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August 2019 Members updates

The TBA Committee has approved membership applications for the following people. Please make them feel very welcome as you see them around the club.

♠ Cathy Adin-James Greg Sheppard
Sue Baker ♣ Donna Sommerville
♣ Louise Gilfedder Gaele Welling
Rosie Laver

Congratulations to the TBA members who achieved rank promotions at the end of July 2019:

♠ Anna Egan - National Anne Parrott - **Local
Katherine Marsden - Regional ♣ Rose Rowell - *Local
♣ Walter Taylor - **Local Lindy Mackey - Club
Marleen Lynch - **Local ♠ Jane Dickie - Club

As at the end of July 2019 there were three Tasmanians in the National McCutcheons Top 10s:

♠ Sue Martin - #5 *State list (54.84 MP)
Anna Egan - #7 *State list (47.13 MP)
♣ Mardi Grosvenor - #4 Graduate list (16.29 MP)

The ABF Masterpoint Centre website provides a range of club, state and national reports updated each month. These include promotions, McCutcheons (rankings by Masterpoints earned this year), most improved players, and top 50 Masterpoint earners.

What’s Happening at the TBA – August 2019

The TBA Committee reconvened on August 6th after the July meeting was cancelled.

Training and Beginner Transition Strategies

The main strategic issue discussed was that of training, both at the Beginner and Advanced level which has been an area of interest highlighted in the Membership Survey.

Beginner Training & Integration

The TBA is committed to improving both training and integration for beginners, with Sue Falkingham co-ordinating Beginner and Intermediate training. Sue has concluded her first six week beginner’s classes which have been very successful, with eighteen new TBA members coming from the classes, as well as a boost to the Monday morning supervised sessions. The next Beginners Classes commence on October 14th and 15th, so tell your friends about it if they want to learn to play bridge.

In order to provide a better transition into Club bridge, the TBA and Sue are about to establish a new supervised session on Wednesday mornings, to run in parallel with the regular Wednesday morning session. This supervised session will be fully supported by Sue, and the participants will play a fewer number of boards than a normal session at a slower pace than 7 minutes per board. It will provide an opportunity for “graduates” from the Monday highly supervised session to move forward with their bridge, but any regular club players who would like extra support with their bridge are welcome to join this group. If you are interested in this session, keep an eye out for its commencement date.

Supervised play is also available on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday nights, but there are minimum table numbers required for these sessions.

Intermediate Training

A series of three Wednesday afternoon classes conducted by Sue Falkingham commenced last Wednesday with the topic of 'Overcalls and Responses' being the first to be discussed. Over 50 people attended this class, which was a great response. Upcoming topics include are 'Two Suited Overcalls (Michaels)' (14 Aug) and 'Overcalls of their 1NT (Cappelletti)' (21 Aug). Don’t miss out if you would like to improve these area of your bridge. The cost is $10 per session.

Advanced Training

Over twenty TBA members joined the members of the State Teams for the weekend of training conducted by visiting professional, Phil Gue. The weekend was widely appreciated and the Committee has decided that we should attempt to develop a year round program of advanced level training conducted by appropriately qualified local instructors. This would include a mix of full weekend seminars conducted by visiting professionals, and shorter sessions run by local instructors. Ann Paton and Judy Bills are going to co-ordinate the advanced training program so contact them with any suggestions you might have.

Cashless Table Money

Research is continuing into the best solution for the TBA with this, so please bear with us while this process unfolds. We are committed to introducing this facility but It will take some time to locate and implement a good solution.

Teams of Three

The Teams of Three event is coming up on Wednesday night, September 11th. The idea of this event is to provide an opportunity for novice players to play teams bridge, which is a little different from the normal matchpoint duplicate session. Each “team of three” novices will be captained by an experienced player who will take turns in playing with each of them on the night. If you are interested in participating in this event, entries will be opening soon.

Club Room Expansion

We are in the process of developing a “concept plan” with an architect for initial submission to Hobart City Council. Ann Paton and Julie Rhodes are co-ordinating this. The “concept” at present is for the provision of a separate teaching to accommodate approximately eight tables, which can open to provide an expanded competition area. Redesign of the kitchen and some outdoor seating are also likely to be included.

Help Wanted

We are seeking help from anyone who could assist with the following jobs:

Notice Board Co-ordinator

Keep the notice boards up to date and organised. Contact John Grosvenor of you would like to take on this job.

Defrost the Fridge

This job needs to be done out of session, and is becoming urgent. Just turn up and do it, or contact Julie or one of the Directors to arrange out of hours access.

Captain a Team of Three

If you are prepared to act as a Captain for the Team of 3 Event on September 11th, please register you name and contact details in the Entry Book

Help with hospitality on Weekend of August 24th and 25th

General help is required throughout the weekend of the Tasmanian Restricted Pairs Championship and the Tasmanian Open and Womens Pairs to help Simon to keep things organised. Duties might include handing out and/or collecting boards, loading or unloading the dishwasher, restocking tea and coffee etc. Please contact Simon or Julie if you can help out on one of the days.

Be a Buddy

With our new beginners starting to come through, they are often keen to play, but do not have a partner. We would like to increase the number of “walk in” sessions where people can come to play without a partner, but in order to do this we need volunteer partners. Some time it is too busy for the Directors to be able to play. If you could volunteer for one session a week or fortnight, please let us know. Please contact John Grosvenor or Barbara Giizel if you would like to help with this.

Happy Bridging

Julie Rhodes

TBA President

Archive of previous updates

Improver's Course - August 2019

There will be a short Improver's Course run by Sue Falkingham at the TBA in August. Lessons will be on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 pm. The program is:

  • 7 August - Overcalls and Responses (16 tables! better come early for a good seat next week)
  • 14 August - Two Suited Overcalls (Michaels)
  • 21 August - Overcalls of their 1NT (Cappelletti)

Several different aspects of card play will also be covered in the lessons. Cost is $10 per lesson, payable on the day, no pre booking required. You may invite non members of the TBA to attend.

2019 Australian National Championships

The 2019 Australian National Championships is on in Melbourne from 13-15 July.

Tasmania had three state teams competing in the Interstate Teams:

  • Open - Jane Tyson, Robert Tyson, Andrew Richman, Sandra Richman (PC), John Bailey, Hilton Francis
  • Women (picture below, L-R) - Maruta Boyd, Dallas Cooper (PC), Maria Gibbs, Anna Egan, Julie Rhodes, Julia Corr
  • Senior - Valda Badcock, Judy Mann, Fiona Hickey, Alaine MacMorran, Sue Martin, Sue Falkingham (PC)

Sadly Tasmania did not have a Youth team. The full list of state teams is here.

The ANC Interstate Teams Qualifying finised on Wednesday. The results are available here.

In addition to the ANC teams events there are a range of ANC and Fringe Bridge Festival events on, with various Tasmanian players are participating. Full details are available at the 2019 ANC Website

2019 TBA Congress

The 2019 TBA Congress was held over the weekend of 29-30 June at the TBA club rooms.

Sunday was the Swiss pairs, with a field of 36 pairs competing over 6 rounds of 9 boards. The full results are here.

1st - Sandra and Andrew

2nd - Dallas Cooper and
Maruta Boyd

3rd - Barbara Holland and
Bert Forage

4th - Ian Mansfield and
Bob Patterson

5th - Julian Corr and
Maria Gibbs

Restricted - Rose Rowell and
Marleen Lynch

Saturday saw the rooms packed for three sections of matchpoint pairs. 17 pairs played in the open, 18 in the restricted (fewer than 150 masterpoints) and 14 in the novice (fewer than 25 masterpoints). Full results are here: open, restricted, novice

Open - 1st - Sandra and Andrew

Open - 2nd - Jane and Robert

Open - 3rd - Wynne Webber and
Ann Paton

Restricted - 1st - Mary Hawthorne and
Gail Garth

Restricted - 2nd - Anna Egan and
Annie Bartlett

Restricted - 3rd - David Marshall and
Marian Van Den Byllaardt (absent)

Restricted - 4th - Julia Johnson and
Geoff Green

Novice - 1st - Mardi and John

Novice - 3rd - Edward Gee and
Jeggs Nuttall

The presentations were made by TBA Vice-president Lynne Cooke, with TBA Chief Director Simon Edler loitering in the background. Absent for the presentations were 2nd placed novice pair - Debbie Easther and Pam Batrouney.

The novice field included four pairs of players yet to make Graduate master. They were congratulated on taking the step of entering a congress event. The best performing pair in this group - Elizabeth Taranto and Jan Sheen - received special recognition for their achievement in coming fourth.

Thanks to Simon for all of his work organising and running the congress, and to all members who brought food and helped organise the weekend.

Australia-Wide Novice Pairs

The 2019 Australia-Wide Novice Pairs was held in the last week of May and the national results have just been finalised. The competition is run each year by Australian Bridge magazine in conjunction with the ABF. This year 1,433 pairs from ~90 clubs played the same set of boards. The competition is restricted to players with fewer than 100MP, with separate rankings for players with fewer than 50MP. The results were scored locally (for green masterpoints) and again nationally (for red points). Personalised scorebooks were produced including detailed results and analysis for each hand.

The TBA session was held on the evening of Wednesday 29 May, with thirteen pairs competing. The top pairs on the night were Maureen & Brendan Richardson, Jane Dickie & Leonie Atkins, and Karen Andrews & Julianne Edwards. In the national scoring the top ranked TBA pairs were Mardi & John Grosvenor (160th), Jane & Leonie (211th) and Maureen & Brendan (221st). The summary for the results for the TBA pairs is here.

The top ranked Tasmanian pairs were Maureen & Brian Rawding from Devonport (28th), Kevin Crombleholme & Paul Chisholm from Launceston (65th), and Haj Skilton & Robert Jago from Devonport (95th). The national winners were Neil & Christine Cramer from the Blue Mountains. Detailed national results are available here.

Australian Bridge will be running an equivalent Open event in August, and a restricted event in October.

Thanks to Jenny Penny for running the TBA session, and to Sue Falkingham and Malcolm Sherlock for organising the boards and booklets.

TBA Library Update - June 2019

We have recently purchased a number of new books from the US and I have provided a brief synopsis of them here.

Much interest has been shown in the ‘Two over One’ system - 2/1 - so we have added 3 new titles on this system to our library. Also a specialised book on statistics has been introduced together with a few other topics.

The following is a synopsis of the new titles.

1) The MATHEMATICAL THEORY of BRIDGE by Messieurs Borel and Cheron. This is a reprint of a book originally published in 1940. It is highly specialised and totally theoretical so I would say some knowledge of Math would be necessary to get the most from this work. It’s a hardcover book and is probably the only book published on this topic. Definitely a read for insomniacs!

2) FALSECARDS by Mike Lawrence. This is another older title by a bridge master who has won 3 World Titles and numerous other distinctions. All his books are well-done and very readable: this book is no exception. It is described as “the definitive book on pulling the wool over your opponents eyes” and is definitely a book to brush up on this lesser-known area of the game.

3) The Secrets of Winning Bridge by Jeff Rubens. This is another old chestnut from the 20th Century that has been ‘modernised’ and updated; it is not system specific and is considered a bridge ‘classic’. Timeless and practical this is a great addition to our library.

4) 15 WINNING CARD PLAY TECHNIQUES by David Bird & Tim Bourke. These are 2 of the best bridge writers and they summarise 15 declarer play techniques that are clearly explained with great exercises. I found the section and examples of how to prevent a ‘trump promotion’ very instructive.

This leads us to:
5) PLAYING 2/1 - The Rest of the Story by Paul Thurston. This is in some ways a sequel to his first book that laid the foundations of the 2/1 System and thus becomes a more advanced treatment of the system. Lots of good stuff showing ways of dealing with exceptional bidding situations. Amplifies the system.

6) TWO OVER ONE by Bill Treble. This is a basic introduction to the 2/1 System and takes the Standard player to a new level. Easy to read with lots of exercises this is a good start for this increasingly popular system. And finally:

7) Larry Teaches 2 over 1 Game Forcing by Larry Cohen. This is a basic introduction to the system by an old master. This guy has been teaching and writing for 40 years and he presents here a very readable and easy to understand book. It’s basic with exercises and examples aplenty.

Some of these books may be out on loan already.

If you want a hand locating a book please ask me – Richard Cooke – to assist you.

And remember: others will want to enjoy our library so please read and promptly return your loans - 2/3 weeks is a reasonable loan period.

A full list of the library titles, including commentary, is here.

2019 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge

The 2019 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge was held at Wrest Point Casino Hotel in Hobart from 28th to 31st March 2019

There were a record number of participants with 140 pairs competing in the premier event, the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs. 86 pairs contested the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs, 62 pairs in the TFOB Restricted Swiss Pairs and 16 pairs in the Island Matchpointed Swiss Pairs.

TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs Winners David Beauchamp and Jodi Tutty

TFOB Restricted Swiss Pairs Winners Jack Foreman and Bob Ransom

Roger Penny Seniors' Swiss Pairs Winners Phil Gue and Nigel Rosendorff with TBA President Julie Rhodes

Warren Walker Memorial Prize winners Rob and Jane Tyson with Sue Thompson-Walker. This prize, donated by Sue, is for the best placed Tasmanian Pair in the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs.

Go to the Tournament Website for more information and results.

2020 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge

The 2020 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge will be at a new venue, the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. The Festival will run from Thursday 26th March to Sunday 29th March 2020.

The Role of the TBA

The TBA is is the largest bridge club in the state with about 400 members and is the administrative body for the game of bridge in Tasmania. The TBA is responsible for running national and state events including the Australian Swiss Pairs championships and the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs competition. These are conducted annually with the venue alternating between Hobart and Launceston. The TBA also administers the Masterpoints system for the ABF and endeavours to promote the growth and teaching of bridge throughout Tasmania via its affiliated clubs. The TBA's purpose-designed Centre at 5 Marine Esplanade, New Town Bay serves as both our local Clubrooms and the headquarters for bridge in the state.

Local Tasmanian clubs affiliated with the TBA are:
North-West North South
Burnie Bridge Club Launceston Bridge Club Hobart City Bridge Club
Devonport Bridge Club Tamar Bridge Club Eastern Shore Bridge Club
Ulverstone Bridge Club Kingborough Bridge Club

Contact us:
Phone: 0400 492 327
Post: PO Box171, North Hobart 7002

Bank Account Details for direct debit: BSB: 067-102 A/C #: 2801 2004 A/C Name: Tasmanian Bridge Association
ABN: 66 028 130 967

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