Newsletter - 24 September 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • CBC Annual General Meeting 
  • Session Times - RealBridge
  • Upcoming Events
  • Canberra in Bloom
  • Online Education
  • Results
  • ABF ACT Top 100 and 50 Most Improved Players
  • ABF Consolidated Promotions 
  • ABF ACT Grand Masters
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Lighter moments

From the President

I hope you are all aware that the Club’s AGM is on Monday 11 October at 5.30pm. Documents relevant to the AGM are available from the Club’s website - Noticeagendadraft minutes of the 2020 AGMnomination process and proxy appointments. Please remember that all members are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held on line via Zoom. A Zoom guide for the AGM is also available from the website. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please read the guide.

Stay safe and enjoy playing bridge on the RB platform.


Minutes from the CBC August Committee Meeting

Are available online - Minutes from the CBC August 2021 Committee Meeting.

Canberra Bridge Club Annual General Meeting

Hoping this is sinking in, Canberra Bridge Club's Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday 11 October 2021 at 5.30pm.

Participating in a Zoom AGM will be a new experience for most of us!  So we have prepared a Zoom Guide with tips for participating successfully in a Zoom AGM.  The Zoom Guide is now available on the website with the other AGM documents.

As mentioned in the Zoom Guide:

  •  If you wish to join the AGM, please email Michele Grant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5.30pm on Sunday 10 October to obtain the instructions to join the AGM.
  •  If you are in a household with more than one CBC member wishing to join the AGM, you will need separate email addresses and separate devices in order for your presence and individual votes in the AGM to be counted.  Each member in the household should email Michele individually please.

A Word on Mobility

Anyone who watched the ABC's "How to Live Longer" on Tuesday night will know that physical exercise actually enlarges the hippocampus in people's brains and improves their well being.  If you get the chance between hands or during a sitout, get up and stretch and move around.  Go for a walk before you play bridge or have a run, a hit of tennis or even a game of golf to get some balance.  There are many reasons to want to live longer if you are healthy and enjoying life.  If you missed the TV show you can watch it on ABC's Iview. 

There are no diet tips in this newsletter.  


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. 

Reminder emails to people with low balances on their CBC Pay accounts also went out this week and created a minor flurry of deposits.  Monthly statements are issued early in the month each month and members are reminded to project monthly usage and topup accounts accordingly.  If you did not receive an email your account is in credit!  

Upcoming Online Events

BFACT Canberra In Bloom  9 & 10 October

BFACT Canberra In Bloom online festival on Sat 9th & Sunday 10th October registrations are open.  $50 per pair and $100 per team.  Concessions for youth players. 

Novice, restricted and Open pairs from 10am on Saturday 9 October

Restricted, Open and mixed teams from 10am on Sunday 10 October. 

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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


BFACT Gala Pairs

 Open Pairs

  1. Sue La Peyre & Bob Cox
  2. Peter Grant & Tony Marinos
  3. Emlyn Williams & Roy Nixon
  4. Pam Crichton & Ross Crichton

Provincial Pairs (less than 300 Master points)

  1. Mohan Singh & Subhash Mohindra
  2. Geoff Hayes & Paul Nelson
  3. Geoff Hooper & Patricia Mulcahy
  4. Simon Grant & Michele Grant

Congratulations All!  


ABF ACT Top 100 and 50 Most Improved Players

Perhaps you are already aware that the ABF collates lists of the ACT's top100 for 2021 and the ACT's most improved players.  

Good to see how people are progressing and very pleasing that there are so many CBC members featured! 

The ABF also shows a consolidated listing of all ACT Promotions this year.  A big shout out to the lead promotion Brian Thorp who claims we missed this not insignificant promotion earlier this year and should acknowledge his grand poobah status (actually Silver Grand with 2500 masterpoints) as it will be many more years to his next promotion.  He calculates he will need to live to 130 to make it to Gold Grand Status (5000 masterpoints).

For completeness it is also well worth sighting the Greatest of all Time and still living list for the ACT - ACT Grand Masters(I have just whipped out my calculator and on current rates I will have to live to 277 to aspire to this list - unless my hippocampus is radically stimulated! Doing more starjumps as we speak!)  

Congratulations to Brian on making Silver Master - a VERY significant feat - and all other CBC promotees not previously acknowledged!

Future editions of this newsletter and its readers would appreciate any pearls of wisdom from people on the Grand Master list on the efforts required to attain such levels of greatness.  

In the meantime, here's some tips from Joan.


Attitude Signals by Joan Butts

  • When your partner (the opening leader) or dummy has won the first trick, it is now your turn to make an attitude signal about your “attitude” to their lead
  • The card you play as the third player should be as clear an indication as possible to ask partner to continue that suit or not
  • Low to encourage is popular, and that means the lower the card you play, the more you want partner to continue that suit
  • You could also play a high card of another suit which has the same effect of telling partner NOT to continue the suit (to find a switch)
  • The first discard is also an opportunity to make an encouraging or discouraging signal

Lighter moments (as in funny not less heavy, another homograph)

Eating in the 1950s

Pasta was not eaten in Australia.
Curry was a surname.   
A takeaway was a mathematical problem.   
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.   
All potato chips were plain; the only choice we had was whether to put the salt on or not.  
Rice was only eaten as a milk pudding.

Calamari was called squid and we used it as fish bait.

A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.    
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green. 

There wasn't much in the way of coffee. International Roast and Pablo were stil in development.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold. Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.   
Fish didn't have fingers in those days.  

Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
Indian restaurants were only found in India.   
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognised food.
"Kebab" was not even a word, never mind a food.  
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly, muesli was readily available, it was called cattle feed (in our case chook food)!
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than petrol for it, they would have become a laughing stock!!

The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties ......."Elbows or Phones."