Dear Members,


From October 2nd, the Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions will now commence at 7.30pm 

Monday evening sessions will remain at 7.00pm and Wednesday evening sessions will be at 7.15pm unless stated otherwise


 From the President:

A big thank you from all of us to Perelle Scales for working so hard on our behalf as President this year. We all appreciate her sterling efforts.

Thanks to the Giles brothers’ initiative, members of the Ballarat Bridge Club visited us again last week, playing at CBC three times, and over the weekend at the CIB Congress at the racecourse. They also enjoyed Canberra’s tourist sites — they have seen more than most of we Canberrans have recently. This is a great example of travel and friendship through bridge.

Please don’t forget the Southern Cross Club Community Benefits Scheme. Any person who is a member of Southern Cross can assign their benefits to CBC. Once your card is registered with CBC, you simply need to have it swiped when you buy food or drink at the Southern Cross Club, knowing you are helping our bridge club. You do not need to tell any Southern Cross Club staff about it. This scheme is very helpful to CBC finances. We raised $3,000 last financial year simply by people swiping their registered cards.

So please join the Southern Cross Club, encourage friends to do likewise, have your cards registered with Kerry or Keith and then eat, drink and be merry at CSCC, while helping our bridge club. 

Enjoy spring.



Upcoming Events

 Entry forms are available at the Club or enter online:

Wednesday Night Bridge

  • Commencement time is 7.15pm.

Master the Basics

  • The next lesson is Wednesday 11th October, with Barb Toohey. 
    The topic is 2NT Opening – “Responses to 2NT”


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:

  • October 9th & 12th – Opening Leads and Signals
  • October 16th & 19th – No Trump Play
  • October 23rd & 26th – Trump Play
  • October 30th & November 2nd – Card Play & finesse

Recent Results

Olive Lott Pairs – Richard Milner & Glenda Sullivan

Monthly Medal

Monday Red – Bill Pattinson & Paul Sullivan
Monday Blue & GNOT Handicap – Yvonne Wallace & Alex Preece
Monday Night – Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins
Tuesday Afternoons – Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins
Wednesday Red – Elspeth Saxby & Eric Glass
Wednesday Blue & Yellow – Catherine Cregan & Teresa Wise
Wednesday Evening – Andrew Moorhead & Maureen Lipinski
Thursday Butler – Ella Beer & Jill Cromer
Thursday Blue – John Daly & Janet Norris
Friday Morning – Catherine Cregan & Teresa Wise
Friday Afternoon – Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy
Saturday – Jean Wilson & Sue Kesson

Canberra Festival in Bloom
Canberra Bridge Club did well in the Novice results.
In addition, Chris Stead & John Brockwell won the Pairs, Ian Robinson, George Kozakos, Khokan Bagchi & David Lilley won the Teams and Richard Hill and Hashmat Ali won the Swiss Pairs - a clean sweep for Canberra.

Annabelle Boag & Sue Stacey achieved 4th in the Restricted Match Point Pairs.

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.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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What does the bridge cliche "When in doubt, bid one more" mean?

This proverb is relevant to teams (or Butler pairs) scoring. The opponents have bid game and you are wondering whether to bid higher.

You are doubtful whether their game will make or go one off. You are doubtful whether your higher game will make or go one off.

Now if you bid and are wrong - both contracts go one off - you lose a mere 4 or 5 imps. But if you are right, one contract makes, then you have either scored game or found a cheap save, so at least a 10 imp gain to the good guys. And if you are very right, both games make, then you spectacularly gain about 15 imps.

For example:

Final round of the Canberra Bells Butler pairs at the Canberra in Bloom bridge festival

Only your side is vulnerable. Pard deals and passes. RHO opens 4S. You hold:





so you follow the "when in doubt" principle and overcall 5H. LHO doubles for penalties and all pass. LHO's opening lead is the ace of diamonds and pard provides this helpful dummy:





LHO cashes the ace of spades at trick two. Unlucky for the opponents the ace is singleton, so the spade suit is blocked. LHO gives up with a trump exit. Trumps are drawn in two rounds, then the club finesse is successfully taken. +850 to the good guys, and a double game swing, since the other side is cold for 12 tricks in either spades or diamonds.

Note: LHO should not have given up at trick three, but instead tried a club switch. RHO, void in clubs, would ruff and cash a spade, changing +850 to -500. (But at teams / Butler scoring -500 instead of -480 is a trivial loss of one imp.)


Best wishes,



Produce Table – popular at present

Many thanks to the members who have contributed to the produce table. More are required!

John Dunn’s Lisbon (Bush) Lemons are proving to be a big hit as are Patricia McDonald’s, and Perelle’s home-made jams. We are very appreciative for your donations.



Kerry and Keith