Newsletter - 17 September 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • CBC Annual General Meeting
  • Session Times - RealBridge
  • Upcoming Events
  • BFACT Gala Pairs & AGM
  • Canberra in Bloom
  • Online Education
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Lighter moments

From the President

As I am sure that you are all aware, the Club is offering many sessions of bridge on the RealBridge platform. You can choose whether to play in the morning, in the afternoon or at night, or you can choose to play multiple times!  On RB you can talk to your partner and to the opposition, can play in your ugg boots and trackpants ( and no one knows), and  save of fuel and time by not driving to the Club. RB is so convenient!

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the Club’s AGM is to be held on Monday 11 October at 5.30 pm. As the ACT is in lockdown and will be at the time of the AGM, the meeting will be held on Zoom.  So please enter the time and date in your diaries!

If you are considering nominating for the Committee, please ring me if you would like to chat about it.

Please stay safe and enjoy your bridge.


CBC Annual General Meeting

Canberra Bridge Club's Annual General Meeting will held via Zoom on Monday 11 October 2021 at 5.30pm.

Five AGM documents are available on the website - Notice, agenda, draft minutes of the 2020 AGM, nomination process and proxy appointments.

Given the need for the AGM to be held via Zoom and the current closure of the club, special arrangements are in place for nominations and proxy appointments, as outlined in the documents.  These arrangements reflect the usual requirements for nominations and proxy appointments adapted to the constraints of a lockdown.

We ask that Zoom registrations, nominations and proxy appointments are provided well before the due dates indicated as much as possible so that Michele and the managers have sufficient time to do the follow-up work required.  Thank you for your co-operation with this.

We are preparing a Zoom Guide with tips for participating in a Zoom AGM.  Look out for this in a future newsletter.

The Statement of Accounts for 2020-21 will also be provided as soon as possible.


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) 
  • 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) 
  • 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.

Please note there are no Tasters scheduled this week.  We are moving to an on demand system.  Members wishing to experience RealBridge for the first time can email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate a preference for a Monday afternoon or Wednesday afternoon half hour session. 

Upcoming Online Events

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's AGM is on 5pm Saturday 19 September immediately follows the Gala Pairs.  A Zoom link for interested CBC members is available now. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you like to 'attend'.

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  

Watch this space for more news on extra sessions for supervised players

Master the Basics

Master the Basics, is on each week 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..

MTB 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


Opening Leads Against Suits by Joan Butts

  • Try to imagine what dummy will look like before you make the opening lead
  • Is there going to be a long strong side suit in dummy?
  • Have the opponents avoided no trumps yet have bid three suits?
  • Did your partner have a chance to overcall and didn’t?
  • Does dummy figure to have trump support and a short suit (for trumping)?
  • Did your partner bid anything?
  • It can be dangerous to lead a short suit, especially if it has been bid by the opponents
  • Often you help declarer by leading your short suit because they will know where any honour cards in the suit are

Lighter moments


Marriage is like a Deck of Cards.  In the beginning all you need is two hearts and diamond.  By the end, you wish you had a Club or a Spade.

Once you figure what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention Pink

I have never killed a man but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure  Clarence Darrow

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse Florence Nightingale

I didn’t attend the funeral but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it  Mark Twain

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologise than it is to get permission Grace Hopper

He has no enemies but he is intensely disliked by his friends  Oscar Wilde

Only do what your heart tells you Princess Diana

I feel so miserable without you that it is almost like having you here  Stephen Bishop

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world  Malala Yousafzai

He is a self-made man and he worships his creator  John Bright

With method and logic one can accomplish anything  Agatha Christie

I have just learned about his illness. Let us hope that it is nothing trivial  Irvin S. Cobb

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way what will lead others to join you  Ruth Bader Ginsberg

He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up  Paul Keating

Being a healthy woman isn't about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline.  We need to start focusing on wht matters - on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves    Michelle Obama

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?  Mark Twain

He has Van Gogh’s ear for music  Billy Wilder

We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced Malala Yousafzai

I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel  US governor

Doubt is a killer.  You just have to know who you are and what you stand for  Jennifer Lopez