Dear Members

Upcoming Events – and plenty of events on!


Daytime Events

  • Melbourne Cup Luncheon
    To brighten our club rooms for this event, the Club will very much appreciate if members can please bring flowers (to the club) on Monday 6th November.


Evening Events

Tuesday Evenings

 Wednesday Evenings

 Thursday Evenings


Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

  • The next lesson is Wednesday 8th November, with Sheila Bird. 
    The topic is Bidding Conventions  – “Michaels Cue Bid”


 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:

  • 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.


Recent Results

Spring Nationals in Sydney
Bobby Evans Seniors’ Team Final – Congratulations to our local winners: David Hoffman, Richard Brightling, Stephen Mendick and Bernard Waters. A great effort guys!


Central West Novice Tournament – Congratulations to Sue Stacey who was part of the winning team last Sunday 29th October in Bathurst.


October Monthly Medal Winners
Wednesday Morning                      Leonie Della & Edith Blumenthal
Wednesday Night                           Andrew Moorehead & Maureen Lipinski
Thursday Morning Red                   Ian Dalziell & Trevor Berenger
Thursday Morning Blue                  John Daly & Janet Norris
Friday Morning                                Rick Nehmy & Sue Coath
Friday Afternoon                             Brenda Reynell & Nancy Hitchcock
Saturday                                         Claire Wehner & Lyn Turner
Monday Morning Red                     Mal Aldons & George Stockham
Monday Morning Blue                     Sheila & Jim Murray
Monday Night                                  Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins
Tuesday Afternoon                          Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins


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.


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.


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.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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Last week's column ended with this opening lead pop quiz:



Because it was a pop quiz, then "obviously" an eccentric card "must" be the killing opening lead. Indeed, at the table an almost-expert semi-randomly chose the eccentric seven of diamonds as their almost-expert opening lead.

However, not any opening lead should be selected without first carefully analysing the auction. In this case pard opened 1S, RHO doubled, you pre-emptively raised to 3S, pass, pass, RHO rebid 4H, all pass. Since you hold four trumps, a non-eccentric opening lead of pard's spade suit is indicated. If declarer is forced to ruff spades a few times, then you may end up holding more trumps than declarer, thus causing you to seize control.

But what if pard makes a lead-directing double? Should you switch your brain to neutral and just follow orders? It ain't necessarily so.

RHO opens 1H, LHO responds 2D, RHO shows extra strength with a "high reverse" of 3C, LHO tries a fourth suit forcing 3S, for which pard makes a lead-directing double, RHO rebids 4C, LHO jumps to 5H and RHO concludes with 6H. You hold:


Ignore pard's lead-directing double of spades, as RHO is obviously prepared for a spade lead. But if LHO has five diamonds, and RHO has a doubleton diamond, then the opening lead of the ace of diamonds, followed by a diamond continuation at trick two will see pard defeat the slam with a diamond ruff.

Best wishes,




Kerry and Keith