Newsletter - 13 September 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • August Eclectics
  • Cowra Bridge Club Congress
  • Territory Gold Festival
  • State Open Pairs


From the President:

Good luck to Jodi Tutty, Stephen Fischer, Arjuna De Livera and Ian Thomson on their current international bridge adventure in Wuhan, China.

I look forward to seeing some of you who are not in exotic places overseas at our Working Bee tomorrow morning.

Best wishes,


Working Bee

Don’t forget our working bee tomorrow!

Saturday September 14th, from 9:30am

We welcome all volunteers!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday Intermediate Lessons

Bridge Basics for Continuing Students with Barb Toohey

  • Tuesday Sept 17, 27 & October 1
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm.
  • $15.00 per lesson

Sign-up sheet is up in the Barry Turner Room

State Open Teams (Qual)

  • Tuesdays at 7:30pm – Sept 17th, 24th, Oct 1st & 18th
  • Semi-Finals: 30th Oct; Finals 6th Nov. (Flexible dates)
  • Sign up online

CBC Spring Pairs

Undergraduate & Graduate Masters Championship

  • Gateway event for newer players
    • o Undergraduate: Less than 2MP
    • o Graduate: Less than 5 MP
  • Sunday 29th September, 1:15pm (seated by 1pm)

BFACT State Gala Day Pairs

  • Sunday 29th September, 9:30am
  • Open & Intermediate (combined) – Beverley Carmichael Trophy (under 1000MP)
  • Restricted (less than 300MP) – Valerie Mitchell Trophy
  • Provincial & Novice (less than 50MP) – Earl Dudley Trophy

Canberra in Bloom

  • Eastlake Football Club, Gungahlin
  • October 4th - 7th
  • Events for players of all standards

Standby players will be required to make this event run smoothly. Please contact Perelle Scales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0450 961 935 with your availability.

Helpers for setup are required on Thursday 3rd October 4:30pm, and helpers for packing up/take-down are needed for Monday 7th October 4:30pm.
As always, many hands make light work!
Please contact Justine Beaumont by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0414 637 075 if you can help.

It’s “Annual General Meeting” Season!

Canberra Bridge Club

The AGM of the Canberra Bridge Club will be held on Tuesday 24 September at 5.30pm

Nomination forms are available at the club. Please show your support for the club by coming along.


You may appoint a proxy to vote for you if you cannot attend, but any attending member can only hold ONE proxy vote. Proxy forms are available in the club and must be given to the Secretary 24 hours ahead of the AGM.

Bridge Federation of the ACT (BFACT)

The Bridge Federation of the ACT is our ‘state’ body, to which we (Canberra BC), Capital BC, South Canberra BC, Cootamundra BC and Monaro (Cooma) BC are affiliated.

Members of the Canberra Bridge Club are members of BFACT by virtue of their CBC membership. 

BFACT’s AGM will be held at CBC on Sunday 29 September at about 5pm, at the conclusion of play in the Gala Pairs.

Lighter Moments

New York (CNN). At John F. Kennedy International Airport today, a Caucasian male (later discovered to be a high school mathematics teacher) was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a compass, a protractor and a graphical calculator.
According to law enforcement officials, he is believed to have ties to the Al-Gebra network. He will be charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.


August Eclectics



Monday Morning - Blue

Andrew Gibbs & Edith Blumenthal

Monday Morning – Red

Ian Dalziell & Trevor Berenger

Monday Evening

Michael Robertson & Ian Gay

Tuesday Afternoon

Keith Mitchell & Lesley Gunson

Wednesday Morning

Elspeth Saxby & Eric Glass

Wednesday Evening

Maria Meakins & Vic Meakins

Wednesday Evening - Handicap

John Hempenstall & Clem Davis

Thursday Morning – Blue

Malcolm Wood & Judy Netting

Thursday Morning – Red

Lesley Gunson & Larissa Cowlishaw

Friday Morning

Lance McDougall & Harold McCormick

Friday Afternoon

Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy

Saturday Afternoon

Simon Grant & Michelle Grant

Cowra Congress

Teams: 1st Geoff Hutchins & Helen Little teamed with Chris & Morag Lokan.
             2nd Allen & Susan Scerri, John Donovan & Perelle Scales
             4th Claire Hughes, Cathi Bywater, Pamela McKittrick & Judy Netting

Territory Gold Festival

Matchpoint Pairs:      2nd George Kozakos & Phil Gue
                                    4th John Brockwell & Niek Van Vucht

Teams:                         1st George Kozakos, Phil Gue, Simon Hinge & Joe Haffer

State Open Pairs

  1. Anne Powell & Niek Van Vucht
  2. Margaret Bourke & Elizabeth Havas

Lessons & Seminars

See “Upcoming Events” section for the Tuesday Intermediate Lessons “Bridge Basics for Continuing Beginners”

Master the Basics 

The next lesson will be on September 11, 2019 @ 9.15am
 “Transfers – Showing a second suit”.
Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

  • Every Thursday Morning at 9.30am SHARP
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost $5 for members, $7 for non-members
  • Come alone, with a friend or your partner
  • Program:
    19th September - Third hand play
    26th September - To Cover or Not to Cover
    3rd October - Planning, play points
    10th October - Take out double

Supervised Play & Lessons

  • Monday evenings, 7:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:30am
  • 20 minute free lesson, then play in the Supervised Play section to reinforce your learning (normal table fees apply).
  • You do not need a partner for Supervised Play.


  • 16th - 20th September - High opening bids: Pre-empts
  • 23rd - 27th September - Weak 2D/2H/2S openings
  • 30th September - 2nd October - Strong 2C opening
  • 7th October – 11th October – Slam bidding, Blackwood