Newsletter 25 March 2022


In this week’s newsletter...

  • Novices please enter CBC Novice & Restricted Pairs - 9 April 
  • Help wanted: Special Technical Support Role 
  • Double Shot Coffee deliveries 11.00 and 11.30am 
  • Autumn Nationals 28 April to 2 May - Adelaide
  • Barrier Reef Congress
  • Richard's Rules morphs to Hilda's Hints
  • Bridge Tips by Joan Butts
  • Ian Morison Card Play
  • Lighter Moments

From the President

 I would like to thank John Hempenstall for all the work he does at the Club. John is often at the Club doing the odd jobs that frequently come up in all premises. If you notice any small changes/additions they have usually been done quietly by John.

I would also like to thank all the other persons who volunteer at the club, whether it is stacking the dishwasher or washing the table cloths, or any other necessary work. It all helps to keep the Club operating.

Stay safe and enjoy your bridge.




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 through "What's On" or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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


 Help Wanted - Special Technical Support Role

As you know RealBridge has been a valuable resource for members to be able to play bridge when Covid made it impossible to play bridge at our premises. While we are happily back to face-to-face bridge, many members are still playing online, and occasionally technical problems arise which spoil the enjoyment of the game or even prevent members from playing in a particular session.

So, we are looking for any member who could help players with these technical issues. We do not expect this person to be present at any or every RealBridge session, or to solve technical problems ‘on the spot’. But if you are someone with advanced computer skills, some familiarity with the RealBridge format, a general understanding of different computer platforms combined with an ability to solve video interface problems and software conflicts -- and you are willing to help members sort out any technical issues outside of the bridge session -- we would love to hear from you.

Please contact the managers at the club or any one of the committee members listed on our website. 


Double Shot Coffee Delivery Service

The local café Double Shot, who is a sponsor of the Canberra Bridge Club, is willing to deliver beautiful hot coffees to members playing bridge during the regular morning sessions. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please call in to Double Shot before bridge to place and pay for your order. There will be two delivery times – 11.00 am and 11.30 am, nominate your preferred time.

This is being run on a trial basis to see how it works. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Yeats (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Sessions in the Club and on RealBridge are outlined below

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
  • Tuesday afternoon 1.00pm at the club
  • Tuesday 7.15pm RealBridge event
  • 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 a supervised duplicate.  We start with a short lesson.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the play.  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 our teachers -  Jeanette Grahame, Brian Thorp, Bob Cox and Tim Mather and to the volunteers who have put up their hands to help.  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 More 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

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 


Richard's Rules have been revamped to Hilda's Hints

 17-year-old is the last year that you are a Minor. Minors have many disadvantages, especially in bridge scoring. For example, 3NT +630 outweighs 5C or 5D +600.

However .....

At the partscore level the SAFEST partial should be selected. 2C or 2D +90 scores better than 1NT -50.

Furthermore .....

3NT +630 outscores 5D +620 BUT is outscored by 6D +1370; this is why some local experts use the Minorwood convention.

18 tables at the Canberra Bridge Club is an ideal number for 2 sections playing 3-board rounds. But in some New Zealand clubs the movement would be 18 x 1-board rounds. Different strokes for different folks; those New Zealanders emphasise socialising against as many different opponents as possible.

19 is a prime number. The Director is THE Prime Number, with the power to Dispense High, Middle and Low Justice. Most of TD's rulings may be overturned by an Appeals Committee, but TD is Lord High Executioner - without appeal - in disciplinary rulings (eg ejecting an obstreperous player from the venue).

  1. Ooo I heard it through the grapevine; maaany Club members already know that my new nomenclature is Hilda Hills, and also that I will be sporting skirts and/or kilts plus donning dresses.

20 is a suitable number of players for an Individual session; over 19 x 1-board rounds each player partners every other player once. The Ubiquitous Hills won the Australian Individual on two consecutive years.

Punchline: The Mechanism Underlying Most Individuals Is The RAINBOW Movement 


Partnerships: Is that Bid Forcing or Not? with Joan Butts

 "Forcing" = don't PASS 

Bridge is all about the relationship with your partner. You absolutely must be on the same page. One of the areas to work on is what's forcing and what's not. In general, the bid of an old suit (one you've heard before in the auction) is not forcing, and neither are no trump bids.  New suits in the auction should be treated as forcing. 

Opener’s Forcing Bids

After a response at the one level in a new suit, (1♥️ p 1♠️ p), the following bids are forcing.

  • A jump shift (1♥️ P 1♠️ P 3 ♣️ or 3♦️). Shows 19+ pts (maximum range) with five + cards in the first bid suit and four + cards in the second. Commits the partnership to at least game.
  • A reverse (1♦️ P 1♠️ P 2♥️). The bid of a new suit that is ranked higher than the first bid suit by opener, and is at the two level. A reverse shows 17+ points and is forcing for at least one round.

Opener’s Non Forcing Bids

1♦️ p 1♥️ p ? (back to opener)

  • A new, lower-ranking suit (1♦️ p 1♥️, p 2) Shows a hand of 13-17 points. Responder should try to bid, but doesn’t have to.
  • A raise or rebid of an “old” suit (1♦️ p 1♥️ 3)
  • A bid of no trumps (1♦️ p 1♥️ p 1NT, or 1♦️ p 1♥️ p 2NT)

Note that even though opener’s jump rebids show strong hands, they are not absolutely forcing if partner doesn’t have enough for game.


Ian Morison - How do we bid this?

 The following 7NT hand appeared last week at the club, a week after I wrote about another recent one (who says they are rare!).

Dealer E, NS Vul





Q6                                                                AK97

KJ4                                                               AQ1076

AK10                                                            Q3

AKQ84                                                         62







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

 East as Opener

  1. East is declarer and can count 15 HC points, and a good second suit. Also, it is a 6 loser hand.
  1. There are 25 points in the other 3 hands, so you would expect partner to have about 8 points, so maybe there is a game on, especially as the Spade suit is a strong back up.
  1. You open 1H, and wait to see what happens.

West as Responder

  1. West thinks: Partner has opened and will have 11+ points, 5+ Hearts. I have 22 points and a 5 loser hand, so its very likely there is a slam, maybe a grand slam. I have great minors and good Heart support as well.
  1. There is no hurry – bid 2C, which is a 1 round force. Let partner tell you more.


  1. East cannot bid NT, as the Diamond cover is weak. I would bid 2S. [There is a risk partner will take this as a 5 card suit, but it is the best choice of bids – bidding 2H shows a weak opening, the alternative is 3H, but that usually shows a 6+ card suit].


  1. West then sees a grand slam is possible.
  1. West must now take over the bidding. East may choose not bid again unless forced.
  1. West now bids 4NT (RKCB).


  1. East replies 5C - 0 or 3 key cards, based on last bid suit of Spades [* See below for alternatives].
  1. It is certain that East has 3 key cards, so assume this.


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


  1. East replies 6D = 1 king.


  1. West can now see that East has SA, SK and HA, so all Aces and Kings are held. He is not sure of HQ. But he can see 10 sure tricks.
  1. I would then bid 7NT. With 10 sure tricks, if East does not have HQ, then surely he will have points in Diamonds and Clubs, making up the shortfall in tricks. As I wrote last week, there are also good chances through finesses, squeezes, lucky drops, helpful opening lead, etc…. 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.
  1. At the Club, twice EW bid to 7H and it was doubled by North, and made. Perhaps North hoped partner had 1 of the missing top 5 hearts, thus guaranteeing a trick to North. But North should not double – if 7H does go down by virtue of his 5 card Heart suit, it will be a good score. It also telegraphs to Declarer that North has long Hearts, perhaps allowing him to play for a 5-0 break, or one of East or West to convert to 7NT. Just shut up!
  1. * You should agree as a partnership if you play RKCB what suit partner is telling you about key cards other than Aces. If you have both bid a suit, it is that; some then play declarer’s first bid suit, some play declarer’s last bid suit.

Ian Morison - Bridge lover

22 March 2022  [Alas, today is equinox day. Cooler, darker days will follow. I guess that means more bridge!]

Lighter Moments

Puns for Educated Minds

  1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
  2. I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
  3. She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.
  4. A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of maths disruption.
  5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
  6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
  7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
  8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
  9. A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.
  10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Final Bits and Pieces

Did you know?  Keith Mitchell and Lesley Gunson's granddaughter, Harriet is a promising artist exhibiting at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in  MANUKA: 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka ACT 2603, open Friday to Sunday 11am - 5pm.  The exhibit runs from 8-10 and 15-17 April or you view online

It isn't even Spring! We've had all the garden improvements and lots of helpful watering by Gordon McAlary. Now we have new super dooper signage at the front of the club!  You'll need your vision checked if you haven't spotted it already! A big shout out to Tim Mather for making it happen. It aptly includes our byline and website for all interested parties.

 In case you're missing her, Jodi Tutty is presently participating in the World Mixed Championships in Salsomaggiore in Italy. Ciao Bella!  And good luck to Stephen Fischer who is also competing!  There is a statement from the World Bridge Federation banning Russian players as a result of their invasion of the Ukraine here.  Hopefully there's still a robust competition!