Newsletter - 14 December 2018

In this week’s newsletter...


  • 2019 Calendar
  • Committee minutes
  • $80 payment without name

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas/January closures
  • Summer Singles Butler Pairs
  • Summer Festival of Bridge
  • Celebrity Speaker Program at SFOB
  • Training for Teachers at SFOB


  • Pair for SFOB <300MP Teams
  • Managers' office times
  • Keeping the Club clean

Helpers Wanted

  • Mower/Whipper needed
  • Supervised Play Dec & Jan
  • SFOB helpers needed
  • SFOB standby players

Dear Hilda Lirsch

  • "Striped Tailed Ape Double"


  • Selection Trials (Senior & Women)

Lessons & Seminars

  • Master the Basics
  • Supervised play

From the President:

CBC wants all members to adhere to the highest standards of behaviour within the club; this has not always been the case recently. 

I remind everyone that gratuitous comments regarding a member’s sexual and gender identity, mental health or other personal characteristics are inappropriate and unacceptable in this club, just as they are in Australian society generally.  The defence that ‘it was only a joke’ doesn’t stand up, as a joke can sometimes be an insult to which you cannot respond.

The club will not tolerate this behaviour. I trust that we can rely on everyone behaving in a more thoughtful and considerate manner in future.

Best wishes,


Lighter Moments

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.


2019 Calendar & CBC Directory booklet now available

The 2019 Calendar booklets have now arrived! You can pick one up from the side-table out the front of the managers’ office. This year the booklets are pale yellow.

A big thank you to Claire Hughes for organising the booklet; a very big task!

October 31st / November committee minutes

The minutes from the October 31st committee meeting are now available on the website’s committee page.

$80 deposit without name received

We received an electronic deposit into our bank account for $80, sent via “Origin MMS”. There was no name or ABF number attached for us to identify the sender. If you think this was your payment, please contact Kerry or Emily in the office, with details to confirm it was you (date of payment, and/or a printout of the payment receipt).

Upcoming Events

Christmas/January closures

Christmas closures 2019In December-January the club will be open at the usual times EXCEPT for:

  • Christmas Eve (Mon 24th Dec) – no evening session (7pm)
  • Christmas Day (Tues 25th Dec) – no sessions (1pm and 7pm)
  • Boxing Day (Wed 26th Dec) – no evening session (7.15pm)
  • New Year’s Eve (Mon 31st Dec) – no evening session (7pm)
  • New Year’s Day (Tues 1st January) – no evening session (7.30pm)
  • Tuesday 8th January – no evening session (7.30pm, due to SFOB)
  • Thursday 10th January – no evening session (7.30pm, due to SFOB)
  • Tuesday 15th January – no evening session (7.30pm, due to SFOB)
  • Thursday 17th January – no evening session (7.30pm, due to SFOB)

Summer Singles Butler Pairs

  • Thursday 7:30pm: 27th December & 3rd January
  • Walk-in event; no pre-entry required
  • Best 2 scores with the same partner determine winners.
  • Gateway Event: suitable for all levels (including inexperienced players).

Summer Festival of Bridge - Canberra

  • 9th – 20th January

This tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for players of all standards to play in a well-run national tournament, while sleeping in their own bed.

If you are new to competition play, there are events designed specifically for novice and restricted players.

  • 9th January – 1-day Novice Teams
  • 9th – 11th January - National Pianola Non-Life Masters Teams Championships
    • with a Novice category
  • 10th – 11th January – 2-day Novice Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
  • 12th – 13th January – Novice Swiss Pairs Championship
  • 18th January - Nearly Time to Pack Up and Go Home Pairs
    • With Restricted and Novice categories

Check out the SFOB website for full details. Please register ASAP, to help the organisers prepare.

Celebrity Speaker Program at the SFOB

  • Thursday 10th January , 9:00am-9:40am
    • Joan Butts
    • Declarer Play: Managing to Play Safely
  • Friday 11th January, 9:00am-9:40am
    • Karen “Kate” McCallum (from USA)
    • Trick One: Stopping to Think When Defending & What to Think About
  • Saturday 12th January, 9:00am-9:40am
    • Liam Milne
    • Common Mistakes in Defence: How to Improve Your Thought Process
  • Sunday 13th January, 9:00am-9:40am
    • Will Jenner-O’Shea
    • Improve Your Competitive Bidding: Game Tries, Competitive Raises
  • Tuesday 15th January, 9:00am-9:40am
    • GeO Tislevoll (from NZ)
    • Coaching for Partnerships – Slam Decisions: How to reach the ones that make!

For full details, view the Celebrity Speakers Program (PDF).

Training for Teachers at SFOB

ABF Workshop: CPD Day – Competitive Bidding

  • Tuesday, 8th January   (During the Summer Festival of Bridge)
  • 12pm – 4pm
  • Canberra Rex – “Great Room”

A free professional development workshop for bridge teachers who wish to update their skills for intermediate to advanced lessons.

Presented by National Teaching Coordinator Joan Butts, this new workshop will cover everything teachers will need to deliver a five-lesson course focused on Competitive Bidding.

The workshop will use the new Competitive Bidding Teacher Resource Pack materials and cover:

  • Overcalls & Responses
  • Two-Suited Overcalls,
  • Overcalls over their 1NT
  • Takeout Doubles
  • Responding to Takeout Doubles

Participants are eligible to receive 10 accreditation points for attending this workshop.

Register online at

ABF Teachers Party & Panel

  • Wednesday, 16th January
  • After play finishes.
  • Venue TBC

Open to all teachers, the Teachers Forum will include a panel discussion with world experts ready to answer your questions. Updates to the ABF Accreditation will also be on the agenda.

This is a chance for teachers to get together and celebrate how far we’ve come, and where we’re going!

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pair sought to form a Team for the SFOB Under 300MP Teams event

  • 14th – 16th January

If you are interested in join with another pair to form a team, please contact the managers (Kerry & Email): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Managers Office Hours

We would like to take the time to remind players that whilst our managers are in the office Monday to Friday, 9am – 2pm, we request that players restrict their approach to the half hour before or after sessions (excluding evening sessions & after afternoon sessions, which is outside of office hours). This allows our managers to complete their administrative & ‘behind the scenes’ work without frequent interruptions.

Don’t want to wait in a line? Contact the managers, any time of the day, via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your queries!

Did you know...

  • You can submit your membership forms & payments with your table money to the directors.
  • The managers can’t print out previous sessions’ hand records. Ask the director during a quiet moment (not during setup).
  • 9-9:30am is often the busiest time for the managers – setting up the Club for the day.

Keeping the Club clean

No one likes a dirty kitchen, and no one likes the bugs that visit dirty kitchens; this includes our Club.

We thank everyone who does the right thing and cleans up their spills, rinses their cups & puts the cup in the appropriate washing place. Unfortunately this is not everyone, and the kitchen is left dirty & messy at times. If you are unsure where the cleaning cloth (for the bench) is, please ask.

Cups, wine bottles, etc should never be left in the room after play. It is the consumer’s responsibility to put the bottles in the bins provided, and take their cups to the kitchen. At the end of an evening session, cups should be placed in the dishwasher (unless otherwise directed) – please do not leave them out on the bench overnight, as it attracts ants.

Helpers wanted

Mowing / Whipper-Snipping needed

The strip of grass at the front of the Club needs mowing (or whipper-snipping). If you would be willing to volunteer to do this, please contact the managers (Kerry & Emily): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helpers required for Supervised Play in December 2018 and January 2019

We are in need of helpers to assist with the supervised play at the club on Monday, Thursday mornings and Friday mornings until 1st February. The supervised sessions are for practice play only.

If you are able to help out, please contact Margaret Kyburz email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on: 62413107 or 0406379290.

Helpers Needed for Summer Festival of Bridge

CBC again has the opportunity to help one of the major bridge tournaments in Australia to run smoothly and also to earn some money for our club.

We need many helpers to assist with setting up at the Rex Hotel on Tuesday 8 January, and to pack down after play on Thursday 17 January.

Not all the jobs are hard physical work – e.g. tablecloths, bidding boxes etc.

Please email Pam Crichton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Standby Players wanted for ‘Summer Festival of Bridge’

If you wish to be a ‘Standby Player’, please contact Perelle Scales on:

Mobile phone: 0450 961 935 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear Hilda Lirsch

What is a Striped Tailed Ape Double?

Best wishes,

Funky Gibbon


Dear Funky,

If you know that the opponents are cold for slam, and that they have reached five of their suit en route, then double their current five-level contract for penalties. A five-level contract with a doubled overtrick is less expensive for your side than the opponents bidding and making slam.

Of course if an opponent selects a penalty redouble then you run like a striped tailed ape to your own partnership’s long suit.

Best wishes,



Australian Seniors' Team - Selection Trials

Congratulations to Arjuna De Livera who, with Andrew Braithwaite, Bruce Neill, Avinash Kanetkar, Pauline Gumby and Warren Lazer, won the event, thereby becoming the Australian Seniors team for 2019.

Australian Women's Team - Selection Trials

Congratulations to Margaret Bourke, Marianne Bookallil and Jodi Tutty, who with Jane Reynolds, Candice Ginsberg and Barbara Travis, came second in their event.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics – Cement your Bridge skills

Cost: $6 for members, $7 for non members

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, December 19:

Play Problems  – “Declarer play challenges”

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Lessons cease for Christmas/New Year. Play ONLY at 7pm (Monday) & 10am (Fridays)

Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)


Thursday Lessons Ceased. Play ONLY at 10am.

(New format Thursday lessons will begin 7th February 2019)


Notice for all Supervised Players, December 2018 - January 2019

Supervised lessons have now ceased for 2018; they will resume on Monday 4th February (7pm), and Friday 8th February 2019, with Friday commencing once more at 9.30am. Thursday supervised lessons will resume from Thursday 7th February, with a slight change (see below item).

However, supervised play will continue, but without the lesson beforehand. There will be a volunteer to look after you, an experienced player who will be there to help the Director to organise the session and to assist you.  These sessions are designed to give you lots of play practice over the summer period.

  • Monday evenings will still begin at 7pm.
  • Friday & Thursday mornings will commence at 10am.

It is important that you arrive at the Club and are seated 15 minutes before the start of the session, so the Director can arrange the movement.


Monday at 7pm                                 Thursday at 10am                              Friday at 10am

17th December 2018                           20th December 2018                           21st December 2018

24th December Club closed                27th December 2018                           28th December

31st December Club closed   


Monday at 7pm                     Thursday at 10am                              Friday at 10am

                                                3rd January                                          4th January

7th January                               10th January                                         11th January

14th January                             17th January                                         18th January

21st January                             24th January                                         25th January

28th January                             31st January                                         1st February 

Changes to Thursday sessions in 2019

From Thursday 7th February there will be a new format for Thursday sessions.

There will be a short lesson from 9.30-9.50, followed by duplicate play. There will be a charge for this lesson, of $5 for CBC members and $6 for non- members. This is similar to the format of Master the Basics (on Wednesday mornings.)

These Thursday lessons will be different topics, at a more advanced level than the Monday evening and Friday morning lessons.

There will be a supervisor for duplicate play commencing at 10am, but it will no longer be the teacher but a volunteer who will help the players and assist the Director.

Monday evening and Friday morning supervised players are welcome to attend the Thursday lesson, and/or the subsequent play session.