Newsletter - 3 September 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Vale Earl Dudley
  • Welcome New Members
  • Taster 3pm Monday
  • Session Times - RealBridge NB 2 new sessions
  • CBC Teams
  • BFACT Gala Pairs
  • Canberra in Bloom
  • Online Education
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Lighter moments

From the President

Many members of the Club as now playing bridge on the RealBridge Platform. RB allows players to see and hear their partner and the opposition.  However, if something noisy is going on in the background e.g  the washing machine or the coffee machine, or loud family members, please mute your mike. Loud noises can be very distracting to both your partner and the opposition.

Enjoy your bridge and stay safe.


CBC Annual General Meeting

The Canberra Bridge Club's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday October 11, at 5:30pm. Full details for nominations and proxies to be provided in due course, as well as relevant tabled documents.

Please submit any questions in advance, if possible, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Vale Earl Dudley

Long-time member of CBC, Earl Dudley, died on Wednesday 1 September after dealing resolutely with the effects of throat cancer for more than eight years.

Awarded a Fulbright Travel Scholarship in 1970, Earl undertook doctoral studies in maths at the University of Washington in Seattle. This led on to a career in the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission in Canberra, where, among other things, Earl mastered the obscure and complex mysteries of the universities’ superannuation arrangements. He then moved into the Department of Education, Employment and Training.

Bridge became a major hobby for Earl, and he achieved great success as a player over a long time span. He won the State Open pairs (1984) and the State Mixed pairs (2015) with Anne Powell. He also won seven Canberra Bridge Club championships (between 1984 and 2012), five of them partnering Anne. Earl represented the ACT in the Open team at the Australian National Championships in 1988 and 1990. In 2009 and 2010, partnering Anne, he played in the ACT Seniors teams that won the Australian National Championships.

However Earl did far more for our community than excel as a player. As observed in his workplace, he was both literate and numerate, and he employed those skills fully on behalf of the Canberra bridge community.

Earl served as President of the ACT Bridge Association (BFACT’s forerunner) in 1981-83, and as President of the Canberra Bridge Club in 1979-81 and 2004-2008. For this sterling effort he was awarded honorary life membership of the Canberra Bridge Club. That award noted particularly the leadership that he provided in 1979-1980, when administration of Canberra bridge was taking its first steps from voluntary to semi-professional organisation.

In the ‘good old days’ in the 1970s the director’s role was a voluntary one, scoring was done by hand, and committee members dealt with overflowing ashtrays and cleaned toilets.

In supposed retirement Earl never lost interest in the welfare of this club. If, and only if, asked, he continued to contribute with calm, considered advice on matters ranging from probity to detailed trends in table numbers.

The Canberra Bridge Club has lost a good and loyal friend. We extend our sympathy to his wife, Susanita, who supported Earl so ably and enthusiastically in all his endeavours.


Welcome New Members in August

Without reference to our paper records, we may have inadvertently missed someone but here's the 17 new members who we think joined up or returned to the fold in August. Please let us know if we missed anyone. Welcome!

  • Lyn Armstrong
  • Andrew Bailey
  • Sue Bailey
  • Judy Barfield
  • Ann Burnett
  • Geraldine George
  • Terrie Gleeson
  • Fran Hinton
  • Joe James
  • Leonie Jones
  • Lenore Lawson
  • Elizabeth Morrow
  • Avi Solomon
  • Steve Taylor
  • Shan Tretheway
  • Jenny Walpole
  • Christine Wawn

 Taster 2.30 for 3.00pm Monday 

There is a Realbridge Taster scheduled for 3pm on Monday. If you want to give it a go, find a computer or iPad, run through the prechecks for sound and video, click on the link from 2.30pm and see how easy it is play online.

If you have technical or confidence issues email Bruce Crossman, John Donovan or the club and we'll try to help. Photos of screen shots with the issues you are facing will help with diagnoses and problem solving.

If you know someone who you think would benefit from RealBridge during lockdown please reach out and encourage them. 

 There is no charge for trying tasters but you do need your ABF number!  (On that score, we all cheered here on Monday when our mystery depositor from July finally came forward!)

Online RealBridge Session Times - 2 New Sessions

Member Table money will be deducted from players CBCPay accounts. Visitors fees will be paid for by their member-partner, or via prior arrangement by emailing the office.

Cost: $8 members/visitors, $7 concession members (including event).

  • Monday morning 10:00am
  • Monday evening - 7:00pm (24 boards) - NEW walk-in session added
  • Monday evening 7:15pm Swiss Butler Pairs (week 3 of a 3 week competition)
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:15pm
  • Wednesday morning 10:00am
  • Wednesday Supervised Lesson: 6.30pm (via Zoom), then Play at 7.15 on Realbridge
  • Wednesday evening 7:15pm (24 boards)
  • Thursday morning 10:00am - Duplicate (MP)
  • Thursday morning 10:10am - Butler (IMPs)
  • Thursday afternoon 2:00pm (24 boards) - New walk-in session added
  • Friday Supervised Lesson: 9:30am (via Zoom), then Play at 10.15am on RealBridge Supervised Only
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm
  • Saturday afternoon 1:15pm

Links to sessions are on our RealBridge page.

Upcoming Online Events

CBC RealBridge Teams

  • Monday Evengings 7:15pm, for 3 weeks: 13th, 20th & 27th September, 2021
  • Red Masterpoints
  • Teams of 4-6 players
  • Pre-registration required via the online entry form, before 1pm Monday 13th September
    (NB: select "team event" to be able to enter all 4-6 players)
  • Normal RB fees apply - $8/$7. Paid by members via CBCPay.
    Visitors please email the office at time of registration to organise payment for the 3 week competition

BFACT Gala Pairs

The BFACT Gala Pairs will go ahead on Sunday 19 September, but will be held on RealBridge (online).

Please view the BFACT Gala 'Gold' Pairs Congress webpage for full details, entry & payment.

BFACT Canberra In Bloom -  online RealBridge - Advance Notice

BFACT is planning to still hold the Canberra In Bloom festival on Sat 9th & Sunday 10th October, but moving it to an online RealBridge Event.

Further details will be provided closer to the event.

Online Education / Lessons  

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students (Competitive Bidding and Defense)

Barb Toohey's 4 week course on Competitive Bidding and Defence runs for 2 more weeks. This is the next step after the beginners lessons, and suitable for Novice & Supervised Players and those who want to brush up on their skills.

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 7 - 14th Sept, online via Zoom


10am - 12noon


$15 for an individual lesson

Members - Payment will be deducted from CBCPay Table Money.
Visitors - Bank transfer (email us for details)


Week 3: Leads

Week 4: Signals

Master the Basics

Master the Basics, at 9:00am on Thursday mornings before the duplicate sessions, for approximately half an hour. 
The lessons are available throughout the lockdown on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.
Cost is $6 for CBC Members (paid via CBCPay) and $8 for Non-Members.

Download the MTB Lesson Schedule

CBC charity Beyond Blue

Want to make a difference during challenging times? Were you aware CBC has its own donation page on the Beyond Blue website - See If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to Beyond Blue and have your donation included in CBC's fundraising amount, please donate via this link. Beyond Blue is CBC's charity until June 2022.


Discarding by Joan Butts

  • The first discard (when you can’t follow to the suit led) should be a signal to tell partner what you’d like them to lead, if they get the opportunity.
  • If you’re playing “high to encourage”, play the highest card you can afford of a particular suit to ask them to play that suit.
  • If you’re playing “low to encourage”, it’s the very opposite: play the lowest card you can afford of a suit to ask them to play that suit.
  • When deciding which suit to discard when you need to make more than one discard, "keep length with dummy".
    • ie If you see four cards of a suit in dummy, and you have four cards, avoid discarding that suit.
  • Remembering the bidding will tell you which suits declarer has too, so hold onto any length you have there as long as possible.
  • If partner discards one suit, you tend to discard another suit.
  • Declarer will often play their long (or trump) suit, hoping you will discard a potential winner by mistake.

Lighter moments

Until further notice, the days of the week are called: Thisday, Thatday, Otherday, Someday, Yesterday, Today & Nextday.

In Germany they are preparing for the crisis by stocking up with sausage and cheese. That's the Wurst Käse scenario.

I woke up early, I deserve a reward

Cartoon copyright: Dinos And Comics


 Melancholy Bridge Member

So, trying to cheer me up, hubby put a map of Australia up on the wall and gave me a dart. He asked me to throw the dart at the map, and said that when lockdown finally ends we’ll spend two weeks wherever the dart lands.

Turns out we are spending two weeks behind the fridge.


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