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Twenty two TBA members received rank promotions at the start of October. Congratulations to all.

Lena Jansson - Bronze LifeIan Bailey - Local
Mardi Grosvenor - Bronze NationalJudy Hooley - Local
Malcolm Sherlock - Bronze NationalGeoff Green - Local
Robin Newton - NationalRosemary Giles - Club
Marian Van Den Byllaardt - Bronze StateBrian Giles - Club
Jenny Nurse - StateRupert Manners - Club
Vicki Douglas - StateCatherine Catt - Graduate
Gillian Armitage - Silver LocalGeraldine Stucki - Graduate
Kerry McKillop - Silver LocalCarsten Bauermeister - Graduate
Bronwyn Leslie - Bronze LocalOlga Poduskova - Graduate
Victoria Onslow - LocalDmitry Beygul - Graduate

The ABF Masterpoint Centre website has a wealth of publicly accessible information about players, masterpoints, rankings and clubs (eg there are currently 356 clubs and 32,742 players registered with the ABF).


The TBA Committee met at the TBA on Tuesday October 12th from 3.30pm.

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

The following matters were discussed (updated to reflect recent changes due to the lockdown and government announcements):

Vaccination Requirements are coming!

The ABF has issued a Policy Directive that from 2022, all participants in ABF Gold Masterpoint events will have to be fully vaccinated, unless they have a medical exemption. At the annual State meeting of affiliated TBA Clubs it was resolved to follow suit with the vaccination requirements for participation in State events also coming into force from January 1st 2022.

The TBA Management Committee followed suit at its October meeting so from December 15th 2021, when Tasmania’s borders are planned to open, you will need to be fully vaccinated to attend the TBA unless you have a medical exemption. You should register your vaccination status via myABF and you may be asked to show your certificate by a Director or Committee member.

David Robinson Lessons – October and November

David Robinson is continuing his series of lessons which will are suitable for improvers and above. You will need a reasonably sound grasp of bridge concepts to benefit from these. If you are an absolute beginner, better to wait another year before tackling these. You can attend one or all of them, just turn up for 2:00pm:

4Intelligent Discards, Lead Directing DoublesOctober 27th
5Matching Defence to DummyNovember 3rd
and Defending with Tram Tickets

TBA Novice Pairs – Rescheduled to Sunday November 7th

The TBA Novice Pairs was impacted by the recent lockdown, and has now been rescheduled for Sunday November 7th. This is a great event for all players with less than 25 Masterpoints (as at June 30th) and there is still time to enter. Entry is via the TBA booking system.

Individual Bridge – Starting Sunday November 14th

The TBA has been looking to utilise our Sunday Sessions in more interesting ways than just normal duplicate sessions. We have established the “Sunday Swiss” on the last Sunday of the month, “Social Sundays” on the second Sunday of the month, and now we have pleasure in announcing an “Individual” movement on the first Sunday of the month. Due to knock-on impacts of the lockdown, the inaugural session will be on November 14th. Entry is essential using the TBA booking system. An individual movement is where you switch partners after each board or round. It is a good event for people without a regular partner to be able to just turn up for a fun session of bridge.

Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday November 2nd

The annual Melbourne Cup extravaganza is on as usual on Tuesday November 2nd commencing at 10.30am. Sweep tickets will be available from 10.05am for $2 and $5. Please bring correct change where possible as our change reserves are more limited now due to our now largely “cashless” bridge operations.

Please bring a plate of food to share for lunch which is around 12.30 – sandwiches and cake are preferred with the TBA providing some hot finger food and fruit to supplement member offerings. Cost is $10 for the day which includes a glass of champagne, beer, wine or soft drink. Prizes will be awarded for best outfit, head gear and lucky door, as well as prizes for the bridge winners in a variety of categories.

Make sure you book via the TBA booking system as this event usually sells out. We will establish a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations.

Tasmanian Swiss pairs – November 20th and 21st

This important event will be held in Hobart over the weekend of November 20th and 21st. It may be the first opportunity for many of our newer members to participate in a two day event, so try to enter if you can, even if you are a beginner. The Swiss movement will ensure that you “swiss” to your appropriate level and will be playing pairs who you can win against. It is a great opportunity to win some RED Master Points.

You should bring your own lunch, as well as a plate of food to share for Morning or Afternoon Tea. Entry is via myABF.

A Tribute to Valerie Palk

This has been postponed due to Valerie’s hospitalisation after a fall breaking her hip. Our thoughts are with Valerie and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Tasmania and the ANC

For many years, Tasmania has sent teams to the mainland to participate in the Australian National Championships (ANC). This is at considerable expense to State Bridge, although this year the event is being held online which has saved a considerable sum. Concerns have been expressed by some, that this is a waste of money, and that perhaps we could send teams to other National mainland events instead. The State meeting in Launceston on Saturday decided that we would review Tasmania’s future participation at the ANC and reconvene in Launceston at the 2022 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge to make a decision about this. Representatives at the State meeting have been asked to consult with their respective clubs over the next three months to prepare their own response to the review.

Any TBA members who would like to make a submission on this issue are asked to do so before the December TBA Committee meeting. Please write or email your thoughts to the TBA or to any committee member.

Julie Rhodes
President, TBA

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On Sunday 3 October 2021, 18 pairs competed in the TBA Spring Pairs. This was played over 6 x 9 board matches with a Swiss draw, scored by cross IMPS* converted to Victory Points. It was great to see three pairs from the north playing.

The winners, by a convincing margin, were David Brooks and Darryl Smith. Second were Mardi and John Grosvenor, and third were Felicity Wivell and Roger Swain. The highest placed pair in the restricted category were Ian Bailey and Jegs Nuttal. The full results are available here.

Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor for directing, and to all who brought food to share.

* At cross IMPS a pair’s score on a board is compared with every other score for the board (in the same direction) and the differences converted to IMPs. These IMP scores are then averaged to give the cross IMP result for the board for that pair. In Butler IMP scoring ('normal' IMPS) an average result for each board is calculated (often omitting some outliers) and then the IMP score is calculated from the datum for each pair. See this guide for more details.


On Sunday 12 September 2021 the TBA came together to celebrate Bert Forage's 100th birthday with the "Bert Forage Centenary Day of Bridge". Twenty one tables played in three sections with an individual movement. Each player played one board with each of 21 partners across the session. Kay Potter was the overall winner.

Thanks to all of the people who made the day a success, including Hugh Grosvenor for directing, Simon Edler for extensive research into individual movements, Alan Greenlees for his musical fanfare, Phil Timmins for his speech and poem, Martin George and Maria Gibbs for contributing photos, and all who brought food to share.


RealBridge is an online bridge system that is increasingly being used by the ABF and clubs around the country to host major competitions. The ABF will be running both the ANC online congress and the GNOT on RealBridge this year. Canberra in Bloom is also on RealBridge.

To help Tasmanian players become familiar with RealBridge, the TBA will be running a number of introductory sessions over the next few weeks. The following sessions are scheduled:

  • Thursday 14 October, 7:15pm
  • Tuesday 19 October, 2:15pm

A link to each session will be available at the top of this page from half an hour before the session start time.

To join a session just click on the link (when available). If asked, give permission for to use the camera and microphone on your device. You can use RealBridge on PCs, Macs or Tablets (eg iPads).

When playing on RealBridge you will see video and hear audio of the people at your table (and the Director if called). This means that RealBridge is much closer to normal face-to-face bridge than other online platforms. For example, you alert and explain your partner’s bids verbally as you would at the club, and can chat with your table.

RealBridge is easy to use and most players will quickly become comfortable with it. Familiarity with the platform will open up lots of interesting opportunities to play over the coming months.


Fourteen TBA members received rank promotions at the start of September. Congratulations to all.

Sarah Howard - Silver NationalLynn Barlow - Club
John Grosvenor - NationalAlison Butler - Club
Mary George - Bronze StateGarry Dazeley - Club
Di Hollier - StateBridget Livesey - Graduate
Fahri Toreci - RegionalMary Darcey - Graduate
Margie Hodgson - Silver LocalNicky McKibben - Graduate
Sharn Davies - Bronze LocalMary Ramsay - Graduate

Tasmanians are mentioned 14 times in the top 20 McCutcheon rankings nationally as at the start of September. The McCutcheons rank ABF registered players by the total masterpoints earned since the start of the calendar year. This is tracked across all ranks and by the rank a player held at the start of the year. State and Club McCutcheons are also available on the ABF Masterpoint Centre website, along with 'Most Improved' rankings. Every player's McCutcheon ranking is available under 'Masterpoint Lookup'.

Mardi GrosvenorTasmanian Bridge Association#4 All Ranks
John BaileyDevonport Bridge Club#16 Silver Grand and Above
Sandra RichmanTamar Bridge Club#13 Grand
Maria GibbsTasmanian Bridge Association#11 Gold Life
Julia CorrTasmanian Bridge Association#15 Silver Life
Julie RhodesTasmanian Bridge Association#18 Life
Pam MurphyTasmanian Bridge Association#7 Silver National
Kay DeckerLaunceston Bridge Club#13 Silver National
Felicity WivellTamar Bridge Club#8 National
Mardi GrosvenorTasmanian Bridge Association#1 State
John GrosvenorTasmanian Bridge Association#2 State
Sue RaeLaunceston Bridge Club#9 Graduate
Ian BaileyTasmanian Bridge Association#14 Graduate
Jeremy ReidTasmanian Bridge Association#16 Nil

As at the start of September, the TBA has 496 members (approximately the 10th largest club in Australia). The median masterpoint balance for members is 14.38 masterpoints (ie half of the club membership has 14.38 or fewer masterpoints). About 30% of the membership have fewer than 2 masterpoints. About 10% of the membership have over 300 masterpoints. The highest masterpoint balance in the club is 7,418.71 held by Hugh Grosvenor (Gold Grand Master).

The ABF Masterpoint Centre website has a wealth of publicly accessible information about players, masterpoints, rankings and clubs (eg there are currently 356 clubs and 32,554 players registered with the ABF).


Saturday 4th September saw the Tasmanian Restricted Pairs Championship played at the TBA. This was an all day event for players with fewer than 150 masterpoints. Ten pairs competed providing a thrilling competition with very close scoring between the whole field. The Director Sue Falkingham was watching the live scoring and said it was exciting with all the placings changing with every board played. The well deserving winners were Vicki Douglas and Marg Enright. Second placed, Elizabeth Taylor and Christine Dowl also played extremely well.

Full results are available here. Thanks to Sue for directing.

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The 2021 Tasmanian Teams of Three event was held on Sunday 15 August 2021 at the TBA. In previous years Teams of Three events have been run as single session events. This is the first time it has been stepped up to a full day event. In teams of three, three less experienced players are teamed up with a more experienced captain, with each member of the team partnering with every other member during the event. Six matches of 8 boards were played across two sessions using a Swiss draw. The event was scored in IMPS converted to VPs.

Eighteen teams participated, with team members restricted to having fewer than 20 masterpoints. While most participants were locals we did have one team from Launceston, captained by Pam Lidl. For many of the participants this will have been their first experience of a teams competition, and the first masterpoints earned by many! Congratulations to all who participated.

First place went to the team of Ian Bailey, Judy Hooley and Roger Hooley, captained by Phil Beck. Runners up were the Launceston team of Wendy Butler, Dennis Butler and Annette Keen, captained by Pam Lidl. Full results are available here.

Thank you to the team captains who made themselves available for the event. Thank you also to Lynne Cooke who was the convener, but was unable to be there on the day, and to Julie Rhodes for filling in for Lynne in the final days of preparation. Thank you to Simon Edler for directing.


The inaugural Tasmanian Board-A-Match Teams Championship was held at the Tamar Bridge Club on the weekend of 7-8 August. In Board-A-Match scoring each board is worth 0, 1 or 2 points depending on whether you score less than, the same as or more than your opponents on that board. While this format has not been used much in Tasmania it is well established and used in some of the world's most prestigious events (for example, the Reisinger).

A field of twelve teams competed, playing 110 boards over 4 sessions. Effectively this means that each team played a 10 board match against every other team across the event. Players from Launceston, Devonport and Hobart participated.

First place went to the Sandra Richman team - Sandra and Andrew Richman, Hilton Francis and John Bailey. Second was the Margaret Gibbs team - Margaret Gibbs, Richard Cooke, and Mardi and John Grosvenor. Third was the Simon Edler team - Simon and Jane Edler, Frank Milford and Martin George. Full results are available here.

This was a very successful event, with a good turnout and positive feedback received from the players. Thank you to the Tamar Bridge Club for their hospitality in hosting the event. Thank you to Hugh Grosvenor for organising and directing. We look forward to this becoming a regular event on the Tasmanian bridge calendar.


The 2021 TBA Congress was held at the TBA club rooms in Hobart over the weekend of 3-4 July 2021. After the cancelation of last year's congress it was fantastic to see the club rooms buzzing and back to the pre-COVID seating capacity. The room was full with 45 pairs playing on the Saturday afternoon.

The pairs events were played on Saturday. 19 open pairs and 10 restricted pairs played across two sessions. 16 novice pairs played in a single session in the afternoon. Congratulations to the many novice pairs who were playing in their first congress!

The winners in the Open were John Cummings and David Marshal. Mardi and John Grosvenor came second, with Lena Jansson and Merryl Darby coming third. The winners in the Restricted were Fahri Toreci and Wayne Seabrook. Gil Robinson and Marg Enright came second, with Clive and Liz Sellen coming third. The winners in the Novice were Helen Sqier and Tim Doe. Lea Coulston and Pam Noga came second, with Judy and Roger Hooley coming third.

The Swiss Pairs was played on the Sunday with 34 pairs competing. Six matches of nine boards were played across two sessions. The winners were Bob Patterson and Richard Cooke. Maruta Boyd and Barbara Holland come second, with Fiona Hickey and Alaine MacMorran coming third. The best placed pair in the restricted category were Clive and Liz Sellen.

Full results are here: Open Pairs, Restricted Pairs, Novice Pairs, Swiss Pairs.

Thanks to Hugh Grosvenor and Sue Falkingham for directing.

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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.

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


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
Kingborough Bridge Club

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
ABN: 66 028 130 967

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