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


 2018 Calendar

The Calendar is going to print in November. If you have any change of phone number or email address please contact the managers asap.


From the President:

The club needs your help!

1)   In January we often earn income by various methods in connection with the Summer Festival of Bridge.

  • One possible method this year is for us to conduct equipment removalist duties to and from the ABF and the Rex Hotel.
  • Do you own, or know anyone who owns, a large truck that we could use for this purpose?  A free truck would be great, a small charge might be workable.
  • Would you and your friends be able to help us load and unload tables, bidding boxes etc?  Definitely a case of many hands make light work. Likely dates are 9 January, 19 January and 21 January.

If you can assist, please contact me urgently on these issues. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2)   We will also provide drivers for the small courtesy buses at the Summer Festival of Bridge.  Your volunteer labour can earn money for your bridge club.

One reliable person has volunteered but we will need more. Ordinary licence is sufficient.

3)   We have a small strip of lawn that needs mowing or clipping or whipper snippering.  I hope we can create a maintenance-free solution soon, but in the meantime could someone please help us here?

4)   In this dry climate our plants would appreciate being watered. Kind members have done this in the past when they are at the club to play. Please contact the office or myself with offers to assist.

Many of us are old enough to remember JFK  — “not what CBC can do for you, but what you can do for CBC!”  I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes



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.



Link to CBC September Committee Meeting Minutes:


Upcoming Events:

 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


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:

  • o mob:  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


Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

  • The next lesson is Wednesday 25th October, with Sheila Bird. 
    The topic is Slam Bidding – “Cue Bidding”


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 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 Jodi Tutty & Stephen Fischer on winning the 2017 Gala Pairs. John Donovan & Terry Heming won the Intermediate and Terri Henderson & Atul Hajela won the Restricted.


Wednesday Night Bridge

The ad hoc team’s event held on 4th October was very well received and there is interest for another night before the end of the year. We intend to run another night on the 1st Wednesday in December (6th December). It would be good practice for anyone who is thinking of playing in the Summer Festival of Bridge. There is no need to make up a team because teams will be made up on the night.

Wednesday 25th October is our monthly medal night. Green masterpoints accumulate and the winning pair on the night each receive a free voucher for a Wednesday night. At the end of November, the person/pair with the highest accumulated points will be awarded a medal.

Don't forget that the first Wednesday evening of the month is ‘Pizza’ night and Richard Hills will give a short lecture on interesting hands commencing at 6.30 pm.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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Please tell me about grand slams.


Australia's own Rod Laver is the only tennis player to twice achieve a calendar-year grand slam, in 1962 and 1969.


But I digress. A valid bridge proverb is, "If all of the games that you bid make, then you are not bidding enough games." But you cannot take a similarly light hearted approach to bidding grand slams. Going one off in a grand slam means that you have sacrificed both the game bonus and also the small slam bonus. So before bidding a grand slam you should count thirteen tricks.

For example:

Matchpoint pairs, only your side is vulnerable. You hold:





To your surprise pard opens the bidding with 1H. You respond 1S. Pard less surprisingly shows minimum opening values with a 2H rebid.

In an earlier column I observed that "The road to hell is paved with good conventions". Keycard Blackwood is such a double-edged convention; many players have had many disasters when using Keycard Blackwood to investigate small slams. On the other hand, Keycard Blackwood is the ideal convention to investigate a grand slam.

Thus in response to pard's 2H rebid you ask with 4NT. Pard responds with 5S, promising two keycards (the King of hearts and the Ace of diamonds) and also the Queen of hearts. You can now count thirteen tricks.

One final subtlety - which grand slam to bid? If you bid 7S, then LHO might lead a heart which RHO might ruff. If you bid 7H, then RHO might lead a spade which LHO might ruff. But a 7NT grand slam cannot be defeated by a ruff. Furthermore, as the tournament is matchpoint pairs, +2220 in 7NT outscores +2210 in 7S or 7H.

Best wishes,



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.


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.


Glass Jars required

We are looking for clean small glass jars suitable for jam making. If you have any you don’t need please drop them into the office. Thank you.


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.


Canberra Bridge Club Advertisers in the Annual Calendar

Most, if not all of you are aware of the paid advertisements in our annual calendar.  Although all our advertisers are very important, Flight Centre has until recently contributed the largest sum of money.  That is due to a higher price for the internal double page advertisement and the 1% trailing commission that they pay on Member and Member related bookings.

There has been a hiccup or two with the process over the last 12 months however I am very confident they have been resolved.   With our account manager Edwina back running the Flight Centre end again, we will very happily revert to the original model where you can deal with any ACT and Queanbeyan branch.  This is great news as working singly through the Dickson office was unsuccessful.

It is critical though that we do everything possible to work with Edwina’s team to make the process work.   I ask that you identify yourself as associated with CBC at the initial consultation with Flight Centre.   Not days nor weeks or even post travel.  That clearly will not work.

Our Office Manager’s can provide you with a Flight Centre business card and a simple proforma for you to take along to your first consultation.  By complying with these simple steps, Flight Centre will know immediately that the trailing commission will apply and our own office can easily reconcile monthly what monies are due. 

There are a couple of minor exceptions where the commission will not apply, largely involving budget airlines. 

I am sure we can build our commission back to the previous levels as applied before.  In effect, this is a source of money for the club.

Regarding the other advertisers, it is critical to the success of the overall program you mention CBC to the staff of the business concerned.  If they don’t know you, then they cannot know if they are getting value for their investment.  By all means tell them that I have sent you.

Please let me know of your good and bad experiences when dealing with our advertisers.

Happy bridging

Peter Giles



Kerry and Keith