Newsletter - 19 February 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • CBCPay
  • Resumption of Friday AM F2F
  • Next week at the Clubrooms
  • Next week on BBO
  • Next week on RealBridge online
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)
  • Preemptive Bidding: Coping with Weak Two-Bids

From the President:

As the Club has a number of new  members, please remember to introduce yourselves and help them if they are uncertain about any aspect of the game in the Club, e.g.  use of the bidding boxes and the use of hand sanitiser between rounds. Remember a new environment feels strange to most people, so friendly people help people feel welcome.

I would like to thank the gardeners (Michele and Simon Grant, Keith Mitchell and Lesley Gunson) for all the work they have done between the club house and the lane. A great effort, particularly in this weather. I would also like to thank all the kitchen helpers and cloth washers. Another great effort. Remember volunteers are always needed. Not all jobs are difficult!

Enjoy your  bridge, remembering it is just a game.


Reminder: We have upcoming lessons for Novice/Supervised (Competitve Bidding) and advanced Kantar Lessons. 

Details in the "Upcoming Education" section below!

Reminder: Fifine Hutton's 100th

Fifine Hutton, a long term member of the CBC, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on 12 March 2021. A book is on the front table in which you can write your comments and wishes for Fifine. Please put your entries in the book, as it will be removed early next week.

An afternoon tea will be held for Fifine at Goodwin Retirement Village, Ainslie at 3.30pm on 12 March.  The family has requested ‘no presents’. View the invitation with details (PDF).

Club’s Recorders

The Club has two new recorders, Sue La Peyre and Sebastian Yuen. The major role of a recorder is ensure that play at the Club runs smoothly by addressing any individual issue or complaint promptly. If you have a complaint, particularly about a player’s behaviour, please contact one of the recorders.

I would like to thank the previous recordersStephen Fischer and Jodi Tutty for their time as the Club’s recorders.


CBCPay has arrived, and along with it many questions from members. Please read our CBCPay webpage to answer many of your questions!

Need to hand in a CBCPay form? Please hand it to the Director at the start of session (or email to the managers).

When making bank deposits, it is important your reference field is "CBCPay" and your ABF Number. Please sign up for CBCPay before you deposit money! For those members who do not use internet banking, special CBCPay arrangements can be made - please contact the managers or Ian Robinson for details.

Please note, in-Club visitors cannot use CBCPay (unless they have it due to online play). It is for members and online players.

Thank you to all our members who are using CBCPay, and those who correctly label their deposits. It is saving us significant administration time!

Resumption of Friday Morning 10am Bridge Session - for all play levels

In mid-march CBC will resume our 10am Friday Morning Bridge session for all levels, finishing at 12:30pm. Our current 10am Supervised Session will of course continue concurrent with this session.

Next week at the Clubrooms

  • Monday morning 10:00am
  • Monday evening 7:00pm (walk-in)  & Monday evening 7:20pm (event)
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:15pm
  • Wednesday morning 10:00am
  • Thursday morning 10:00am (MP and Imps)
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm

Reminders for in-Club sessions:

  • One person ONLY in the kitchen at a time, after start of play. You are welcome to gently remind others if you see they have forgotten.

Next week on BBO

  • Monday Morning 10:15am (last BBO session 22nd Feb)

BBO will cease after Monday 22nd February. Real Bridge on Mondays at 1:30pm will begin from 1st March.

Next week on RealBridge Online

  • Wednesday Evening 7:15pm - No registration required.
    Directed by John Donovan
  • Thursday Afternoon 1:30pm - No registration required.
    Directed by Sally Barber

RealBridge Taster Sessions

  • Monday 22nd Feb - 2:00pm
  • Thursday 25th Feb - 12:00pm  (NEW TIME)

A link to the session will be posted on the RealBridge information page 2 hours before the start of session.

Upcoming Events

The Not Quite Valentines Congress: Open Teams / Novice & Restricted Butler Pairs

Please keep in mind our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

  • Saturday 27th February 2021
  • 9:30am start (doors open 8:45am), seated by 9:15am - kitchen closed until after start
  • Enter online - Including which section you are playing in!

BFACT Selection Events for the ANC

Upcoming Education / Lessons

Kantar-based Lessons

Plan Ahead: Using Inferences to Plan the Play - Tomorrow!

  • Saturday 20 February 2021
  • 1pm start
  • Taught by Ian Robinson

Please register attendance using our online form

Competitive Bidding and Play (More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students)

These classes are suitable for Novice players - must have completed a Beginners Course or equivalent. Covers bidding by the opponents focusing on Doubles and Overcalls and the plan for defending focusing on Leads and Signals.

  • Week 2: Overcalls
  • Week 3: Leads
  • Week 4: Signals

Master the Basics

Master the Basics is on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
There is a new start time of 9.00am.

Both sessions will be available face-to-face in the Club rooms and on Zoom.
To receive the zoom link, please email Barb Toohey.

Supervised Lessons

The supervised lessons are on Mondays 7pm, and Fridays 9:30am.


ABF Nationwide Online Pairs

12 February - Restricted
3rd N/S: Leonie Jones & Brenda Watts

Waverly BC RealBridge Online Teams

  1. Julia Hoffman, Christopher Quail, Ian Robinson & Neil Ewart
  2. Pam & Ross Crichton, Nick Van Vucht & Graham Wakefield

Did we miss a member's result? Please let us know via email so we can publish it next week.

Lighter Moments

I am not young enough to know everything
- Oscar Wilde

 My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do.

Preemptive Bidding: Coping with Weak Two-Bids - by Joan Butt's Guided Paths

  • Number 1 rule, the preempting side is trying to upset YOUR bidding
  • Number 2 rule, DON’T let them. It is generally better to bid than to pass
  • If you bid over the preempt in the direct seat, 2♠ (3♦️) you need at least 14 points, but it's ok to be weaker in the balancing seat 2♠ P P 3♦️ (10+)
  • SHAPE is vital in deciding whether you bid or not (ie shortage in the preempt suit)
  • When their partner raises the preempt, it makes it even harder for your side
  • Doubles are useful when you don’t have an obvious bid, eg 2♠ X 3♠ X would show a hand that wants to compete, but probably without four hearts
  • If you held four hearts you would bid hearts (eg 2♠ X 3♠ 4♥️)
  • It is very difficult to guess correctly every time they preempt against you, so on some hands you will be “fixed”
  • If that happens, smile :), and move onto the next hand. That’s life (or bridge!)

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