Newsletter - 12 October 2018

Infant: Super tiny, Super Cute, Super Baby. Mother: Super mom, Super wife, Super tired. Child: Super big, Super loud, Super kid.From the President:

Thank you very much to our Bridge4Kids team – Patricia McDonald, Bruce Crossman, Bev Crossman, Margaret Kyburz, Susie Ryrie, Erin Tewes and Ross Crichton. They have enabled many children to enjoy the pleasure of cards (and pizzas!) and may be sowing seeds of long years of bridge ahead.

Ann Pettigrew, who has taken on many roles in this club, will be leaving Canberra in the near future. We will hold a morning tea on THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER to say our good-byes. I would appreciate help in the form of donations of edible goodies. Please let me know if you can help so I can judge whether a fishes-and-loaves trick is needed.

Best wishes,

Flight Centre

To make the existing Trailing Commission process more sustainable for our Members, Club Managers and Flight Centre, we are making some changes effective immediately. There will be just three Flight Centre branches, Manuka, Weston Creek at Coolamon Court and Belconnen Mall from this point where members can make bookings for CBC to obtain the 1% trailing commission. Effectively, these branches are where most of members have dealt in the past. The following 3 names are the managers of their respective branches. You can off course deal with any of their staff.

  • Will Mackay at Manuka 02 62396499
  • Paul Nugent at Weston 02 62083588
  • Melanie Harlow at Belconnen 02 62532422

Additionally, Flight Centre is making some specials available to coincide with the Gold Coast Congress. These are set out below and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Package for Return flights with Virgin Airlines including luggage, plus 8 nights’ accommodation twin share and return airport transfers in a shuttle bus to Broadbeach.

  • Santa Anne by the Sea in Broadbeach in a Junior Suite - 4 star.
    Package price - twin share: $840 per person.
  • Bel Air on Broadbeach in 1 bedroom apartment - 4 star.
    Package price - twin share: $993 per person.
  • Mantra Broadbeach on the Park in a 2 bedroom apartment - 4 ½ star.
    Package price - twin share: $1324 per person.

Please feel welcome to contact Peter Giles on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 0439 469 811 regarding queries on any aspect of the above.

Helpers needed – Dealing boards for SFOB

If you are NOT playing in the Swiss Pairs events at the Summer Festival of Bridge, and are willing to help with dealing boards, we would love your help! Training will be provided.

There will be 2 sessions for dealing per day, from Monday 15th October:

AM – 10am – 12pm

PM – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Contact: Mary Tough - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 by Wednesday 31st October so we can ensure they are correct in the 2019 book.


Allergies seem to be an increasing problem. Perfume affects some people badly so it would be helpful if people could refrain from wearing perfume for bridge sessions. We are in close proximity for a long period.

Upcoming events

State Graded Masters Matchpoint Pairs

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

Hugh Hudson Pairs (Butler)

  • Tuesday 7:30pm: 30th October, 6th, 13th & 20th November
  • Honour Board event
  • Enter online or on the sheet in the BT Room by Monday 29th October 1pm

Ballarat Festival of Bridge

Date: Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 7th April

This is proving to be a popular event amongst players wishing to play in a Congress type event but a more social environment.

Please feel welcome to contact Peter Giles on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 0439 469 811 regarding queries on any aspect of the above.

Intermediate Lessons with Jodi Tutty – Improve your Bridge skills

  • Saturday 3rd November, 10am – 12:15pm. Topic: Hand analysis
  • Saturday 17th November, 10am – 12:15pm. Topic: Declarer Play

$20 per session for members & interstate visitors; $25 for non-members residing in the ACT.
Payment collected on the day.

Please sign up on the noticeboard, or register online. Find more details on the Improve Your Bridge Skills flyer (PDF).

Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne Cup is on Tuesday, 6th November, and the session will start at 10.00am.
Please note there will NOT be a Tuesday afternoon session on Melbourne Cup Day.

The cost is $36 for member and $43 for non-members. Lunch only is $26.

Payment: This year money will be collected at the table. Any cancellations require two full days notice, i.e. 1.00pm Friday, 2 November. Cancellations after that date will require full payment.

Prizes will be given for Best Dressed, Best Hat and Lucky Door Prize. There will also be a raffle to raise money for the Club’s charity, Barnardos, and there will be lots of sweeps.

A signup sheet is in the Barry Turner Room.

Flowers Please – To brighten up our club rooms for this event, could members please bring flowers to the Club on Monday, 5th November.


  • Donate flowers
  • Assist in arranging flowers
  • Help in the set up of rooms
  • To prepare for lunch on Tuesday


  • Help with the setting up for lunch
  • Assist with the clean up

Metal name badges

Another batch of metal name badges will be ordered soon. 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.

Lighter Moments

A few lines of humour, attributed to Phyllis Diller.

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle - keep away from children.

The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing.

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

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

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Oct 17:

Opening the Bidding– “Obstructive Openings – Pre-empts, Weak 2’s ”

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Same bid, different message

15th October

19th   October

System Card

22nd October

26th   October

Opening Leads & Signals

29th October

2nd November

No Trump Play

5th November

9th November

Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)



18th October


Responses to 2NT

25th October



1st November


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

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.


New Zealand Congress

Congratulations to Andrew Spooner who performed very well in the New Zealand National Congress. His team (Matt Smith – Andrew Spooner, John McMahon – Nico Ranson) won their way to the Semi-Finals of the Teams, only being defeated then by the eventual winners.

The same team, as the Australian Youth team, comfortably won the Youth Test Match against New Zealand.

Albury Congress Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Claire Hughes and Pamela McKittrick who finished 14th in the Open event, thereby coming second in the Restricted field.