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.

Best wishes,

Working Bee

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

Beginners Lessons

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.

Lighter moments

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.

Upcoming events

State Open Teams Championship

  • 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

Canberra in Bloom

Don’t forget that at the end of September you can play in our home grown Canberra in Bloom congress, either pairs or teams - or both. If you’ve never played in a congress this is a great one to start with. Each event has novice, restricted and open categories. A fun way to spend the long weekend. This year it’s being held at a new venue, the Gungahlin Club, part of the Eastlake group. More information is available at the website, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or ask Justine Beaumont, or either Kerry or Emily (our managers).

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.

Bridge Hands

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

West                                                                                        East

♠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

Q 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

3rd September

7th September

High opening bids:Pre-empts

10th September

14th September

Weak 2D/2H/2S openings

17th September

21st September


Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)

Take out double

6th September

Advancing a Take out double

13th September

Negative & other doubles

20th September

- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Dear Hilda Lirsch,

Who is the Rueful Rabbit?

Best wishes,

March Hare


Dear March,

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:




Best wishes,


Wednesday Night Bridge

Our next Pizza/Lecture night will be Wednesday night 5th September when Richard Hills will be talking about simple squeeze plays. If you wish to partake of pizzas please leave your name on the list on the wall or contact Clem Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone 5105 6993. Cut off is Wednesday midday.