Newsletter - 17 July 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

  • Returning to Bridge in the Club Rooms
  • Next week at the Clubrooms
  • Next week on BBO
  • ABF Sunday Events
  • Beyond Blue - Club Charity
  • Lighter moments (jokes)

From the President:

 Some of our members have started travelling with the opening of the Queensland border. We wish them well and hope that those of you still in Canberra will enjoy bridge in the club or online as suits you best.

Best wishes,


Returning to Bridge in the Club Rooms

The ACT Government requires businesses to have a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan in order to recommence activities.

The Committee has written CBC’s Safety Plan in order to ensure face-to-face bridge sessions are as safe as possible for everyone.

That said, it is not possible to play bridge in the clubrooms in a way that completely removes all COVID-19 risks. The Committee understands that some members will not want to play face-to-face bridge at this time given their personal situation and health issues. We urge all members to consider their own circumstances and decide what is best for them.

Next week at the Clubrooms

For the week commencing Monday 20 July we have three sessions scheduled at the clubrooms

  • Tuesday afternoon 1:15pm                                           Sally Barber
  • Wednesday morning 10.00am                                      Ian Robinson
  • Friday afternoon 1.15pm                                               Bruce Crossman

Occasional notes

We have abandoned the need for pre-registration to play at the club and returned to our normal procedure of walk in duplicate.

Please remember not to arrive at the clubrooms until 20 minutes before the start of play, have your voucher (or cash) in your hand as you enter the building and PLEASE do not huddle together in a scrum formation at the bottom of the steps waiting for the clubrooms to open.

Also – enjoy the experience – most other bridge players in Australia are unable to attend their local bridge clubs.

Please note that all bathroom lights are on a sensor timer – so please don’t turn any lights off.

Next week on BBO - a change to the start time of the Thursday BBO sessions

For the week commencing Monday 20 July, we have scheduled 6 tourneys on BBO.

Please note that the times for the Thursday sessions to be directed by Jodi have changed from this week onwards, with the imps event starting BEFORE the matchpoint tourney.

Tournament Session Director
Monday morning 10:00am  Bruce Crossman
Tuesday evening 7:15pm (imps)  Stephen Fisher
Wednesday morning Novice 10:15am  Barb Toohey
Wednesday evening 7:15pm  Christy Geromboux
Thursday morning 9:55am (imps)  Jodi Tutty
Thursday morning 10:00am (matchpoint)  Jodi Tutty 

Occasional notes

  • Members pay US$2 or $3 to play on BBO and about 65% of that fee is returned to the club by the ABF. For the month of June, the club received over $2500 – not enough to keep the club liquid in the longer term, but at least a contribution in these Covid times.
  • Please remember to say hullo to your opponents at the start of each round. If there is a problem at the table, simply call the director (click on the hamburger).
  • Remember that the club’s policy is to allow undos when requested, but members can only ask for an undo because of a misclick, not a change of mind.

More information is available on our BBO pages:

ABF Sunday Events 2:30pm AEST

The ABF has been running a nationwide matchpoint pairs event on Sunday at 2.30pm for a few weeks -- with Open and Restricted sections.

This week, 19 July, there will also be an ABF Nationwide Online Novice Pairs.

The Masterpoint limit for the Novice section will be <100 MPs per player as at May 31.

Further details can be found on the ABF's Nationwide Online Pairs webpage

If you have not played before in an online ABF event, please follow all the instructions on this page well in advance of the session – preferably tonight, Friday.

Beyond Blue - Club Chairty for 2020/2021

Proudly supporting Beyond Blue Beyond Blue is Canberra Bridge Club's charity for July 2020 until June 2021. They "provide information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live".

Donations to Beyond Blue can be made either by cash donation in-Club (currently only non-receiptable small change donations, due to limiting cash handling), by direct deposit to the CBC bank account (please label clearly and email us to let us know so we can organise a Tax Receipt for you) or through our CBC online fundraising page with Beyond Blue. If you donate online through the online fundraising page you will automatically receive an electronic Tax Receipt for your donation. This money goes directly to Beyond Blue, but is still recorded on the CBC fundraising tally.

Since 2000, Beyond Blue has been working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide by:

  • supporting people to protect their mental health and to recover when they are unwell,
  • reduce people’s experience of stigma and discrimination, and
  • to improve people’s opportunities to get effective support and services at the right time.

Please support our chosen charity and give generously.

Lighter Moments

(from Disorder in the American Courts)

ATTORNEY:  Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS:     No..
ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS:     Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS:     Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law

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ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS:     By death.
ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS:     Take a guess.

Sign on floor "please stand here" 1.5m from urinal

Note: Please do not try this at the Club! ;-)