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NZ Congress 2016

Click on the Congress menu item: heaps of events for the less confident through to experts.  For help on accessing the new site please click on What's new ..." :  it has some instructions. If you've never played Bridge, try out our online lessons or contact one of our clubs. Our aim is to get as many people enjoying Bridge as possible.


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    26 Aug 2016

    A “Helping” hand Your partner is there to help your side. Believe it! It’s true. Just because they do not always lead the suit you bid (they had their reasons, maybe valid ones!) or return your suit to give you a ruff (check out... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    24 Aug 2016

    Counting ... Down That’s the idea if you are defending. “That”? Why, to beat the contract! Playing Pairs, there are times when you want to restrict overtricks but generally, your score will look much better if you have beaten... read more here


    24 Aug 2016

    The local Wellington weather has again provided excellent conditions for bridge. The big event of this period was the 10A Regional Teams event, hosted by the Hutt Bridge Club and attracting 18 teams.  Newell (Peter Newell, Martin Reid, GeO... read more here

  • Summer Festival of Bridge Canberra - Speacial Early Bird Offer for NZ Players

    22 Aug 2016

    Special limited promotion for NZ players – enter online NOW Offer applies only to Pairs and Teams comprising all NZ players Entry must be done online and paid in full by single credit card before 5 October A 20% refund to credit card... read more here

  • Congratulations To Our Recently Qualified Club Directors

    19 Aug 2016

    NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Julie Ballance Wellington Doris Chapman Hastings Greg Davenport Thames Lorraine... read more here


    19 Aug 2016

    Crashing Honours A series of curious events resulted in 12 well won imps on the following board (4). In the cold and reflective light of the post-mortem, one can find a reason why the defence could have prevailed but the declarer, Carol... read more here

  • Bingo.. Mafia..Speedball

    18 Aug 2016

    All in the name of Youth Bridge. "Mafia" takes over from Bridge. The Christchurch Bridge Club was taken over from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th August by a group of 44 keen young bridge players coming from all over the country to indulge in a... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    17 Aug 2016

    Winners of the Wanganui Open held in mid-July were Bob Hurley and Pam Livingston though the highest score of the day (67.11%) came from the familiar faces of Ken Bateman and Noel Woodhall (pictured above). Meanwhile, Patrick D'Arcy and Graeme... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    17 Aug 2016

    EVEN WHEN IT SEEMS EASY, IT’S HARD. Or” It Isn’t over until the fat lady sings.” “What’s that” you may ask? “Why, defence, of course!” Another way of looking at this is that a contract is not... read more here

  • Plenty of Fun at The Cambridge 6's

    16 Aug 2016

    "The Union Jacks" from Cambridge...just there to have a good time.   It was all happening at the Don Rowlands Centre at Karapiro near Cambridge on Saturday 13th August  where Cambridge  Bridge Club hosted the largest one day event... read more here

  • Website improvements

    16 Aug 2016

    Over the last 12 months, NZB has been working on major changes to our site. It has been a work in progress and still is.  We know it is not perfect and there are still things we want to improve, but recently we addressed some issues.... read more here


    12 Aug 2016

    AVOID THOSE MINORS Two boards played this week proved some well-known rules about where you should be playing game if you can and conversely what to avoid. They both involved some potentially hefty opposition pre-emption. One involved one of... read more here

  • AUCKLAND NEWS with Douglas Russell

    11 Aug 2016

    Hello from a very wet and chilly Auckland. Many of our bridge players have taken refuge from the incessant rain by playing in the warmth and comfort of our very welcoming clubs over this period. Down in Papatoetoe in June, Gary Chen and Blair... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    10 Aug 2016

    BEATING OR NOT BEATING THE PART-SCORE Sorry, no great end-play to make an impossible slam this week. This is routine every day what went right or in this case wrong defending a part-score. The first question is after an illuminating sequence of:... read more here

  • Seniors' Success at Hamilton

    9 Aug 2016

    Andrew and Trevor The North Island Pairs Trevor Robb and Andrew Janisz, members of this year’s New Zealand Seniors team which is soon to leave for the Olympiad events in Poland, were victorious in last weekend’s North Island Pairs at... read more here

  • Pacific Asia Women's On-Line Bridge Festival

    8 Aug 2016

    NZ Bridge is very pleased to advertise the third Pacific Asia On-line Women's Bridge Festival to be held from Monday 22nd August to Friday 26th August 2016. For all details, including the registration pages, go to... read more here


    5 Aug 2016

    “Twice in one night” Can lightning strike twice in one night? With our weather at present, the answer must certainly be “yes”. Yet, we are talking about more pleasant matters like “opening leads”. You can get... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    3 Aug 2016

    AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS Now, I am not calling you an elephant, at least not in public! I do, though, want you to justify my faith in you by getting two problems right. One is a little easier than the other. Both are on the same theme. In each... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    3 Aug 2016

      Calling all readers but especially those on Stewart Island. Welcome to Rhondda and Jeff Bergman. It's OK. We know our geography and that our southern island is not really that close to Nelson or Picton! Read on: Tournament News Maurice... read more here

  • MacLeans College remains top Bridge School in Auckland

    1 Aug 2016

    The last morning of July saw the annual Auckland-Northland Teams Bridge competition take place at the Howick Bridge Club. Four schools were represented by 11 teams in what was a four round Swiss competition. After winning the trophy for the first... read more here

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