Newsletter - 8 October 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • CBC Annual General Meeting 
  • New Monday 2pm Sessions from 11 October
  • Session Times - RealBridge
  • ABF masterpoints watch this space
  • Upcoming Events
  • Canberra in Bloom
  • Online Education
  • Vale Patrick de Fontenay
  • Welcome Thomas Malcolm Andrews
  • Living longer
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Lighter moments

From the President

I just want to remind all members that the CBC’s AGM is being held on line, via Zoom, on Monday afternoon at 5.30 pm. Please see the article on the AGM in this newsletter for further information.

Please stay safe and enjoy your bridge.



Canberra Bridge Club Annual General Meeting

This is a final reminder about the AGM on Monday 11 October at 5.30pm on Zoom.

In order to join the Zoom AGM, you need to email Michele Grant on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 5.30pm please.   Michele will then provide the instructions for joining the AGM.

We also strongly recommend that you read the Zoom Guide, available on the website, before the AGM so you are familiar with how the Zoom AGM will operate.

Other information and all the documents for the AGM are also available on the website, including the audited 2020-21 Financial Report.

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.  People without partners wanting to find a partner should join at 1.30 so we can tee up a match. The Director is Sally Barber.   Use the chat box to talk with Sally.  

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   Week 2 of the State Swiss Pairs 3 weeks 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) 
  • 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. 

CBCPay October statements were 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.

 We have been deluged in payments, emails and queries and will wade our way through them but it may take a little time.  There are unfortunately 2 deposits without identifying ABF links.  Please check if you left this off and email us if you have a guilty conscience.  

ABF Masterpoints watch this space

The ABF Masterpoints website and database have been experiencing difficulties.  This is uncharted water but we will have advice on Masterpoints and promotions once the holes have been plugged.  Thank you for your patience and any rumours of trillions of masterpoints moving offshore are entirely unproven at this stage!


Upcoming Online Events

BFACT Canberra In Bloom  9 & 10 October

Good luck to pre registered pairs and teams playing over this weekend.  


State Open Teams 

State Open Teams will commence on Monday nights from 25 October for 3 weeks.  This will operate through virtual screens on Realbridge.  A Taster session will be offered in the week leading up to the event for those who haven't used the virtual screens during play before.  The key difference is not being able to see your partner once the cards are dealt.


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


Vale Patrick de Fontenay

Patrick de Fontenay was a talented bridge player and a wonderful person.  He will be sadly missed.  He had a stellar career - with a Phd from Yale University he worked as an economist for global bodies including as Director of the IMF Institute, and more recently he was an adjunct professor at the ANU.  He was proud of his French background - even if it meant that at times he let the French style of bidding creep into his Australian bridge! (more on this next week) He was unfailingly courteous and affable both as a partner and an opponent at bridge, and a great source of comment and insight on politics, economics and other current events.

Patrick regularly partnered Stephen Bartos and Eric Glass who both praised him as a partner, saying it was a pleasure to know him.  


Welcome Thomas Malcolm Andrews - Jennifer Carter's new addition

CBC member Jennifer Carter and her partner Greg and announced the safe arrival of Thomas Malcolm Andrews. Born Thursday 30 September at 10:29am weighing 1.6kg. Jen said that he is very small and has had a rough start but is being well cared for in the NICU at Canberra Hospital. They are yet to get any good photos as he is being very closely monitored and still needs breathing support but will share some pictures once he is off all the monitors. Grandparents Lyn and Malcolm very proud.


Living Longer

There is conclusive evidence that there is a link between food, disease and our bodies.  Diet is the secret ingredient to improving wellness over the span of our lifes.  Optimally we'd all like to live to 110, and experience only a few months of ill health, in preference to many years of ill health before we exit stage right.  Lives are being lost due to diet.  Similarly lives are being improved and people are living longer happier lives on unique cuisines. 

We can supercharge our bodies to improve wellbeing, and be younger at heart. The Mediterranean diet - olive oil, salads, leafy greens, legumes, fruit Improve health outcomes and well being.  Okinawa plant based, fibre, some fish. Energy rich sweet potatoes. Antioxidants destroy free radicals that cause issues when they accumulate in numbers. Berrries, kale and dark chocolate help fix DNA errors from wear and tear.

Microbiome is comprised of 38 trillion bacteria in your body. Feeding microorganisms provide nutrients that fight disease. TheWestern diet - sugar, fat, erodes microbiome.  Microdiversity in the biome improves performance.  Antibiotics threaten diversity.

Absence of a healthy diet in children leads to asthma. Inflammation lining the airways makes it difficult to breathe.  Eating fibre - mother’s intake while pregnant has been shown to improve chances of children not getting asthma. High levels of fibre, acetate are associated with low levels of asthma.  Eat more salads. 30 species of plant a week, stimulating the microbiome.

40% of adults are obese. 25% of kids.  Obesity leads to inflammatory diseases.  Being overweight and malnutrition concurrently is a societal issue.  Hunger and dietlead to the famine reaction. Neural peptides insatiable. Surprisingly meal replacement through shakes has been shown to be more effective at long term weight loss.

The benefits of fasting have been shown to be beyond weight loss - wards off disease. Fasting has been linked to lower levels of cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes.  There is also the impact of increased cognitive blood flow (and can even improve your bridge!)

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


 Suit Preference by Joan Butts

  • The most elegant of signalling methods, suit preference (commonly known as McKenney or Lavinthal) provides a road map for partner to follow
  • When partner knows (or hopes) you’ll be able to trump a suit they’ve led, the card they let you trump with is a suit preference signal 
  • Watch carefully because it will pinpoint an entry to partner’s hand so you might be able to trump again
  • If it’s a high card, partner is asking you to return the higher of the two remaining suits 
  • If it’s a low card, partner is asking you to return the lower of the two remaining suits
  • If there’s a singleton in dummy, and partner has led their Ace, show them with a suit preference signal what suit you’d like them to play next
  • Suit preference signals may also be used in no trumps

Lighter moments 

 This week we've been really getting into Zoom jokes.

I feel really bad for the class of 2020.  They say the year really flies by. I just didn't realise it would Zoom.

Zoom meetings are basically seances with the living...Brian are you there? Make a sound if you can hear us. Is anyone with you? Can you hear us?  

"Zoom meetings" is a stupid name, and it's branded. we should call it something a bit more casual like "coworker video chat" ... or something shorter, like "co-vid".

The International Flat Earth Society Annual Conference was going to be held on Zoom this year.  Unfortunately they all agreed on the same start time.  

I told a joke over my Zoom meeting the other day.  Unfortunately it wasn't even remotely funny.

No one turns on their camera in Zoom... they have been infected by Novid-19.  

What do you call Mondays without a Zoom meeting? Meetless Mondays!  (Not an issue for CBC next Monday!  Hope to see some of you there)

An Englishman, a French woman, a Spaniard and a German log on to a Zoom call.  The host wants to check if her video is working so she says "can you see me?". The Englishman says "yes", the French woman says "oui", the Spaniard says "si" and the German says "ya".