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  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 2

    17 Sep 2019

    Three wins from 12 matches may not seem a particularly good return from the second day’s play. Indeed, both The Bridge Blacks and Bridge Masters are struggling to get momentum so far. However, the Bridge Ferns performed creditably against... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    16 Sep 2019

    Taking Advantage of the 5-3 Trump Fit. We found our way with a little exploration to 4H, a fair looking 5-3 trump fit. Let’s see how we can not just make our contract but even maybe an overtrick. South led a spade with North following to... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 1

    16 Sep 2019

    Warm Up and Action. "Warming Up" is something all four of our teams did on arrival in Wuhan, a huge city in the centre of China. Our chef de mission, Kris Wooles, described the temperature as "hot and sticky, 37 degrees, feels like 43." At least... read more here

  • Congratulations!! Our New Grand Masters

    15 Sep 2019

    Details here read more here

  • 44th World Bridge Championships start This Sunday

    13 Sep 2019

    New Zealand has four teams taking part in the 44th World Bridge Championships which start on Sunday in Wuhan, China. We will have representative teams in the Open (Bermuda Bowl),Women (Venice Cup), Seniors (D'Orsi Senior Bowl) and Mixed (Mixed... read more here

  • New To The Table

    13 Sep 2019

    Finding (not having!) a Fit. We know we need to have a minimum of 8 trumps between our two hands, dummy’s and our own, for that suit to be our trump suit. That is called a "fit". It is normally fairly easy to find such a fit when each hand... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    11 Sep 2019

    Greetings from the Winterless North once again. No more frosts as yet this year but it sure has rained and the thunder and lightening storms have been nothing short of amazing. Not a lot has been happening here over the past few months. We... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 061

    11 Sep 2019

      This week's show includes:     Ki te tautoko te wiki o te reo maori Supporting Maori Language Week     Richard Solomon shares his workload heading into the National Congress Late entries are possible and... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Sep 2019

    It should not have made…but it did! Have you heard that before? Have you experienced that before? Be honest. Yes, you have. Recently? It’s OK… no-one is asking you to reveal! The defence was not that hard to find, either. Was... read more here

  • Congratulations - Recently Qualified Club Level Directors

    9 Sep 2019

      NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Jeremy Fraser-Hoskin Auckland Andrew McLennan Cromwell Sandie Howard New Plymouth... read more here

  • New To The Table

    6 Sep 2019

    Text-Book or Practical? We referred last week to the use of bidding a suit we do not hold when our side has bid three suits, in other words “Fourth Suit Forcing”. An example of the use of this came up very recently. There are... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    6 Sep 2019

    Spades over Hearts… and Diamonds, too? It is so good holding the spade suit in the many highly competitive hands our dealing machine conjures up for us. Heart bidders have to find cunning ways to stop their opponents bid one more but at... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 060

    4 Sep 2019

     This weeks show includes:     Congress is coming……….     Get your entires in, come to Hamilton, we’ll see you there Email us with your thoughts on your form heading in Congress How... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    3 Sep 2019

    As some of you may have heard, I spent 5 unplanned days at the beginning of August enjoying the outstanding hospitality of the North Shore Hospital, as a result of which I now have a new friend very close to my heart, known inevitably as Gerry.... read more here

  • Pairs The Great Leveller

    3 Sep 2019

    The National Open Pairs at Auckland Bridge Club. Have you heard that before? Some days everything works and others…everything works for the opposition! It may be sobering to know that even our top internationals have such days. Take the... read more here

  • Three New to Gold

    2 Sep 2019

    We salute three new Gold Grand Masters. That is  at least 4,000 A and B Master- Points of which at least 2,500 must be be A Points. They come from Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.          ... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    1 Sep 2019

    The Defender You Do NOT Want on Lead. So much for all that talk about “4th Suit Forcing” on Friday. We have been left to make 3NT. If we had been able to call 2spades as our second bid in the sequence below, it would be our... read more here

  • National 15A Pairs- Auckland Bridge Club

    30 Aug 2019

    Link to results read more here

  • New To The Table

    30 Aug 2019

    The Suit You Do Not Need to Call. You open the bidding by calling your longest suit at the 1 level. Your partner calls a different suit and you call your second longest suit because you have no support for your partner’s suit and a hand not... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    30 Aug 2019

    Catch me if you can… Not a night of great deeds, a night generally if you could keep your nose out of trouble, you would score better. Trouble awaited round many corners, or bids too far: How high would you bid this interesting... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George MacLachlan

    29 Aug 2019

    Meet one of most recent arrivals to the Central Districts bridge scene. Read on further to discover who his keepers are. The Levin Open, held on 21st July, attracted a field of 30 pairs and was won easily by the Ker brothers, Anthony and... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 059

    29 Aug 2019

      Click this link to enjoy the show read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    28 Aug 2019

    RIGHT SWITCH: WRONG RESULT? Good defence and good declarer play on the same board? The end result could well not be good for both sides.The defence did all they could to defeat declarer’s 4 level contract. Would it be enough? Let’s... read more here

  • One Month to go: One Week to go

    26 Aug 2019

    Our National Bridge Congress, the highlight of our bridge calendar is now just one month away. If you have not yet entered, especially Ryman New Zealand Open and Restricted Open Pairs, now would be a great time to do so. We do require prior entry... read more here

  • Newsletters from Chairperson- Allan Morris

    26 Aug 2019

    Newsletter No 6  for 2019 -  added 26th  August 2019   read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    25 Aug 2019

    Making the Two Games….or Failing in a Good Cause? We left you on Friday with one pair of hands and two contracts to play. So, let’s look first of all at the one I hope you did not reach, 3NT. North DealsE-W Vul... read more here

  • New To The Table

    23 Aug 2019

    Going to game: but which game? We, the bridge teachers, tell our new players to bid to game when we know we are strong enough to do so. Sometimes, we may be strong enough but we do not know which game we should bid. As a for instance, we open 1... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    23 Aug 2019

    Golden Week but not Great Diamond Celebrations Akarana will this Saturday be celebrating its 50th anniversary, just a few months late….but then Akarana players have not over the years been too wedded to time issues. This Wednesday evening... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -058

    21 Aug 2019

        This weeks show includes:   Judge Julie   and full disclosure   Results Upper Hutt Multi-Grade-  Richard Solomon wins the bet for a sultana scone   Fullarton Teams - Wanganui  ... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    21 Aug 2019

    Tournaments and lessons are the theme of the last couple of months.  Once again tournaments for everyone – Junior, Intermediate, Interclub, Swiss Pairs, Regional 10A, Charity…..   Starting off with the Nelson Junior Pairs... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    19 Aug 2019

    Different Leads: Different Problems On the following board, most West players did the normal thing of leading their partner’s suit. You cannot be wrong even if you are not right! What would be your plan assuming you play low from dummy,... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    18 Aug 2019

    Can’t Bid Slam but Can you Make One? We left you on Friday in a reasonable looking 4S contract. We got to game on a combined 24 high card points and avoided the trap of playing 3NT. We are playing Pairs which means not only do we want to... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    17 Aug 2019

         Sharon Thompson - Richmond     Sharon has been nominated by the Richmond Club Committee. The following tribute comes fromClub Secretary, Diane Groom:    "Sharon certainly deserves... read more here

  • New To The Table

    16 Aug 2019

    The Wise Bid. There are times when, in the bidding, you tell the opponents as little as possible about your hand and other times when you need to reveal all, or quite a lot! If you know which suit and which level you want to play, then... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    16 Aug 2019

    “MAKING UP THE NUMBERS?” Who were? Why, the North-South pairs, of course. They were there to defend, occasionally to have slam aspirations, to make a nuisance of themselves in a series of high- level competitive boards but generally,... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    15 Aug 2019

    Plenty of tournament action to report this issue. So, let's get straight into it: Mid South Island Teams  - June 23rd Someone, or a group, must be doing a lot of hard work in South Canterbury to get 6 Junior and 6 Intermediate teams along... read more here

  • Congratulations to our 3 new Siver Grandmasters

    15 Aug 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 057

    14 Aug 2019

        Today’s show includes:   Cambridge Sixes - Tarakiwi take out the event     More Km’s to A’s for Russell Wilson travelled to the Cambridge Sixes Angels take out the costume prize... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    13 Aug 2019

    It’s OK to return partner’s suit…except…. When it’s wrong! Helpful advice? Not really. Defence can be hard (another unhelpful comment!), One factor which can make it easier is when our partner makes a bid.... read more here

  • The Youth Weekend That Was

    13 Aug 2019

    32 young bridge players came to Christchurch from all over the country: from Auckland, Tauranga, Cambridge, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Westport, Rangiora, Christchurch and Dunedin. Here they all are: They played an Individual... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    12 Aug 2019

    Play Well: Be Lucky. Good play is not always rewarded but we would like to believe it is. If we play the cards in the best possible manner and fail in our contract, then we will have a level of satisfaction, if not all the deserved match-points!... read more here

  • New To The Table

    9 Aug 2019

    "Quantitative Bid" …. Can you say it and use it? I struggle to say it but it is a useful bid to use. The idea is that you ask partner to pass if they are minimum for their holding or bid on if they are maximum…a bit like the... read more here

  • Nominations open - International representative teams for 2020

    9 Aug 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    9 Aug 2019

    SHAPELESS and SHAPELY. Sometimes it is what is staring before our eyes. At other times, we have to imagine what it is our opponents might be bidding so aggressively on. In the context of the above, two problems for you:  ... read more here

  • Top 100 and 200!

    8 Aug 2019

    Getting all the functions working  connected with this website has proved a slowish process. We are getting there! You can now see the list of the top 100 New Zealand master-point holders of all time which will be updated from time to time,... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 056

    7 Aug 2019

     In todays show.......   Results North Island Pairs The Simpsons’ take out the event We have Jo Simpson on the show How does a 4 man team come 3rd in the event? Auckland Pairs Billie Tohill Pairs Tudor Biggs... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    7 Aug 2019

    Bridge and.... July saw a rather nasty cold circulating among local bridge players. While recovering, I was flicking through TV channels and came across a novel sport. One fan had combined his love of chess and boxing. The two activities... read more here

  • Gold and Silver for North Island Pairs Winners

    6 Aug 2019

    Jo and Sam Simpson squeezed home in a very tight finish to last weekend’s North Island Pairs held at the Wellington Bridge Club. The format was the same as at the recent South Island Pairs with each pair playing three boards against the... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    6 Aug 2019

    Double and Defend Strongly when they overstep the mark. A couple of bidding situations for you first up…. for although this article is primarily about playing and defending hands, the bidding is very much connected with both. East’s... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    4 Aug 2019

    A Change of Plan. You make your plan when you first see dummy. Sometimes, something goes wrong and you have to make an abrupt change if you are to have any chance of making your contract. Take this week’s hand: North DealsNone... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    3 Aug 2019

    A Timely Duck. 23 high-card points between the two hands, a holey longish 5 card “coming home suit” and a fair knowledge that a key finesse is going to fail (it does). It all sounds like 3NT is going to run into some degree of... read more here

  • New To The Table

    2 Aug 2019

    Staying in Part-Score. Part-score contracts are important too. You cannot make game on every hand. When we do not think we can make a game, we would like to stop as low as we can…but it is not always possible.    ... read more here

  • North Island Pairs- Wellington Bridge Club

    2 Aug 2019

    LInk to results read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    31 Jul 2019

    It’s been a while since I last wrote to you, and in that time some things have happened. One of these is that there’ve been some local tournaments (of course). So, it’s good to celebrate the winners. Not to waste your valuable... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show- 055

    31 Jul 2019

      Todays show includes:   Boomerang Bridge Welcome Liam Milne – our Australian Correspondent The 1st throw of the Boomerang   Funnies reveal Dummy – my knight in shining armour, gallant saviour of fricken... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    30 Jul 2019

                 Playing With “The Master”. Have you ever had a game of Bridge with a “DealMaster”? You know who I mean, don’t you? His (oops, sorry, that may... read more here

  • Resignation from the Board- Jane Stearns

    30 Jul 2019

      Yesterday I received notice from Jane Stearns of her resignation from the Board which, with regret, I have accepted. Without doubt Jane’s contribution, over a relatively short period, has been most significant and I am sure will be... read more here

  • Lots of Laughs, Bridge and Pizzas in Auckland

    29 Jul 2019

    There was an excellent atmosphere on the last Sunday of morning of July as 34 students took part in a Schools’ Pairs event at the Auckland Bridge Club. We had players from Macleans College, Auckland Grammar, Bucklands Beach Intermediate,... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    29 Jul 2019

     Playing a Tough Part-Score Contract.                 We left you as declarer in the  following deal in your part-score spade contract after West had led the jack... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    29 Jul 2019

    Ron and Sandra Cooper - Orewa. This month we have a joint nomination, a husband and wife partnership who have served their club in different ways for many years. For 12 years Ron has been a committee member and served for 7 of those years as... read more here

  • New To The Table

    26 Jul 2019

    Being Competitive. One of the skills of bidding is, when the opponents open the bidding, of knowing to compete when an auction is about to end. This is called "balancing" or "being competitive".  If you do not, you will find you will get... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    26 Jul 2019

    If you do not succeed at first, finesse and finesse again! They are our last resort. We would take any reasonable line that means we do not have to take a finesse. Most of us would struggle to remember the last successful one in a key situation.... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    25 Jul 2019

    Waikato Bays News and Rubber "Cat" ch up Teams events seemed to be back on the radar over the past few months.   Starting with Spa Town Teams in Te Aroha … this is the only stand-alone tournament Te Aroha host and it is comprised... read more here

  • Changes to Board Requirements for 5A to 20A Tournaments

    24 Jul 2019

      At our meeting held yesterday the Board agreed to adopt the following changes to the board requirements for certain tournament levels. The change is effectively immediately and will be reviewed in 12 months’ time. 5A... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 054

    24 Jul 2019

       This weeks show includes:   Judge Julie Rules Alerts at the 4 level Time @ the table Tip of the week Signals – say it loud   Auckland Region Pairs         Winners... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    23 Jul 2019

    Trump Signals Can Save The Day… ….. or even help beat a contract. What are they? Normally, we follow quite meaninglessly with our two or three small trumps. We can give the order we play them a meaning. We focus on the other two... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    22 Jul 2019

    SIX GOOD TRUMPS ARE NO GOOD……. This all happened in one 10 board match among 8 supposedly strong Open bridge players. Firstly, we must give you a bidding problem….or maybe it is no problem: With both sides vulnerable, you... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    21 Jul 2019

    Squashing Honours. We left you on Friday in a rather precarious contract after a very difficult bidding sequence. Let's hope we did not use up all our energies in the bidding! We needed to get 10 tricks with spades as trumps: South... read more here

  • New To The Table

    19 Jul 2019

    Bidding What We Have Not: Not Bidding What We Have! The rules or guidelines around bidding can be strange or at times make us do seemingly strange things. For example, if we have 7 high card points and 4 spades and a 6-card club suit, we bid 1... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    19 Jul 2019

    Greeting once again from the Winterless North. I shouldn't say totally without winter as we have had two frosts and when it rains... it really rains. On the Bridge front we have been Busy Busy Busy.  New World 5A in Paihia First was the... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    19 Jul 2019

    TWO BIDS TO SUCCESS. Some bidding sequences can be very drawn out and can take many minutes to conduct. Others are very succinct….and I do not just mean ones like 1NT – 3NT. This particular sequence following involves a bid which... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 054

    17 Jul 2019

      This weeks show includes: McGann, Reid and Cornell ..Ware not having a bar of it !!!     Hamilton Open Teams and Intermediate Pairs – results   Thanks for sending in your stories while at the table. We... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    15 Jul 2019

    -850 or + 200? One of those will be the result of our action to double 5H in the following auction. Do you remember the problem? West DealsBoth Vul     ♠ J 6 5 ♥ J 8 7 4... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    15 Jul 2019

    Clear Signal: Less Stress. We learn at an early stage of our Bridge development that we can tell our partner whether we like their lead or indeed which suit we would like them to play when they get on lead. There are various methods of doing so.... read more here

  • New To The Table

    12 Jul 2019

    VALUING VOIDS . As well as valuing 4 points for each ace, three for each king, two for a queen and one for a jack, we learn that we can add on extra points for our hand when we have a one or two card suit…or even no cards in a suit! Word... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    12 Jul 2019

    “CRIMES” SHOULD BE PUNISHED. Define “crime” in bridge terminology. A criminal action was certainly committed on the following board and should probably have made it easier for a partnership to have bid a slam in safety.... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    11 Jul 2019

    A somewhat abbreviated report for you this time, as “Other Matters” have rather overtaken my life at the moment. However, a goodly run of tournament results, with many of the usual suspects featuring large. Back in May at East Coast... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Jul 2019

    The Natural Reaction. You must know the saying “Cover an honour with an honour.” Perhaps, you know the unofficial end to this saying too: “Cover an honour with an honour unless it cannot benefit your side by doing so.”... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -53

    10 Jul 2019

         Todays show includes:   Should I or shouldn’t I  What we get up to off air…yes – lets air it Natalie Imbruglia – 1997 smash hit Look up the TORN, Mime You Tube Clip –... read more here

  • Ace Raiders from The North Take Out South Island Pairs

    8 Jul 2019

    Andi Boughey and Carol Richardson won a tense battle to win the South Island Pairs, held at the Crockfords Bridge Club over the past weekend. They survived five sessions to win by 5% from Blair Fisher and George Masters. Of the three pairs in... read more here

  • New To The Table

    7 Jul 2019

    How Forcing? We often say that a bid is either forcing or is not. Yet, like so much in Bridge, it is not always that simple. We also need to know how forcing a bid is. Is it : Forcing to game? Forcing to 2NT? Forcing just for one round? If... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    7 Jul 2019

    WHICH ROUTE TO TAKE? We left you to play a rather awkward 3NT contract, only 24 high card points between our two hands and no good fit. Can we make 9 tricks? What’s our planning like? South DealsN-S Vul ♠ J 4... read more here

  • South Island Pairs- Crockfords Christchurch

    5 Jul 2019

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    5 Jul 2019

    Opportunities Lost Or are they? Do we bid too much at the wrong times even at a lowish level? Are we too afraid to penalise at too low a level? How many of those questions apply to you? (Sorry, I promise not to ask any more questions!) I lie!... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    4 Jul 2019

    Tony Fayerman is one of those people that are such a valuable asset to any club. He is a member of both the Hokowhitu and Palmerston North clubs and is a devoted bridge player with a sense of pitching in to do any task asked of him. He is the... read more here

  • National Congress News July 2019

    4 Jul 2019

            TIME TO ACT ! NATIONAL CONGRESS UPDATE. July 2019. It’s three months to go before we draw those cards in Hamilton. So, it must be time to start doing a little planning if you have not already done so….... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -052

    3 Jul 2019

      Today’s show includes:     Alan Morris completes his interview with us And follows thru with his promise of a cake We cut the cake!!     Happy Birthday to the Bridge Zone   Intimidation at the... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    2 Jul 2019

    Keeping out of the Way. You find the right lead, the only lead to beat a contract….and then something major goes wrong! Take a look: South DealsBoth Vul ♠ Q J ♥ Q 4 2 ♦ A 10 9 8 6 5... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    30 Jun 2019

    A Good time NOT to win a trick. We spend about half our time during the play of a hand defending. So, it is well worth looking at some of the things a good defender could do. That’s in addition to learning about playing hands and the... read more here

  • New To The Table

    28 Jun 2019

    They Open: We bid Game.     As South you pick up a nice looking 18-point hand. You are 4th to speak and there’s a bit of bidding before you get your first shot:       West DealsNone Vul... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    28 Jun 2019

    Good Bidding…. Not Good Luck. Luck plays its part in a hand of bridge. The best of contracts can succumb to a bad break while some with a much lesser chance of success come home thanks to some good fortune. However, when many pairs miss... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 051

    26 Jun 2019

      This weeks show includes:   It’s Singapore …. And it’s....   Well done to the Bridge Blacks Michael Cornell– reaches another milestone   NZ Bridge Chairman, Allan Morris shares his... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    26 Jun 2019

    Tournaments are all go since the last update.  Something for everyone with Open, intermediate, Juniors, All Grades, charity, IPs….. We kicked off with the Motueka Intermediate on 4 May.  Fourteen tables with eight clubs in the... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    26 Jun 2019

    June 2019.  Allan Joseph. Just about any month Allan Joseph, director, member of Wellington's Kairangi and Wellington Bridge Club, would legitimately be able to be nominated as the New Zealand Bridge's Volunteer of the Month. June 2019 is... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Jun 2019

    Bread and Butter Defending…but no jam! Sorry to be unsensational but it is very rare for any Pairs tournament to be won by one’s slam bidding or by bringing home low point-count risky 3NT contracts. It is much more likely to be won... read more here

  • RBM PROJECT UPDATE

    25 Jun 2019

    Read of the work undertaken by the RBMs and how they are growing the game nationwide. For the second successive year NZB has posted increases in membership. The RBM scheme has been so successful the Australian Bridge Federation have adopted it... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    23 Jun 2019

    Like does mean “Like”. We worked through last time what we would lead to a simply bid 3NT contract and left you in the middle of trick 2 after you had chosen the SQ. This is what you saw after the opening lead was made:... read more here

  • New To The Table

    22 Jun 2019

                A Problem Lead. Our focus today is on the choice of opening lead, rather than the bidding. The opposition bid quickly to 3NT with the following uninterrupted sequence:... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    21 Jun 2019

    Mid Canterbury Pairs 8B             April 27th. The morning winners of the 2 sections were Joan Small/Liz Armstrong 67% in the Howell, and Kathryn Tennant/Hayden Seal 57% were outscored... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    21 Jun 2019

    “Is That a Heart Suit I See Before Me?” That might be a question the North players might have been asking themselves after the opposition bid the two suits North did not hold in the following auction:... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore. New Zealand v Australia Test Matches

    20 Jun 2019

                             Honours Even. Honours were even when the two South Pacific nations played each other in 64 board test... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 50

    20 Jun 2019

      This Weeks show includues:   “Naki Nightmare”   Barry tells us about a hand that he has lost sleep over     National Swiss Pair Results from New Plymouth Congratulation’s - Grant Jarvis and... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 8

    19 Jun 2019

    SILVER FOR BRIDGE BLACKS. The event may have ended too soon with the Bridge Blacks on a roll, two huge victories over Thailand and Japan and with Gold Medalists China eventually less than 15 vps ahead. A great finish for the team of GeO... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 7. BBO TODAY 4.30PM NZ TIME BRIDGE MASTERS V Chinese Taipei B

    18 Jun 2019

    Two Kiwi Teams Chase Medals. Three good wins, the most impressive being the smallest over table-topping China, has put the Bridge Blacks in line to challenge for a medal on the last day of play. They are now only 9vps behind 2nd placed China... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 6

    17 Jun 2019

    Our Seniors were by far the busiest of our four teams on this day carrying on their 4 match per day schedule…and 4 from 4 it was, too with the last win against China Hong Kong B being by far the most emphatic. Four wins is great and were... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    16 Jun 2019

                                    TIME TO SWITCH Remember we left you on Friday at trick 3.... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 5. SUNDAY BRIDGE BLACKS ON BBO AT 7.00PM NZ TIME V SINGAPORE

    16 Jun 2019

    A day of mixed fortunes. Our Open team would be reasonably happy with three wins over the other three mid-table teams though medal prospects would have been enhanced by a larger win in at least one of their matches. They are though only 13vps... read more here

  • Congratulations!! to our latest Grandmasters

    15 Jun 2019

    New Grandmasters read more here

  • NZ 15A Swiss Pairs - New Plymouth

    15 Jun 2019

    Link to Results read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 3 Revisited

    15 Jun 2019

         India Revisited. Before we move on to Day 4, there were some unusual happenings going on in the final match of Day 3 which deserve a mention. Only the Bridge Ferns and Bridge Masters played these boards. East-West in the... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 4. BBO SATURDAY 7.00PM NZ Time Mixed Blacks v Australia 9.30pm Bridge Ferns v Indonesia

    15 Jun 2019

    Bridge Masters Record Four Wins                 Pick of the bunch on Day 4 were the Bridge Masters with 4 wins including one maximum points (who is to quibble over 0.01?!)... read more here

  • New To The Table

    14 Jun 2019

                           A BID TOO FAR. At times, we all tend to underbid hands….and at other times, we all bid a bit too much.... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 3

    14 Jun 2019

    BRIDGE BLACKS v SINGAPORE. 4.30PM NZ time Friday. on BBO. Day 3 proved to be generally a good day for our 4 teams. A small loss, a bye and a crushing victory over bottom placed India saw our Mixed Blacks climb to 9th in the 11-team competition.... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    14 Jun 2019

    Difficult to bid: Difficult to defeat. The high card points were evenly split on Board 4. In fact, even though North-South had the majority, it was East-West who were more likely to record a making game. However, the first problem for East-West... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    13 Jun 2019

    ILT Murihiku Teams and Pairs The Invercargill Licensing Trust controls the sale of alcohol in Invercargill. No supermarket is permitted to sell alcohol within the town. All outlets are owned by the Trust. In return some $8,000,000 is handed out... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 2

    13 Jun 2019

      BBO COMMENTRY THURSDAY   Bridge Masters at 9.30pm (NZ time) v China Hong Kong A A good day for our Open and Seniors teams but not so good for our Women and Mixed teams. At least after poor results earlier in the day, both Bridge... read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 1

    12 Jun 2019

             Orchard Road, Singapore. Welcome to the first report on our four teams at the Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Championships for 2019, which are taking place at the York Hotel in Singapore. Firstly,... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 49

    12 Jun 2019

      This weeks show includes:      It’s official, Australian Bridge Federation takes on the Bridge Zone Show  We have a new segment, Boomerang Bridge starts this week  Our Australian Correspondent is... read more here

  • FINAL SINGAPORE PREVIEW WATCH OUR WOMEN'S TEAM AT 7PM TONIGHT NZ TIME ON BBO

    11 Jun 2019

    Our final pre-event interview is with JOHN SKIPPER from the Christchurch Bridge Club. He is on the Bridge Masters team in Singapore. John has been playing bridge since 1980 in Christchurch. He had always played card and board games as kids at home... read more here

  • Follow Progress of our Teams in Singapore

    10 Jun 2019

    52nd Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Championships 11th June 2019 — 20th June 2019   York Hotel, Singapore     Follow the progress of all the teams... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Jun 2019

    Good Planning, Good Luck, Good Result The opposite is often true. A faulty line brings its deserved reward in failure. So, sometimes, sensible play will bring a little piece of good fortune and a good result. Keeping an eye on losers when playing... read more here

  • QUALIFIED DIRECTORS LIST

    10 Jun 2019

    NZBridge Directors June 2019.pdf read more here

  • Singapore Preview

    10 Jun 2019

    REBECCA JOHNSTON A journey to overcome a serious head injury has seen Rebecca battle to regain her previous form to return as an international player in the 2019 season. Rebecca was 17 when she started playing bridge and has now been playing for... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    9 Jun 2019

    Lucky Lie. So, there you are in your 4 heart contract. What you can say is that it looks a better contract than 3NT. You made a good choice when you elected to play in your 5-3 heart fit. North DealsNone Vul ♠ A 4 2... read more here

  • Singapore Preview

    9 Jun 2019

    MICHAEL WHIBLEY started playing bridge aged 16, and has now been playing for around 16 years. He literally stumbled across the game online when playing other yahoo games like chess.  He saw bridge there and clicked on it and was soon... read more here

  • Singapore Preview

    8 Jun 2019

    In preparation for the APBF kicking off on Tuesday 11 June, we are catching up with some of the international squad heading overseas. Today we meet Brian Mace, member of the Bridge Masters. Brian started playing bridge at age 14. Born and bred in... read more here

  • New To The Table

    7 Jun 2019

    Finding The Right Game. The words “trump fit” are regularly discussed in Beginners’ Bridge Lessons. The magic number seems to be eight. If you have eight or more cards between you and your partner's hand, then you should be... read more here

  • Singapore Preview

    7 Jun 2019

    The APBF international event is fast approaching. With our international squad starting to make their way overseas, we start our pre-event warm up by meeting some of the international players. Today we catch up with Denis Humphries from the... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    7 Jun 2019

    NO TRUMPS, NO HOLDS, NO WORRIES….. There are two good things that can happen when you have not got a hold in a suit and you contract for a no-trump contract. Firstly, your partner, who is on your side may help you out with a useful card or... read more here

  • 2019 Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Championships

    6 Jun 2019

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  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    5 Jun 2019

                            The Priority at Pairs is… Make your Contract. Although we love making overtricks at Pairs, there is... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 48

    5 Jun 2019

    This weeks show includes:   Giocoso in the Bridge world Directors may have a new way to combat slow play     Auckland and Hawkes Bay Congress – results shared Gold and Emerald plaques issued at Auckland prize giving... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    5 Jun 2019

    Firstly, a thank you to Dean Sole and Katherine Gough for each writing an update while I was away for 3 or so months. When in "France"... I did drop in for a few sessions at the local club in our temporary home (Hyères). For those of you... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    4 Jun 2019

    “WANGLING” ONE’S WAY OUT. Many times, our opponents make bidding difficult for us. Even sometimes when the opponents are silent, our partner can make life impossible for us. Occasionally, even when our partner and the opponents... read more here

  • Emerald, Gold and Glory at Auckland

    4 Jun 2019

    A pictorial celebration of the big winners at Auckland this past Queens Birthday Weekend. Firstly, we can celebrate the country’s second Emerald Grand Master. That means a total of at least 8,000 masterpoints of which at least 6,000 must be... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    2 Jun 2019

    MANY CHOICES…and a VITAL DUCK.  Too many. If only there was one way to play a contract, life would be a lot easier…but then Bridge would not be the exciting and absorbing game it is. So, let’s get back to the problem of... read more here

  • New To The Table

    31 May 2019

    Showing Strength. It is important when Opener, or indeed Responder, has a strong hand that they show that strength to their partner. It would not have mattered particularly on the following deal though it is a good principle to grasp. What... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    31 May 2019

    Strange Singletons. Those "pure" folk who rarely risk the slam zone with less than a combined 30 count may have prospered this week at Akarana, though not entirely. There were a number of lower point count combinations where a slam looked most... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    30 May 2019

    The big event of the past few months was the selection of the Waikato Bays IP team … it wouldn’t be an IP trial without plenty of debate about the format.   In previous years, the Waikato Bays has gone for a combined... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 047

    29 May 2019

        Today’s show includes:   Yummy - Scones with jam and cream     We talked Hero last week, it’s Zero this week   Ace asking  -  Gerber/Blackwood/ RKC/ Charm/CRO   The Bridge... read more here

  • Transfer of Australian Masterpoints

    28 May 2019

    I am pleased to report that the transfer function for Australian Masterpoints has been successfully implemented today.  I have uploaded the awards for events held Jan to April 2019 along with a number of those relating to events held during... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    27 May 2019

    NOT MUCH TO DO…SO DO IT RIGHT! Most of the hands we discuss in these features are game contracts, needing to be made or defeated. Yet, whether you are playing Teams or Pairs, those part-scores are just as important. Here is one of those... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    27 May 2019

              Lyn at work with one of her "strong men", John Kent                         Lyn Mould - Christchurch... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    26 May 2019

    Defenders Must Count Tricks too. We left you on Friday with a problem for a defender. Not only must we learn to bid and play well but we need to defend as accurately as we can as well. We have heard the bidding. After the opening lead, we can see... read more here

  • New To The Table

    24 May 2019

    TWO LEVEL IS TOO LOW Many bridge deals involve competitive bidding with both partnerships having in region of 20 high card points (hcp) each. While sometimes no player has a long (5+ card) suit, where one partner does, they should not defend the... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    24 May 2019

    All routes lead to…. A case, perhaps of what might have been. Sometimes, unfortunately, our own system works against us! So, two questions for you. First question. We give you the score and you tell us the contract. No warm up... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    22 May 2019

    Greetings from the Winterless North yet again. In my firm we are all still running around in tank tops and our new winter uniforms arrived today, polo shirts. We have been busy here with tournaments most weekends, and ground breakingly the next... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 047

    22 May 2019

        Todays show includes:   Ni hao China is done….for Barry     Lebenshol – I spelt it? What’s it all about? Don’t mind Mereana – she’s still recovering Medicine at... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    21 May 2019

    A Touch of Good Fortune. A little levity but still a challenge for you in the play at the same time. So, we can combine the headings from two features into one. You are playing a Teams style match when your opponents engage in what sounds like a... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    20 May 2019

    Like a good meal, it’s all in the preparation. It seems a shame to bid to a more than reasonable slam and then to fail somewhat unnecessarily. So, we are going to take a good deep breath as they have made their opening lead and we have been... read more here

  • New To The Table

    17 May 2019

     Slamwards Bidding Sometimes, we have so many high card points (hcps) between our two hands that one player in our partnership will drive our partnership to slam. Yet, we can still bid to what we hope is the right time to bid slam by some... read more here

  • NZ Bridge - Draft Constitution - Feedback Invited

    17 May 2019

    17 May 2019 To Club Secretaries & Regional Committees Click here to view the draft Constitution 17 May 2019 Click here to download the Constitution feedback form (added 22nd May) New Zealand Bridge Incorporated Constitution... read more here

  • Congratulations!! to our latest Grandmasters

    16 May 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • ABF Daily Bridge Column

    15 May 2019

        Link to Information       read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 046

    15 May 2019

    This weeks sahow includes:   Today we talk   Education,mathematics,nuisance bidding, low level interference Rolling the dice,is it loaded Gambling... How to calculate masterpoints WAPs inter provincial results Debbie Marcroft... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    14 May 2019

    It’s a funny old game. When we first start out on our Grand Journey To Becoming A Good Player, we are inclined to grab tricks wherever we see them and hope something miraculous happens to give us the remainder that we need, whether as... read more here

  • Inter-Provincial Results

    14 May 2019

     Seven regions, four grades (Open, Women, Seniors, Intermediate) and plenty of excitement throughout the country over the weekend..a few regret, too. There were a few regrets on this board from the Auckland- Northland heat, too. Could you... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    12 May 2019

    Justifying the Good Bidding  Two days ago, we guided you through a difficult choice of opening bid, responding to an opening bid with just 5 high card points (hcps), a forward going bid called a reverse and recognising the forcing nature of... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    10 May 2019

    It was very fitting that Bob Hurley (partnered by wife Evelyn) should win the recent Dannevirke Open.  Bob's father, Arthur, was a founding member of the club. A recent newspaper article referred to his involvement with the N.Z. Army during... read more here

  • New To The Table

    10 May 2019

    “Reverse”.. but move forward to Game. Going “back” to move “forward”. This bridge language might seem like “Double Dutch” at times. It is certainly true that bridge terminology does take a bit of... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    10 May 2019

                        FOUR MIGHTY HANDS What have the following four hands got in common other than they all appeared at Akarana this week and they, one... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 045

    8 May 2019

        Today’s show includes:     China is coming…we begin our Chinese translations for various parts of the show   Thanks to Yuzhong Chen for adding another layer to the Bridge Zone    ... read more here

  • Introducing the "Mixed Blacks"

    7 May 2019

    Thank you to everyone who gave their ideas for the name of the New Zealand Mixed team. The "Mixed Blacks" was the most popular choice from around 150 suggestions. Bridge Blends, Bridge Mixers, Full Packs, Bridge Kiwis, Kiwi Kings and Queens, Black... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    7 May 2019

    “Sorry seems to be the hardest word” “I had my 10 high card points. I held two aces. Why shouldn’t I overcall?” muttered East after the opposition’s game contract slithered home. East was not finished yet,... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    5 May 2019

    Reaching the Right Game….and making it! A couple of days ago, we left you with your hand and dummy and asked you to plan how to make your game. You have enough high card points to be in game and enough trumps to make the heart suit... read more here

  • New To The Table

    3 May 2019

    Reaching the Right Game. “Never mind the quality, look at the length” is a bastardised version of a well-known saying of which bridge players should take heed. While it is nice to have the ace and king of the suit you decide to be... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    3 May 2019

    A SECOND CHANCE It was a night oozing with slam possibilities. They were generally making if you bid them though two of the more appealing contracts, both on the same deal, were likely to fail. Most found their way to 6 on these North-South... read more here

  • Club level Director Exams for 2019

    2 May 2019

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  • The Bridge Zone Show -044

    1 May 2019

          This show includes: Howdy partner, John Wayne shares a thought with us     Word of the day – be gentle out there….   Judge Julie      When to correct the... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    1 May 2019

    Picton had a good turn out for its Junior tournament on 23 March, with 12 tables.  Michelle Gunn and Sue Glue (the Greymouth Glue Gunns) taking top slot, with Richmond’s Val and Mike Fitzsimons in second place.  Chris Marshall was... read more here

  • National Congress News - April 2019

    30 Apr 2019

    One more new event at the National Congress. For several years, we have run the Back to the Future Teams for those players who did not make it to the top 56 pairs in the New Zealand Open Pairs and in more recent years for those who played in the... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    30 Apr 2019

    Creating an Illusion. Pure Cheek: Pure Tempo. A break this week from how you should or should not play or defend a board. We are nevertheless going to give you a declarer problem. You are East below after a very natural bidding sequence to 3NT.... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    29 Apr 2019

    Apologies but the second half of this report which was published last week was incorrect. Brian Ussher 1950-2019. Brian, a Grandmaster of Bridge, was well known locally and at provincial level representing Timaru and Canterbury on many... read more here

  • New To The Table

    28 Apr 2019

    NO TRUMPS: NO NEED TO PANIC “Leave a space for the trump suit, please” pleaded the declarer as dummy put down a side suit in the space normally reserved for the trump suit. “I would” partner replied “were there any... read more here

  • New To The Table

    26 Apr 2019

    STRONG DOUBLES For those new to the bridge table. The Bidding When we make a take-out double of an opponent’s opening bid, we need either an opening hand of our own (12+ high card points) with tolerance for every other suit apart from... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    26 Apr 2019

    What a Difference a Lead Makes. That is not a revolutionary statement. Combine a poor choice of lead with an excellent piece of declarer play and you have a 12-imp swing. So, we had better give you the lead problem and see whether you are able to... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    24 Apr 2019

    A “Sweet” Lead but Just Dessert. When you get what looks like a lucky lead, don’t waste your good fortune. Then is the time to be extra extra careful or else you will waste your good luck and will not be so lucky next time.... read more here

  • Quick Reference Guides for Directors

    24 Apr 2019

    We have produced 6 quick reference guides to assist directors at club sessions making rulings at the table. These are intended to complement the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, not to replace the law book. The Guides are in a flow chart format and can... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 043

    24 Apr 2019

    This show includes: It was a Thriller at Auckland Easter Teams The Ware theory gets to live another day     Blair Fisher – gets GOLD Hamish Brown gets BOLD   Barry  has to skip lunch sometimes when... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    23 Apr 2019

                Matchsticks…. It can be hard concentrating while you are playing bridge especially when you are playing 72 boards in one day. You need a period or two of “wind... read more here

  • Welcome to our First Platinum and Emerald Grand Masters

    23 Apr 2019

    We have a select small group of Gold Grand Masters who until very recently had no further targets for which to aim. New Zealand Bridge have established two new marks of achievement, Platinum and Emerald Grand Masters. The targets are tough to... read more here

  • New To The Table

    21 Apr 2019

    The Easter Egg Winning Lead. We left you on Friday with an opening lead problem. We gave you the following hand and bidding sequence and asked you what you would lead. As is often true, the choice of opening lead is vital to the success or... read more here

  • New To The Table

    19 Apr 2019

    A TOUGH HAND TO BID AND TO DEFEAT! This week, we are going to look at a tough pair of hands to bid…and we will later look at whether the defence could defeat the final contract. Firstly, we will give you a bidding problem. Now, you did... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    19 Apr 2019

    PUNISH THEM! Who are “they”? Maybe you know some of them. Maybe you are one yourself! “They” just do not know their place! “They” have been given multitudinous “pass cards” (if you use written... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    17 Apr 2019

    Winter is Coming? Otago/Southland have kept up the standard calendar of having a tournament (nearly) every weekend for those that want to go away. This year there were fewer people taking up the opportunities, especially when, for some reason, it... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 042

    17 Apr 2019

      This weeks show includes: Upper Hutt Bridge Club – Celebrate their 50th Jubilee in May We speak with President – Biddy RUSH Top of the South – Results from Marlborough Teams and Pairs Event Ray Curnow and Jenny... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    15 Apr 2019

    Getting the Message Across. As a defender, we are not allowed to speak to one’s partner during the defence. You can communicate by the play of the cards but that is all. We call it signalling. It takes two “to tango” and two to... read more here

  • New To The Table. The Play of the Hand.

    14 Apr 2019

    A couple of days ago, we looked at the bidding of one hand. We are now to be the declarer and will have to make our contract of 4 spades. We are West. Remember the hands and the bidding? Board 5North DealsN-S Vul    ... read more here

  • New To The Table

    12 Apr 2019

    Bidding to a Game This series is aimed at those who are new or pretty new to the bridge table. Maybe you have just come out of lessons..or even been playing a little while? Perhaps you are a bridge teacher and want some example hands, extra ones... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    12 Apr 2019

       When entries are at a Premium. We do not always get the dummy of our dreams, do we? One in particular this week was both a trump and an entry short on requirements! Sometimes, the opposition will come to our rescue but that is not... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    11 Apr 2019

    Liz Burrows - Palmerston North. Our nomination this month comes jointly from the Central Districts Regional Committee and the Palmerston North Bridge Club. Over to Regional Committee President, Mairi Fitzsimons to explain the story behind Liz'... read more here

  • New To The Table

    10 Apr 2019

    This is advance notice of a new feature which will run on this website. It is aimed at new players, perhaps those who have just come out of a Beginners' Class or those who need a bit of a refresher. It is quite likely that such players do not... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -041

    10 Apr 2019

      This week's show includes: How to make the most out of 2 letters? – AK Aces & Knaves  - Memphis premiere Aces and Kings – great cards to lead Attitude & Kount Anna Kournikova – what a set of pins she... read more here

  • Wellington News with Katherine Gough

    10 Apr 2019

    It’s been a busy  couple of months with tournaments in the Wellington Region.The Regional Bridge Mate for Wellington, Katherine Gough, ran a Novice Tournament at Wellington Bridge Club while Wellington Bridge Club ran their inaugural... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    9 Apr 2019

    A Little Can Go a Long Way. That’s the only conclusion one can draw from the following board, played recently at one of our bridge clubs. You may have bid and made game on a combined 18 count, perhaps 14 or 15 but on this night, the hardest... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    8 Apr 2019

                Trust your Partner: not their Bidding! The first half of the above statement is definitely true. It is great for partnership morale and it is usually good for your score as well!... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    5 Apr 2019

    Game Values: Part-Score Played! So, you open a weak 12-14 1NT with a standardish mid-range 13. Your partner has an unbalanced 12 count with a 5- card major opposite opener’s doubleton. 25 high between the two hands. You would normally be in... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    4 Apr 2019

    and why should Anna feel guilty about what she is eating? The Youngest, the Tallest....and.... We await confirmation that Hamilton player, Blair Fisher, has achieved the highest ranking of Gold Grand Master at the tender (although that’s... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -040

    3 Apr 2019

       This week's show includes:   Celebrations and celebrity dating – what does this have to do with Bridge… and the Bridge Zone     Are you a mop or a sponge? Book of the week Who would be brazen... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    2 Apr 2019

    TOO GOOD TO WASTE Most players who have been playing bridge for a while realise that one way they can reduce the losers they have in a side-suit, where dummy has a shortage in that side-suit is to use dummy’s trumps to ruff those losers.... read more here

  • a Helping hand for Youth. A 5 Year Bridge Plan

    1 Apr 2019

    This has been unfolded and approved by the Board of New Zealand Bridge at its last Board Meeting. The aims are to get more young people playing bridge, in schools, at home, on-line, in clubs…everywhere. They may play a little now and put... read more here

  • a lighter look

    1 Apr 2019

                                    ONLY ON THIS DAY.    It is a special day when one... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    29 Mar 2019

    LIVING IN A NEGATIVE FREE-LESS WORLD Can we survive? There are those who love this method of bidding who say we cannot! Theirs is the best way, the only way. Let’s look. We are, of course, talking about bidding after the opposition... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show 039

    28 Mar 2019

        This week's show includes:   Quote from Zia – 30 minutes is all he needs to do what…..     Aces & Knaves – a Bridge movie premieres this week Statistical Analysis – what a... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    27 Mar 2019

    This will be a somewhat abbreviated report, as Biritch the Russian Blue and I will be overseas for much of the period for a spot of R & R and a little bridge. Nonetheless, a little bit to bring you up to date. This period has definitely... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Mar 2019

    “Grand” Counting. It is amazing what you can discover about the shape of one’s opponents’ hands by simply playing out winners. It can have a significant impact on how you will play in arriving at a key decision. When... read more here

  • Keep Bridge Alive Global Campaign

    22 Mar 2019

    Bridge has been described as being like a vegetable... "being good and good for you." An international campaign to promote bridge, to get people of all ages to learn, has been launched by the University of Stirling  in Scotland. This is what... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    22 Mar 2019

    How High Would You Go? ..in clubs, that is. Who needs the “boss” suit, when you have clubs…and plenty of them!  If you were North-South this week, there were some interesting decisions. The first one came about when your... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 038

    22 Mar 2019

         This week's show includes:   Shirley Temple – animal crackers     Some Trivia for the maestro – how does he go… Purse Money – Did he make $1,000,000 at the weekend Book... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    20 Mar 2019

    Two Weddings, a Funeral and ... Greetings once again from the winterless north. Lots has been happening here with 2 weddings, a funeral and of course lots of bridge. Firstly, we were sad to hear about the passing of Peter Simpkin from the... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    19 Mar 2019

    “The All Blacks” at the Bridge Table. All conquering on the rugby field but that was not the case at the bridge table when only 12 out of 28 North players who held an “All Black” hand at the recent Kelly Pierse Memorial... read more here

  • National Congress News March 2019.

    18 Mar 2019

    New Events in 2019 We have two brand new events and news of another which is returning….and a whisper of another old favourite which could be making a reappearance one evening…. So, you are unlikely to win New Zealand Open Teams?... read more here

  • Message from Allan Morris - Christchurch

    16 Mar 2019

    The heinous act of terrorism and hatred that yesterday rocked Christchurch and New Zealand was a very dark day in our society. Our prayers and heartfelt feelings goes to family and friends of those tragically killed and injured. New Zealand... read more here

  • CANCELLATION OF CANTERBURY INTER-CLUB TEAMS

    15 Mar 2019

    We received the following message from the Canterbury Regional Committee and have been asked to post to ensure everyone affected knows. I am sure the reason needs no further explanation.   "Good evening This is a message to confirm... read more here

  • National Bridge Teachers' Conference

    15 Mar 2019

    Calling All Bridge Teachers, Aspiring Bridge Teachers or those interested in the Future Development of your Bridge Clubs.                   NATIONAL BRIDGE... read more here

  • Newsletter- International Programme 2019

    15 Mar 2019

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  • Tales of Akarana

    15 Mar 2019

    BID ‘EM UP AND SQUEEZE ‘EM Well, that’s what you are supposed to do in Teams, is it not? A little disciplined over-bidding can bring in a decent return of imps in the “in” column. Mark Hangartner scooped a... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    13 Mar 2019

    IMPRESSIVE IMPROVERS! Quite often in this feature, we look how a deal has been misplayed or misdefended and examine how it should have been handled correctly. It is nice to be able to relate here the story of the excellent way an Auckland... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -037

    13 Mar 2019

     This week's show includes: Bring out the tissues – the Naki boy sheds a tear!!!     Results from Taranaki Congress. We have a winner – Anna Kalma picks put her ahead of the bunch for the North Island Teams... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    13 Mar 2019

    Fair to say that bridge in Top of the South has got off to a flying start in 2019 with three well attended tournaments to date.  The year, as always, kicked off with the Top of the South 10A Open Teams in Marlborough at the end of January.... read more here

  • STRENGTH and SINNERS in TARANAKI

    12 Mar 2019

    A long week-end of bridge in New Plymouth produced enjoyment for many, success for a few and rather a large number of unusual happenings. They know how to put on a good Congress in Taranaki though at times the food was far better than the calibre... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    12 Mar 2019

    Giles (left) with Tony Biddington. Giles Hancock, Akaroa. Giles has been nominated jointly by the Canterbury Regional Committee and the Akaroa Bridge Club. We will hear from fellow Regional Committee member, Tony Biddington, and Gill Lockett... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    8 Mar 2019

    WRONG SUIT, MY LADY. The term “A Lighter Look” has been applied literally this week. One “look” and you have made your contract…and another you are soon to go light! You have one of the finest hands you have held... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    8 Mar 2019

    Have you ever doubled a slam with a 4333 Yarborough? Have you ever wanted to? Declarer thus misplaces the defence’s cards! Read on. A different kind of question for you this week. We are going to give you two hands, the bidding and the... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    7 Mar 2019

    Suffering from slow play? Read on. Gold Medals for Bay Players at Gold Coast. For the Eastern side of Central Districts, this is traditionally a quiet period on the tournament trial. Perhaps this in part explains why so many Hawke's Bay... read more here

  • Congratulations Michael Ware

    6 Mar 2019

      Following his success as part of the winning team at the North Island Teams event held at over the weekend Michael becomes the first player to surpass 8000 A points. Congratulations Michael     read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show- 036

    6 Mar 2019

     This weeks show includes: Oprah Winfrey – makes it onto the Bridge Zone Don’t blink or you will miss it Book of the week   "Bridge Secrets" Hutt Bridge Club - Results of the Multi-grade Tournament and a round up... read more here

  • FAVOURITES WIN NORTH ISLAND TEAMS

    5 Mar 2019

    There were no surprises at the end of the North Island Teams as four members of the current New Zealand Open Team, Michael Cornell, Ashley Bach, GeO Tislevoll and Michael Ware won the event emphatically by just under 17vps. However, they were... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    5 Mar 2019

                Where There’s Life, there Can Still Be 9 Tricks. When only 7 out of 29 players made a “cold” 3NT contract in the recent North Island Teams, it may be worth a... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    4 Mar 2019

      Here is a review of recent tournaments. Canterbury Charity Pairs.             Some strong pairs fronted for this annual charity event. Neil Hawkins and Richard Lapthorne continued... read more here

  • North Island Teams- Tauranga

    1 Mar 2019

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    1 Mar 2019

    The Club Suit is not always short. How many clubs do you need to hold in your hand before you get to be declarer in a club contract? We always seem to look elsewhere though the suit did get a little look -in this week.  A32  2 AQ4... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -035

    27 Feb 2019

      Welcome tho this weeks show which includes: North Island Teams @ Tauranga this weekend is the feature race on the Bridge Zone Racing Channel The prize cupboard is open and awaiting a winner!!! Send in your picks for the Top 2 teams,... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    26 Feb 2019

    SOME “GOOD” HANDS GET BETTER AND BETTER. You just have to back your judgement sometimes even when you’re dreaming. You do dream about bridge hands, don’t you? I do not mean the nightmare deals which you relive many times... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    26 Feb 2019

    A HELPING HAND That’s for your partner. The idea is that when you are defending you combine to find the best defence possible. Sometimes, the best action to take is obvious to you. You do not need partner’s advice. Yet, on other... read more here

  • Wellington News with Dean Sole

    25 Feb 2019

    Paul Maxwell, your usual correspondent, is having fun in France as I write. TOURNAMENT RESULTS. Wellington Bridge Club’s two premiere events that are open to players from all clubs were completed in December.  Winners of the Epic... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 24th February

    24 Feb 2019

    A TOUGH DAY FOR WARE The part Kiwi, part Australian with a touch of Irish, team Ware were well beaten in the final of the Gold Coast Teams by Coutts (James Coutts, Shane Harrison, Nabil Edgtton, Ellena Moskovsky, Liam Milne, Andy Hung) 47-130,... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 23rd February

    23 Feb 2019

    OPEN TEAMS Four teams played the Round of Four while the top 2 including McAllister (John McAllister, Sartaj Hans, Matt Brown, Michael Whibley) had byes through to the semi-final. Ware (Michael Ware, GeO Tislevoll, Hugh McGann, Matthew Thomson,... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 22nd February

    22 Feb 2019

    KIWIS QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS. GOLD COAST OPEN TEAMS. Two of the six qualifying teams contained New Zealand players. Michael Whibley – Matthew Brown are members of the McAllister team which scored 2 perfect 20’s on the final day to... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    22 Feb 2019

    WHERE THE REAL ACTION WAS. Not on the Gold Coast, of course. Take a trip to the Akarana Bridge Club where “the cinderellas” did battle, victory in the end going to the team of Owen Camp (he came back especially from Broadbeach for... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 21st February

    21 Feb 2019

    KIWIS LEAD THE WAY IN OPEN TEAMS..Still! Day 2 was not kind to the previous overnight leaders, Boughey, (Steve and Andi Boughey, Blair and Liz Fisher) who suffered two big losses to drop out of contention. However, the above heading still holds... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 20th February

    20 Feb 2019

    KIWIS LEAD THE WAY IN OPEN TEAMS After 4 of the 12 qualifying rounds in the Open Teams, three teams made up predominantly of Kiwis lead the way. 212 teams are contesting the Open competition with the top 6 qualifying for the knock-out... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE SHOW- 034

    20 Feb 2019

      My…what a view! Gold Coast Open Pairs Event. How did you go? A bit too hard to make a pick, everyone.  I picked 1 pair,  the only real pairing I know, Barry Jones and Jenny Millington... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    19 Feb 2019

    When Reality Strikes. Back from the perfect holiday? It could be the dream world you have just lulled yourself into. It could be that you are playing a board of bridge. The dream world you are in may be just wonderful but suddenly, unpleasantly,... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 19th February

    19 Feb 2019

    Here are the best New Zealand results of the last two days. Bobby Richman Open Pairs There is no carry-forward from the qualifying which certainly did not help those like our top qualifier, Jan Cormack. The final consisted of 3 sessions. Each... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    18 Feb 2019

    “COUNTING MATTERS” Well, not all the time…not on every deal but sometimes giving count and interpreting the count of a suit is vital. Let’s defend the following deal and understand why. You are sitting East and hold the... read more here

  • Gold Coast Report 1

    17 Feb 2019

    The Gold Coast Congress started on Saturday 16th February. It is always very popular with Kiwis with approximately 240 attending this year. First up was the Bobby Richman  Pairs divided into 5 categories, 2 sessions of qualifying followed by... read more here

  • "Double Dummy", a film about Bridge

    15 Feb 2019

    Double Dummy A4 Flyer.pdf If you will be at the Gold Coast Bridge Congress next week, take an opportunity to see the movie, "Double Dummy", the first ever documentary film about Bridge. See the flyer above. Proceeds go to "Friends of Youth... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    15 Feb 2019

    It Takes Two to Tango! When did you and partner last agree to have one suit as trumps but end up playing in a different suit? It would be nice to report that it happened this week at Akarana but it “takes two to tango”. At adverse... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    14 Feb 2019

    Last of a Golden Era in Clyde. Clyde is a beautifully restored historic town perched beneath the awesome Clyde hydroelectric dam, some 10km North/West of Alexandra. Gold was discovered in 1862 along the banks of the mighty Clutha River.... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE SHOW- 032

    14 Feb 2019

      John McAlister, produces the Bridge Documentary – Double Dummy and tells us of his ventures at the South Island teams and we offer a teaser of his interview with us John McAlister The Bridge Zone Racing Channels reviews the... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    14 Feb 2019

    Volunteer of The Month - February 2019.  Neil McDonald - Taradale/Napier. Like many clubs or organisations, the focus is often upon the President and the committee to “run” the club.  However, behind the scenes you would... read more here

  • A Nail -Biter in Dunedin- The South Island Teams

    12 Feb 2019

    Beautiful weather, an excellently run tournament (in every aspect but especially nice food, as we have come to expect from bridge events held in Dunedin) and a an extremely tight finish. Let’s set the scene. 26 teams from all over the... read more here

  • Board Elections 2019

    12 Feb 2019

    Board Elections 2019   Congratulations to Greg Whitten and Anne Barrowclough who as the only nominees have been re-elected unopposed for a 3 year term of office commencing 1 April 2019.   read more here

  • National Congress News

    8 Feb 2019

      Work and Play DO mix.  Come for just the Weekends. It will now be cheaper. The National Congress is not until late September (September 27th- October 5th to be precise) but it is never too early to be thinking ahead, planning for... read more here

  • South Island Teams - Dunedin

    8 Feb 2019

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    8 Feb 2019

    A Hand to Declare…But where? Welcome back after the break to some more stories from the Akarana Bridge Club. Akarana closes during December but had a small Rubber Bridge event during January. This week, it was back to normal…and as... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -031

    8 Feb 2019

          Welcome to this week's show which includes: Julie Atkinson joins the Bridge Zone today confirming her path to being a National Director What’s her connection with Palmerston North Bridge Club ? Ethics,... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    7 Feb 2019

     In Putaruru, they took to the streets at the local Water Festival last weekend in order to drum up some interest for lessons at the local club.    When Jane Stearns is around – dressing up seems to be de rigueur. So we... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    5 Feb 2019

    Good Advice.    It was the start of a Butler Pairs event at the local club…the usual pre-match chatter with at one table some discussion as to what Butler Pairs meant. “Is it one of those forms where you have to bid... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    4 Feb 2019

    “A GREEK GIFT”. Was it inadvertent? Had the declarer pulled the wrong card by mistake? Just take a deep breath before you follow with a low card. You were only entitled to two spade tricks but now seemed to have three!... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    30 Jan 2019

    Welcome back to our wonderful world of bridge; Biritch the Russian Blue and I both wish you a Happy New Year, and a successful 2019. Read on and see for whom the birthday celebrations at the Auckland Bridge Club were for. Despite the summer... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -030

    30 Jan 2019

        Welcome to this week's show which includes:   It’s official, Barry Jones has lost the plot He’s in a pickle over a new drink and it’s not medicine I suggest random drug testing – and BTW... read more here

  • a lighter look

    29 Jan 2019

    STRONG NO TRUMPS ARE JUST NOT WHAT THEY USED TO BE 16-18 they were in the good old days. Then, we dropped a point and made them 15-17. It’s now pretty common practice to sneak in good 14 counts (what? Any 14 count? No way!). The same point... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    27 Jan 2019

    Time To Count. Declarer’s hand, that is (well, for today! A declarer may well be able to count a defender’s hand too.) Is that something you never do, rarely do, try and do but get stuck and confused or always do? Be honest. While a... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    25 Jan 2019

    This region had eight successful candidates in the written Club Directors' exam back in October. Congratulations to the following:  There were 8 In total including 4 from Hawera. The others were Joe Donkervoort (Wanganui), Julie Bunnell... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 029

    23 Jan 2019

     Welcome to this week's show which includes: Luck, skill or form – what helps you at the table to rise above them all? On the Bridge Zone Racing Channel – Barry places his bets for the winning teams at Tauranga’s... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    21 Jan 2019

    A Time to Draw Trumps Generally, defenders do not, or should not, draw trumps, especially at trick 1. One time when it is correct to disobey that rule is when the defence has the majority of high card points. In this situation, the contract may... read more here

  • LESSON PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

    18 Jan 2019

    The RBM team have designed and collected some great lesson promotional materials.  The links below show the posters, flier and small ad for local newspaper, which have been sent to all clubs today.  They have been sent in Word format to... read more here

  • Official Commentary to the 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge

    18 Jan 2019

    The official Commentary to the 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge has now been published and is available for download. 2017LawsCommentary.pdf read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -028

    16 Jan 2019

      Welcome to this weeks show which includes:   The end has been PUNCHED thru - we close off our conversation with Samantha – Postcard from Scotland will return in February Tournament Directors are discussed – Is there... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    14 Jan 2019

    False Confidence Some good defence left a declarer recently with a large slice of egg on their face. The defence was better than their bidding but it was the declarer who was found wanting at the crunch moment:   Board... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -027

    9 Jan 2019

      Welcome to this weeks show which includes:     Rating Points – Barry announces the Top 4 Players from 2019 list - Does he make the list? How much Bridge per week, would you need to play to improve your game... read more here

  • Youth Weekend 2019- Preliminary Notice

    9 Jan 2019

    Please see the attached Youth Weekend 2019 advert.pdf read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    7 Jan 2019

    NEW YEAR: SAME OLD Welcome to a brand-new year of bridge. New resolutions made..and for bridge players, that means wishes like: no more dropping partner in part-score when you know you should be in game no more forgetting to return... read more here

  • Tournament Grades for 2019

    3 Jan 2019

      These have been updated this morning read more here

  • Rating Points & Tournament Grades 2019

    2 Jan 2019

    Important information for Players and Club Secretaries   While the player rating points updated correctly on Jan 1st, the tournament grades have not! I am unable to do anything meantime until the programme developers return to work next... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 026

    2 Jan 2019

    Welcome to this weeks show which includes:   We “Punch” above our weight with Gender and things Bridge this week Sexism, contentious opinions, inequality at the table – are we really talking about our beautiful game... read more here

  • Happy New Year

    1 Jan 2019

    WELCOME to 2019….a great year for Bridge As we welcome in the New Year,Firstly, let’s salute the final winners of "the old one"… At Papatoetoe: GeO Tislevoll and Tony Jiang At Wellington: John Patterson and Kate Davies... read more here

  • Volunteers of The Year 2018.

    31 Dec 2018

    There are so many people who have given lots of their time towards the game of Bridge. In, 2018, we were able to celebrate 10 of them. No awards are made in January or December. There are so many others who equally could have been mentioned below.... read more here

  • Senior and Youth Eligibility for 2019 (Corrected)

    28 Dec 2018

    The following confirms the age definitions for Seniors and for Youth Events in and involving  New Zealand for 2019 and until further notice. New Zealand is adopting WBF definitions which are set out below. In respect of Youth, there will be... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 025

    28 Dec 2018

      Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  We carry on our conversation with Sam Punch and hear the update from Kevin Judd on his journey into the Bridge World and the Bridge PhD Sam shared photos’ of... read more here

  • A Miracle for Christmas Day

    25 Dec 2018

    A nice Christmas message for you. They happen at the bridge table, too. As you unwrap your Christmas presents, have a read of the following. You can read it on two levels. If you are an experienced player, you can challenge yourself on making the... read more here

  • Youth Squad Weekend in Auckland by Tracey Lewis

    20 Dec 2018

    The Auckland Bridge Club was the scene during the weekend of 15th/16th December for the New Zealand Youth Squad to have a combined teaching weekend with a tournament run by Patrick Carter on the Sunday. Lectures on Defence and Trump control were... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 024

    19 Dec 2018

    On todays show..... Today we asking the hard questions - it's a pretty big show We're talking diet and nutrition What's that got to do with Bridge? Well, Barry's found an article to share with you raising the points of nutritional and... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    18 Dec 2018

    ONE CHANCE…BETTER THAN NO CHANCE! Even if it is a slim chance! If you have a small chance which is almost no cost if it fails, then try it. Sometimes, at Christmas, when you got out of the right side of bed that day, on your birthday, when... read more here

  • NZB International Committee Membership

    17 Dec 2018

      Over the last few years New Zealand Bridge has been fortunate to have the services of Derek Evennett, who has led the International Committee and has acted as a selector, non-playing captain and Chef De Mission. All delivered to the... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    17 Dec 2018

    What award have the above pair of Bridge personalities won in 2018? Read on... What quasquicentennial anniversary was recently celebrated at the Tauranga Bridge Club? Read on and find out! 2018 has wrapped up with the final tournament of the... read more here

  • Announcement- Team Captains and Reserve Pairs for 2019

    14 Dec 2018

      I am pleased to announce the following appointments for NPCs and reserve pairs:     APBF Singapore 2019                 ... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show 024

    12 Dec 2018

      Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  This week on Bridge Zone we chatted our way through Directors, Squeezes, Points systems, weak and strong no trumps sacrificing and being a little forgiving/caring to... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    12 Dec 2018

    The Christmas Cheer event, run by the Wellington Club on behalf of the Regional Committee, is a transition point for the many tournament players who take a break over the holiday season. For those who don’t, there will be the three -day... read more here

  • Congratulations!! Recently Qualified Club Level Directors

    10 Dec 2018

       NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Janet Joblin Gisborne Helen Andrews Hastings Justine Hart Hawera Glenice Houghton Hawera Mara... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Dec 2018

    Cast Aside Self Pity :Match their Good Defence! Why is it when you are in times of need (I know, your contracts always seem to be in a state of need…needing a favourable lead, needing a finesse or three to work, needing just a little slice... read more here

  • LOOKING AHEAD TO CONGRESS 2019

    7 Dec 2018

    NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BRIDGE CONGRESS 2019 We want to tell you about some changes that will take place at the 2019 Congress. We also want to thank all of you who took part in the survey during or just after this year’s Congress. We really... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    7 Dec 2018

     TWICE IN A NIGHT …. BUT ONCE A YEAR. What is “Total Diversity?” You learn a lot when you play an evening’s bridge and it is not all about how you can bid, play and defend any particular hand. There are some things... read more here

  • Appointment- Youth Coordinator

    5 Dec 2018

    I am delighted to annoucned that Sam Coutts of Duendin has accepted the voluntary  postion of youth Coordinator for NZ Bridge. The role is primarily focused on developing our youth players to a level that they can represent New Zealand at... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 023

    5 Dec 2018

    Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  This week has the last clip from Zia Mahmood’s’  interview and Postcard from Scotland  catch up – Samantha Punch returns to The Bridge Zone in a... read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs winners

    4 Dec 2018

    Celebrating Their Success Here is a chance to see  those who were successful in this year's Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs celebrate their success. First up, the overall winners, Brett Glass and Gary Foidl who led the way with their... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 8

    3 Dec 2018

    A TIME FOR A TRUMP…. Lead, that is! What else could we be talking about?! When the opposition appear to have the minority of the high card points, one place they will try to score extra tricks is by ruffing, whether cross-ruffing (that is... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 8

    30 Nov 2018

    PATHWAY TO DISASTER. Maybe you know many such ways to get a bad score at the bridge table? One is certainly making a weak hand as declarer and the strong hand as dummy. It gives free licence to imaginative defenders to underlead aces to give... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    29 Nov 2018

    Greetings again from the Winterless North. We have been very busy up here with tournaments, prize givings, a wedding and a leaving party (not the same party, thank goodness). First off was the Kauri Tournament over in Dargaville back in October.... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 7

    28 Nov 2018

    TOP DEFENCE, SCOTTY. Working as a partnership…signalling meaningfully where necessary….counting declarer’s hand. These are some aspects of top defence. This week’s hand is not necessarily one you will get right (you... read more here

  • THe Bridge Zone Show - 022

    28 Nov 2018

      Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  This week's show includes: The Bridge Legend, Zia Mahmood continues his chat with Mereana and Barry. Talking about carding systems, suit preference and his... read more here

  • Leads, Lebensohl and more at the Inter-Provincials

    27 Nov 2018

    the late Dougal McLean. And do not play the same contract as your teammates! As was stated yesterday, it was Wellington who came up as the top region in last weekend’s Interprovincial Championships at the Auckland Bridge Club. Whereas in... read more here

  • DAY TWO AT THE INTER-PROVINCIALS

    26 Nov 2018

    WELLINGTON IN THE DRIVING SEAT. Day 2 of the 2018 Inter-Provincial Championships has seen Wellington teams make the running in  the Dougal McLean Trophy competition, led by their Open and Intermediate teams who both hold sizeable leads in... read more here

  • Wellington The Champions

    26 Nov 2018

    WELLINGTON THE CHAMPIONS Wellington won the Dougal McLean Inter-Provincial Championships for the third year running. The region won both Open and Intermediate events in fine style with their Seniors’ team coming third. Meanwhile, second... read more here

  • Day one at the Inter-Provincials

    25 Nov 2018

       Waikato Bays' Day. Day 1 of the 2018 Inter-Provincial Championships has seen Waikato Bays teams make a strong start in the quest for the Dougal McLean Trophy, for the best performing region over the four categories. After 5 of the 14... read more here

  • NZ Interprovincials 2018

    23 Nov 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 7

    23 Nov 2018

    The five level’s for the opposition….but the 4 level? One board at Akarana demonstrated that the famous saying of the 5-level belonging to the opposition does generally hold true, while another challenged whether the same might hold... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show- 022

    22 Nov 2018

                                    Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    22 Nov 2018

    BEV GAY – Marlborough The following shows the value of Bev Gay to the Marlborough Bridge Club. It seems that Bev knows everything about Marlborough Bridge Club and shares her knowledge. She is also passionate about bridge, the players... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    20 Nov 2018

        " Loud Shirt Day" at Golden Bay. Congress has been the big event for many in our region over the last couple of months.  A strong TOPS contingent spent the week in Hamilton; all had an enjoyable time and in many instances... read more here

  • National Teams at Wellington

    19 Nov 2018

                          Testing the Defence. The winners of this year’s National Teams, held this past weekend at the Wellington Bridge... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 5

    19 Nov 2018

     A MATTER OF COUNTING. Trumps, tricks, the number of hearts in one hand, the number of spades outstanding…the number of boards left in the session of bridge before you can get a drink! You are always counting something when you sit... read more here

  • National 15A Teams- Wellington

    17 Nov 2018

    Link to results read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    16 Nov 2018

    A table of bridge being played...but where? Meanwhile, here are some snippets from September. Plastic Cups at Tournaments.             When I arrived at the Timaru Club recently, I noticed... read more here

  • InterProvincial Time is almost here

    16 Nov 2018

    Note down the dates of the weekend of Saturday November 24th through to lunch-time on Monday November 26th as that is when this year’s Inter-Provincial Championships will be taking place, at the Auckland Bridge Club in Remuera.  Click... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 6

    16 Nov 2018

               “ Two suits” “MICHAELS WEEK”. It was in the Open New Zealand trial last week-end when Michaels Ware and Whibley won the head to head match, to be followed by... read more here

  • Bulletin- NZ Open & NZ Mixed Teams for 2019

    15 Nov 2018

    I am pleased to announce the following teams for 2019:   OPEN The same six players will play at both the ABPF in Singapore and the World Championships in Wuhan, China   Matt Brown Michael Whibley GeO Tislevoll Michael Ware... read more here

  • Play and Defend...even Bid Better

    14 Nov 2018

    MICHAEL’S MISTIMED Here’s a little play problem for you. No catches…and no help from the defence, either. It’s quite a reasonable 28 hcp slam. West leads J which wins the first trick. West continues with 2.... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show 021

    14 Nov 2018

    Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  This week's show includes: Puppet Stayman rears its head again, we talk Overcalls, Christmas Parties and about Taupo and Thames Bridge Clubs. Plus results of the NZ Team... read more here

  • The New Zealand National Teams Trials

    12 Nov 2018

    The New Zealand National Teams Trials The Orewa Bridge Club was the scene this past weekend for the trials to determine our National Teams for two events in 2019, the Asia Pacific Bridge Championships (APBF), to be held in Singapore, in June, and... read more here

  • NZ National Teams Trials

    9 Nov 2018

    Link to Results read more here

  • NZ Open Team Trial- BBO VuGraph Schedule

    9 Nov 2018

    Timetable Here read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 5

    9 Nov 2018

    DESPERATE MEASURES Whether you are a declarer or a defender, when the chips are down, you do not want to go down without a fight. The odds may seem against you but there may just be a chance. Can you take it? Firstly, you are in the driving seat... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston 1

    7 Nov 2018

    Greetings from the South, Since Moss has last updated you, we’ve had a few tournaments to test our mettle in and a few high finishes in National events (although at this point I feel that everyone is all “Congressed out”).... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone 020

    7 Nov 2018

    Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  This week we hear about the Babich pairs winners - Interview Hugh McGann - Irish International - Ed Roggeveen TOPS director & did Bruce select the Melborne Cup... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 4

    6 Nov 2018

    SIGNALS DO MATTER. They do not have to be complex. They are, though, very important. You cannot manage without getting some help from your partner. Take the following example: South DealsN-S Vul ♠ K J 10 8 2... read more here

  • Babich Winners

    5 Nov 2018

    Another Babich New Zealand Wide Pairs took place on the evening of Friday November 2nd…and seems to have been an enjoyable evening around the country. We had 55 clubs participate this year with 986 pairs playing, slightly down on last... read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    2 Nov 2018

    Check your across the field results in this year's New Zealand Wide Pairs. There are 55 heats of this event being played on the evening of Friday November 2nd, all merged into one results table.   Press this link to see yours and all the... read more here

  • Expressions of Interest- Youth Advocate for NZ Bridge

    2 Nov 2018

    Please see the information below regarding this voluntary postion with NZ Bridge   Youth Advocate 2 Nov 2018 Scope and Delegation of Authority Youth...  read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 4

    2 Nov 2018

    MISFITTING “MAYHEM” It seems a good philosophy that when your and your partner’s cards fit well together that you can bid relatively aggressively though when they do not, stay as low as you can….and best do not bid at... read more here

  • Host Clubs- NZ Wide Pairs 2018

    1 Nov 2018

      Participating Clubs as at 1st November 2018   Alexandra   Ashburton   Auckland   Cambridge Christchurch Dargaville Feilding Franklin Gisborne... read more here

  • Worthwhile Weekend in Auckland

    1 Nov 2018

    The weekend of 27th/28th October was certainly a worthwhile one bridgewise in Auckland this year. The Auckland Club itself ran its own excellent Wes Dodd event on the Saturday though while that was taking place, and for many hours either side,... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 019

    31 Oct 2018

    Open this post to enjoy this week's episode of The Bridge Zone.  Jane and Bruce look at Why join a club?  Etiquette around beginners is considered and how transfers and super accepts work - are the subjects under discussion.  Enjoy... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News 1 with Anna Kalma

    31 Oct 2018

    Breaking news is the New Zealand success at the Spring Nationals in Sydney including our local international duo – from left Jenna and Christine Gibbons who paired with Steph Jacob and Rebecca Johnston from Auckland to take out the... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 3

    29 Oct 2018

    Right Opening…Right Play….Right Double. Look at the two wonderful hands below. If you had the choice of defending the opponent’s 6S contract, doubled, for one or two down (naturally, they are not vulnerable) or play in your... read more here

  • Kiwi Success at Sydney Spring Nationals

    28 Oct 2018

    Sydney’s annual mid- October Spring National events saw some excellent results for New Zealand based players. The Dick Cummings Open Pairs was won by Michael Whibley and his Australian partner, Phil Markey. The TBIB Spring National Open... read more here

  • Top International Bridge Press Award goes to New Zealand Player

    27 Oct 2018

    GeO Tislevoll has won the International Bridge Press Association (IBPA)award for the best defended hand of 2018. This has just been presented to him at a ceremony in Sanya, China on October 25th.  GeO is a current New Zealand Open... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 3

    26 Oct 2018

    The Lure of the Vulnerable Game. It’s Teams. We’re vulnerable. We have enough high card points to make game a possibility. Should we therefore go for gold? It seems many of us tried at the wrong time on this evening. So, a couple of... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    25 Oct 2018

    As the weather becomes a little more spring-like and our thoughts turn to planting out our veggie gardens and planning our summers, the more single-minded souls of the bridge world continue in their relentless quest for glory and A points. As... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 2

    24 Oct 2018

    ONE EXTRA CHANCE “All I wanted was an even trump break and I would have had a claim” exclaimed the declarer as another slam bit the dust. While that comment was true, the declarer did not give himself that one extra chance of making... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 018

    24 Oct 2018

    In this week's episode Barry and Mereana discuss when to sacrifice and the Smolen convention as well as a round-up of the two Labour Day congresses in Otago and Hamilton.  You can listen to this week's episode of The Bridge Zone radio show by... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    24 Oct 2018

    October 2018 - Tony Sutich.   A Great Contributor to Bridge in Wellington Tony has been  a very active member of both the Regional Committee since the time of its inception and its predecessor the Wellington Centre. Some two years... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 2

    19 Oct 2018

    The Achievable and The Unachievable Here are two questions for you. We will pose a third later.You hold:  T                 ... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan 1

    17 Oct 2018

    Thanks to Allan Joseph (Wellington) and his able assistant Bryan Green (Levin) there could soon be a clutch of newly qualified Club Directors in the region.  Candidates from New Plymouth, Hawera, Wanganui, Palmerston North and Levin have been... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 017

    17 Oct 2018

    This week's episode brings you No Trumps and 5 Card Majors, Congress, Aces, Postcard from Scotland, Zia Again, Bridge Report, Herman Yuan, NZ Youngest Directors Waikato Bridge Club, NZ Team Trials For China.  You can listen to the... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players 1

    16 Oct 2018

    The Ruff You Do Not Want! You have a singleton in your partner’s suit. You have a tenuous trump holding in the opponent’s suit, KJ2 with both A and Q in the hand where you do not want them. Yet, if partner gives you a ruff, that is,... read more here

  • Congratulations- Our New Grandmasters

    15 Oct 2018

    Details here read more here

  • Top 100 All Time Masterpoint Earners- Updated 15 Oct 2018

    15 Oct 2018

    Details Here read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 1

    12 Oct 2018

    Four Point Support:  Too much to pass, too little to bid. There would not be a problem if you held 4 high card points and no support for partner’s major or maybe not if you held 4 card support along with your 4 count. Bergen, at least,... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Oct 2018

    A LITTLE CARE… I saw, participated in over 500 boards at last week’s National Bridge Congress. I am sure there were a number of good plays and defences during the week. This one caught my eye as, unfortunately, I was on the receiving... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 016

    10 Oct 2018

    This week's episode brings you a wrap up from National Congress as the roving Bridge Zone Crew track down the winners of the different events.  We hear more about the Dan Gifford legacy for rubber bridge and learn how many shirts you can iron... read more here

  • Wellington News 001

    10 Oct 2018

    In a slight oversight a couple of months ago, I agreed to submit this newsletter two days after returning from the Congress in Hamilton. I obviously wasn’t looking ahead that much - which some at Congress might have noticed about my declarer... read more here

  • Reminder- The Congress Survey is open

    8 Oct 2018

    We would love to hear from you read more here

  • Update- Congress Masterpoints

    8 Oct 2018

    Judy Butler has done a sterling job during congress uploading the Masterpoint Files and the conclusion of each event. At this stage the awards for match wins in the teams events are to be uploaded. This will take place progressively over the next... read more here

  • Congress Update - Day 7

    5 Oct 2018

    Congratulations to the winners of the completed events yesterday  Senior Pairs: Ernie Sutton - Frances Sheehy Intermediate Pairs: Tony Ren - Kevin Hu Same Sex Pairs: Moss Wylie - Charles Ker Mixed... read more here

  • Congress Survey

    3 Oct 2018

    We are always looking for ways to improve our National Congress and this year we'd invite you, the New Zealand (and wider) bridge community to answer this short survey and tell us what you think and what you want. We have some things we want to... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 015

    3 Oct 2018

    This week's episode brings you all the news from National Congress as the roving Bridge Zone Crew find the news from the winners and goes behind the scenes.  You can listen to the podcast of this week's episode of The Bridge Zone by opening... read more here

  • Congratulations Liam and James

    2 Oct 2018

    Well done Liam Milne and James Coutts for winning the 2018 NZ Pairs  Top 10 Place Result % Pair Name 1 901.3 59.69% JAMES COUTTS - LIAM MILNE 2 834.6 55.48% MICHAEL COURTNEY - PAUL WYER 3 807.1 56.05% SAM... read more here

  • NZB awards 2 Life Memberships

    2 Oct 2018

    Congratulations Alan Turner and Robin Young for being awarded Life Memberships to NZ Bridge. A presentation was made at the AGM and Congress opening. Alan Turner, Mayor of Hamilton Andrew King and Chairman of NZB, Alan Morris Robin Young, Andrew... read more here

  • AGM Presentation

    29 Sep 2018

    Click here to read the NZB Presentation 2018 AGM read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    29 Sep 2018

    June Day - Te Puke. Treasurer and much more. The Club Committee would like to nominate June Day, who has been our Treasurer for about19 years. She finally decided to retire due to her 80th birthday.  She kept meticulous records and her... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 010

    28 Sep 2018

    Normal Breaks do occur….. Normally! You do not believe the above statement, do you? You have seen it all..bid a grand slam with 10 trumps missing the queen and find Qxx behind the AK. You have played in countless excellent games with 4... read more here

  • Another year another National Congress

    27 Sep 2018

    Hamilton will be abuzz again starting on Saturday for nine days.  We have a good number of entries and can't wait to get started. If you want to receive updates during Congress, you need to be registered o this NZB website.  To do this,... read more here

  • Waitemata turns 50!!

    27 Sep 2018

    WHAT A STORY On Saturday the 22nd I had the honour of attending the 50th Anniversary of the Waitemata Bridge Club in west Auckland.   The Club’s humble beginnings came about after the Auckland Bridge Club decided to move from the... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    26 Sep 2018

    Greetings from the Winterless North once again. A lot has been happening here tournament wise and we have had some incredible results including the 5A Swiss Pairs tournament in Kerikeri held last weekend which was won by two Intermediate players.... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 014

    26 Sep 2018

    You can listen to the podcast of this week's episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  In this week's episode Bruce and Jane interview Paul Marston, catch up with Katherine Gough in Wellington to hear about her Super Social Sundays... read more here

  • Bulletin- Selection of NZ TEams & Trialists for 2019

    25 Sep 2018

        The selectors are pleased to announce their decisions in respect of the International events for 2019. Firstly I would like to acknowledge all applications. Some of you will be disappointed that you are not included in the teams or... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Sep 2018

    Keeping Partner “Sweet”. You lead partner’s suit and you wish you had not. You do not lead partner’s suit and wish you had! Do you know the feeling? Been there, done that, I am sure. Watch the following:  ... read more here

  • Cynthia Clayton Greeting Cards- Supporting Youth Bridge

    24 Sep 2018

    We are delighted that Cynthia will be offering her greeting cards for sale at Congress again this year.  Proceeds go towards the support of Youth Bridge in NZ. Please look out for the display at the venue. A small sample below of what will... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 009

    21 Sep 2018

    THE FOOLISH FIVE? It’s OK. There will be no names except my own. I have to admit to being guilty..or am I just being wise after the event? What would you do? There’s not too much to this bidding sequence:  ... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    20 Sep 2018

       no money for Marina! Read on.... Top of the South is now in its 9th year, and has grown up!  No longer a TOT but TOPS.  Those important Club Committees. There have been a couple of AGMs in the last few weeks.  Simon... read more here

  • Sundays are Novice Days

    19 Sep 2018

    Calling Novice Players. What better way is there to spend a Sunday afternoon than playing bridge? Social Bridge, that is. That is the concept behind Auckland-Northland Regional Bridgemate, Jan France's, Social Sunday afternoon concept. The first... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 013

    19 Sep 2018

    You can listen to the podcast of this week's episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  In this week's episode Barry and Mereana interview Karen Martelletti, catch up with Professor Samantha Punch from Stirling University, compare... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    17 Sep 2018

    RUNNING OUT OF TRUMPS   A play problem for you. You are South and become declarer in 4. You may criticise the bidding, with justification: more of that shortly. However, it is 4 you have to make and not 4 or even 3NT. West leads 4 to... read more here

  • Congratulations!! Recently Qualified Club Level Directors

    14 Sep 2018

        NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Vicki Jacobsen Cambridge Luisa McNabb Christchurch Janet De Lu Crockfords... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 008

    14 Sep 2018

                   Different Routes: Same Result.                Party Spoilers! There were many different... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    13 Sep 2018

    From time to time, quite a few of my friends at the club express surprise that I have another sister who plays at the Christchurch Club. And it was to my surprise that Madelaine Green and Rodney Green presented themselves at the club recently, and... read more here

  • National Bridge Congress Update

    13 Sep 2018

    In just over two weeks, we will all be getting ready for the first round of the JLT New Zealand Open and Restricted Open Pairs. The big day will be here very soon. The good news is that numbers coming look like being up there with the high numbers... read more here

  • Babich - NZ Wide Pairs-

    12 Sep 2018

                                                        ... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE - BROADCASTING ON FIVE RADIO STATIONS! 012

    12 Sep 2018

    The Bridge Zone radio show is now the second most downloaded podcast on the Hamilton Radio Station Free FM with over 3,000 downloads in August.  The success means that four other radio stations have asked to broadcast the show.  Their... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Sep 2018

    TOUGH DEFENCE. We could twist those above two words around and insert the word “is” because “Defence is tough.” Here’s a hand to prove the point though in many cases, we could expand on the phrase and say... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 007

    7 Sep 2018

    “Innocent Bystanders”. Or were we? Everyone (well nearly everyone..or some people!) say they love Swiss Pairs. I might sometimes even agree with them, or some of them, or some of the time but there is one time when I and others are... read more here

  • National 15 A Pairs by Moss Wylie, Invercargill

    6 Sep 2018

    A Happy Hunting Ground for Wayne and Clair The Otago Club held the National Pairs in the first weekend of September. 28 pairs attended the two day event directed by Caroline Wiggins, all the way down from Hastings. The qualifying day saw... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    6 Sep 2018

    Congratulations to Clair Miao and Wayne Burrows who came south to win the National 15A Pairs in Dunedin. There is a separate report on this event on the NZ Bridge website. Meanwhile, several Otago- Southland players are preparing for the big trip... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 011

    6 Sep 2018

    You can listen to this week's episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  Barry and Mereana interview NZB secretary, Alister Stuck, catch up with more news from Professor Samantha Punch of Stirling University with her PhD in bridge... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    4 Sep 2018

    Success without Finesse! 50% they work and 50% they fail. “Really” many query? “Mine always seem to fail!”. In case yours do always fail, especially when you really want them to work, how about trying to avoid taking a... read more here

  • National 15A Pairs - Otago Bridge Club

    31 Aug 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 006

    31 Aug 2018

    Tales of Disruption Surely there should be a rule about the number of times you can disrupt the opponents’ bidding?! That’s what you would wish for if you were the side who had reached a sensible game contract. Not so if you were the... read more here

  • LAST DAY FOR CHEAPER NATIONAL CONGRESS RATES

    30 Aug 2018

         If you are registering for the full National Congress registration  or  the package rates for New Zealand Pairs, New Zealand Restricted Pairs or New Zealand Teams, then      pay by 31st August... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News

    30 Aug 2018

    Lesley Quilty and Sonia Crawford. Nice to see the days getting longer and the grass getting longer as spring beckons (well good for the farmer and maybe not so flash for the weekend lawn mowers). A whip around the clubs' websites indicates that... read more here

  • Summer Festival of Bridge- Canberra Jan 2019

    29 Aug 2018

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  • THE BRIDGE ZONE and OTAGO MORNING NEWS 010

    29 Aug 2018

    Brad Johnston, returning youth gold medalist from China, features in The Bridge Zone broadcast this week and also on Otago Morning News broadcast.  You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone and the podcast from... read more here

  • NZ Representitive Teams for 2019- Application forms available

    28 Aug 2018

    Latest bulletin and squad application forms now available. read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    28 Aug 2018

    Helping Partner: The Doubleton Lead in No Trumps! What? Had you forgotten that it is no trumps and not a suit contract? “Certainly not” as the defender found a lead to test the declarer on the following board. What would be your... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 005

    24 Aug 2018

    “GAME” FOR ALL Three makeable suit games and a great sacrifice in the fourth. Even 3NT was only one down! The board must be worth a look. A poser for you first. You are West: Board 8West DealsNone Vul    ... read more here

  • 2018 New Zealand Youth Bridge Weekend

    23 Aug 2018

    And They Just Love the Bridge They came from Auckland, from Oamaru, from the Wairarapa and Wellington, from the Central North Island, from Dunedin, the Waikato and from Canterbury, 38 in total to this year’s Youth Bridge Weekend which was... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douuglas Russell

    23 Aug 2018

    Early July turned out to be something of a Mike Curry benefit. With Anisia Shami, he won the Auckland Club’s Thursday Bruce McLaren Swiss Pairs, and matched that on the following Saturday by winning Mt Albert’s 3A with Neil Stuckey; at... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 009

    22 Aug 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  This week Barry and Mereana interview Professor Samantha Punch and discuss her fascinating research work at Stirling University into the... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    21 Aug 2018

    DISPOSING OF LOSERS….URGENTLY! When in a trump contract, you would like to be able to draw the opposition’s trumps quickly. We should know there are situations where declarer has to ruff cards in dummy first or where two losers need... read more here

  • GOLD MEDAL FOR NZ

    20 Aug 2018

    A victory for New Zealand at the 17th World Youth Championships in China.  Brad (Johnston) from Otago Bridge Club played a part in winning the BAM - Board a Match Transnational event. This is for players whose teams do not make the... read more here

  • Welcome- Gillian Alexander -

    20 Aug 2018

    Regional Bridge Mate - Otago Southland   Introducing our new Regional Bridge Mate for the Otago/Southland Region - Gillian Alexander. Based in Dunedin, Gill joins the team and has hit the ground running, organising a raft of media... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana 004

    17 Aug 2018

    SUITS MISHANDLED That’s all four of them. Spades should never have got a look-in. Hearts just cannot be trumps, for anyone. Diamonds were largely ignored while clubs proved too tough a suit to defend against accurately. These are the sad... read more here

  • NZ at the World Youth Championships

    15 Aug 2018

    Day 6  No Happy Ending In the sense that New Zealand did record one win on the last day, the above statement was not true. It was their 4th win in 21 matches, most of which had been significant losses. Opponent Imp Score... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 008

    15 Aug 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  This week Barry and Mereana interview Bridge Development Officer Richard Solomon, profile the South Island Pairs winners and look at unusual... read more here

  • NZ at the World Youth Championships

    14 Aug 2018

    Day 5. It’s Tough Downstairs. Although a glitch in the event website seemed to have dramatically incorrectly increased New Zealand’s score, along with that of every other country, Day 5 seemed to be a replica of Day 1, with four big... read more here

  • Congratulations Alister

    13 Aug 2018

    The NZB Secretary, Alister Stuck, achieved a great milestone on the weekend, reaching the giddy heights of Gold Grand Master.  Well done Alister and it looks like you celebrated in style with a ginger beer !     read more here

  • NZ at the World Youth Championships

    13 Aug 2018

    DAY 4 - ONE GREAT COMEBACK This day featured one great Kiwi comeback, nearly 100 imps shared with the host Chinese and then a bit of a reality check from the table-topping Americans. Hang in for the ride! Opponents Imp Score NZ... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    13 Aug 2018

    Tournaments abound at this time of year and over recent weeks we have had two of the bigger ones.  Picton hosted the South Island Pairs on 7th July and most recently, Sunday 12th August, Richmond Club hosted the Howorth Cup, Top of the... read more here

  • NZ at the World Youth Championships

    12 Aug 2018

    Day 3 Another tough day at the office. The third day of the event proved as hard for the young Kiwis as the previous two, with only the last match of the day against the country below the Kiwis providing some relief:   Opposition... read more here

  • NZ at the World Youth Championships

    11 Aug 2018

    Day 2 A LESSON TO BE LEARNT It was not a golden day but in at least two of the three matches, our Bridge Jacks showed an improvement and were finally rewarded with their first win, against opposition who had been doing extremely well:... read more here

  • NZ at the World Youth Championships

    10 Aug 2018

    Day 1. WHEN IT’S NOT YOUR DAY…… Our Bridge Jacks started on Day 1 of the qualifying Round Robin with the same hope as the other 21 competing countries in the Juniors section of the World Youth Teams Championship…21 x... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    10 Aug 2018

    Hearts A’ Flutter. Three successive boards, all with a similar theme, that of doubling heart contracts. Are your nerves up to it because in two cases, there will be no bloodbath! Let’s start with a bidding problem, or maybe it is... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 007

    8 Aug 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  This week Barry and Mereana enjoy a highly entertaining interview with Blair Fisher, winner of the North Island Pairs and discuss Masterpoints.... read more here

  • Wellington News

    8 Aug 2018

    The winter months are a good time for a bridge club to hold a quiz night, which often doubles as a fund raiser and fun social evening. At the Wellington club, our local Chess players use the club rooms, with several also being (excellent) bridge... read more here

  • The North Island Pairs

    7 Aug 2018

    The 2018 North Island Pairs “The Come-Back Kids”. Every good event has a good story to go with it. This year’s North Island Pairs had two, both involving the winners. So, there you are in Hastings contemplating how you will... read more here

  • Bridge Jacks ready for action

    6 Aug 2018

    The 17th World Youth Bridge Championships in Wujiang, China start on Wednesday. The Bridge Jacks team of Nik Mitchell, Brad Johnston from Otago and Zachary Yan and Vincent He from Auckland are representing New Zealand in the Junior Teams. Meet Nik... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    6 Aug 2018

                                 If at first you do not succeed, try try again. But where? Which suit?... read more here

  • North Island Pairs - 4th-5th August Auckland

    4 Aug 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    3 Aug 2018

      71.30% is a mighty good score in a tournament. It came in a Junior tournament last month. Here are recent tournament winners in our region including the Juniors who excelled: Date Tournament Winners Score/%... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    3 Aug 2018

    “ Game Forcing” Bids? Two pieces of interesting hand evaluation thrust  partnerships up into the slam zone..but would they drive on to too high a level? Let’s see: The first board offered both partners a chance to value... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    3 Aug 2018

    AUGUST 2018 - RUTH LEWIS (ROTORUA) Just indispensable This acknowledgement from the club committee comes from Pam Moore. It really says it all.  "Ruth has been a member of the Rotorua Bridge Club for well over 30 years. She has been a... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 006

    1 Aug 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  This week Barry and Mereana discuss the PhD in bridge being offered by Stirling University, signals and discards, opening leads, ducking and... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    31 Jul 2018

    The Singleton That Isn’t… …or not where the defender thinks it is. It is a common plan when in a suit contract to win the opening lead and play immediately a singleton towards dummy’s  king or king, queen in a suit... read more here

  • A Week for the Youth

    30 Jul 2018

    If you were around Auckland during the last week, you could really have thrown aside the belief that Bridge is for the older folk in our society. Let’s see what has been happening. Auckland Grammar School where bridge is played two... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    27 Jul 2018

                          Camouflage. If you make it plainly obvious how you are going to play a contract, then the chances are that the... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    26 Jul 2018

    Welcome again from the Winterless North. We nearly had our second frost this morning which will just about signal the end of Winter here as there are only normally around three frosts a year. (It sounds like Whangarei’s temperatures are... read more here

  • New Zealand at the World Youth Championships

    25 Jul 2018

    New Zealand has a team in the up-coming World Youth Championships which will be held in the Chinese city of Wujiang, just north of Shanghai from Wednesday 8th until Saturday 16th August. Follow the progress of this team with daily reports on this... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE 005

    25 Jul 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  This week Barry and Mereana find out more about the Cambridge and Christchurch Sixes, the Boat Race and discuss how professional bridge players... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    23 Jul 2018

    Damned if you do: Damned if you don’t. It’s that old problem: leading to 3NT when you and your partner have a bid a suit. Do you lead your suit or do you not? It’s time for you to decide. Here are two lead problems:... read more here

  • VACANCIES- CONTRACT SHARE REGIONAL BRIDGE MATES - OTAGO/SOUTHLAND REGION AND CENTRAL DISTRICTS REGION

    23 Jul 2018

    NZB is seeking to contract motivated bridge players who are inspired by its vision to Grow the Game of Bridge.    Two opportunities have arisen within NZB to support and grow bridge clubs across the Otago/Southland Region and... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    20 Jul 2018

    “Badley” Done The title hardly literally reflects the theme of what follows because in this case, the defence can reflect on a job well done. The hero for the defence was, of course, Duncan Badley. So, let’s put you in... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    19 Jul 2018

    A Tournament with a great welcome - Akaroa Scnic Bridge Tournament, May 5th.   A bridge tournament in the South Island  with a powhiri is rather unusual! Thanks to Darryl Dowthwaite for reporting on this tournament: “Every... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone 004

    18 Jul 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  This week Barry and Mereana ponder the pleasures and pitfalls of couples being bridge partners, pre-empting with a 5 card minor, announcing... read more here

  • Top 100 All Time Masterpoint Earners

    17 Jul 2018

    List Updated 16 July 2018 read more here

  • Congratulations!!! Our New Grandmasters

    16 Jul 2018

    Details Here read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    16 Jul 2018

    Which Club? Give a bridge player an opportunity to go wrong and the chances are they will accept it with open arms. So, if there is anything we can do to save one’s partner from themselves, then we should strive to do that. It’s a... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    13 Jul 2018

    "UNLUCKY" FOR SOME. That’s Board 13. It was there this evening to test one’s superstitions and liking or otherwise of safety plays! Safety plays are there when there is no apparent danger in taking one…so, you be the judge!... read more here

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE

    12 Jul 2018

    You can access the direct link to the latest episode of The Bridge Zone by opening this article.  Save the link as a bookmark - and you will be able to tune in each Wednesday at around midday for the latest show broadcast. Click... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    11 Jul 2018

    It’s been a few months since Moss’ last regional write-up, and it’s good to see that some other correspondents have weighed in on the issues brought up by Moss with regards to the IP trials. But the trials are over and the IPs... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    10 Jul 2018

    YOUR 12 TRICKS ARE? You have reached a reasonable but slightly pushy 6 spade contract and your bidding has telegraphed to your opponents that a trump lead is a good idea. So, that’s what you got…and now is the time to decide how you... read more here

  • South Island Pairs

    10 Jul 2018

    A WEEKEND FOR TWO RUSSELLS AND A ROBIN The South Island Pairs came to the Top of The South and players came from all over New Zealand to Picton for two wonderful days of Bridge. The event involved five barometered sessions, 46 pairs playing... read more here

  • South Island Pairs - Picton 7th-8th JuLy 2018

    6 Jul 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    6 Jul 2018

    AND THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE IS? That’s for bidding games, especially vulnerable ones. How bad can they be for us to say we should be in part-score? There were 6 low point-count, lowish percentage games to be bid this week. Most were makeable... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month

    5 Jul 2018

    Barbara Fitzgerald - North Shore. We go to Auckland's North Shore Bridge Club for this month's nomination. Not only has this club got an absolutely beautiful setting, being next to Lake Pupuke, but it has one most valuable member in Barbara... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    5 Jul 2018

    Tournament Successes. The big tournament winners from the past few months included Grant Jarvis and Ian Berrington who took over by a whisker from Michael Ware and Geo Tislevoll on the final round of the National Swiss Pairs in Hamilton across... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    4 Jul 2018

    SLAM ON “14” One side has 26 hcp between their two hands and the other a more modest 14. One side can make 9 tricks with their best combined suit as trumps. The other can make 12. Naturally, you would much rather be holding the... read more here

  • New Zealand at the Yeh Bros event, Day 3.

    4 Jul 2018

    Consolation Swiss at Yeh Bros Cup After the disappointment of just missing out the main knock-out stage, the New Zealand Open team looked to improve in the Consolation Swiss. It was not to be as after 5 of the 8 rounds, they are in 14th place in... read more here

  • New Zealand at the Yeh Bros event, Day 2.

    3 Jul 2018

    LIKE NEW ZEALAND: LIKE JAPAN Choose whichever team you wish, the Japanese football team or the New Zealand Bridge team..and they are both suffering from last kick/last board disappointment. Japan were seconds away from extra- time and a chance of... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    3 Jul 2018

    “CAN I HELP?” Another unmakeable contract makes! It’s only a part-score but it’s 5 imps to the opposition which they really should not have got…or it would have been a lot better had their contract failed.... read more here

  • New Zealand at the Yeh Bros event, Day 1.

    2 Jul 2018

    IT WAS NEVER GOING TO BE EASY This year’s Yeh Bros event had plenty of strong teams taking part. After doing the necessary against one of the weaker teams present, South Africa, New Zealand came up against three strong European countries in... read more here

  • New Zealand Open Team at the 2018 Yeh Bros Cup

    29 Jun 2018

    Follow the New Zealand Open Team at the 2018 Yeh Bros Cup which will take place in Beijing from Sunday 1st July until Thursday 5th July. You can follow the link below to see how our Open Team is faring or else read daily reports on this site... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    29 Jun 2018

    DISASTER! So you think our top players always get it right? It’s nice to show how well they can play. Sometimes, though, it is just not their night. So, if you have a bad night at bridge, then what follows is here to cheer you up. It can... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    27 Jun 2018

    The rainy season has started in earnest in Auckland, and partly as a consequence the tournament season is in full swing, with a pretty crowded calendar. The Howick Restricted Pairs was won by John Craig and KC (what does the KC stand for?) Lee,... read more here

  • NZB launches weekly radio show The Bridge Zone 001

    27 Jun 2018

    Listen in to the new all bridge radio show sponsored by NZB.  A half-hour weekly slot "The Bridge Zone" had its first broadcast today.  Wednesdays at 10.30am and repeated Thursdays at 6.30am are the times to tune in live. ... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    25 Jun 2018

    THE PRICE YOU PAY We like to bid when we get the opportunity though there are times when you do bid when you wish you had not. One such occasion is  when you tell the declarer how to play a hand by the bid you have made. Watch the following:... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    22 Jun 2018

    PUSHING THE RULE TO THE LIMIT. You may have heard of it, “Hamman’s Rule” where if 3NT is a possibility from among your options, then you should give it a go. The boards at Akarana this week did little to doubt the wisdom of this... read more here

  • INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER - BACKING BLACK!

    21 Jun 2018

    Read the latest news on the international programme, meet the Youth squad heading to China, hear from Michael Cornell on what it means to "Earn the Fern"  or bid in an auction to play with one of our top players in the Youth Fundraiser. ... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    19 Jun 2018

    Go for Gold..but how? A touch of overbidding but you have ended in not too bad a contract…at least on their opening lead. You are in 3NT and there are only two suits wide open! So, let’s see how many tricks we can count.... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    19 Jun 2018

    The last couple of weeks have seen a good few records broken (and not the only thing broken!) in Top of the South.  The Inter Provincial Trials hosted once again by Marlborough had 8 ½ tables of hopefuls in the Intermediates; plus a... read more here

  • Refresher Boards for Beginners

    18 Jun 2018

    We had a great suggestion from Christchurch asking for a couple of sets of boards that include hands from each lesson for refresher sessions.  One set has a selection of 12 hands from Lessons 2 to 5 (in case you have a refresher... read more here

  • The National Open Swiss Pairs

    18 Jun 2018

    A Good Time to hit the lead This event was held over the weekend of June 16th and 17th at the Hamilton Bridge Club. It was run as an 11 round Swiss of 9 board matches with 58 pairs competing. Grant Jarvis and Ian Berrington hit the front at just... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    15 Jun 2018

    IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, DO NOTHING! How many boards when you are defending have you had no idea how you should be defending? If you are truthful, then the answer could be “quite often”! I would put two boards from this... read more here

  • National 15A Swiss Pairs- Hamilton 16 & 17 June 2018

    14 Jun 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    13 Jun 2018

    There were kind words about the Wellington Regional Congress in late April from players, praising the organisers for their planning and preparation beforehand, and all those working during the five days. I have too many photos of the many... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    11 Jun 2018

    WELL BID….and WELL PLAYED? When you make the right decision in the bidding, you want to follow it up by playing the hand correctly. Hopefully, that means making your contract! So, plan the play in the following 3NT contract. While... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    9 Jun 2018

    This is Libby who came to lessons in New Plymouth last year when she was 12 with her mum and grandfather. She has played most C grade nights since graduation. Her mum is the C grade convenor and Libby helps out by doing the announcements... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    8 Jun 2018

    PLENTY OF FUN WITH POINTLESS HANDS. Welcome back to stories of a night’s bridge at the Akarana Bridge Club. After a gap of two months, it was nice to be back. It felt like a good practice for my first up-coming Rubber Bridge match in the... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month

    8 Jun 2018

         JUNE 2018 - Graham Potter, Wellington.    The nomination came from the Wellington Bridge Club. Club President, Brad Tattersfield, and Manager, Bridget Hannaway-Willcox explain why. One of our “unsung... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    7 Jun 2018

    SHOULD YOU TRUST PARTNER? That’s right. We are talking about your partner. Bridge is all about creating a large level of trust between you and your partner. Are you going to “not lose the post mortem” and trust partner or is it... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    6 Jun 2018

    If you “walk the dog”, watch out for the traffic! “Walking the dog” is a phrase which can mean many different things depending on the context. In Bridge terminology, it refers to a player who takes rather a long-winded way... read more here

  • NZ Youth Team Fundraiser

    6 Jun 2018

    You are invited to play in a session individual tournament on Sunday 24th June at 1pm to be held at the Auckland Bridge Club. Funds raised on the day will be used to help our Youth Team who are heading to China in August.   Entry is open... read more here

  • Tauranga- Boston Cup Teams

    6 Jun 2018

    Photo Gallery from this annual event held at Tauranga   https://www.taurangabridge.co.nz/blog/791460   read more here

  • Those"Rainy Day" Bids - Our Internationals conquer Auckland

    6 Jun 2018

    You may have noticed that one particular team have been doing rather well recently. They are our Open International Team, Michael Cornell – Ashley Bach, Michael Ware – GeO Tislevoll and Michael Whibley – Matthew Brown. They have... read more here

  • Appointment- Regional Bridge Mate- Wellington

    5 Jun 2018

      Welcome to Katherine Gough - Regional Bridge mate for the Wellington Region read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    2 Jun 2018

    John Skipper on the Board of New Zealand Bridge. I have been rather remiss in not reporting this old news, but many in the region will not realise a fellow Cantabrian John Skipper gained a place on the New Zealand Bridge Board as from 1st April... read more here

  • Expressions of Interest- Board Vacancy

    31 May 2018

    31 May 2018 Notice Calling for Expressions of Interest Vacancy on the Board of New Zealand Bridge   [Pursuant to Rule 12 (Filling of Vacancy)] The Board of NZ Bridge is calling for expressions of interest to fill a vacancy on the Board... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    30 May 2018

    GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO GO WRONG. A standard time for false-carding is as declarer when the first round of a suit is played and you fear a ruff if you follow meekly low. Name me a defender who has not at some time been fooled by the jettisoning of... read more here

  • Otago-Southland News with Moss Wylie

    29 May 2018

    Freeland Team Blitz Winton Open Teams. April 14th saw 10 teams compete in the 5A Winton Teams. Only one local team took part. However, the local club put on a good spread of tasty treats.  Paul Freeland- Margret Perley and Arleen Schwartz... read more here

  • BRIDGE WITH OUR NEWEST NEW ZEALANDERS

    26 May 2018

    Jane Stearns is currently delivering bridge lessons to 17 refugees and migrants as part of the curriculum this term for the advanced ESOL course at Hamilton Settlement Centre. From Jane: "The students are from Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia,... read more here

  • 2018 Inter-Provincial teams have been decided

    22 May 2018

    The trials for all the Regions were held on May 12/13 and some teams have been named. Congratulations to those who have been selected.  Click on this link to view the teams we know about so far.  As more come to hand, they will... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    22 May 2018

    COMBATTING THE JACK We learn pretty early on that “third player plays high.” That means, simplistically, that when your partner leads a low(ish) card, you will play a high card to either win the trick or force an even higher card out... read more here

  • Bulletin 5 - 2018. International Programme for 2019

    18 May 2018

    International Programme 2018-2019 Bulletin 5...  read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    17 May 2018

    Greetings from the Winterless North yet again. It seems like only last week I wrote the last round-up but we are already fast approaching the middle of the year. Here in the North we have been having great successes holding Intermediate and... read more here

  • Regional Committee Memberships From 1 July 2018

    16 May 2018

     Congratulations to the following people confirmed to serve on our Regional Committees from 1 July 2018. Auckland Northland Waikato Bays          Sue Brown Rona... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    15 May 2018

    Keeping The Extra Chance up your Sleeve. When you first see the sight of dummy and thank partner for the 13 cards they have produced which may or may not resemble their bidding, your next task is not to play a card from dummy but to plan the play... read more here

  • INTERPROVINCIAL TRIALS 12-13 MAY 2018

    11 May 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS:   Auckland Northland Waikato Bays Central Districts Wellington Top Of The South Canterbury Otago Southland   O,W,S           Intermediate read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month

    9 May 2018

    Jean Tisdall - Oamaru. This month's Volunteer is a committee member at the Oamaru Club who frequently does that bit more. Over then to Frances Sheehy, the Club President: "On behalf of the Oamaru Bridge Club, I would like to nominate Jean... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    9 May 2018

    Waikato Bays May Round-Up We start with a milestone … Enid Trower turned 100 in April.   Enid is a great endorsement for why playing bridge is good for your mind and soul.   She is an active playing member at Hamilton... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 May 2018

    TWO LEADS ONE THEME Opening leads are at times pretty subjective affairs. Rules can be laid down, proven and then on the particular problem you have can be proven not to work. With that depressing thought somewhere in the back of your mind, try... read more here

  • Alan T receives his "gong"

    7 May 2018

    Congratulations Alan for receiving your QSM the other day.  We are proud of you and thank you for your services to Bridge.  The nice thing Alan discovered as he received his medal from the Governor General, Patsy Reddy,... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    4 May 2018

    The theme for this report seems to be family (and soon to be family – see below!) successes. We often tend to think that playing bridge in partnership might be a little dangerous for real life relationships, but there is little evidence of... read more here

  • Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge Finals 2018

    4 May 2018

    Congratulations to the  Wellington Region who recorded the highest number of Pairs contesting the Rubber Bridge play-offs.  Accordingly Wellington Region will have two spots in the finals at Congress.  ... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    2 May 2018

    Things are beginning to hot up on the Tournament front, with a few under our belts.  The Nelson Open Teams on 10th March was well subscribed with 26 teams from across the region.  Winners on the day were the Westport quartet of Glenys... read more here

  • CONGRESS ACCOMMODATION UPDATE

    1 May 2018

    LAST COUPLE OF ROOMS AVAILABLE AT 130.00 per night for National Bridge Congress at Distinction Hotel With the upgrade of the 100 wing, only the 600 wing of the Distinction Hotel in Hamilton has not beenrenovated. The 600 wing is the wing by the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 May 2018

    Take advantage when the sun shines You should take great care in the way you play any board as a declarer, watching out ahead for the dangers, doing what you can to minimise them. Yet, there are times when a touch of optimism is required,... read more here

  • System cards now in Excel

    28 Apr 2018

    NZB has now created blank and partially filled in System cards in Excel.  The PDF version has presented challenges for some to fill in.  If this is you, try the Excel version, which has been designed to virtually look the same as the PDF... read more here

  • VACANCY- REGIONAL BRIDGE MATE - WELLINGTON REGION

    26 Apr 2018

    Following the resignation of Maureen Sheldon there is an opportunity within NZB to support and grow bridge clubs across the Wellington Region.  NZB is seeking to contract a motivated bridge player who is inspired by its vision to Grow the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    24 Apr 2018

    GOT THEM..OR HAVE YOU? We love to bid and make nice slams. We love to make a difficult contract. We love to catch the opponents with a penalty double. All three statements seem true though the last has a proviso…that we beat the contract.... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month

    20 Apr 2018

      Colette Benfield - Richmond. Richmond Club Secretary, Barbara Gordon, is a big admirer of Colette and gives some of the reasons why the Club Committee felt Colette is worthy to be nominated for this award. "Colette Benfield is a great... read more here

  • Announcement- NZ Youth Team for 2018

    19 Apr 2018

      19 April 2018   I am very pleased to announce that we will sending the following team to the World Youth Championships in Wujiang, China:   Nik Mitchell and Brad Johnston of Otago Zachary Yan and Vincent He of Auckland... read more here

  • Watch a video on how to enter a Tournament

    19 Apr 2018

    To make life easier, we have made a couple of small instructional videos; To show you how to enter a Tournament on the NZB website To show you how to remove or amend an entry. Click here to take you to the Instruction page and scroll down... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    19 Apr 2018

    As I write this, we are a few days away from the start of our regular Wellington Regional Congress, which will end, as usual, with a Swiss Pairs on Anzac Day. This year the calendar has started us off with two days of Teams over the coming... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    18 Apr 2018

    Every follower of golf knows how fickle golf results can be – even Tiger Woods could not win everything. This month has seen a few surprising results, so much so that every Bridge tournament player can live in hope of taking a first prize!... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    17 Apr 2018

      giving a helping hand. Signalling for Success. Whatever methods you normally use to exchange information to partner, there are times when clear suit preference signals are required. For many pairs, this occurs when one player leads an... read more here

  • Congratulations!!! Our New Grandmasters

    16 Apr 2018

    Here is the revised list of Grandmasters now available. GOLD GRANDMASTERS Ken Yule Matamata   SILVER GRANDMASTERS Stanley Abrahams Mt Albert Liz Fisher Hamilton Eileen Horsman Waiheke... read more here

  • Masterpoint search

    12 Apr 2018

    Newly released We have improved the Masterpoint Search page so players can see more than just the last month's points earned.  We know this has been something many have wanted and we are happy to report this is now available.  During... read more here

  • Club Level Director Exams - July 2018

    10 Apr 2018

    LINK TO INFORMATION read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    10 Apr 2018

    The Curse of Board 11 Keen bridge players and most Scottish people (surely all Scots play Bridge!) know that the diamond 9 is the “Curse of Scotland”. Our der knowledgeable friend “Google” will enlighten any ignorant... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT AND GRADINGS TASKFORCE UPDATE

    10 Apr 2018

    Information and toplines are now available from the tournament and grading survey sent out late 2017. The purpose of the survey was to inform the Tournament and Gradings Taskforce in their review of the current tournament schedule and current... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    4 Apr 2018

    The start of 2018 hasn’t seen too many tournaments down South, with only the Invercargill 8B Pairs, the Oamaru 5A Pairs, the Taieri and Queenstown 8B Pairs since Moss last wrote to y’all. The winners of these events were as follows:... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    3 Apr 2018

    Signalling and Counting One of the advantages of being a defender is that you have someone else at the bridge table on your side, with the same aims as you have and someone who is taking an active part in the play of the hand. So, even though you... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    29 Mar 2018

    Kerikeri winners, Neil Ruddell and Andrew Liu Once again we are in the Winterless North and while we hope to have a nice Easter Weekend, they don’t call it “Whangarainey” for nothing. Life is slowly getting back to normal... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    29 Mar 2018

    a real hold FOUR VIEWS OF DUMMY So, what is a hold for no-trumps? You cannot always have AQJT in the suit the opposition bids. Sometimes with Kxx, you have to play the whole hand trying to keep one opponent off lead. Then, there are lesser holds... read more here

  • Opportunity- NZ Bridge Foundation

    28 Mar 2018

        NZ Bridge, in conjunction with the Trustees of the NZ Bridge Foundation, is looking to increase the number of Trustees supporting the Foundation and invites expressions of interest from interested parties. The Foundation, which... read more here

  • Welcome to New & Returning Players

    28 Mar 2018

    Welcome to the new (and some returning) players around the country since the start of the year.  We will report number regularly in future. We hope you love this game as much as those who have played for years. Here are the numbers by club,... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    26 Mar 2018

    King for Count in Queenstown This is the tale of an actual hand (well, all the stories are) but this is a kind of special one from last weekend’s Queenstown tournament. Are you ready for a defensive problem? Board 2East... read more here

  • HAMILTON BRIDGE CLUB TAKES TO THE AIRWAVES

    23 Mar 2018

    Members from Hamilton Bridge Club were invited to appear on the Free FM show Aapki Mehphile Harmony. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the link below. You may like to start 7 mins into the broadcast. Click here to listen to the... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    23 Mar 2018

    Triers “Rewarded” 26-30 high card points between your two hands are an awkward number to handle. On some days, you want to be in a cold slam while on others, you are picking up the mess of how many under-tricks you need to concede.... read more here

  • High scores

    22 Mar 2018

    High scores around the country 1 Jan - 20 March, Pairs events only, 40C club venues in first section, A and B tournaments later.   40C Club events   Auckland Northland Region 40C Club events Patricia Porter, John Cooper... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    22 Mar 2018

    There is always a surfeit of Teams Events in the Waikato Bays at the start of the year, culminating (for a few months at least) with the Kelly Peirse Teams in Rotorua.   This was held last weekend with 30 teams signing up to the 10A... read more here

  • JUST LOVING HIS BRIDGE

    20 Mar 2018

     "I Love playing Bridge with People" So says one of our youngest Bridge players. Introducing 8 year old Ollie Benton. Ollie's story is told here by Regional Bridge Mate for Otago-Southland, Susannah Pinckney: Stayman from the start... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    20 Mar 2018

    PAIRS AND TEAMS PHILOSOPHY They can be the same and they can be so different. One similarity would be when you are in a normal contract, you would not risk going down in your contract by taking a finesse for the sake of an overtrick, unless you... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    16 Mar 2018

    Making the best of a bad job Whatever happened to Hamman’s Rule? If 3NT is amongst your choice of makeable game contracts, then go for it….or words similar to that! It did not seem to be particularly true at Akarana this week. When... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    15 Mar 2018

    Greetings from the “Big Smoke”. As the weather turns less inviting, the appeal of spending several hours indoors with like-minded friends playing the game we love becomes even more appealing. Quite a light period for tournaments in the... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month

    15 Mar 2018

    March 2018.   Val Darragh, Hastings Our Volunteer of the Month is a quiet achiever, the kind of person every club needs. A Quiet worker Val has been a member of the Hastings Bridge Club for many years and while she has held no formal... read more here

  • 2018 Board Election results

    13 Mar 2018

  • A Big Bridge Weekend in Taranaki

    13 Mar 2018

    The team of Moss Wylie- Wayne Burrows and Steve Baron – Matthew Brown had a comprehensive victory in the Teams event at the weekend’s Taranaki Bridge Congress. Although only finishing 5th out of 6 qualifiers on day 1 and needing a big... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    12 Mar 2018

    CUTTING ONE’S LOSSES Unless we know we are sacrificing, we bid games to make them. It is great if we do, especially with an overtrick or two. However, either partner’s hand is a let-down (never yours, of course!) , a bad break or good... read more here

  • 33RD New Zealand National Congress

    10 Mar 2018

    Did you enjoy the Gold Coast Congress? Whether or not you went, it’s time to start planning for Hamilton. In just under seven months, it will be time for the 33rd National Bridge Congress to be held at the Distinction Hotel in Hamilton.... read more here

  • Taranaki Bridge Congress

    10 Mar 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • South Pacific Zone- World Bridge Federation

    9 Mar 2018

      I was honoured and humbled to be elected President of the South Pacific Bridge Federation at our annual meeting at the Gold Coast Congress in February, and at the same time, as our zonal representative on the World Bridge Federation... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    9 Mar 2018

    Viva “The Law” Many pairs use cue-bids of the opponents’ suits to make serious game tries when our partner makes an overcall. This enables a jump raise, or in certain circumstances, even a simple raise to be of a pre-emptive... read more here

  • Entering a tournament on this website

    8 Mar 2018

    We hope more and more clubs will use this online entry process which was introduced in September 2017. It utilises the Tournament schedule, to avoid duplication and errors. How to enter. Read the instructions below or scroll down to view the... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    7 Mar 2018

    We seem a bit too far into the year to talk about Christmas, but several good parties with great attendances were held in TOTS region not to make mention of them.  Kaikoura had almost a full house at their annual prize giving and lunch;... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    6 Mar 2018

    Finessing is Fun Yes, it can be. Trust me. They do work sometimes. Indeed, sometimes, well maybe all the time, you really hope they work. Let’s see how many finesses you need on the following board. If they all fail, you could be in serious... read more here

  • Only ever one winning team. The 2018 North Island Teams.

    5 Mar 2018

    Last month’s South Island Teams was a relatively close run affair though only one team was going to win the North Island Teams, held at Palmerston North Bridge Club over the weekend of 3rd/4th March. The team of Michael Ware- GeO Tislevoll,... read more here

  • North Island Teams- Palmerston North 3rd-4th March 2018

    2 Mar 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS LINK TO ENTRY LIST   read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    2 Mar 2018

    Forcing and Invitational Bids 25 hcp between the two hands, a 4-4 spade fit, and not one of the 12 East-West pairs made it to the almost cold 4 game. Four will claim some dispensation as they reached and made 3NT, a contract which relied on the... read more here

  • Central Districts - News with George MacLachlan

    28 Feb 2018

    Wise Head on Young Shoulders It was a case of wise heads on young shoulders when Paula Martin partnered 12 year old Libby Winyawonk on Wednesday’s C grade night at New Plymouth on 7th February.  Can you imagine the excitement when the... read more here

  • 2018 WBF Women's Online Spring Festival

    27 Feb 2018

    The WBF Online Women’s Spring Festival is being held from 9th – 15th April with a great prize given by the WBF President. The overall winner and a partner of her choice will be offered free entry to the 2018 Women’s Pairs... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    26 Feb 2018

    TUNNEL VISION It is a really good idea to look at your hand and dummy after the opening lead is made and see what can be done with all the losers in your hand. Then and only then should you play to the first trick. There is, though, a hand type... read more here

  • Gold Coast - Final Report

    25 Feb 2018

    Michael Courtney held on to win the East – West section of the Ivy Dahler Butler Swiss Pairs. Here are the final results of this event, the final event of the Congress. Ivy Dahler Butler Swiss Pairs Open 118 tables. North-South... read more here

  • Gold Coast Friday

    24 Feb 2018

    No joy unfortunately for the Kiwis in the final stages of the Gold Coast Teams. In the Round of 4 Open event (the Round of 4 was for the teams finishing 3rd-6th in qualifying…the winners and the top 2 met in the semi-finals), Bouton, which... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    23 Feb 2018

    The Unchanging Commodity Bidding styles change over the years because some traditional approaches, whilst effective, occur so rarely that we find more frequent uses for such bids. A prime example is reserving one’s 2 level suit openings... read more here

  • Thursday on The Coast

    23 Feb 2018

    A great last qualifying day for a young team of mixed Australian/ New Zealand players saw Bouton climb up to 4th in the Open where the top 6 teams qualify. The team includes Dunedin’s Vicky Bouton and Brad Johnston and ex Wellingtonian... read more here

  • WBF YOUTH TEAMS ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP

    23 Feb 2018

     1st WBF YOUTH TEAMS ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIPS (March – July, 2018) PLEASE SUBMIT NZ APPLICATIONS TO NZ Bridge Secretary secretary@nzbridge.co.nz by 5.00pm Friday March 2nd 2018 Format of the Championship The Championship consists of... read more here

  • Gold Coast Update. Teams, Teams..it's "teeming" with them

    22 Feb 2018

    Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday are Teams days for everyone. That’s four 14 board matches per day, Swiss style. In the Open event, the top 6 qualify and in each of the others, the top 2 play a final. That makes it quite tough to qualify but... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    21 Feb 2018

    We are now off with the old and on with the new - going into 2018 with some new faces on the Board and some new approaches. One of these approaches has landed in Wellington with radio advertising, starting mid-February, in the city and the Kapiti... read more here

  • GOLD COAST BRIDGE CONGRESS

    20 Feb 2018

    MONDAY REPORT. MATTHEW BROWN WINS OPEN PAIRS. Congratulations to all the Kiwis who did well in the various Pairs and Swiss Pairs events. Leading the way was Matthew Brown who with his Australian partner, Johnno Newman, retained their lead to win... read more here

  • FROM COMMONWEALTH GAMES TO GOLD COAST

    19 Feb 2018

      Same venue but now time for everyone to join in. Firstly, though, we left you at the top 8 qualifying stage of the Commonwealth Teams. Australia Gold, Scotland White, India A and the President’s Team, an English invitation team,... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    19 Feb 2018

    There are many ways of discarding which work most of the time. Sometimes, they all run into difficulty. When that happens think about the easiest way you can get your message across to your partner. If your card is not going to be easy to... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month

    19 Feb 2018

    FEBRUARY 2018 MARION SILLICK, PARAPARAUMU. Dennis Lahman speaks on behalf of the Club Committee and reflects the views of so many at the Paraparaumu Club. "Marion arrived in Paraparaumu in 2004 from Orewa with a reputation of being fully... read more here

  • The Fifth Commonwealth Nations Championships - Day 3

    17 Feb 2018

    A Day of Two Halves The last four qualifying matches. A steady showing over these matches could mean top 8 for New Zealand. For a while it looked a possibility with two wins before lunch. However, the two afternoon matches did not go New... read more here

  • Calling Bridge playing Teachers

    16 Feb 2018

    New Zealand Bridge is trying to take Bridge into schools. We know that traditionally our game has been played mainly by older people. There are reasons why school age students would take to our game. Some will become “addicted”... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    16 Feb 2018

    “Full Marks”. There are some jobs in Bridge which are very hard to pass on to anyone else. One such role is President of the Akarana Bridge Club. Ask Jonathan Westoby although after at least a decade in the job, he did escape. Ask... read more here

  • The Fifth Commonwealth Nations Championships - Day 2

    16 Feb 2018

    A Roundabout Way to Where We Started At the end of the 11 round Swiss, 8 teams will qualify. However, it is not as simple as saying that will be teams 1-8 as the medals can only be won by the teams representing Commonwealth countries. The rules... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    15 Feb 2018

          A warm welcome to our new Canterbury correspondent, Max Robb. Max is well known around the Christchurch bridge scene. Please contact him if you have any news items. His contact details are at the end of this report.... read more here

  • The Fifth Commonwealth Nations Championships - Day 1

    15 Feb 2018

    The scene is the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Wednesday February 14th is the first of five days of competition, the first of the three day qualifying Swiss during which all 36 teams will play 11 by 14 board matches to qualify eight teams for the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    13 Feb 2018

    USING THEIR TIME So, what do you do as a defender when the declarer goes into what seems like a 10 minute reverie at the first sight of dummy? OK, it was only 30 seconds but you only had four minutes to play this board or else time penalties... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Feb 2018

    THE SECRET OF GRANT’S SUCCESS You may have observed that the team of Grant Jarvis, Ken and Kathy Yule and Jan Alabaster won the South Island Teams in Christchurch over the last weekend. Naturally, we wanted to report on some of their finer... read more here

  • A Weekend in Christchurch

    12 Feb 2018

    South Island Teams Exciting hands, excellent organisation, wonderful continuous catering and a full house of 38 teams at the Christchurch Bridge Club for this year’s South Island Teams. For most of the event, it was close at the top though... read more here

  • Nominations - Board Elections 2018

    10 Feb 2018

    Nominations received for Chairperson: Allan Morris     CV Allan Morris Nominations received for Board Members: Karen Martelletti    Karen Martelletti  CV Kay Nicholas        ... read more here

  • SOUTH ISLAND TEAMS - CHRISTCHURCH 10TH - 11TH FEB 2018

    10 Feb 2018

    LINK TO RESULTS PAGE read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    9 Feb 2018

    SPADES A ‘ PLENTY After three weeks of Rubber Bridge, Akarana started its Teams and Swiss Pairs program with a lively night of Bridge this week. There were three interesting spade slams to be bid, only one of which stood a chance to be... read more here

  • Congratulations!!! Baden Wilson Winners for 2017

    8 Feb 2018

    Kate Davies from Wellington for the Women and Grant Jarvis from Franklin for the men read more here

  • NZ BRIDGE YOUTH BRIDGE WEEKEND

    7 Feb 2018

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  • Otago-Southland News with Moss Wylie

    7 Feb 2018

    FEEL THE HEAT…. 2018 Bridge started early in the “Deep South” with 43 pairs crammed into the Alexandra Bridge Club to contest the Holiday Pairs, a  two evening affair, January 5/6th.  Auckland’s Jeff Thompson... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    5 Feb 2018

    “PRECISION” DEFENCE.. or… “EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY” Well, whenever the “day” for Precision is, the following deal which even those present at the recent Tauranga Congress will struggle to remember, was not... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    5 Feb 2018

    SECOND PLAYER PLAYS….. You know the rule. You learnt it five or ten or thirty years ago in the days when you wanted to be dummy…less pressure. It’s good to know that the rule is alive and very well. Yet, there is another rule... read more here

  • 2018 World Wide Bridge Contest heats

    2 Feb 2018

      PRESS RELEASE   The 2018 World Wide Bridge Contest heats will be played on eight different days with simultaneous pairs being held on: Tuesday 27th March & Thursday 29th March  Tuesday 24th April & Thursday 26th... read more here

  • Ashburton's Youngest Bridge Player

    1 Feb 2018

    “You can never be too young to play”. The following article by bridge player and new Canterbury Bridge Mate, Sonia Gill, appeared recently in the Ashburton Courier. It reflects what many of us know but are trying to get across the... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    1 Feb 2018

    SIZZLING SUMMER OF BRIDGE The country has just had a scorching weekend weather wise and sitting inside playing bridge at the Tauranga Bridge Club was perhaps the best place to be over the Anniversary Weekend.   Well appointed rooms with... read more here

  • New Robot Tournaments set to launch on 1st February

    31 Jan 2018

      WORLD BRIDGE FEDERATION PRESS RELEASE   New Robot Tournaments set to launch on 1st February   “We are delighted to announce an exciting new venture – indeed a new adventure – with the launch of Robot... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    30 Jan 2018

    MISSED GAME: STILL PLAY CAREFULLY So you played in a stupid part-score contract when you see that slam in a different suit is cold? Don’t give up. Try and make +90 even in your 3-1 fit. It might just be worth + 4 imps when the cold slam... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    26 Jan 2018

                                     High Level Action at Rubber Week 2 of the three week... read more here

  • Welcome back, Greymouth

    25 Jan 2018

    Greymouth Bridge Club used to be affiliated to New Zealand. Times have changed and the club has chosen to rejoin the Association. Read on, hear about Greymouth......and do what another small West Coast has achieved. Ray Curnow, who is the Top of... read more here

  • Our "Fab 4" win once more

    24 Jan 2018

    A question for you. Michael Cornell has won the Canberra National Open Teams  five times, with a different partner each time. Name his five partners.  Reading the next piece will give you a clue to one of them. Mention the names of... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    23 Jan 2018

    Welcome to a new year of bridge, fun and friendship. The warm weather has to some extent thawed Biritch the Russian Blue’s frosty disposition, and many of you will have seen his familiar furry features at local tournaments (Biritch most... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    23 Jan 2018

    "ROUGHLY" DOWN Maybe the first word has been misspelt but the second word is clear evidence of what happened as another contract which should have been made bit the dust. A test for you. You made a very respectable overcall and much to your... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    22 Jan 2018

    THAMES TITBITS MOTHER TO MY RESCUE Have you ever felt like the outsider at the table? It was not that I was in any way made to feel unwelcome but I was partnering Anna Kalma in a Swiss match against her mother, Hermanna, and Hermanna’s... read more here

  • Congratulations!!! - New Grandmasters

    22 Jan 2018

      21st January 2018   New Grand Masters   New Zealand Bridge congratulates the following players who have reached the rank of Grandmaster:   Silver Grand Master Gary Chen – Akarana Patrick D'Arcy – Wellington... read more here

  • SONIA GILL JOINS RBM TEAM

    22 Jan 2018

    We warmly welcome Sonia Gill to the role of Regional Bridge Mate for Canterbury. With a wealth of experience in media Sonia hits the ground running - here is some information on the latest member of the RBM team. Sonia Gill I joined the learners... read more here

  • Expired email addresses

    19 Jan 2018

    Most people are aware several email addresses expired on the 30th November Approximately 300 players registered on this website unfortunately did not change their email address as their login and these non-email addresses are now causing some... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    19 Jan 2018

    “SWISS RUBBER” Welcome back to 2018. Akarana has welcomed the first month of the year with something a little different, a 3 night “Swiss Rubber” competition. Each night pairs play 2 x 14 board matches with Rubber Bridge... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    18 Jan 2018

    Greetings from the Winterless North. I hope this finds everyone safe and well after the Christmas break and ready to get into it again this year. December saw the Annual Northland 2017 prize giving with congratulations going to: Top Open... read more here

  • Australia's Day at the Youth Test

    17 Jan 2018

    The New Zealand Youth Team could not repeat their 2017 victory over Australia in the Stern-Cornell Trophy Challenge Match held at the end of Australian Youth Week in Canberra.  The match was played in two stanzas of 16 boards with Matt... read more here

  • Great travel insurance offer

    17 Jan 2018

    JLT, a keen supporter of NZBridge, and Chubb Insurance is pleased to offer Travel Insurance to Bridge players. For your next trip, whether it's for leisure or business, domestic or international, get a travel policy that is tailored to your trip.... read more here

  • Grade and Rating Point changes

    16 Jan 2018

    Update 16th January Grades and Rating Points have now been updated for 2018.  Please contact us if you have any queries. Alister is away this week, so contact me until he is back at work. RegardsKaren Martelletti read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    16 Jan 2018

    SACRIFICE THE QUEEN Queens are good cards to hold, often winning tricks on the second round a suit is played. That does not mean you should always keep them in your hand when defending. One sacrificed queen carried an important message on the... read more here

  • Sunshine, Mussels and Bridge A'Plenty at Thames

    15 Jan 2018

    The storms of the past week had passed. The roads around Thames were no longer closed. The sun shone very brightly on the many players who were playing in the 13th Summer Bridge Festival in this lovely town. 84 boards for those keen enough on... read more here

  • Good Luck to our Youth Team

    12 Jan 2018

    The Youth Test between New Zealand and Austraila is tomorrow, Saturday 13 January.  The New Zealand Youth Squad are enjoying their time in Canberra joining in various youth events in the lead up to the International. Our photo shows Nik... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Jan 2018

    PRESENT TIME ….and COUNT! So, Christmas is a time for giving (if you are lucky, receiving too)…presents, of course! Yet, one form of “present” should be “given” all year round from one defender to another,... read more here

  • Six Problems for a Rainy Thursday

    4 Jan 2018

     New Year's Quiz Are you craving for your first game of Bridge of the year? Maybe you have played a few hands already? Surely here in New Zealand we can lay claim to the first making contract, probably the first non-making contract too, of... read more here

  • Congratulations - Alan Turner QSM

    30 Dec 2017

    Wow what a fantastic way to usher in 2018!! Congratulations to Alan Turner, current Board Member and longtime supporter of Bridge in New Zealand. Alan, pictured with partner Judy Mcleod was awarded a QSM in the New Years Honours List for... read more here

  • Remembering 17

    29 Dec 2017

    Everyone remembers the year that is almost gone. So, why not New Zealand Bridge? Let's share a few memories of this past year. Here's a great place to start: Fourth at The Bowl Great days in Lyon as our Open Team did us proud with a 4th... read more here

  • Tip for Christmas Day

    25 Dec 2017

    A TIP FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING Or the day or week after…by the time you have read all the bridge books you have been given for Christmas. “What, you did not get any? Then, read on. Glad to be of service.” Today’s tip... read more here

  • International- Commonwealth Nations Team

    20 Dec 2017

    20 December 2017  Bulletin 2 - 2018 International Programme Update   The Asia Cup in Bangladesh has been cancelled. We understand that the APBF (Asia Pacific Bridge Federation) is in discussion with India to hold the Asia Cup there in... read more here

  • New Zealand Youth Squad Trial for Australian Test by Tracey Lewis

    20 Dec 2017

    To ensure fairness of selection for the test in Canberra in January 2018, a weekend of competing against each other was held over 16-17th December at the Auckland Bridge Club. On the Saturday, the six pairs played 72 boards and  on the... read more here

  • Survey- Lucky Draw Winners

    20 Dec 2017

    Congratulations to the following people who participated in the recent Tournamant & Grading Survey and whose names were drawn out winning one of 50 $20 Petrol Vouchers:   Candice Smith Auckland Noeline Wiseman Christchurch... read more here

  • NZ Bridge - Review of International Team Selection Process

    19 Dec 2017

    The International Committee has initiated a review of the current method of selection of NZ representative teams which has been in place since 2011. Current, past and aspiring international players are invited to make submissions to the Secretary... read more here

  • Vale Bob Scott by John Wignall

    15 Dec 2017

    It is my sad duty to record the death of Bob Scott, certainly one of our better players. He had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in February 2016 and stoically endured a long period of chemotherapy etc  from which he emerged in what we all... read more here

  • Congratulations!!! Recently Qualified Club Directors

    14 Dec 2017

        NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Paul Armstrong Masterton Neil Catherall South Wairarapa Hattie Curtis Waihi Lesley Davies Masterton... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    13 Dec 2017

    The Christmas Cheer tournament at Palmerston North is by far the best supported tournament in the region. Typically, 30 tables were in play and players came from far and wide ..  as evidenced by the winning pair of George Masters (Hastings)... read more here

  • CHRISTMAS IS COMING

    12 Dec 2017

    and we will all wind down for a week or two..or less. "Bridgeless Days". What are they? Someone once said ( they could not be a bridge player!) that bridge players do not know how to enjoy themselves. Let's destroy that myth! The following is a... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    12 Dec 2017

    Another Finesse That Failed They all do, or so it seems. Selective memory, perhaps, for the 50% or so that work…usually when you have missed an iffy game and play in part-score, when every finesse seems to work! Yet, there are some... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    8 Dec 2017

    “Passing” Time. I thought it would be nice to finish the Akarana year with the story of an exciting board, high level bidding, drama, a grand slam..the sort of story we all enjoy reading. Alas, no. We start this story a couple of... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    6 Dec 2017

    With bridge calendars just about finished for the year, TOTS congratulate the following for winning their respective Club Championship Pairs: Nelson... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    5 Dec 2017

                                 “To continue or to switch”? That is the question. One of the... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    5 Dec 2017

    Wrong Suit, Wrong Level, Wrong Result? Hey, let’s be positive as we draw to the end of the year. Here’s hoping that those new to the game are enjoying themselves, maybe getting the hang, just a little, of how to bid and play this... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    4 Dec 2017

    Who Understands them? “Who” or is it “whom” are we talking about…or to be grammatically correct, “about whom are we talking?” Women, of course. Follow me through one particular recent hand and explain... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    1 Dec 2017

    Following in Michael’s Footsteps? Could they be? Zachary Yan and Vincent He are two students at Macleans College, the school in East Auckland which has had a keen group of Bridge players for around 6/7 years. Several are now members of the... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    30 Nov 2017

    Inter-Provincial Teams – Dougal McLean Trophy STAYS IN WELLINGTON The 2017 finals, held at the Wellington Bridge Club, ended earlier this week. Waikato Bays started well, and then Wellington had a good Sunday, going on to win with strong... read more here

  • Consistent Wellington win the Dougal McLean Trophy

    29 Nov 2017

    Wellington won only one of the five Inter-Provincial trophies in ensuring that the Dougal McLean Trophy remains in the this year’s host region but it was the important one, the Dougal McLean Trophy itself. Consistency won the day as... read more here

  • Inter-Provincial Vugraph Schedule and Results link

    27 Nov 2017

    Watch matches from the Inter-Provincials live from Wellington on BBO this weekend.  The provisional Vugraph schedule is set out below.  Times are subject to change on the day.  We will try to bring you some commentaries on the most... read more here

  • Waikato Bays' Day in Wellington

    26 Nov 2017

    After Day 1 of the 2017 Inter-Provincials at the Wellington Bridge Club, Waikato Bays have their nose in front in the overall Dougal McLean Trophy competition. Were the competition to end at this point Waikato Bays, who have never previously won... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    24 Nov 2017

    PRE-EMPTING PAIN and PLEASURES One can experience and inflict both types of feelings when pre-empts are around. … and there were a few. What, for instance, would you do when your partner, bless him, gets the ball rolling with 3NT, a solid... read more here

  • Babich New Zealand Wide Pairs winners

    23 Nov 2017

    WINE WINNERS. Below are some of the pairs who won Babich wine in the recent nationwide pairs competition. Pride of place goes to the winners, Peter and Jenny Story, who played at and spend their weekends in Kaikoura though who live in... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    23 Nov 2017

    Winners of the Waikato Bays Junior and Intermediate Leagues were decided in October.  For each competition, points are awarded for turning up to play, placing in a participating tournament (6 events in the Juniors and 9 in the Intermediates),... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    21 Nov 2017

    How many losers? Many…well just about all…players new to the game breathe a sigh of relief when they become dummy. The bidding is over. Partner should look and sound happy when you turn your cards over..and you can relax for a... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better..a piece of bidding and The Lighter Side of Bridge

    20 Nov 2017

    PLAY and Defend Better….a piece of bidding….and The Lighter Side of Bridge. Three articles around one bridge deal. How do you rate your partner? Now, that is a very interesting question. You can see in print what your partner... read more here

  • Yuletide comes early in Tauranga

    20 Nov 2017

    The National Open Teams For Kathy and Ken Yule and their teammates, Fuxia Wen and Ian Berrington, Christmas came five weeks early at the National Open Teams in Tauranga over the last weekend. They came home the strongest in an amazing change of... read more here

  • National 15A Teams Tournament - Tauranga

    17 Nov 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    17 Nov 2017

    When being “bad” is “good”. I learnt my lesson the hard way. Opening 4 of a minor with a four card spade on the side was a recipe for disaster…and it was disaster as we never found our way to the cold 4 spade... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    16 Nov 2017

    First, very many thanks to our Editor Richard Solomon for so ably covering for Biritch the Russian Blue and me during our absence overseas in August and September. I am happy to say that we are now settling in to our new abode, and that my laptop... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    15 Nov 2017

    AVOIDING MINOR SUIT GAMES There are times when you want to be in 5 of a minor as opposed to 3NT. When one player is very short in a side-suit, and there partner has only one hold in that suit, maybe a doubtful hold at that, then 5 of a minor may... read more here

  • Inter-Provincial Time is Near.

    13 Nov 2017

    There’s no wind-down to the end of the year for an important group of our players as the week-end of November 25th-27th approaches, the Inter-Provincial Championships, being held at the Wellington Bridge Club. There are seven regions taking... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    13 Nov 2017

    A squeeze you can perform. You may have heard of this term “squeezing an opponent”. You may think it is something the “better players do”. Certainly, they do get extra tricks, make seemingly impossible contracts, by... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    10 Nov 2017

    THE MORE USEFUL CUE-BID “I’m your partner. Please do not pre-empt me”. Too late. Your partner is not listening. First in hand, not vulnerable. Off they go with the “stop” card. “3¨”. What pile of... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    8 Nov 2017

    Congress and Tournament and one Local Success. As we’re coming to the close of another year, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on how well it has gone. But before I rip into lauding achievements, a simple play problem for you... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    7 Nov 2017

    The Wonderful and “Worrisome” HJ The HJ proved both a wonderful and a “worrisome” card for the East players on the following deal. Let’s first give East the problem of what to do when trying to make their 4 of a... read more here

  • UPDATE- REGIONAL BRIDGEMATES PROJECT

    7 Nov 2017

    From October 2017 to September 2018 the following actions are underway:   Auckland/Northland Region – RBM Jan France Papakura, Dargaville and Whangarei have all been offered assistance. A regionwide radio advertising campaign ahead... read more here

  • Record Highs at the "Babich"

    6 Nov 2017

    The 2017 Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs, which was played on the evening of Friday November 3rd produced some noteworthy records. Perhaps, most importantly, as the event raises funds for The New Zealand Bridge Foundation, this year saw the... read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    3 Nov 2017

    FRIDAY EVENING 3rd NOVEMBER 2017 FOR RESULTS   CLICK HERE The event is being held to raise funds for the New Zealand Bridge Foundation. Heats were held at: Auckland-Northland Auckland Dargaville Franklin... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    3 Nov 2017

    TOUGH TO BID…AND TO MAKE? That’s an obvious conclusion to draw from Board 12 at Akarana this week. Of the 11 tables in play, the correct contract was reached only five times and of those five, only two made their contract. Back in... read more here

  • Nesting Pairs

    2 Nov 2017

    Jane Stearns' Nesting Pairs course that she has run across the Waikato since 2012 is now offered nationwide thanks to financial support from the New Zealand Bridge Foundation and the Cambridge Bridge Club.  Click on this YouTube link for... read more here

  • Canterbury News

    1 Nov 2017

    Geraldine Turns "40". Friday September 8th saw Geraldine Bridge Club celebrate its 40th anniversary, with somewhat appropriately about 40 members celebrating the occasion with a pot luck dinner. The club was founded in 1977 by Anne and Colin... read more here

  • Top scores October 2017

    1 Nov 2017

    Top percentage scores by region achieved 1-31 October 2017 inclusive (on event date), followed by top scores in B and A tournaments. WELLINGTON REGION          John Bath,  Martin Connelly 2-Oct-17... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    31 Oct 2017

    ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR CONTRACT You bid to what looks like an excellent slam. You thank your partner for their dummy…and really mean it! It is a truly excellent dummy. All you have to do is to make your contract. Yet, alas, you had to record... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    30 Oct 2017

                       ASSIGNING BLAME As well as being a story about a bridge hand, this is a story about attitude at the bridge table. We know that our game... read more here

  • Wellington Region 10A Teams

    28 Oct 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA by Mark Hangartner

    27 Oct 2017

                                  A Question of Judgement. Two newer players to Akarana, Kinga Hajmasi... read more here

  • Northland News with Sue Brown

    26 Oct 2017

    The first week in October saw a record number of Northland bridge players descend on Hamilton for New Zealand’s premium tournament of the year – National Congress – with some spectacular successes. Andrew Liu from Whangarei,... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    26 Oct 2017

    And the Danger is…..? Often the danger that can await you on a board may not be apparent as it can arise from a card or series of cards held by the declarer. On the following deal, the defender should have been aware of the danger as it... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    20 Oct 2017

    INSPIRED LEADERS Does that description fit you? Jacinda Ardern or Winston Peters, perhaps? Maybe they had other things on their minds last Wednesday evening.  There were plenty of imps available on the following two boards….Will you... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    19 Oct 2017

    Central Districts' players were well represented at the recent National Congress. Among the more successful were Les Gould and Pieter Verhoek who reached the final of the National Rubber Bridge competition. The region’s only winner was Wayne... read more here

  • 2017 WBF Women's Online Autumn Festival in association with BBO 13 - 19 November 2017

    18 Oct 2017

    2017 WBF Women’s Online Autumn Festival in association with BBO 13 - 19 November 2017 Our Online Women’s Bridge Festivals are increasingly popular and enjoyed by many women across the world. We hope that as many players as possible... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    17 Oct 2017

    HERO or VILLAIN? That’s your partner, there to help you out, in any way they can. Hopefully, they can do so within the rules….but sometimes the rules do prevent even your partner from saving you from utter disaster. It’s... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    17 Oct 2017

    THE “MISSING” HEARTS Have you heard that defence, maybe declarer play, even bidding too, is about “counting”? Right from the time you sort your cards (are you sure you have 13?), you are counting…high card points,... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    13 Oct 2017

    “Currie(d) Ducks” So, about playing a board with David Dolbel? We all know David’s system is a little “eft field” but when it comes to being declarer, he is in the same uncertain melting pot as the rest of us. So,... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    11 Oct 2017

    There’s been plenty on the agenda over the last couple of months for Top of the South. The second round of the Margaret Cederman Cup, a two round match between Motueka and Golden Bay was played in early September with Motueka the firm... read more here

  • Website enhancements

    11 Oct 2017

    We have received a lot of good constructive feedback over recent weeks about the changes to the website.  It was a good opportunity to catch up with many clubs during Congress and we appreciated the "Brownie Points" received from Yvonne... read more here

  • 5 Kiwis and 1 Aussie take out the NZ Teams

    8 Oct 2017

    Congratulations Liam Milne, James Coutts, Tony Nunn (the Aussie), Nick Jacob, Rosie Don and Michael Courtney for winning the NZ Teams. Runners-up: Andrew Liu, Jun Chen, Herman Yuan, Linlin Hu and Shiyu Huo   read more here

  • Unsung heroes at Congress

    8 Oct 2017

    Thank you to the caddies, Directors and support staff for the wonderful job they do during Congress.  You ARE appreciated Directors Tony Morcom, Allan Josephs, Matthew McMannis (Australia) and Scorer Peter Busch (Australia)  ... read more here

  • Winners at Congress

    8 Oct 2017

    Congress is over for another year.  To view all the prizes look under the Congress Tab or click on this link to view In the photo above is the NZB Secretary, Alister Stuck, Chair, Alan Dormer enjoying a catch up with Russell... read more here

  • NZ Teams A points

    6 Oct 2017

    We wish to advise the allocation of A points for sessions and the final ladder are incorrect. They will be fixed so please do not panic. Sorry for the inconvenience.  read more here

  • THank you Cynthia

    6 Oct 2017

    Our recent Volunteer of the month, Cynthia Clayton, has been busy all week selling her wonderful hand made cards at Congress.  Proceeds are going to Youth Bridge.  It has been great to see her table so busy between... read more here

  • Auckland-Akarana Quinella

    3 Oct 2017

    Congratulations Patrick Carter and Julie Atkinson for comfortably winning the NZ Pairs 2nd was Gary Chen and Richard Solomon. Hope Richard can tell us how he Chairs the Congress committee, manages the entries and plays good bridge at the same... read more here

  • 2017 AGM

    30 Sep 2017

    The 2017 AGM was held on Saturday the 30th September It was requested of the Board to post the Board member presentations here on the website, so please click here to view the slides read more here

  • First Congress Bulletin now online

    29 Sep 2017

    Go to the Congress tab/Daily Bulletins/2017 or click on this link.  What a great first edition from Brian Senior and we look forward to good reading during the week read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    29 Sep 2017

    Kairangi returns home...but is Tony ever at his "home? The Kairangi Bridge Club have now returned to play regular bridge in their club rooms. The strengthening work on their building will be fully completed in October. Tony Sutich, our regional... read more here

  • WANT EMAIL UPDATES FROM CONGRESS ?

    28 Sep 2017

    Login to this website and then go to MY NZB   In the section that says AREAS OF INTEREST there is a tick box for Congress.  Tick the box and you will receive Congress emails.  Many of you are already subscribing from last... read more here

  • MEET THE NEW REGIONAL BRIDGE MATES

    27 Sep 2017

    The training day for six new Bridge Mates to help grow the game in the Regions took place in Wellington yesterday (26th Sept).  Armed with their RBM Toolbox and plans for Regional initiatives they are ready to go into action in October.... read more here

  • Our National Congress is almost here.

    25 Sep 2017

    In less than a week, we will be all sitting down for the start of the New Zealand Pairs or the Restricted Open Pairs, with the usual buzz of excitement and anticipation. Before you get to Hamilton, it would be a great idea to check the listings... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    21 Sep 2017

    A TALE OF TWO “SHORT” KINGS Partner and I have a kind of agreement that we do not treat singleton aces or kings as singletons. They tend to lead partner astray as to the strength or otherwise of their own holding in the said suit. So,... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    20 Sep 2017

    The Reopening Double This article is more about the bidding than the play. The more bridge you play the more kinds of uses of double you find. Initially, it is just the take-out double, the penalty double and maybe the negative double.... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    20 Sep 2017

    The Ever Popular Cambridge 6's The highlight of the Waikato Bays bridge calendar was the Cambridge 6s held in August at the expansive venue next to the Lake Karapiro. The format is a team of six plays in three concurrent Swiss Pairs competition... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    18 Sep 2017

    SMALL CARDS: BIG CHICKS.HAVE FAITH. “Who’s afraid of the big bad no trump The big bad no trump, the big bad no trump Who’s afraid of the big bad no trump….” Not you nor partner nor I! So, are you? Come on, you... read more here

  • Auckland News

    15 Sep 2017

    Firstly, we must celebrate the success of the five New Zealand Open Team members who live in Auckland, Michael Cornell, Michael Ware, GeO Tislevoll, Matthew Brown and Michael Whibley. We can claim the sixth too even if  Ashley Bach lives... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    15 Sep 2017

    ANYONE FOR HEARTS? Trying to play boards in hearts this week at Akarana proved or could have proved a little difficult. From Board 1 through to 28 would see a multitude of failed contracts. On Board 1, East-West held:... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Sep 2017

    “Ruffly” Speaking. You have to keep partner focused…or at least that is the only reason West can account for the following banter. The opposition had, to one player at the table’s frustration, pulled up short of slam at... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    12 Sep 2017

    RIGHT- SIDING A CONTRACT One of the aims of bidding, the most important aim, is to reach the right contract, to decide whether one’s side is likely to make game, maybe even slam, or else rest in a part-score, or maybe even defend. However,... read more here

  • Macleans College retain Auckland-Northland School Teams Trophy

    11 Sep 2017

    Five teams from two schools, Auckland Boys Grammar and Macleans College, took part in this annual event which takes place at the Howick Bridge Club, this year on 10th September. Numbers were less than last year but there was still an excellent... read more here

  • Vodafone announcements about their email service stopping

    10 Sep 2017

    Vodafone will axe its email services in a move that will impact between 200,000 and 250,000 customers. Vodafone will turn off its email accounts, including Clear and Paradise accounts, on November 30 and will instead encourage customers to set up... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    8 Sep 2017

    Passing…and Doubling. What is the highest number of high card points you have ever held when you passed your partner’s opening three-level pre-empt? Secondly, would you double the following 4 heart contract after the following... read more here

  • Website Q & A

    8 Sep 2017

    We have set up a Q & A session in the Forums for players, clubs and Admin people who wish to learn more or ask questions.  Please go to MY NZB and click on Forums then select the forum headed "New Masterpoint and Membership Process",... read more here

  • We are now Live on the new website

    5 Sep 2017

      Have you had a look ? MasterpointsThere is better search function of players and Masterpoints: Not only can you search a player, but you can add a date range in that search.  You will also be able to search by Grade, Rank, Club or... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    4 Sep 2017

    Make Them Pay. They have stolen your contract. There’s a slam to be bid and made your way but you decided to take the money off them at the five level. The vulnerability is in their favour but you were never going to bid the slam any way.... read more here

  • Website change over happening 5th Sept

    2 Sep 2017

    We wish to advise that this website will be completely unavailable next Tuesday the 5th September, as this is when we are changing over to the new platform.  We anticipate it will be only for the day, but will advise if any different.... read more here

  • National 15A Swiss Pairs Tournament

    1 Sep 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    1 Sep 2017

    Tales of the Absurd: Do you want to play in hearts? How else can one describe a couple of boards from this week’s play? No fancy squeezes or end-plays this time. It’s all in what we bid and how much…which usually means too... read more here

  • Director Exams - 28-29 Oct 2017

    30 Aug 2017

    information here read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    30 Aug 2017

    Here are the top session scores achieved in July 2017. Congratulations to all, especially to Michael Hume and Chhris Bras for their 73.20% at Rangiora.     Session % Final Position Michael Hume - Chris Bras Rangiora 8B... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    30 Aug 2017

    Here are the Tournament Results from July 2017 for the Auckland- Northland and Waikato Bays regions. Apologies that they appear a little later than in previous months. Spa Town Teams, Te Aroha (1st July). Multigrade     Spa... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    30 Aug 2017

    Here are the Tournament Results from the Central Districts and Wellington regions for July. The highest score in a 2 session event came from Steven Needham and Penny Stark with 132.66% at the Hawera Intermediate Pairs. Dannevirke... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    30 Aug 2017

    Here are the results for the South Island Regions for July 2017. The highest score in a 2 session event was achieved by Jim Burford and Ron Griffiths, 130.32% at the Oamaru All Grades. Oamaru All Grades (2nd July)     Rangiora... read more here

  • WOULD YOUR CLUB WELCOME A HELPING HAND?

    30 Aug 2017

    Would your club welcome some support?  At NZB we plan to have “Regional Bridge Mates” trained and ready to be deployed in October to start working alongside clubs across New Zealand.  Could your club use a kick start? Are... read more here

  • Southland News with Moss Wylie

    29 Aug 2017

    News of tournaments in Winton, Taieri and Invercargill and of a tough to play hand from Invercargill. On some hands, the key to success is drawing trumps quickly. On others, you must not. Which is this to be? The Winton Club held their 5A Open... read more here

  • Summer Festival of Bridge - Canberra Jan 2018

    29 Aug 2017

    Special Offer for NZ Players Come and play the Summer Festival 2018 NZ...  read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    28 Aug 2017

    The Finesse You are happy to lose. Many contracts require care. If that was not the case, we would get a little bored with all deals being too simple to play. Maybe you would like a simple board to play? Many players hate playing in no-trumps.... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    26 Aug 2017

    The Battle for Bronze 58 imps in 64 boards. That was the Bridge Blacks’ target. Nothing to lose. Could they achieve it for bronze? Set 4 New Zealand 41  Bulgaria 23 As Open captain and chef de mission Derek Evennett said,... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    25 Aug 2017

    Playing with Stanley…and like him! Well, that has to be a compliment. It certainly would be true on the following board from play at Akarana. The moral of what follows is: Never be fazed By the difficulty of the contract By a lack of... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    25 Aug 2017

    The Battle for Bronze So, to the play-off for bronze, 5 sets of 16 boards over two days.  The first set was relatively flat with the Bridge Blacks scoring the largest swing, 8 imps, when their opponents went down a total of 5 tricks at both... read more here

  • The crowd goes wild !

    25 Aug 2017

    Woo hoo we get a mention on TV at last and they were even positive about our game !.  Thanks so much Prime for running a segment from Lyon.  We are also pleased to note that Andrew Mulligan's mum plays bridge too.  Hi Andrew's mum.... read more here

  • Do not remove your Black Socks when in bed tonight !

    24 Aug 2017

    Fresh socks are now required ! Our team in Lyon needs your support.  OK we faltered a little against the French.  Probably because the team ate too many frog's legs at the restaurant the day before !  We still have a... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    24 Aug 2017

    A Big Score, The Northland Teams and An "inelegant flat board". July 29th saw the Kerikeri New World tournament which attracts entries from all over the North Island. Mainly because of the A points on offer of course but the very, very generous... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    24 Aug 2017

    On then to the Battle for Bronze 92 imps down at the half-way point of the semi-final against France. That would be a tough ask against any decent opposition…but against a top country playing well. “C’est non”. It would... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    23 Aug 2017

    New Zealand v France in the Semi Final of the Bermuda Bowl. How exciting is that? Tremendous, whatever the outcome. Matt Brown and Michael Whibley slept in for the first set, as they seemed to have done most days, while the other four did... read more here

  • Link to Lyon

    22 Aug 2017

    WEAR YOUR BLACK SOCKS EVERYONE ! This team is making history at the Bermuda Bowl Geo Tislevoll, Matthew Brown, Michael Wibley, Ashley Bach, Michael Cornell & Michael WareGo to our Facebook page to read all about the players,... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    22 Aug 2017

    Careful or Careless? When suits break evenly, playing a contract is relatively easy. There is usually more than one path to success even if your path is not the one taken by the experts. Yet, the mark of a good Bridge player is a careful Bridge... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    22 Aug 2017

    WELL, I NEVER….. Could we really reach the semi- finals of the Bermuda Bowl? “In your dreams” would have been the answer for many years. Yet, when you have three pairs all playing top Bridge, dreams have a way of becoming... read more here

  • New Zealand Bridge Youth Weekend

    21 Aug 2017

    Our “Tomorrow Players” Meet in Auckland. Matt Brown could not be there. Nor could Susan Humphries. They had some prior engagement in Lyon. Yet, they are just a touch too good for those young players who gathered for a week-end of... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    21 Aug 2017

                ALIVE, VERY WELL and FIGHTING: Bermuda Bowl Quarter Final. It’s so nice to be looking forward to the quarter finals of the Bermuda Bowl with New Zealand one of the 8... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    20 Aug 2017

    WE DID IT How wonderful to be proved wrong. We seemed a long way off making the quarter-final stage of the Bermuda Bowl.... but our Open Team did it. Read on and see how dramatically close it was.   Open  ... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    19 Aug 2017

    Hindsight is a wonderful  thing to have. At the start of Day 6, our Open Team would need about 40vp from Day 6 to stay competitive for the top 8. Read on to see if they could achieve that on a day of three very hard matches. ... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    18 Aug 2017

    Play Low, Low and Low Again With plenty of action from Lyon at present and a quiet night at Akarana, here is a little story involving some unusual happenings in the spade suit. The first was in the bidding. You are sitting there as West and... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    18 Aug 2017

    Our Open Team started the day against top placed Sweden. A really bloody board helped one of these countries to score an excellent win. See if you would have avoided going for -1100.     Open    ... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    17 Aug 2017

    Val Gardiner returned to her home town to win the Wanganui Open with fellow Aucklander Michael Whibley. They were first in each of the early sessions  but had  a slightly nervous third session .. but had enough in reserve to hold off the... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    17 Aug 2017

    Lyon – Day 4 Among the interestingly shaped hands today was a powerful 7-5 in the reds and a blockbuster 4-9 in the majors. If you like that kind of excitement, then the South seat is where you should be!   Open... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    16 Aug 2017

    Lyon – Day 3. Life in the nervy 5 level....a hand with 2 x 6 card suits....and some more freaky slams. Some good news....and less good news re our three teams in France.... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    15 Aug 2017

    The Best of All Worlds Signalling…easier to give than to interpret. “How could I realise that the 7 was your lowest heart?” exclaimed a frustrated player after they failed to find a club switch. “How could you want me to... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    15 Aug 2017

    Lyon Day 2 Three wins for our Open team but disappointment for our other two teams on the second day of competition. Plenty of interest including a wonderful vulnerable sacrifice at the 7 level.... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    14 Aug 2017

     Stop  Cards are “ear” to stay! There are just two serious statements I want to make this week. The first is unlike a number of bridge players, I am very much in favour of the use of “Stop” cards, or should I... read more here

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    14 Aug 2017

    Welcome to the first of the daily reports from Lyon on the progress of the three New Zealand teams who are taking part in the Bermuda Bowl/ Venice Cup competitions. We all hope for performances to match those of our Open and Women’s Teams in... read more here

  • 43rd World Teams Championships

    11 Aug 2017

    We will start daily reports on the progress of the three New Zealand teams in the World Championship events(Open, Senior and Women) on the morning of Monday August 14th.   Richard Solomon read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    11 Aug 2017

    SLAMS A’PLENTY There were good slams to be bid. There were bad slams which were both bid and missed. There were 50% slams where the missing king was well placed for the brave. There was even one lay-down slam in each direction, “lay... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    11 Aug 2017

    Winter time = Tournament Time except for your TOTS reporter who is spending most of it in UK and Ireland. So TOTS News for August is brought to you remotely this time round…………. I did manage an appearance at the ever... read more here

  • COULD YOU BE A" REGIONAL BRIDGE MATE" AND HELP CLUBS GROW ?

    10 Aug 2017

    Following consultation with all clubs and regions the Board has decided to run a two year trial of a grass roots project designed to bring help and support to grow clubs nationwide. NZB is now looking for amazing enthusiastic people to contract... read more here

  • My Conversation with Warren Buffett about Bridge, Bill Gates and a bus ride.

    9 Aug 2017

     By Thomas Heath The following article appeeared recently in The New Zealand Herald. We thought you might be interested in reading about one, maybe two of the most well known people who enjoy our game. Warren Buffett doesn't spend all his... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    8 Aug 2017

    OUT OF SIGHT: OUT OF MIND They are very considerate at the New Plymouth Bridge Club. They know that when you are scoring well, you are very happy for everyone to see your score. When, shall we say, you have just experienced or in the case of... read more here

  • FIRST TIME PARTNERSHIP WINS NORTH ISLAND PAIRS

    8 Aug 2017

    Over the weekend of 6th/7th August, top Open Bridge players from all over New Zealand converged on New Plymouth for the prestigious North Island Pairs Championship. Bringing home the bacon were Auckland’s Matt Brown and Whanganui’s... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Aug 2017

    A Difference between Pairs and Teams? It may seem a strange question to ask but sometimes when confronted with a problem, you have to ask the question “are we playing Pairs or Teams?” In bidding, it may be a choice of bidding 3NT or 5... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    8 Aug 2017

    August 2017 - Cynthia Clayton (Hamilton) - Card player and maker. Cynthia has been involved in Bridge for over 40 years, first playing, then teaching in Hawkes Bay before moving to Rotorua and then on to Hamilton. She is a Silver Grand Master... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bidding for Newer Players

    7 Aug 2017

    BUT THEY BID HEARTS! Bridge is full of good pieces of advice … and we know that sometimes we find reasons to break the advice. However, such tips are there for a purpose. At least one player paid the price when they did not follow a very... read more here

  • NORTH ISLAND PAIRS- NEW PLYMOUTH 5TH - 6TH aug

    5 Aug 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • National Bridge Congress update

    4 Aug 2017

    Counting down the days…. It’s less than two months until the Congress gets under way. So, if you have not done so, now would be a great time to start entering the events you want to play. You can do that without reaching for your... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    4 Aug 2017

                             The Glorious Dummy. Don’t you love it when you struggle your way through the play of a hand, in... read more here

  • YOUTH SQUAD UPDATE FROM TRACEY LEWIS

    4 Aug 2017

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  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    2 Aug 2017

      Back to Kapi Mana's Multigrade and Kairangi's renovations. At the end of this update, I'll provide a few more results from the Kapi Mana Multigrade mentioned in the June report. I was short on detail across the grades back then. While I'm... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 Aug 2017

    EXPOSING A RISKY RUSE On this board, a declarer played a dangerous game and came up smelling of roses, but should the defence have been able to work out what was happening? Let’s look at the board from the point of view of West.... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    31 Jul 2017

    Sweet Orange ….. or Sour Lemon? You start off with a hand of great potential which is either decimated by the sight of dummy (“You are on my side, partner…or have you forgotten?”) or by subsequent bidding or by a wrong... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bidding for Newer Players

    31 Jul 2017

    LOSE ONE TO WIN TWO. When you are playing in a no-trump contract, it is rarely correct to play all your aces and kings at the start unless you can see you have enough tricks to make your contract. Even then, sometimes, crafty declarers can make... read more here

  • Revised WBF Rules- Effective from 1 Aug 2017

    31 Jul 2017

    Information available here Including a link to a Utube presentaion by the EBU read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    28 Jul 2017

    HEART ATTACK …and HEART BREAK! The evening was littered with long heart suits. The heart suit normally has to play second fiddle to the black  spades but much of the action revolved around the red hearts. Spring Lin and Kevin Fan were... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    26 Jul 2017

    As I’m into the second week of calving and life is busy on the farm, I apologise in advance for this month’s regional round up … it is likely to be shorter than usual, riddled with errors with a few unsubstantiated stories... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    25 Jul 2017

    A “Partnership” Slam Much of the time when we have bid to slams (good slams, that is!), the play can be quite straightforward. One must be very careful in the play but barring very bad trump breaks, the line to success should be quite... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    24 Jul 2017

      There’s Always a Way Don’t we love Deal Master Pro, that little box at the bottom of each hand on the hand record we clutch at the end of any session of Bridge? It can be so reassuring…27 high card points but somehow... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    24 Jul 2017

    SHOWING A STRONG HAND When the opposition open the bidding with a suit bid at the one level, we double to show an opening hand reasonably balanced between the other three suits apart from opener’s. There is, though, another type of hand for... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    21 Jul 2017

    ONCE MORE INTO BATTLE In English History, it could be “The Wars of The Roses” between Yorkshire and Lancashire. In cricket, it could be the battle for “The Ashes” between England and Australia. It could be Trans-Tasman... read more here

  • International Programme for 2018

    20 Jul 2017

    Bulletins and information read more here

  • Canterbury News

    19 Jul 2017

    Akaroa have just completed their biennial Beginners Classes, with 11 players receiving their graduation certificates and NZ Bridge Cheatsheet. Their first full night of bridge will be the Mid-winter Dinner on July 31st. The computer will have... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    18 Jul 2017

    DIAGNOSIS OF A DISASTER The opposition reached a very poor 3NT contract, with insufficient high card points and no real long suit to run….at least not without a loser or two first. They got a little lucky with the break and position of... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    17 Jul 2017

     A Bidders’ World. Would you?  Should you?  There’s not any money at stake but you are playing Rubber Bridge and you are winning the match. The opponents are vulnerable and stand to claw back your advantage if they make... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    17 Jul 2017

    The Finesse That Cannot Fail. Everyone is taught the art of finessing at a very early stage of their bridge career. Playing a small card towards AQ gives you a 50% chance of success, even if you feel that more than half of your finesses do fail!... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    14 Jul 2017

    Hope Springs Eternal The emotions one can through during the 7 or so minutes you play a hand of bridge can be quite contrasting. You can start off with dreams of gold, a nicely shapely hand with an almost solid suit…and just for once, your... read more here

  • Bridging The Gap for our Migrants

    13 Jul 2017

    English Language Partners New Zealand (ELP) is an organisation which works with migrants and refugees who have come to New Zealand and helps them to settle and become part of our culture while still retaining their own identity. On a regional... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Jul 2017

    They Do Not Come Very Often…. Especially when your partner opens a strong 1NT! So, enjoy the minute or two bidding such a hand and hopefully you can have a sensible auction to the right spot. One such hand occurred last weekend in the... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    12 Jul 2017

    To line up with the release of the last season of the popular show 'Game of Thrones', winter has well and truly come to New Zealand. What better way to while away the cold days than in a warm clubroom playing our favourite cardgame? The learners... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    12 Jul 2017

    July 2017: Heather and Chris Jared It is a great pleasure having joint nominations this month with the award going to husband and wife, Heather and Chris Jared. They have been long-time supporters of the Hutt Bridge Club in particular and of... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    11 Jul 2017

    THE IMPORTANCE OF…..or Replacing the Guess You can manage without it but without it, it becomes guesswork. You can try and guess what is happening with a deal, what the declarer wants you to do and therefore do the opposite. You can... read more here

  • Play, Defence even Bidding for Newer Players

    11 Jul 2017

    Getting Rid of Your Losers The teacher said when you are in a trump contract, it is usually best to draw the opposition’s trumps. Normally, hopefully, your side has more than they do and you can stop their trumps being a threat. The... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    10 Jul 2017

    The following are the top session scores for June 2017. What a great session for Richard Hishon and Jen White at the Winton Intermediate Pairs. RECENT HIGH SESSION SCORES June 2017     Final     Session %... read more here

  • South Island Pairs Title Heads North

    10 Jul 2017

    Seven North Islanders headed to Dunedin for this year’s South Island Pairs andt two of them returned home with the title. It did not look that way when after the first of the four rounds, Clair Miao (Auckland) and Wayne Burrows (Palmerston... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    10 Jul 2017

    Here are June's results from the Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays Regions. The top two session score came from Mike Curry and Neil Stuckey in Auckland's Lesley Porter Paairs, 133.12% while in the only three session event, Michael Ware and GeO... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    10 Jul 2017

    Here are the June 2017 results from the Central Districts and Wellington Regions. The top percentage score of the month came from Barry Marsh and Barry Masters, 125.28% in the New Plymouth Restricted Pairs. Hawke's Bay Congress (2nd- 5th... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    10 Jul 2017

    Here are the South Island results from June 2017. Top 2 session score was achieved by Paula Gregory and Michael Johnstone at the Temuka All Grades (126.32%) while in a 3 session event, James and Sam Coutts scored 183.15% to win the Otago-Southland... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    6 Jul 2017

    As I mentioned in an earlier epistle from JAFA land, neither Biritch the Russian Blue nor I have been much in evidence in the local scene of recent weeks. I have been wrestling with sifting through 25 years of accumulated stuff (I have no better... read more here

  • South Island Pairs

    6 Jul 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS PAGE read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    5 Jul 2017

    COUNTING WINNERS – A WELCOME TO THE NEW PLAYERS With players coming out of Beginners’ Lessons at about this time of year, this week’s example hand is one for those new to the club session. Perhaps you could give the following... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    4 Jul 2017

    Hello all from the Winterless North. We have had one of our two usual frosts for the year. Hopefully winter is all but done and dusted for us here.  Whangarei has the fortunate advantage of having its very own National Director in Richard... read more here

  • NZB Regional Bridge Development Proposal

    4 Jul 2017

    NZB are considering a proposal to introduce Regional Bridge Development Officers (Human Bridge Mates) to help clubs and regions grow the game.  The proposal was discussed at National Conference with the Regions and has now gone to the Clubs... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    3 Jul 2017

    EXPERT CARD COUNTING Brilliancies come in different ways. We will show you an innovative way of finding winning bridge. You must have seen examples of brilliant card play and defence in past bridge articles, of how declarers worked out the... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    30 Jun 2017

    PREEMPTING A PRE-EMPT.....The Eighth Deadly Sin. Do you? Should you? What are the dangers? Can your partnership pull up short of disaster? These are some of the questions generated by Board 23 this week. Look at the West hand and decide if you... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    27 Jun 2017

    Guiding Partner Good defence can be thoughtful defence. You know what needs to be done but partner may not be on the same wave-length. If you can, guide them. Look at the very simple error which occurred in the defence to this part-score.... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    26 Jun 2017

    DOWN A BEER OR DOWN THE CONTRACT? Which is more important to a bridge player? Maybe if you are 25 or under..or a year or 20 over, then the answer is obvious. The chance of a free drink would certainly come at the expense of beating a part-score.... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    23 Jun 2017

    GIVE NOTHING AWAY….NOT EVEN GERBER! One up for Gerber this week. Firstly, though, some thoughts on opening leads to games. Do you attack or go defensive? No-one should answer that question without asking one in return. “What do I... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    21 Jun 2017

    Great Week-end for Kaikoura and Westport As if the dead of winter wasn’t cold enough, 4 Nelson players, Kath Orlowski, Lesley Rogers, Rosie Page and Barbara Gordon took themselves off to Alaska recently for a bridge cruise with Ron Klinger.... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    20 Jun 2017

    “Don’t Send a Boy on a Man’s Job” The “boy’s” name was Jack.  He was sacrificed, was sent out too early. His loss caused a break-down of the whole operation (contract) resulting in failure. Cause of... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    19 Jun 2017

    PARTNER’S ALWAYS RIGHT….EVEN WHEN THEY ARE…… That’s right! Partner knows best. You lay down the rules and partner agrees with you. All fine in theory. Let’s tune in to two sides of the bridge table,... read more here

  • Schools' Bridge Pairs

    19 Jun 2017

    HUGE SCORE BY MACLEANS PAIR IN SCHOOL PAIRS COMPETITION Sunday 18th June saw 22 students from Macleans College and Auckland Grammar School take part in a one session Pairs competition at the Auckland Bridge Club. The speed was, shall we say,... read more here

  • NZ 15A Pairs -Wellington

    17 Jun 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    16 Jun 2017

    Nicely Bid: Nicely Played Board 6 at Akarana this week resulted in 8 different contracts being played at the 9 tables with only three declarers being successful plus another achieving their aim taking a sacrifice against game. Board... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    14 Jun 2017

    25 years and going very strong That’s the Hawke’s Bay Bridge Congress which, during Queens Birthday Weekend, drew players from all over the North Island and beyond to its new home at The Taradale Club, the building which houses the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    13 Jun 2017

    COUNT TO SUCCESS It’s not easy and there are some deals where you either have to make assumptions in order to try and count a defender’s hand…i.e. working out where missing honour cards are more likely to be. Sometimes, when... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Jun 2017

    “What a Pass” Take a step forward, Stanley Abrahams. In case you do not know, he is a fine intuitive Auckland bridge player. Played for New Zealand, too. So, pardon the expression, “no mug”. Lover of the Multi 2 too,... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    10 Jun 2017

    We have five 70% + session scores this month, led by a very nice 73.96 from Adrienne Dale and Miriam Lewin at the Hutt Junior Pairs. RECENT HIGH SESSION SCORES May 2017     Final     Session % Position... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    10 Jun 2017

    Here are the Tournament Results for the Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays regions for May 2017. The highest session score was 69.90% by Jan Cormack and Grant Jarvis at the Howick Open Pairs. Hamilton Ladies Day 3A Open Pairs (2nd May)... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    10 Jun 2017

    Here are the Tournament Results for May 2107 for the Central Districts and Wellington regions. The highest session score was the 73.96% by Adrienne Dale and Miriam Lewin at the Hutt Junior Pairs. Feilding Intermediate Pairs (6th May)... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    10 Jun 2017

    Here are the South Island Tournament Results for May 2017. The highest session score was 73.00 by Moss Wylie and Anne Somerville at the Te Anau Open Pairs. Akaroa Open Pairs (6th May)     Motueka Intermediate Pairs (6th May)... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    9 Jun 2017

            FITS LIKE A GLOVE We are programmed, have it drummed into us to beware of misfits, that high-card points are not everything and to be cautious in our approach to bidding. Over-cautious would be my impression... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Jun 2017

    HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL Dicey contract; wrong opening lead. You are on the back foot. Don’t panic. There is still hope! You are sitting East and after you made an “I want to do something but I am not sure what” double, things have... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 9

    7 Jun 2017

    Two Contrasting Test Matches While the Zone 6 countries fought for the Zone’s places at the Bermuda Bowl/ Venice Cup, both New Zealand teams played 64 board test matches against Australia. The first 12 boards saw the Australian Ladies win... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    7 Jun 2017

    Wellington ANZAC Congress It seems so long ago, the Wellington Regional Congress held way back around ANZAC Day. We used the extra day from ANZAC Day falling on a Tuesday to run a two day Open Teams. We went for a leisurely pace, rather than... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    6 Jun 2017

    Spotting the difference? 55 boards played…one to go. A nice quick board to finish the day, a quick score-up. The bar beckons. A nice solid 8 card suit . They open 2, meaning, strangely, diamonds…..and you still remember to use the... read more here

  • APBF Championships

    6 Jun 2017

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  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 8

    6 Jun 2017

    DISAPPOINTMENT ALL ROUND At the start of the final day of the double-robin event, the New Zealand Open Team was in third place. Good performances in their three matches against the other top teams and anything was possible. They started against... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 7

    5 Jun 2017

    HELP FROM ACROSS THE TASMAN The New Zealand Open team started in great style with a 32-4 (16.72) win over Australia. With China recording a smaller win over Indonesia, New Zealand regained the overall lead by a massive 0.37vp! It was a steady... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 6

    4 Jun 2017

    A NEW NAME TO CHASE The day started with the New Zealand Open Team chasing Japan who had come off a huge day to take the lead. A lot can happen in 24 hours or 4 matches. First up for New Zealand was Thailand with a bucketful of imps changing... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 5

    3 Jun 2017

    JAPAN SETS THE PACE IN ROUND ROBIN 2 In the second Round Robin, the leading teams start off by playing those at the bottom. So, there is the likelihood of some big scores. The New Zealand Open Team got to play the bottom team of all…but... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea....Day 4

    2 Jun 2017

    A JOB WELL DONE…SO FAR The New Zealand Open team had only two matches today as they finished the first round-robin with a bye. It was to be a day of mixed fortunes, too, with a loss, a good win and then a wait to see if they would end the... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    2 Jun 2017

    PATIENT DEFENCE REQUIRED Last week, I moaned at the lack of middle cards I was dealt. Moaning had little impact when it came to Board 26 this week. My trumps were 6543 and with partner holding the 2 among his four, it was hardly going to be a... read more here

  • July Director Exam Series Postponed

    1 Jun 2017

    1 June 2017   TO Club Secretaries CC Regional Committees   July Director Exam Series Postponed   With the updated WBF rules coming into effect in New Zealand from 1 August 2017 a decision has been made to postpone the... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 3

    1 Jun 2017

                   Our Open Team Take The Lead With three tough matches to complete the day, the New Zealand Open Team needed a good result in their opening match of Day 3 against... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 Jun 2017

    KEEP YOUR HEAD ON..DON’T PANIC Panic caused a number of declarers to go astray in the following recent slam. Making 12 even 13 tricks in spades and 12 in no trumps was quite possible but some only made 11. Here are the North-South hands:... read more here

  • Queens Birthday Weekend Events- Link to Results

    1 Jun 2017

    Auckland Hawkes Bay Otago read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 2

    31 May 2017

    The “Four Slam” Day New Zealand Open team dropped to third with a narrow 18-23 (8.42) loss to Malaysia in the first match of the day. The result swung on the defence to Board 13: Board 13North DealsBoth Vul... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    31 May 2017

    Hello from the saturated Waikato Bays – autumn is turning up perfect weather to stay in and play bridge although driving any great distance can be treacherous. Highlights from the past few months include the IP trials which had good... read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea Day 1.

    30 May 2017

    New Zealand in Korea  Day 1 Our Open Team Lead the Way Both New Zealand teams started the first day meaning business. Both are playing 14 board matches with the Open team playing four and the Ladies three matches a day. Our Open Team... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    29 May 2017

    Making Someone Happy Look on the bright side. One pair’s disaster is another’s delight. If you can make someone happy along the way, then your day or night has not been in vain. Who said those fine words? So, I pose a bidding... read more here

  • New Zealand at the APBF

    29 May 2017

    Two New Zealand teams, an Open and Ladies’ team, are taking part in the 51st Hicar APBF Bridge Federation Championships which start today in, Seoul, Korea. We will be bringing you here on this website daily reports of their progress.... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    26 May 2017

     ACES ARE FOR DEFEATING SLAMS…EVEN GAMES! A troublesome night for many on defence where many a defensive ace went to bed without winning a trick. Sometimes we wait. Occasionally we under-lead. On this night, we needed to score them... read more here

  • Canterbury News

    24 May 2017

    The "All Blacks" of Bridge At about the time you are likely to read this feature, two of Canterbury’s best will be heading off to Korea to take part in this year’s Pacific Asia Bridge Championships. In August, they will represent New... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    23 May 2017

                                      How Could I Know? Lightning struck twice in one... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    22 May 2017

                        LONG ODDS AND CLUBS What are the odds of you winning Lotto, not a welcome but unstartling $30 or $40 but the real big money? OK, I... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    22 May 2017

    May 2017. Heini Lux - Rotorua Heini has been a member of the Rotorua Club for over 30 years. He has been a President of the Club, is currently a Vice President and has served on the committee for many years. His work for the club has included... read more here