Newsletter - 31 August 2018
From the President:
One more collective noun (thanks to John T):
- A revoke of bridge players
I would like to run a campaign to increase the sum of human happiness. Let’s start in the Canberra Bridge Club by making the bridge playing life of our fellow competitors more fun. Say hello, share a joke, congratulate your opponents on good play, remember that your partner should be your friend… if we all try to do any or all of the above, we will enjoy our time at the club more than we do already. There endeth today’s sermon.
Our wonderful Treasurer, Val Carmody, is going to relinquish that position.
Do you have a financial background or an interest in that area, and an interest in the welfare of the Canberra Bridge Club? If so, please talk to me to discuss possibilities. We do have ideas on helping to reduce the load by seeking some outside assistance.
Saturday 8 September at 9.30am for jobs inside and out.
An hour or two of your time would help greatly. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.
AGM season is approaching:
To clarify for those who are unclear:
The Bridge Federation of the ACT is our ‘state’ body, to which we (Canberra BC), Capital BC, South Canberra BC, Cootamundra BC and Monaro (Cooma) BC are affiliated. BFACT’s AGM will be held on Sunday 16 September at about 5pm, at the conclusion of play in the Gala Pairs.
Please note that there will be a Special Resolution seeking to replace the BFACT Constitution. Read the new draft Constitution on the BFACT website; you can link to it from the CBC website.
This club is the Canberra Bridge Club.
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 September at 5.30pm. Nomination forms are available at the club. Please show your support for the club by coming along.
Tuesday and Thursday evening players please note – NEXT WEEK
From Tuesday 4 September (i.e. next week) these sessions will commence at 7.30pm.
Monday evening start remains at 7pm. Wednesday evening start remains at 7.15pm
The final set of lessons for 2018 are starting on:
- Monday, Sept 17th at 7pm – 9pm &
- Friday, Sept 21 at 10am – 12pm
The six week course costs $75 & includes a text book, detailed notes and one free supervised play session.
The Club relies heavily on members helping to promote the lessons held at the Club.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing their’s – it is quite possible that you haven’t grasped the situation.
- Red Masterpoints
- Tuesday evenings Sept 11, 18, 25, & Oct 2.
- Semi-final Thursday 4th October 7:30pm
- Final Thursday 11th October 7:30pm
Gala Pairs – 16th September
- Main event: 9:30am start
- Beginners Championship: 1:15pm start
- Entry limited to players with <2 MP, who haven’t contested this event previously.
Canberra in Bloom
Wanted: Winter produce
Thank you to all those who have brought in produce for sale at the Club! Lemons, Limes, Kiwifruit, Guava, Grapefruit, marmalade & more! They have been such a hit, and are going hotcakes!
Yes, we always want more! If you have an abundance of produce, please consider donating some to raise funds for the Club. We are grateful for every donation.
Thank you to our members & visitors for their honesty in paying for the produce on the foyer table.
A man was kibitzing in a big tourney.
Suddenly a player at another table got sick and had to leave. No substitutes were available and the kibbitzer was asked if he could play.
He sat as South and told his partner that he didn’t know anything about bidding, but his partner said, “just tell me your hand”.
The bidding went this way:
South West North East
1♣ P 1NT P
2♥ P 2NT P
3♠ P N 3 NT P
7♦ P P P
♥J x x x
♣A K Q x x x x
♠K 10 x x x ♠Q x x
♥K x x x x x ♥A 10
♦? 2 ♦K J
♣? ? ♣8 7 6
♠A x x
♦A Q 10 9 8 7 5
West lead 2♦ to J♦, Q♦.
South A♦ discarding ♥ in dummy then 10♦ discarding ♥ in dummy.
J♣ to a ♣ and play the ♣ from top and make the contract.
West called the director of the tournament to the table, questioning the bidding.
The director asked “what did your bid mean?”
South answered, “Partner told me to show my hand; I had 1 Club, 2 Hearts, 3 Spades and 7 Diamonds!”
Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills
Cost: $6 for members, $7 for non members
The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Sept 5:
Transfers – “Major suit transfers”
Supervised Session 2018
Supervised session topics
(starting at 7.00pm)
(starting at 9.30am)
Rule of 20 & Rule of 15
High opening bids:Pre-empts
Weak 2D/2H/2S openings
Supervised session topics
(starting at 9.30am)
Take out double
Advancing a Take out double
Negative & other doubles
- Barb, Ann and Jeanette
Dear Hilda Lirsch,
Who is the Rueful Rabbit?
The Rueful Rabbit is the worst player in the club, but he has a Guardian Angel who turns all of his mistakes into gold. For example, RHO deals and opens with 1♦, and R.R. holds:
The only sensible action for R.R. is to Pass. However R.R. mistakenly read RHO’s opening bid as 1♥ (instead of the actual 1♦), so R.R. doubled for takeout. R.R. was horrified when his partner forced to 6♥, doubled by RHO (who held three aces).
But the Guardian Angel struck again, giving R.R. a top, when RHO led the wrong ace, the ace of spades, and R.R.’s partner held:
Wednesday Night Bridge