TASMANIAN FESTIVAL OF BRIDGE
Tasmania's premier bridge event. Something for everybody, from Rookie to Open.
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March 2024, MyState Bank Arena, Glenorchy
All regular TBA sessions will be held as normal up to Sunday 24th December and from Tuesday 2 January onwards. Over the Christmas - New Year period the arrangements for regular TBA sessions are:
|Monday 25th December (Christmas Day)||No sessions|
|Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day)||10:30am session as normal|
|No evening session|
|Wednesday 27th December||10:00am session as normal|
|No evening session|
|Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st||Regular sessions as normal|
|Monday 1st January (New Years Day)||10:00am session as normal|
|Evening session to be decided based on a show of interest|
The 2023 Tasmanian Swiss Pairs was held at Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 19th-20th November. This was the last of the island-wide events for the year. An impressive field of 30 pairs played eight matches over the two days.
The winners, undefeated in all eight matches, were Julie Rhodes and Leigh Blizzard. Second were Christine and Bob Harkness. Anne Fyfe and Jill Archer came third. The full results are here.
Thanks to Simon Edler for directing. Thanks also to the Tamar Bridge Club for hosting the event, and organising players to fill a half table and act as subs.
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching your committee has been actively involved in planning the holiday period and finalizing the details for the upcoming Tasmanian Festival of Bridge being held in mid March 2024. They have also been progressively assessing the results of the recent members survey and reviewing ways in which suggestions can be implemented in the TBA. Details of a couple of these plans are announced later in this monthly update.
The 2023 Australia-Wide Restricted Pairs was held at the end of October and the TBA had some stand-out results. Erica McCoull and Jeremy Reid came 1st locally and 6th nationally (out of 890 pairs in the national field). They were also the top placed Victorian or Tasmanian pair, and the top placed pair in the under 100 masterpoint category. More details are below.
The TBA Club Open and Handicap Teams was held in November. Twelve teams competed over two Monday evenings. The winners were the Webber team - Judy Bills, Ann Paton, Wynne Webber and Hilton Francis. Full results are available here.
The TBA has been very well represented in the Australia-Wide Club Knockout Teams at all levels. The semi-finals have just been held and the TBA team in the Open category has made it to the finals which are to be played in December. More details about this event and the TBA teams are available below.
The following members earned Masterpoint promotions in October:
Congratulations to these members.
The recent weekend training session with Will Jenner-O�Shea was extremely well received by members with 50 plus members attending these sessions. The committee was pleased to see this strong response since the session was heavily subsidized by the club in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn new skills. Ongoing member training and education was a major request by survey responders.
As just mentioned, Training and Education in a variety of forms was a major request in the survey and the committee firmly believes that Bridge education is one of the most vital elements for the health, longevity and success of our club, as well as improving the enjoyment of members play.
As a result the committee has agreed to create a special subcommittee of members, under the supervision of Sue Falkingham. The committee is calling for membership of this group from all club members who feel that they can contribute in the development and progression of learning in the club at all levels. If you are that person please talk to Sue or any club committee member.
The group will be responsible for all lessons, workshops, teaching and training undertaken by the TBA and will periodically report their plans to the Club Committee.
Unfortunately for personal reasons, our current treasurer Ian Bailey has indicated that he will not be standing for reelection in 2024. Ian has been an outstanding example of a club member prepared to commit his personal time to assist in ensuring that the TBA, and all club members have the proper environment in which to enjoy this wonderful game. Ian has worked assiduously in bringing the accounting systems up to date and simplifying procedures in line with the myABF developments. He also has lobbied successfully in ensuring that the agreement with MyState Arena for the ongoing TFoB Congress is advantageous to the TBA.
Personally, I am very sorry to see Ian leave this important position but understand fully his desire to achieve other goals. On behalf of the committee and members we say �Thank you Ian for a job performed in such an enthusiastic and professional manner.�
So we need a new Treasurer, who will be ably trained by Ian. Please forward potential candidate names to me.
We have taken the suggestion of members to update some of our bridge environment and have decided to make some new tablecloths. We need a group of keen needle workers to assist. Please advise Pam Murphy or Malcolm Sherlock if you are able to assist.
Many members are confused and uncertain about the variety of technical terms used to describe events, and as a result are reluctant to enter in some events. To assist in overcoming this reluctance this month we discuss �Butler� events.
Events are often describe by a combination of the scoring method, the type of draw (who plays who) and whether it is pairs or teams. "Butler" refers to a scoring method. In a Butler event the score for a board is based on the difference between the score achieved and a datum. The datum is an average of the scores for that board, often with some outliers excluded (details vary). This 'net' difference is then converted to IMPs (International Match Points) using a simple table. You can score between 0 and 24 IMPs on a board (0 for a net of 0 to 10, and 24 for a net of 4000 or more). The IMP table is normally in the event scorebook or scoresheet for reference.
For example, you play a board in 4S going one off vulnerable for a score of -100. If at most other tables the contact was 3H making 9 tricks in the opposite direction, the dataum for the board may be 170 (ie -170 in your direction). The difference is +70, which is converted to 2 IMPs.
Butler scoring is often used in Swiss Pairs events, although Swiss Pairs can also be scored in other ways (eg matchpoints). Butler scoring can also be used in other formats, such as round robin pairs events.
The annual Club Christmas Lunch and Bridge Session will be held on Saturday December 16, with lunch and drinks at 12.00 followed by bridge at 1.15pm. All members are asked to bring a plate for sharing.
Sessions planned for the Christmas - New Year Period are as follows:
The Annual Colony 47 Christmas Appeal will be operating again this year. More details as to types of gifts preferred will be displayed on the notice board and website. The gifts will be collected by Colony 47 on Monday December 18.
Please give generously to this special Christmas appeal.
TBA Open team through to the finals in December
The ABF is running an Australia-Wide Club Knockout Teams competition. This is the second year that the event has been held. Teams representing clubs from around the country compete in four divisions with sessions held on RealBridge once a month. The first three sessions were a round robin qualification stage with the top eight teams in each category going into the knockout stage (consisting of quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals).
The TBA has four teams competing. This is the second year that the TBA has been represented in all categories.
Three TBA teams qualified for the quarter-finals, which were held on 10 October. Two of these teams progressed to the semi-finals played on 14 November. One team has progressed to the final which will be played on 12 December.
The TBA teams are:
Full results and details are available here. Congratulations to everybody who has played, and best of luck for the next stage. Thanks to Sue Falkinhgam for coordinating the TBA teams. Sue also had a role in organising this event nationally.
Melbourne Cup day saw TBA members gather for a day of bridge, bubbles, fashion, food, sweeps and the big race.
Winner of 'Best Outfit' was Panchita Salmon. 'Best Hat' went to Inge-Lise Goyne. Top placed pairs in the bridge were Julia Johnson & Geoff Green (North-South) and Mardi & John Grosvenor (East-West). Full results are here.
Thanks to Julie Rhodes for organising the catering, sweeps and prizes. Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor for directing and, of course, thanks to members for sharing a fantastic range of food and getting into the spirit of the day.
Every year Australian Bridge magazine runs three 'Australia-Wide' pairs events (novice, restricted and open). In each event clubs around Australia run a club session playing the same boards. The results are scored locally as normal, then all of the results are combined and re-scored at the national level. Comprehensive results, including hand analysis and a customised booklet are then available.
The 2023 Australia-Wide Restricted Pairs has just finished and the TBA had some stand-out results. Erica McCoull and Jeremy Reid came 1st locally and 6th overall (out of 890 pairs in the national field). They were also the top placed Victorian or Tasmanian pair, and the top placed pair in the under 100 masterpoint category.
Elizableth Legge and Leonie Atkins came 2nd locally and 36th nationally. Bronywn Fuller and Ann Halliday came 3rd locally and 226th nationally.
Full results are available on the 2023 Australia-Wide Restricted Pairs results page. Select 'Tasmania' in the club list to see how our players did both locally and nationally. Click on a player's name in the club summary to see the personalised booklet for that player.
Noted that the relative ordering of players can change between the local and national results. Some results that score well at the local level may not be so successul when compared with the national results, and vice versa. For example, a sacrifice may score very poorly at the local level if few people bid the game in the local field, but may be a good result in the national scoring.
Each month the TBA runs multi-session rankings for all regular sessions. The rankings are based on the best three results across the month. Green masterpoints are awarded to the top half of the pairs who play enoughs sessions to be included in the multi. Winners also recieve falbulous TBA etched glasses.
The October multi winners are (click the links for full results) :
|Monday morning||Billie Watson - Steve Thollar|
|Tuesday daytime||Mardi & John Grosvenor|
|Wednesday morning||Mardi & John Grosvenor|
|Thursday morning||David McCoull - Malcolm Sherlock|
|Thursday afternoon||Annie Bartlett - Maria Gibbs|
|Friday morning||Bob Patterson - Maria Gibbs|
|Saturday afternoon||Bal Krishan - Phil Timmins|
Congratulations to Sandra & Andrew for winning the Queensland Open Teams and the Coffs Harbour Congress Open Pairs.
Recently Sandra and Andrew Richman had a big win at the Coffs Harbour Congress winning the Open Pairs. This is a major win in a field of 104 pairs. Full results are available here. The daily congress bulletin featuring their win is here.
They have now had another great result in the Queensland Open Teams. Playing with Andy Braithwaite and Paul Hooykaas they qualified 1st from the 52 open teams playing in the Queensland Festival of Bridge. The top 4 teams qualified for the Queensland Open Teams final.
As top qualifiers the Richman team could choose their opponents and won 61 to 14 in the 20 board semi-final. They then played the winner of the other semi final and defeated them 54 to 42 and collected the QLD Open Teams title and its $1,000 prize money
Well done Sandra and Andrew!
The TBA Spring Pairs was held on Sunday 1st October 2023. This was a Swiss Pairs event with 22 pairs playing 9 board matches over 6 rounds. The winners were Leigh Blizzard and Julie Rhodes. Margaret Robertson and Margaret Gibbs were place second. Hilton Frances and John Bailey came third.
Thanks to Sue Falkingham for directing.
On Sunday 24th September the regional final of the Grand National Open Teams was held. The winner of this event represents Southern Tasmania in the Australian Final in Brisbane.
This year we will be represented by Pam Murphy, Julia Corr, Phil Timmins, and Bal Krishan.
Runners up in the event were John Grosvenor, Mardi Grosvenor, Richard Cooke and Margaret Gibbs. Full results are here.
The Northern Regional Final was won by Andrew Richman, Sandra Richman, Roger Swain and Felicity Wivell. Full results are on the Devonport Bridge Club website.
We wish them well.
Tasmanian GNOT co-ordinator
The 2023 Tasmanian Board-A-Match Teams Championship was played on the weekend of 16th-17th September at the Tamar Bridge Club. In Board-A-Match scoring each board is worth 0, 1 or 2 points depending on whether a team's score is beaten by, equals or beats the opposition's score. This is equivalent to Matchpoint scoring where a board is played only twice.
Nine teams played in a round robin over two days. This was the equivalent playing 14 board matches against each of the eight opposing teams. The clear winners with 144 points were the team of Ann Paton, Lakshmi Sunderasan, Sandra Richman and Andrew Richman. Second placed with 122 points were the team of Mardi Grosvenor, John Grosvenor, Julie Rhodes and Leigh Blizzard. Two teams had 121 points - the team of Simon Edler, Jane Edler, Phil Timmins and Duncan Abercomby (the winners of TBA Board-A-Match Teams in July), and the team of Roger Swain, Felicity Wivell, Anne Fyfe and Floyd Suban. One point separating 3 teams after 112 boards is quite a result. Full results are available here.
Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor for directing, and for the hospitality of the Tamar Bridge Club.
The 2023 Eastcoaster Swiss Pairs was held at the Eastcoaster Resort in Orford on the weekend of 19-20 August. This event was started last year, and it was great to see it grow by 8 tables this year with 48 pairs competing. The field included a strong contingent from the north of the state. Many people stayed overnight at the Eastcoaster and there was an event dinner on the Saturday night at the Eastcoaster's restaurant.
The field covered the full range of experience, with some people playing in their first Swiss Pairs competition. The field played nine matches of nine boards across three sessions, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. Prizes were awarded for the overall field and for novice and restricted categories (less than 25 and 150 masterpoints respectively). Pleasingly all players earned some red masterpoints for their weekend's efforts.
The winners overall were Tania Lloyd and Hugh Grosvenor. Jeremy Reid and Chris Girvan came second. Third were Mardi and John Grosvenor.
Winners of the restricted category (and 9th overall) were Julia Johnson and Sharn Davies. Second in the restricted category were Engelina and Graeme Poulton. Winners in the novice category were Penny Padgett and Sue Millar. Second in the novice category were David Blackburn and Ian Ritchard (no photo available).
Full results for the event are available here.
Many thanks to the Eastcoaster for their generous support of the event, and for all of their efforts in making the weekend a success. The Eastcoaster donated a free accommodation package as a lucky door prize, which was won by Engelina Poulton. Thanks also to the Tasmanian Wine Centre for providing prizes.
Thank you to Erica McCoull for a massive effort as event convenor. A special thanks to Jenny Adey and Jegs Nuttall for stepping in at the last minute to replace a pair who had to withdraw. Thanks also to Simon Edler for directing. And, of course, thank you to everybody who played ...
The 2023 TBA Board-A-Match Teams Championship was played on Sunday 30th July. In Board-A-Match scoring each board is worth 0, 1 or 2 points depending on whether a team's score is beaten by, equals or beats the opposition's score. This is equivalent to Matchpoint scoring where a board is played only twice.
Eight teams, with a broad range of experience, played in a round robin. The winners were the Edler team (Jane and Simon Edler, Phil Timmins and Duncan Abercromby). Second place went to the Sunderasan team (Jeremy Reid, Ann Paton, Wynne Webber and Maggie Crawford), sadly missing their team namesake (thanks to Maggie for filling in). Full results are available here.
Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor for directing.
The next Board-A-Match event is the Tasmanian Board-A-Match teams at the Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 16-17th September. Entries are on MyABF.
The TBA's largest club event of the year, the TBA Congress, was held on the weekend of 1st-2nd July 2023. Matchpoint Pairs were played on Saturday with separate events for Open, Restricted and Novice. The Open and Restricted were held across two sessions. The Novice Matchpoint Pairs was a single session in the afternoon. Sunday was a combined 20 table Swiss Pairs event, with Open, Restricted and Novice categories.
The Open Matchpoint Pairs was won by Tania Lloyd and Hugh Grosvenor. Second place was taken out by Bob Patterson and Maria Gibbs. David Robinson and Phil Beck came third. Full results are available here (session 1 and session 2).
The Restricted Matchpoint Pairs was won by Katherine Marsden and Pam Halton. Wayne Seabrook and Paul Fredheim came second, and Leonie Atkins and Janet Bradley came third. Full results are available here (session 1 and session 2). The single session Novice Matchpoint Pairs was won by Jane Malecky and Christina Buell. Laura Best and Lynn Barlow came second. Full results are available here.
The Swiss Pairs on Sunday was played across 6 rounds of 9 board matches. All entrants played in a single field, but prizes were awarded for Open, Restricted and Novice categories. Full results are available here. The Open competition was won by David Robinson and Phil Beck. Kevin Wheelahan and David Shaw came second. Mardi and John Grosvenor came third, and Tania Lloyd and Hugh Grosvenor came fourth.
The Restricted category of the Swiss Pairs was won by Regina Share and Elizabeth Taylor. The Novice category was won by Sharlene Campbell and Catherine Catt.
Thanks to everybody who played. A particular thanks to those who filled vacancies at short notice. Thanks to Sue Falkingham and Simon Edler for directing, and to Pam Murphy for organising the catering.
Congratulations to the Richman and Paton teams for qualifying for the Tasmanian Open Teams Finals
The Tasmanian Swiss Teams was held at the TBA Clubrooms over the weekend of 3rd / 4th June 2023. The competition included qualification for the Tasmanian Open Teams Finals, the Challenge Cup (between teams of players from a single club), and a handicap result. 12 teams competed, including players from Launceston and Devonport.
The winners of the Open competition were the Richman team - Sandra and Andrew Richman, Hilton Francis and John Bailey. Second placed and winners of the Challenge Cup (representing the TBA) were the Paton team - Ann Paton, Wynne Webber, David Robinson and Phil Beck. Third placed were the Edler team - Jane and Simon Edler, Bob Ranson and Frank Milford. The handicap winners were the Murphy team - Pam Murphy, Barbara Giizel, Maggie Crawford and Fiona Hickey. Full results are available here.
The Richman and Paton teams will compete in the Tasmanian Open Teams Finals on the weekend of 17th / 18th June.
Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor for directing and Pam Murphy for being the convener.
Congratulations to Liz and Clive Sellen, 2023 Tasmanian Restricted Pairs Champions
The 2023 Tasmanian Restricted Pairs Championship was held at the TBA on Sunday 16 April 2023. This was an island-wide event for players with fewer than 150 masterpoints as at 31 December 2022. 14 pairs competed across two sessions of matchpoint pairs.
Congratulations to all who took part. Thanks to Simon Edler for directing.
The 2023 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge was held from Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th of March 2023. This was the first time that the event has been held at the MyState Bank Arena in Hobart. This is a wonderful modern venue on the banks of the Derwent river. The spacious playing area provided room for the 80 tables in play, and room to grow next year.
400 entrants, including some of Australia's top players competed across five events. With the inaugural TFoB Rookie Swiss Pairs there was truly something for everybody. Half of the entrants were from interstate or overseas. Over 60 Australian clubs were represented.
Thursday and Friday saw the TFoB Restricted Swiss Pairs, the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs and the Australian Mixed Swiss Pairs. The TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs was run on Saturday and Sunday. For the first time TFoB included a dinner on the Saturday night at the venue, which was very well attended. The inaugural TFoB Rookie Swiss Pairs was held on Sunday.
The TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs had a field of 124 pairs. The winners were Serhat Ozenir and Guray Sunamak. Avinash Kanetkar and Ron Klinger came second, and Arjuna De Livera and Lori Smith came third. The Warren Walker Memorial trophy for the highest placed Tasmanian pair was won by Andrew and Sandra Richman. Full results are here.
The Australian Mixed Swiss Pairs was won by Arjuna De Livera and Lori Smith. Anita Curtis and Tony Leibowitz came second. Axel Johannsson and Kate McCallum came third. Full results are here.
The Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs was won by David Brooks and Darryl Smith. Neil Ewart and Ian Robinson came second (no photo available). Chelliah Arul and Steven White came third. Full results are here.
The TFoB Restricted Swiss Pairs saw 62 pairs with fewer than 300 masterpoints competing. It was won by Sonya and Shane Palfreyman. Gwen Riorden and Liz Moss came second. Jay Novak and Peta Drake came third. Full results are here.
The inaugural TFoB Rookie Swiss Pairs was well attended with 28 pairs with fewer than 25 masterpoints competing. It was won by Debbie Thomas and Edwina Lemaistre (no photo available). Rex and Nola Calvert came second. Jackie Mair and Penny Padgett came third. Full results are here.
Thanks to TBIB for their continuing sponsorship. Thanks to all the officials, organisers and volunteers who were involved in making this a successful event, including the convenor (Katherine Marsden), the directors (Simon Edler, Hugh Grosvenor and Ronnie Ng), the scorer (Chris Carolan), the caddies (Alison, Ash and Claire), and all of the TBA volunteers. Thanks also to all of the players of all levels who made this an exciting event.
The 2024 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge will be from 14th to 17th March 2024. It will be held at the MyState Bank Arena again, and there is plenty of room for more tables. It is a lovely time of year to visit Tasmania. Save the date, and we hope to see you in 2024!
Congratulations to the dual Open and Womens champions
The first of the 2023 TBA island-wide events was hosted by the Tamar Bridge Club on 4th-5th March 2023. The Tasmanian Open and Women's Butler Pairs saw 14 pairs from around the state competing in a round robin Bulter scored event. Butler scoring means IMP scoring against a datum from which outliers have been excluded. Unfortunately the one day Restricted Butler scheduled for the Sunday had to be cancelled due to lack of entries.
The winners of both the Open and Women's catagories were Pam Lidl & Jane Routley. Roger Swain & Felicity Wivell came second in the Open catagory. Sally Clarke and Catherine Elliott came second in the Women's category. Full results are available here.
Thanks to all who made the weekend a success, including all who stepped in to fill various absences due to illness, the Butler's for agreeing to move from the Restricted to the Open competition, all at Tamar Bridge Club for the catering, and Simon Edler for directing.
Next up in the Island-wide series is the Open, Women's and Restricted Pairs on 15th-16th April at the TBA, followed by the Daytime Teams on 17th and 24th April at Tamar Bridge Club.
Congratulations to overall winners - John Cummings and David Marshall
The 2023 calendar of events at the TBA kicked off on Sunday 29 January with the Vera Houdek New Years Pairs. An impressive field of 34 competed, playing 6 x 9 board matches of matchpointed Swiss Pairs. The field covered a wide range of experience levels. Prizes were awarded for overall places and top placed pairs with fewer than 300 and 100 masterpoints (10 and 13 pairs respectively).
The overall winners were John Cummings and David Marshall, who were also the highest placed pair with fewer than 300 masterpoints. Second overall were David Books and Darryl Smith. Overall third place went to Richard Cooke and Margaret Gibbs.
The second placed pair with fewer than 300 masterpoints were Irene Boulter and Katherine Marsden. The top placed pair with fewer than 100 masterpoints were Barry Taranto and Philip Le Grove.
The full resulst are available here. Thanks to Sue Falkingham for directing.
The Role of the TBA
The TBA is is the largest bridge club in the state with over 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. 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. The TBA premises are available for hire by community groups for suitable activities by arrangement with the TBA Committee. Please complete a booking request form (available here) and email it to the TBA at [email protected].
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Phone: 0400 492 327
Email: [email protected]
Post: PO Box 171, North Hobart 7002
Bank Account Details for direct debit: BSB: 067-102 A/C #: 2801 2004 A/C Name: Tasmanian Bridge Association
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