Newsletter - 8 May 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Online Bridge
  • The Grant's BBO experience with CBC
  • Bathroom Renovations
  • ABF April Newsletter online
  • Bridge Tips
  • Bridge History
  • Cryptic Crossword - Bridge Themed
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

We appreciate the positive comments and suggestions from members on any subject, but recently about CBC playing online.

Please note the latest information with more new sessions below.

Best wishes,


Online Bridge with CBC

The dedicated online CBC Bridge Club on Bridge base Online (BBO) goes from strength to strength. Pleasingly, over the past week we had more than 40 tables in play over the four sessions.

All CBC members are invited to register with the club and join us.

The designer of CompScore is trying to find a way to transfer BBO results to CompScore, enabling us to show them on our website. There are many learning curves in this world; this is a curve that we do not want to flatten.

BBO information is being updated on the website every Thursday afternoon.

For the week commencing Monday 11 May – We will have two more BBO tournaments scheduled, bringing the total to six:

  • Monday morning 10.00am
  • Tuesday evening 7.30pm imps
  • Wednesday morning 10.00am   **New Tournament**
  • Wednesday morning 10.15am a relaxed game for our newer members
  • Wednesday evening 7:30pm    **New Tournament**
  • Thursday morning 10.00am

The club will provide support for those members needing help with understanding and using the technology. After reading the BBO information below, members can email the club (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with a brief explanation of the help required and the query will be referred to our team of member helpers for action.

Some members who have finalised the registration process may wish to organise a casual game at the last moment. From two hours prior to the session members can logon to BBO, select Competitive in the “play and watch Section”, select “All tournaments”, find and click on the relevant CBC Tournament and click on partnerships at the top right hand side of the page to register your BBO handle. Another CBC member will then be able to join you and play in the tournament.

So its simple – Be there or be square!

To play in a CBC session online, you first have to register with CBC and the ABF. After you have registered you can sign up for online sessions. Help with BBO is available on our Bridge Base Online page.

The Grant's BBO experience with CBC

"We’ve found playing on BBO with CBC lots of fun. At least it is while we can’t play at the Club. We thought that it would be daunting playing online, but it’s really not.  The Club has been so helpful in getting us started. Even though we’re new to online Bridge, we found the BBO website easy to navigate. The main thing was to set up a BBO account and register it with the Club. Once we did that, all we need to do now is decide which CBC session to play in, sign up on the BBO website, and then make a warm drink, get comfortable, and wait for it to start. Suddenly when your ‘table’ appears, with others from the Club, it feels strangely familiar. Most of all it’s been a really nice way to stay connected with other CBC members and get to say ‘hi’ online to some friendly faces until we can get together again."

Michele and Simon Grant

womens bathroom benches

Bathroom Renovations

The disabled bathroom has been gutted and the floor has been sealed. The benches have been installed in the other two bathrooms. The bench tops may look darker in the photos than in reality.

The tiler and plumber will be working as you read this.

Are we there yet? Nearly!

Photos of progress will be added to the Bathroom Renovations website gallery as work continues.

ABF April Newsletter online

Back in the good old ‘normal’ days some of you may have picked up a printed copy of the ABF newsletter in the club. For the moment, read (or download) the April newsletter from the Australian Bridge Federation (ABF) on their website.

Bridge Tips

Safety Play

Last week's question:

3NT safety play:

Declarer holds strong club values of AKQT. Dummy holds weak club values of 432.

Declarer cashes the Ace then the King of clubs. Both defenders follow suit with nondescript club pips. Now declarer crosses to dummy with a different suit to lead a club towards the QT.

Should declarer cash the Queen or finesse the Ten?

"Helpful" hint - a 4-2 break is a 48% chance, while a 3-3 break is a mere 36% chance.


  1. Contract 6NT, five tricks needed from AQ6543 opposite J2. No problem with a 3-2 break. But most 4-1 breaks have two inescapable losers; the exception is singleton king, so the safety play is to cash the ace.
  2. Contract 4S, trump suit of KQT9 opposite A8765. Draw trumps by casting the king or queen first. If one defender holds Jxxx, whoever it is, a marked finesse can be taken because their partner will show void.
  3. Contract 3NT, club suit of AKQT opposite 432. You cash the ace and king of clubs, with both defenders following suit with nondescript club pips. Now you lead towards the queen and ten. Do you finesse the ten or play the queen? "Helpful" hint. A 4-2 break is a 48% chance, while a 3-3 break is a mere 36% chance. 

The hint is not helpful because the Jack is a Significant Card, one which a defender will not voluntarily play. This alters the odds, making cashing the queen the percentage action.

- Richard Hills

Card Combinations and Odds



Seeking 2 tricks you finesse the 9 first, and if necessary the Q later.
On 50 times out of 100 the K will be in the right place for you (held by West). 
On the remaining 50 occasions West will hold the J10 one quarter of the time.
The combination gives you a 62% chance of making two tricks.

Bridge History

(part of which may help with the crossword below... hint hint)

Please note that of the editors of Australian Bridge listed below two, Richard Brightling and the current editor Brad Coles, are members of CBC.

Editors of the wonderful bridge magazine published in Australia, Australian Bridge:

  • Denis Howard
  • Ron Klinger
  • Paul Lavings, while Joyce Nicholson was the owner
  • Richard Brightling
  • Stephen Lester
  • Paul Marston
  • Brad Coles (since 2013)

Cryptic Crossword - Bridge Themed!

Have a crack at this Bridge-themed cryptic crossword from Richard Brightling (used with permission)!

You can play online (click & type), or print out our PDF crossword version to play on paper.

Upcoming Events

The bricks and mortar club in Deakin will be closed until the end of June. This temporary closure is in compliance with ACT law on non-essential gatherings and social distancing designed to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The temporary closure also reflects the Canberra Bridge Club’s concern for the health of our members and the wider community.

The committee will keep members informed about ongoing plans.

Please don’t forget the online bridge!

Lighter Moments

From the Washington Post's best neologisms list:

  • Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
  • Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
  • Negilgent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.