Newsletter - 7 September 2017

A big congratulation to Barb Toohey, Ann Pettigrew, and Jeanette Grahame who recently became ABF accredited teachers. WELL DONE!

A very big ‘thank you’ to the committee members and John Hempenstall who assisted with branding and labelling the new boards the CBC has recently purchased. Your volunteer time is greatly appreciated, and the Club could not function without the help provided by all our volunteers.


The Annual General Meeting of the Canberra Bridge Club will be held in the Club rooms on Tuesday, September 26 at 4.30pm.
Nomination forms for office bearers are available at the Club.

New Friday Bridge Session

Starting Friday 8th September there will be an additional Friday Bridge session at 10am, directed by the wonderful Sally Barber.

The initial 10am session is free to all CBC members.

The afternoon duplicate bridge session will continue, at the adjusted time of 1.15pm.

Free session vouchers for CBC members
Until the 18th September, members can come to the manager’s office and request your 2 free session vouchers – valid for Friday 10am sessions between 15th September and 20th October 2017.

Evening session players, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request your voucher, which can then be made available for collection from the director.

Maximum 2 vouchers per member. Non-transferrable or redeemable for cash.

Upcoming Events

Teams of Three – Sunday 10th September, 12:30pm

Fun, Frolic & Classy Eats

  • Get 3 friends together
  • Each team member must have fewer than 100 masterpoints
  • Club provides a mentoring Captain
  • Entries close Thursday 7th Sept at 6pm
  • Late entries accepted only under strict conditions.
  • Cost $20 (members), $25 (non-members)
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 6282 2382 to enter.

Wednesday Night Bridge

  • Commencement time is 7.15 PM.
  • As an advance notice, we are planning on holding a ‘teams night’ on 4th October.
    It is an opportunity for anyone who wants to know how teams bridge works to dip their toes into the water.
    People will have to put their names on a list for this event in order that we can ensure an even number of tables. Watch the noticeboard for the list.
    Richard Hills will also give a talk on team tactics and teams scoring before the game.

Nation Wide Pairs

Friday September 15 at 1.15pm. At the conclusion of play there will be a Panel discussion of some of the more interesting and instructive hands.

Canberra In Bloom Bridge Festival 2017

Friday 29th September – Monday 2nd October
Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham ACT
This three day tournament offers Gold Masterpoints for every event and free parking for all players.
Entry forms are available at the Club or enter online.

Dear Hilda Lirsch,

Q: When should my opening lead be an ace?

Listen to the auction.

For example, you hold:

LHO deals and opens 1C, promising at least three clubs. RHO jumps to 2NT, inviting game. LHO accepts with 3NT, all pass. Other things being equal, the textbooks recommend leading from your longest suit against 3NT. But here other things are not equal; your long club suit lacks the top three honours, LHO has promised some club length, and your hand in combination with the auction suggests that pard holds minimal values.

However, pard's minimal values might be Jxxxx in diamonds. So you lead your ace of diamonds. Dummy thoughtfully displays Qx of diamonds, allowing the defence to cash the first five diamonds.

Best Wishes,
You can submit your questions by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recent results

2017 Territory Gold Festival

Check on the 2017 Territory Gold Festival website for the results over the weekend.

Promotion for August

Graduate:  Sau-Yem Lo, Beverley Love, Stephanie Mander, Lew Mander
Club: Anne Fletcher, Stephen Henningham, Dennis Martin, Jan White
Local: Stuart Herring, Jeanette Vernon
*Local: Claire Hughes, Jim Lawrence, Tamsin Paige, Doina Uzubalis
**Local: Lynn Pendrigh
Regional:  Bill Carmichael
*National: Rowan Corbett
Life: John Yoon
Silver Life: Michel Geromboux, Rob Hurst

Eclectic Results for August

Friday: Vic & Maria Meakins
Saturday: John Hempenstall & George McLean
Monday Blue: Bob & Jenny Nairn
Monday Red: Lesley Gunson & Di Hawke
Monday Evening: Bronwyn Boehm & Henry Hudson
Tuesday: Sunny Campbell & Ashok Tulpule
Wednesday: Tim Davis & Tony Jowett
Wednesday Evening: John Hempenstall & Clem Davis
Thursday Butler: Patrick DeFontenay & Eric Glass
Thursday Matchpoint: John Daly & Janet Norris

The Produce Table needs some produce

  • Especially lemons; we love lemons.
  • Little cakes and biscuits are very popular too.

Proceeds from the table benefit the club.
The produce table is located in the foyer of the club.

Master the Basics

  • These lessons start at 9.15am sharp.
  • The next lesson is Wednesday September 13, with Barb Toohey.
    The topic is Doubles – “Subsequent Actions”.
  • Stay and play in the session following starting at 10.00am.

Supervised Sessions

Supervised sessions, with a lesson preceding the play, are on:

  • Monday nights at 7pm, and
  • Thursday mornings at 9.30am.

Barb and/or Jeanette & Ann look forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming topics:

  • September 11th & 14th - Weak 2 openings
  • September 18th & 21st - Strong 2C opening
  • September 25th & 28th - Slam bidding and Blackwood

Short-Notice Players 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.