Newsletter - 1 March 2019

In this week’s newsletter...


Upcoming Events


  • Gold Coast Congress
  • Eclectics


From the President:

Peter Grant has been a Recorder for the Canberra Bridge Club for many, many years. He has fulfilled this role with fairness, thoroughness and a concern for the Club’s and individuals’ welfare. The job takes a lot of time and energy. He has also spent a large number of hours over many years fulfilling the role of a Recorder at the Summer Festival of Bridge. We are very grateful for all of this and it is only fair now that we allow him to retire from this activity.

I am delighted to announce that Stephen Fischer has agreed to take over this role with effect immediately.

Jodi Tutty, the other CBC Recorder, is continuing in the role.

Best wishes,


Vale Garry

We were sad to hear of the death of Garry Rippon recently and are thinking of his family and friends.

Many school students in Goulburn and Canberra were lucky enough to have Garry as their teacher.

Garry was a stalwart of the Goulburn Bridge Club and a member of the Canberra Bridge Club for many years and in recent times has played at the South Canberra Bridge Club and the Valley Bridge Club.

A good natured and generous friend to many, Garry played bridge in a wonderful spirit. He was interested in many things and a day was always improved by seeing Garry.

Lighter Moments

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than illumination.

- Andrew Lang


Electricity interruption – Tuesday 5th March

ACTEW has to install a smart meter at the club to assist our operations with the solar panels. This work will take place on Tuesday 26 February between 8am and 5pm and will take between 20 minutes and three hours. We hope it will occur in the morning but ACTEW will not give us a time. We will still hold the afternoon bridge session. Claire will post an update on the website at midday on that day if you are concerned.

Do you want a metal name badge?

We will soon be submitting another batch of orders for the Metal (magnetic) name badges. The cost is $15 per badge, pre-paid. Please see the managers before/after session.

Daily Bridge Column

The ABF is supporting an initiative whereby you can receive a daily bridge column for a year for $52, delivered to your phone, tablet or computer. This will start on 1 March.

The contributors are Ron Klinger, Barbara Travis, Phillip Alder, Barry Rigal, John Carruthers, Mike Lawrence and Andrew Robson.

You can subscribe now at

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).

Upcoming Events

CBC Seniors Walk-in Red Point Pairs

  • Mondays 10am, 18th & 25th March
  • Walk-in – no pre-entry required!

State American Whist Teams

  • Thursdays 7:30pm, starting 21st March for 3 weeks
  • Register online or on the notice board

Egon Larson Butler Pairs

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 26th March for 3 weeks
  • Entries close Monday 25th March, 10am.
  • Register online or on the notice board

Wednesday Night Bridge

Our next Pizza night and Bridge Talk will be on Wed. 6th March from 6.15 pm

Bridge teacher in training Christy will give a talk on what can you infer from your partner’s opening lead.

This is planned as an interactive talk, so come along with any queries that you may have.

Monday night players are especially welcome.

If you want Pizza please contact Clem Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Tuesday night 5th March or put your name on the list on the wall.


Gold Coast Congress

Intermediate Butler Swiss Pairs - 3rd Rob Hurst & Robin Erskine

Open Teams - Stephen Fischer, Marianne Bookallil, David Appleton and Peter Reynolds came 4th.

Seniors Teams - Stephen Mendick, Bernard Waters, Peter Grant and Tony Marinos came 2nd.




Monday morning – Blue

Pamela McKittrick & Richard Johnston

Monday morning – Red

Richard Hills & Chris Stead

Monday Evening

Gill Allen & Anne Baldwin

Monday Evening - Handicap

Simon & Michele Grant

Tuesday afternoon

Adam Robinson & Sue Coleman

Wednesday morning

Steve Kyburz & Nick Vonthethoff

Wednesday evening

John Hempenstall & Clem Davis

Wednesday evening - Handicap

Chris Ballantyne & Douglas Stuart

Thursday morning – Red Butler

Stephen Carter & Denis Grahame

Thursday morning – Blue Matchpoint

Denise McLellan & Doreen Hand

Friday morning

Richard Hills & Richard Neville

Friday afternoon

Geoff Hutchins & Geoff Hayes

Saturday afternoon

Terri Henderson & Terry Pearson

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

Master Basics will resume on March 6th, 2019.
“Competitive Bidding – Competing after an overcall”.

Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members 

Supervised Play

Week of

Monday / Friday


4th – 8th March

Strong 2C openings

Defence  - Rule of 11

11th – 15th March

Slam bidding, Blackwood

Defence  - Second hand play

18th – 22nd March

Introduction, Etiquette, Key Points

Defence – Third hand play