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.



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.

Prizes for best dressed, best hat, Lucky Door and lots of sweeps.

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


Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

  • The next lesson is Wednesday 1st November, with Shelia Bird. 
    The topic is Bidding Conventions  – “Negative Double-Now What?”


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 30th & November 2nd – Card Play & finesse
  • November 6th & 9th – Better Minor and rebids
  • November 13th & 16th – Doubles
  • November 20th & 23rd – Overcalls
  • November 27th & 30th – responses to 1NT and Stayman

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


Wednesday Night Bridge

The ad hoc teams 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). You just need to come along as a pair or contact us if you need a partner. 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.

Don't forget that next week is the first of the month and it will be Pizza Night and talk. Pizzas and talk from 6.30 pm. If you want Pizzas could you please contact Jon Pike by 12 noon Tuesday 31 October at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Richard Hills will give his normal incisive thoughts on the bane of all bridge players: the opening lead.

Clem Davis


Recent Results – Spring Nationals in Sydney

TBIB Open Teams – S Fischer, D Morgan, R Brightling and D Hoffman came 2nd. An excellent result!

Linda Stern Women’s Teams – M Bourke, M Bookallil and J Tutty were part of the team that achieved 3rd place. A great effort!

Bobby Evans Seniors’ Teams – currently competing in the final today – D Hoffman, R Brightling, S Mendick and B Waters. And leading after set 1 of 4 this morning. An excellent result!


And for those who sometimes become confused in the bidding.........don’t feel too bad!!! Check out the following..........

6 on a 0-0 Fit

Our thanks to The Spectator Magazine for allowing this extract from Susanna Gross’ column on page 45 of the 21 October 2017 issue – it’s from the Danish Premier League Division 1 many years ago.

                                    ♠ QJ54

                                    ♥ -

                                    ♦ AJ972

                                    ♣ 10543

♠ 82                                                       ♠ 9

♥ A 1097654                                         ♥ KQJ832

♦ 64                                                       ♦ Q10

♣ J6                                                       ♣ Q982

                                    ♠ AK10763

                                    ♥ -

                                    ♦ K853

                                    ♣ AK7


West                North               East                 South


Pass                 4♥                   Pass                 4NT

Pass                 5♦                   Pass                 5♥

Pass                 6♥                   All Pass

2♠ was strong, 4♥ a splinter, 4NT promised at least 3 key cards, 5♦ and 5♥ were cues, and 6♥ intended as “last train” (North interest in a Grand Slam). North then appears to have decided he had been wrong about the whole auction, and that his partner had a one suiter in hearts!


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.


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.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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What does the bridge cliche "Lead, as in bleed" mean?

Correct selection of the opening lead is the single most important aspect of bridge. It is also the single most difficult aspect of bridge, because it is the only defensive card chosen with dummy hidden.

For example playing teams, with only your side vulnerable, you hold:





Partner deals and opens 1S. Double for takeout by RHO. You choose a fearless pre-emptive raise to 3S. Pass, pass to RHO who now continues to 4H. All pass. What is your opening lead?

Your cards and the auction should provide a strong hint as to the killing opening lead. Answer in next week's column.

Best wishes,



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.


Kind regards

Kerry and Keith