Newsletter - 1 November 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Gunnedah Congress


From the President:

The dealers have done it again! Many thanks to chief organiser Mary Tough and her merry band of Jenny Brogan, Bruce Crossman, Bev Crossman, Clem Davis, Julia Hoffman, Greg Haustead, Ivan Johnstone, Jon Pike, Jan Johnston, Tim Mather, Bob Cox, Sue La Peyre, Ian Robinson, Chris Quail, Keith Jorgensen and Nick Vonthethoff.

Best wishes,


Fundraiser for Barnardos

Tim Mather is participating in the swimming leg of the Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathalon to be held in Canberra on 17th November.  If members would like to support the Bridge Club’s charity, Barnardos, by sponsoring him for a win, place, or kilometres swum it would be greatly appreciated. Tim will swim 1.5kms in Lake Ginnanderra, 3.5kms in Lake Burley Griffin and 1.2kms in Lake Tuggeranong.

Thank you in anticipation of a successful outcome.

New book in library – “Advanced Bridge – Contested Auctions”

Some CBC members accepted the offer from Trumps Bridge Centre to join their holiday attendees at the Mercure last Sunday. As thanks for our advertising, Trumps kindly donated a bridge book for our library - Derrick Browne, Advanced Bridge – Contested Auctions.

Southern Highlands Bridge Club – fundraising for clubhouse through Book

Southern Highlands Bridge Club are raising funds to build their own clubhouse. To help in this Rakesh Kumar has written two 44-page booklets, entitled Better Partnership Bridge.

Booklet 1 (improving club players) covers concepts that are especially relevant to players wanting to consolidate their grasp of the fundamentals of partnership bidding and defence. It also includes some bidding conventions and ideas that could be of interest to intermediate players.

Booklet 2 (intermediate club players) covers a number of topics that are a little more complex. In particular, it focuses on more effective approaches to competitive and slam bidding, as well as more effective defence.

The booklets cost $15 each (plus postage). If interested, please contact Pam Crichton for further details:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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 this Tuesday, 5 November, with sweeps, a raffle, fun prizes, and all the excitement of the race!

Remember the change in timing this year. The day will begin at 10:15am with a delicious morning tea. Bridge will commence at 10:45am. For those who have signed up, lunch will take place from 2:00pm leading up to the race at 3:00pm. Remember if you just want to come along to play bridge you can simply turn up for the session on Tuesday at 10:45am.

We would love any Spring flowers from your garden that could brighten up the room. If you have any to spare 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.

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

State Veterans Pairs

  • Monday 10am, 11th & 18th November
  • Eligibility: Born before 1 January 1949
  • Matchpoint scoring
  • Pair with highest combined score over two sessions will be the winner. No substitutions.

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

What do you call an alligator that makes others fight?

An Instigator.

What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An Investigator.


Gunnedah Congress

Pairs:   3rd – Niek Van Vucht with Vicky Lisle
Teams: 1st – Niek Van Vucht with Vicky Lisle, Michael Johnson and Alan Meikle

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on November 6, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Slam Bidding - Bidding Big Hands”
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:
    6th November - Competing after an overcall
    14th November - They've stolen my bid!
    21st November - 1NT & responses
    28th November - Stayman

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.


  • 4th - 8th November – Double & Overcalls
  • 11th - 15th November – No Trump Play #1 
  • 18th – 22nd November – Trump Play #1 
  • 25th - 29th November – Card Play #2 Finesse