Newsletter - 14 September 2018

From the President:

Thank you to the hardworking band of loyal workers who came to the working bee last Saturday morning. Inside they cleaned side tables, skirting boards and behind fridges. Outside they pruned, cut, weeded and swept.

The club’s thanks go to Bill Tutty, Jodi Tutty, Allen Scerri, Sue Scerri, Lesley Gunson, Keith Mitchell, Nick Vonthethoff, Julia Hoffman, David Hoffman, Liz van Der Hor, Len Van Der Hor, Ross Crichton, Anne Powell, Mark Sheen, Sue Coath, Catherine Cregan, Susan Walters, Lisa Westwood and Maureen Copping.

What would we do without them…

Best wishes,

AGM season is here

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 this 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. We need a minimum of 20 members present to constitute a quorum. Proxy forms have to be with the Secretary, Sue Pillans, 24 hours before the meeting.

Monday-Wednesday Evening News

As part of our promotion of evening duplicate bridge, up to and including November 2018:

  1. The players who win the monthly Handicap eclectic events on Monday and Wednesday evenings will receive a free play voucher each as their prize.
  2. The Club will offer half price table-money vouchers (two per person) to members who have not previouslyplayed in Monday or Wednesday evening sessions. These will be available on request from the session Director, or one of our two managers.

Heard at the Table

If I play bridge 5 days in a week, on the fifth day I trump my own Ace.

Beginners Lessons – Starting next week

The final set of lessons for 2018 are starting next week

  • 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.

Upcoming events

Gala Pairs – 16th September – This Sunday

"BFACT is providing lunch for the Gala pairs day, Sunday 16 September, with refreshments afterwards.  Would any members of the CBC be interested in providing a small plate of something suitable for morning tea nibbles, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, BFACT Tournament Secretary."

CBC Flight Centre Mixed Teams

  • Thursday 7.30pm: Sept 20th, 27th, Oct 4th & 11th
  • Red MasterPoints
  • Enter online or on the sheet in the BT Room

Gateway Pairs

  • Tuesday 7.30pm: 9, 16, & 23 October - 7.30pm
  • All comers welcome
  • Best 2/3
  • Enter online or on the sheet in the BT Room

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).

Bridge for Kids - Tuesday 2 & 9 October

  • 10am start and finishing at 12 noon with pizza and ice cream.
  • Cost is $5 per child.
  • Target age is 8-18 years.
  • Any card game will be played including bridge.
  • Come to one or both sessions.

It is expected that a parent or guardian will accompany each minor and assist if needed.

If you have any enquiries please contact Patricia: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cowra Bridge Congress

Congratulations John Brockwell & Chris Stead on winning the Swiss Pairs event at Cowra & District congress pairs last Saturday. Perelle Scales & John Donovan came 4th.

CBC Swiss Pairs, incorporating Von der Pahlen Mixed Pairs

  1. David Wawn & David Hoffman
  2. Anne Powell & David Vaughan

Wanted: Spring produce

Thank you to all those who have brought in produce for sale at the Club!

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.

Lighter Moments

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

- Oscar Wilde

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

Cost: $6 for members, $7 for non members          

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Sept 19:

Transfers – “Showing a second suit

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Weak 2D/2H/2S openings

17th September

21st September

Strong 2C opening

24th September

28th September

Slam bidding, Blackwood

1st October

5th October

Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)


Negative & other doubles

20th September



27th September


Partner, they have stolen by bid

4th October


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Bridge Hands

Duke of Cumberland Hand

A purportedly rigged hand dealt the son of George III, Kind of England, resulting in the loss of a ₤20,000 wager. The hand was used in the James Bond movie, “Moonraker” against the villain Drax.



                                    ♦ Q 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

                                    ♣ A Q 10 8 4

♠ A K Q J                                                                      ♠ 6 5 4 3 2

♥ A K Q J                     Deal: North                             ♥ 10 9 8 7 2

♦ A K                                    (Bond)                             ♦ J 10 9

♣ K J 9                                                                         ♣

                                    ♠ 10 9 8 7

                                    ♥ 6 5 4 3


                                    ♣ 7 6 5 3 2

Bond (North)             Meyer (East)               M. (South)                  Drax (West)

7♣ !                             (P)                                P                                  (X)


While the crafty 007 only has 8 points in his hand, by finessing Drax’s ♣ tenances and promoting Bond’s long Diamond suit, he established a whopping 13 tricks!