Newsletter - 31 January 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

  • Lucky Draw cinema tickets
  • Valentines' Day Congress
  • BFACT ANC Seniors Team Selection – Stage 1
  • CBC Egon Larson Pairs
  • Wednesday Night Pizza and Seminar


  • Australian Mixed Team Playoff


From the President:

Our Valentine’s Day Congress on Sunday 9 February is only a week away. Avoid the heat and the smoke and enjoy a pleasant day of bridge with some socialising – please enter as soon as possible. Details below.

Best wishes,


Session Starting Times

Could members please be at the club at least 10 minutes before the start of play as this assists the director in setting up the movement.


Club members will be aware that we have been doing some work on our library. Ella Beer has been sorting the collection, discarding books that are very old, damaged or dirty so that we have some space for more attractive titles. If you have some recent books, fiction or general non-fiction, that are in good condition, we would love to give them a new home.

Please leave your donations in the box provided or give them to the managers.

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 to add you to the list for this order. The badges cost $15, and must be paid for before ordering.


One of the very necessary jobs in the club, increasingly so, is watering our plants. We appreciate Gordon McAlary, who does this superbly on Mondays. Is there someone who could do this before or after they play on Thursdays?

Lucky Draws for Cinema Tickets 3rd-8th Feb

Our directors will be doing a Lucky Draw at each of our 10 sessions this coming week, for a pair of tickets to an advance screening of “The Professor and the Madman” at Palace Electric on Wednesday 12 February at 6.30pm.

Check out the trailer on YouTube. In cinemas February 20.

To be in the draw, all you need to do is be a financial member of the Club and come along to play at one of our sessions next week!

The Professor and the Madman

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious, and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowd sourcing” the work, that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.

As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Upcoming Events

Valentine's Day Congress

  • Sunday 9 February, at Canberra Bridge Club
  • Two sessions starting at 10.00am.
  • Entry fee $38 includes morning tea, a light lunch, and drinks at the end of play. 

The profits from the day will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Come along and lend your support or give individual donations to Kerry or Emily at any time before 9 Feb.

There are 3 events:

  • The Grange Open Teams
  • The Grange Novice Pairs (fewer than 100 masterpoints)
  • The Grange Restricted Pairs (fewer than 300 masterpoints)


The winning pair gets airfares and free entry to the ANC 2020 RESTRICTED BUTLER PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP, to be held in Adelaide 18-19 July 2020 (previous winners ineligible).

Sign up online or on the BT Room noticeboard. 

Helpers are still needed for lunch, drinks and pack-up. We are also looking for someone with a Costco membership to collect sandwiches on the Sunday morning. If you are able to assist, please contact Michele Grant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BFACT ANC Seniors Team Selection – Stage 1

  • Thursday Evenings - 5th, 12th & 19th March 7.30pm
  • Pairs Qualifying Event. Entrants must be born before 1/1/1960
  • In addition there will be a 3 week Butler Pairs event for non-seniors
  • Enter online or sign up on the entry sheet in the Barry Turner room.

CBC Egon Larson Pairs

  • Tuesday Evenings at 7:30pm - 3rd, 10th & 17th March
  • Enter online or sign up on the entry sheet in the Barry Turner room.

Wednesday Night

Our first Pizza night will be held on Wed 5th Feb from 6.15 pm.

Richard Hills will be discussing some of the interesting hands he came across at the NOT.

Contact Jon Pike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or put your name on the list.

Lighter Moments

Humour is just common sense dancing.

- Clive James


Australian Mixed Team playoffs

Congratulations to CBC members for their success in the recent Playoffs for the Australian Mixed Team:

  • Christy Geromboux and Sebastian Yuen were in one of the two teams that qualified for the Final.
  • Stephen Fischer with Pele Rankin and Leone and Trevor Fuller won the event.

Stephen becomes the fifth CBC member who will be playing in an Australian team in 2020.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics (Starts back this Wednesday)

  • Wednesday 9.15am
  • Will resume in 2020 on Wednesday 5th February
  • “Planning – Who’s got What?”

Thursday "Covering the Basics" (Starts back this Thursday)

In 2020 the format of the Thursday lesson will change to incorporate some play.

  • New name:  Covering the Basics
  • New time: 9.15am
  • Price: $6 members, $8 non-members.

These lessons will start on Thursday 6th Feb - “Declarer Play - Planning at trick 1 – winners & losers”.

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.


  • 3rd & 7th Feb – Declarer Play – Planning & Play Points
  • 10th & 14th Feb – Doubles & Overcalls
  • 17th & 21st Feb – Responses to NT & Stayman
  • 24th & 28th Feb – Responding & Rebids