Bendigo Bridge Club
Release 2.19q
Key Messages

Snake Alert! 

LGCC Committee advise that a snake was sighted near the footpath by the building late on Monday 6th. Species not identified but - this is Australia - so please exercise extreme caution when moving around the carpark and the approaches to the building. If you spot a snake, do not approach it. Call DELW&P on 136 186 for advice. If you are bitten by a snake, call 000 immediately.  

TGIF drinks and nibbles 

After a hard week's bridge playing, what could be better than a chance to celebrate that slam / drown your sorrows over that 3 down redoubled, than a drinks and nibbles session with a few of your fellow club members? So, we're launching Friday Night Drinks at...

Urban Cellar Distillery & Winery at 1/70 Powells Ave, East Bendigo. Opens 5.30pm, half price drinks 5.30 - 7pm. Pizza and snacks available.

Come along! All welcome! Need more details? Contact Barb Evans on 0491151353.

Monthly Nosh & Natter

Our MN&N social dinners will resume on Thursday 23 February. Venue (as before) will be the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club at 6pm. This is an informal social event - 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 Graeme Hegarty on 0428 380 180.

NRBA Championships 2023

Please get your pairs and teams entries in for the Northern Region Bridge Championship  on 4-5 March. Click on NR Bridge Championship 2023 Flyer for details. 

Relaxed Pairs in 2023

Relaxed Pairs (social bridge) will resume on Wednesday 8th February. Sessions will run from 12 noon until 3pm.  All welcome, bookings not required.
Contact Janet Rogers for further information - 0499 775 735.

2022 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 click on 'Club Competitions', then scroll down to '2022 Honour Board'. Congratulations to all our winners! 

 

Covid-19

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.
  • Get vaccinated – 4th doses are available for eligible persons over 50.
  • 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.

News from Bridge Victoria

 A link to the February BV bulletin (which contains some great news about Seb Wright) can be found in the Bridge Musings panel below.

(No bulletin seems to have been issued in January, possibly due to the restructure (see below)).

Members should be aware that the VBA is relocating and restructuring. On 21 December 2022 they issued the following update...

Move from Poath Road to Dendy Park

... the VBA will be moving to Dendy Park in January.  The new club brings together members of the VBA and the Dendy Park Bridge Club into a united club under a new name. We recently invited members of both clubs to provide input into naming the new entity.  The club will be known as the Victorian Bridge Centre.  We look forward to welcoming you to our new facility soon. 

As part of this change, the group responsible for all state operations will now operate as Bridge Victoria. In the new year, the VBA website will transform into the Bridge Victoria website and will be the first stop for affiliate clubs seeking information and support. 

The process of selling the Poath Road site has commenced, and we will keep you informed as this progresses.

Beginners
Beginners Corner

Opening the bidding with 1NT.

If you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand ALWAYS open 1NT.

Some people think that they need to have all suits stopped, but that is wrong thinking.  When you open 1NT your partner has a complete picture of your hand in 1 bid.

Remember you only need 7 tricks.  SO even if the opposition run the first 5 tricks in a long suit, you can still make your 7 tricks. 

If you can't make your 7 tricks it usually means you have stolen the contract from your opponents and should end up with a good result anyway.

Beginners Corner

Opening the bidding with 1NT.

If you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand ALWAYS open 1NT.

Some people think that they need to have all suits stopped, but that is wrong thinking.  When you open 1NT your partner has a complete picture of your hand in 1 bid.

Remember you only need 7 tricks.  SO even if the opposition run the first 5 tricks in a long suit, you can still make your 7 tricks. 

If you can't make your 7 tricks it usually means you have stolen the contract from your opponents and should end up with a good result anyway.

Beginners Corner (Copy)

Opening the bidding with 1NT.

If you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand ALWAYS open 1NT.

Some people think that they need to have all suits stopped, but that is wrong thinking.  When you open 1NT your partner has a complete picture of your hand in 1 bid.

Remember you only need 7 tricks.  SO even if the opposition run the first 5 tricks in a long suit, you can still make your 7 tricks. 

If you can't make your 7 tricks it usually means you have stolen the contract from your opponents and should end up with a good result anyway.