Newcastle Bridge Club holds seven sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. The venue is close to Broadmeadow railway station and is also serviced by bus routes. There is disability access and off street parking is available. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the table fees which are $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The Club will help arrange a partner if required.

The next course of bridge lessons  for beginners will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm, commencing on Tuesday 28th July, 2015.   For more information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599 or  Home 02 4962 1816.

For instructions on completing an ABF System Card click here

The 2015 NBC Club Teams Championship

Qualifying sessions for this prestigious teams event will be held on the first two Saturdays in August –  August 1 and August 8. There are entry forms available now at the Club and it is important to remember there will be no Saturday pairs played on these dates. However, there will be drinks and canapes for all teams after play on Saturday August 8.

The top four teams will go through to the final, to be played two weeks later, on Saturday, August 22. On this date there will be regular Saturday afternoon pairs.

NBC success at Brisbane Water Super Congress

The following club members performed creditably over the week-end at Brisbane Water BC.

In the Open Swiss Pairs
1st N/S Pair

3rd N/S Pair

Ken Wilks and Rosalie Broughton

Michael Simes and Michael Johnson

3rd E/W Pairs
Ian Walker and Margaret Geddes

In the Restricted Pairs
2nd E/W Pair

3rd E/W Pair

Wayne Morgan and Rod Bell

Gai Brouwer and Brigitta Kuegler

In the Restricted Teams
2nd place
Rod Bell, Wayne Morgan, Alison Lea and Sue Harrison

In the Novice Teams
1st place
Leslie and Charles Bowen-Thomas, Alan Hemmingway and Joe Conde

Congratulations and well done to all who took part.

Newcastle Team wins at the Tilligerry Hunter Interclub Teams

The second round of the 2015 Hunter Interclub Teams was held on Sunday 19 July at Tilligerry Bridge Club. Newcastle entered one team in each of B Grade and C Grade, but several of our members played in teams representing other clubs.

Congratulations to the Newcastle team of Meryl Braidwood, Jo Marzato, Alison Reid and Alan Hemmingway, who had a clear win in C Grade over Maitland (second) and Quick Tricks (third).

Equal first in B Grade were the Charlestown team of Cheryl Pletz, Janet Ritchie, Ronnie Antill and Margaret Somers (all of whom are also members of our club), and Nelson Bay, whose team included Kay and Bruce Baguley, also Newcastle members. The Newcastle team of Giles and Vincia Martin and Margaret and David Corney came a close third.

It is worth noting that every team in every grade had at least one win, so everyone took home some red master points.

So on to round three of the Hunter Interclub teams to be co-hosted by the Newcastle and Charlestown Bridge Clubs. This is scheduled for Sunday October 18 and will be held at the Hunter Wetlands Education Centre in Shortland. The event will be graded, so players of similar standard will compete against each other.

The cost will be $35 per player and include lunch and morning and afternoon tea. To enter, simply send team member names and ABF numbers to: johnstuart65@bigpond.com. And if you need any more information call either Eileen Sellers on 4955 6865 or John Stuart on 0408 622 674.


What should you do when partner alerts your bid and then gives an incorrect explanation of its meaning?

The answer is “Nothing”, at least not immediately, and very importantly you have to keep on bidding as if you haven’t heard the incorrect explanation, i.e. you have to bid on as if your partner’s response is in accordance with your actual agreed system.  The incorrect explanation is “unauthorised information” which you MUST NOT take advantage of.

Of course you must inform the opponents of the error but not until the end of the auction period if you are declarer or dummy, or at the end of the play of the hand if you are a defender.

I strongly recommend that you download and read Matthew McManus’s explanation of what you can, cannot and must do.

Peter Peterson, Tournament Director

Note the Date – NBC Annual General Meeting, Saturday September 5.

The date for the NBC’s 2015 AGM has changed to Saturday, September 5. The AGM is your chance to have a say in the running of the Club,
and all members are welcome to attend.

Any member wishing to  nominate for committee can complete a nomination form available from Graham Rummey

The AGM will start at 11.00am, and be followed by a sausage sizzle for all attendees, with the regular Saturday pairs starting at the usual time of 1.00pm