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In what we hope to be the start of a new tradition, the Eastcoaster Swiss Pairs was held at the Eastcoaster Resort in Orford on the weekend of 6-7 August 2022. Thirty two pairs competed in 9 rounds of 9 board matches across a day and a half. Entrants included pairs from Devonport and Launceston. Many people stayed overnight at the Eastcoaster and enjoyed the event dinner on the Saturday evening.

The overall winners were Hugh Grosvenor and Julie Rhodes. Barbara Giizel and Pam Murphy came second, and Floyd Suban and Anne Fyfe came third. The top placed pair in the under 250 masterpoint category were Trich Colles and Malcolm Sherlock. The top placed pair with fewer than 100 masterpoints were Ann and Edward Gee. The top placed pair with fewer than 20 masterpoints were Hellen Sparrow and Angie McDermott.

Many thanks to the Eastcoaster for their generous support of the event, and for all of their efforts in making the weekend a success. The Eastcoaster donated a free accommodation package as a lucky door prize which was won by Jane Dickie.

Thank you to Julie Rhodes and all who helped organise the weekend. Thanks also to Simon Edler for directing.


The Tasmanian State representatives are to be congratulated for their outstanding performances at the recent Australian National Championships (ANC) held in Adelaide.

The Open Team - consisting of Hugh Grosvenor & Julie Rhodes, Sandra & Andrew Richman, and John Bailey & Hilton Francis - finished 4th overall. This was the best performance for many years by Tasmania in this event. Hugh and Julie finished 6th overall in the total Datums ranking.

The Women's team - Dallas Cooper & Barbara Holland and Fiona Hickey & Alaine Macmorran - finished 3rd overall ... a tremendous achievement. Dallas and Barbara ranked 9th in the Datums.

The Seniors' team - Julia Corr & Maria Gibbs, Pam Lidl & Jane Routley and Margaret Gibbs & Richard Cooke - finished 6th overall.

The members of the various teams all achieved great results in the Interstate Pairs competition with Hugh and Julie finishing 6th in a field of 36 pairs. Sandra & Andrew Richman finished in 8th place.

The Open Butler tournament consisted of 62 pairs, and again Hugh and Julie performed extremely well, finishing in 8th position.

In the Restricted Butler both Tasmanian pairs - Robert Jago & Phillip Powell and David Shaw & Kevin Wheelahan - performed creditably.

Congratulations to you all for your efforts. We are proud of your achievements.

Full results for all ANC envents are available here.


The 2022 TBA Congress was held at the TBA clubrooms on the weekend of 23-24 July 2022. Saturday was the Matchpoint Pairs with open and restricted events across two sessions and a single session novice event. Sunday was the Swiss Pairs with 28 pairs playing 6 rounds. The congress was well attended with players from the north and south.

The Open Matchpoint Pairs was won by Julie Rhodes and Hugh Grosvenor. Coming equal second were Barbara Giizel and Pam Murphy, and Mardi and John Grosvenor. Full results are available here.

The Restricted Matchpoint Pairs (fewer than 150 masterpoints) was won by Paul Fredheim and Ian Bailey. Leonie Atkins and Janet Bradley came second. Full results are available here.

The Novice Matchpoint Pairs (fewer than 25 masterpoints) was won by Judy and Roger Hooley. Tony Preece and Garry Dazeley came second. Full results are available here.

The Swiss Pairs was won by David Robinson and Phil Beck. Mardi and John Grosvenor came second. July Rhodes and Hugh Grosvenor came third. First place in the restriucted category went to Leonie Atkins and Jane Dickie. Full results are available here.

Thanks to Sue Falkingham and Simon Edler for directing, and to Julie Rhodes and Pam Murphy for coordinating the catering. Thanks to everybody who played, and especially to those who made the effort to come down from the north.

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The 2022 TBA Novice Pairs Championship was held at the TBA on Sunday 26 June 2022. This was a two session duplicate pairs event for players with fewer than 25 masterpoints as at 31 December 2021. 11 pairs competed. The winners were Judy and Roger Hooley. Runners up were Paul Fredheim and Ian Bailey. Third place went to Ken Chilcott and Helen Philpott. Full results are available here.

Congratulations to the winners and to everybody for having a go. Thanks to Sue Falkingham for organising the event and directing.

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No Partner Required

All regular TBA sessions now cater for members to come without a partner. Such players will be matched with other available players or will play with the Director. This will not be available for any regular session in which there is one or more pre-entered section (eg a Monday evening session where a pre-entered event is taking place in one section).

More RealBridge Taster Sessions

Sue Falkingham will be running another series of RealBridge taster sessions. RealBridge is an online bridge platform that is being used by the TBA and the ABF for some events. It uses video and audio to provide an online experience as close to face-to-face bridge as possible. These sessions give an opportunity for people who have not tried RealBridge yet to give it a go and play a few boards.

Taster sessions will be held on Sunday 26 June and Thursday 30 June. We aim to start playing at about 7:30pm, but players can log in from 7:00pm onwards to give some time to sort out any access issues. To join a session, click on the approptiate link below before the start of the session.

  1. Sunday 26th:
  2. Thursday 30th:

If you have problems joining a session, you can call Sue on 0411 646 888 for help.

The taster sessions are free and a partner is not required.

East Coaster Pairs

The East Coaster Pairs event is coming up on the weekend of 6-7 August.

Use the MyABF application to enter yourself and your partner in the event. You can also enrol yourself for the dinner and pay for your own dinner in this way. In order to get a dinner ticket for your partner, you need to add a comment in the comments field of the dinner entry event, then pay $42 to the TBA directly. Use the reference EC, then the personís name who is attending the dinner. For example, write the words 'EC Dinner Smith' in the bank reference field when you pay the $42.

If entering using the paper entry form, please make your payment to a Director when submitting your entry form (cash, cheque or credit card), or via EFT. Please note that payment via credit card can only be done by using the card with the ĎAlbert' terminal at the club, not by providing credit card details on the entry form.

There is still plenty of accommodation available for that weekend. The easiest way of accessing this and getting the 5% discount is to phone the venue on 03 6257 1172 and tell them that you are coming for the bridge event.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Consistent with changes in ABF policy for national events, it is no longer a requirement for players at the TBA to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All players are now welcome at the TBA regardless of vaccination status. We continue to ask players to not attend the club if unwell.

Social Bridge at the TBA

Since returning from the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown the TBA has been running monthly social bridge sessions on a Sunday afternoon. These sessions have now been discontinued due to decreased demand.

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Sue Falkingham will be giving lessons at the TBA on four Saturday mornings in July from 10:30 to 12:30 :

  • July 2 - Partner opens 1NT: Let's get Staymen and Transfers working for you. Always get to the correct contract at the right level. Minor transfers, two 5 card suits, 5/4 in the majors.
  • July 9 - Doubles: What a wonderful, versatile tool. Take-out, negative, re-opening, balancing, lead directing, penalty, which is it. Then there is the Redouble!
  • July 16 - Defense: The most important part of being a good Bridge player. Leads, discards, how to tell partner what suit to play, attitude and count.
  • July 23 - No lesson: Play in the TBA Congress instead!
  • July 30 - Declarer play: Finding extra winners, eliminating losers. Make your contracts.

Lessons are $10 each, pay on the day. No pre-booking or partner required.

A great opportuniy to BYO lunch and stay for the regular Saturday afternoon session.


The 2022 Tasmanian Open Teams Qualifying was held at the TBA on the weekend of 4-5th June 2022. Orginally scheduled as the Tasmanian Swiss Teams, the event was reformatted due to the number of entrants to be a round robin competition. Seven teams entered and played six matches of 16 boards across three sessions.

The winners were the Richman team (Sandra and Andrew Richman, Hilton Francis and John Bailey). In second place were the Grosvenor team (Hugh Grosvenor, Julie Rhodes, Mardi and John Grosvenor) and third went to the Cummings team (John Cummings, David Marshall, Fiona Hickey, Alaine Macmorran). Detailed results can be found here.

The two top placed teams (Richman and Grosvenor) will compete in the Tasmanian Open Teams finals on RealBridge on Saturday 25 June 2022.

The event also encompassed a handicap competition and the inter-club Challenge Cup. The winners on handicap were the Cummings team, followed by the Grosvenor team and the Wivell team (Felicity Wivell, Roger Swain, Catherine and David Wyllie).

The Challenge Cup is between teams where all team members are from the same club. While there were players from the TBA, Kingborough Bridge Club, Eastern Shore Bridge Club, Devonport Bridge Club and Tamar Bridge Club, only the TBA and Tamar Bridge Club fielded full teams. The Challenge Cup was won for the TBA by the Grosvenor team.

Thanks to Simon Edler for Directing.


The Australian Bridge Federation recognizes individuals who have given outstanding service to bridge in Australia through election to the ABF Committee of Honour. This honour has been awarded to only 28 individuals throughout itsí near 100 year history.

I am pleased to announce to members of the Tasmanian Bridge Association that at the recent ABF Annual General Meeting our club member Dallas Cooper was elected a member of the Committee of Honour. Dallas is only the third Tasmanian to receive this prestigious award. Previous Tasmanians elected were Brenda Jones in 1978 and Roger Penny in 1998.

Dallas retired this year after serving as a TBA Councillor to the ABF for 22 years, including the last 6 years as a member of the committee of management, now known as the Board of Management.

In addition to her contribution to the ABF, Dallas has provided an outstanding contribution to the management of the TBA, being a committee member for 27 years; twice president in 2001-3 and 2007-8; a coordinator of the Tasmanian Festival of Bridge over many years; and coordinator of the Australian National Championships in Tasmania on three occasions.

Bridge has not been her only community passion in Tasmania, having given similar dedication to the game of badminton in Tasmania. In 2020 Dallas was awarded the national honour of OAM for her services to badminton and the community, with her contribution to bridge featuring on the citation.

I am sure you all join with me in congratulating Dallas on this magnificent achievement and look forward to her ongoing activities as a director and competitive player at the TBA.

Graeme Poulton


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The 2022 Tasmanian Festival of Bridge was held 24-27 March 2022 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. This year the program consisted of four competitions - the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs, the Australian Mixed Swiss Pairs, the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs and the TFoB Restricted Swiss Pairs. The Warren Walker Memorial trophy was also awarded to the highest place Tasmanian team in the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs. The detailed results for all of the competitions are available here.

Winners of the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs were Maurits Van Der Vlugt and Dagmar Neumann. Second placed were Paul Gosney and Tony Leibowitz. Third placed were Terry Strong and Jill Magee. The Warren Walker Memorial trophy for the highest placed Tasmanian team in the TBIB Australian Swiss Pairs was won by Frank Milford and Martin George.

Winners of the Australian Mixed Swiss Pairs were Kitty Muntz and Leigh Gold. Second placed were Avril Zets and Axel Johannsson. Third placed were Cathryn Herden and Matthew Thomson.

Winners of the Roger Penny Senior Swiss Pairs were Ian Robinson and Neil Ewart. Second placed were Andrew Mill and Simon Hinge. Third placed were Phil Gue and Nigel Rosendorff.

Winners of the TFoB Restricted Swiss Pairs were Matthew Tiplady and Rodney Macey. Second placed were Bob Ranson and Frank Milford. Third placed were Eugene Pereira and Rex Meadowcroft.

Thanks to the directors, scorer, organisers, caddies and volunteers for all of their efforts. Thank you also to all who participated, particularly those who travelled to take part.


The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at the TBA clubrooms on 19th March,2022, attended by 48 members.

The retiring President, Julie Rhodes presented her annual Presidentís report and Treasurer Ian Baileyís report and audited financial reports were also tabled. Copies of these documents are available through the preceding links.

Nominations for the various office bearers and committee positions were presented, and since the number of nominations did not exceed the minimum set out in the constitution, no election was necessary and these nominations were ratified by the meeting in the following positions:

President:Graeme Poulton
Vice President:Margaret Gibbs
Treasurer:Ian Bailey
Secretary:Katherine Marsden
Master Points Secretary:Malcolm Sherlock
Committee Members:Doug Bridge
Sue Falkingham
Hugh Grosvenor
Pam Murphy
Ian Ritchard
Julie Rhodes (ex officio former President)

The outgoing committee recommended the awarding of Life Membership to Valerie Palk for her outstanding contribution to the TBA in a variety of roles over a very long period. This recommendation was unanimously approved.

The new committee will hold itsí first meeting on April 12.


Monday 13 December was the Monday night Jackpot finals for 2021. The list of 2021 qualifiers is below. The winners were Julia Johnson and Geoff J Green in the Blue section, and David Robinson and Hilton Francis in the Pink section.

Thanks to Simon for directing, and for all his efforts on Monday evenings throughout the year.

Pink SectionBlue Section
Fiona Hickey (Jan)Meredith Stacey (Jan)
Alaine Macmorran (Jan)Pamela Halton (Jan)
Dallas Cooper (Jan)Keith Graver (Jan)
Sue Wilkinson (Jan)Shirley Graver (Jan)
Judy Bills (Feb)Graham Brown (Feb)
Ann Paton (Feb)Sharn Davies (Feb)
Maruta Boyd (Feb)Janette Targett (Feb)
Barbara Holland (Feb)Sandra Miedecke (Feb)
Peter Fromberg (Feb)Pam Barter (Feb)
Nancy Fromberg (Feb)Betty Pilgrim (Feb)
Phil Beck (Feb)Gill Robinson (May)
David Robinson (Feb)Margaret Enright (May)
Barbara Giizel (Mar)Bob Lawson (May)
Pam Murphy (Mar)Neil Pettingill (May)
Julia Corr (Mar)Bronwyn Fuller (May)
Merryl Darby (Mar)Ann Halliday (May)
Richard Cooke (Mar)Imogen Siberry (Jun)
Bob Patterson (Mar)Jeremy Reid (Jun)
Anne Parrott (Mar)Panchita Salmon (Jul)
Sarah Howard (Mar)Tricia Reid (Aug)
Frances Millar (Apr)Janet Bradley (Aug)
Donna Sommerville (Apr)Gill Murdoch (Aug)
Kevin Wheelahan (Apr)Katherine Marsden (Aug)
David Shaw (Apr)Graeme Poulton (Sep)
Darryl Smith (Apr)Engelina Poulton (Sep)
David Brooks (Apr)Geoff Green (Oct)
Wynne Webber (May)Julia Johnson (Oct)
Hilton Francis (May)Frances Millar (Oct)
Maggie Crawford (May)Amy Richardson (Oct)
Nigel Brookes (May)Vicki Douglas (Oct)
Gulum Kocak-Sunamak (May)Sophie Kim (Nov)
Lena Jansson (Jun)
Maria Gibbs (Jun)
Julie Rhodes (Jun)
Margaret Gibbs (Jun)
John Grosvenor (Jul)
Hugh Grosvenor (Jul)
Jo Beck (Nov)
Margaret Enright (Nov)


The 2021 Tasmanian Swiss Pairs Championship was held across 20th-21st November at the TBA. This was the final state event for 2021. This event rotates annually between Hobart, Devonport and Launceston. The event consisted of 7 x 14 board IMP and VP scored matches. 26 pairs competed, including players from Launceston and Devonport. It was also great to see a number of less experienced pairs competing.

Sandra and Andrew Richman won the event, successfully defending their title from last year. Second placed were Hugh Grosvenor and Julie Rhodes, while John Bailey and Hilton Francis came third. Full results are available here.

Congratulations to the winners and to everybody for having a go. Thanks to Sue Falkingham for directing, Lynne Cooke for convening, and all who helped with the catering.

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The 2021 TBA Novice Pairs Championship was held on 7 November. This was a two session duplicate pairs event for players with fewer than 25 masterpoints. 23 pairs competed. Rosemary and Brian Giles are the 2021 champions. Ian Bailey and Helen Thomas came second. Jeremy Reid and Sharlene Campbell came third. Full results are available here.

Congratulations to the winners and to everybody for having a go. Thanks to Sue Falkingham for directing.

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The 2021 Australian National Championships (ANC) was originally to be played in Perth earlier in the year. Due to the COVID-19 situation this event was moved online using the RealBridge platform. Tasmania had teams competing in the Open, Women's, Seniors' and Youth Interstate Teams. This is the first time in over a decade that Tasmania has fielded a youth team at the ANC.

Details about the event and links to the results sites are available from the ABF events website. The Tasmanian results are summarised below (click on the category name to go to the full results page). No Tasmanian team qualified for the finals.

Open - Sandra Richman - Andrew Richman - John Bailey - Hilton Francis - Jane Edler - Simon Edler. Qualifying result: 7th of 8, with 4 wins, 10 losses. SA defeated VIC in the finals.

Women's - Fiona Hickey - Alaine Macmorran - Maruta Boyd - Julia Corr - Judy Mann - Jane Routley. Qualifying result: 6th of 7, with 4 wins, 2 byes, 8 losses. QLD defeated SA in the finals

Senior's - Margaret Gibbs - Julie Rhodes - Pam Murphy - Barbara Giizel. Qualifying result: 7th of 7, with 1 win, 2 byes, 11 losses. NSW defeated ACT in the finals.

Youth - Molly Porter - Roisin Grosvenor - Tom Overton - Fred Lawrence - Jeremy Reid - Imogen Siberry. Qualifying result: 5th of 5, with 1 win, 3 byes, 11 losses. VIC defeated NSW in the finals

Three Tasmanian pairs competed in the Restricted Butler Pairs. John Cummings and David Marshal came 8th, Mardi and John Grosvenor came 10th and Mardi Hogarth and Lynn Bain came 27th.

Sandra and Andrew Richman played in the Open Butler Pairs, coming 36th in the qualifying.


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 pairís 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.


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.


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
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