Newsletter - 1 February 2019

In this week’s newsletter...


  • Valentine's Day Congress helpers


  • Membership renewals overdue
  • Southern Cross Club Community Benefits

Upcoming Events

  • Valentine's Day Congress
  • ANC Open Teams - Stage 1
  • Board-A-Match (Danish) Teams
  • Beginners lessons
  • Wednesday night talk & pizza


  • January Eclectics
  • Australian Mixed Team Selection
  • Australian Youth Team Selection

Lessons resume this week

From the President:

Thank you to Margaret Kyburz and all the members who have helped at Summer Supervised this year. I am sure that the supervised players have appreciated your time and friendliness.

I appeal for your help in the carpark. Please drive SLOWLY and take care – think about how to make 3HX when you get home.

Best wishes,



We were saddened to hear of Walter Koochew’s sudden death this week. He is a long time member of this club, in recent times playing most frequently on Thursday mornings.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday 2 February (tomorrow) at 11.30am at William Cole Funerals, 60 Nettlefold Street, Belconnen.

We extend our condolences to his wife and family.


The committee authorises directors and managers to call an ambulance for a seriously ill member as seems necessary.

Our duty of care means that it is not a good time for a debate!

Please do not block ambulance access to the club by parking where you should not, no matter how difficult parking is.

Thank you all for your help in this.

Overheard Recently

Playing with John Donovan, Lynne Moss announced to the opposition that they had made some small changes to their card. One of them immediately piped up "But is John going to stick to it?" to which John’s reply was "If the moon is in the right quadrant, and the planets are appropriately lined up, then ... maybe!"


Valentine’s Day Congress helpers

We need helpers in the kitchen, and someone with a Costco membership to collect sandwiches on Sunday morning (10th February).If you are able to help, please contact Patricia McDonald: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Membership renewal now overdue

If you would like to retain your CBC Membership for 2019, and have not yet paid your fees, please do so as they are now overdue. Membership fees can be paid to the managers, to the director, or via bank deposit (with your surname & ABF number in the reference field).

Southern Cross Club Community Benefits

Please don’t forget the Southern Cross Club Community Benefits Scheme. Any person who is a member of Southern Cross can assign their benefits to CBC. Once your card is registered with CBC, you simply need to have it swiped when you buy food or drink at the Southern Cross Club, knowing you are helping our bridge club. You do not need to tell any Southern Cross Club staff about it. So please join the Southern Cross Club, encourage friends to do likewise, have your cards registered with Kerry or Emily and then eat, drink and be merry at CSCC, while helping the bridge club financially. 

Lighter Moments

I told my son, “You will marry the girl I choose.” He said No.
I told him, “She is Bill Gates’ daughter.” He said Yes.

I called Bill Gates, “I want your daughter to marry my son.” He said No.
I told Bill Gates, “My son is CEO of the World Bank.” He said OK.

I called the President of the World Bank, “Please make my son CEO of the World Bank.” He said No.
I told him, “My son is Bill Gates’ son-in-law.” He said OK.

This is exactly how politics works.

Upcoming Events

Valentine’s Day Congress – Sunday 10th Feb, 10am – 5pm

  • Prizes for all categories
  • Red Masterpoints; Directed by Bruce Crossman
  • Register online or on the notice board

Three competition levels:

  • Novice Butler Pairs (<150MP per pair)
  • Restricted Butler Pairs (<600MP per pair)
  • Open Swiss Teams
  • Grand Slam players (without an ABF number) – see Masterpoint Equivalence
  • Register online or on the notice board sign-up sheet before Wed 6th
  • $37 per player; $40 for local non-ABF affiliated players.
  • Morning tea, light lunch and after-play drinks and nibbles included

ANC Open Teams – Stage 1

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 26th February for 4 weeks
  • Entries close Friday 22nd February, 10am.
  • Register online or on the notice board

Board-A-Match (Danish) Teams

  • Thursdays 7:30pm, starting 28th February for 3 weeks
  • Entries close Wednesday 27th February, 10am.
  • Register online or on the notice board

Beginners lessons

The next beginners’ lessons course starts this Monday 4th February (7pm) & Friday 8th February (10am).

It is a six-week course. The cost is $75, which includes a textbook, detailed notes & one free supervised play session. Payment is taken on the day of the first session.

For last-minute enrolments, please contact Kerry or Emily on 6282 2382 ASAP.

Wednesday Night Talk & Pizza

We will be having our first pizza night on 6th Feb. Pizzas from 6.15 pm. Richard Hills will be giving another of his entertaining talks on some of the interesting hands he came across during the NOT. If you wish to partake of pizzas please contact Jon Pike by Midday on 6th Feb (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or add your name to the Pizza list on the noticeboard.





Monday morning – Blue

Pamela McKittrick & Richard Johnston

Monday morning – Red

Bill Pattinson & Paul Sullivan

Tuesday afternoon

Adam Robinson & Sue Coleman

Wednesday morning

Elspeth Saxby & Eric Glass

Wednesday evening

Clem Davis & John Hempenstall

Thursday morning

Andrew Gibbs & Edith Blumenthal

Friday morning

Lance McDougall & Harold McCormick

Friday afternoon

Ken Anderson & June Anderson

Saturday afternoon

Marcia Donaghue & Heather McLoughlin

Australian Mixed Team Selection

Jodi Tutty, with David Beauchamp, Renee Cooper, & Ben Thompson

Australian Youth Team Selection

Andrew Spooner, with Tomer Libman, Matt Smith, Jamie Thompson, Nico Ranson, & John McMahon

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics - resumes this week

Master Basics will resume on February 6th, 2019.
The first lesson for the year is “Bridge Rules – Rules of the Game & Common Mistakes”.

Supervised Play - resumes this week

Reminder: There is a slight change to Thursday Supervised Lessons & Play for 2019.
Lessons will be 9:30–9:50am, with a charge of $5 for Members & $6 for non-members.
Thursday Lessons will be more advanced topics than Monday/Friday.
Supervised play on a Thursday will be at 10am, with a volunteer (not teacher) supervising.




4th Feb –
Responses to NT & Stayman

7th Feb –
Declarer Play - Planning at Trick 1

8th Feb –
Responses to NT & Stayman

11th Feb – Rule of 20 & Rule of 15

14th Feb –
Defence – Defence, Signals

15th Feb – Rule of 20 & Rule of 15

18th Feb – Pre-emptive openings

21st Feb –
Transfers - Major Suit Transfers

22nd Feb – Pre-emptive openings