Newsletter - 28 September 2018

From the President:

Thank you to the members who attended the AGM on Tuesday night. See below the 2018-2019 committee.

The club made a profit of $39,637 in the last financial year. This is wonderful news, but don’t relax – eternal vigilance is needed!

Val Carmody, our Treasurer for the last five years, has stepped down from the committee. I am sure that every member of the club will thank her for the huge contribution she has made to the club. Treasurer, yes (and what a demanding role), but she has done much more besides. The good news is that she will still be in Canberra so we hope to access her advice for a few more months and of course to see her more frequently at the bridge table.

Val, thank you and congratulations on a magnificent job!

The club will support Barnardos Australia as our charity in 2018-2019.

Good luck to all our members playing in the Canberra in Bloom Congress this weekend.

Best wishes,

Elderly couple with shirts reading Together since 1952CBC Committee 2018-2019

President:                               Pam Crichton
Vice-President:                      Ian Robinson
Treasurer:                               Lyn Turner
Secretary:                               Sue Pillans
Tournament Secretary:         John Brockwell
Committee:                            Cathi Bywater
                                                John Hempenstall
                                                Richard Hills
                                                Claire Hughes
                                                Margaret Kyburz
                                                Patricia McDonald
                                                Perelle Scales
                                                Mary Tough

Details in the CBC Booklet

Are your phone and email details up-to-date correct in our blue book & Pianola?

If not, please let Kerry or Emily know so we can ensure they are correct in the 2019 book.

Australian Youth Team

Andrew Spooner will again be representing Australia, playing in an Australian Youth team in a Youth Test Match against New Zealand on 5-6 October. The team is:

  • Matt Smith – Andrew Spooner
  • John McMahon – Nico Ranson

Good luck, Andrew!

Friends of Ronnie Carlson – This week

Ronnie played bridge in this club for many years. After her recent death her sons want to give something in her memory to the Canberra Bridge Club to acknowledge the happy times she spent here.

We will plant a shrub outside the building on Tuesday 2 October at about 12.45.

It would be very nice if any of her friends are able to come.

Would the Tuesday afternoon players please attend this short ceremony.

Bidding Boxes Needing Attention

Would players please place any inadequate bidding boxes in the cardboard box at the front of the Barry Turner Room, that is boxes missing bidding cards or damaged boxes?

Perelle will fix them up and put them back into circulation.

If your bidding box has duplicate bidding cards in it, please place those cards in the box at the front also.

Wednesday Night Bridge

The next Pizza night/lecture will be on 3 October from 6.15 pm with bridge from 7.15 pm.

Richard's next lecture will be on the “Do's and Don'ts of opening leads”.

If you wish to book in for Pizzas please contact Jon Pike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Midday on 3rd Oct.

Metal name badges

Another batch of metal name badges will be ordered in the coming weeks. If you would like to get one, please contact Kerry or Emily in the office ASAP to add you to the list for this order. The badges cost $15, and must be paid for before ordering.


A quick reminder that Pianola is not only a great boon to the Club Managers and Directors, it is also a great resource for players. You may control your receipt of club emails, result emailsupdate your personal details including your password, control who sees your personal information, and control who sees and who receives your partnership requests

You may also upload a photo, detail which systems you use, and enter emergency contact or other data that is only visible to the Club Managers and System Administrators. 

Upcoming events

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

State Graded Masters Matchpoint Pairs

  • Thursday 7:30pm: 18th, 25th October & 1st November
  • Best 2 of 3 scores wins (same partner)
  • Red MasterPoints
  • Enter online or on the sheet in the BT Room

Lighter Moments

When asked to acknowledge that his partner had paused to think before bidding, the player replied:

“There was a hesitation, but I’m not sure that there was any thinking involved!”

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.

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

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

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Oct 3:

Transfers – “Super Accepts”

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Slam bidding, Blackwood

1st October

5th October

More Slams

8st October

12th October

Same bid, different message

15th October

19th October

Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)


Partner, they have stolen by bid

4th October


1 NT & responses

11th October



18th October


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Bridge Hands

Last week’s Bridge Hand was a real puzzle! It accidentally had a few errors. Rest assured, I have fixed the puzzle for this week for you all. (Thank you to those who noticed & let us know.)

Bennett Murder

A true tragedy which occurred in 1931; John S Bennett was shot to death by his wife during a bitter argument over a hand at the Bridge table. While she was tried for murder, the Jury acquitted her. The hands are believed to be:

                                                ♠A 10 6 3

                                                ♥ 10 8 5

                                                ♦ 4

                                                ♣ A 9 8 4 2

♠ Q 7 2                                                                                    ♠4

♥ A J 3                                     Contract: 4♠                            ♥ Q 9 4

♦ A Q 10 9 2                           Declarer: South                        ♦ K J 7 6 3

♣ J 6                                                                                        ♣ Q 7 5 3

                                                ♠ K J 9 8 5

                                                ♥ K 7 6 2

                                                ♦ 8 5

                                                ♣ K 10

W        N         E          S

-           -           -           1S

(2D)     4S        (P)        P


John Bennett made a “psychic” opening bid of 1♠, not uncommon during that era.

Unfortunately, Mr. Bennett didn’t make the contract of his life. Can you?


Alexander Woolcott, in his book "While Rome Burns" wrote:

"Myrtle Bennett has not allowed her bridge to grow rusty, even though she occasionally encounters an explicable difficulty in finding a partner. Recently, she took on one unacquainted with her history. Having made an impulsive bid, he put his hand down with some diffidence,

Partner, he said, I'm afraid you'll want to shoot me for this.

Mrs. Bennett, says my informant, had the good taste to faint."

Ely Culbertson commented that if the Bennetts had been using his bidding system Mr Bennett would still be alive. 


Mollymook Congress

Pairs 1st: equal – Richard Brightling & Karen Creet, Andrew Creet & Stephen Mendick

Teams 1st: Richard Brightling, Stephen Mendick, Sue Neill & Rob Van Der Hoek

Standby Players Needed

We need a list of people who are willing to fill in at short notice. If you would be happy to play for
a session or two, or for a day or an event, please talk to either Kerry or Emily.