Newsletter 1 April


In this week’s newsletter...

  • Welcome New Members
  • Get ready for May Mentoring Month
  • 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
  • Hilda's Hints
  • Bridge Tips by Joan Butts
  • Ian Morison Card Play
  • Lighter Moments

From the President

The Club is hosting the annual trials to represent the ACT at the Australian National Championships being held this year in Adelaide. While most of you will not be interested in playing in any of the trials (Open, Seniors and Women’s), please remember that the Club is offering a morning lesson followed by play in the afternoon aimed at the less experienced player on the Saturday of the Women’s trials (Saturday, 9 April).

Also coming up in May is Mentoring in May. If you wish to either be a mentor or be mentored, please put you name in the box in the Barry Turner Room (downstairs room) at the Club.

Stay safe, and enjoy your bridge.




 A reminder as we say in our COVID plan, please monitor yourself for symptoms and stay home if you feel unwell.  Daylight Saving finishes on Sunday so remember to wind the clock back!


A Word on Governance

The February Committee Meeting Minutes are hyperlinked or displayed in paper form in the Barry Turner Room. 


New Members

We welcome the following new members!  This is a consolidated list for March.  

Shanti Bala Margaret East George Palavestra
Tim Bennetts Sue Exton Loretta Petroff
Styliani Contis Kumari Flynn Katrina Reisner
Shannon Craft Philippa Horner Alexander Robinson

Graham Davies


Lilly Jia

Carol Loth

Beverley Rudge

Mike Shanahan

Bob East

Lisa Ralphs

Adrienne Morey

Thomas Woolley

Mark Wood

Margaret Shaw

Susie Thearle

Kristine Thomspon


We have many graduating from the beginner's class and roughly a third are from interstate playing RealBridge.  



During May the club is running a mentoring program to help members wanting to improve their game. If you are a beginner, the club can provide a friendly mentor to help you with some of the fundamentals of bidding, play and defence.

If you are a mid-level player the club will assign a suitable mentor to help you get to the next level of the game. Some of the club’s top players volunteer to be mentors.

Applications for the program close on 27 April. If you are interested in being either a mentee or mentor please complete the application located under the screen in the club’s main playing room, and put it in the orange box.

For any inquiries please contact Anne Fleming on 0410 650 906 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Entries close soon - 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.)

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 event 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.

April Supervised Sessions happening Wednesday nights and Friday Mornings at the Club

We run supervised duplicates on Wednesday evenings starting at 7.00pm and Friday mornings starting at 9.30 am. 

Each duplicate is preceded by a short lesson.  During April we will be offering the following lessons:

  • 1 April: Overcalls
  • 6 & 8 April: Opening leads and signals
  • 13 April:  Signals
  • 20 & 22 April: Declarer play:  ABC of planning
  • 27 & 29 April: Declarer Play: Trumping losers and discarding

If you are interested please come along.  There is no need to book.  If you want to know more get in touch with Morag Lokan.  Morag’s email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Master the Basics

Barb Toohey is travelling next month so the only Master the Basics Session will be Thursday 21 April. The topic is Bidding 1 NT and Responses! 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

Barry Turner Teams

Barry Turner was a long-time treasurer of the ACTBA/BFACT. He was primarily responsible for securing the finances for building the CBC clubrooms. This Honour Board Event goes for three weeks straight after the open trials (Tuesday evening from 19 April ) The Final on the fourth week is 1 v 2 provisionally scheduled for Wednesday after the third week. 

Red Masterpoints. The format will be dependant on entries but likely to be Swiss pairs. 

  • The entry fee is $13 per player per night. All member payments will be processed through CBCPay. Non-member players should contact the managers (email below) to organise payment.
  • Enter by:
    • contacting the managers -- Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Online

Hilda's Hints 

21. Vingt-et-un is an old card game. Bridge's grandfather, Whist, is also an old card game; it reached the peak of its popularity in the 19th century.

The road to hell is paved with good conventions. Many many modern conventions are ineffective or, worse, counterproductive.

But classic card play is timeless (again I recommend the superb book "Card Play Technique" by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardner). For example, an aesthetic form of squeeze play, still frequently used by bridge experts today, is the Vienna Coup. This is so named because, two centuries ago, the cleverest Whist player in Vienna invented it.

"Card Play Technique" is carefully organised by difficulty level. The opening chapters discuss finessing. The penultimate chapters discuss squeezes, including the Vienna Coup.

2 by 2
The animals went in two by two
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The elephant and the kangaroo
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in two by two
The elephant and the kangaroo
They all went into the Ark
For to get out of the rain

2 by 2 (teams of four) is the most skilful form of bridge. And the most enjoyable mode is Swiss teams as each round you are playing against a team with a similar score.

23 is one third of 69. Ron Klinger recommends that wives and husbands do NOT partner each other as the average marriage is already under enough strain. A solution is for married couples to play in the same Swiss team-of-four, but with different partners.

24 is the maximum number of imps that a Swiss team can score on a single board. To quote the late Joh Bjelke-Petersen, "Don't you worry about that." Despite playing half-a-dozen year of Youth bridge, a mere 21 imps was my solitary Excelsior!


Partnerships: Slam or Not? with Joan Butts

The most costly area of partnership misunderstandings are those related to slam bidding. One person of the partnership (who becomes the captain) will envisage slam potential and asks the requisite questions. 

  • Treat balanced and unbalanced hands differently 
  • With balanced hands, it's all about high card points (adding yours to partners) when deciding whether to go to slam or not. 4NT here is quantitative, meaning "bid 6NT if maximum, and pass 4NT if minimum" 
  • With suits, it's all about controls (aces, kings, singletons and voids)
  • There are two ways to check for controls: cue-bidding, where you show which controls you hold and Blackwood where you show the number of controls

Cue bidding and Blackwood may be used together, with Blackwood including the trump suit as well as side suit aces and kings


Ian Morison - Thought Processes?

Here is a hand that appeared this week at the club. It is a good illustrator of the thought processes needed during card play.

 Dealer E, Nil Vul





53                                                              6

104                                                            AQ87

QJ72                                                          K109654

KQ986                                                       54








1. Bidding mostly went South 2S, North 4S, all pass.

2.At some tables, East opened a weak 2D (not possible if playing Multi-Twos), then EW bid NS up to 5S, which is impossible to make]

3. Let’s look at the thought processes based on South playing 4S, West to lead.

4. The aim of the Defenders is to beat the Contract, Declarer to make the Contract.

WEST (Leader)

 5. West thinks: I could possibly make 2 tricks, maybe at a pinch 3 tricks, in the minor suits.

6. The CK stands out as a good attacking lead. DQ also, though without the 10, or at least the 9, it is far less attractive.

7.Leading the S3 also looks good (trump leads are often undervalued by the Defenders; they can have merit in they usually do no harm where trumps have been bid strongly, and can even reduce cross-ruffing).

8.I would lead S3, but CK is also a sound lead. You decide.


9. After seeing Dummy, East is looking at making up to 3 tricks in Hearts and Diamonds.

10. East also notes he does not want to get in and be forced to lead towards Dummy’s Hearts at any stage.


 12.  South counts 8 sure winners – 6 Spades and 2 Aces. South asks ‘Where do I get 2 more tricks?’

13. At a worst case, South could lose 3 hearts and 2 Clubs, so there is work to be done.

14. It is unlikely that a double finesse in Clubs (hoping East has at least one of CK and CQ – 75% chance) will work as the CJ is in the North hand and more importantly C9 and C8 are missing.

15.Thus, making the Contract falls on the Hearts. It is easy if West has one or both of HA and HQ. But you must play to make game assuming East has both.

16. It is important to note you have 7 Hearts and the Defenders only 6. Thus, this is your second suit. Also, locating the H10 is important as you hope if both HJ and HK finesses fail, then to win a trick with your H9.

17. Win the Trump lead, then play DA, throwing a Club from South.

18. Then draw the last Trump, ending in South.

19. Then play a small Heart towards Dummy. West plays H4, you play HJ, East wins HQ.

20.East plays a small Club, South wins this with CA, and leads a second Heart, losing HK to HA.

21.But did you see what happened? West was forced to play the H10, promoting your H9 as a winner. That is your 9th Later you ruff your last Heart in Dummy as your 10th trick.



Both Declarer and the Defenders must be looking at ways to make/put down the Contract.

Intermediate cards are critical – those 9s and 10s - in most Contracts. Here it was in Hearts. Also, Hearts was your second suit after Spades. You made 1 trick out of HK, HJ and H9. There were no realistic prospects in Clubs for an extra trick.


If West’s opening lead was CK, then the task appears easier for South, but it is not so as CQ is still a loser sometime in the play. South still needs to find a winner from the Hearts. If West led a small Club (not at all recommended), then you can afford to lose 3 hearts.

Ian Morison Bridge lover 1 APRIL 2022   [One of the loves of my life is tricking the love of my life each year on this date – I never fail with this]


Lighter Moments

More Puns for Educated Minds

  1. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  2. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
  3. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  4. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
  5. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
  6. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
  7. A backward poet writes inverse.
  8. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
  9. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
  10. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.
  11. A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
  12. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, 'Dam!'
  13. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
  14. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says, 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
  15. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
  16. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

 Picked up a hitchhiker the other day. He seemed like a nice guy.  After a few kilometres he asked if I wasn't worried he was a serial killer.  I replied "the chances of two serial killers being in the same place at the same time were highly unlikely" :-)

 Be horrible to your partner and happy April Fool's Day!