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The TBA Committee met at the TBA on Tuesday April 13th from 3.30pm.

PARTICIPATING: J Rhodes (Chair), M Gibbs, S Edler, K Marsden, I Bailey, E Gee, R Giles, L Cooke, J Grosvenor

APOLOGIES: Sue Falkingham

The following matters were discussed:

Tasmanian Gold Swiss Pairs – April 9th – 11th

A big thank you to Katherine Marsden and her organising team for the successful running of this event. The organisation of the event was widely praised and the TBA received a personal thank you from Ron Klinger.

For the top two finishing Tasmanian RESTRICTED PAIRS the ABF awarded a $2000 per pair travel subsidy to compete in the Restricted Butler trial in Perth in July. The successful pairs were John Cummings and David Marshall, and John and Mardi Grosvenor. Our congratulations to them, with our best wishes for their performance in Perth.

The Committee, as well as many event participants, thought that the flowers provided by Julia Johnson and Sharn Davies added a wonderful touch to the event and we wish to convey special thanks to Julia and Sharn for their efforts with the flowers.

State Team Nominations

The following pairs were recommended by the State Teams Selection Committee to represent Tasmania at the 2021 ANC in Perth.


  • Andrew Richman- Sandra Richman
  • John Bailey – Hilton Francis


  • Maria Gibbs – Julia Corr
  • Julie Rhodes – Margaret Gibbs


  • Fiona Hickey – Alaine MacMorran
  • Pam Murphy – Barbara Giizel

Following a recommendation from The Ross meeting, it is up to the nominated teams to decide whether or not they wish to select an additional pair from other pairs already nominated to make a team of six.

The Committee decided that one late nomination received could not be considered.

Teams of Three

The inaugural Day Time Teams of Three was confirmed for Sunday August 15th. This will be a two session event and replaces the previous Wednesday night event. Teams of three beginners will be captained by an experienced player, and each member of the team will have a turn at playing with their Captain. There will be a shared lunch, so book this into your diary and organise your Team of Three!

Experienced players willing to act as a Captain are also asked to “reserve this date”.

Team entries and volunteer captains will be called for in June.

Name Badges

The TBA has decided to look into the provision of Name Badges for its members. There are two reasons for this :

  1. We have a large number of new members of the club.
  2. They can be worn to identify TBA members playing at other clubs.

It was suggested that a Name Badge be provided to new members as part of their initial joining fee, and that existing members could purchase one for themselves at cost price if they wished to.

Once costings of the badges are investigated, the Committee will revisit the topic.

Entertainment Book

For many years, TBA Members who enjoy dining out, have purchased the Entertainment Book through the TBA. A proportion of the cost of the purchase has gone to the TBA and useful funds have been raised from that purchase. The Entertainment Book (like many other things!) has now gone digital. A big thank you to Jill Kilburn who has taken over managing our account from Jane Tyson and who has been working with the Entertainment Book to manage this transition on behalf of our members. Jill says that the new product looks good with additional products and services being offered.

We will soon be sending an email to all our members about the Entertainment Book which will have links provided to ensure that if you do wish to take out a digital subscription, that the TBA sill receives a proportion of your payment.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Directive

As we move closer to being able to run at 100% capacity, the Tasmanian Health Department is planning for life with COVID-19 by mandating the use of the Check In TAS App with all “relevant premises".

I have today spoken with the Tas Dept of Health to clarify our position with respect to this directive which takes effect from May 1st.

As our Bridge Clubs is a purpose built facility, this makes us a “relevant location” for the purposes of the directive.

This means that from May 1st, all members spending longer than 15 minutes at the club will required to check in via this app.

In order to do this, you will need to down load the Check In Tas app if you have not already done so and use it to scan the TBA QR code prior to the commencement of the session.

In order to make this as easy as possible for our members, we plan to place small laminated copies of our QR code on the tables, as well as multiple copies around the walls. This means that you can sit down and then check in at your table if you prefer. The app also makes it easy to check in additional people, such as your partner.

Those who are unable to register via the QR code, MUST sign in via a book which will be kept on a table near the entrance.

I urge all members to comply with the directive which appears to be “the new normal”.

Members of the TBA Committee will assist you to down load or operate the App as you become familiar with it. Information about the Check In Tas app, including links to download the app, is available here.

Youth Bridge

Youth Bridge lessons will move to Friday afternoons from 4.00pm – 6.00pm in Term 2. This is due to the large number of extra curricular activities undertaken by the participants.

Building Extensions

Work is about to start on the digging of the “Test Pit” for the Contaminated land report required as part of the process toward the construction of our club extensions.

Part of our car park will be cordoned off during this process, and there will be some loud noise from time to time. We ask for patience and co-operation from our members during this process.

TBA Centenary – 2028

2028 is the Centenary of the formation of the TBA. Anyone who would like to join a Centenary Sub-Committee to help plan and implement our Centenary is welcome to make themselves known to the Committee.

Julie Rhodes
President, TBA

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The Tasmanian Gold Swiss Pairs was held in Hobart on 9th to 11th April 2021 at the Elwick Racecourse. This was the first national face-to-face event of the year. Approximately 120 pairs played in Rookie, Novice, Restricted and Open events across the two and a half days. This included strong representation of players from across Australia.

Sixty two pairs played in the two day Open Swiss Pairs. The winners were Ron Klinger and Avinash Kanetkar. Second place went to George Kozakos and Simon Hinge. Peter Hollands and James Coutts came third. Andrew and Sandra Richman won the Warren Walker Memorial Trophy for the highest placed Tasmanian pair in the Open Swiss Pairs.

Twenty eight pairs played in the Restricted Swiss Pairs. The winners were Tim Legge and Alexander Jones. Full results are here. Sixteen pairs played in the Novice Swiss Pairs. The winners were Marleen Lynch and Rose Rowell.

The TGSP was also a great opportunity for newer players to get a taste of a large event. A two session matchpoint pairs event was run for Rookies (players with fewer than 10 masterpoints). The overall winners were Amy Richardson and Imogen Siberry. Single session welcome matchpoint pairs events were also held for novice, restricted and open categories.

Thanks to Katherine Marsden, the organising committee and all of the volunteers for organising and running a great event. Thanks to Simon Edler for all his efforts as the Chief Tournament Director, including dealing all the boards! Thanks also to Hugh Grosvenor for directing. The ABF event website includes all results for the event.

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The inaugural Sunday Swiss Pairs was held at the TBA on Sunday 21 Februray 2021. The aim of Sunday Swiss Pairs is to provide a friendly competition suitable for anybody who enjoys Swiss Pairs and an opportunity for newer players to get some experience with the format. The plan is to run one competition each month, normally on the second last Sunday of the month. Some flexibility is needed to fit in around an already packed schedule, so check the calendar booklet or online calendar for specific dates each month.

The next Sunday Swiss Pairs will be held on Sunday 21 March. Enter on the TBA booking system.

Sixteen pairs competed in the inaugural event. All levels of experience were represented, from Grand Masters to players working towards their Graduate Master certificate. As is the nature of Swiss Pairs this provided a great mix of challenges for all participants. The format was five 9 board matches over two sessions, with IMP and VP scoring.

The top placed pairs were - 1st: Merryl Darby and Lene Jansson, 2nd: Phil Timmins and Duncan Abercromby, and 3rd: Lynne Cooke and Vivien Fuglsang. The full results are available here.

Thanks to all who participated and made it an enjoyable day for all. Thanks particularly to Sue Falkingham for organising and directing the event.

For anybody unfamiliar with Swiss Pairs or IMP scoring and interested in finding out more, here are two brief introductory documents : Introduction to Swiss Pairs, Introduction to IMP Scoring. Better yet, come along on 21 March and give it a go.


The 2021 Tasmanian Butler Pairs was played at the Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 13-14 February 2021. This was the first Tasmanian state event of 2021. It was an IMP and VP scored pairs event with every pair playing a 7 board match against every other pair. There was a field of 16 pairs from around the state.

The winners were John Bailey (Devonport) and Hilton Francis (TBA). Sandra and Andrew Richman (Tamar) came second. Maria Gibbs and Julia Corr (TBA) came third overall and won the women's category.

Full results are here.

Thank you to Simon Edler for organising and directing the event. Thank you also to the Tamar Bridge Club for hosting the event and making all visiting players feel welcome.


The 2021 Vera Houdek Pairs was played at the TBA clubrooms on Sunday 31 January 2021. This was a matchpoint and VP scored Swiss Pairs event played over 8 x 7 board matches. The field of 28 pairs covered a wide range of experience levels and included a strong contingent from Tamar.

The winners were Maruta Boyd and Barbara Holland. David Brooks and Darryl Smith came second. Sue Falkingham and Bob Patterson came third. Mardi and John Grosvenor received the "Encouragement Award" for highest placed pair under 150 masterpoints.

Full results are here.

Thanks to Chris Carolan for smoothly organising and directing a packed day of bridge.

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The 2021 Devonport Bridge Club Congress was played at the DBC clubrooms on Saturday 23 January 2021. This was a IMP and VP scored Swiss Pairs event played over 6 x 9 board matches, The field of 22 pairs included good representation from across the north with the odd southerners thrown in.

The winners where Andrew and Sandra Richman. John Bailey and Mike Longmire came second. Frank Milford and Prue Dick came third.

Full results are here: session 1, session 2.

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The 2020 TBA Novice Pairs Championship was played at the TBA clubrooms on Sunday 15 November 2020. Eleven pairs competed in two sessions. The event was for players with fewer than 25 masterpoints, with a Rookie catgory for those with fewer than 10 masterpoints.

It was great to see some of our newest members and players taking the step of playing in their first event (and in some cases their first non-supervised play). Congratulations on a significant milestone in your bridge careers.

Judy and Roger Hooley are the 2020 Champions. Members may know Judy and Roger from their occassional visits to the TBA over the last year or so. They are now locals and TBA members.

Helen Thomas and Ian Bailey came second. Lynn Barlow and Paul Fredheim came third overall, and also top of the "Rookie" category.

Full results are here.

Thanks to Sue Falkingham for organising and directing the event. Apparently Sue also set a new benchmark in directing by providing table service for drinks in the last round!

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It may be the race that stops the nation, but Melbourne Cup doesn't stop the bridge at the TBA. On Tuesday November 3rd the TBA held our annual Melbourne Cup red masterpoint event. In addition to the bridge there was a bring-a-plate lunch, plenty of sweeps and fashion prizes.

  • First NS : Fahri Toreci - Wayne Seabrook
  • First EW : Catharine Bartonek - Geoff Green
  • Highest score by a restricted pair : Fahri Toreci - Wayne Seabrook
  • Highest score by an under 10MP pair : Dorothy Stevenson - Anna Chivers
  • Best outfit - female : Ann Gee
  • Best outfit - male : Paul Webberley
  • Best fascinator : Christine Linton
  • Best hat : Anna Chivers

Full results are here.

Thanks to Chris Carolan for directing, thanks to all members who contributed to lunch, and thanks to Julie and the committee for organising the day.

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The 2020 Tasmanian Swiss Pairs was held at the Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 24-25 October. 18 pairs played, with players from around the state. Seven matches of 14 boards were played.

Congratulations to winners. Sandra and Andrew Richman came first. Judy Mann and Kristine Thompson came second. Martin George and Frank Milford came third. Full results can be found here.

Thanks to the Tamar Bridge Club for hosting the event. Thanks to Simon Edler for being the convener and director. Thanks also to Jane Edler for her assistance across the weekend.

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The TBA ran two separate GNOT Qualifier rounds over three weeks of Monday Night and Friday Morning sessions.

Congratulations to all the participants and especially to the top placed pairs in each:

Monday Night Qualifier

  • David Robinson & Phil Beck
  • Chris Girvan & Maria Gibbs
  • Judy Bills & Ann Paton

Friday Morning Qualifier

  • Duncan Abercromby & Graham Cooper
  • Phil Timmins & Julie Rhodes
  • Richard Cooke & Margaret Gibbs

Teams will be arranged from all the pairs who played to represent the TBA in the GNOT Southern Final on September 20.


Venue Hire

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

* Venue hire is not currently available due to the COVID-19 situation.


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.

Contact us:
Phone: 0400 492 327
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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