Newsletter - 19 March 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • 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:

You will all have noticed that the three table arrangement in Barry Turner Room at the club has gone.The room is now back to its pre-COVID arrangement.  However, certain things have not changed.  At the end of each round, please remember to sanitise your hands, and, at the end of play, please sanitise the tables, side tables and chair arms, and wipe the bidding boxes and bridgemate at the end of play. Remember it is everyone’s job to sanitise the  tables etc at the cessation of play.

Only one person in the kitchen at a time.

Along with the above changes, it is now compulsory for every entrant to the bridge club to use the Canberra COVID app.  If you are unable to use the app, please ask a volunteer to register you. Failure to register could result in a fine.  

Last weekend volunteers helped to collect tables and chairs and other equipment from the Grand Slam Bridge Club. Those tables and chairs are now arranged upstairs in the Olive Lott Room. A big thanks to all the volunteers who took part in the exercise (Sally Barber, Justine Beaumont, Pam and Ross Crichton, John Hempenstall, Andrew Struik, Mary Tough, Len and Liz van der Hor, Niek Van Vucht, Jennifer and Brett Yeats).

Happy bridging.


Working Bee Tomorrow

A working bee is to be held this Saturday, 20 March (tomorrow) commencing from 9.30am. Volunteers are needed for many jobs including - weeding, chair cleaning, cleaning fridges etc. All help is gratefully received.

Can you fill-in as a player?

If you are willing to play with other people who need a partner for a single session (or two), please email us!
Whether you are available at short-notice or only in advance - we need both!
Please include what sessions you are often available. It does not mean you are committing to it, but just letting us know you are happy to be called and asked if you are available.

Playing with CBC

Check-In CBR App

Government laws require every person to be registered through the Check-In CBR App when visiting our ClubThe 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 or need access to our internet Wifi.

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:

Reminder: Please do not rub/scratch your face with the playing cards!

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

RealBridge Online Sessions:

  • Wednesday Evening 7:15pm
  • Thursday Afternoon 1:30pm

A link to the session will be posted on the RealBridge information page 2 hours before the start of session. No registration required.

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 events and teaching:

  • 11 April (Sunday 9:30am)
    BFACT will conduct a Restricted Matchpoint Pairs event. The top 2 pairs will be eligible for a subsidy from ABF to attend the ANC. Restriced is less than 300MP or less than 56% Grandslam Rating.
  • 10-11 April 
    BFACT will conduct a Women's ANC Team Selection event, open to all female members of an ABF-affiliated club. The top placed 3 pairs will be invited to form the Womens team to go to Perth for the ANC.
    Entries close 12-noon Thursday 8 April.
  • 18 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:
    • 12 , 19, 26 April (Monday 7:20pm) & 5 May ( Wednesday 7:20pm)Barry Turner Teams - Registrations required.

Upcoming Education / Lessons

Master the Basics

Master the Basics is on a short break, and will resume on Thursday 15 April at 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.
There will be no supervised lessons over the Easter Long Weekend - i.e. Friday 2 and Monday 5 April. Players are welcome to play in the regular 10am session if they wish.


ABF Nationwide Online Pairs

The final session of the Friday evening event will be held on March 26. The Sunday afternoon session of the Online Nationwide Pairs will continue as normal.

 12 March 2021 - Open
E/W 2nd - Anita Delorenzo & Robyn Stanhope

14 March 2021 - Open
N/S 1st - Julia Hoffman & Noelene Law

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

Lighter Moments

Washington Post 2019

  • Decafalon (N.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
  • Glibido (V): All talk and no action.
  • Dopeler effect (N): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
  • Arachnoleptic fit (N.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
  • Beelzebug (N.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
  • Caterpallor (N.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

Strong Hands: Slam Bidding & Roman Key Card Blackwood - by Joan Butts

  • Use Key Card Blackwood only when a trump suit has clearly been agreed
  • The King of the trump suit is upgraded to the "status" of an ace
  • There are five key cards to consider; the four aces and the king of the trump suit
  • The most popular Key card response is “1430” (same as the score for a major slam)
  • After the 4NT ask, 5♣️ shows 1 or 4 key cards (could be aces or the trump king)
  • After the 4NT ask, 5♦️ shows 3 or 0 key cards (could be aces or the trump king)
  • After the 4NT ask, 5♥️ shows 2 key cards (without the trump queen)
  • After the 4NT ask, 5♠️ shows 2 key cards (with the trump queen)
  • It’s ok to bid slam missing one control but not two (ie A, A or AK of a suit)
  • If your side has all the first round controls, you may ask for second round with Grand Slam in mind
  • 5NT asks for kings, and the most effective answers are specific kings (ie which king you hold)

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