Newsletter - 5 March 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Friday Morning Session
  • CBCPay Statements
  • Red MP Daytime Sessions
  • Next week at the Clubrooms
  • Next week on RealBridge online
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)
  • Strong Hands by Joan Butts

From the President:

I would like to thank Perelle Scales and her team of callers (Lesley Gunson, Julia Hoffman, Patricia McDonald Sue Pillans West Savery and Liz Van Der Hor) for undertaking the contact of all members (where possible) who haven’t played either at the Club or on line since the reopening of the Bridge Club.  It was a mammoth task and I am sure that the many members who were contacted by the team were appreciative of the calls.

As many of you would be aware, from Saturday 6 March it will be compulsory for the Bridge Club and for patrons to use the Check in Canberra app when at the Club. From Saturday, paper records or other records will not be an option. Failure of a patron to  use the app could result in a $1000 and for a business, such as the Club, a fine of $5000 per instance. From Monday, all players will be required to either use the App or ask either another player or a director to check them in. There is no option not to comply with this public health directive.

I am sure that many of us have been guilty of discussing a hand after moving to a different table. Remember, the place for post mortems is after the game is over, not at the next table.

One of the basic rules of bridge is not to ask what a bid means unless you are intending to bid. Asking for an explanation without bidding might be construed as passing unauthorised information to one‘s partner. If you don‘t intend to bid, questions of the opponents should be made after the auction has concluded.  

Happy bridging!


Club dress code

Dress should be neat, tidy and clean at all times.

Dress restrictions at the Canberra Bridge Club include but are not limited to:

  • No brief shorts
  • No bare shoulders (males only); i.e., for instance, no singlets, no tank tops
  • No sportswear, i.e. no swimwear, no lycra cycle wear, no body suits, no sports shorts
  • No bare feet, no rubber thongs, no dirty shoes or boots, no soiled sneakers.

Please remember not to wear perfume, as a number of members have allergies resulting in breathing problems.

Preview of upcoming events and teaching:

  • 10 April (Saturday TBC)
    BFACT will conduct a Restricted Matchpoint Pairs event with the winner(s) receiving a subsidy to attend the ANC Restricted Pairs Championship in Perth in July.
  • 17 April (Sunday afternoon TBC)
    The Club will hold a one session Novice and intermediate MP Pairs session
  • 8 May (Saturday)
    Will Jenner O’Shea will host a lesson and play session suitable for intermediate to upper intermediate standard players
  • Monday Night Events:

Friday Morning Matchpoint Duplicate Session

From 19 March the club will host a duplicate session with the emphasis on a relaxed friendly game. The session will start at 10.00am and finish at about 12.30pm. New members from Grand Slam are especially welcomed.

CBCPay Statements

Members registered for CBCPay should receive their February CBCPay statement via email today. If you do not see it, please check your spam/junk mail box. If you still can't see it, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Emily can send you a copy on Wed-Friday.

For all CBCPay account queries/corrections, please email (not phone) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Emily will respond on Wed-Friday. We appologise in advance if there are any errors in statements during our pilot month.

Red Masterpoint Daytime Sessions

From mid-march to mid-May thew club will conduct single session red point events on each regular session and a two session Seniors Pairs event on Monday daytime in April. More details on the Red MP Sessions page.

Playing at the Clubrooms

Check-In CBR App

New Government laws require every person to be registered through the Check-In CBR App when visiting our Club, as of Monday 9 March. The scan and number code for the App are on the sidetables, so you do not need to gather in the doorway or foyer to sign in. Please ask for help if you need help to learn how to use the App.

Please download the App before attending the Club if possible. If you do not have internet at home, you are welcome to use our Club's wifi to download it when you arrive and are seated.

If you do not have a smartphone, please ask your partner to check you in as a "guest". If you and your partner both do not have a smartphone, please see either the Director, Manager or a designated volunteer who can sign you in with your contact details.

Session Times

Face-to-Face in 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 - Supervised Bridge Play - 10am
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm

RealBridge Online Sessions:

  • Wednesday Evening 7:15pm - No registration required.
  • Thursday Afternoon 1:30pm - No registration required.

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

Reminders for in-Club sessions:

  • It is a condition of entry that you have read and agree to abide by our COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • 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.
  • Kitchen closes 45 minutes before the end of the session - after this time, you should only enter to kitchen to put your glass/mug in the dishwasher.

Upcoming Education / Lessons

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. 

  • Week 4: Signals

Master the Basics

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

The lesson 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.


Valentines Day Congress

Open Teams:

  1. Pam & Ross Crichton, Bill & Jody Tutty
  2. Julia Hoffman, Christopher Quail, Vanessa Brown & Will Jenner-O'Shea
  3. Niek Van Vucht, Paul Nelson, John Donovan & Sue Doyle

Restricted Pairs:

  1. David Clarkson & John Kelly
  2. Jennifer Carter & Natasha Jacobs
  3. Brett Yeats & Jennifer Yeats

Novice Pairs:

  1. Debra Birkby & Paul Birkby   (#1 overall in pairs mixed movement)
  2. Joshua Tomlin & Rajiv Shah
  3. Dev Shah & Diya Shah


Monday AM - West Savery & Pamela McKittrick
Monday Eve - Johanna Thomas & Anita Delorenzo
Tuesday PM - Anne Jensen & Jon Pike
Wednesday AM - Bruce Crossman & Niek Van Vucht
Thursday AM - Red/Butler - Peter Grant & Ross Crichton
Thursday AM - Blue/MP - Ian Neill & Ian Pryor
Friday PM - Keith Mitchell & Lesley Gunson


Graduate: Barbara Herden

Club: Ruitian Lang

Silver Local: June Anderson, Pauline Lane, Daya Wickramatunga

Regional: Steve Kyburz, Nick Vonthethoff

Bronze Regional: Jon Pike

National: Morag Lokan

Gold Life: Bruce Crossman

ABF Nationwide Online Pairs

26 February - Novice
3rd: Jann White & Jane Young

28 February - Open
2nd N/S: Neil Ewart & David Hoffman
2nd E/W: Peter Waight & Elizabeth Yoo

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

Lighter Moments

Never leave home without a kiss, a hug and an "I love you". Then remove the dog hair from your mouth as you walk to the car.

 Cat treadmill

Strong Hands: Strong Balanced Hands - by Joan Butts

  • Be precise about high card points when describing strong balanced hands
  • 33+ points (not fewer) are required for 6NT
  • 37+ points (not fewer) are required for 7NT
  • Because big balanced hands don’t have long suits, it’s mainly the high card points which will allow contracts to make
  • 4NT is not Blackwood here; it's “quantitative”, meaning partner is asking whether you are in the  maximum or minimum range
  • If there are enough points for a slam in no trumps, just bid it
  • Length points may be added if you have a good five-card suit
  • When defending 6NT, do NOT lead away from an honour (eg fourth highest) because it may provide the twelfth trick that declarer didn’t have
  • Consider making a “neutral” lead, eg top of three or four small cards

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