Trumps Bridge Centre
Results of the "Tales from the Bridge Table" BRIDGE COMPETITION WITH A DIFFERENCE
1st: "While a city burns" by Vivien Eldridge
2nd: "Twelve on Tuesday" by Helen Sharwood
3rd: "Peter and Jean" by Andrew Denson
These three people have been awarded their cash prizes, while the seven writers below received book prizes as Highly Commended:
"Ship Shape" by Ken Johnson
"The Bridge Limerick" and "A Tale of the Ace of Spades" by Joel Speiser
"It Makes Sense to Some" by Neville Moses
"I Just Tell my Mother" by Robert Goudet
"Bridge Etiquette" and "Birth of a Baby Director" by Ernie Newman
"Teardrops did Fall" by Greg Quittner
"Robot Duplicate" by Oleg Rubinchik
The judging process
Thanks to our four judges: Ron Klinger and John Roberts (bridge internationals, writers and teachers), Sarah Carradine (writer, editor and bridge director), and Kerrie Eyers (book editor). They were given the submissions, with the names of the writers removed, and asked to give a score out of 100. There was a wide range of entries: poetry and prose, fact and fiction. Thanks to all those who entered the competition. Often your entries were rated very highly by some judges, but did not make the top ten as other judges had different preferences. The judges' consensus favoured personal tales over some of the excellent bridge articles that were received. However, all submissions were much appreciated!
Details of the competition are below. While all prizes have now been assigned, we would still welcome further entries which may be used for a book.
We seek human interest stories with minimum technicality and maximum entertainment that illustrate why bridge is a passion, not just a game. Submissions, anecdotes and other creative bids will be judged by an independent panel and prizes awarded. What is your best tale?
WRITING COMPETITION DETAILS
- We invite you to write a story or essay of between 500 and 1500 words defining the nature of the passion for bridge as you have experienced or observed it.
- Alternatively, if not attracted to writing a story, you may care to offer a shorter piece, for example: your favourite bridge anecdote, a joke or poem, or your bridge partner’s most colourful point-scoring aphorisms. What was the funniest bridge incident you ever observed? What was the most amusing thing your bridge teacher ever said?
- Your submission (de-identified) will be judged by an independent panel.
- There are prizes for the top 3 pieces, plus other prizes and commendations:
1st prize $1000
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250
With the hand below, South opened a game force, then bid spades next round. South has one obvious diamond loser and the chance of losing something in hearts, but after North showed spade support, South decided that slam was worth a go. Perhaps North would have a useful card (such as the HQ) or the hearts might come good (on a successful finesse, for example).
Plan as South your play in 6S, on the lead of the CA:
The Manly Daily featured Trumps Bridge Centre as the host club for the forthcoming Sydney North Inter-Club Pairs Championship, which is sponsored by NewsLocal. The event takes place on Sunday 15 June, with bridge clubs in Sydney's North invited to send eight pairs of their regular players to represent them.
In 2013 the event was won by Trumps.
Here is what the Manly Daily said:
Today we have another hand from a past Trumps Easter Sunday Teams Congress. Your partner, East, opens 1H, and the next player, South, overcalls 2NT. This is the Unusual Notrump, showing a weakish hand but a good 5-5 in the minors. What should you do with the West hand below?
- Hats Special
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- Melbourne Cup 2013
- Bridge with Tourists
- Trumps FoB 2013
- Derrick's interview
- Melbourne Cup 2014
Welcome to Trumps, a large and friendly bridge clubs, with about 1000 members. We are a strong teaching club and have duplicate bridge sessions most days and nights, including many supervised sessions. Contact us.
Where we are
Trumps is at 66 Spit Road, Mosman, right near the corner of Spit & Ourimbah Roads. Click the map for a larger image. It is on a major bus route and there is plentiful parking nearby - but do note the clearway times.
Bridge with class
Enjoy a friendly game of duplicate bridge with a touch of class.
Cappuccinos and other light refreshments available as you play.
Easy access, ground floor premises in Sydney's lower north shore.
Table money is only $10 for members, $13 for visitors. Lessons, training and coaching for players of all standards is generally $12 for members, $15 for visitors.
Membership is $60 for a full year (+$1 for credit card, -$10 if Trumps not home club) with a $40 joining fee and receive a quarterly bulletin of news, views and tips; discounts on play sessions and lessons; and membership of the ABF if you choose us as your home club.
Why join Trumps?
We invite you to become part of our friendly bridge playing community. Learn, play and be with friends!
Find out more about what joining Trumps offers.
What our members say
'Just a short note to thank you for putting together such a great adventure to Antartica. Without Derrick's tireless leadership of our group, the voyage would have been limited to the spectacular scenery only. Working behind the scene, you made our venture a holiday never to be forgotten.'
'Your course yesterday was excellent — informative with not a minute wasted. How you coped with that crowd I don't know — it seemed effortless. You may have to book Mosman Town Hall for your next course (which my partner and I wish to book in for now)!'
'Dear everyone at Trumps, I was quite overwhelmed to receive your card — it made me feel very special. I miss Trumps very much indeed — it was a big part of my life for over 20 years.'
'Did you know that I'm a member of the best bridge club in Sydney? Free lessons before play, rewards for winning the session played, a bulletin which I always look forward to. Well done!'
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