Newsletter - 23 April 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Beginners Bridge Lessons
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Session Times
  • Saturday Session
  • Charity Swim for MS Society
  • Upcoming Events
  • Mentoring in May
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Preemptive Jumps by Joan Butts
  • Movie Review

From the President:

At the last meeting, the Committee reviewed the arrangements and agreed to open the downstairs kitchen to players before play. However, please ensure that there is never more than one person in the kitchen at a time. This is necessary to ensure that there is 1.5 metres between individuals, and given the small size of the kitchen. If there is a person in the kitchen please wait outside the kitchen for that person to leave before entering.

The Committee also agreed to cover the playing tables with table cloths. However, please remember to use the hand sanitiser between rounds, to use the one bidding box throughout the session and to clean the side tables, arms of the chairs, bidding boxes and to wipe the bridgemates at the end of play.

Happy Bridging.


The CBC will be open on Monday April 26 for all sessions.

Bridge Tables

A huge thank you to all members who lent their bridge tables to assist with play over the last few months.
Tables are now ready to be picked up. Please collect during opening times.The tables are stored in the Olive Lott room.

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

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. 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 next weel:

  • Monday morning 10:00am Senior's Pairs Red Points
  • 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) Red Points
  • 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 

Saturday Session

The Saturday session at the Club will resume at 1:15pm tomorrow 24 April, directed by Bruce Crossman. All players welcome!

CBC Charity for 2020-2021 is Beyond Blue

Due to the lack of our regular program of events resulting from COVID-19 the Committee has dediced that we will use our Produce Table money to support this charity. Please support this worthwhile cause.

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 Thursday April 29 at 9.00am.

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.


Congratulations to:

BFACT Open Team Selection:

  • First - Michael Smart/George Kozakos
  • Second - David Hoffman/David Wawn
  • Third - Peter Grant/Tony Marinos

These pairs will be invited to represent the ACT in the forthcoming Australian National Championships in Perth in July.

Preemptive Jumps - by Joan Butts

  • For an overcall to be preemptive, your hand should be weak (6-9 high card points), not strong
  • To show a weak hand with a good suit, jump at least one level in the bidding
  • The number of levels you jump to is not related to points, but to the number of cards in your suit
  • The vulnerability makes a big difference about whether you bid with a weak hand
  • When your side is vulnerable and the other side is not, you need a strong suit to jump a level or more of the bidding
  • Partner doesn’t need a certain number of points to raise your suit ; a good trump fit is the key
  • You don't always expect to make your contract with preemptive hands, but you’re in a win-win because the other side could usually make their own contract if they'd had the opportunity

Movie Reviews - with Richard Hills


Minari has a 98% Fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

The soul of the film is a family of Korean immigrants seeking the American Dream in 1980s rural Arkansas.

There are many heart-warming anecdotes related in the movie; I will discuss just one.


A principle laid down by the famous playwright Anton Chekhov is, "If a pistol is on display in the first act, then it must be used in a later act." Minari's homage to Chekhov's gun is the frequent display of Mountain Dew soft drink early in the film. David (winningly portrayed by seven-year-old Alan Kim, who consequently won a Best Young Actor award) cleverly observed that Mountain Dew had the same colour as his own urine. So when David's detested grandmother requested that he fetch her a Mountain Dew soft drink, David gave it his all.

One of the bridge club's sponsors is the ANU Film Group. If you are an ANUFG member then you have the option to attend a "no guests" screening of Minari at 5pm on Saturday 1st May. Otherwise you can watch Minari at either Dendy or Palace Electric cinemas.