Bendigo Bridge Club
Release 2.19q
Key Messages

Vale Wen Gao

We are saddened to advise that Wen was one of two persons tragically killed in a traffic accident in Eaglehawk on Saturday night (6 April).

Wen had been a member of the club for several years but only started playing regularly late last year. In that short time he proved himself to be a talented and astute bridge player, and he was beginning to make his mark on the honours board: he and partner Kevin won the Monday Monthly Medals for January and March. He will be sadly missed.

Details regarding funeral arrangements will be advised as they come to hand.  

Bendigo Bridge Club on Facebook

In order to increase our internet presence and provide a platform for advertising our social activities, we have created a club Facebook account. The account will be curated by Seb and Ryan. Click on Useful Links, then on the 'Bendigo Bridge on Facebook' link to have a look.

Bridge Lessons transitioning to Supervised Pairs

The Beginners course has now concluded. Graduates of the course are invited to participate in the Supervised Play sessions scheduled for Tuesday evenings for the next six weeks. See flyer in centre panel for details but note that the Tuesday dates are as per the calendar: 2 Apr - 7 May.

Get ready for May events!

May is a busy month. We've got two exciting events coming up...

  • Our red point Autumn Club Pairs - played over three weeks (see Calendar for details), and 
  • Our 2024 Congress - Pairs & Teams: Click on the link in the centre panel to view the flyer. (Note entry is via Bridge Unlimited)

Get your pairs and teams organised and your entries in!

Ashes 2024 - Win!

See centre panel for details.

2024 Northern Region Bridge Champs!

The event was hosted by Shepparton BC on 2-3 March. Bendigo members Kerry Delcourt & Ryan Touton won the Open Pairs section, and Merlyn Pritchard & Paul O'Hare won the Restricted Pairs.

In the Teams event, Adam Peirce was a member of the winning team (Walsh, Leppard, Carroll & Peirce), and Kerry & Ryan were one half of the second placed team (Hackett, Hackett, Delcourt & Touton).

Full results are available on the Bridge Unlimited website - click on this link: Bridge Unlimited Results Page

2023 Club Awards & Trophies

The winners of our various awards, trophies and prizes were announced at the Xmas Social. To view a full list of the winners, in the Menu sidebar (above) click on Membership & Bookings, then Club Competitions, then scroll down to 2023 Honour Board. Congratulations to all our winners!

The Xmas Social doesn’t just magically happen and many thanks are due to Diane Dunlop (venue wrangling, bookings); Kaye Parker & Yvonne Forrest (table decorations); Eamon Dempsey & Janet Rogers (roadies); Brigitte Agnew, Jennifer Goddard and Janet Rogers (trophy wrangling); Ron Wescott, for sorting out who got what; and Jennifer & Peter Goddard for the entertaining after-lunch Individual Bridge session - which was won by (drumroll)… Yvonne Forrest!

If you want to know how you fared, click on 2023 Xmas Individual Event Results

FIRE DANGER PERIOD - Correction 

Contrary to the Key Message posted on Wed 13 Dec, we have now been informed that LGCC will only be closed on days when CATASTROPHIC FIRE DANGER is forecast. 

This restores the policy setting that applied in the 2022-2023 fire danger period.

Our advice to members remains the same: During the fire danger period, please check the forecast before coming to play.

Australian Youth Bridge Championship Fundraiser 

A fundraiser is underway to support young players attending the Australian Youth Bridge Championship. The Youth Week Fundraiser Bidding Challenge, suitable for all skill levels, features 15 problems tackled by renowned experts like Ron Klinger, Liam Milne, Sophie Ashton, and more! A live stream webinar with expert discussions of the hands adds yet another dimension. Registration is by donation. If you are interested in helping young bridge players whilst improving your own bridge skills in the process, details can be found by clicking on this link: YOUTH WEEK FUNDRAISER

WBF Leisure Activities Survey 

The Marketing & Communication committee of the World Bridge Federation (WBF) is conducting a survey exploring what types of leisure activities people do and why. The survey is aimed primarily at bridge players, but they’re interested in what friends of bridge players think too. The results will help the WBF get a better understanding of why different groups of people around the world like and play bridge, and how bridge compares to other activities that bridge players and potential bridge players like to do, with the aim of enabling administrators, teachers and promoters to use the results to design better ways to get people into bridge, and to stay in bridge.

If you wish to participate in the survey, please click on this link: https://pip.surveymonkey.com/r/DKJW93X

Code of Good Conduct published

The club has adopted a new Code of Good Conduct that members and guests will be expected to follow. For further information, see the new 'Code of Good Conduct' news item, on the right-hand side of this page.

Afternoon Tea with the Guv (+ Report)

Every Victorian bridge club received an invitation from the Governor of Victoria to send two members (a pair) to a special Afternoon Tea and Bridge event, to be held on Wednesday, 15 November at Government House.
Your committee unanimously agreed to nominate the Goddards as our representatives.
They weren't the only BBC members attending. Our neighbours, Maine BC, nominated Ron Wescott & Louise Griffin; the Victorian Youth Team nominated Seb Wright; and  Sandhurst Bridge Acadamy nominated Denis Upsall & Faye Symons.  All five are also members of our club.
Congratulations to all - we hope you had a wonderful day! Click here to read Jennifer's entertaining match report.

Library News

Our Librarian has been busy adding interesting new titles to the bookshelves. Check out menu Education > Library to find the latest available titles.

Tea Breaks Return

The committee has decided to reinstate 10-minute Tea Breaks into our regular Club sessions - on a 3-month trial basis - commencing Monday 25th September.  Please note that in order to ensure that sessions finish in a reasonable time, our directors will be more strictly enforcing the Round Timer clock. 

Lego Room Cooling 'fixed'

The cooling system in the Lego Room seems to be fixed. However, the control panel seems a bit wonky and, when the system is on, there are warmer and colder areas in the room, depending on the location of tables vis-a-vis the cooling vents. If you are sensitive to temperature variations, please wear layers so that you can adjust your clothing to keep yourself comfortable.

Bridge Victoria

A link to the BV website can be found on our 'Useful Links' page. 

Monthly Nosh & Natter

Our MN&N social dinners will resume in September.  These Thursday evening get-togethers are informal social events - a chance for members (and their spouses / partners) to have a friendly natter about... anything really, over some good pub food and drink. 

Need more details? Contact Eamon Dempsey on 0408 467 599.

Covid-19

As at Oct 2023, Covid-19 is still prevalent in the community. To keep your fellow members safe from infection, please…

  • Do not come to play if you have any symptoms, go and get tested.
  • Wear a mask when playing. A supply of disposable masks will be available.
  • Sanitise between rounds
  • Wear layers for comfort and warmth – where weather conditions allow we will be opening windows and doors to facilitate natural ventilation.
  • Stay vaccinated – 2023 booster shots are available for most of our members.
  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick with COVID-19, apply for access to anti-viral medicines that can help you stay well, or treat the symptoms if you contract COVID-19.

For further information, please visit the DHSS Coronavirus Victoria website.

Bridge Musings

Bridge Musing will no longer be updated with links to BV Bulletins. Instead, please

  • Click on the Bridge Victoria link in our Useful Links page, then
  • Click on the 'Bulletins' tab on the BV Home page, then
  • Click on the bulletin you wish to read. 

BV Bulletin 2308

BV Bulletin 2307

BV Bulletin 2306

BV Bulletin 2305

BV Bulletin 2304

BV Bulletin 2303

BV Bulletin 2302

VBA Bulletin Dec 2022

VBA Bulletin Nov 2022

VBA Bulletin July 2022

VBA Bulletin June 2022

 

Library
Contact Our Librarian

If you would like to contact our club Librarian (Kaye Parker), enter your message in the form below and click [Send]

Or send a personal email to librarianbendigobridge@gmail.com

Recommended Titles

What is available? 

For a list of the books and other resources currently available, click on this link - Library Book Register

For a list of the books and other resources currently available, listed by topic, click on this link - Library Book Register by Topic October 2023

Over the coming months, new books will be reviewed and added to the library for your pleasure, so keep an eye on this section.

Delve Deeper - October 2023

To support our Bridge Workshops 2023 we have purchased the books listed in this link - Delve Deeper October 2023

Delve Deeper - July 2022

Ready to explore further this evolving game of Bridge?  Some texts recommended or requested by our members – happy reading.

Features -

  • Improve Your Bridge Memory (Klinger)
  • 25 Steps to Learning 2/1 (Thurston)   x 2 copies
  • Playing 2/1:  Rest of the Story (Thurston)
  • Multi Two’s Pamphlet (Browne)  x  5
  • Roman Keycard Blackwood (Seagram)  x  2 copies
  • The Big Payoff:  Slam Bidding at Bridge  (Treble)
  • Barbara’s Bridge Tips (Seagram)
  • Counting at Bridge (Aves)
  • Play it Safe (Seagram)

Click on this link for more details... Delve Deeper July 2022

Delve Deeper - May 2022

Features...

  • Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
  • Planning the Play – the Next Level by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
  • To Bid or Not to Bid – The Law of Total Tricks by Larry Cohen
  • 25 Ways to Take More Tricks as Declarer by Barbara Seagram and David Bird

Click on this link for more details... Delve Deeper - May 2022

Delve Deeper - December 2021

Features...

  • Card Play Technique or The Art of Being Lucky
  • The Power of Pass by Ron Klinger and Harold Schogger

  • Playing Doubled Contracts by Ron Klinger

Click on this link for more details... Delve Deeper - December 2021

Delve Deeper - November 2021

"It's not the handling of difficult hands that makes the winning player... It's the ability to avoid messing up the easy ones."
-S. J. Simon  

Eddie Kantar's Introduction to Delarer Play can help you with that.

Click on this link for details November Delve Deeper 

Eddie Kantar says "If you are good at defending, at least half of your opponent's contracts can be defeated..."

Want to know more? Click on this link: Introduction to Defence

Delve Deeper – June 2021

Let’s Delve Deeper – June 2021
Some exciting reading ahead!  We have purchased 5 digital Pocket Guides from the Bridge Shop.  They are in PDF form and can be  emailed to you so you can read them at your leisure. We have
*  The Pocket Guide to Bridge
*  The Pocket Guide to Bridge Conventions You Should Know
*  The Pocket Guide to Even More Bridge Conventions
*  The Pocket Guide to Defensive Play at Bridge
*  The Pocket Guide to Declarer Play at Bridge
If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please email me via the Contact Our Librarian panel, above.
Regards,
Kaye Parker, Librarian
Delve Deeper Mar 21

Let’s Delve Deeper – Bridge Base Online   March 2021

March has me looking at BBO.  After chatting with some novice players at the table, I mentioned how helpful the Practice button on BBO has been to me, especially for practice during Covid.  The good news is it caters for Beginner right through to World Class.  The bidding is done for you; you play the hand. Easy!  What I like is as soon as I stall and cannot make the contract, there is a Show Solution button. You can play the hands as many times as you wish and very soon you are transferring skills learned to the face-to-face Bridge table.

Because I have an account to play with BBO, there is no charge. Otherwise, you will have to create a BBO number and pay whatever you wish as there is a small charge.

The sequence is Log in, Practice tab, Bridge Master, and play

                           Happy Exploring - Kaye Parker

Delve Deeper Feb 21

Delve Deeper is a new addition to our library files.  The aim is to bring attention to a website or a book in our library.  We have a wealth of varying levels of knowledge in our own club, and it is hoped you will share your expertise in this section. It is important to cater for everyone, and my experience is more as a beginner/improver.  In this month’s delving deeper I have chosen to explore our own  Australian Bridge Federation website

Click on the Education button and then scroll down to the bottom to click on "Classroom Resources"

Here you will find different Learner Guided Paths:

Rebids, Judgement, Novices, Improvers, Videos

 

Happy exploring from your library team

Kaye Parker