Newsletter - 11 February 2022

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Upcoming Sessions
  • Supervised Play
  • Master the Basics
  • Competitive Bidding & Play Lessons
  • Upcoming Events
  • 60th Gold Coast Congress
  • Bridge Tips by Joan Butts
  • Ian Morison Resilience is Key
  • Name Badges - please pick up
  • ANU Film Group Screenings
  • Oscar Nominations
  • Lighter Moments


From the President


With the ACT Government relaxing the use of the Check in CBR app, please continue to follow the Club’s COVID requirements, that is, one person at a time in the kitchen and using hand sanitiser between rounds, and cleaning the side tables, chairs, boxes and bridgemate at the end of each session.

Stay safe, and enjoy your bridge.



Fresh and Feisty - February and beyond

As you should be aware, supervised Sessions and Beginners lessons have all kicked off this month.  These are the lifeblood of any club and an important source of fresh ideas and faces, also bringing down our average age! So please encourage anyone you think who needs help to walk in- in the case of Supervised lessons - or register, in the case of Competitive Bidding and Playing, Master the Basics (if not already on the Zoom dance card) or for future Beginners' Lessons as we were fully subscribed for these long awaited Beginner's Courses.  We will be running a U3A session  Beginner's Course from 27 April to 28 May for members of U3A.  

 The Wednesday night Supervised session at 7pm is in particular need of new participants.  If you can help please send someone along.

Sessions in the club and on RealBridge are outlined below. NBThere may be possible changes from time to time but if any of the advertised sessions below change we will send another email advice.  

Upcoming Sessions

Our weekly sessions

  • Monday morning 10.00am at the club
  • Monday 10.15 am RealBridge
  • Monday 2.00 pm (24 boards) RealBridge
  • Monday 7.00 pm RealBridge
  • Monday 7.15pm RealBridge event
  • Tuesday afternoon 1.00pm at the club
  • Wednesday morning 10.00am at the club
  • Wednesday morning 10.15am RealBridge
  • Wednesday evening supervised at the club 7pm (18 boards following lesson) commencing 2 Feb
  • Wednesday evening 7.15pm RealBridge
  • Thursday morning 10.00am at the club - Butler and walk in duplicate
  • Thursday afternoon 2.00pm (24 boards) RealBridge
  • Friday morning supervised 10am at the club (18 boards following lesson) commencing 4 Feb
  • Friday afternoon 1.00pm at the club
  • Friday afternoon 1.15pm RealBridge
  • Saturday afternoon 1.15pm RealBridge

Watch the newsletters and website for advice on face-to-face sessions at the club, and RealBridge sessions as these are fluid, depending on COVID developments and demand.  At this stage it is intended that the Monday and Thursday afternoon RealBridge sessions will continue.  

Member table money will be deducted from players CBCPay accounts. Visitors' fees will be paid for by their member-partner, or via prior arrangement by emailing the office.

Cost: face-to-face $10 members/ $13 visitors, concession $9.  RealBridge $8 members and $7 concession (including event).

Links to sessions are on our RealBridge page.


Supervised Sessions happening Wednesday nights and Friday Mornings at the Club

If you know the basics and just want to refresh your bridge knowledge come along on Wednesday nights at 7pm or Friday Mornings at 10am for an 18 board supervised session.  Come individually and we will match you up or come with a partner if you have one. Learn from the pros and develop your confidence with bidding and play.  We are very grateful to Brian Thorp and Bob Cox who are assisting with these sessions.  


Master the Basics

Master the Basic lessons are back on Zoom Thursday's at 9.00am sharp!   These are half hour lessons worth a zillion to your knowledge, bidding and cardplay! The topic list is here. Next week's topic is Advancing a Takeout Double.  If you want to register, the cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Please email if you want to be added to the notification list and get on Zoom.  


Competitive Bidding and Play

If you are new to duplicate bridge and find competitive bidding a challenge this 4 week course is a must.  Over 4 weeks we will cover doubles, overcalls, leads and signals.    These sessions started on Tuesday February 15 and finish on Tuesday March 8.   The classes run from 10am to 12 noon. We start with a lesson and then play practice hands.

This course will be run face-to-face in the club rooms.  Cost is $15 per lesson or $55 for all 4 paid in advance. EFT to BSB 032730  Acct 355176.  In the Reference field please put "Compbidplay" and ABF number please


 Upcoming Events

Hugh Hudson Pairs -  Mondays 7.15pm

The Hugh Hudson Pairs Club Championships is a Butler Imps scored event to be held over 3 weeks on  Monday evenings commencing 28 February via RealBridge or Tuesday evenings face-to-face.  The decision on which format will be determined in mid February.  

Gold Coast Congress

Quite a few club members are physically competing in the 60th Annual Gold Coast Congress from 18 to 26 February.  They are even welcoming double vaccinated New Zealanders to the event!.  A full program and entry form is here. Earlybird entries close soon.  For those less physically able there is always the other extreme - the Beijing Winter Olympics on the tube.

  Weak Jump Overcalls with Joan Butts

For an overcall to be “preemptive”, the hand must be weak (6-9 high card points)

  • To show a weak hand, jump at least one level in the bidding
  • the higher you jump, the more cards in your suit (same number of points)
  • Your suit needs top honours (two of the top three A,K,Q ,or three of the top five A,K,Q,J,10)
  • The vulnerability makes a big difference to your entering the bidding at all if weak
  • When your side is vulnerable and the other side is not, you need a good suit to jump in the bidding
  • Partner doesn’t need points to raise your suit; three or four trumps are more important
  • Hands with big fits declare better than they defend
  • You don’t always expect to make your contract, but you’re in a win-win situation because If you don’t make, the other side would have made theirs (so don’t worry!)


Never Give Up? with Ian Morison

Sometimes when playing the hand, the picture can look bleak, like the one following.

You are South playing 4S, and the Opponents have taken 2 top Diamonds before playing a Club.

You have 5 top trumps, and 3 top Clubs (3-3 in each hand, thus no chance for more Club tricks). That’s 8 tricks. You are out of Diamonds in both hands.

You have drawn Trumps.

You hold the following Hearts:







Having lost 2 Diamonds, you cannot lose 2 Hearts, or down you go.

You are missing HK HQ H10 H9 and H6.

So how do you give yourself a chance? A double finesse twice from Dummy towards HA will not work as you are missing H10 and H9.

No matter how remote, don’t give up.

Ask yourself, what could save me? Here are some possibilities:

  1. If West has HK and HQ bare, then if you play HA, then a low one towards HJ, you are home. West must win HQ. About a 3.5 % chance.
  2. If East has HK and HQ bare, after you have played HA and HK has fallen, you then lead towards HJ and duck. East must win HQ. Your HJ is then best. About another 3.5% chance, but you are on a guess whether to duck the HJ or play it (though, why would West, with the remaining best Heart duck when you lead towards HJ?).
  3. If East has HK or HQ singleton (about 5 %) then playing the HA and then leading towards Dummy will give you 2 Heart tricks. West can take their winner, but HJ will prevail.
  4. If East has HK and another, and West has HQ and 2 others, and you play the HA, then you lead towards Dummy, West may well play HQ, with the HK then crashing down. It puts West on a guess – West does not know Declarer does not have HK and East a Club winner. Or West may also think their partner has 3 Hearts, Declarer only 2, so it is safe to play HQ. It is hard to know the % play for this, but it is worth a try – let the Defenders work for you.
  5. The same as above applies if you play HA, then lead from Dummy towards your hand. East with only 1 honour card may play HK or HQ, and if West has a doubleton with the other honour, then it crashes down.

When you add up the odds, it is probably quite a bit less than 50% that you will get any of these to work but if your ethos is never to give up, then ‘have a go ya mug’ to use the Aussie vernacular.

That’s why bridge is so much fun.


Ian Morison - Bridge lover

(Pi is often quoted as 3.1415, but this is wrong - does anyone know why?)


Name Badges Burgeoning!

The newest batch of snazzy metallic name badges are due to arrive any time!  To give them a clear berth, let's clear the old ones on hand namely:

  • Anne Cameron
  • Deborah Cockburn
  • Keith Da Silva
  • Rita Duncan
  • Penny Egan
  • Liz Gallagher
  • Jennie Holbrook
  • Margaret Henderson
  • Caroline Joske
  • Karen Johnson
  • Margaret Lee
  • Chris Lloyd
  • Trevor Lloyd
  • Colin Maslen
  • Mary Montgomery
  • Del Moyle
  • Helen Paterson
  • Jill Properjohn
  • Kate Scandrett
  • Peter Wilson


ANU Film Group - Taking Bookings

It’s been a long six months since ANU Film Group's last screening on August 11th but, as of next week, ANU Film Group screenings will be back!

And now, without further ado, you can view our full line-up for our Autumn 2022 season (February 14 to April 30) in one of three ways:
1. On our website with posters, synopses and cast listings here:
2. In a printer-friendly PDF flyer version here:
3. Or import all screenings into your phone or computer’s calendar using this .ICS file here:

Want to attend a screening but not yet a member? Not a problem – you can join up in person at any screening or online anytime at with memberships starting from just $30 for a full season.

Want to try before you buy? We’ve got a free screening of SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME coming up next Monday at 7:30 pm. Full details here:

Oscar Nominations Announced

This week the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards were announced, and Netflix’s THE POWER OF THE DOG led the pack with 12 nods while Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE wasn’t too far behind with 10 nominations. Other major nominees include BELFAST, WEST SIDE STORY, KING RICHARD, NIGHTMARE ALLEY and DRIVE MY CAR, with the awards ceremony set for Sunday 27 March.

Want to tick off all of the nominated films on your Oscar watchlist? Here’s a handy guide to when you can catch them at the ANU Film Group, including four Best Picture nominees screening during Oscar Week itself (March 31 – April 2):

• MON 14 FEB @ 7:30 PM: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – Best Visual Effects Nominee
• FRI 18 FEB @ 7:30 PM: DUNE – 10 nominations, including Best Picture
• FRI 25 FEB @ 7:30 PM: NO TIME
TO DIE – 3 nominations, including Best Original Song
• THU 3 MAR @ 7:30 PM: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – Best Visual Effects Nominee
• FRI 4 MAR @ 7:30 PM: HOUSE OF GUCCI – Best Makeup and Hairstyling Nominee
• THU 10 MAR @ 7:30 PM: PARALLEL MOTHERS – 2 nominations, including Best Actress (Penélope Cruz)
• SAT 12 MAR @ 5 PM: ENCANTO – 3 nominations, including Best Animated Feature
• SAT 26 MAR @ 5 PM: SPENCER – Best Actress Nominee (Kristen Stewart)
• THU 31 MAR @ 7:30 PM: KING RICHARD – 6 nominations, including Best Picture
• FRI 1 APR @ 7:30 PM: WEST SIDE STORY – 7 nominations, including Best Picture
• SAT 2 APR @ 5 PM: BELFAST – 7 nominations, including Best Picture
• SAT 2 APR @ 7:30 PM: LICORICE PIZZA – 3 nominations, including Best Picture
• FRI 8 APR @ 7:30 PM: DRIVE MY CAR – 4 nominations, including Best Picture
• THU 21 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD – 2 nominations, including Best International Film
• FRI 22 APR @
7:30 PM: NIGHTMARE ALLEY – 4 nominations, including Best Picture
• WED 27 APR @ 7:30 PM: FLEE – 3 nominations, including Best International Film
• SAT 28 APR @ 7:30 PM: THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE – 2 nominations, including Best Actress (Jessica Chastain)


Lighter Moments

What did one blueberry say to the other on Valentine's Day?  

  • "I love you berry much"

 What flower gives the kisses on Valentine's Day?


 What did the boy cat say to the girl cat on Valentine's Day?

  • "You're purr-fect for me!"

What did one watermelon say to the other on Valentine's Day

  • "You're one in a melon!"

What do single people call Valentine's Day?

  • Happy Independence Day!

 What did the boy squirrell say to the girl squirrell?

  • I'm nuts about you!

Who always has a date on Valentine's Day?

  • A calendar

What did the stamp say to the envelope? 

  • I'm stuck on you! 

If you don't have a valentine on Valentine's Day don't be sad... most people don't have AIDS on World AIDS Day! 


Adults Only Section - not for the faint hearted

A little old man was running around a nursing home flashing and shouting "Super sex, super sex!" The little old lady he passed, said straight faced,  "I'll have the soup please."

A visiting dignatory was playing bridge with a very nervous club player in a small country town.  The player absented himself to go to the bathroom and the other players at the table apologised for him.  "Don't apologise" said the visitor, "it's the first time all evening I've known what he's holding in his hand."

Two single, shy beginners were secretly fancying each other.  In general play one put the other into their first 6NT contract, which the opposition duly doubled.  She said to him as she put dummy down, "if you make this contract I'll sleep with you."  He played the hand and they went 3 down doubled and vulnerable.  She looked at him, smiled and said "Oh, that's close enough." 

Pass on feedback and thanks to Brian and Nikki for the jokes.  


Best wishes to Jody Tutti playing in the New Zealand Nationals.