Newsletter 18 March 2022


In this week’s newsletter...

  • Supervised Play and Lessons
  • Upcoming Events
  • CBC Novice & Restricted Pairs - 9 April 
  • Autumn Nationals 28 April to 2 May - Adelaide
  • Barrier Reef Congress
  • Results - Hugh Hudson Pairs
  • Richard's Rules
  • Bridge Tips by Joan Butts
  • Ian Morison Card Play
  • Darker Moments

From the President

 With COVID still active in the Canberra community, please do not come to the Club if you are feeling unwell, or have any cold or flu symptoms. If you still wish to play bridge, you can play on RealBridge.

When you move to a new table, please greet your opposition and treat them with respect and courtesy. Please also treat your partner with respect and courtesy.

Stay safe and enjoy your bridge.




Sessions in the Club and on RealBridge are outlined below

There's a revised Covid Safe Plan and Player Checklist for everyone to note and comply with please. 

Friday morning face-to-face sessions resumed today! 5 tables! Welcome back!

NB: There 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) 
  • 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 9.30am at the club (18 boards following lesson) 
  • Friday morning walk-in session 9.30am
  • 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

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 9.30am 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 on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Master the Basics

Master the Basic lessons are back on Zoom on Thursdays 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 Defence Signals! If you want to register, the cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.  Please email if you want to be added to the notification list and get on Zoom.  

Upcoming Events


CBC Novice & Restricted Pairs - Saturday 9 April

A one session Pairs event starting at 1.15 pm with a short lesson from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Come and join us at the clubrooms on Saturday 9 April for a friendly one session Pairs event in the afternoon preceded by a short Kantar-style lesson on “How to get most tricks for your bucks” hosted by Jodi Tutty and Ian Robinson.

Bring your own lunch or sneak across the road to a Deakin café.

Two divisions -  Novice (up to 50 Masterpoints per player) - Restricted (50 to 300 Masterpoints per player)

Cost for lesson and session play: $20 members, $25 visitors

Session only entries can be accommodated at a cost of $12 - Lesson only entries may be accommodated based on space

Enter on the CBC website. (coming soon)

Red Masterpoints will be awarded.  Payment by CBCPay for members and bank deposit for visitors. (No cash on the day.)


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 


Results - Hugh Hudson Pairs

After 9 matches we have the results! In a field of 22 pairs, congratulatons to

  1. David Wawn & David Hoffman
  2. Des Manderson & Rob Hurst
  3. Pam Crichton & Ross Crichton
  4. Adam Robinson & Ian Robinson
  5. Emlyn Williams & Roy Nixon
  6. Bridget Gilmour-Walsh & Gwendolyn Gray Jamieson
  7. Patricia McDonald & Michael Burt

Richard's Rules




Bidding over the Opponents 1NT - Cappelletti with Joan Butts

Sometimes you do… sometimes you don’t... 

  • DO it when...your hand is two-suited or single-suited (and 10+ points). These hands declare better than they defend, because you have your own long suit/s, and the opponents usually have the other two suits.
  • DON’T do it when…you’re 5-3-3-2. Pass, and defend 1NT.
  • Most of the time you’re not trying to get to game, so be happy to find a partscore

Double is for penalties (shows a hand in the higher range of the 1NT opener)

  • 2♣️ shows a single-suiter
  • 2♦️ shows both majors
  • 2♥️ shows hearts and a minor
  • 2♠️ shows spades and a minor
  • 2NT shows both minors

Responding to Cappelletti

  • If partner doubles their 1NT, leave it in unless you have a very weak hand with a long suit (bid 2 of your suit)
  • If partner bids 2♣️ showing a single-suiter, respond 2♦️ and partner will tell you which suit they hold
  • If partner bids 2♦️ showing at least 5/4 in the majors, pick the major you prefer, based on trump length, and decide the level, eg if you have four trumps for partner, jump in that suit, regardless of points
  • If partner bids 2♥️ showing hearts and a minor, with heart support, pass or raise hearts. With the minors, bid 3♣️ (pass or correct)
  • If partner bids 2♠️ showing spades and a minor, with spade support, pass or raise spades. With the minors, bid 3♣️ (pass or correct)

If partner bids 2NT showing both minors, bid your longer minor


Ian Morison - How do I bid this?

The following hand appeared last week at the club. Dealer W, NS Vul.





A                                                             KJ9754

K                                                             AJ

AKJ9873                                               Q10

Q984                                                      AK10






How do you bid this hand?                                                         [NS do not bid at all]



  1. West is declarer and can count 17 HC points (plus distributional strength). Also, there are just 4 losers (HA, DQ, CA and CK).
  1. There are 23 points in the other 3 hands, so you would expect partner to have about 8 points, and perhaps give you 2 winners, thus 5D will make.
  1. You should be preparing to bid to game.
  1. But 5D is harder to make than 3NT (2 more tricks) so 3NT would be a preferrable contract if partner has extra stoppers in the majors.
  1. It is not quite strong enough for a strong 2 opening.
  1. So, West should open 1D and see what happens.


  1. East thinks: partner has opened – 11+ points. I have 18 points, so game is mandatory and maybe there is a slam.
  1. There is no hurry – bid 1S, which is a 1 round force.


  1. West then jumps to 3D, showing a good 6+ card suit and 15-16 points (there are 17 actually, but downgrading the hand for the single HK is sensible). I particularly like the jump to 3D as it tells East a lot about West’s hand.


  1. East then sees a small slam is virtually certain, and a grand slam is possible.
  1. East must now take over the bidding. West has made a limit bid and may choose not bid again unless forced.
  1. East now bids 4NT (RKCB).


  1. West replies 5C (0 or 3 key cards, and no information on DQ).
  1. It is certain that West has 3 key cards, so assume this.


  1. East should now ask for kings – 5NT.


  1. West replies 6D (2 kings).


  1. East can now see that all Aces and Kings are held, as well as the DQ in his hand. He can see 12 sure tricks knowing West has at least 6 Diamonds.
  1. I would then bid 7NT. With 12 sure tricks, and surely another, or a good chance at another (finesse, squeeze, drop, helpful lead…) it is worth the bid.


  1. Note that some players will only ever bid these hands to the small slam level – making a small slam usually gives a good score, either (a) as other players do not bid to slam; or (b) if the grand slam goes 1 down, that is a bad result compared to making a small slam. But Bridge belongs to the brave so you should bid it.

Ian Morison Bridge lover 15 March 2022

[On this day some 2066 years ago, poor Julius Caesar was killed by his fellow Senators. His good friend Brutus was part of the group of killers. Caesar’s last words were: Et tu, Brutus?, in shock and amazement that his friend could be against him – bridge is a derivative of this – wipe out your opponents] .


 Darker Moments

 It's appropriate following on thinking about Caesar we take a moment to reflect on serial killers at this poignant time.  

Astrology Zodiac Signs recently released a study on the Most Common Zodiac Signs of Serial Killers after analyzing 485 serial murderers responsible for killing 5,125 victims.

Key findings about serial killers

Most Common Sign: Scorpio, Cancer, Sagittarius, and Pisces had 46 serial killers each. Aquarius and Libra (44), Capricorn (42), Virgo (40), Leo (39), Aries (38), Gemini and Taurus (27).

Deadliest Sign: Capricorns — despite having the No. 7 most killers — killed the most with 813 victims, an average of 19 per killer. Taurus killed the fewest at 204.

Deadliest Element: The water signs (Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio) accounted for the highest number of killers and victims — 28 percent of killers and 27 percent of victims.

Each Sign’s Top Killer: Cancer: Samuel Little, 61 victims; Aquarius: Gary Ridgway, 49; Aries: Donald Harvey, 37; Pisces: John Wayne Gacy, 33; Libra: Bill Longley, 32; Capricorn: Dean Corll, 28; Sagittarius: Ted Bundy, 28; Scorpio: Bell Gunness, 25; Taurus: Earle Nelson, 22; Virgo: Gerald Stano, 22; Gemini: Jeffrey Dahmer, 17; Leo: Joseph Cristopher and William Suff, 12.

I note that there are only men amongst the top serial killers. Hitler was an Aries. Putin is a Libran. 

Consider your partner's star sign at all times. Don't upset them if they are any of these signs.