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.


Assistance Required in preparation for Summer Festival Swiss Pairs 2018:

We are seeking volunteers to assist with Dealing Boards for the Summer Festival Swiss Pairs 2018.

Expected start is 1st November 2017.

If you are able to help, please contact:

Patricia McDonald at e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support.

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Upcoming Events – and plenty of events on!


 Melbourne Cup 2017

 Melbourne Cup day is Tuesday, 7th November, and the session will start at 10.00am.  Morning tea is at 9.30am.

The cost is $35 for members and $42 for non members. Lunch only is $25.

Payment: This year money will be collected at the table. Any cancellations require two full days notice (i.e. 1.00pm Friday 3rd November). Cancellations after that date require full payment.

Sign up sheet is in the Barry Turner room.

Flowers Please - To brighten our club rooms for this event could members please bring flowers to the club on Monday 6th November.


·         Donations of Flowers

·         Assist in arranging flowers

·         Help with set up of rooms

·         Prepare for Lunch on Tuesday


·         Help with setting up of Morning Tea

·         Help with setting up for Lunch

·         Assist with clean up


Last chance to enter the BFACT Gala Pairs on Sunday 15th October 2017

Entries for Open, Restricted (less than 300 Masterpoints) and Beginners/Novice sections, close by 1.00pm this Friday 13th October 2017.

Entries List sheets are on Noticeboard in BT room.


ACT Womens & Mens Mixed Pairs – Tuesdays 17th, 24th, 31st Oct & 7th Nov

Entries List sheets are on Noticeboard in BT room.


ACT Butler Pairs/Mixed Pairs –  Thursdays 19th & 26th Oct, 2nd & 9th Nov

Entries List sheets are on Noticeboard in BT room.


Nationwide Pairs – Friday 20th October

Commencing at 1.15pm sharp

Entries List sheets are on Noticeboard in BT room.


Bathurst Tournament - QUICK REMINDER!!

  • Central West Novice Tournament weekend of 28 and 29 October 2017
  • Entry limit of 50 MPs as at 30 June 2017
  • Directed by Ed Barnes.

For further information, please contact myself, or our Tournament Director Karin Le Roux on:

  • mobile:  0428 859 898 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yours Sincerely

John Shield (co-convenor)

0429 838 933


And all the best for those competing in the upcoming Spring Nationals to be held in Sydney later this month.


Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

  • The next lesson is Wednesday 18th October, with Barb Toohey. 
    The topic is Slam Bidding – “Bidding Big Hands”


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.

Upcoming topics:

  • October 16th & 19th – No Trump Play
  • October 23rd & 26th – Trump Play
  • October 30th & November 2nd – Card Play & finesse

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


Recent Results

Congratulations to John and Val Brockwell who, with non-Canberran teammates, won the recent Albury Congress Swiss Teams event.


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.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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What does the bridge cliché, "The five level belongs to the opponents" mean?

In last week's column West opened 4S and North overcalled 5H holding:





At another table John Donovan (winner of the 2017 Cowra Pairs in partnership with Perelle Scales) also held the North cards. John relates:

"Hmm. Thanks for the advice. I did exactly as you suggested - bid 5H. Then when LHO bid 5S I was deathly silent! Cos I feared (correctly) that 6S might have been making."

Yes, that is one of the two reasons that "the five level belongs to the opponents" - bidding again may push them into a cold slam. The other reason to let the opponents play at the five level is that they may be too high, in which case bidding again converts a plus score into a minus score.

In a nutshell, for the example under discussion, only when the opponents can score EXACTLY eleven tricks (no more and no less) in 5S have they made the right decision; thus us passing 5S is odds-on to be our right decision.

Best wishes,



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.



Kerry and Keith