Newsletter - 25 October 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Bill Hunt Matchpoint Pairs
  • Sydney Spring Nationals


From the President:

A good week for the club: our volunteer dealers have been working hard and some of our members have been playing well in Sydney (see below).

Best wishes,


Update your details for the 2020 Club booklet

Members - please check your details in Pianola and the 2019 calendar booklet to check if they are correct. If they have not, please see Kerry or Emily in the office, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your updated details to ensure correct publication in the CBC 2020 Calendar Booklet.

Committee Meeting & AGM Minutes

August & September 2019 Committee Meeting minutes, and the ratified 2018 AGM minutes are now available to view and download on the Committee webpage.


Peter Von Der Pahlen died in Spain recently. He was a keen member of the Canberra Bridge community in the 1970’s when he was at the Finnish Embassy. He met his wife Beverley here. One of our trophies carries their name.

Old Club Photographs

Do you have an old photo of our Club’s building before the extension was added? This would be approximately between 1975-1981. If so, please contact John Brockwell who is looking for a photo for historical purposes, which he could scan a copy of.

Facebook Advertising – ABF Newsletter

Canberra Bridge Club received favourable mentions in the recent ABF newsletter and ABF Marketing newsletter for our Facebook promotion of our last course of Beginners lessons.

Scam emails: ‘Your personal data is threatened’

Sometimes it can be hard to know whether an email is real or fake, and whether or not you need to be concerned or just delete it. Recently we received a scam email with the subject line “Be sure to read this message! Your personal data is threatened!” and would like to take this opportunity to warn members that it is 100% a fake scam email, and do not respond to it or follow their ‘instructions’ if you receive emails like this one. Emails which claim to have ‘hacked’ your email account because of it sending ‘from’ your email address are not real. There are simple ways to make an email look like it was sent from a different address to what is real. Never give out your details or pay a “ransom” in response to these emails.

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.


A friendly reminder to please not wear perfume whilst at the Club, as some members have serious allergic/asthma reactions.  We have had two incidents this month alone, and would appreciate everyone’s continual assistance with this recurring problem.

Upcoming Events

Melbourne Cup Luncheon - Tuesday 5 November

There is still time to sign up for the Melbourne Cup Bridge and Lunch day on Tuesday 5 November. There will be sweeps, a raffle, gold-coin-donation for charity competitions, and of course all the excitement of the race!

The day will begin at 10:15am with a delicious morning tea. Bridge will commence at 10:45am. Lunch following will include tasty sandwiches and other delicacies. There will be bubbly, wine and soft drink too!

To join in the lunch please sign up online or on the BT Room notice board by midday Friday 1 November, making sure to add any dietary requirements. Those wanting just to play bridge can simply come along on the day. 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.

If you have a garden of Spring flowers we would love some bunches to brighten up the room. We would be grateful if you could bring them to the Club on Monday 4 November. Any donations of treats for morning tea on race day would also be greatly appreciated.

We are still in need of volunteers on the Monday afternoon to assist with arranging flowers, room set up, and preparations for the lunch. If you are able to help, please get in touch.

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

A grandfather heard his son explaining to his children aged 9 and 8 that the plant growing in the garden was a cactus. He added that if there are two or more such plants we call them cacti.

The 2 year-old, wide eyed, looked up to ask ‘When did the cat die?'


Bill Hunt Matchpoint Pairs

  1. Nat Krishnamoorthy &  Brian Thorp
  2. Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

2019 Sydney Spring Nationals

Open Teams

  1. Ian Thomson joined with Ashley Back, Paul Dalley & Ron Klinger

Brad Coles & George Kozakos in their respective teams qualified for the semi-finals.

Women’s Teams
Marianne Bookallil & Jodi Tutty, with Sophie Ashton and Lauren Travis, won all nine matches in the qualifying rounds and won the final very comfortably.

Seniors Teams

  1. Ian Thomson, with Ron Klinger, David Beauchamp, Mike Hughes, Peter Buchen & George Smolanko
  2. George Kozakos & Ian Robinson, with Simon Hinge & Stephen Lester

Ian Thomson was in the winning team in both the Open and Seniors events, a great achievement.

Congratulations to all the players above on a fine tournament.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on October 30, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Opening the Bidding - Hand Evaluation”
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:
    31st October - Overcalls
    6th November - Competing after an overcall
    14th November - They've stolen my bid!
    21st November - 1NT & responses

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.


  • 28th October – 1st November – Opening Leads & Signals (simplified)
  • 4th - 8th November - Double & Overcalls
  • 11th - 15th November - No Trump Play #1 
  • 18th – 22nd November – Trump Play #1