Newsletter - 16 April 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Beginners Bridge Lessons
  • Volunteers - Free Movie Tickets
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Session Times
  • Saturday Session
  • Charity Swim for MS Society
  • Upcoming Events
  • Mentoring in May
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Lighter moments (jokes)
  • Overcalls by Joan Butts
  • Movie Review

From the President:

To make the director’s job easier, and to prevent the fouling of boards, please do not remove boards from the table, or rotate the board’s directions after the cards have been removed. Boards should remain on the table during play. Also, when passing boards to the next table, please pass them in numerical order, with the lowest number on top. Boards go to the next lower numbered table, with players progressing to the next higher numbered table.

Volunteers are still needed to tidy the kitchen after play and to wash the cleaning cloths used at the end of every session to clean the tables etc. If you wish to help in any way, please give your name to one of our managers.

Happy Bridging.


Beginners Bridge Lessons

Our next Beginners Bridge Lessons start on May 3 (Mondays 7pm-9pm) and 7 (Fridays 10am-12noon). If you have any friends, family, coworkers or other aquaintences who you think would enjoy Bridge - please mention our upcoming lessons.

Cost: $69  ($10 discount for those who pay by 26 April)
Length: 6 Weeks x 2 Hour lesson
Register interest or enrol via our online EOI form

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.

Session Times

Face-to-Face in the Clubrooms:

  • 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**
  • Saturday afternoon 1:15pm (24th April)

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

Skills Development Workshops - William Jenner O'Shea

  • Topics: No-Trumps Systems and No-Trumps Play
  • Date: Saturday 8 May, 10am-3pm
  • Cost: $40 for CBC & BFACT-Affiliated Club members, and out-of-town visitors;  $45 for local visitors
  • To book, please fill out our online entry form
  • Members - pay via CBCPay; non-Members pay via Direct Deposit to our bank.

William Jenner-O'Shea is a very experienced teacher and an Australian representative player. He last taught at the Club in 2019 and his lesson was very well received.

For further information, please contact Pam Crichton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Hugh Hudson Pairs

  • 10th May - 24th May (Monday 7:20pm; 3 weeks)
  • Registrations required via the Online Entry Form before 12noon on 7th May


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 be on break next week Thursday 22 April for one week only.

The lesson will be available face-to-face in the Club rooms and on Zoom at 9:00am.
To receive the zoom link, please email Barb Toohey.

Supervised Lessons

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


March Promotions


  • Susan Banks
  • Robyn Carroll
  • Rosemary Matley
  • Barbara Priest


  • Pam Hannaford
  • Chris Taylor
  • James Walcott


  • Ian Pryor

Silver Local

  • Jeff Boag
  • Simon Grant


  • Maggie McGregor


  • Hilary Merritt


  • Chris Lokan

Bronze Life

  • Margaret Kyburz

ACT Senior's Team Qualifier for ANC

  1. George Kozakos & Michael Smart
  2. Pam Crichton & Ross Crichton
  3. Julia Hoffman & Christopher Quail

ACT Women's Team Qualifier for ANC

  1. Julia Hoffman & Judith Tobin
  2. Cathy Nichols & Cath Sherwin
  3. Val Carmody & Elizabeth Yoo (non-contending for ANC placement)
  4. Anita DeLorenzo & Liz Shonk

BFACT Restricted Pairs

  1. Peter Kowald & Colin Davidson
  2. Simon Grant & Ruitian Lang
  3. Odette Mayne & Dan Danton

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

Lighter Moments

Why should you never talk to Pi?
Because she will go on and on.

What do you call a number that can’t keep still?
A roamin’ numeral.

Are monsters good at maths?
Not unless you Count Dracula.

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Overcalls: Overcalls over their 1NT - by Joan Butts

  • On hands with 5-3-3-2 shape, it may be better to pass and defend 1NT
  • On hands with 6+ cards in one (good) suit and 10+ points, it is better to bid 
  • On hands with both majors (5-5, occasionally 5-4), it is better to bid 
  • On hands with two-suits (5-5, occasionally 5-4), it is better to bid
  • A penalty double over an opponent’s 1NT shows a hand in the upper range of the 1NT (17+) and preferably a good lead 
  • Aim for partscores rather than games when bidding over their 1NT
  • Suit length requirements may be relaxed in the balancing seat
  • Two-suited hands play better declaring than defending
  • Cappelletti is one of many conventions to use over an opponent’s 1NT opening - if not Cappelletti, choose another!

Movie Reviews - with Richard Hills

Promising Young Women

Homer's tale of the Trojan War included the tragic story of Cassandra, who had the gift of true prophecy, but the curse of never being believed. Likewise the protagonist of Promising Young Woman is named Cassandra (Cassie for short), who is also initially disbelieved by her misogynist opponents. Cassie is superbly portrayed by promising young British actress Carey Mulligan, who has therefore been nominated for an Oscar.

Although the theme of the movie is a misogyny (very) black comedy, the script cleverly observes that women can also be afflicted with that sexist blind spot. In a crucial one-on-one confrontation between Cassie and a female university dean the dean asserts that in "he said she said" situations she would always give the benefit of the doubt to the boy. Then Cassie cunningly shifted the goalposts, causing the dean to change her mind.

Promising Young Woman can be watched on the big screen at Dendy cinemas in Civic, or on the small screen by purchasing the DVD from JB Hi-Fi.