Newsletter - 22 May 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Online Bridge
  • Bathroom Renovations
  • Working Groups
  • Adieu Arjuna
  • April Committee Minutes
  • Bridge Tips
  • Interesting snippets
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

The Canberra Bridge Club sessions on BBO are going from strength to strength. I am sure you are all enjoying the enhancements of results on the CBC website, accompanied by hand records and ABF masterpoint awards. Bouquets to Bruce Crossman for his hard work and technical expertise.

Please remember our managers are working remotely and are contactable by email only (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), unless otherwise arranged. The phone at the Club is unattended.

Best wishes,


Online Bridge with CBC

All CBC members are invited to register with the club's BBO platform.

Read our Playing in a CBC Session Online page to learn how to register and join us.

For the week commencing Monday 25 May – We will play six tournaments (sessions)

  • Monday morning 10.00am - Directed by Bruce
  • Tuesday evening 7.30pm (imps) - Directed by Stephen
  • Wednesday morning 10.00am - Directed by Ian
  • Wednesday morning 10.15am a relaxed game for our newer members - Directed by Barb
  • Wednesday evening 7:30pm - Directed by Christy
  • Thursday morning 10.00am - Directed by Jodi

The 10:15 Wednesday tournament is a relaxed 20 board session for our newer members. Please make sure you enter the correct tournament (and only one tournament) on Wednesdays

Occasional notes

  • The results for each tournament are now posted on the CBC website and are also available through Pianola, with a results email being sent to all registered pianola members. These results have BBO names converted to member’s names. It can take up to 12 hours for the results to be posted.
  • You can also get results from BBO by searching in your recent history. Only BBO has a record of each hand you played with a card by card replay.
  • When registering to play in a specific CBC tournament and after clicking ‘Competitive’ and ‘All tournaments’, one way to find the upcoming CBC tournament is to scroll down the list, mindful of the number of minutes until the tournament commences. An easier way is to simply type CBC in the search line located at the top right of the screen.
  • There is a BBO app that can be downloaded to your mobile phone for those members who wish to multitask and play while doing the shopping.

More information is available on our BBO pages:


Those of us on BBO know that it is good practice to wish our partner good luck as Declarer, so we type glp (good luck partner) on the chat line after the opening lead is made. On Wednesday Barb Toohey was substituting in the 10.15 Wednesday relaxed session with another non CBC member who typed in BFP when Barb was Declarer.

What country did the dummy come from?

The first correct answer emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. wins a 14 day cruise to New York.

toilet painted

Bathroom Renovations

Frank Maricic of Colourfulworld has painted the renovated bathrooms this week.

Photos of progress have been added to the Bathroom Renovations website gallery.

Working Groups

There are a number of outdoor jobs that need doing at the club – pruning, weeding and mowing a narrow strip.

Would anyone who can assist please contact Pam with availability. A couple of friends coming together for a short time would be good – we don’t want to overwork anyone.

We would like a trailer also to assist with removal of rubbish.

Adieu Arjuna

Arjuna De Livera, one of the club’s finest players, has moved to Adelaide with his wife June.

They have recently welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Max.

We wish them the very best in the next phase of their lives.

April Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the April Committee Meeting is now available to download from the Committee webpage

Bridge Tips

Bridge Hand: 1971 Australia vs the Philippines




The E-W Philippines pair in the other room bid 4S, making 13 tricks

 W (Norma Borin) N E (Jim Borin) S
 2Ca  Pass 2Db 4D
5D Pass 6H Pass
7C Pass 7S Pass
Pass Pass    

a Game Force
b Denied one and a half honour tricks

The match was being shown on Bridgerama, with an enthusiastic Australian audience waiting through a long period of thought by Jim Borin before he bid Spades for the first time at the 7 level! This, the only making grand slam, netted 19 international match points in a match which Australia won by one.

(Taken from Cathy Chua, The History of Australian Bridge)

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 CBC online bridge!

Interesting Snippets

It is said that each of the suits in a deck of cards in represents the four major pillars of the economy in the Middle Ages: 

  • Hearts represented the Church,
  • Spades represented the military,
  • Clubs represented agriculture, and
  • Diamonds represented the merchant class.

Many people believe that each of the 4 kings in a deck of cards represents a great ruler of the past: 

  • The King of Spades is said to be David, King of Israel; 
  • The King of Clubs is supposed to be Alexander the Great; 
  • The King of Hearts, the French King Charlemagne; and
  • The King of Diamonds is the Roman Caesar Augustus.

Lighter Moments

  • Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitiser for good clean fun.
  • I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Daylight Saving to the Twilight Zone.
  • Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.