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TASMANIAN GOLD SWISS PAIRS

9th-11th April 2021, Elwick Function Centre Glenorchy

Events for players of all levels - Rookie to Grand Master

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It is a great pleasure to announce the return of David Robinson's always popular lessons ...

"All you wanted to know about bidding but were too frightened to ask"

These lessons are suitable for post beginner / improving players who would like to improve and update / refresh their bidding.

  • March 3rd - Opening a major - responses and rebids
  • March 10th - Opening a minor - responses and rebids
  • March 17th - Opening 1NT and continuations
  • March 24th - Two-bids
  • March 31st - Preemptive bidding

Wednesdays 2:00pm until about 3:00-3:15pm. Cost is $5 per person per session. Walk-in, no booking or partner required.

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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.

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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.

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The TBA Committee met at the TBA on Tuesday Feb 2nd from 3.30pm.

PARTICIPATING: J Rhodes (Chair), M Gibbs, M Sherlock, S Edler, K Marsden, I Bailey, G Poulton, P Timmins, S Falkingham, L Cooke

APOLOGIES: John Grosvenor, Edward Gee

The following matters were discussed:

Tasmanian Gold Swiss Pairs – April 9th–11th

All Members are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird rate for this event, and lodge their entries soon. It will be our Premier event for 2021 and due to our large influx of beginners, separate sections will be available for you, depending on your experience level. Entry forms are available at the TBA and you can also enter online.

Defibrillator Training

This will be conducted by St John’s at the TBA on a date to be announced. Any member will be able to attend the session if they wish to.

Improver’s Training

Sue Falkingham is running Improver’s lessons in February (Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings) and David Robinson will be running more in March. These will be held at the TBA on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00pm. More details on the web site.

Youth Bridge

The 2021 Youth program kicks off on Wednesday March 3rd from 4.00 pm – 6.00pm. This is a sixteen week program running across Terms 1 and 2 of the school year. It is designed from children of secondary school age, or upper primary and will incur a voluntary charge of $ 40 for the sixteen weeks which includes specially prepared work books.

We have been liaising with local schools about this, but if you know any young people of the appropriate age, please register their details with me, or at the TBA and they will be welcome to join the program.

As a result of establishing this more comprehensive program, we have decided not to run the “Bring Your Grandchild to Bridge Day” in 2021.

Monday Night Bridge

Following ongoing requests regarding earlier commencement times, and a survey of Monday night participants, the Monday night session will commence at 7.15pm from Monday March 1st.

Online Bridge

The Tasmania Wide Pairs, continues to run successfully on Wednesday nights via BBO from 7.15pm This is a red master point event and conditions have been varied by the ABF to allow interstate players who register for the event to also compete. This has made for some interesting events where players from WA, SA and Newcastle have competed. It is a good introduction to online bridge where you can play with friendly opponents from the TBA.

Bridge Etiquette - System Cards

Just a reminder that System Cards are a courtesy at normal TBA sessions but are mandatory for all Tournament events. The TBA has a supply of paper system cards available for Members’ use (in the cupboards at the south-east corner of the club rooms) and you can also prepare one for your partnership using the member computer in the Vera Houdek Room.

Social Bridge

Social bridge has successfully commenced and will continue to be held on the second Sunday of the month at 1.15pm. Sue Falkingham will be directing and players are encouraged to bring a plate of food to share. Members are able to bring a visitor to participate, but all visitors must sign the COVID-19 Safety Plan undertaking, and comply with COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements. Normal table money is payable.

Sunday Swiss – Last Sunday of the Month (Other events permitting)

The first “Sunday Swiss” pairs event will be held on Sunday Feb 21st starting at 10:00am. The event will run all day, with people bringing their own lunch. Entry will be $10 per player. This is a great opportunity for newer players to get some Swiss Pairs experience before the Tasmanian Gold Swiss Pairs in April.

Esteemed Members of our Club

As Bert Forage will be turning 100 this year, the TBA has decided to hold the Bert Forage Centenary Day of Bridge on Sunday September 12th. This will commence at 1.15pm and will feature an Individual movement so that as many people as possible can play with Bert!

The TBA will also conduct a formal recognition of the service of Valerie Palk on a day of her choosing. More details will be made available about this event as they become known.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Saturday March 20th from 12 Noon. At this meeting, all Committee positions will be declared vacant. If you would like to serve on the committee in any capacity, or volunteer for a job other than committee member, please complete a nomination form and place it in the box which will be out from March 1st. Nominations for Committee positions should be submitted by March 10th. The AGM will be followed by a session of bridge (free for AGM attendees). Members are also encouraged to bring a plate of food to share.


Julie Rhodes
President, TBA

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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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Congratulations to the TBA members who achieved rank promotions at the end of September and October 2020. A full list of promotions for the year is available here.

♠ Barbara Holland - Silver Life
Gulum Kocak-Sunamak - **National
♣ David Marshall - National
Betty Pilgrim - *State
♠ Shirley Graver - State
Keith Graver - State
♣ Katherine Marsden - State
Alan Greenlees - Regional
♠ Frances Millar - Regional
Ruth Nogajski - Regional
♣ Henry Nogajski - Regional
Ann Gee - Regional
♠ Trish Reid - **Local
Maureen Richardson - **Local
♣ Robin Barnes - *Local
Bron Peatling - *Local
♠ Doug Bridge - Club
Yolande Boost - Graduate
♣ Jerry Pearson - Graduate
Ian Ritchie - Graduate

The last three months have been huge for new members. The TBA Committee has approved membership applications for the following people. Please make them feel very welcome as you see them around the club.

Lee AstheimerAnne FitzgeraldMary McArthur
Dmitry BeygulTony FreemanAnne McEntee
Michael BlakeLouise GilfedderKate Newton
Hsiang-Ju BoddyTherese GilfedderSuzanne Purdon
Anne BomanRob HeckerJeremy Reid
Deb BowerJudith HooleyAmy Richardson
Lisa BrodribbRoger HooleyChaya Rivers
Nola CalvertTim JohnsMaria Rolls
Rex CalvertCate JohnstonRick Rolls
Carmel CampbellTim JohnstoneImogen Siberry
Catherine CattShirley KerinRoss Stephens
Rod ChandlerSophie KimBrendon Wakely
Max CorneyTracy LongBillie Watson
Georgie CottierMary MaherIan Wells
Sue CottierPenny MaskellRandolph Wierenga
Fran DonaldsonChristine MaynardAnna Wylie
Lisa Farmer

The ABF Masterpoint Centre website provides a range of club, state and national reports updated each month. These include promotions, McCutcheons, most improved players, and top 50 Masterpoint earners.

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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.

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Did you miss our recent trip to Wonderland? Well it’s been voted the best yet! We just might have another next year.

You won’t win red master points (whatever they are) but you get to play competitive bridge and maybe get your names on a trophy. We can guarantee you some amazing costumes, a fair chance to win a prize and lots of laughs along the way.

Here’s a taster to encourage you to come along …

Sixteen teams jumped into motor cars or scurried down rabbit holes to emerge in South Arm sporting mad hats of every description. Decked in pink or hidden under mushrooms or flouncing about as queens and knaves it was hard to think of these characters as serious bridge players.

Flamingos perched on one leg bravely teetering and flapping. Their efforts won them the Best Dressed Team Prize. A couple of knaves brought their tarts along. A team of somewhat dysfunctional Disorderlies gyrated and quivered their way to a meltdown and the coveted Strutters Prize. The Lynch Mob dangled their hangman’s nooses menacingly and the Best Dressed Dormouse was undoubtedly … um … a dormouse.

And then there was lunch -- BBQ and salad followed by tiramisu, meringues and fruit all consumed in the sunshine and in excellent company.

The bridge was seriously contested with winners and losers emerging from beneath piles of scoresheets. Bobbie (obviously the only player concentrating at the time) won our first ever Beer Card. The Four Aces took out the prestigious Tortoise Trophy.

The Dodos (Lene, Merryl, Graham and Catharine) scored the SAAB Trophy. They were closely followed by The Knaves and their Tarts (Dave, Anj, Judi and Geoff).

Thank you everyone who participated in so many different ways.

We are able to donate $255 to Youth Bridge.

And our long suffering Director …. We couldn’t do this without you Dallas. Thank you!

And the last word goes to the White Rabbit. Don’t be late next year.

The SAAB Team

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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 tba@tasbridge.com.au.

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

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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.


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Phone: 0400 492 327
Email: tba@tasbridge.com.au
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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