Dear Members


From the President.......

A last reminder about our Working Bee this coming Saturday 25 November at 9.30am. Rain won’t stop us as we have a lot to do inside as well.

The committee thanks the wonderful club members, see below, who have been dealing boards as part of our contract with the Summer Festival of Bridge. This is another activity from which we earn income, which enables us to maintain our premises and thus helps all members. The team, led by Patricia McDonald, was Jon Pike, Tim Mather, Lynne Moss, Jan Johnston, Nonie Ashworth, Stephen Mendick, Bob Nairn, David Lee, Rick Nehmy and Margaret Kyburz. Five others wanted to help but couldn’t make the scheduled times. Thank you all.

CBC has a tradition of present giving at Christmas. This year we would like to direct this to Barnardos. If you wish to help, please bring a donation towards their Christmas hampers – presents for teenage boys aged 14-18 e.g. vouchers for movies or sports stores, t-shirts for teenagers, and food such as Christmas puddings and more standard items e.g. jam, cereal, Milo – any of these would be helpful. We need the donations by Friday 15 December.  Please place under our Christmas tree, which will be put up on Saturday.

Christmas raffle tickets are available just inside the Barry Turner Room, $2 each or 3 for $5, to benefit CBC and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT.

Best wishes



5th October CBC Committee Minutes

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Club House Update

For those of you who were not aware, the club house sustained quite some damage from the hail storm last Friday (17th November). In the main (BT) room, the roof, ceiling, carpet, and possibly some Bridge Books were damaged from substantial water in flow. Only a small disruption, about 4 tables out of play, for Bridge sessions. The good news is, all is presently being repaired and we should return to normal in the next week or so.

And for summer, we have just had two new additional Air-conditioning units installed in the main (BT) room. This will, hopefully, alleviate the hot weather conditions experienced in previous summer months making it more comfortable for players.


Canberra Bridge Club Advertisers in the Annual Calendar

Many of you have read my previous postings regarding our club advertisers.  However, I would like to re-enforce the importance of this process and ask that you discuss with your fellow members, the importance of this initiative as not all either receive or read the newsletter.

In recent times Flight Centre was a large source of commission however, that hit a snag this current year.  I am very confident that our relationship is back on track meaning the funds can flow again.  It is critical though that we do everything possible to work with Edwina the local manager.   I ask that you identify yourself as associated with CBC at the initial consultation.   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.  Please return the proforma to our Manager’s to enable compilation of our monthly commission.

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.  Effectively, this is easy source of money for the club.

Regarding the other advertisers, it is critical to the success of the overall program that you mention CBC to the staff of the business concerned.  If they don’t know you, then they can’t 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.

Peter Giles


Christmas Parties—4th & 6th December 9:30am:
$35 for members & $40 for non-members.

Fully catered by Golden Roast – menu includes:

  • Main
    • o Hot cooked ham, chicken and lamb
    • o Jacket potatoes with sour cream, roast pumpkin, baby beans & carrots
    • o Salads of various types including Creamy Pasta, Potato Salad, Pineapple, Beetroot and a Fresh Tossed Garden Salad
  • Dessert freshly baked and served with fresh cream
    • o Blueberry Cheesecake
    • o Apple Blueberry Crumble
    • o Pavlova
  • Extras freshly baked bread, Hot Homemade Gravy, Mustards, Mint Jelly
  • Wine, orange juice, water, tea and coffee.

And........don’t forget to wear your Santa hat and festive gear.


Also............Christmas Helpers Needed

As these two Christmas Day events are being catered, help needed is absolutely minimal.   Say two hours maximum.  Can you help with:

  • Cakes, Slices and finger sandwiches – your small donations will make a scrumptious morning tea:
  • Set-up & Tidy Up – as the meal is fully catered no help with food is required at all.  There’s just a little assistance needed for the days below:
  • Sat 2nd December, 2pm --- set up room for lunch,
  • Mon 4th December and Wed 6th December
    • o 8:30am – put out morning tea (an hour)
    • o 2pm – tidy kitchen, rinse crockery & cutlery, restore Olive Lott Room (1 hour).


Upcoming Competitions:

·        Daytime Events

  • o Christmas Parties
    Mon 4th & Wed 6th Dec 9:30 am.  Scrumptious eats, competitions, fun! Read more...   
  • Evening Events

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

 o Tuesday Evenings

    • Medley Teams
      Begins 5 December, 7:30pm for 3 weeks. RED mp read more ….

o  Wednesday Evenings

  • Ad Hoc Teams
    6 December 7:15pm – Teams or Pairs may enter. Entries close 4pm, 4th Dec, read more …

o Thursday Evenings

  • Christmas Butler Pairs
    Begins 7 December at 7:30pm for 3 weeks. RED mp read more…


A Christmas Present??????

As you know, Ho Ho Ho, Christmas is coming and you need that elusive Christmas Present!

How about purchasing a Voucher for:

A course of Beginner’s class redeemable any time in 2018 ($75 for 6), OR

A set of Master the Basics lessons on Wednesday Morning’s ($60 for 10 lessons).

These are available now from either Kerry or Keith (Managers Office).


Recent Results:

A big congratulations to:

  • Sally Barber and Donna Stewart on their win in the Restricted Swiss Pairs at the Southern Highlands Congress on 11th & 12th November. Excellent performance.
  • Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy on winning the recent Nationwide Pairs on 19th November. There were 32 clubs participating and our Canberra Pair won the event with 74.2%! A great result.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

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Harry S Truman was President of the United States from 1945 to 1953. What did the "S" in his name stand for?

Also, what is a Moysian fit?

Best wishes,

Finessey McFinesseface


Dear Finessey,

The "S" in President Truman's name did not stand for anything in particular; instead it honoured both of his grandfathers, Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.

The late Alphonse "Sonny" Moyse, during his tenure as editor of The Bridge World magazine, frequently advocated the utility of the 4-3 trump fit. Hence that was named the Moysian fit in his honour. For example:

You hold, vulnerable against not:





RHO deals and passes, so you open 1C. LHO also passes and pard responds 1S. RHO again passes, so you have now to choose a rebid:

  1. A) you lack the strength to reverse into 2D,
  2. B) rebidding 2C could go hideously wrong if pard passes with a singleton club, and you get a kiss-of-death score of -200,
  3. C) a 1NT rebid has the obvious flaw of a singleton in an unbid suit, therefore
  4. D) the best rebid is the Moysian raise to 2S.

At the table 4S in the 4-3 Moysian fit made 11 tricks, thanks to declarer ruffling two hearts in dummy. Indeed, the best time to play a Moysian fit is when the 3-card holding is short in a side suit thus has riffing power.

Best wishes



 Helpers required for Supervised Play in January 2018

We are in need of helpers to assist with the supervised play at the club on Monday nights and Thursday nights. If you are able to help out please contact Chris Sheen at e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on: 0408 544 244.


Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson is Wednesday 29th November, with Barb Toohey.

  • The topic is Bidding Conventions  – “Rule of Eleven”


Supervised Sessions – all Beginners should attend

Upcoming topics:

  • November 27th & 30th – responses to 1NT and Stayman
  • December 4th & 7th – Should I Open? The Rule of 20 and the Rule of 15
  • December 11th & 14th – Higher level opening bids
  • December 18th & 21st – System Card

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


Standby Players wanted for:

‘Summer Festival of Bridge’

 If you wish to be a ‘Standby Player’, please contact Perelle Scales on:

Mobile phone: 0450 961 935


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


Kind regards

Kerry and Keith