Newsletter - 18 June 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Learn to use 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
  • Movie Reviews with Richard Hills

From the President

Congratulations to Brett Yeats for being awarded  an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday awards. Brett’s was awarded the OAM for service to the community of the ACT. A great achievement, Brett.

With COVID still active in the community, please read the Club’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, and remember to use the hand sanitiser between rounds, avoid touching your face, and please cough/sneeze into your elbow or directly into a tissue, then wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Please stay safe, and enjoy your bridge


Learn to Use Pianola - How to get the most out of Pianola 101

Dates & Times: Monday 28 June & Wednesday 30 June  9.15 - 9.45am 

Would you like to learn more about how Pianola can best serve you?

Rick Nehmy will run a session on Monday 28 June and repeat it on Wednesday 30 June from 09:15am to 09:45am in the Olive Lott Room. 

It will be a step by step runthrough of the basics and projected on the TV screen.

It is not essential, but if you have one, please bring your internet enabled device to the session that suits you. You can connect to the CBC Guest wifi for internet access.

If neither of those times suit you we could run the sessions the following week please let Pam Crichton know via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Welcome to new members

If you see a new face around, please give them a warm welcome.

  • Cath Sherwin
  • Sandie Kaine
  • Greg Parkin
  • Val Baker
  • Jenn Scott
  • Judy Ryan
  • David Clarkson
  • Patricia Munro
  • Marie Castellino
  • Diana Bergmark
  • Rae Mann
  • Deborah Cockburn
  • Beverly Murphy

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.

In-Club Session Times

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Monday Evenings - 28 June & 5 July 2021

Entries required - online entry form

Check our Congress & Bridge Holidays Board for upcoming events outside our Club

Located on the noticeboard outside the bathrooms.

Upcoming Education / Lessons

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.

Advance notice: Next Beginner Lessons in August

Our next Beginners Lessons are schedule for August 16 (Monday Evenings, 7-9pm) and August 20 (Friday Mornings, 10am-12pm).

$69 for the 6 week course, including textbook and 3 free Supervised Play vouchers post-completion.
Pay before 9 August to get a $10 early-bird discount (pay only $59).

Individuals, couples and groups welcome to book!

We will print flyers for these lessons in the upcoming month, and you can direct anyone you know to view our website page "New to Bridge?" for full information and a contact form.

Play: Developing Tricks in Suits - by Joan Butts

  • Having a trump suit allows you to make extra tricks by trumping, usually in the short hand (Dummy)
  • You don’t make EXTRA tricks by trumping in the long trump hand
  • How many trumps there are in the short hand (dummy) also makes a difference to the number of extra tricks you make (whether there are three, four or even five trumps)
  • Another excellent use of trumps is to establish the length of a side suit by trumping it
  • Remember if you do this, you will need entries back to the hand you’re working on, each time you need to trump again
  • Take special note of the way the suit breaks against you because this determines how many times you need to trump
  • After you’ve done this, you ALSO need an entry to get back to enjoy the established long card/s
  • The trump suit also offers ways to cross from declarer to dummy, and you don’t need to follow the rule of taking the winner in the shorter holding first when it’s trumps

Movie Reviews with Richard Hills


One of our bridge club's sponsors is the ANU Film Group. At 5pm on Saturday 26th June the ANUFG will be screening Misbehaviour, based upon the true story of the 1970 Miss World contest. The ANUFG is donating 20 free tickets to the bridge club. If you are interested and/ or want to know more please email Brett Yeats at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The historical drama is leavened with comic moments (groan-worthy comedy is provided by the Neanderthal sexist jokes of Bob Hope). Sally Alexander, the protagonist Women's Liberation activist, is well-portrayed by the esteemed Keira Knightley (who first rose to prominence in Bend It Like Beckham).

But it is really an ensemble film, with protesters, Miss World contestants and Miss World organisers all being more-or-less sympathetically depicted.