Newsletter - 11 June 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • EOI - Office Work
  • IMPORTANT Changes to Contact Details in Pianola
  • Welcome to new members
  • Sick? Please stay home
  • Winter warmers
  • Check-In CBR App
  • Session Times
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Tips from Joan Butts

From the President

Last week the Club advertised for a third manager, and advised that the closing date for expressions of interest was Friday 11 June. If you are interested in this position, please lodge an expression of interest with me (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by COB today (Friday).

As I am sure you are all aware the sessions are generally getting busier, and more pressure is placed on our car parking space. If you arrive early for a session, please try to park in the public car park behind the Club, leaving the parking around the Club for later arrivals.

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 11 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 below) 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.

Update your privacy settings in Pianola

How to check and update your details yourself at anytime after 12 June:

  1. Log in to Pianola (
  2. Go to the top right corner where you will see your name and click on the drop-down menu.
  3. Click “My account”
  4. Go to the last Menu item – Privacy
  5. Ensure that those things you do NOT want to share have not been ticked
  6. Then click Save

 If you have not registered a login for Pianola, an invitation to join can be sent to you again. 
Please fill in the form available from the directors’ desk to initiate this process.

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.

  • Bruce Clark
  • Jan Clark
  • Nicola Meares
  • Jacques Cherbuin
  • Jill Braithwaite
  • Margaret Bowie
  • Grant Bowie
  • Cathy Nichols
  • Barbara English
  • Duncan Brice

Sick? Please stay home

As winter approaches so does the increase in the common cold and flu. If you are feeling at all unwell (with any potentially contagious illness!) please stay home and do not come to play Bridge. We will look forward to your return when you are well, and thank you for helping prevent others from sharing in your illness. This is even more important in light of COVID-19 and especially whilst there are some community cases along the East Coast.

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

Yes, we are open for ALL usual sessions on the Queens Birthday Holiday, Monday 14 June - including Supervised.

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

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.

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.

Play: Developing Tricks in No Trumps - by Joan Butts

  • Count only the winners that are there at the outset as definite tricks
  • Subtract the number of definite winners from the number of tricks required, and you'll know how many tricks need to be developed
  • With promotion, remember that you must lose the lead in order to promote anything
  • The number of times you need to lose the lead for promotion to work will depend on how many top honours you hold:
  • If ♦️KQJxx, you need to lose the lead once, to the ♦️A
  • If ♦️QJ10xx, you need to lose the lead twice, to the ♦️A and the ♦️K
  • If ♦️J109xx, you need to lose the lead three times, to the ♦️A, ♦️K, and ♦️Q
  • When developing tricks through length (your side has more cards than the opponents), the way the suit divides against you will determine the number of tricks available
  • When your side holds seven cards of a suit, the six cards against you will divide 4-2 more than 3-3
  • With eight cards of a suit, the five cards against you will divide 3-2 about two thirds of the time 
  • With nine cards of a suit, the four cards against you will divide 3-1 more than 2-2