:15 pm. If you wish to partake please contact Jon Pike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or put your name on the list.

Lighter Moments

S. Gilbert's response to being told that the words 'ruddy' and 'bloody' meant the same thing was: "Not at all, for that would mean that if I said that I admired your ruddy countenance, which I do, I would be saying that I liked your bloody cheek, which I don't.”


Dubbo Congress

Open Pairs Consolation: 2nd Bruce & Bev Crossman
1st Bruce & Bev Crossman, Leone Moffat, Elainne Haley

Albury Congress

Swiss Pairs: 3rd Arjuna De Livera & Emlyn Williams

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on October 23, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Opening the Bidding - Strong Openings - 2NT, 2C Balanced/Unbalanced”
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:
    24th October - Neg & other doubles
    31st October - Overcalls
    6th November - Competing after an overcall
    13th November - They've stolen my bid!

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.


  • 21st - 25th October - Introduction, Etiquette, Key Points
  • 28th October – 1st November – Opening Leads & Signals (simplified)
  • 4th - 8th November - Double & Overcalls
  • 11th - 15th November - No Trump Play #1