Newsletter - 23 July 2021

In this week’s newsletter...

  • ICE Details
  • June Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Clothes Swap - Thank You
  • Name Badges
  • Reserved Seats
  • CBC Session Times
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Education
  • Pianola workshop
  • Bridge Hands by Richard Hills
  • Bridge tips by Joan Butt

From the President

As a courtesy to other players, please remember when you are making the initial lead or playing to the first trick, play your card before writing down your contract or entering details in Bridgemate. It saves time and is a courtesy to the other three people at the table. Also if you are Dummy, please lay out the cards before writing down details or entering the contract in the Bridgemate to ensure the other players at the table are not kept waiting.

Please enjoy your bridge and stay safe.


In Case of Emergency (ICE) details

Thanks to those who have responded already. We run this item again to prompt whose who haven't. In the case of an emergency at the Bridge Club, do we have the contact name & phone number for someone to notify?

If you are not sure if we have your Emergency Contact recorded (can be entered via Pianola), we ask that you please consider providing the contact details for that "just in case" unlikely occurence we need them. You can do this by:

  • Entering them yourself into the "Emergency Contact" section of Pianola
  • Email the details (your name, contact's name & phone) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Write them on paper and give it to the Managers or a Director

June Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the 21 June 2021 Committee Meeting are now available for download from the Committee webpage. A copy is displayed on the noticeboard next to the Director's desk.

Clothes Swap 17 July 2021
Clothes Swap attendee

Clothes Swapping function last weekend

Last Saturday, 17 July, Nikki Riszko ran a Clothes Swap at the Club helping people refresh their wardrobes. Whilst the rain and cold temperatures did not help attendance numbers, we hear that all who came went away with at least one new items for their wardrobe, and it was a lot of fun.

Thank you to Nikki for organising the Clothes Swap, to the two ladies who loaned the 2 full-length mirrors, and to those who loaned us clothing racks and hangers, and to all those who attended on the day.

Sick? Please stay home

As winter continues so does the increase in the common cold and flu. If you are feeling at all unwell (with any potentially contagious illness!) please stay home and do not come to play Bridge. We will look forward to your return when you are well, and thank you for helping prevent others from sharing in your illness. This is even more important in light of COVID-19 and especially whilst there are some community cases in the Greater Sydney and Wollongong areas.

Feeling immobile and want a seat reserved

A reminder to all that reserving a north/south position is limited to those who have a physical disability. Those who need to remain stationary (and have booked) should check in with the Director on arrival to be advised of their allocated table, if they do not know where it is. This will avoid the confusion generated when tables are unnecessarily held in reserve after members have found their own seat.

This works well when all club members are flexible about seating arrangements.

Magnetic Name Badges

This is the last week to order a Magnetic Name Badge ($15). To order one please see the director or manager. If you have already ordered by not paid, please pay the $15 (cash or bank transfer; not via CBC Pay) to the Club ASAP.

In-Club Session Times

Reminders for in-Club sessions:

  • It is a condition of entry that you have read and agree to abide by our COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • One person ONLY in the kitchen at a time. You are welcome to gently remind others if you see they have forgotten.
  • Government laws require every person to be registered through the Check-In CBR App when visiting our ClubThe scan and number code for the App are on the sidetables, so you do not need to gather in the doorway or foyer to sign in.
  • Monday morning 10:00am
  • Monday evening 7:00pm (walk-in & supervised) & Monday evening 7:15pm (event)
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:15pm
  • Wednesday morning 10:00am
  • Wednesday evening 7:15pm
  • Thursday morning 10:00am (MP and Imps)
  • Friday Supervised Lesson: 9:30am, then Play at 10am
  • Friday (regular walk-in) 9:45am
  • Friday afternoon 1:15pm
  • Saturday afternoon 1:15pm

Upcoming Events

Teams of Three - Sunday 1st August - fundraiser for Beyond Blue

Cast off the woes of winter and frolic at the Bridge table and support CBC's charity Beyond Blue!

  • Sunday 1 August - 12:30-5:00pm
  • Gather 3 member players of a similar standard (limited to players who individually have fewer than 300 Masterpoints), come and have fun, get tips on play. The Club provides an experienced player as Captain to help and advise you.
    • Enter as one person and we add you to a Team
    • Enter as a pair and we will find a third person to form a Team;
    • Offers from any players who can fill in (including at short notice) would be much appreciated;
    • Offers of help to serve food, clean up etc would also be very much appreciated;
  • Scrumptious food, drinks, fun prizes.
  • Cost: $20 via CBCPay
  • Queries? Please email Pam Crichton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Pre-Entry Essential via the online event entry formEntries close 12:00 midday, Wednesday, 28 July.
    The event is limited to 36 teams. This is a CBC Members Only event.
    Everyone who signs up must turn up on the day to ensure its success.
  • ** Please note that entries close next Wednesday 28 July **

Online Winter Congress hosted by North Shore Bridge Club

For those in shutdown and/or afficionados of RealBridge

  • 10am Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August
  • Two Open and Two Restricted/Novice events
  • Offering prize money for each event 
  • $25 per player per day
  • Entries close 10pm 6 August
  • Brochure on events table


An entry to moderate level Honour Board (red-point) teams event for players in the ACT and surrounding areas

  • 10am Saturday 15 August at the Southern Cross Club, Woden
  • $110 per team, $50 per team for youth players
  • Entries close 12 August  Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brochure on events table
  • All enquiries contact John Donovan (email above).

Cootamundra Charity Duplicate Bridge Day

To aid Can Assist

  • 9am for start of pay 9.30 on Saturday 28th August
  • Open and Restricted/Novice events
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd plus Novice under 35 MP
  • $40 per head morning tea and lunch provided
  • Entries close 20 August This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brochure on events table

Upcoming Education / Lessons  

Pianola Session 28 July 

Rick Nehmy will conduct a further familiarisation lesson on Pianola at 9.15 on 28 July.  Please be at the club by 9.15 or leave a message for Rick.

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students (Competitive Bidding)

Barb Toohey will run two 4-week courses on Competitive Bidding and Defence. This is the next step after the beginners lessons, and suitable for Novice & Supervised Players.

To register to attend, please fill out our online entry form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Dates          :

Tuesdays 17th August - 7th Sept


10am - 12noon


$15 for an individual lesson or

$55 for all four (4) lessons

Members - Payment will be deducted from CBCPay Table Money.
Visitors - Cash, cheque or bank transfer


Week 1: Doubles

Week 2: Overcalls

Week 3: Leads

Week 4: Signals

Master the Basics

Are you aware of our weekly "Master the Basics" lessons, taught by Barb Toohey? No pre-registration necessary, except if you plan to join via Zoom and need the link.

Master the Basics, at 9:00am on Thursday mornings before the duplicate sessions, for approximately half an hour.

The course 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. Just turn up for any or all of the lessons in the schedule below. There is no requirement to stay on for the duplicate session too. Cost is $6 for CBC Members (paid via CBCPay) and $8 for Non-Members.

The lessons are also available each week on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the MTB Lesson Schedule

Supervised Lessons

The supervised lessons are on Mondays 7pm and Fridays 9:30am.

Beginner Lessons in August

Our next Beginners Lessons are schedule for August 16 (Monday Evenings, 7-9pm) and August 20 (Friday Mornings, 10am-12pm).

$69 for the 6 week course, including textbook and 3 free Supervised Play vouchers post-completion.
Pay before 9 August to get a $10 early-bird discount (pay only $59).

Individuals, couples and groups welcome to book!

We will print flyers for these lessons in the upcoming month, and you can direct anyone you know to view our website page "New to Bridge?" for full information and a contact form.

What call do you make - Bridge Hands by Richard Hills

Thursday morning Butler (pairs with teams scoring) Brd 19, Dlr S, Vul E-W

Partner (South) deals and passes, RHO opens 1D. You, North, hold:

S void

H AKQJ8642


C 9542

What call do you make?

Since pard passed as dealer succeeding in 6H is possible but unlikely. Investigating the unlikely slam via a takeout double is NOT recommended as you could find yourself defending 1Dx. So instead adopt the old Acol principle of "Bid what you think you can make" by choosing the unimaginative 4H overcall.

Your 4H is greeted with two passes, then RHO rebids 5D. What call do you make now?

A useful rule-of-thumb is, "When you hold an 8-card suit, you strive to be declarer."

So 5H was chosen. Pass, pass and now RHO reversed into 5S. This creates a much more difficult "What call do you make" decision. Answer next week.

Play: Managing Suit Play by Joan Butt

When you make your plan for developing extra tricks in suits, there are two extra possibilities at your disposal. 

Not only do you have:

  1. Promotion
  2. Length 
  3. Finesse
    but now you have the possibility of: 
  4. Using the trump suit, and 
  5. Discarding losers on winners

In a suit contract, because of the power of trumps, we tend to focus on losers rather than winners, but consider where your winners are coming from too. There are two types of losers; quick losers and slow losers. Quick losers are those the defenders can take straight away if they gain the lead (eg you're missing the ace). Slow losers are those which will eventually be lost if declarer doesn't do anything about them (eg You have the ace and king but you're missing the queen). Slow losers are harder to spot than quick losers. 

Counting losers is not as precise as counting winners, and you can't always be sure if a card will be a loser or not. The key to knowing how to count losers is to count them from YOUR hand first (i.e. declarer) . Then look across to see how dummy can help.

Losers are any of the top three honours in each suit that you're missing, but, because there is a trump suit, shortages (doubletons, singletons or voids)  will reduce losers.