Newsletter - 16 July 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • ICE Details
  • Thank You Volunteers
  • Pianola 101
  • Name Badges
  • CBCSession Times
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Tips from Joan Butts
  • Review by Richard Hills

From the President

The COVID situation in Sydney is not looking good with the lockdown now being extended until 30 July. While Canberra has no cases at the moment, please continue to follow the Club’s COVID plan, and remember to register with the Canberra COVID app. If you cannot register with the app, please ask another player to register your presence in the Club.

If you are not well, please do not attend the Club.

Stay safe and enjoy your bridge.


In Case of Emergency (ICE) details

In the case of an emergency at the Bridge Club, do we have the contact name & phone number for someone to notify?

If you are not sure if we have your Emergency Contact recorded (we collect them from the Membership Form), we ask that you please consider providing the contact details for that "just in case" unlikely occurance we need them. You can do this by:

  • Entering them yourself into the "Emergency Contact" section of Pianola
  • Email the details (your name, contact's name & phone) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Write them on paper and give it to the Managers or a Director

Thanks to all our Volunteers

It is timely to send out a huge "Hooray" to all the volunteers who help with the club. COVID has produced many more requirements to meet health and safety objectives. Many people have stepped up to help. 

  • Powerpoint slides have been expertly and creatively put together by Michelle Grant
  • Toilet supplies & flowers by Nola Arnold and Ella Beer
  • Refilling bottles of sanitiser & disinfectant by Nola Arnold
  • Carparking attendant help by Jim Collier
  • Tablecloth washing by Gerdina Bryant and our wonderful president Margaret Kyburz
  • Chux cloths washing by many volunteers (too many to name - but we thank you ALL)
  • Kitchen helpers, who make sure the kitchen is sanitised & dishwasher put on after every session
  • Gardening helpers
  • John Hempenstall who continues to help fix numerous things around the Club
  • Committee members and subcommittee members who often volunteer their time. 

Please know that you are greatly appreciated. We appologise for any names we have forgotten to mention off the top of our heads.

Sick? Please stay home

As winter continues 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 in the Greater Sydney and Wollongong areas.

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

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

It will be a step-by-step run through 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.

Did you miss the earlier sessions?  If there is sufficient interest another session will be held on a date to be advised.

Please let Rick Nehmy know via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to attend such a session.

Magnetic Name Badges

We will be placing another order for magnetic name badges soon. If you would like one they are $15 (cash or bank transfer; not via CBC Pay). To order one please see the director or manager. Those people who have ordered one in May can pick up badges at the whiteboard next to the director's desk.

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 7:15pm (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

Clothes Swapping Function TOMORROW

A chance to get rid of your unwanted clothes and perhaps replace them, while having fun, will be held tomorrow on Saturday 17 July 2021 from 10:30am-12:30pm in the upstairs room at CBC.

Format: People bring items of clothing or accessories and they can choose roughly the same number of items to take home. There will be a flat fee of $2 entrance fee at the door. All items not exchanged will need to be taken home by the owners, or if not required we will donate these to charity. Please note that the usual CBR signing in will be required and the kitchen is not to be used.

Items can bew brought on the day. Non-bridge players are welcome to attend, so please tell your friends, and bring them along.

Please contact Nikki Riszko on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0451187494 with any questions.

Require on loan: several free standing clothes racks upon which hangers can be hung to display the clothes would be welcome.

Volunteers are needed to help with the set up and clean up. Please contact Nikki.

CBC Butler Pairs, Inc. the Ted Crichton Mixed Pairs

  • Monday evenings 7:15pm from 26 July for 3 weeks
  • The top 3 pairs will qualify for the Gala pairs on 19 September 2021.
    Note the Gala pairs is an open entry event.  Further information is available on the Gala Pairs website
  • Pre-entry essential via the online entry form before 10am 23 July

Teams of Three - Sunday 1st August - fundraiser for Beyond Blue

Cast off the woes of winter and frolic at the Bridge table and support CBC's charity Beyond Blue!

  • Sunday 1 August - 12:30-5:00pm
  • Gather 3 member players of a similar standard (limited to players who individually have fewer than 300 Masterpoints), come and have fun, get tips on play. The Club provides an experienced player as Captain to help and advise you.
  • Scrumptious food, drinks, fun prizes.
  • Cost: $20 via CBCPay
  • Queries? Please email Pam Crichton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-Entry Essential via the online event entry formEntries close 12:00 midday, Wednesday, 28 July.
    The event is limited to 36 teams. This is a CBC Members Only event.
    Everyone who signs up must turn up on the day to ensure its success.

Wagga Wagga Annual Congress

  • Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August 
  • Walk in Pairs and Swiss Pairs 
  • For further information see the NSWBA event page

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.

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: Managing No Trump Play - by Joan Butts

When you make your plan for developing extra tricks in no trumps, the biggest hurdle is to realise that the plan needs to be flexible, and that you might have to go from Plan A to Plan B, and sometimes you run out of plans entirely!

Your first plan will be to use either Promotion, Length, or the Finesse (or maybe a combination of these), and try to develop tricks in your longest suit combinations, but what if you find that a suit breaks badly and the tricks you hoped for are not there? or if your finesse fails?  

Now you need to know what to do next, and being flexible is the key

Theatre Review by Richard Hills

Potted Potter

Fun for all the family at the Canberra Theatre is Potted Potter, in which all seven of the Harry Potter novels are lugubriously summarised in a mere 75 minutes. Plenty of verbal and physical joking. This two-man show has one actor portraying Harry himself while the other actor takes on all of the other characters.

When Lord Voldemort is on stage it is easy to deduce that he is an eevul character, as he consistently wears red devil horns. Another highlight is the ridiculous PowerPoint summary of Prisoner of Azkaban's plot.

The show concludes with Harry and Voldemort singing a duet of the disco classic "I will survive", with appropriately tweaked lyrics. Highly recommended to both Potterphiles and also to muggles.