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Introduction to Teams Bridge!

Canberra Bridge Club will be running a short teams bridge competition, designed for people with little or no experience in teams play. Although there will be guidance provided for those new to the Teams format, the event is also open to those who have played teams before.

Ideally, people will enter as a team of four consisting of two partnerships, available on both evenings. However, if you and your partner are looking for team-mates, please send an email ASAP and the club will endeavour to match up others with similar needs.

If you are at all interested or curious, please consider registering for the event via email at:

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Similarly, if you have any questions or require clarification, please feel free to email or to speak to Steve Geddes at the club.

When is it?

Friday 19th July            6-45 pm until 9-30 pm

Friday 26th July            6-45 pm until 9-30 pm

Can we play on just one night?

No. Your team will need to play on both nights, so do ensure that all four team members are available on both the 19th and 26th of July.

How much does it cost?

Each night will be run as a regular club session and charged through MyABF, exactly as any other game at the club. You can also pay via cash on the night. The cost is $12 or $10 concession.

What is “Teams Bridge”?

Most Bridge sessions at the club are known as “Pairs Bridge” events where you enter with your partner as a pair and compare your scores with all the other pairs sitting in the same direction as you throughout a night.

In contrast, Teams Bridge involves entering as a foursome. One pair will sit North-South and the other will sit East-West. You no longer compete against the whole room, but rather play against one other team – your NS pair plays against their EW pair and vice versa.

In calculating the score in teams bridge, what happens across the room is irrelevant to your match. All that matters is how things happen at your table compared to how things went at your team-mates’ table.

The tactics of teams play are slightly different from that in pairs as there is no longer the concept of a “top board” since you are not being compared against all the other tables. In teams you want to do better than the opposing team did with the same cards, however unlike pairs, the margin of that difference matters. Beating them by 620 to 170 is much more significant than beating them 630 vs 600 (whereas in pairs both of those scores would be the same “top board”).

There will be a short discussion/introductory chat each night and an experienced teams player on hand to discuss the strategies/process/etcetera.

Teams is a very enjoyable, very pure form of bridge and the club would encourage anyone with the slightest interest to put aside a couple of Friday evenings in July to come and see how it all works!

If you have any queries, please speak to Steve Geddes if you see him around the club or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Teams Listing


1. Ashurst – Max Ashurst, Josh Schwartz, Julie North, Daniel Geromboux, Daryl Whitfield

2. Walpole – Jenny Walpole, Robyn Carroll, Anne Fleming, Julie McPhail

3. Meares – Nicola Meares, Jacques Cherbuin, Camille Cherbuin, Elaine Pretorius

4. Edwards – Wendy Edwards, Sydney Rowan, Jayne Francis, Joyanne Gough

5. Herden – Barbara Herden, Judy Pejovic, Jen Saul, Adrienne Morey

6. Bayley – Scott Bayley, Maureen Doszpot, Pamela Lockwood, Marie Digman

7. Russell-French – Alison Russell-French, Monica Brook, Suzanne Mardus, Vicki Deakin

8. Tomati – Lynne Tomati, Trish Sandling, Richard McIntyre, Juliana Wu-Sun

9. Bruce – Catriona Bruce, Sally Vardy, Lyndall Kennedy, Kate Latimer

10. Mather - Tim Mather, Susie Thearle, Penelope Shilling, George McLean

11. Phillips - Judith Phillips, Laurelle Besgrove, Keith Besgrove, Jan Borny