Newsletter - 4 March 2022

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Welcome New Members
  • Promotions
  • Supervised Play and Lessons
  • Upcoming Events
  • Australian National Championship Qualifiers - Territory representation through BFACT trials
  • Autumn Nationals 28 April to 2 May - Adelaide
  • Barrier Reef Congress
  • Results - 60th Gold Coast Congress 
  • Bridge Tips by Joan Butts
  • Richard Hill's Winning Ways
  • Member Spotlight - West Savery
  • Ian Morison Card Play
  • Lighter Moments
  • Final Bits and Pieces


From the President

This is just a reminder to please state the value of your 1NT bid, when your partner makes that call, and to state the number of clubs in a 1C opening. As well, please alert (but not explain the bid unless asked) all unnatural calls.

Remember that your opponents are entitled to know every systemic agreement you and your partner have, and that your system has been fully disclosed to them.

Please enjoy your bridge and, in particular, be kind to your partner.

Stay safe




The changes in requirements to mandatory mask wearing - not longer mandatory - have seen increased numbers at the club.  Together with the beginners and supervised thronging in, there's the feeling of freshness, resilience and revival. We welcome you all back and hope you enjoy playing at the club!  Take a moment to took at the garden improvements and smell the flowers! 

Welcome New Members!

We welcome the following new members - three from Sydney, two from Tasmania, one from Brisbane, one from the Adelaide Hills and one from Red Hill:

  • Kathy Bock 
  • Styliani Contis
  • Judy Kaye 
  • Carol Loth
  • Norma Swift
  • Vicki Taylor
  • Kristine Thompson 
  • Keith Till

Welcome All!

 We also welcome Maxi Brown who has had a name change and is a new old member (previously Maxi Anderson).  

We also welcome back Club CoManager Kerry Butcher who has had a 2 week break in southern NSW and Victoria visiting family.  Welcome back Kerry! 



We congratulate the following February promotees!

Member                                                                Promoted To                                                         From

  • Adrian ADamico                                         Graduate                                                            NA
  • Keith Flack                                                 Graduate                                                            NA
  • Julia Richards                                            Graduate                                                            NA
  • Dorothy Hogan                                          Graduate                                                             NA
  • Fiona Wymer                                             Graduate                                                            NA
  • Jane Andrews                                            Club                                                                  Graduate
  • Lindy Cullen                                               Club                                                                  Graduate
  • Christine Hobbs                                         Club                                                                  Graduate
  • Billie Headon                                             Club                                                                  Graduate
  • Claudia Greenham                                    Club                                                                  Graduate
  • Pamela Mathie                                          Local                                                                 Club
  • Robyn Murphy                                           Local                                                                 Club
  • Pamela Mathie                                          Local                                                                 Club
  • Robyn Murphy                                          Bronze Local                                                      Local
  • Jann White                                               Bronze Local                                                      Local


 Sessions in the club and on RealBridge are outlined below. 

From 2 March Wednesday evening sessions will return as face-to-face - RealBridge sessions at that time will cease.  Friday morning face-to-face sessions will resume from 18 March 2022.

Please note that visitor fees on RealBridge will increase to $10 from 1 March 2022.

 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 at the club
  • 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 indefinitely.  

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) $10 visitors from 1 March 2022.

Links to sessions are on our RealBridge page.


CBC Pay Monthly Statements were emailed out on Wednesday 2 March.  The statements did not include sessions run on Monday 28 February nor any deposits made on 28 February or since.  Please check your statement and email any issues to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . NB Anyone who played on RealBridge on the afternoon of Tuesday  February has been incorrectly charged $10 instead of $8.  This will be correctly shortly.  


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 and as indicated above if you are an experienced player and want to help others, please let Morag know.  


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 Declarer Play - promotion, length and finesse. 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 face-to-face 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 on Tuesdays. We start with a lesson, discuss and may bid or play practice hands.

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

Just turn up and we can charge your CBC Pay.  


Upcoming Events

As you may be aware the National Championships this year are face-to-face this year and expected to be staged in Adelaide in early July.  The Bridge Federation of ACT is organising the selection process for ACT 'State' representation.  Events are being run at the Canberra Bridge Club over the next few months.  

BFACT will be holding events to select pairs to play as ACT representatives at the Australian National Championships (ANC). Women, Senior, Open and Youth teams can go to the ANC.

The Women team will be decided by a weekend event on 9 and 10 April; eligible BFACT affiliated players can enter via CBC website:”” or by emailing “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”.

An ACT Youth team may happen if sufficient players come forward and contact “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”. If anyone knows of any youth players who might like to compete in the ANC, please ask them to email, or otherwise contact Niek Van Vucht.  

The Senior team will be decided by a weekend event on Fri., Sat., Sun. 20, 21, 22 May. Depending on number of entries received by 22 March, a qualifying event may be held to reduce the number of pairs that will compete on the weekend. Entries are required by 22nd March so that qualifying events can be organised if required. If Seniors qualifying is required, a stage 1 event on 3 Thursday evenings from 29 March will qualify pairs and a stage 2 event on 24 April (combined with Open) will qualify 2 additional pairs.

Open will have a Stage 1 event to select pairs to a final, and a Stage 2 event to select 2 additional pairs to a final:

       Open Stage 1 – 4 Tue. evenings, 22 March to 12 April

       Open Stage 2 – 2 session event on Sun. 24 April

       Open Final – Fri., Sat., Sun. 13, 14, 15 May

Eligible BFACT affiliated pairs are invited to enter via the CBC website: ”” or to email “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”. Note that payment for entries will be via CBCPay or direct deposit to BFACT, please contact “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.” for details.

The ANC will be in Adelaide from 2 July till 14 July, see ABF website.


2022 ANC Seniors Team Selection process

The Tournament Committee has scheduled the final stage of the 2022 ANC Seniors Selection process (the Finals playoff) on the weekend of 20-22 May. To determine whether a qualifying event for the final is necessary, we are calling for entries to the final event with a closing date of Tuesday 22 March at 5.00pm. Those pairs entering the event should do so with a genuine intention to play in the weekend event and to represent the ACT in Adelaide in July. The Tournament Committee appreciates that calling for entries at this stage will create problems for some players and they may not be able to ultimately fulfill their commitment.

Assuming an entry of less than 15 pairs, there will be no qualifying stages to the event. However, if a qualification is required, BFACT will hold a three session F2F event starting on Thursday 29 March at the Canberra Bridge Club and a “last train” stage 2 event will also be played on Sunday 23 April for all BFACT affiliated seniors. Please remember that the closing date for entries is 22 March.


BFACT Australian National Championships Women's Team Selections 

This face-to-face competition runs for 2 or 3 days from 9-10 April at the CBC. Three (3) pairs from this event will represent the ACT at the Australian National Championships to be held in Adelaide from 2-8 July 2022.  If there are sufficient entries a Friday Evening sesson 8 April will be held. For more information and to enter please go here.


State ANC Open Team Selection - Stages 1 and  2

Stage 1 is a 4 week competition going from Tuesday Evening 22 March to 12 April face to face.  Winning pairs will qualify to the Open Team Selection Finals to be held at CBC on the weekend of 14 &15 May 2022 (stage 2).  Qualifying teams participate in the Australian National Championships in Adelaide from 2 to 8 July 2022.

More details and entry here.


State ANC Butler Pairs Restricted Qualifying 
Sunday 24th April

  • Restricted Pairs, 2 pairs to win a trip to Adelaide to attend Australian National Championships in July (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Open to PAIRS with each of the two (2) players having fewer than 300 masterpoints as at 31/12/2021. 
state ANC Restricted selection for pairs       

    Two (2) Sessions commencing at 10:00 am on Sunday 24 April


Barrier Reef Congress

Hosted by the Townsville Bridge Club, this congress is from 9-13 May 2022, the program includes Walk-in Pairs, Open and Restricted Pairs and Open and Restricted Teams.  Details are at 



Gold Coast Congress

Full results from the Gold Coast Congress are at

Andrew Spooner's team came second in the blue ribbon Open Team's event.  Andrew and his partner Phil Markey won the pairs datum in the round robin.

Julia Hoffman and Judith Tobin came second in the Monday Butler Swiss Pairs and also 3rd in the Weekend Matchpoint Swiss Pairs.  

Bev Crossman (with Paul Brake) came second in the Friday walk-in pairs.  


Inverted Minors with Joan Butts

Playing Inverted Minors means swapping responder's bid for weak and stronger hands with a minor fit. 

The standard approach is:

1♣️/♦️ p 2♣️/♦️ = 6 - 10 points, unbalanced, no four+ card major, and at least four diamonds (five if clubs)

And for stronger hands,
1♣️/♦️ p 3♣️/♦️ = 11 - 12 points, unbalanced, no four+ card major, and at least four diamonds (five if clubs)

This style wastes space: by jumping to 3♣️ or 3♦️, you don’t know you have stoppers for 3NT which is the preferred contract to five of a minor.  

SO…a great answer is to play Inverted Minors Raises

This (swapping the meaning of the two bids) allows us to find the correct no trump contract or the correct minor suit contract. It’s called “inverted” because you “invert” the meaning of the two raises.

1♣️ /♦️ p 2♣️ /♦️ becomes unlimited (11+).  It’s usually a force to game showing a fit for the minor, and no four card major.
NEXT opener shows stoppers for no trumps. With both majors stopped opener will bid no trumps, but if not, they will show their stopper, eg 1♣️ p 2♣️ p 2♥️ shows a heart stopper, but denies a spade stopper.

And 1♣️ /♦️ p 3♣️ /♦️ becomes the weaker, preemptive 6-10 point raise.

If you hold a balanced hand with four cards in partner’s minor, prefer to bid 1NT with 6 - 10, 2NT with 11,12 or 3NT with 13-15. 


Four decades of bridge - Richard's Rules


9.  Talk to partner, but neither ...

10. Yell at partner (which is as illegal as a revoke, contrary to the courtesy requirements of Law 74A2), nor ...

11. Critique pard's declarer play. As fleetingly touched upon two weeks ago in Rule 2, mutual partnership agreements are needed for bidding conventions & defensive signals. BUT declarer play is exclusively a matter of unilateral ability. (While to critique is a faux pas, you are of course permitted to console partner if they accidentally trump their own ace.)

12. Eight Ever, Nine Never ??? The most famous proverbial cliche in bridge, yet nevertheless inaccurate. The situation is that you are declarer, with the Queen being the only trump honour missing.

8 Card Trump Fit

IF other things are equal THEN (ever) finesse against the Queen. But circumstances alter cases; should the opponents be threatening a defensive cross-ruff, then plonking down your Ace and King would be wise.

9 Card Trump Fit

IF other things are equal THEN "never" finesse against the Queen, instead playing for the drop. "Never" is a huge exaggeration. In an information vacuum playing for the drop works 52% of the time, while finessing works 48% of the time. The slightest bit of extra information alters these odds. For example, if RHO preempted then finesse through LHO for the Queen.


 Member Spotlight - West Savery

"Started playing bridge back in the late 1980's with John Newman's group in Chatswood. Had a break for about five years and started to play again at Trumps in Spit Junction and have played on and off since then. Sometimes well and sometimes in need of revision.

I joined CBC in April 2018 after my wife, Annette, and I had made the big move from Wollstonecraft in Sydney to Canberra.  Perhaps the most memorable moment was my first visit to the Club in 2018. I had spoken to Ross Crichton in the carpark whilst he was doing some yard maintenance. His friendly and welcoming manner was encouraging and a delight. This was followed by the amazing sight of Ian Robinson directing a room full of very serious Thursday bridge players. Computer monitors abounded. I had previously become used to my old bridge club at Wollstonecraft where we had fourteen tables on a good day. My conclusion was that an impossible amount of re-training would be required to Direct at CBC so I retired from that diversion immediately. That day was followed later  by having the pleasure of being elected to the Club's Committee and working with a great team of people dedicated to the Club and under the outstanding leadership of Pam Crichton.

When not at the Club, gardening and more gardening seems to fill my time. Before moving to Canberra, sailing and tennis had been my long-time means of exercise. Our two daughters and two grandchildren live here and they add pleasure to our lives.. We have two school-age great granddaughters in Sydney who have just returned from living in the U.S. so they add to our lives.

My wife and I are habitual travelers to Coolangatta to a long-time owned timeshare unit. Rain, hail or shine, the ocean is a great therapeutic tablet. That destination has long been a pre-Covid and hopefully post Covid destination.

Finally, I consider that the best thing about Canberra Bridge Club is the professionalism of its' Executive, its Bridge Directors Managers and those many members who are willing to step forward and assist when required "

Editorial note - Thanks West for that reflection. I'm going to follow your example and head off to Coolangatta tonight for a period of therapy too!


Ian Morison - Canny Play - Can you make 6C?

Can you find a way to make 6C on this hand, with the benefit of seeing all the cards?

No opposition bidding. HJ is led by West.





J732                                                          A109

J106                                                           87543

KQ2                                                            J87

1062                                                            53





Before reading the answer, have a go.

These sorts of challenges are good for improving Declarer play.

It is not too hard; all you need to do is work out a line of play, take risks, and it might work.

Don’t get hung up about the chance of freak distributions – they are rare. Assume normality.


My answer:

  1. After HJ is led by West, Dummy comes down.
  2. What must South do first?
  3. Count your winners, and look how to develop other suit(s) or winners.
  4. There is 1 Spade (after removing the SA), 3 Hearts, 1 Diamond and 6 Clubs = 11 sure tricks.
  5. So you need 1 more.
  6. What is staring you in the face is the need to get your timing right – entries, and drawing Trumps.
  7. Can you ruff enough Spades to set up the long Spades? You need many entries to Dummy, so this looks unlikely to work.
  8. What other options are there?


  1. Win the lead with HQ, then play HA.
  2. Then play a Diamond to the DA, then HK, throwing a Diamond from Dummy. Then play a small Diamond, letting the Defenders win a trick.
  3. They will probably lead back a Trump - win in Dummy.
  4. Then play SQ. East will probably play SA. Trump this in hand.
  5. Ruff your second last Diamond with CQ.
  6. Now play SK, throwing your last Diamond from hand.
  7. Then a small Spade and ruff with C7 in hand.
  8. Then run Trumps from the top.
  9. 12 tricks made.
  10. You have been lucky with the suit breaks, especially Spades. But you have increased your chances by ruffing with C7 (point 15 above) - if West only has 3 Spades, he may not have C10 to over-ruff you (50:50 chance).
  11. [If at Point 3 above, a Defender leads a Spade or a Diamond instead of a Trump, much the same analysis applies, with the same outcome.]

So have your plan at the start. Look at ways to develop winners. Watch as cards are played which might help you update your plan.

 Ian Morison - Bridge lover 2 March 2022 (beware the Ides of March – I will have a special hand – Et tu Bridge?)


 Lighter Moments

Our Confucius sayings continued with a small but significant change....


  1. "The more woman meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be her world and the world at large."
  2. "The superior woman understands what is right; the inferior woman understands what will sell."
  3. "By nature, women are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart."
  4. "She who will not economize will have to agonize." 
  5. "When we see women of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.""She with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed."
  6. "If I am walking with two other women, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."
  7. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
  8. "If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?"
  9. "Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star."
  10. "It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get."
  11. "Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish women from beasts?"

We hope these sayings have brought great enlightenment!


 Final Bits and Pieces

Woden Seniors CLub at 12 Corinna St run a Big Book Fair plus Art Show on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March from 10-4 daily.  If you missed the Lifeline Book Fair lst month and need to replenish reading matter or just for the outing, get along and support our seniors.  

After some hitches with our cleaners, Jennifer Yeats, Kerry Butcher and I ran a selection process and as a result Bliss Solutions commenced as our cleaners on 3 March 2022. We hope this will be the start of a beautiful relationship! If you find anything in the club that is not blissful (toilet paper missing, flower heads in the basin etc) please let Kerry or me know about it.  

A huge thank you to all our volunteers, but this week in particular, I've noticed, Gordon McAlary for watering in the new plants, John Hempstall for resetting and cleaning all the bridge mates, the supervised teachers and helpers, Christy Geromboux updating our club slides, Barbara Priest bringing in home produce to benefit Beyond Blue, Deb Milner helping gap analysis and Gerdina Bryant washing and replacing all the tablecloths!   Thanks for contributing to a supportive and vibrant club atmosphere!