Newsletter - 24 April 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Bathroom Renovations
  • Online Bridge
  • Bridge Tips
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

Many things are happening in the club. Lyn Turner, our Treasurer, has earned my gratitude to the grave and beyond for working on obtaining any government financial assistance for which we qualify. Kerry and Emily have been working hard, cheerfully and very flexibly to respond instantly to assist committee members.

Sir Humphrey Appleby, of Yes Minister fame, thought that a hospital without patients was much easier to run. I think that bridge clubs are different – we do better when we can see each other’s smiling faces.

Best wishes,

mens urinal installed

Bathroom Renovations

The renovations are progressing gradually; we are awaiting the bench tops. New arrangements are being made for the safe, which was previously in the handicapped toilet. This is a source of great pleasure to a few of us.

Photos of progress will be added to the Bathroom Renovations website gallery as work continues.

BBO comes to town

We have been working hard to setup our first online Bridge sessions through BBO for Tuesday evening 7pm and Thursday morning 10am this coming week. Hopefully all our members are experimenting with the BBO platform, so they will be familiar with it for when our CBC BBO sessions begin.

For those members wishing to play in one of next week’s sessions, you will need to complete the registration process for individual members which is outlined on our Playing in a CBC session online webpage. This needs to be completed at least 24 hours before the appropriate session, including emailing the managers (as per the instructions).

The club will provide further information on Monday to those members wishing to play on Tuesday as to how to locate & join into the BBO CBC Tournament.

Bridge Tips

Safety Play

Last week's question:

Matchpoint pairs. You are in 4S, with this as your trump suit: 

KQT98 opposite A765. Draw trumps.

We're giving you an extra week to ponder this one!

Answer next week.
- Richard Hills


♠ 872
♣ 64
♠ 10 5
 10 976
♣ J93
♠ KQJ93
 10 76
♣ K2
♠ A64
♣ AQ10 875
  1D 1S 2C
P 2D P 2S
P 3C P 3NT

Lead 10S

Declarer holds up the Ace till the 3rd round, plays a heart to the Ace in dummy, and leads the 4C.

What card should you play?
The King!

If declarer wins, he can no longer establish the club suit, as partner still has the Jack.

But if declarer ducks the King, East can cash his spades.

Upcoming Events

The club will be closed until the end of June. This temporary closure is in compliance with ACT law on non-essential gatherings and social distancing designed to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The temporary closure also reflects the Canberra Bridge Club’s concern for the health of our members and the wider community.

The committee will keep members informed about ongoing plans.

Lighter Moments

There will be a minor baby boom in nine month. Then one day in 1933 we will have the rise of the quaranteens.

Q: There is a gap in your resume. What were you doing in 2020?
A: I was washing my hands.

A coronavirus walked into a bar.
Barman: We don't serve coronaviruses here.
Coronavirus: Well, you're not a very good host.

More lighter moments

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