Newsletter - 2 April 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Name Badges order
  • Committee Minutes
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Wednesday Evening Session
  • Session Times
  • Advance Notice: Saturday Session
  • Upcoming Events
  • Mentoring in May
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)
  • Overcalls by Joan Butts

From the President:

With the increase in the number of players at most sessions, it is important that at least one member of a partnership is present at a table at least 10 minutes before the start of play. This allows directors to work out a movement, and have boards delivered so that play can commence on time.

It is also important that players leave the Club rooms as soon as possible after play ceases. Please do not gather in the under the TV screen or the foyer either before or after play.

Happy bridging.


Name Badges Order

Have you seen those stylish name badges around the Club, with the logo, member name and ABF Number printed on them?
Did you know they even have magnetic backs so there is no need for holes in your clothing?

If you would like to order a magnetic name badge, please let the managers know ASAP.
They cost $15 (payable by cash or bank transfer -- not able to be paid through CBCPay).

Deadline for orders/payments for inclusion in this batch: Friday 16th April

February Committee Minutes

February Committee Meeting minutes are now available to read on our Committee Webpage (scroll down to see list of avaialble minutes to download).

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.

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.

Updated COVID-19 Safety Plan

A new COVID-19 Safety Plan was made available today, dated 23 March 2021. Please take a moment to review the amendments, including changes to entry/exiting and CBCPay. If you are not familiar with the existing Kitchen Safety Plan, please read it before attending the Club also.

Wednesday Evening Session in the Clubrooms

The Wednesday evening session will return on a trial basis from 14 April until 23 June 2021. The Wednesday evening RealBridge session will be suspended during the trial.

The Wednesday evening session on14 April will commence at 7.15pm. As has occurred with RealBridge, it will be a shortened session aiming to finish play by 10.15pm with the intention of 24 boards (or thereabouts) per session. John Donovan will be the friendly director.

Please consider playing on Wednesday evenings from 14 April, all players are very welcome.

Session Times

Face-to-Face in the Clubrooms: Note Friday AM Change of Time for regular session

  • 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 Supervised Lesson: 9:30am, then Play at 10am
  • Friday (regular walk-in) 9:45am  **Please leave the Club prompty after conclusion of the session, to allow for the 1:15pm session**
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm **Please do not arrive before 12:45pm, to allow the 9:45am session to exit at 12:30pm**

RealBridge Online Sessions:

  • Wednesday Evening 7:15pm
    (final session 7th April)

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

Advance Notice: Saturday Session

The Club will resume the Saturday 1:15pm Bridge Session starting on 24 April, directed by Bruce Crossman. All players welcome!

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 1:15pm)
    The Club will hold a one session Novice MP Pairs session
    ntries close 12-noon Thursday 15 April
  • 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.


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 28 April. If you are interested in being either a mentee or mentor please complete the application which will be located under the screen in the club’s main playing room early next week, and put it in the box provided.

For any inquiries please contact Liz Van Der Hor on 62883031 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.
Change of plans - there WILL NOT be a supervised lesson & play on Easter Monday- i.e. Monday 5 April.


March Eclectics

Monday Morning: Margaret Kyburz & Sue La Peyre
Monday Evening: Annabelle Boag & Jeanette McCorriston
Tuesday Afternoon: Philip Mitchell & Ian Morison
Wednesday Morning: John Donovan & Sue Doyle
Thursday Morning: Maggie McGregor & Andrew Gibbs
Friday Afternoon: Ken Anderson & June Anderson

March Promotions

Will be published next week once the ABF has sent out the Promotions Report.

ABF Nationwide Online Pairs

28 March - Open
1st N/S - Malcolm Carter & Tony Hutton
4th N/S - John Dunn & Janet Kahler

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

Lighter Moments

"The fact that Kansas and Arkansas are pronounced differently bother me way more than it should."

"Pronouncing words that end in 'ough'.
Cough, bough, rough, dough, through, though..."

"Is the 'S' or 'C' in scent silent?"

"Why does 'fridge' have a 'd' in it, but 'refrigerator' doesn't?"

"Why are Zoey and Zoe pronounced the same but Joey and Joe aren't?"

"You can drink a drink but you can't food a food."

"The word 'queue' is just a Q followed by four silent letters."

"Why is a 'w' called a "double-U" when it is clearly a "Double-V"?

Overcalls: Overcalls & Responses - by Joan Butts

  • Overcalls are made on five or more (good) cards in any suit eg ♠️AKJ107
  • One-level overcalls: 8 - 17 points, eg 1♣️ (1♠️) with ♠️AKJ107 ♥️1086 ♦️9 ♣️ 8765
  • Two-level overcalls: 12 - 17 and a good suit eg 1♥️ (2♦️ ) ♠️KQ8 ♥️1086 ♦️AKJ1074 ♣️8
  • Overcalling 1NT shows a balanced hand (15 - 17/18) with a “stopper” in the suit opened.
  • Responding is based on the fit rather than points (bid more with a good fit)
  • Jump raising partner's overcall shows a weak hand with four or more cards in partner’s suit
  • To show a better hand with a fit, cue raise eg 1♣️ (1♥️) P 2♣️ = good raise with heart support and 10+ high card points
  • Change of suit over an overcall doesn’t have to be forcing but shows a suit of a quality similar to the overcall
  • Overcalls are not forcing
  • More points are needed to overcall when vulnerable than when not vulnerable

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