Newsletter - 13 November 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Committee Minutes
  • Kitchen volunteers needed
  • Christmas Raffle
  • Barnardos Christmas Appeal
  • Next week at the Clubrooms
  • Red MP Session at the Clubrooms
  • Next week on BBO
  • Wednesday morning BBO
  • Update your details & permission to list
  • Upcoming events
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

Table numbers at the Club, though table numbers are slowly increasing, have not yet returned to pre-COVID numbers. In several sessions where previously the room was divided into a ‘red’ or more competitive section and a ‘blue’ or more relaxed session, not enough people are now playing to allow such a breakup. Bearing this in mind, it is important  that each of us remains courteous at all time to both our partner, to the opposition and to the director. Avoid any remark or action that might cause embarrassment to any other player – or which might interfere with his/her enjoyment of the game. Please no distracting mobile phones or derogatory comments on either declarer’s play or the defence.

When using a bidding box try to decide what your bid is going to be before reaching for or touching cards in the bidding box, and bids should be left on the table until the opening lead is made. The bridge rules are based on common sense and courtesy, and are aimed at all players enjoying the game.

With this in mind enjoy your bridge!


New Members - Welcome!

We would love to send a big welcome to all our new members! 

If you see new faces around the Club - why not introduce yourself and say 'hello' (from 1.5m apart, of course!).

If you are looking for a partner to play Bridge with, please let our managers know so we can help match you up with another person of similar level seeking a partner. If we don't know you're looking, we can't help!

Committee Minutes

The committee minutes from the September and October meetings are now available for download on the Committee webpage.

Kitchen Volunteers Required

The club reopened the downstairs kitchen on Monday 12 October 2020. This continues to be on a TRIAL week-by-week basis, testing whether we can operate in a COVID-safe way, as demonstrated by strong member compliance with the arrangements outlined in the Kitchen Reopening Document.

Volunteers are needed at every session to ensure the kitchen is left as it should be. We urgently need volunteers for Friday afternoon in particularThis will only take a few minutes as members are required to place their own cups and glasses in the dishwasher. Please contact Tim Mather to let him know of your availability This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo of the raffle prizes

Christmas Raffle

Our annual Christmas Raffle is now available for purchasing raffle tickets at the club, and on display for your drool-worthy pleasure. Please bring your own pen to write your raffle tickets and exact change, due to our COVID-19 Safety Plan we cannot share pens or give change.

Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5.

50% of profits go to Canberra Bridge Club, and 50% to our Club charity Beyond Blue.


  1. Hamper
  2. Christmas Cake
  3. Christmas Crackers (Bon-Bons)

Barnardos Christmas Gifts for Kids

CBC has a tradition of present giving at Christmas.This year we would like to direct these gifts to Barnardos. If you wish to help, please bring:

  • presents for teenage boys aged 14-18 (e.g. Gift vouchers for movies, bowling,  jb hifi, Westfield, clothing or sports stores, lynx or other hygiene or pamper packs, clothes) would be very welcome unwrapped. 
  • Food such as Christmas puddings and chocolates & more standard items such as tinned, food, spaghetti, jam, cereal, Milo will also help. 

We need the donations by Friday 11 December.

Next week at the Clubrooms

Have you read the latest versions of the CBC COVID-19 Safety Plan and Checklist for Members?

For the week commencing Monday 16 November we have six sessions scheduled at the clubrooms

  • Monday morning 10:00am                                                     Bruce Crossman
  • Monday evening 7:00pm (walk-in) & 7:15pm (event)            Ian Robinson
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:15pm                                                    Sally Barber
  • Wednesday morning 10:00am                                               Ian Robinson
  • Thursday morning 10:00am (MP and Imps)                          Jodi Tutty
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm                                                       Bruce Crossman

Red Masterpoint sessions at the Clubrooms

For the months of September to November, each face-to-face session will have one red pointed session per month. Red points will be awarded on:

  • Monday Morning                    4th Monday of the month  - November 23
  • Monday Evening                    4th Monday of the month  - November 23
  • Tuesday Afternoon                 1st Tuesday of the month  - December 1
  • Wednesday morning              2nd Wednesday of the month - December 9
  • Friday afternoon                     3rd Friday of the month  - November 20

Next week on BBO

For the week commencing Monday 16 November, we have scheduled 4 tourneys on BBO.

  • Monday Morning 10:15am                           Bruce Crossman
  • Tuesday Evening 7:15pm (imps)                 Stephen Fisher
  • Wednesday Evening 7:15pm                       Christy Geromboux
  • Thursday Morning 10:15am (matchpoint)    Jodi Tutty

Wednesday Morning on BBO

With player numbers in the Wednesday Novice Event on BBO declining, the Club has agreed to cease offering this event.

The Club offers face-to-face Bridge on a Wednesday morning in the Club rooms or a Wednesday evening session on BBO. Novice players would be very welcome to play in those sessions or in any other session offered by the Club either on BBO or in the Club that suits them.

Update your details and permission to list

As the club will not be producing a 2021 calendar/member list it is more important than ever that your personal details as recorded in Pianola are correct.

You are able to update your details in Pianola yourself - see instructions below. Whilst we encourage members to update their details themselves to reduce the office administration burdons, we understand that for some members this is not possible. If you are unable to update your details yourself please send an email to the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or "reply" to the email newsletter) to confirm your current details and advise of permission for your phone and/or email to be listed in Pianola for other members to view

How to check and update your contact details

  1. Log in to Pianola (
  2. Click on "My Account" in the drop down menu on the right and then the first Tab underneath is "Personal Details".
  3. Update the fields as necessary, and click "save".
  4. Then we suggest you check that your Communication Preferences are as you prefer (4th tab) - this includes reciving general emails and results from the Club.
    Communication preferences
  5. Lastly, then your contact permissions (5th tab). We strongly suggest that you allow other club members to have at least one channel for contacting you. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY CLUB MEMBERS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THIS INFORMATION, AND ONLY IF YOU ALLOW IT.
    Privacy Settings tab
  6. (Optional) While you are there you may also wish to upload a photo of yourself (3rd Tab). For an example please see Rick Nehmy’s member details.


The President of BFACT invites you to participate in its 2020 AGM on Monday 16 November.

The Meeting will be at CBC, 5-7 Duff Pl, Deakin at 5PM and attendance in person is available. Meeting will end in time for regular Monday night games to proceed.

If you are unable to attend you can participate by using the Zoom link below. Please do not activate before 4.55pm to allow us time to set up.

Agenda, minutes of 2019 AGM etc are available on the BFACT website.

President Bfact's Zoom Meeting

  • 16 Nov 2020 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Upcoming Events

Online Teams Event by the ABF

  • Weekend of 28-29 November.
  • Swiss of 8 x 12-board rounds,
  • Finals (for the top eight Teams) held over the following weekend (December 5-6).
  • An optional Swiss Pairs consolation for non-qualifiers will be held on Saturday 6 December.
  • Entry fee: $220 per team.

For further information please see the ABF Online Teams flyer.


Ted Crichton Swiss Butler Pairs

  1. David Hoffman & David Wawn
  2. Ian Robinson & George Kozakos
  3. Julia Hoffman & Chris Quail

October Eclectics

  • Monday Morning: (not provided)
  • Monday Night: Terri Henderson & Suzanne Samarcq
  • Tuesday Afternoon: Richard Hills & George Riszko
  • Wednesday Morning: N/A due to Olive Lott Pairs
  • Thursday MP (Blue): Penny Wild & Andrea Twell
  • Thursday Butler (Red): Peter Grant & Ross Crichton
  • Friday Afternoon: Stephen Carter & Sunny Campbell

ABF NWP Online

6 Nov – Restricted Pairs

E/W 1st – Leonie Jones & Brenda Watts

Lighter Moments

“Would you care for a friendly game of cards?”
“No, let’s play bridge.”

Two new players sat down at smart Alec’s table,
“We’re novices”, said one.
“Really? Which Order?”

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