Newsletter - 12 June 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Online Bridge
  • ABF Tournaments on BBO
  • Barnardos: Thank You!
  • Bridge Tips
  • You know you're living in 2020 when...
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

Last Friday a hardworking crew mowed, weeded, swept, pruned and took away all the debris: thank you Michele Grant, West Savery, Susan Walters, Keith Mitchell, Lesley Gunson, Ross Crichton, Ella Beer and Jan Johnston.

Meanwhile the ever reliable John Hempenstall and Allen Scerri have been painting new lines in the carpark.

Congratulations to Bruce Chapman who, for his service to higher education, was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in the recent honours list.

Best wishes,


Online Bridge with CBC

For the week commencing Monday 12 June, we have 7 sessions scheduled. Please note the evening sessions are now starting at 7:15pm.

Tournament Session Director
Monday morning 10:00am  Bruce Crossman
Tuesday evening 7:15pm (imps)  Stephen Fisher
Wednesday morning 10:00am  Ian Robinson
Wednesday morning 10:15am  Barb Toohey
Wednesday evening 7:15pm  Christy Geromboux
Thursday morning 10:00am  Jodi Tutty
Thursday morning 10:10am (imps) Jodi Tutty 
  • The 10.15 Wednesday Tourney is a relaxed 20 board session for our newer members and those enjoying BBO for the first time. Please make sure you enter the correct tournament (and only one tournament) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
  • We now have 230 of our CBC members registered on out BBO include list. You can be next by clicking on the ‘CBC sessions on BBO’ information page to learn how to register and join us.

Occasional notes

  • If you and your partner are having trouble registering for a tournament (for example blocked by BBO), you can ring the tourney director (shown above) on their private number listed in the CBC 2020 Calendar. Please do so the second the problem occurs.
  • Consider the purchase of a wireless mouse for your device. They are not expensive and  greatly speed up your response time, both in the bidding and playing each individual card.
  • A reminder that the individual who makes the bid is responsible for alerting the bid. Type the explanation BEFORE making the bid. All 2 level openings are alertable.
  • At the end of each round and before the commencement of the next round, BBO allows you to chat privately with your partner. Just click on their BBO name and the chat line appears. Please make sure, however, that you thank your oppos for the game first.

More information is available on our BBO pages:

ABF Tournaments on BBO

The ABF continues to run a one-session pairs event on BBO on Sunday afternoons at 2.30pm AEST.

If you are fully registered to play within the CBC club on BBO, you are set to go. You can register on BBO from two hours prior.

BBO --> Login --> Virtual Clubs --> ABF Australia

Any enquiries regarding this event contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Please note this is NOT a CBC event, and you will need to contact ABF if you encounter any problems.

Barnardos Australia: "Thank You!"

Barnardos Australia would like to say a big thank you to all who have helped fundraise and donated money over the past 18 months. Canberra Bridge Club has passed on over $4,500 to Barnardos Australia.

"This support could not have been more timely given the increase of phone calls we’ve been receiving from families in need."

Barnardos Fundraising & Events Manager

Bridge Tips

Make your opponents help


♠ 87654
♣ KQ4






♠ AKQJ10
♣ A98


The contract is 4 Spades.
Lead: KH

There are three potential losers in Diamonds & one in Hearts.
You do not wish to play the Diamond suit – make the opponents do it.

Draw trumps, play the 3 Club winners and exit with a Heart.

The opponents will have to lead a Diamond, or give you a ruff in one hand and you can discard a D from the other.

If they play a D, you can play low and your opponent will win the trick. Their honour falls on low cards and now you only lose two D tricks.

You know you are living in 2020 when...

You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

Lighter Moments

A diplomat who says ‘yes’ means ‘maybe,
a diplomat who says ‘maybe’ means ‘no’,
and a diplomat who says ‘no’ is no diplomat.

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice Doggie’ -- until you can find a bigger stick.

(Charles Maurice De Talleyrand, among many other things Foreign Minister to Napoleon)