Newsletter - 29 October 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Deakin opens its doors - Tuesday 2 November 1pm.  Conditions apply
  • Session Times - RealBridge
  • Promotions
  • Upcoming Events
  • Inaugural Grand National Novice Pairs for new players with <100 masterpoints CBC Heat on Saturday 20 November at 1pm
  • Beginners Lessons in 2022
  • Online Education
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Playing the Percentages with Ian Morison
  • Lighter moments


From the President

As most of you would be aware, the Club will hold a face-to-face session next Tuesday, 2 November.  Priority will be given to partnerships with at least one member who hasn’t played on CBC’s RealBridge, but both players must be doubly vaccinated, or have a medical exception.

The ACT Government requires that masks must be worn indoors and attendees must register with the Check in CBR App.

If you wish to register for this session, please send an email to Mary Tough at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Registrations close on Monday 1 November at 3pm. Further information on this session is available at the Canberra Bridge Club’s website.  Please tell any of your partners, who do not have access to the newsletter or the Club’s web site, about the Tuesday session.

One of the Club’s co-managers, Emily Inglis, is leaving the Club after 4 years with us. Emily was part of the team that established CBC Pay as the Club’s payment system. Emily is to take up a position in ACT Health. We wish Emily the best in her new employment.

Play well and stay safe.



Deakin Opens its Doors, in a measured fashion

CBC welcomes the return to face to face bridge next Tuesday afternoon for a session for fully vaccinated members, in particular those where one or both pair have not accessed RealBridge and have preregistered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

For many people who live by themselves lockdown has been especially hard. Where face to face bridge beats RealBridge is in the actual leaving the home and being out and about and meeting people. Face to face bridge gives the elderly and those technologically challenged, not only a chance to play bridge, but it also provides them with a social network which is important for their mental health. For many people bridge can be their main source of friends and activity in retirement. Sitting at home alone and talking to people virtually is not the same as actually being with people.

The Committee will assess the success of Tuesday's session and may repeat or extend further to other seasons in a gradual, tailored approach.  

 For all Realbridge players, life continues in the sessions set out below, including - in spite of a clash with the Face to face session and the Melbourne Cup - a Realbridge Tuesday session at 1.15pm.


CBC COVID Plan Updated

CBC’s new Covid Plan and Checklist are being revised to reflect the arrangements for the return to face-to-face bridge for a limited number of prebooked people on Tuesday 2 November, and will be available on the website and in the Club entry hall ASAP.


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 afternoon 2pm Relaxed and Social 
  • Monday Evening  7.15pm  State Open Teams week 1 of 4 week 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.



Congratulations to the following people attaining the rank as indicated in September!

Name Promoted to                         From
Lisa Bradley  Graduate Nil
Roger Brake Graduate  Nil
Peter Hoskins Graduate  Nil
Rob Douglas Club Nil
Bettye Pearce Local  Club
Rosemary Follett                                         Bronze Local  Local 


Upcoming Online Events

Inaugural Grand National Novice Pairs (GNNP) 2021

A unique opportunity for our new and less experienced players, and a chance to play in an Australian wide event, this event is for players with 100 Master Points or less.

This is a National Event from the comfort of your own home.  Featuring CBC qualifying round, and potentially ABF sanctioned semi-finals and finals... you have to be in it to win it!

The Club will run a single session qualifying heat on Saturday 20 November at 1.00pm. We will use the RealBridge format.

The cost of the CBC heat is $10 per player and Red masterpoints will be awarded.

The top 20% of pairs in the CBC heat may elect to proceed to the Semi Finals played on the RealDeal Online Bridge platform during the week commencing 29 November with a Grand Final on Saturday December 11. The Semi final and Final feature Gold masterpoints and no further entry fee for the lucky club winners.

So if you're feeling up to dipping your toe in the competitive pond, here's a relatively gentle dip into the sea of Bridge national novice championships!


Beginners Lessons in 2022

The Club is planning and scheduling face to face bridge beginner lessons commencing in the first week of February 2022, on Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings.  More details closer to the time. Please note and share with friends, frenemies and family. 


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

 The Redouble by Joan Butts

  • The redouble is by responder after partner opens and an opponent doubles
  • It shows a (flat) hand with 10+ high card points
  • It usually denies a primary fit for opener
  • It sends the message that your side has the balance of high card points 
  • It also suggests that when the opponents bid over the XX, any X after that would be penalties
  • The hand sitting next to the XX hand will be very weak, but should BID if they have a five+ card suit
  • This is to tell partner where their length is
  • The only time opener should bid after partner has XX'ed is with a weak distributional opening hand which is unsuitable to defend a doubled contract by the opponents  

Playing the Percentages with Ian Morison

At Wednesday 20 October’s 7.15pm on-line game (known as RealBridge), sitting North (direction changed for ease of reading), I picked up the following monster hand:





That’s 21 HCP but, more importantly, just 2 losers (SK and CK).

As Declarer, West passed and I opened 2C (strong, game force). East passed. My partner bid 2D, waiting, I bid 2S, and, after a few more bids from partner which did not help much, it was decision time. Do I let the hand play in 4S (or 4H), or do I jump to slam with my 2-loser hand?

Looking at the bare odds, there is a 33.3% chance my partner has SK and a 33.3% chance my partner has the CK. That adds to 67%. On that total alone, a slam is very tempting.

Other factors help. Assuming partner does not have SK, and I must play Spades from hand (being able to repeatedly finesse looks unlikely), there is also a 5% chance the SK is singleton, and thus will drop when I lead SA.

There is also a chance that my partner has CQ and CJ, and East leads a club. A few more percent.

My partner may also have the DA, and if East leads a Diamond, I can throw my losing Club. A bit more comfort.

Then there is the chance of a misdefence say if I run all Spades and Hearts, hoping both opponents do not keep 2 Clubs when I come down to my last 2 cards: CA and C2.

All that adds up to quite a bit of confidence 6S will make. So I jump to it.

Alas, the full deal was as follows, DA was led, and there was no misdefence to save me:





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63                                                                                                                                                            987

87                                                                                                                                                            A965432

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How would you bid it?

Interestingly only one other partnership bid and made slam -  in 6H - with the same lead.  

Lighter moments 

 Now's a good time to reflect on Halloween jokes...


  • Why do ghosts go on diets? So they can keep their ghoulish figures
  • Where does a ghost go on vacation? Mali-boo.
  • Why did the ghost go into the bar? For the Boos.
  • What is in a ghost’s nose? Boo-gers.
  • Why did the policeman ticket the ghost on Halloween? It didn’t have a haunting license.
  • Why do demons and ghouls hang out together? Because demons are a ghoul's best friend!
  • Why did the ghost starch his sheet? He wanted everyone scared stiff.
  • What does a panda ghost eat? Bam-BOO!
  • Why did the ghost quit studying? Because he was too ghoul for school.
  • What's a ghost's favorite dessert? I-Scream!
  • Where do ghosts buy their food? At the ghost-ery store!
  • How do you know when a ghost is sad? He starts boo hooing.
  • What did Dracula say when the witch and the warlock started kissing? Get a broom!
  • How do you know you've been ghosted? The poltergeist doesn't text you back.
  • What's a ghost's favorite play? Romeo and Ghoul-iet.
  • What does a ghost mom say when she gets in the car? Fasten your sheet-belts.

 Congratulations to everyone who has read this far!  Our flamboyant Tournament Director, erstwhile teacher, manager and all time #3 greatest of all time on the ACT league ladder for Masterpoints (keep shooting for it Ian!), is seeking to reconnect with "Catch 22" the book after 20 years and would welcome a copy if anyone has one.  His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.