Newsletter - 10 September 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Taster 3pm Monday
  • Session Times - RealBridge
  • Promotions
  • Results
  • Upcoming Events
  • CBC Teams
  • BFACT Gala Pairs
  • Canberra in Bloom
  • Online Education
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Farewell Gösta Lynga!
  • Lighter moments

From the President

Members have raised with me the issue of etiquette when playing RealBridge. Perhaps the most important is to be aware of your surroundings  and consider muting your microphone except when you are in conversation with others or explaining a bid, and ensure that any phones in the room are on silent. If you need to eat or drink, please do so as quietly as possible and don’t conduct another activity when playing. Further, if you need to leave the room, inform the other players, and mute your microphone until your return.

Please remember that the Club’s AGM is on Monday, 11 October at 5.30. Whether the AGM will be on in the Club house or on-line will depend of the state of the ACT’s lockdown. A decision on the AGM’s location will be announced at a later date.

Stay safe and happy bridging.


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..

BFACT Annual General Meeting

As most of you would be aware, CBC is a member of the Bridge Federation of ACT.  BFACT's AGM is on 5pm Saturday 19 September immediately following the Gala Pairs.  A Zoom link to interested parties will be forwarded closer to the date.  To express interest in viewing, participating and for all queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Taster 2.30 for 3.00pm Monday 

There is another 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. To carry out the camera test use the following link

Please note: it is not necessary for you to have either a camera or microphone to play on realbridge. You can login with neither, and just use the chat like you do on BBO to communicate if necessary. On RB though it is more like the club where you alert your partner's bids and explain when asked. Just put any explanation in the chat box at the top right of the screen. It is probably wise to put something in the chat box every round if not playing with microphone/camera so the opponents know. You can probably still hear your opponents through your speakers and see them as if watching youtube, or some other video website.

Just login with your name and ABF number and people will be able to handle it.

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! 

Online RealBridge Session Times 

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 CBC Realbridge Teams 3 weeks commencing 13 September.  Preentry required
  • 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.


This month we are pleased to acknowledge the following ABF promotions

Name New Rank Old Rank
Laurayne Bowler Graduate Nil
Anne Cameron Graduate Nil
Pam McGregor Graduate Nil
Sydney Rowan Graduate Nil
Chris Evans Club Graduate
Joan Lipscombe Club Graduate
Ruitian Lang Local Club
Sue O'Connor Local  Club
Kerry Holmes Silver Local Bronze Local
Jackie Adcock National Bronze State
Margaret Fanning National Bronze State



Congratulations to the Club's recent Swiss Pairs winners!

  1. Christophe Quail & Julia Hoffman
  2. Paul Nelson & Niek Van Vucht
  3. David Wawn & David Hoffman
  4. Ian Robinson & Adam Robinson
  5. Jodi Tutti & Bill Tutty

Upcoming Online Events

CBC RealBridge Teams

  • Monday Evenings 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  9 & 10 October

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 concludes next week. The final session from 10am to 12noon is on Tuesday 14th Sept, online via Zoom  is on Signals.  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. .

The cost is $15 and for members will be deducted from CBCPay Table Money.  Visitors - Bank transfer (email us for details)

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.


Opening Leads Against NoTrumps by Joan Butts

With a choice for lead between an upbid major and a minor, prefer the major, because the declaring side will rarely conceal major suit length, but they would conceal minor suit length when considering no trumps. 

If the opponents have used Stayman (and hte answer was, say hearts) but they end up in no trumps, avoid leading the other major (say, spades) because one oppoent will have length in spades to have checked for a major fit in thefirst place.  

If dummy is known to hold a long suit. make a more attacking lead (eg KQ4 hearts) than from a long weaker suit (eg J9843 diamonds). The idea is to get in and take tricks before they can run tricks in known long suit.  

Consider another lead when holding a four card suit eg AQJ3 clubs, because declarer may have the King clubs and you would only develop three tricks there anyway.  

In this situation, if partner were to win a trick, they may be able to lead that suit later through declarer (you have to hope that they think of it though) and you might take four tricks in the suit, not three.  


Hej DÅ Gösta Lynga!

Sadly for CBC, Gösta Lynga is moving back to Sweden this month, to be closer to his family there.

Gösta is a modest person; that fact, combined with the need to keep moving at bridge, means that most of us don’t know much about him. He has a PhD in astronomy from Lund University, Sweden; he came to Canberra in 1961, for our wonderful night skies, excellent astronomy opportunities at the Australian National University, and a Swedish telescope station at Mt Stromlo Observatory.

With his wife Pauline and their three daughters Gösta settled back in Sweden in 1969. A member of the Swedish Greens party, he was a local councillor 1985-88, and then an elected Member of the Swedish Parliament until 1991, where he held the taxation portfolio for the Greens.

After this term, Gösta and Pauline moved back to Canberra. They were both keen environmentalists and Gosta was a founding member of the ACT Greens party in 1992; life membership was conferred on him in 2019. After their house was burned in the 2003 Canberra fires, the Lyngas built a new energy efficient house.

Bridge is not Gösta’s only hobby – he plays chess, knits and bakes. In 1961 he became a founding member of the Canberra Bushwalking Club. He has also been a strong supporter of Plan International.

The Canberra Bridge Club wishes him well on his return to Sweden. And thanks to Pam Crichton for this precis and many other contributions.

Lighter moments

This week we've really been turning our mind to homographs.  

Homographs are words of like spelling but with different meaning.   (home=same and graph=write)

  • Like the bandage wound around the wound
  • Seeing a tear in your gown I shed a tear
  • the buck does funny things when the does around
  • a termite walks into the bar and asks is the bar tender here?
  • I have a project due I must project that on the screen
  • The weather's fine now for leaving home without a valid reason here's a ticket
  • What a dog does that a man steps into                                                                                                                   (pants)
  • Don't worry about electronic surveillance, your vaccuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years
  • In the breeze, turn the crank and list to the type of music being played (not strings).

One of these is not like the others it is actually a homonym. Can you fathom which one? Need to keep your gray matter ticking over....


Getting older is not for sissies

If you can’t think of a word just say, “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.  

I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.  

 My goal for 2021 was to lose 10 kilos. Only have 14 to go. 

I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.  

I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes.  

A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.  

I love at our age you learn something new every day and forget 5 other things.  

A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money so I got up and searched with him.   

It’s weird being the same age as old people.  

When I was a kid I wanted to be older… this is not what I expected.  

It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.  

Marriage Counsellor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true? Me: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.  

Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So remember…Don’t sing!  

I see people about my age mountain climbing; I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.  

So if a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a milk dud or an udder failure?  

Coronacoaster: noun; the ups and downs of a pandemic. One day you’re loving your bubble, doing work outs, baking banana bread and going for long walks and the next you’re crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like.  

I’m at that age where my mind still thinks I’m 29, my humour suggests I’m 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I’m sure I’m not dead yet.  

You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up.  Now we have double the time to do this!

We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's our story and we're sticking to it.