Newcastle Bridge Club holds nine sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. On Tuesdays and Fridays a standby player will be in attendance so anyone without a partner can simply walk in and get a game. 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 commence at the end of February 2017.  Further details will be posted once the dates are finalised.  
For more information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599  or  Home 02 4962 1816

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A special general meeting is to be held at the clubhouse on Saturday 10th December 2016 starting at 12 noon to vote on the resolution:

“that the decision to only display on Bridgemates the percentage achieved as each board is scored rather than the result of all scores recorded for that board as approved at the 2016 AGM be rescinded.”

Should you wish to vote on the resolution but are unable to attend, forms are available for you to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.


  • the proxy nominee must attend the meeting, and
  • members can only hold a maximum of 5 proxy votes


The results of what has been a very successful, well supported event are as given below.  Member’s thanks are extended towards all involved in setting up and running the event, and especially to Ken for managing and evaluating the final results.  The concept was so well supported that the Club has seen it appropriate to award prizes in three categories, an Open Section, a Restricted Section and a Novice Section.  The event has been included in the 2017 Program and will commence on the first Friday in February.

Those winners were:

 Open Section

  1. Rosalie Broughton/Michael Simes
  2. Janet Hill/Judy Atkins
  3. Pam Robinson/Roy Hardy

Restricted Section

  1. Alan Hemmingway/Bruce Webster
  2. Kay and Bruce Baguley
  3. Julie Fraser-Easton/Kerrie Norris

Novice Section

  1. Diann Miller/Judith Hayes
  2. Alison Torrance/Tony Cooke
  3. Delys Brady/Belinda Olding


Results from the GNOT Finals

Hunter had three teams at the finals of this Australia wide event.  Of the 64 competing teams, Mike Seldon, Chris Dibley, Ken Wilks and Michael Simes came 22nd.  Sydney 2 won the event outright.  Chris and Mike finished a creditable 12th on the datum results.

Greater success was achieved by Ken and Michael in the Swiss Pairs event, they finished 5th of 92 pairs and won the Provincial Pairs category.  Provincial includes the regions of Gold Coast, Hunter, ACT Provincial, Southern Tasmania, SA Provincial, Northern Territory and WA Provincial.

Hands at the Club #6 by Chris Dibley

Club Mixed Teams, 17th November, Dealer: W, Vul: All

Bidding Slams – the Useful Splinter Bid

It’s not often you get to bid a cold 26 HCP grand slam, but it shows the power of good fit with aces opposite singletons. The hand at the right came up in round 3 of the mixed teams match and only Greg and Sharon Mayo found the grand slam (most stopped in 6♠).


BD: 20 Dlr: W
KT832 Vul: All
♠AKJ9764 ♠Q852
7 AJ654
A732 8

A splinter bid is a (usually double) jump bid in a side suit showing

  •   4+ support,
  •   at least game values and
  •   a singleton or void in the suit bid.

This hand was perfect for it after West opened 1♠. East jumped to 4, showing the singleton, with 4+ spades and game values. West asked Roman Key Card Blackwood 4NT*, and was answered with 5♠ showing ♠Q and 2 key cards (both missing aces in this case). West simply bid 7♠ which was cold as she could ruff his 3 small diamonds (even if North could lead a trump) and make a 13 imp pickup.

Talk it over with your regular partner(s) and add this useful tool to your conventions. (Most better partnerships use it.)

*See Bridge at the Club #4

This and earlier Bridge at the Club articles are at http://newcastlebridge.org/news-updates-features/