Newsletter - 28 February 2020

From the President:

Thank you to the people who have directed in the club this week while so many of our directors and players are at the Gold Coast Congress.

Best wishes from Broadbeach,


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).

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.

Travel Associates Seniors Matchpoint Pairs

  • Monday 10am, 16th & 23rd March
  • Walk-in event; no pre-registration.
  • There will be a brief break for morning tea on 23rd March

Donations of food will be gratefully accepted – please tell Pam.

ANC Women’s Team Selection

  • Weekend of Friday 20th – 22nd March
  • Friday 20th may not be required, depending on entrant numbers.

Lighter Moments

Why do the French eat snails?

They don't like fast food.


Gold Coast Congress

Seniors Teams

Arjuna De Livera & George Kozakos have made it to the finals of the Seniors Teams, being played today.

Know a result that we’ve missed? Let us know, and we can add it in next week.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

  • Wednesday 4th March @ 9:15am
  • Topic: “1NT doubled – now what?”

Thursday "Covering the Basics"

  • Thursday 5th March @ 9:15am
  • Topic: “Defence – Signals again”

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.


  • 2nd & 6th March – Rule of 20 & Rule of 15
  • 9th & 13th March – Pre-emptive Openings
  • 16th & 20th March – Weak 2D/2H/2S opening
  • 23rd & 27th March – Strong 2c 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