Upcoming Events – and plenty of events on!
- Bill Hunt Red Point Pairs
Each Friday afternoon in November. No special entry requirements or cost. Best 3 of 4 scores with the SAME partner determines the winner. See http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/upcoming-events#BillHuntRedPointPairs
- Nationwide Pairs
Friday 17th November, play against others Australia wide for no extra cost. See more at: http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/upcoming-events#NationwidePairs
- Melbourne Cup Luncheon
To brighten our club rooms for this event, the Club will very much appreciate if members can please bring flowers (to the club) on Monday 6th November.
- Flight Centre Butler Pairs
Begins 14 November, 7:30pm for 3 weeks. Butler scoring 3x9 or 4x8 boards per session, RED masterpoints rating GW 2.5. Entries close 4pm, 13 November sign up in Barry Turner Room OR online at http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/entry-lists/420-flight-centre-butler-pairs
- Medley Teams
Begins 5 December, 7:30pm for 3 weeks. Butler scoring 3x9 boards per session. RED masterpoint rating GW 3.75 State Event IT3. Each team member plays with each other team member during each session. Entries close 4pm 4th December, sign in the Barry Turner Room OR enter online at http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/entry-lists/421-medley-teams
- Ad Hoc Teams
6 December 7:15pm – Teams or Pairs may enter. If you enter as a pair the organiser will put you with another pair to form a Team. All categories are catered for and the event is designed as practice for those entering the Summer Festival of Bridge from Super Novices upward. Entries close 4pm 4th December, sign up in Barry Turner Room OR online at http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/entry-lists/424-ad-hoc-teams-single-wednesday-night-6th-december
- Life/Non-Life Masters Pairs – this is a Gateway Event
Begins 16 November at 7:30pm for 3 weeks. Open entry; special category for teams comprising no more than 2 players with fewer than 300 masterpoints Green masterpoints. MP rating GW 1.0. *Evans or other movement to be determined. Open entry regardless of masterpoint status, entries close 4pm 15 November, sign-up in the Barry Turner Room OR online at . http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/entry-lists/422-life-non-life-masters-teams-3-week-comp-16-nov
- Christmas Butler Pairs
- Begins 7 December at 7:30pm for 3 weeks. Butler scoring event of 3x9 or 4x8 boards per session. RED masterpoints rating GW 2.5. There will be end-of-year hospitality on 21st December. Entries close 4pm 6th December, sign-up in the Barry Turner Room OR online at http://www.canberrabridgeclub.com.au/index.php/the-events/entry-lists/423-christmas-butler-pairs-3-week-comp-7-dec
Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills
- The next lesson is Wednesday 8th November, with Sheila Bird.
The topic is Bidding Conventions – “Michaels Cue Bid”
Supervised Sessions – all Beginners should attend
Supervised sessions are a great way to improve your Bridge bidding and play if you are relatively new to Bridge and wish to further your Bridge skills. The lessons, preceding the play, are on:
- Monday nights at 7pm, and
- Thursday mornings at 9.30am.
- November 6th & 9th – Better Minor and rebids
- November 13th & 16th – Doubles
- November 20th & 23rd – Overcalls
- November 27th & 30th – responses to 1NT and Stayman
Barb and/or Jeanette & Ann look forward to seeing you there.
Spring Nationals in Sydney
Bobby Evans Seniors’ Team Final – Congratulations to our local winners: David Hoffman, Richard Brightling, Stephen Mendick and Bernard Waters. A great effort guys!
Central West Novice Tournament – Congratulations to Sue Stacey who was part of the winning team last Sunday 29th October in Bathurst.
October Monthly Medal Winners
Wednesday Morning Leonie Della & Edith Blumenthal
Wednesday Night Andrew Moorehead & Maureen Lipinski
Thursday Morning Red Ian Dalziell & Trevor Berenger
Thursday Morning Blue John Daly & Janet Norris
Friday Morning Rick Nehmy & Sue Coath
Friday Afternoon Brenda Reynell & Nancy Hitchcock
Saturday Claire Wehner & Lyn Turner
Monday Morning Red Mal Aldons & George Stockham
Monday Morning Blue Sheila & Jim Murray
Monday Night Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins
Tuesday Afternoon Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins
2018 Calendar – The Calendar is going to print in November. If you have any change of phone number or email address please contact the managers asap.
Short-Notice Players Still Needed
If you are able to be called at short notice to be a fill-in, please contact the office. If you could provide your name, contact details, and session times you are available, we will retain these to call you if there is a need for a fill-in on your available days.
Produce Table – popular at present
Many thanks to the members who have contributed to the produce table. More are required!
The Club very much appreciates your donations.
Southern Cross Club – Community Rewards Program
And please do not forget to participate in the Southern Cross Club Community Rewards Program. If and when you are at the Southern Cross Club in Woden, simply advise the Club you are a member of CBC. Every purchase you make at the Southern Cross Club will result in a Donation by the club to CBC.
Dear Hilda Lirsch,
Last week's column ended with this opening lead pop quiz:
Because it was a pop quiz, then "obviously" an eccentric card "must" be the killing opening lead. Indeed, at the table an almost-expert semi-randomly chose the eccentric seven of diamonds as their almost-expert opening lead.
However, not any opening lead should be selected without first carefully analysing the auction. In this case pard opened 1S, RHO doubled, you pre-emptively raised to 3S, pass, pass, RHO rebid 4H, all pass. Since you hold four trumps, a non-eccentric opening lead of pard's spade suit is indicated. If declarer is forced to ruff spades a few times, then you may end up holding more trumps than declarer, thus causing you to seize control.
But what if pard makes a lead-directing double? Should you switch your brain to neutral and just follow orders? It ain't necessarily so.
RHO opens 1H, LHO responds 2D, RHO shows extra strength with a "high reverse" of 3C, LHO tries a fourth suit forcing 3S, for which pard makes a lead-directing double, RHO rebids 4C, LHO jumps to 5H and RHO concludes with 6H. You hold:
Ignore pard's lead-directing double of spades, as RHO is obviously prepared for a spade lead. But if LHO has five diamonds, and RHO has a doubleton diamond, then the opening lead of the ace of diamonds, followed by a diamond continuation at trick two will see pard defeat the slam with a diamond ruff.
Kerry and Keith