Newsletter - 19 June 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Help needed
  • Returning to Bridge in the Club Rooms
  • Bridge Sessions Schedule
  • Bridge Tips
  • You know you're living in 2020 when...
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

It is exciting that we are about to return to playing some bridge in the club rooms. However, the reopening of the clubrooms presents us all with challenges and responsibilities.

You will have already received a letter about this. Please also read the item below carefully. You must not attend a bridge session without reading the Covid Plan when it appears on the web. We must protect not only our own health but that of everyone in our bridge community, and beyond.

Do you have a partner or friend without email and internet access? Please keep them informed.

Congratulations to Michael Banyard who, for his service to veterinary science, was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia in the recent honours list.

Best wishes,


Help Needed

The carpets are being cleaned next Tuesday, ready for our return.

We need helpers on Monday at 2pm to pack up the chairs.

We need helpers on Wednesday at 3pm to reconstruct the room for our return to the club.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your availability.

Returning to Bridge in the Club Rooms

The ACT Government requires businesses to have a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan in order to recommence activities. The Safety Plan needs to be available to be produced on request by ACT compliance and enforcement officers. The Australian Bridge Federation has reminded clubs that if they do not follow government requirements, TBIB has said that they will not be covered by their insurance.

The Committee is rapidly developing CBC’s Safety Plan in order to ensure face-to-face bridge sessions are as safe as possible for everyone and to meet our responsibilities as a business and as an employer. The health and safety of members and staff remains our highest priority.

That said, it is not possible to play bridge in the clubrooms in a way that completely removes all COVID-19 risks. For example, we can minimise the handling of boards and cards, but we cannot eliminate that handling. The Committee understands that some members will not want to play face-to-face bridge at this time given their personal situation and health issues. We urge all members to consider their own circumstances and decide what is best for them.

Bridge Sessions Schedule

Online BBO Sessions

For the week commencing Monday 22 June, we have 7 sessions scheduled:

Tournament Session Director
Monday morning 10:00am  Bruce Crossman
Tuesday evening 7:15pm (imps)  Stephen Fisher
Wednesday morning 10:00am  Ian Robinson
Wednesday morning 10:15am  Barb Toohey
Wednesday evening 7:15pm  Christy Geromboux
Thursday morning 10:00am  Jodi Tutty
Thursday morning 10:10am (imps)  Jodi Tutty 
  • The 10.15 Wednesday Tourney is a relaxed 20 board session for our newer members and those enjoying BBO for the first time. Please make sure you enter the correct tournament (and only one tournament) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
  • We now have 230 of our CBC members registered on out BBO include list. You can be next by clicking on the ‘CBC sessions on BBO’ information page to learn how to register and join us.

Occasional notes

  • If you and your partner are having trouble registering for a tournament (for example blocked by BBO), you can ring the tourney director (shown above) on their private number listed in the CBC 2020 Calendar. Please do so the second the problem occurs.
  • Consider the purchase of a wireless mouse for your device. They are not expensive and  greatly speed up your response time, both in the bidding and playing each individual card.
  • A reminder that the individual who makes the bid is responsible for alerting the bid. Type the explanation BEFORE making the bid. All 2 level openings are alertable.
  • At the end of each round and before the commencement of the next round, BBO allows you to chat privately with your partner. Just click on their BBO name and the chat line appears. Please make sure, however, that you thank your oppos for the game first.

More information is available on our BBO pages:

In Clubrooms:

  • Friday Afternoon 1:15pm. Bookings by EMAIL with Managers is essential. Directed by Ian Robinson.

Bridge Tips

Surround Plays

Tricky for you to recognise and also tricky for your partner, but what joy when it works.


♠ Q1086



♠ 974


♠ AJ5


♠ K32



You have the lead with the N hand and think a switch in this suit would be a good idea.

Should you lead the 6? No. Declarer, East, can duck that round to the 9 so the K falls on thin air.

See how successful a switch to the 10 is:

If declarer plays the J, partner wins the K and returns the suit; you have Q and 8, surrounding the 9

Declarer (East) can now only make one trick in this suit.

You know you are living in 2020 when...

You pull up in your own driveway and use your mobile phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

Lighter Moments

More on Diplomacy:

An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.

(Sir Henry Wotton, 1604)

Corona hasn’t disappeared:

What do you call an infection that a crow gets?

A crowna-virus

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