Newsletter - 21 February 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Open Teams Stage 1


From the President:

The Canberra Bridge Club will donate $3000 to NSW Rural Fire Service. This sum of money was raised from the profits of The Grange Valentine’s Day Congress and associated donations. Thank you to all the players and contributors.

We have many quiet workers in the club: for example, they clean the kitchen (Lisa), stock cupboards (Anne), and update our computer systems (Bill). Efficient and capable, they are dedicated to the wellbeing of our club. We appreciate all that they do.

Best wishes,


Standards of dress

The dress code of the club is essentially a matter of common sense. Please always be clean, neat and tidy.

Unacceptable items of dress include brief shorts, singlets, swimwear, lycra cycle-wear, bodysuits, bare feet, rubber thongs, and dirty shoes or boots.

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?

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Night Bridge Pizza & Talk

The next Pizza night is Wed 4 March from 6:15pm.

Hopefully Christy will give a talk on slam bidding, but the topic is yet to be confirmed.

Please put your name on the list or contact Jon Pike at 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.

Beginners Bridge Lessons

Our next course for learning to play Bridge begins:

  • March 16th: Monday evenings, 7pm
  • March 20th: Friday mornings, 10am

The course contains 6 lessons (skipping the Easter long weekend), and includes a textbook, detailed notes and three free supervised play sessions.

The cost is $69, but pay before 9th March and only pay $59 (save $10).

To enrol, contact the office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (02) 6282 2382.

GNOT Canberra 2 Team – Changed Selection Methods

The Canberra 2 team to contest the 2020 GNOT National Final will be a team of six.  Three pairs will be selected, one pair from each of three GNOT qualifying events held in our clubrooms:

  1. the GNOT (Tue) Selection Pairs (Tuesday evenings 16, 23 & 30 June and 7 July);
  2. the GNOT (Thu) Selection Pairs (Thursday evenings 20 & 27 August and 3 September);
  3. the Gala Day Open Pairs (Sunday 27 September).

Lighter Moments

What is the difference between a cat and a complex sentence?

A cat has claws at the end of its paws, and a complex sentence has a pause at the end of its clause.


Open Teams - Stage 1

1st David Hoffman & David Wawn
2nd Pam & Ross Crichton
3rd Sebastian Yuen & Christy Geromboux

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

  • Wednesday 26th February @ 9:15am
  • Topic: “Negative & other doubles”

Thursday "Covering the Basics"

  • Thursday 27th February @ 9:15am
  • Topic: “Defence – Signals”

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.


  • 24th & 28th Feb – Responding & Rebids
  • 2nd & 6th March – Rule of 20 & Rule of 15
  • 9th & 13th March – Pre-emptive Openings
  • 16th & 20th March – Weak 2D/2H/2S opening

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students

Barb Toohey will run a 4-week course on Competitive Bidding and Defence.

  • 11th March to 1st April, on Wednesdays at 2pm
  • $15 per lesson, or $55 for all 4 lessons.


  • Week 1: Doubles
  • Week 2: Overcalls
  • Week 3: Leads
  • Week 4: Signals