Newsletter - 17 August 2018

From the President:

This is a test to see if anyone reads the newsletter…

Many of you are crossword aficionados who probably enjoy collective nouns. A couple of my favourites are a shrewdness of apes and a bask of crocodiles.

What are some possible collective nouns for a group of bridge players? Chocolate may be awarded to an entertaining answer.

Best wishes,


Tuesday and Thursday evening players please note

From Tuesday 4 September these sessions will commence at 7.30pm.

Monday evening start remains at 7pm. Wednesday evening start remains at 7.15pm

Upcoming events

GNOT Daytime Qualifying Events – Gold Masterpoints

GNOT Qualifying Butler Pairs – Tuesday evening 21st & 28th Aug, 4th Sept

CBC Swiss Butler Pairs – Thursday evening

  • Incorporating the Von Der Pahlen Mixed Pairs
  • 23rd & 30th August, 6th & 12th September
  • Red Masterpoints
  • Enter online


Sunday 16 September 5pm, to follow after the Gala Pairs. More information and documents are available on the BFACT website, including the 2018 BFACT Draft Constitution.

Wednesday Night Bridge

Wednesday Night 29th August will be run as a Butler Pairs night.

This is where you can play teams tactics as a pair rather than Matchpoint, as your score is calculated against the average across the whole field. This means that the odd overtrick is not as important. You do not need to form a team for this event or to register, just turn up on the night.

Our next Pizza/Lecture night will be Wednesday night 5th September when Richard Hills will be talking about simple squeeze plays.

Canberra in Bloom

Don’t forget that at the end of September you can play in our home grown Canberra in Bloom congress, either pairs or teams - or both. If you’ve never played in a congress this is a great one to start with. Each event has novice, restricted and open categories. A fun way to spend the long weekend.This year it’s being held at a new venue, the Gungahlin Club, part of the Eastlake group. More information is available at the website, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or ask Justine Beaumont, or either Kerry or Emily (our managers).

Mt Kilimanjaro and MS

Thanks to the generosity of CBC members and the extraordinary efforts and thoughtfulness of Tim Mather, the club has raised over $2100 through this project.

Tim’s post-climb story is now available for reading on the website – including video taken during his climb.

Reflections on Speed of Play

As players we all have different views on what is a comfortable pace of play. Let’s be considerate if some players are slower than they used to be. And let’s remember that newer players face a baptism of fire when they start playing in regular duplicate sessions; the more experienced can smooth their path. Bear in mind that directors have the difficult job of trying to balance the needs of individual players with the needs of the group as whole, so help them in any way you can.

Lighter Moments

Count your winners and count your losers. If the total doesn't come to 13, count your cards. 
       -   Sheinwold

An elderly gentleman goes to the Doctor for his annual check-up.
The Doctor is impressed that this man is in even better health that he was the year before.
Curious, he asks him what he does for mental stimulation.
The man answers that he plays duplicate bridge.
The doctor, a bridge player, tells him that's great. "And what do you do for physical stimulation?"
''I sit East-West" is the reply.   

Bridge Hands

Do you have a hand that illustrates something clever or something amusing?
We may be able to use it in the CBC newsletter. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resultsoriginal remix tshirt

State Singles Championship - Griffin Trophy

  1. Tony Marker
  2. Brian Thorp
  3. Tim Davis

Wagga Wagga Bridge Congress Teams

  • 2nd: Perelle Scales, John Donovan, Tim Davis, Niek Van Vucht
  • 3rd: Jenny Mendick, Stephen Mendick, Faye Grant, Peter Grant

World Youth Bridge Championships

The Australian Youth Team, with ‘our’ Andrew Spooner plus Tomer Libman, Matt Smith, Jamie Thompson, Francesca McGrath and Renee Cooper came 10th out of 22 teams in the Qualifying event.

Bicycle security – CBC in want of a U-Bolt

It’s great to have a number of members cycling to the Club – healthy and relieving pressure on car parking spaces! However, there are some concerns about the security of bicycles outside the Club, even with basic chains. If anyone has a U-Bolt they do not need, and would like to donate to the Club for use on premise by those cycling to the Club, it would be greatly appreciated.

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, August 22:

No Trump Opening – “Extended Stayman

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)


20th August

24th August

Responses to NT & Stayman

27th August

30th August

Rule of 20 & Rule of 15

3rd September

7th September


Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30pm)

Third-hand play

23rd August

Second-hand play

30th August

Take out double

6th September

 - Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Beachfront Viscount

CBC is very grateful to our generous sponsors. Support Beachfront Viscount while doing yourself a favour by taking a holiday in the warmth of Queensland.

  • 2 bedroom apartment from $270/night
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Contact: Amber Woodroff

  • Ph: (07) 5538 7222
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Dear Hilda Lirsch,

The North-South cards are:











Is 6NT a slam dunk for North-South?

Best wishes,

Womble of Wimbledon


Dear Womble,

Yes and No.

If North declares 6NT, and the opening lead from East is a ♠, and West holds the K♠, then 6NT is down one.

But if South is declarer in 6NT the location of the K♠ does not matter, so the contract is always cold.

The importance of a partnership correctly positioning declarer more frequently occurs when they are moseying towards 3NT.

Best wishes,