Newsletter - 14 May 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • IMPORTANT Changes to Contact Details in Pianola
  • Parking at the Club
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Session Times
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Vale Gratten Endicott
  • Results
  • Doubles with Joan Butts
  • Movie Review by Richard Hills

From the President

As many of you would be aware, our Club managers are very busy processing new members and working on the new payment system, CBC Pay. One of the ways that we can all lessen the load on our managers is by making fewer, but larger, deposits into the CBC Pay system, rather than numerous smaller CBC Pay deposits.

Please remember to be polite to your partner: your partner is the only player in the room who is on your side.

Above all, enjoy your bridge and remember we all have bad days at the bridge table.

Happy bridging,

Important changes to contact details in Pianola

Pianola is a management tool used by the Canberra Bridge Club for bridge players and club managers.

The benefits for the player of using Pianola are:

  • As a Learning Tool: Pianola provides an excellent service for those players wishing to review their declarer play and defence.
  • For easy access to other Club members: Your contact details can be shared with your bridge partners and the wider CBC bridge community.
  • To find partners: you can see who is looking for a partner, and you can also ask for a partner for a particular session.

Please read our webpage about Pianola to find handy tips on how to access and use Pianola.

Please NOTE that your information is safe and secure on Pianola as it Is ‘locked’ and is only available to Canberra Bridge Club members. The site can only be accessed via a personal password. This is a very important protection for personal security.

The committee has decided to change the default position in Pianola:

  • from a global ‘No phone numbers and email addresses are available without each member making the necessary change’
  • to ‘All phone numbers and emails are automatically available unless a member makes the necessary change’.

This alteration will occur on 12 June 2021.

If you are happy for other members to access your email address and phone number, as they did in the Calendar booklets, then you do not have to do anything.

However, some members may not want other members to access their contact information.
Members who wish to opt out of the contact list can do so:


  • changing their Privacy settings in Pianola themselves (see advice that will be in the newsletter of 11 June) OR
  • by emailing Mary Tough This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10th June and requesting exclusion from the contact list for:
    1. their phone number or
    2. their email address, or
    3. both email and phone number

Please be aware that if you choose to opt out of the contact list other members of the club will have no method of contacting you and the club managers will not be authorised to disclose your contact information to other members.

 Once we have the membership contact list up and running, we will provide more information about how Pianola works.

Parking at the Club

With increasing numbers at our sessions, ensuring everyone can find a timely park and get to the session before the start of play becomes harder. We are fortunately to have a large carpark, as well as the public car park behind our club.

We request that those without mobility difficulty please prioritise parking in the Public Carpark in Hannah Place, to allow those with difficulty to park closer to our Club entry.

Those who arrive early are also requested to prioritise parking in the Public Carpark at weekday daytime sessions, to provide as much parking as possible for use by Club attendees and allow those running late to obtain a park in our carpark.

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.

Session Times

Face-to-Face in the Clubrooms next week:

  • 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
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm
  • Saturday afternoon 1:15pm 

Produce Table proceeds go to 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.

If you have any produce or other goodies to donate to our Produce Table for Beyond Blue fundraising, please bring them in!

Upcoming Education / Lessons

Master the Basics

Master the Basics is on Thursdays 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.

You can download the topic list for the weekly schedule.

Supervised Lessons

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

Vale Grattan Endicott - by Richard Hills

I never met him in person, but we very frequently corresponded by email in 2006-2007. I was Grattan's semi-official assistant (he kindly dubbed me his "gremlin on the shoulder") to him in his role as coordinator of the drafting of the 2007 Laws of Duplicate Bridge.

This was yet another highlight in Grattan's luminous career. The previous 1997 Lawbook was convoluted, ambiguous, and in some places misconceived. With the help of his Drafting Committee colleagues Grattan rebuilt the Laws from the ground up.

His key legacy was the 2007 Law 40, governing disclosure and regulation of partnership understandings. The jewel in the crown was the Law 40C1 clause, which defined implicit understandings. This clause distinguished (usually) legal true psyches from always illegal pseudo-psyches.

Grattan Endicott's cleansing of the Augean stables meant that Laurie Kelso and his Drafting Committee needed to do only minor tidying up when they created the current 2017 Lawbook.

- Richard Hills

WFB Memorial Page to Grattan Endicott


ABF Online Nationwide Pairs - 9th May 2021

N/S 2nd: Malcolm Carter & Tony Hutton
E/W 3rd: Paul Nelson & Patricia McDonald

N/S 3rd: Margaret Ann Salmon & Chris Taylor
E/W 2nd: Pamela Mathie & Linda Hughes
        3rd: Bettye Pearce & Heather McLoughlin

Doubles: Responding to Takeout Doubles - by Joan Butts

  • Be specific about your point range when advancing partner’s double (0 - 8 = minimum, 9-11 = medium, 12+ = maximum)
  • Bid immediately to the level you’d like to play if you know where
  • Use the opponent’s suit (cue bid) to show partner a good hand (12+points) if not sure where to play
  • Try to bid a suit rather than no trumps, as partner will have shortage in the opponent’s suit/s
  • Even with no points, you still must bid if partner doubles and the next hand passes
  • Even if opener’s partner (responder) bids,  bid something with 6+ points in answer to partner’s double
  • Bid your longest suit after partner has doubled, preferring a major

Movie/TV Review by Richard Hills


The comedy-horror movie Freaky borrows its central plot device from the classic comedy Freaky Friday. (Indeed, the draft working title for Freaky was Freaky Friday the 13th.) Warning: This movie contains lots of gore, especially in its prologue.

The great comedy actor Vince Vaughan gives a nuanced performance in two roles; much more subtle than Jack Black's acting as a similar character in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

I enjoyed Freaky so much that I saw it several times at Dendy cinema, then consequently bought the DVD. To my surprise and delight the small-screen DVD was superior to the big-screen experience, as it contained an insightful director's commentary.

Note on thoughtful casting: Many movies have straight actors portraying gay characters. In Freaky the out-and-proud actor Misha Osherovich is wonderful in the out-and-proud role of Josh (assisted by Josh having many funny lines of dialogue).