Newsletter - 22 March 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Carpet - Help needed
  • North/South seating
  • Reserved tables
  • Carpark

Upcoming Events


  • ACT Women's Teams
  • Novice Pairs
  • State Board a Match Teams


From the President:

Our solar panels have been inspected and are now operational. We can doubly enjoy Canberra’s sunny days. Thank you very much to Claire Hughes for her good work in initiating and following through on this project.

The CBC Novice Matchpoint Pairs and drinks was a very pleasant occasion last Sunday, as was the Seniors morning tea on Monday. Thank you to everyone who contributed food on Monday. Almost too many to list, and I don’t want to forget anyone. Please know that we appreciate your good will towards the club at all times.

And heartfelt thanks to the many hard workers who moved furniture for the carpet stretching exercise. Again I can’t mention them all but I have to put in lights the indefatigable John Hempenstall, with George McLean, Clive Kirkby, Xenon Ciciksza and David Hoffman.

Best wishes,


Carpets – Please help!

Cleaning will be done by a commercial company from 3pm on Friday 5 April.

We will need furniture-moving helpers from:

  • 2pm on Friday 5 April; and after the afternoon session i.e. about 4.15pm
  • 30am Saturday morning 6 April – also a general Working Bee at that time

There is a sign-up sheet on the foyer noticeboard if you are able to help.

North/South seats

Would those players who are relatively able bodied please show their appreciation of this by choosing to sit EW on some occasions?

Only those players with a serious mobility problem should ask the managers to reserve a place for them – and, if they are not coming, should let the managers know this.

Reserving Tables

Please return “Reserved” table signs back to the front bench when you have secured your table (or at end of session). Do not leave them out after session as this has caused confusion for future sessions about whether the table is available.

Carpark cards

In our continual efforts to reduce members of the public (not playing bridge) using our carpark, the managers place a note on car windscreens requesting that they should not park in our carpark, but to do so the managers need to know which cars belong to members.

Please collect from the office a small CBC Parking card and display this on your windscreen when parking in the CBC carpark.

Upcoming Events

Egon Larson Butler Pairs - Starts thisTuesday

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

CBC Congress – Restricted Matchpoint Pairs

  • Sunday 14th April, 2019
  • <600MP per pair
  • $12 per player
  • Half-day event, commencing at 1pm.
  • Presentation & Awards with nibbles & drinks at 5:30pm
  • Entries close Wednesday 10th April, 10am
  • Register online or on the notice board

CBC Barry Turner Teams

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 16th April for 3 weeks
  • Honour board event; Red Masterpoints
  • Entries close Monday 15th April, 10am
  • Register online or on the notice board

CBC President’s Butler Pairs

  • Thursdays 7:30pm, starting 11th April for 3 weeks
  • Entries close Wednesday 10th April, 10am
  • Register online or on the notice board

Kantar Lessons

$20 per lesson for Members.

Sunday, 14th April, 10am

  • More Tricks as Declarer, placing opponent’s honours.
  • Teacher: Ian Robinson
  • Optional lunch & entry to CBC Restricted Matchpoint Pairs for an additional $20

Sunday, 28th April, 10am

  • Even More Tricks as Declarer, counting the hand.
  • Teacher: Jodi Tutty

Sign-up sheets are on the BT Room wall.

Upcoming BFACT events

Dates for the 2019 ANC Trials

Seniors – Qualifying

Monday evenings 8 & 15 April

Seniors – Final

26-28 April

Wednesday Night Bridge – Pizza Night

Our next Pizza Night will be on 3 April from 6.15 pm.

Richard Hills will give a short lecture on ‘When to stop in contested contracts’ and he has some simple easy to remember rules as guidance.

If you want to partake in Pizzas please put your name on the list or email Jon Pike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by lunchtime on 3 April.

Australian Bridge Directors Association (ABDA) Seminar 2019  - VIC

  • Saturday 27th & 28th July, 2019. 
  • Victorian Bridge Association, 131 Poath Road, Murrumbeena, Victoria 3163

The Seminar will be open to all. However, travel subsidy will only be available to current financial members.

Autumn National Open Teams Adelaide

  • 2-3 May -  Swiss Pairs in various categories
  • 4-5 May -  Open Teams
  • 6 May - Consolation Teams and Pairs; free entry to players with < 25 master points.

Mentoring in May

Mentoring in May will be running again this year. Stay tuned for more information next week.


Selection Trials for the ACT Women’s team

  1. Margaret Bourke & Elizabeth Havas
  2. Julia Hoffman & Pam Crichton
  3. Adrienne Stephens & Erin Tewes

CBC Novice Pairs

  1. Anne Howell & Mikos Tifan
  2. Pam Macdonnell & Jan Appel
  3. Steve Kyburz & Nick Vonthethoff

State Board a Match Teams

  1. Peter Grant, Tony Marinos, Stephen Mendick, & Bernard Waters

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

Master Basics will resume on March 27th, 2019.
“Declarer Play – Planning at trick 1 – winners & losers”.

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

Supervised Play

Week of

Monday / Friday


25th - 29th March Opening Leads & Signals Defence – To Cover or Not to Cover
1st - 5th April Doubles & Overcalls Competitive Bidding - T/O double
8th - 12th April No Trump Play #1 Competitive Bidding - Advancing T/O double
15th - 19th April Trump Play #1 Negative & other doubles