Newsletter - 21 January 2022

In this week’s newsletter...

  • COVID Update
  • Upcoming Sessions
  • Upcoming Events
  • Swiss Teams RealBridge 24 &31 January 2022
  • Pro-AM BridgeTournament
  • Online Education
  • Summer Festival of Bridge Results
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butts
  • Spotlight on Member : Lynn Penligh
  • Lighter Moments


From the President

A large number of Club members are playing in the 2022 Summer Festival of Bridge. As many of you would be aware, this year the event is being played on RealBridge. I do recommend that if you haven’t tried RealBridge to give it a go. Players from across Australia and some from overseas are playing in the Festival, and without RealBridge and with the one person per two sq metre rule,  I would think that the Festival would not be able to proceed.

Each week, the Club offers several sessions of RealBridge, and some of its advantages are that you always have 13 cards, your hand is arranged for you, you cannot bid out of turn, lead out of turn, or make an insufficient bid. All good reasons to try a game on RealBridge.

Stay safe, and enjoy your bridge.




Updated COVID-19 Safety Plan and Checklist for Players

The COVID-19 Safety Plan and Checklist for Players have been updated.  The major changes reflect recent changes to the ACT Government's COVID-19 requirements.  In particular:

  • You must not be present at the clubrooms if (i) you are unwell; (ii) you are subject to relevant ACT Government COVID-19 requirements concerning quarantine, isolation, symptoms, testing, exposure locations, etc; (iii) you have been overseas or interstate and are subject to other jurisdictions' requirements; or (iv) you have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 and are at high or medium risk of developing COVID-19 according to ACT Government guidelines.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and were at the clubrooms from two days before symptoms started or you tested positive (whichever came first), please inform the CBC managers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can assist with advising any social contacts who were at the clubrooms at the same time.

Spread out playing tables in Barry Turner Room

Currently, the playing tables in the main playing area are spread out as much as possible, with at least one unused table between each playing table.  The arrangement facilitates physical distancing between players.  Maybe players also appreciate the extra opportunity to stretch their legs between rounds.


Back to Bridge at Canberra Bridge Club for those who would like some support

The beginner’s classes are going ahead face-to-face in the club rooms starting Wednesday 2 Feb at 7 pm and Friday 4 Feb at 10am!

We are launching a new supervised duplicate for people who would like support to play bridge in a more relaxed session.  Starting the first week in February we are offering you the chance to participate in a more relaxed duplicate.  It will run for 6 weeks. You will play 18 boards.  Prior to each session we will offer you a 10-15 minute lesson.  During the duplicate you will have the opportunity to ask questions of your supervisor.    This duplicate will be held at the club rooms starting at:

  • 7pm Wednesday evenings  2 February
  • 10am Friday mornings  4 February.

Sessions in the club are outlined below. NB There are possible changes from time to time but if any of the advertised sessions below change we will send another email advice.  

Upcoming Sessions

Sessions for the rest of the week are as follows:

  • Friday Afternoon 1.00pm at the club
  • Friday Afternoon 1.15pm RealBridge
  • Saturday Afternoon 1.15pm RealBridge

From 24 January 2022  we have the following sessions 

  • Monday morning 10.00am at the club
  • Monday 10.15 am RealBridge
  • Monday 2.00 pm RealBridge
  • Monday 7.00 pm RealBridge
  • Tuesday afternoon 1.00pm at the club
  • Wednesday morning 10.00am at the club
  • Wednesday morning 10.15am RealBridge
  • Wednesday evening 7.15pm RealBridge
  • Thursday morning 10.00am at the club - Butler and walk in duplicate
  • Thursday afternoon 2.00pm (24 boards) RealBridge
  • Friday afternoon 1.00pm at the club
  • Friday afternoon 1.15pm RealBridge
  • Saturday afternoon 1.15pm RealBridge

Watch the newsletters and website for advice on face-to-face sessions at the club, and RealBridge sessions as these are fluid, depending on COVID developments and demand.  At this stage it is intended that the Monday and Thursday afternoon RealBridge sessions will continue.  

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: face-to-face $10 members/ $13 visitors, concession $9.  RealBridge $8 members and $7 concession (including event).

Links to sessions are on our RealBridge page.


CBC Pay Statements

Reminder notices to people with low balances were sent out to players yesterday.  If you didn't receive one, you're positively situated!  Remember to put your ABF number on all transactions so we can link it to your account.  


Magnetic Name Tags

One manager has had a hiccup this week so COVID willing, we'll put an order in at the end of next week.  


Upcoming  Events

Festival of Bridge

The Summer Festival of Bridge is a national event hosted by the Australian Bridge Federation. It takes place from 13 to 23 January 2022 on RealBridge. A wide range of events are scheduled.  To follow progress - entries, results etc go to the website.  

Some notable mentions to date (and apologiies for any omissions - for a full list visit the website):

National Seniors' Teams - Ian Thomson, Andrew Braithwaite, Terry Brown, Arjuna De Livera,Ron Klinger  and Peter Buchen narrowly defeated Ian Robinson, Neil Ewart, Chris Hughes and Kim Morrison. 

Mixed Swiss Pairs - Jodi Tutti and David Beauchamp came 7th in a field of 104 pairs.

TBIB Open Swiss Pairs -  George Kozakos and George Smolanko came 16th in a field of 146 pairs.  

TBIB Under750MP Swiss Pairs - Pamela McKittrick and West Savery came 16th in a field of 56 pairs

South West Pacific Teams - the Ashton Team narrowly defeated the Thomson Team, with the Crichton Team not far behind in 7th, and the Hoffman Team in 8th.  

National Women's Teams - Felicity Smyth, Karen Creet, Sheila Bird and Anita Curtis winning so far.  Karin Le Roux, Patricia Burke, Liz Shonk, Mary Tough and Jane Rasmussen came 8th in a field of 16.  

National Open Teams - 8 teams are through to the Quarter finals - the Ashton, Rosendorff, Thomson, Coutts, Gumby, Simpson, Hughes and Zhou teams all play to qualify for the Semis and ultimately the finals. 

Congratulations to all CBC players participating in the SFOB.  


Yet to come:

  • Open Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
  • Under 750MP Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
  • National Women's Teams Semi Finals and Finals
  • National Open Teams Semi Finals and Finals

Swiss Teams RealBridge

Form a team of four and enter the two week competition on 24 and 31 January 2022.  Please enter by 10am 24 January. There are 9 teams entered so far.  

ABF Foundation Fundraiser: ProAm BridgeTournament

An ABF Foundation was established in 2020 to assist participants at all skill levels to enjoy and promote our fascinating game. 

There is a Pro-Am Bridge Tournament to raise funds for the Foundation by auctioning a session with a professional or leading players (including  our own Jodi Tutty).  The auction finishes on 25 January with the ProAm to run on either Tuesday 1 February or Tuesday 15 February at 7pm by arrangement.    

The winners will receive gold points! Click on the link above for details on players and the auction!  


Stayman and Transfers with Joan Butts


  • These two conventions are used with 1NT & 2NT openings
  • Similarities are that responder can have an unlimited point count 
  • To use Stayman (2♣) and transfers, the hand may be weak (0-7), intermediate (8,9) or strong (10+) 
  • Because opener MUST reply to Stayman, the responder will show strength and shape next  
  • Ditto with Transfers: because partner will bid responder's suit, it initiates another round of bidding when responder will show strength and shape next 

Transfers don't interfere with Stayman, because 2♣ over 1NT is always Stayman
2♣ is never a transfer
2♦ is a transfer to hearts
2♥ is a transfer to spades
2♠ is a transfer to clubs and
2NT is a transfer to diamonds

The main difference between these conventions is that one asks and the other tells. 
Stayman (with a four-card major/s) asks about partner's holding in the majors, whereas transfers (five+ cards) tell partner that you have a long suit, and asks partner to decide on a suit or a no trump contract


Spotlight on Members

New year, new initiative, our random selective survey to get to know some of our members better.  A regular set of questions are emailed and the answers featured in our weekly newsletter.   Our feature member this week is Lynn Pendrigh

How long have you been a player/member? 

  • I have been playing regularly for 25 years, but as a child of bridge players have had bridge in the background all my life.

Most memorable occasion at the club?

  • The odd occasions we win!

What do you do when you're not at the club? (Golf, Gardening, Grandchildren, All the above, or Other...)

  • Outdoor activities managing  our rural property, reading, travel, walking my dog.

What's your  favourite travel destination pre COVID?

  • Tasmania

What's your  favourite travel destination now?

  • Always Tasmania!

 Thanks for playing along Lynn! we hope to see you back at the club soon. 


Lighter moments

 Things to think about:

  • What did one hat say to the other? You stay here, I'll go on ahead.
  • How did the barber win the race? He had a shortcut.
  • What do you call a cow with two legs? Lean beef.
  • A termite walks into a bar and asks "is the bartender here?"
  • Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. I asked him "What's the word on the street?"
  • A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beet, bartender says "Sorry, we dont serve food here."
  • Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them.
  • Why did the invisible woman turn down the job offer? She couldn't see herself doing it.  
  • What did one traffic light say to the other? Stop looking! I'm changing!
  • What has four wheels and flies? A garbage truck.