Newsletter - 4 June 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • EOI - Office Work
  • IMPORTANT Changes to Contact Details in Pianola
  • Welcome to new members
  • Winter warmers
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Session Times
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Results
  • Tips from Joan Butts
  • Movie Review by Richard Hills

From the President

 Now that we are in June, mentoring month is officially over, although a few mentors and mentees have extended their sessions to June. The mentoring program was very popular this year with a record number of mentees participating (56) and a consequent record number of mentors (38). A very big thank you to everyone who participated in the program, particularly to our mentors and our hard-working managers and directors who supported the program and cheerfully carried out the extra work that it generated. Special thanks to those mentors who mentored more than one mentee; it would have been impossible to carry out the program without them.

If you participated in the program and have some comments – positive or negative – this year’s coordinator, Liz Van Der Hor, would like to hear from you, especially if you have suggestions to improve the program for next year. Liz’s email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy Bridging,


Expressions of Interest - Office Work

The CBC Committee has decided to employ a third manager to work in the Club’s office for two days per week for six hours per day for an initial period of three months. The person would need to have computer skills and be able to use Microsoft programs and either have a knowledge of an accounting package or be willing to undertake to learn the accounting package used by the Club. The person would also need to be able to liaise with Club members, directors and other club employees, and with members of the Committee, and to receive and respond to incoming emails.

Please contact Margaret Kyburz (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile: 0406379290) if you would like additional information on this position.

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.

Welcome to new members

We have had so many new members in May - we will feature a few new names each week. If you see a new face around, please give them a warm welcome.

  • Cameron Colquhoun
  • Maureen Heaney
  • Kerry Webber
  • Helene Brunier
  • Heather Llyod
  • Christy Lloyd
  • Trevor Lloyd
  • Annabel Wallace
  • Anne Handberg
  • Jim Abbey

Card table for sale

If you are looking to buy "a hand made felt top folding card table", Don Cameron has one for sale. Please contact him by phone: 0432071899 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Winter Warmers


We have heating at the Club, and most of the time it is sufficient for heating the large room. However, we know that everyone has different temperature preferences, and recommend that if you are prone to the cold that you bring some extra layers in case is it a little colder than your liking (lap blankets are also welcome) and/or try to sit towards the South side of the room - closer to the wall airconditioning heaters.  Those who find the Club too warm could try sitting further towards the North wall, away from the wall units.

We put the heaters on in advance of sessions, to pre-warm the rooms as much as possible. As we enter the coldest part of the year, it can take longer for the room to get to ideal warmth.

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

Got some fruit/veg growing in excess of your needs? We'd love you to bring them in for our produce table donations!

Lemon are always in demand, and fly out the door!
Kiwi Fruit, Grapefruit, and Feijoa have also made brief appearances until they sold fast.
Cumquot jam sold so fast - it almost flew!

And Lemon Butter - rumor has it there may be another batch for sale soon! Key your eye on the table so you don't miss out.

Got a hankering to cook a jam? They are always welcome additions to the donations table.

Upcoming Events

Swiss IMP Pairs - Short Matches

Upcoming Education / Lessons

FREE online RealBridge + Video lesson by David Bird

We have been offered an opportunity to take part in a free event arranged by David Bird in conjunction with RealBridge. David is a well-known author, with an amusing and entertaining way of explaining things.

We will be playing four boards selected by David, to cover a specific topic. Then you can all watch a video of him discussing two of the boards, and have access to his detailed analysis of all four boards (all via a link provided through RealBridge).

Put these dates in your diary, grab a cup of coffee on the day (from home!) and join us for half an hour to have some fun and learn from an expert.

Never used RealBridge before?

  • Monday 7 June, 4pm -- Learn to use RealBridge (Free "taster" session)

Join us online for the 4-boards and video lesson:

  • Saturday 12th June, 5:30pm
  • Monday 14th June, 4:00pm

No pre-registration required

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students (Competitive Bidding)

Barb Toohey will run two 4-week courses on Competitive Bidding and Defence. This is the next step after the beginners lessons, and suitable for Novice & Supervised Players.

To register to attend, please fill out our online entry form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Dates          :
  • Tuesdays 17th August - 7th Sept
  • 10am - 12noon
  • $15 for an individual lesson or
  • $55 for all four (4) lessons

Members - Payment will be deducted from CBCPay Table Money.
Visitors - Cash, cheque or bank transfer

  • Week 1: Doubles
  • Week 2: Overcalls
  • Week 3: Leads
  • Week 4: Signals

Master the Basics

Are you aware of our weekly "Master the Basics" lessons, taught by Barb Toohey? No pre-registration necessary, except if you plan to join via Zoom and need the link.

Master the Basics, at 9:00am on Thursday mornings before the duplicate sessions, for approximately half an hour.

The course caters for a range of abilities and each week covers a fundamental concept to an increased level of mastery. Students who have done a Beginners Course and/or some Supervised play and have limited experience are welcome to attend. With more experience you will still benefit from a deeper understanding of the concept being discussed. 

No registration is needed. Just turn up for any or all of the lessons in the schedule below. There is no requirement to stay on for the duplicate session too. Cost is $6 for CBC Members (paid via CBCPay) and $8 for Non-Members.

The lessons are also available each week on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the MTB Lesson Schedule

Supervised Lessons

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


Eclectics - May 

Monday Morning------------------------- Roger Curnow & Gita Curnow
Monday Evening ------------------------ Anita Delorenzo & Greg Robinson
Tuesday Afternoon --------------------- Liz Shonk & Anita Delorenzo
Wednesday Morning ------------------- Gordon McAlary & Colleen Hassall
Wednesday Evening ------------------- Barbara Toohey & Sally Barber
Thursday Morning - Matchpoint ----- Colin Davidson & Peter Kowald
Thursday Morning - Butler ------------ Bill Tutty & Paul Nelson
Friday Morning --------------------------- Doreen Johns & Pamela Hannaford
Friday Afternoon ------------------------- Elspeth Saxby & Brian Thorp
Saturday Afternoon  ---------------------  Anita Delorenzo & Helen Andrew

Promotions - May

Rank  Member

Ralf Behrens
Kim Bugden
Roger Busch
Chris Evans
Imelda Gildea
Jane Hutchinson
Lorraine Jansen
Judith Jones
John Kay
Margaret Kidney
Margaret Lee
John Lee
Joan Lipscombe
Pam Lyndon
Joy Stone
Janice Stroop
John Stroop

 Club Robyn Carroll
Rita Crawford
Coralie Discoll
Marilyn Dunbar
Kerry Flanagan
Doreen Johns
Bricet Kloren
Barbara Priest
Local Phillip Mitchell
Bronze Local Joy Bryant
Aileen Hancock
Silver Local John Chiragakis
Prue Clarke
State Jennifer Carter
Genevieve Dooley
Martin Holmes
Greg Robinson
Bronze State Lydia Hockings
National Anita Delorenzo
Life Justine Beaumont
Silver Life Patricia McDonald

Play: Winners, Losers & The Plan - by Joan Butts

  • No player (regardless of experience) knows at the outset how the cards are going to divide against them, so declarer must be flexible, ready to "alter course" if and when necessary
  • Check winners and losers (in a suit) and winners in no trumps, and decide which technique/s to use to develop extra tricks
  • BUT... if a suit breaks badly against you, and won’t produce the number of tricks you needed, be prepared to move to another plan
  • Warren Buffett (a keen bridge player), sees playing bridge as similar to playing the money markets, in that you must calculate and recalculate each time new information becomes available
  • You do this to evaluate the emerging shape of the opponents’ hands as you notice the way suits are breaking against you, and which opponent holds key honour cards.
  • The hard part is remembering all this, but practice makes perfect!

Movie/TV Review by Richard Hills


Some number of years ago Disney embarked upon a strategy of remaking its animated movies as live-action movies. But when it came to remaking its classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale Disney took a hard-left plot twist. In the original the witch Maleficent was an unadulterated villain. But in the remake she was a tragic heroine and also the title character.

Likewise in the original animated 101 Dalmatians the villain Cruella De Vil was a boring black-and-white character. The live-action remake, currently screening in local cinemas, sees Emma Stone (as Cruella) performing a nuanced anti-hero origin story, set in 1970s London.

The highlight of the movie for me was Emma Thompson (as the Baroness), whose evil actions were consistently over-the-top, but in a very entertaining way.

Health Warning: Some sequences in the movie contain flashing lights.