Newsletter - 9 April 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Name Badges order
  • Volunteers - Free Movie Tickets
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Wednesday Evening Session
  • Session Times
  • Advance Notice: Saturday Session
  • Charity Swim for MS Society
  • Upcoming Events
  • Mentoring in May
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)
  • Overcalls by Joan Butts

From the President:

As I am sure that many of you know, the Canberra Bridge Club is managed by a volunteer committee. While the Club does have paid employees (directors, managers and dealers), other aspect of running the club are undertaken by volunteers e.g. gardening, mowing the plantation, organising the renovation of the men’s and women’s toilets and tidying the kitchen after each session.

The Club needs volunteers to wash the cleaning cloths and tidy the kitchen after every session. With about 500 members, and about 500 sessions per year, means that if each member would volunteer just once a year to wash the wipes and to tidy the kitchen, the load would be lightly spread throughout the membership. Remember many hands make light work.

All volunteering is much appreciated.

Remember, be polite to your partner and your opponents… Bridge after all is only a game.

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

Volunteers - Free Movie Tickets

Do you volunteer around the Club? If yes, we are always so thankful to you and absolutely rely on our volunteers. You are not taken for granted. We are also thankful to your family for sharing you with us!

So when the ANU Film Group gave us 20 Free Tickets to see Rams on 24th April 5pm, we decided we want to give them to volunteers as a token of our thanks. If you are a volunteer at our Club and would like to request a ticket (and one for a domestic partner if desired) please email Tim Mather (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) asking for 1 or 2 tickets.

Do you not-yet volunteer at the Club,but would like to? We are always wanting more volunteers, and always have tasks in need - of varying skills! Please contact the managers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to let us know.

By the way - ANU Film Group is a great value membership for those who love to watch movies. Check them out sometime.

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.

Wednesday Evening Session in the Clubrooms

The Wednesday evening session will return on a trial basis from next week 14 April until 23 June 2021. The Wednesday evening RealBridge session is 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
  • Wednesday evening 7:15pm
  • 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**

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!

Charity swim for MS Society

Tim Mather will be participating in the MS Mega Challenge on 1st May. He expects to swim around 5 kilometres during his leg of the relay.

There is a team of twelve swimmers who will swim continuously for 24 hours as a relay team over the weekend of 1st/2nd May.

Any support the Canberra Bridge Club members could offer to support research into the causes and treatment of the debilitating disease Multiple Sclerosis would be greatly appreciated.

Any donation to his fundraised can be done through his MS Mega Challenge donation page (direct to MS Society). Any donation of $2 and more is tax deductible.

Upcoming events and teaching:

  • 18 April (Sunday 1:15pm)
    The Club will hold a one session Novice MP Pairs session
    Entries 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:
    • 10th May - 24th May (Monday 7:20pm; 3 weeks) - Hugh Hudson Pairs - 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 will resume this week 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.


March Promotions

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

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

Lighter Moments

 "We all know mirrors don't lie...
I'm just grateful that they don't laugh."

"Before my surgery, the anesthesiologist offered to knock me out with gas or a boat paddle...
It was an ether/oar situation."

Overcalls: Two-Suited Overcalls (Michael Cue Bids) - by Joan Butts

  • Suit quality is vital in both long suits
  • 5+-5+ shape is recommended (not less)
  • Two–suited hands will declare better than they will defend (so bid up!)
  • Weak two-suited hands may be shown in one bid using Michaels
  • Partner will prefer one suit, and usually play a partscore (may not have a big fit for you)
  • Partner will jump preemptively with trump length in one or both your suits
  • Not many points are needed for sacrificing with two-suited hands
  • More points are needed when vulnerable

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