Matt & Matt explain some of the new laws

As many players know, ACBL recently revised the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, effective September 2017.

The new laws are can be downloaded from ACBL’s website as a pdf document or purchased from Baron Barclay for a modest fee.

However, some might find it rather dry reading. Anticipating this, ACBL has put together a series of short videos where our favourite tournament directors, Matt Smith and Matt Koltnow explain the arcana and minutia of the new laws on oft-committed breaches such as revokes, bids and leads out of turn, claims and concessions. While these videos appear to be aimed primarily at tournament and club directors, players may also find them useful in understanding their rights and obligations.

Specific information on important changes in the laws can also be found in Matt Smith’s column, Ruling the Game on page 36 of the November 2017 Bridge Bulletin.

Ace of Spades Winners

Here are the winners of the Ace of Spades tournament for players under 200 MPs, held Saturday October 21.

Pairs Game
North-South East-West
Gillian Mouat & Jo Albinati Peter Bousfield & Norman Prelypchan

Swiss Teams

Strat A: Janet & Bill Worobets with Ruth McDougall & Lois Hunt
Strat B: David Kinloch & Gillian Mouat with Jo Albinati & Brenda Jackson

Update: Detailed tournament results are now available on ACBL Live.

Ace of Spades results

The Ace of Spades tournament for players with fewer than 200 masterpoints was held on October 21, 2017.

The premises had to be evacuated due to a gas leak, just after the tournament ended but before the results could be posted.

Results are currently available on VBC’s website and can be accessed directly here.


The October Bridge Buzz has arrived

Bridge Buzz editor Nev Hircock has been hard at work preparing the October edition for your reading pleasure.

As always you can find it on our website,,  by looking for it in the top menu. Or you can just click here.

A limited number of printed copies are available at local clubs this month. However, as all things paper, they will eventually be going the way of the dodo. 

If you still prefer a hard copy, it’s easy enough to print out the pdf version found on the website.

Our membership keeps growing and growing!

Duplicate bridge is alive and well in Victoria. Since April 2015, when I first started charting membership statistics, we have gone from 515 to 549 members, which works out to a 3% annual increase.

The latest chart is shown below, but also found in our Masterpoint Statistics page, along with previous charts.

I have added data from the previous quarter to compare with current membership. A bimodal distribution is apparent, with a high number of non life masters, presumably newer bridge players. The large number of rookie players appears to confirm this influx of newer members.

One interesting aspect is the relative change in Regional/NABC ratio from March to September, showing members are moving rapidly through the MP ranks. It is likely that, despite the new  requirements, we will have many new Lifemasters within the next couple of years.

Comments and questions are welcome. Just click on my name to send them.



Masterpoint Milestones page revamped

For the past several years, we have been keeping track of Unit 431 members as they attain or surpass Lifemaster status, through monthly postings in our Masterpoint Milestones page.

However this left out the achievements of many new members as they progressed through the ranks from Junior Master on. 

Starting this month we are celebrating all Masterpoint Milestones by posting the name of each new honoree  (with their permission).

As a reminder, Masterpoint Milestones as well as other items of particular interest to members can be found on our website, under “MEMBERS” in the top menu.



A poetic tribute to Merv Adey

Linda Patton, a former Unit member and secretary has written the following funny and touching poem in honour of Merv Adey. I have also included it in the tribute page to Merv.

A sweet and thoughtful man. I enjoyed playing at his club for many years and earned my highest percentage (72%) the one and only time I played with Merv. I am very saddened to hear of his passing and will miss him very much (Linda Patton).

I used to work at Tanners where we sold lots of books,
The customers were pleasant and I got no dirty looks.
Now I own a bridge club with all that it entails,
I’m Teacher, Maid and Diplomat to many different players.

Rookies, novices and pros; Victoria has them all,
They think I should stop everything, if and when they call.
Some complain about the coffee, others about the fees,
It’s quite a challenge, catering to their idiosyncrasies.

Duncan must have table one and James and Linda four,
I’m not sure why this is because it doesn’t help their score.
Distractions there are many, each and every day,
But, woe is me if I’m not sharp and give their seats away.

With Partnerships I do my best and always try to please,
But Marylou won’t speak to Sam and Joe can’t stand Louise.
Susie plays two over one and Ben is just beginning,
I hope they have some fun because there’s no way they’ll be winning.

Mike and Marion filled in, when I’ve called and begged,
I won’t be asking them again because they both reneged.
Of course that’s something I‘ve not done in all my bridge career,
But there’s always a first time for everything, I hear.

The lessons on a Wednesday night are something less than droll
But turning rookies into experts is my ultimate goal.
I try to make it simple by using Grant and Root,
But one look at their faces tells me they don’t give a hoot.

The water in the kettle must be hot, you see,
For James and Ruth who cannot play without a cup of tea.
Decaf must be made for those that cannot take caffeine
And yes, it’s all done with a smile so they won’t think I’m mean.

I have better things to do, I’m sure that they would find,
Than pick up all the cups or mugs that they have left behind.
My mother taught me to pick up my things when I was through,
I don’t employ a waitress so it’s something I must do.

The scores I try to enter just as fast as I am able,
But it would really help a lot, if they don’t crowd the table.
It’s very hectic at that time and can be stressful too,
I will announce the winners just as soon as I am through.

It’s very hard to please each one no matter how I try,
Sometimes I get so frustrated it makes me want to cry.
So, if they call me for a ruling and they have no luck,
Then they can call for Mike or Tim ‘cause I don’t give a . . .darn!