Newsletter - 1 October 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • CBC Annual General Meeting 
  • New Members
  • Session Times - RealBridge
  • New Monday pm Sessions from 11 October
  • CBC Pay statements coming Wednesday
  • Upcoming Events
  • Canberra in Bloom
  • Online Education
  • Results
  • Living longer
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Lighter moments

From the President

It is good to see so many people playing on RealBridge. However, while you might be located in your kitchen or dining room, please remember that you are located at a bridge table and the normal bridge etiquette rules apply.  Always be courteous at the bridge table to your partner, the opponents and the director. If you are dummy, you should not comment on the play in any way, particularly not whilst play is in progress. Dummy’s role is to be dumb.

Enjoy your bridge and stay safe.



Canberra Bridge Club Annual General Meeting

Canberra Bridge Club's Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday 11 October 2021 at 5.30pm.  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. 
  • read the AGM Zoom Guide, available on the website, so you know how to participate effectively in a Zoom AGM, including how to vote, how to make a comment or ask a question, and many other useful tips.

New Members in September

We welcome the following new members:

  • Leah Andrews
  • Liz Grant
  • Fiona Hickey
  • Sophia Lawrance
  • Alaine MacMorran
  • June O'Donnell

Welcome during challenging times and congratulations on joining the club!  We hope you are able to access RealBridge and are enjoying a stimulating and social time at the table.  If you need help getting a partner please email the club and we will attempt to get you a game or turn up at Realbridge 20 minutes before the advertised start times and our Directors will do their best to find you a partner.  


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  7.15pm  State Swiss Pairs 3 weeks commencing 4 October.  Preentry required by 10am 4 October
  • 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.  It is not necessary to have Tasters before starting playing Realbridge but it can help. 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. 

New Session - Monday afternoons - commencing Monday 11 October

Trial of relaxed and social Realbridge session -----

Since the switchover to RealBridge we have found that some of our members have felt slightly uncomfortable playing in an 'all  in' unrestricted environment. We wish to offer an alternative for those who prefer a relaxed and relatively non-competitive game.  This game woudl be suitable for some of our regular duplicate players and would also be suitable for those newer members presently playing in duplicates who would prefer a slightly easier competititve environment.  We propose trialling a Monday afternoon session starting on 11 October.  

The session will start at 2.00pm and finish by 4.30pm and be conducted at a slightly slower pace.  Best of all we have found the perfect Director in Sally Barber.  More details to follw.  


CBCPay Statements

 CBCPay October statements will be emailed out on Wednesday 6th . Please check your spam/junk inbox if you do not see it. If you still cannot find it in your email, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request it to be re-sent.

Note: If you have an iiNet or Grapevine email address, you will need to provide an alternative email address for us to email it to, as we often have problems sending to iiNet and Grapevine.  Please check your statement for any missing, incorrect, or additional charges and deposits. Note that some sessions may have an incorrect date, due to a delay in processing that session (especially Monday & Wednesday Evenings) – this is OK and not an error.  You may wish to compare your play history to Pianola.


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


CBC Open Teams

 Open Final

  1. David Hoffman, David Wawn, Peter Grant & Tony Marinos
  2. Chistophe Quail, Julia Hoffman, Pam Crichton & Ross Crichton
  3. Will Jenner-O'Shea, Vanessa Brown, Sebastien Yuen & Christy Geromboux
  4. Emlyn Williams, Roy Nixon, Tim Davis & Stephen Carter


  1. Niek Van Vucht, Bruce Crossman, Bill Tutty & Jodi Tutty
  2. George Stockham, Alex Hewat, Chris Lokan & Morag Lokan
  3. James Wallis, Bill Nash, Ken Anderson & Lindy Anderson
  4. Lyn Turner, Penelope Shilling, Bridget Gilmour-Walsh & Gwen Jamieson-Gray


  1. Adrienne Stephens, Peter Kahler, Peter Quach & Janet Kahler
  2. John Kelly, David Clarkson, George Zuber & Peter Talsma
  3. Brett Yeats, Jennifer Yeats, Bricet Kloren & Tamara Cutcliffe
  4. Liz Shonk, Anita De Lorenzo, Cath Sherwin & Cathy Nichols
  5. Tony Marker, Paul Nelson, Joshua Tomlin & Ruitian Lang
  6. Michele Grant, Mary Tough, Patricia McDonald & Simon Grant

Congratulations All!  

 Pearls of Wisdom from Richard Neville

Do you want to be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? At the beginning of my bridge career in Hobart I was a big fish expert shooting small fish in a barrel. But that is no way to improve. Hence I moved to Canberra, a big pond with many expert fish swimming in it, allowing me to learn from testing challenges.

However, the big advantage of starting in Hobart is that we had a wonderful Director, the late and great Roger Penny. He carefully taught me the principles underpinning bridge ethics (to the extent that a former partner complained that I was "too ethical"). Roger was the founder of the Australian Bridge Directors Association, and I continue to be a panelist for the quarterly Australian Bridge Directors Association Bulletin.


Living Longer

Anyone who watched the ABC's "How to Live Younger" on Tuesday night will know that placebo drugs can improve people's wellbeing, mainly because there is a belief that someone is monitoring their health.  Being connected reduces feelings of loneliness and improves their health. Random acts of kindness that help others release endorphins, dopamines and oxytocins which hinder adrenaline and stress.

There are benefits in becoming awestruck.  Awestruck is the emotion we feel when we see something that is large or beautiful, for example a wonderful view, a storm, the stars in the sky, rainbows and other intricacies of nature. Feelings and emotions are triggered and moods are improved. This makes us more creative, curious and happier.

Invoking awe also happens when we are stimulated by music or dance.  Music reduces stress hormones and also assists promote memories.  Music is processed in every part of the brain and helps people relax, connect with their identity and improve wellbeing. Dance improves fluidity and rhythm. It has a transformative affect that stimulates brain function. Certainly some of this activity must improve bridge acuity as well? 

If you missed the TV show you can catch it on ABC's Iview. 


Count Signals by Joan Butts

  • There are times when it's clear you wouldn't be showing attitude ( i.e. liking a suit and/or wanting it continued), mainly when declarer is playing their own suit in no trumps. Now it's better to show partner how many cards you hold in the suit being played. Why is this? Perhaps partner holds the ace and wants to break declarer's communications with dummy by winning their ace when, and only when, they know declarer will have none left to reach dummy. If you show how many cards you hold in the suit, partner can work out how many declarer started with, and will know how many times to "duck" (not take) their winner.
  • Play high-low to show an even number of cards, and low-high to show odd. For example, you hold 9853. Play the 9 followed by the 3, to show an even number. With 983, play the 3 first, followed by the 9, to show an odd number.
  • It’s important to recognise when the situation calls for attitude or count. Attitude should have priority. Count usually happens when declarer is playing their suit.Count signals help too when it is clear that partner can't want attitude, e.g. when defending a high contract, like 6NT or 7NT. 
  • Although using signals is helpful, there is no substitute for your own logic at the table. Take notice of what's in dummy, how declarer is playing the contract, and realise that sometimes you don't need a signal at all. It's all there at the table to see! Play COUNT signals when DECLARER is playing their own suit, particularly a long suit in dummy. It’s obvious that you wouldn’t want to show attitude, but instead, tell partner how many cards you have in that suit. It MAY help partner know how many times to “hold up” their ace (assuming they have it). The idea is to break communications between declarer and dummy. hi-lo = and even number, lo-hi = an odd number of cards.

Lighter moments 

 Where do bad rainbows go?


A light sentence...   

Why can't you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?

Because the pee is silent

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?

Great food, no atmosphere

I am terrified of elevators, I'm going to start taking steps to avoid them.  

How many apples grow on a tree?

All of them.

Why do bees hum?

Because they don't know the words


Last night I dreamt I was a muffler, I woke up exhausted.

Why did the can-crusher quit his job?

Because it was soda-pressing

 Did you hear about the guy who invented the knock knock joke?

He won the 'no-bell' prize!