Newsletter - 21st September 2017

Dear Members,



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.


 President’s “From my Desk”

 This will be my last note to you as President and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, the members, for the memories.

There have been some highlights, such as having 36 tables at one Thursday morning session. Thankfully, we had a very small number of Beginners at that stage and were able to move them into the former library and move one section upstairs.

There have been some lows, such as closing the Friday night session. However, the new Friday morning session is very encouraging.

I think we have a great club filled with people who want to have an enjoyable session playing bridge and I look forward to playing a bit more frequently.

On an entirely different note, I take this opportunity to recommend to you the book “Girt” by David Hunt. I am currently reading it and finding it thoroughly enjoyable. Any book which describes “the Boston Tea Party” as the first bottom of the harbour tax avoidance scheme is deserving of a read in my view!

Happy Bridging

Perelle Scales



 Upcoming Events

 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.

Wednesday Night Bridge

  • Commencement time is 7.15 PM.
  • Don’t forget that the Monthly Medal is coming up on 27th September. Winners get a free     voucher.

As an advance notice, we are planning on holding a ‘team’s night’ on 4th October from 6.30pm.
It is an opportunity for anyone who wants to know how team’s bridge works to dip their toes into the water. Richard Hills will also give a talk on team tactics and teams scoring before the game.

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.


“Pizza Night” Please contact John Pike on 0414 272 778 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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What is the SOS Redouble convention?

The road to hell is paved with good conventions. There are a number of conventions which look good on paper but in practice are usually disastrous. The SOS Redouble convention is one such road to hell.

The idea is that if you are doubled for penalty, but suspect that there is a better spot, then you redouble (sending out an SOS), which asks pard to try a different suit.

For example:

Only the opponents are vulnerable. RHO deals and opens 1NT (11-14). You pass. LHO bids 2C, Simple Stayman. Pard passes. RHO bids 2D denying a four-card major. You pass again, LHO now passes, and pard emerges from the bushes with a takeout double of 2D. After RHO passes you have to select a call with these cards:





With no unbid four-card suit available you choose your strongest three-card suit, so bid 2H. LHO doubles for penalties. Pass, pass, back to you. Now you pave the road to hell with the good convention of the SOS Redouble. Alas, pard holds:





and has nowhere to run. -600 in 2Hxx is a cold bottom.

Best wishes,



Recent results

Cowra & District Bridge Club Annual Congress

1st  Perelle Scales & John Donovan
3rd  Chris Stead & Richard Hills
1st  Chris Stead, Richard Hills, John & Val Brockwell,
2nd Perelle Scales, John Donovan, Brian Thorp & Lynne Moss

Hugh Hudson Pairs

Winners were Sheila Bird & Elizabeth Havas


Master the Basics

  • The next lesson is Wednesday September 27, with Barb Toohey.  
    The topic is 1NT Opening – “1NT doubled – now what?”


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 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.


Produce Table

Many thanks to the members who have contributed to the produce table. These contributions are a great assistance to the club and enjoyed by our members.

Ballarat Bridge Club visit to CBC and the Canberra in Bloom Congress.

Our friends from Ballarat Bridge Club are visiting for the second time from Wednesday 27th Sept to play at our Club and to participate in the Canberra in Bloom Congress.

Please welcome our visitors to our club.  At this stage the plan is for our visitors to play the regular Wednesday morning session and the Friday morning session.  A range of tourist activities will be undertaken Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and likely Friday afternoon.  They will play various Congress events from Saturday.

I would like to thank our members who responded so quickly to my request earlier in the year to provide billets for our visitors. 

CBC members will be welcome and encouraged to attend the Ballarat Festival of Bridge in April from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th 2018.  More information will be posted closer to the event or speak to Peter Giles.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles



Kerry and Keith