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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 May 2020

                                  Dream-time? A bridge dream can be very simplistic: bidding and making... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    28 May 2020

    Top of the South players along with the rest of New Zealand, and I’d hazard a guess, the world, have embraced BBO at a phenomenal rate.  Whether casually setting up a table for four, playing the tournaments organised by Patrick Carter... read more here

  • Bridge Zone Radio Show - 096

    27 May 2020

      This week's show includes:   The Seven Dwarfs or some of them get a mention on the Bridge Zone     Judge Julie is in the house and we talk up a storm Nigella has a question for his favourite Judge But what do you... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 May 2020

    A “Key” Convention. Cast away on a desert island with just a pack of cards and just three conventions, I would have to select my conventions carefully. Both Stayman and Transfers would be with me and the third would be a form of ace... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    27 May 2020

    Otago Southland 10A Provincial Teams 30 May Otago Southland 10A Provincial Pairs 31 May Hawkes Bay Congress 30 May-1 June Auckland Queens Birthday Congress 30 May - 1 June Temuka 8B... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 May 2020

    The Sneak Attack. It seems to happen quite often. The opposition bid 3NT, not with a balanced 17 count opposite a balanced 12 count with holds in every suit but “just in case it makes”! Or, alternatively, because they were asked by... read more here

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 6 from Allan Morris

    25 May 2020

    Advisory No 6 25 May 2020.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 May 2020

    Opposite Approaches. Game values? If you have them, and you have a 4-4 major fit, then it seems a good idea to play in 4 of that major. Normally. With less than game values, it can also be correct to seek out a major fit, too. One hand below took... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 May 2020

    unusual events. Yes, They Happened! So, as promised, a change for today as we look at a few of the zanier things that have occurred at the bridge table in this country. They are all from about 20-30 years ago. No-one does anything as silly as... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 May 2020

    Proving North Wrong. One mark of a good partnership is that when one player takes a rather unusual action which backfires, that their partner is, at least outwardly, very understanding. The “sinner” feels bad enough in recording a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 May 2020

    The Easy Way, The Obscure Way or One Down. I have mentioned more than once that even playing Pairs, there is a lot of good sense in taking a line to ensure your contract and worry about possible overtricks later. They are certainly worth having,... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 4 for 2020

    22 May 2020

    From the Chair 2020 #4 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 May 2020

                COUNTING TO NINE. It’s is nice and straightforward when, in 3NT, you have six tricks in one suit, two in another and one in the suit they led. No degree in mathematics... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 May 2020

    Tactics… We left you with two seemingly unconnected problems yesterday, one in the bidding and the other in the play. What was supposed to connect them was a difference in approach playing Pairs as opposed to Teams. However, the reality of... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 095

    20 May 2020

      This week's show includes:     North Island Pairs NZB and Hamilton are considering continuing with the event Dependent upon the COVID restrictions this may go ahead What are your thoughts? Would you play if you... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 May 2020

    Creating an Illusion. When you are playing Teams, you do want to beat any contract of the opponents. You do not want them scoring an overtrick or three either if they are at a sensible level. A couple of imps in the out column would be annoying... read more here

  • North Island Pairs update.

    19 May 2020

    NORTH ISLAND PAIRS 2020 – WEEKEND of June 20/21st This event is due to be held, if possible, at the Hamilton Bridge Club. This message is to let interested players know that a final decision will be made on whether the event will be held... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 May 2020

                                         “To bid or not to bid.... read more here

  • Information for players in Auckland Northland Region

    18 May 2020

    AK Northland Region Newsletter May 20.pdf  AK Nthland Region 2020 Rubber Bridge read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 May 2020

    THE GUIDE. While beating a contract by two tricks is a nice result, beating that same contract by one trick is better than not beating it all! That was not the initial problem given yesterday. On the assumption, though, you found the right lead,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 May 2020

    Full Steam Ahead…if you Reverse! The concept of reversing at the table is one many players do not seem to understand. If they do, they do not seem to put it into practice. A reverse is the second suit bid by opener, a higher- ranking suit... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 May 2020

    ALTERNATIVE EVIDENCE. Opening Leads can be somewhat “hit and miss”, sometimes a lucky “hit”, often a big “miss”! That is, of course, an exaggeration. The recommended leads for any one situation do work more... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 094

    15 May 2020

    Included this week:     Confessions hit the Bridge Zone   Is any punishment dished out? Can it be that bad? Father Barry gives his opinion yet sits  on the fence and awaits Judge Julies call     When... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 May 2020

    Keeping Control. It is very frustrating for a declarer to run out of the one thing that they hope to have plenty of…trumps! Some contracts are blown away because a declarer has none left, or less than an opponent. Were we to look at this... read more here

  • New Zealand and Australia and International Bridge after Covid 19.

    14 May 2020

    Australia and New Zealand have hit the world bridge stage. As you may well be aware, this year’s World Bridge Games and World Youth Championship have been delayed until February next year. The WBF have decided that the 2021 Bermuda Bowl/... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 May 2020

    BEAUTY WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT. You have only a 12 count. You opened the bidding and partner responds with a change of suit in which you have a doubleton.. You have a decent looking 6 card suit, indeed one which will often play for just one... read more here

  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THOSE PLAYING ON BRIDGE BASE ONLINE

    13 May 2020

      Yesterday BBO has made some changes to their platform, to cope with the huge influx of people playing online.  Effectively they have split BBO onto two servers.   Those playing somewhere in the Main Bridge club are on... read more here

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 5 from Allan Morris

    12 May 2020

    Advisory No 5 12 May 2020.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 May 2020

    Supporting Role to the Star. Yours is not the star role today. You cannot perform a brilliancy on every board. (Did I hear you say that one every 1,000 would be nice! If so, do not be so negative.) However, you did have a supporting role to play.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 May 2020

    WHAT IF? We can dream of nice things happening in our life, a big Lotto win, a visit from a long-lost friend, perhaps even a well-played bridge hand. I am sure at least one of those has happened: not sure about all three! Yet, those two little... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 May 2020

    An “Open Book”. If you look at the North-South hands below, with no opposition bidding, you could construct a sensible auction to 3NT by South where there are 9 rock-solid tricks, a bonus tenth if West leads a spade. Unsensational.... read more here

  • Why play Bridge ?

    10 May 2020

    What this great video.  Thank you to Prof Sam Punch for allowing us to share this with you read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 May 2020

                         CHOOSING THE TRUMP SUIT, IF INDEED THERE IS ONE! Part One of our two-part grand slam series featured whether we could bid to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 May 2020

    Which Level? Which Suit? I do hate two-part episodes on television. The second part is always on a bridge night! (please do not tell me I could record it. You could!) However, I know you will be doing nothing special on Saturday morning. So, here... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 May 2020

    THINK BEFORE YOU COVER. Ideally, well before. Like when you first see dummy. “What if?” is the question you should be asking yourself. Hesitating at the critical point rather gives the game away about an honour’s location. You... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 093

    7 May 2020

        Here is the link to enjoy the show       read more here

  • Waikato Bays News from Anna Kalma

    7 May 2020

    the sad result of collecting a session prize! Read on... Results … sadly very little to report since the last regional round up for obvious reasons … The last tournament in the region was held on the 14th March … and it was... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 May 2020

    Blair Fisher with one of his partners, George Masters. George is not exactly short, which lets you know that neither is Blair! A BID TO MATCH HIS HEIGHT. So, you do not pick up a near solid 9 card suit that often? What about a 4-card suit of... read more here

  • Bridge on "Breakfast" TV..and News from Paihia

    5 May 2020

    Promoting our Game… and News from Paihia. It is hard to get bridge publicised on our television channels. Therefore, it is neat to be able to report that this morning, the “Breakfast” programme, on TVI featured an interview... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 May 2020

                            Four Losers Equals Ten Tricks! How can that be? Simple mathematics suggests that if you have four losers in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 May 2020

    Are You Listening? The opponents open one suit you do not hold and then bid another. You have 5 cards in each of the other two suits, some nice controls and the potential for a lot of tricks if you fit with your partner in one of those suits.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 May 2020

    A TIME TO BE PATIENT? Is it? Your partner has made an overcall and you are on lead with A86 of their overcalled suit. You cannot lose this post-mortem by leading partner’s suit, can you? Well, maybe not but will your action allow the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 May 2020

    Does partner have the ace or the king...or neither? That is the question. THAT DIAMOND DILEMMA. You bid all the way to a grand-slam in some style and then hear that dreaded sound “double” from one of the opponents, even worse when it... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 May 2020

    Counting on it! What is the hardest part of bridge? Some would say defence, others bidding, and many would say “everything”! One nomination which may not be right at the top of the list but must surely rank quite highly is... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Apr 2020

    not today!. No Second Chance They, your opponents, had one chance to beat your 4S contract. Even then, they might not have been successful. However, try not to give them a second chance if you can. They may not turn down the opportunity twice.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Apr 2020

    A BRIDGE EVENT RARELY NOW SEEN. What is that? A flat board in a Pairs session? No way, such an event was rarely seen ever. No, the answer is a “passed in board”. Someone finds some excuse to open their hand. We did report one in the... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 092

    29 Apr 2020

    This week's show includes:    Self-Alerting on BBO      its really hard to remember who is meant to do it when Opps ask the table a question Self alerting is - you make a bid you complete the alert ... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    29 Apr 2020

    Well, that happened rather quickly. My previous update (early March 2020, would you believe?), set out a busy two months coming up for our local bridge players. We managed a fortnight’s worth. On the Ides of March, I was playing in the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Apr 2020

    Which Finesse? The wrong one. Well, it seems to work out that way, doesn’t it? Given a choice of two, the odds of success are nowhere near 50-50, or so it seems. Or, is all not what it seems? Has that “sadistic hand setter” to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Apr 2020

    Susan Humphries. Learning Bridge in Lockdown! Susan Humphries loves bridge. She showed her great enthusiasm for the game during her time in New Zealand, in particular with her support for Youth Bridge. She now lives in Sydney and has made the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Apr 2020

      So Easy to Miss. Trick One, the losing trick for so many contracts. Careless plays, wrong plays, no win plays: they are abundant in any session of bridge. Sometimes, there are unlucky plays, too. Let’s not be too harsh as it is a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Apr 2020

                The Sadistic Problem Setter. There is somewhere someone who punishes non- vigilant bridge players. That person teases us. They spend hours on end setting up hand lay-outs to catch... read more here

  • News from the Chair - 2020

    25 Apr 2020

    Latest newsletter available here   From the Chair 2020 #3.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Apr 2020

    Double or Bid? How dare the opponents bid over yours or your partner’s 15-17 1NT opener. Not just that, but they often seem to bid without what you might call a bit of extra protection! We live in New Zealand. So, “she’ll be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Apr 2020

    ALIVE TO THE SITUATION. Diamonds You See …and Diamonds You do not! Partner leads your suit, sometimes yours and partner’s suit. It’s 3NT by your left-hand opponent who has announced a hold in that suit. You have a very short... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    23 Apr 2020

    Stewart Strang, new Life Member at Gore. Not much has happened in the South since you last heard from Moss—and I sadly don’t have anything cool to report in terms of solidarity or club happenings. Luckily Invercargill has been active,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Apr 2020

    a fair hand? SHAPE. Don’t you love it when you have got it! It kind of helps if partner has the same suit(s ) as you do, too. It is not so much fun when the opposition have great shape. Your aces can be worth nothing: kings and queens even... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 091

    22 Apr 2020

    Included this week:   Zoom Pub Quizes on the rise   Have you joined one lately as well…     Barry Jones and Donald Trump   Mereana wins $2…. or not       Judge Julie rules on... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Apr 2020

                  SAFETY FIRST. When you cross a road, you look both ways, every way, and then once again, just to be sure. You want to make it to the other side, unscathed. For a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Apr 2020

    Which Ace? You have got three of them, aces that is. You are defending a part-score doubled contract, serious business. You do not want to put too many feet wrong. So, with which one do you start off? Shut your eyes and hope the choice is right?... read more here

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    20 Apr 2020

    three months' sanitiser ingredients..see the story below. Palmerston North. Today, we focus on what has been happening recently at the Palmerston North Bridge Club and in particular, a huge effort from one of its members. Palmerston North... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Apr 2020

    Alister in Paradise. Above is the scene to which those of us who attended a recent Zoom meeting with NZ Bridge Secretary, Alister Stuck, were treated. While we sat in the confines of our homes, Alister was calling us from somewhere much more... read more here

  • 2020 World Championships Postponed

    18 Apr 2020

    The World Bridge Federation Management Committee has announced that the 2020 World Youth Bridge Teams Championship and the 2020 World Bridge Games will be postponed until 2021. WBF MC Statement 14.04.20 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Apr 2020

    “Fair” Support. You open 1H and partner raises you to 2H, three card support. You have a decent hand, enough for game and bid there directly. Your trump suit is but a little shabby..K8752. Plenty of winners outside, though. Oh, you... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    17 Apr 2020

    Naturally, with clubs being shut down and non-essential business at a stand-still, Taradale's Council application for new premises is on hold. Meanwhile, when club bridge starts up again, the club can "board" at nearby Napier Bridge Club until... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Apr 2020

                                       “GRAND” DEFENCE. If only. If... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Apr 2020

    A Valid Reason. Deciding what to lead at trick 1 can be a nightmare. Even when you have such an obvious lead, you can see immediately dummy appears that you have done wrong. In recent memory (only yesterday!), after a 1NT-3NT short and sharp... read more here

  • Our Internationals play Australia on BBO TONIGHT

    16 Apr 2020

    The New Zealand (near) Open Team of : Michael Cornell- Ashley Bach Peter Newell – Martin Reid GeO Tislevoll – Nick Jacob will play 2 x 12 board sets against Paul Wyer-Michael Courtney and Peter Gill – Sartaj Hans, the sets... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 090

    16 Apr 2020

    This week's show includes:   We share a funny with you Have you experienced some hilarious moments whilst at a tournament or session Let us know and if we read it out – we’ll send you something from The Bridge Zone Prize... read more here

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Apr 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Apr 2020

    ALL ROADS TO THE SAME DESTINATION: TAKE CARE WHEN YOU’RE THERE! The first part of this heading should probably be less definitive. “All roads” should lead “to the same destination”. For the vast majority who held the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Apr 2020

    Who is the Boss? Bidding is all about the exchange of information. A very wise statement, perhaps, except I am going to change one word in that sentence, replacing “all” with “often”. There are times when all you need to... read more here

  • Instructions for BBO

    14 Apr 2020

    With so many now using BBO, some are wanting tips or to learn more about what BBO can do.  Attached is an indexed set of instructions that we hope will help.  In this document, if you click on the page number for the topic you want to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Apr 2020

    A TIME FOR CHANGE. The Way THEY Play. So often when you win the lead part way through a no-trump contract, the simple approach of returning the suit partner led at trick 1 is the right thing to do. They led that suit for a purpose and so often,... read more here

  • The New Normal.

    13 Apr 2020

    "ON-LINE" SELF-ALERTING: The New Normal by Patrick Carter. Just imagine that you had the following auction 2 months ago: South        West        ... read more here

  • Announcement - NZ International Teams

    12 Apr 2020

            Details here Bulletin - NZ Teams 2020 9th April 2020.pdf      read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Apr 2020

    The Fabulous, Fantastic, Functional Four-Letter Word. It is lovely when the perfect gadget which you keep at the bottom of your “bridge bag” suddenly appears…something you and partner discussed ages ago but rarely use. You have... read more here

  • Note From Allan Morris - Regarding BBO

    12 Apr 2020

      We are lucky as a sport to have an online capability. For many the sessions being run by the Auckland Bridge Club have kept us sane and allowed us to feed our addiction. The fields are mixed which can result in some quite swingy results.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Apr 2020

    One Deal:  Two Clever Plays. Let’s start off today where we left off yesterday. We were talking about the problems of under-leading aces, even if in yesterday’s hand, success only came if you did so! (We will wait for you while... read more here

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    10 Apr 2020

    It is great to continue reporting what are clubs are up to during this "lock-down" period. Today, we start with one which is helping lots of players "get their fix" while their doors are shut. Auckland Bridge Club Club President, Anthony... read more here

  • Club Level Director Exams 2020

    10 Apr 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Apr 2020

    Never…well Maybe…No, Must! “Never ever ever” you are told as you first learn the game about under-leading aces against suit contracts. Eventually, the message sinks in. Occasionally, you have an outstanding success where... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Apr 2020

    5-4-3-(2)-1 I knew of the song with this title but not very well and discovered a very pleasant song when I just listened to it on You Tube (if you are wanting to be cheered up, please do not listen to the words, though…trust me!). The... read more here

  • Lesson hands for BBO

    9 Apr 2020

    Because lessons cannot be run face to face at the moment, we have converted all lesson hands into LIN files so they can be loaded into BBO. We suggest you either practice these hands between friends or better still get a senior... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    9 Apr 2020

    Auckland Easter Congress 10 – 13 April Levin 8B Easter Pairs 11 April Wellington Region Mixed Pairs 13 April Hibiscus 5B Intermediate Pairs 18 April Hibiscus 3A Open Pairs... read more here

  • Watch our Top Internationals on BBO

    9 Apr 2020

    Our top players want to do what they do so well, playing good competitive bridge. Thus, three of the pairs who put up their hands to play in the New Zealand Open Team this year have organised a series of on-line matches against what is the current... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    8 Apr 2020

    Circumstances have sadly dictated that there is not much real bridge news in this edition of the Auckland Regional Roundup. However, a few results to report before the portcullis came crashing down. Firstly, though, a question for you to ponder.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Apr 2020

                                    Confusion Reigns. When 11 out of 14 pairs make a major suit... read more here

  • News from the Chair - 2020

    8 Apr 2020

    Latest newsletter available here From the Chair 2020 #2.pdf  read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 089

    8 Apr 2020

      This week's show includes:       Auckland Bridge Club and Patrick and Julie For starting the wave of BBO sessions for our fellow bridge addicts       Tournaments are being cancelled being left... read more here

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    7 Apr 2020

    Taradale Bridge Club. This Hawke’s Bay club has its share of problems of late. Before Covid 19 reared its oh so unpleasant head, the Club was asked to find new premises and is, or was, temporarily operating out of the Napier Bridge Club... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Apr 2020

    The Disappearing Diamond Loser. One of the most normal things you do when, as declarer, you see dummy is to look at your own hand, and in a suit contract, to see how many losers there are and to see which ones you can eliminate. Indeed, all the... read more here

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    6 Apr 2020

    Waitemata Bridge Club. Waitemata is  one of the two affiliated clubs in West Auckland and is based in Te Atatu. It has a large catchment area in the Henderson, New Lynn, West Harbour areas. Thanks to Ken Dixon for supplying some information... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Apr 2020

    Together….and Apart. Discarding is a very important and dangerous area of our game. One wrong discard can be very expensive for the defence. It is important for defenders to try to give each other as much information as they can to help... read more here

  • Gold Coast Congress Masterpoints

    6 Apr 2020

      Our friends at the ABF delivered a large bundle of Gold points tonight, (3320.26 in total). Players masterpoint records have been updated.     read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Apr 2020

    Advantage Number 11. Do you remember when we listed Giles Hancock’s 10 advantages of BBO? Well, you should as it was only yesterday! That list was though incomplete. There is an 11th one. …which brings us back to the questions you... read more here

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    4 Apr 2020

    WELLINGTON. Our report today comes courtesy of the club's most efficient and hard-working manager, Bridget Hannaway-Willcox. "Well I have been flat out at home. Wellington Club is assisting players with accessing online play, a big thanks to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Apr 2020

    The Lighter Side of Bridge. Wishing..and hoping. There are times when you hope your partner does not put down too good a dummy, like when you have stopped short of slam. Please, please show me a couple of quick losers to justify my... read more here

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    3 Apr 2020

    New Plymouth. We have asked our bridge clubs what they are doing to help their members during this very difficult time, both from the point of view of actual help as many members are in the dangerous 70+ on their own category but also to be able... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Apr 2020

    Signalling to Success. Playing Teams, scoring +300 even +500 when most of the room achieves +650 is not that good a score. Should you accept +500 or risk only 300 in search of +800? That’s accepting a loss of 4 imps or try for a 4-imp gain... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Apr 2020

    Trying to have your Cake…and Eat it too! It is difficult for newish players to grasp the concept of re-opening doubles, an important part of playing negative rather than penalty doubles when an opponent overcalls. It is generally accepted... read more here

  • More Help To Get on Bridge Base Online (BBO)

    2 Apr 2020

    Here is another link to help you with accessing on-line bridge. This has been provided by Derek Gill, from the Victoria Bridge Club in Wellington. Thanks, Derek.   VBC BBO On-line bridge instructions  read more here

  • Social Distancing Round Robin Teams. Need Teammates?

    2 Apr 2020

    If you would like to take part in this event but need teammates, then just send me an email at rksolomon@xtra.co.nz  and I will try and match you up with a suitable pair.....no guarantees but it does no harm to ask...and please not Open... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Apr 2020

    The Truth, The Truth …nothing but the Truth! There are those who have been playing this game, bridge, for some 50 years (well, that could be me! I must have learnt when I was very young….well young!) who can be heard saying:... read more here

  • New To Bridge Base On-Line (BBO)?

    1 Apr 2020

    Then we have a link to a video produced by a top Australian player, Pete Hollands, in which he explains how BBO works. If you are intending to play in the twice daily tournament hosted by Julie Atkinson and Pat Carter from the Auckland Bridge... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 088

    1 Apr 2020

      This Week's show includes:     Our 1st crack at working from home The sound quality wasn’t the best We have sourced some expert advice and…. EUREKA, we have a solution       Working... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    1 Apr 2020

    Jenny Pomeroy.   As it is 1st April, I thought I would have a bit of fun……..   "I bring you News from Top of the South but it is a little scant and thin. As for the good of all New Zealand we’ve been forced to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 Mar 2020

    TWO WAYS TO SUCCESS (Morton’s Fork). A Tale of Jan and John. John Morton was made both Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor (as well as a Cardinal) in the reign of the English monarch, Henry V11, in the late 15th century. He... read more here

  • Another Opportunity for Bridge

    30 Mar 2020

    As promised, we will bring you as many opportunities for reading and playing bridge in the period when we have no bridge at our clubs. Many of you will be playing once/ twice a day on BBO (Bridge Base Online) Pairs sessions. We have already... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Mar 2020

    NO PERFECT BID. Yes, it can happen quite often. It happened in this feature only a few days ago. We found, then, that bidding was better than passing. Is that going to be the case with today’s problem?      ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Mar 2020

    Counting to 10. We all know that playing Pairs is so much about making overtricks or sometimes conceding less undertricks than the rest of the field. Certainly, you score very few match-points for your perfectly correct contract of 5 when there... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Mar 2020

    Life’s an Illusion… You have, I am sure, been in the situation where you know that one’s opponents are about to get a ruff. So many otherwise excellent contracts fail because one’s opponents score one or more ruffs.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Mar 2020

    A “Double” Whammy. Well, nearly. It was not quite catastrophic to produce the red card as an answer to both our problems from yesterday…at least not just yet and as long as one has a thinking partner, then you could be saved... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    27 Mar 2020

    Greeting all from the winterless North once again. Gosh, before we hit these tumultuous times we were up and running with a fever (maybe that’s not the right word) and 2020 WAS THE YEAR. However, that’s not to be at this stage but it... read more here

  • Process for cancellation of any tournaments at 10A level and above

    26 Mar 2020

    This post is to share with you what we have put in place regarding the cancelation or otherwise of bridge tournaments at 10A level or above. Events at this level and above are the responsibility of NZ Bridge either directly or by way of a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Mar 2020

    Hero or Villain? Why when defending no-trumps does partner always seem to lead a suit in which you have a small singleton or doubleton? Actually, that is just not true. You may only remember the bad leads. Sometimes, they actually make a good... read more here

  • iNFORMATION REGARDING NATIONAL RUBBER BRIDGE COMPETITION

    26 Mar 2020

    To Regional Committees and Rubber Bridge Players 26th March 2020 Normally, I would be writing to you now about this year’s National Rubber Bridge competition with its finals at the National Congress in Hamilton. These are not, though,... read more here

  • News from the Chair -

    26 Mar 2020

    From the Chair 2020 #1 26 Mar 2020.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Mar 2020

    DIARY OF A DISASTER. If you could always refer to your bridge textbook and find the exact answer to a problem, then bridge in general, bidding in particular, would not be nearly so exciting and interesting. The fact that so many hands do not fit... read more here

  • ON LINE PAIRS BRIDGE FOR NEW ZEALAND PLAYERS

    25 Mar 2020

    Thanks to Aucklanders, Patrick Carter and Sylvester Riddell, there is at least one opportunity per day to play in a shortish 12 board Pairs session involving New Zealand players. You must have a partner with a BBO log-in. BASIC DIRECTIONS Log... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Mar 2020

    No Time for a Fit.             So, yesterday we gave you a pretty nice 20 hcp hand and we established that we had a spade fit. You know your partner has not got much of a hand. Even if... read more here

  • WHILE YOU CANNOT PLAY BRIDGE

    24 Mar 2020

      Playing bridge at New Zealand clubs or even privately may be off the agenda for the forseeable future. However, there are other ways you can still indulge in your favourite pastime. There's playing bridge online or catching up on... read more here

  • ABF Daily Bridge Column courtesy of Ron Klinger

    23 Mar 2020

    LInk to articles read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Mar 2020

    You may be suffering a few withdrawal symptoms at not being able to get down to your club these days. So, we will give you a bit of bridge on-line with a daily question about the bidding, defence or play of a hand….and then the following... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    20 Mar 2020

    Just in case! No play this week…or for the next few but that does not stop being able to report a recent hand which occurred. If you take a look at the following deal and bid all the way to 6, you would be feeling quite happy.  ... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    19 Mar 2020

    The Christchurch Club and Regional Committee ran on behalf of NZ Bridge a very successful National Swiss Pairs event in mid -February. While the runaway winners were Wellington’s Martin Reid and Peter Newell, local pair Fiona Temple and John... read more here

  • A Happening Event. The National Bridge Congress

    18 Mar 2020

    New Zealand National Congress is a happening event…this year. That is certainly the message NZ Bridge wants to send out at this point. The event is still over 6 months’ away. There will be many decisions made regarding the level of... read more here

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 4 from Allan Morris

    18 Mar 2020

    Advisory 4: Coronavirus Covid-19- from the Board On Monday we issued Advisory No3 recommending action players and clubs should follow. A lot can be done by being responsible and vigilant about personal hygiene. We are listening to Governments... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 087

    18 Mar 2020

    This week's show includes:     The ‘C” word continues to wreak havoc Exclusive announcement on the Bridge Zone       Results North Island teams         ... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    17 Mar 2020

    This week’s board is topical as it occurred in last weekend’s North Island Teams. If you fail to find the correct line, do not feel too bad as the success rate of those in slam was not that high: match 6 Board 10North... read more here

  • Tight Finish at the North Island Teams

    17 Mar 2020

    A strong consistent performance from the team of Wayne Burrows-Clair Miao and Andi Boughey- Carol Richardson saw them win the North Island Teams in Wellington last weekend by just under 2vps. Perhaps the key to their success was their 6th... read more here

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 3 from Allan Morris

    16 Mar 2020

    On Saturday the New Zealand Government imposed travel conditions on all people (except from Pacific Islands)  entering New Zealand, requiring people to self-isolate for 14 days. Also we have seen major fixtures/gatherings being postponed or... read more here

  • North Island Teams - Wellington

    13 Mar 2020

    Link to results read more here

  • Waikato Bays Autumn News with Anna Kalma

    13 Mar 2020

    Non bridge stuff happening around the bridge table. First up the Gold Coast Congress and the New Zealand teams not only whopped butt in the Teams but again the dress up.    NZ (and more specifically the Te Aroha club) has set the... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 086

    12 Mar 2020

          Here is the link to this week's show read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Mar 2020

    FINE PLAY IN TARANAKI They come from Wellington but Graham Stronach and Sandy McKirdy had one of their finest weekends of bridge at last weekend’s Taranaki Bridge Congress. With their teammates, John Luoni and John Patterson, they blitzed... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    6 Mar 2020

    There is little worse in a bridge score-up than a double game swing against your side. There was more than one hand last night where “the 5 level did belong to the opponents” contrarily to the common saying. At our table on the... read more here

  • Gold Coast Congress Masterpoints

    5 Mar 2020

    Of interest to the 250 plus Kiwis who played at the Gold Coast Congres. The transfer and conversion of your masterpoints earned at this event will take place early in April, and certanly by the end of the second week in April.   Regards... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 085

    4 Mar 2020

     Included this week:   Gold Coast Round Up 280 New Zealander’s did very well across the ditch   Kiwis fight out the Open Teams Final It was a nail biter….   Judge Julie Opening Leads... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    3 Mar 2020

    “Alex” in summer. Alexandra lies in the heart of Central Otago and is known for its wonderful climate. Some of NZ’s best orchards and wineries are located in the area. People are also drawn to the well-maintained walking and... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    3 Mar 2020

    March 2020 Viv Hill: Geraldine. Our nomination this month comes from the Geraldine Bridge Club. Like all clubs large and small, Geraldine relies on its volunteers like Viv Hill. This description of her contribution comes from Club President,... read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 8, Saturday

    2 Mar 2020

    DOWN TO THE WIRE. The final of the Gold Coast Teams between two mainly Kiwi teams came down to an extraordinary climax. Let’s remember first the two teams: Bach  Ashley Bach, Nabil Edgtton, Matthew Brown, Michael Whibley, Alex... read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 7, Friday

    29 Feb 2020

    A Great Day for the Kiwis All went accoring to plan for those Kiwis still left in the Open Teams. Ware (Michael Ware, Nick Jacob, GeO Tislevoll, Terje Lie, Max Henbest, David Wiltshire) won both their quarter final against Van Der Vlugt... read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 6, Thursday

    28 Feb 2020

    Congratulations to the two Kiwi teams which made the top six in the Open Teams section. Bach made it comfortably though it was a little tighter for Ware, last qualifier by 2.  vps. Bach has the morning off while the third to sixth teams play... read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 5, Wednesday

    27 Feb 2020

    The Teams qualifying Swiss is at its two thirds stage. 4 further matches on Thursday will determine which 6 Open teams progress to the knock-out stages and which two teams in the other categories will contest their finals. Here then are those... read more here

  • Gold Coast on the 9 News

    26 Feb 2020

    Click on this link to watch the news read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast -Day 4, Tuesday

    26 Feb 2020

    Onto Tuesday, the first day of the Teams, with each group playing 9 matches of 14 boards over 3 days. The event itself is huge as epitomised by the number of participating teams:... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -084 - 26th Feb 2020

    26 Feb 2020

    Link to the show here read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast -Day 3, Monday

    25 Feb 2020

    Congratulations to Susan Humphries- Michael Whibley and Liz and Blair Fisher who won their sections in the Bobby Richman Open Pairs. Andrew Janisz and his Canadian partner, Mark Siegrist, came very close in Section C while Matthew Brown was the... read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 2

    24 Feb 2020

    Congratulations to Alister Stuck and Andrew Tarbutt who finished 2nd in the 150 pair 9 round Swiss Pairs event which finished yesterday. They won 7 of their matches and finished 10 vps behind the runaway winners but also a clear 10 vps ahead of... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    23 Feb 2020

    Day 1 – Saturday. Welcome to The Gold Coast Congress….and this year it is nice to be able to make what I hope will be daily reports about the progress of Kiwi players here actually from the venue itself. It is probably not good form... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    21 Feb 2020

    Too Much Information The opposition may find the best way to defend and to play hands but we should not make either any easier than we have to. On the following two boards, the opposition “knew too much” and got it right! We helped... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    21 Feb 2020

      Derek presenting certificate and flowers to Margot.  Margot Davenport - Victoria Bridge Club.    Club President, Derek Gill has nominated Margot on behalf the Victoria Bridge Club Committee. Over to Derek: "Margot has been... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    20 Feb 2020

        Taradale on the move. "In June last year the Taradale Bridge Club was advised that the lease of the room they had used for the past ten years would not be renewed, contrary to previous discussions and the drawing up of a yet to... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -083 - 19th Feb 2020

    19 Feb 2020

    LInk to this weeks show read more here

  • Emphatic win at the National Swiss Pairs

    17 Feb 2020

    was 7NT the place to be? Emphatic Win at the National Swiss Pairs. The National Swiss Pairs took place at the Christchurch Bridge Club over the past week-end with 62 pairs coming from as far away as KeriKeri and Invercargill (though strangely... read more here

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    16 Feb 2020

    Details here read more here

  • National 15A Swiss Pairs Christchurch

    14 Feb 2020

    Link to Results read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    14 Feb 2020

    The “Obvious” Game Your partner opens clubs at the 1 level, showing some number of clubs between 2 and 13 and you hold a pretty flat, uninspiring “majorless” collection, an honour in each suit and a suit which barely... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 082

    12 Feb 2020

      This week's show includes:   It’s a numbers show today         Who would have thought that we talk numbers so often   ROTORUA TEAMS Grand slams for Africa at Rotorua – wow... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    11 Feb 2020

    Welcome back to your regular updates on happenings in the great big world of New Zealand Bridge, and Happy New Year to one and all. May you enjoy your (mis)adventures at the table in 2020. Of course, as this is the first report for this year,... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Feb 2020

    Make Crime Pay. All the best bridge books (and probably some lesser ones too!) teach us how we should bid hands correctly, using tried and true methods. There can be no more” tried and true” convention than Blackwood, whichever form... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    7 Feb 2020

    Bidding with and without support. Welcome back to another year of stories which emanate from the regular sessions at the Akarana Bridge Club in Auckland. There’s usually, well always, something of interest in the play or defence or the... read more here

  • "Thanks, Teamies"

    6 Feb 2020

     Jo and Sam Simpson   Jo and Sam Simpson have been selected to join Pat Carter-Julie Atkinson and Jenny Millington - Barry Jones in the New Zealand Mixed Team  the World Championships in Italy in August. Naturally, they are... read more here

  • NZ Mixed Team for 2020

    5 Feb 2020

    Congratulations and best wishes to the following players who will represent us at the World Teams Championships at Salsomaggiore, Italy in August 2020. Patrick Carter & Julie Atkinson Jenny Millington & Barry Jones Jo & Sam... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    5 Feb 2020

    Cutting down the Losers. When you are playing a suit contract, you must look at how many losers or possible losers you might have and then decide the best way to reduce that to a number where you can make your contract. When you are in 4 of a... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 081

    5 Feb 2020

      This week's show includes:   Team Carter did it – they are off to Pizza land in August     I chat with Barry and Judge Julie about the weekend’s tournament, the entry criteria, potential costs, how do... read more here

  • New Zealand Mixed Trial

    4 Feb 2020

    The trial to select a Mixed Team to represent New Zealand at this year’s   Mixed Team Championships in Italy took place at the Christchurch Bridge Club this past weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The trial was a double... read more here

  • All time Masterpoint Winners-

    31 Jan 2020

    Top 100 & top 200 lists updated read more here

  • Announcement- Additional Tournament offering for 2020

    31 Jan 2020

    Bulletin- Additional Tournamant Offering 31 Jan.. read more here

  • NZ Mixed Teams Trial- Chch Bridge Club 1-3 Feb 2020

    31 Jan 2020

      Good luck to every one participating in the  Mixed Team selection trial in Christchurch Link to progress results read more here

  • Auckland Solvers The Answers Part 2

    29 Jan 2020

    Welcome back to the second half of the Auckland Solvers problems. 10 problems came from one session of the Auckland New Year Pairs courtesy of Grant Jarvis. A panel of experts have given their views on what the best bid should be. Naturally, they... read more here

  • Opportunity: Youth Programme Coordinator

    29 Jan 2020

     We are seeking someone to drive our youth strategy   Information below Expressions of Interest Youth Programme.. read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players revisited

    29 Jan 2020

    Another Duck! Lightning never strikes twice, does it? It sure does at the bridge table. same declarer same unusual situation same week same contract same lead… would that be 6 “same’s”? same result?... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 080

    29 Jan 2020

      This week's show includes:       Barry dodged a bullet at Tauranga Teams We left him shaking in his boots   Tauranga Mini Congress Results         Waikato Bays Prov.... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    28 Jan 2020

    INTERESTING DEFENCE :INTERESTING PLAY We are going to give you a hand from the recent Tauranga Teams which produced interesting declarer play at one and equally interesting defence at another. Without further comment, it’s your lead to the... read more here

  • Auckland Solvers - The Answers

    22 Jan 2020

    Grant Jarvis. It is about 6 years since we had a paper issue of New Zealand Bridge Magazine and in it a regular feature, Master Solvers Club, where a panel of expert players battled with some difficult bidding problems coming up with a variety of... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    22 Jan 2020

    A Good Question to Ask. Ask who? You are defending a game contract. You cannot skip off for a drink and find a helpful player to ask! You cannot ask partner. Declarer will not divulge!  The only one you can ask is yourself! It is amazing how... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 079

    22 Jan 2020

      This week's show includes:   Climate Change     Playing Online   It’s not like the real thing…is it?   Tauranga this weekend   No more bets – all sold out They have a full... read more here

  • Canberra National Open Teams Final

    20 Jan 2020

    It was never going to be easy for Don (Rose Don- Michael Courtney, Tania Lloyd- Hugh Grosvenor) in the final of the National Open Teams against Hans (Sartaj Hans, Sophie Ashton, Peter Gill, Andy Hung, Nabil Edgtton). Even though Don lost by a... read more here

  • Canberra National Open Teams Semi - Finals

    19 Jan 2020

    The two semi-finals in National Open Teams at Canberra could not have been more contrasting. In the first Hans (Sartaj Hans, Sophie Ashton, Peter Gill, Andy Hung, Nabil Edgtton) won the first of the four sets 69-2 over Travis (Barbara Travis,... read more here

  • Canberra National Open Teams Quarter Finals

    18 Jan 2020

     Rose Don- Michael Courtney (Don) and Nick Jacob – GeO Tislevoll and Ella Jacob (Jacob) were all in teams contesting the quarter-finals of the National Open Teams in Canberra: 4 x 16 board matches. Don (also including Tania Lloyd- Hugh... read more here

  • Auckland Solvers

    17 Jan 2020

    10  bidding problems from one session. "What's new about that?" you may ask. Nothing! What is new is that we are giving the problems to a panel of expert bidders and also throwing them to you, the readers, to answer.... rather like we used... read more here

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 4

    17 Jan 2020

    Congratulations to the Don and Jacob teams both of which contain Kiwi players and both of whom finished in the top 8 of the South West Pacific Teams. They will contest the quarter-finals on Friday. Leibowitz, the team containing Ashley Bach-... read more here

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 3

    16 Jan 2020

    Day 3 was a good one for Leibowitz , the team which includes Matt Brown-Michael Whibley and Michael Cornell- Ashley Bach. They had three wins which moved them up from 17th to 3rd place, 6.5vps ahead of the 9th placed team (8 to qualify). The... read more here

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 2

    15 Jan 2020

    Day 2 was almost a repeat of Day 1 for the Leibowitz team, the team which includes Matt Brown-Michael Whibley and Michael Cornell- Ashley Bach. They had two good wins but suffered a loss to the strong Buchen team on the last match of the day to... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -078

    15 Jan 2020

      This week's show includes:   The Extremes – feature on The Bridge Zone     What an awesome effort -  Tauranga Bridge Club Thanks for sharing team – check them out Mereana is the Queen of the game... read more here

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 1

    14 Jan 2020

    The second week of the Summer of Bridge in Canberra is dominated by the South West Pacific Teams with 110 teams looking to qualify for the National Open Teams later in the week. As we indicated in yesterday’s article, there are not that... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    14 Jan 2020

    So Your Finesses Fail? Don’t Take Them! We are going to continue last week’s theme about the age-old art of finessing. It’s possible after reading these two articles that you will not take a finesse ever again. If so, you will... read more here

  • A Week in Canberra

    13 Jan 2020

    The Canberra Festival of Bridge takes place as usual in mid-January. For Kiwis, far more now go to the Gold Coast Congress than to Canberra though we will look at what has been happening from a New Zealand perspective in the first of the two... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 077

    8 Jan 2020

      This week's show includes: Gobstoppers Do you have people who talk too much at the table?  Here is a tip       52nd Australian Youth Bridge Championships Ibis Eaglehawk Canberra 4-10 January 2020... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    7 Jan 2020

    No Mirror Needed.  So, how many New Year’s Bridge resolutions did you make? No more overbidding. No more underbidding. You will probably achieve both of those if you stop playing the game! Otherwise, it’s not what you do but... read more here

  • Player Rating Points & Tournament Grades 2020

    1 Jan 2020

    The annual recalculation of player rating points and tournament grades to apply for 2020 has been completed this morning. read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show 076

    1 Jan 2020

           This Week's show includes:   Tauranga’s New President  - Kate Terry   Shares with us the fun stuff that happens at their Christmas Tournament A choir, attracting toots, lying on the... read more here

  • Top 100 All Time Masterpoint Earners

    1 Jan 2020

    Updated- as at 31 Dec 2019 read more here

  • 2019 and all that Monday answers.

    31 Dec 2019

    So, to the answers of our 5 questions from yesterday. I hope you have enjoyed these not too hard (well, maybe they were!) not too serious questions. We will continue to allocate 10 marks per question. If you have scored close to 200 over the 4... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show 075

    31 Dec 2019

      This week's show includes:   We talk is there a difference between a Lady or a Woman?   Do you suck the pen or pencil? Ladies may wear a skirt yet only a woman would use the skirt to her advantage at the table  ... read more here

  • 2019 and all that. Sunday answers and more questions.

    30 Dec 2019

    You should be getting into the routine by now...5 questions per day and first of all the answers from the previous day. 10 marks maximum per question with some bonus marks thrown in. So, let's look at the answers to yesterday's questions. 1. Who... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    30 Dec 2019

    TWO LITTLE CLUES FOR ONE SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE It is always harder at the table to spot the right defence than when you are given a problem. When given a problem, there is usually a catch! So, let’s finish the bridge year with you as the... read more here

  • 2019 and all that. Saturday answers and more questions

    29 Dec 2019

    Welcome back. Here are the answers to the 5 questions we posed yesterday. 1. Why is James Coutts smiling and who is the other person in the picture? Well, wouldn't you be smiling if you had just won the New Zealand Pairs for the second year... read more here

  • 2019 and all that. Friday Answers and more questions

    28 Dec 2019

    Did you have a go at yesterday's questions? Here, then, are the answers. We are awarding 10 marks for each of the 5 questions with one or two extras or even lesser scores for nearly getting the answers right. How did you fare? 1. Where is this?... read more here

  • 2019 and all that: Friday Questions

    27 Dec 2019

    Are you looking for a relaxing challenge? Is there such a thing? Try this out...some pictorial questions from 2019: mainly 2019. We can promise none of the questions relate to 2020. Let's see how you go. 5 questions today.... the answers... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Dec 2019

    Combining Chances It’s Christmas. It’s still bridge time  and there’s still some contracts to be made. This one is not where you really wanted to be but bidding one for the road seemed the right idea at the time. Back your... read more here

  • Christmas Greetings from New Zealand Bridge

    24 Dec 2019

      The Board, Management and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020. Please enjoy time with family and friends and think of those less fortunate or who’s health might not be the best.   Take care... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 074

    18 Dec 2019

        This week's show includes:     We share some book titles that could be a good Chrissy presents Barry has found a mountain and is sharing 10 Commandments     Wellington Christmas Cheer and Huntly... read more here

  • Waikato Bays Christmas Cheer News from Anna Kalma

    18 Dec 2019

    Our newest Gold Grand Master: Kathy Yule from Matamata recently joined the exclusive group of 40 members (including her husband Ken).   She responded to the request for some background on her bridge career… Kathy with her... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    17 Dec 2019

    CRIME DOESN’T PAY….OR DOES IT? We are talking about “crime” in the bridge sense, of course. We would never advocate that committing any other kind of crime would be worthwhile, especially with Christmas, the season of... read more here

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Dec 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 073

    12 Dec 2019

      This week's show includes:   Christmas Tournaments Shout out to the winners and runner ups           Otago Bridge Club... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    11 Dec 2019

    Christmas has come early: don’t you know it! Well, our declarer did not realise that an early Christmas gift had come their way when they played the following board recently. 23 high card points between the two hands and the sight of dummy... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    10 Dec 2019

    A Gold Grandmaster for Canterbury. Recently John Skipper of the Christchurch club attained the status of Gold Grandmaster for our game. He joins the ranks of a select few from this region.... read more here

  • Congratulations - Recently Qualified Club Level Directors

    6 Dec 2019

    NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Colin Bray East Coast Bays Kevin Hu Akarana Judith Smeijers Taieri Murray... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    6 Dec 2019

                                     A Little "Porky". The last night of bridge at... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 072

    4 Dec 2019

      This week's show includes:     Hair Viagra         Barry has less hair and is slightly greyer after being left on his own last week         He was... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    4 Dec 2019

     Boy, is he happy! It’s four years in a row for Wellington, as our team returned from Christchurch with the Dougal McLean trophy at The Inter-Provincials, for those very few who might not have checked the NZ Bridge website recently.... read more here

  • Babich Revisited

    3 Dec 2019

    CELEBRATING THEIR SUCCESS We will take a pictorial look at some of the winning pairs in this year’s Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs, with some stories and even some tips in how to score well…and where better to start than with... read more here

  • News from the Chair -

    3 Dec 2019

    Latest Newsletter added 3 Dec 2019 read more here

  • World Online Championship

    3 Dec 2019

      Bridge Base Online and Funbridge are excited to announce the launch of the first World Online Championship (WOC). This official international competition will be organised by the World Bridge Federation, the National Bridge... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    29 Nov 2019

    A Rarely Used Bid. That’s 5NT. The trick is that when we do use it, we know what it means. There is the “please pick a slam, partner,” 5NT which occurred this week in the following sequence:... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    28 Nov 2019

    Westport hosted our final tournament of the year on 16th November.  Eight out of the nine Top of the South clubs were represented with a good turnout from Christchurch, Rangiora and Ashburton as well.  Ever popular, sold out weeks in... read more here

  • Inter-Provincial Championships: Day 3 Report

    26 Nov 2019

    Wellington started the short three-match third day in command of both the Open and Intermediate competitions and by virtue of those positions firm favourites to retain the Dougal McLean Trophy as well. They were also challenging Canterbury in the... read more here

  • Inter-Provincial Championships: Day 2 Report

    25 Nov 2019

    Day 2 started with the final two rounds of the first-round robin. There was a North Island revival. In the Open, Otago-Southland suffered two losses with Wellington finishing ahead of Auckland-Northland, Waikato Bays and then Otago-Southland. The... read more here

  • Inter-Provincial Championships: Day 1 Report

    24 Nov 2019

    7 regions, 4 grades (Open, Women’s Intermediate, Seniors), 12 matches of 12 boards (+2 byes) over 3 days…that’s the formula for this year’s Inter-Provincial Championships at the Christchurch Bridge Club. Here are three... read more here

  • Interprovincial Championships- Christchurch

    22 Nov 2019

    Link to Results   BBO Vugraph Schedule 19.pdf read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    22 Nov 2019

    It’s all in the bidding. That was pretty much the case this evening. There was little in the play to challenge declarers or defence but plenty of imps on offer with some correct bidding decisions: 1.   ♠ 10... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    21 Nov 2019

    Olive looks happy. Why? Greetings from the Winterless North once again. It’s been a pretty eventful last couple of months since Congress with the addition of two new Grandmasters to Northland’s total. Both John McIntosh and Neil... read more here

  • Inter-pROVINCIALS ARE A' COMING

    20 Nov 2019

    Who can stop them? Wellington have now won the Dougal McLean Inter-Provincial Trophy three years in succession. Will it be four? Which region can stop them? Which region's players will wear the most striking uniforms? The answers to these and... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 071

    20 Nov 2019

      This week's show includes:   Keep Bridge Alive Campaign   Pro-am Tournament February 2020 in London     Players who will be part of this special auction include: Sabine Auken (Germany), Zia Mahmood (USA),... read more here

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Nov 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • Date Change: North Island Pairs 2020

    15 Nov 2019

    Owing to a clash with the National Fieldays in Hamilton and the likely issue with both accommodation options and travel  we have made the decision to reschedule the North Island Pairs event to the following weekend i.e. 20-21 June 2020. The... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    15 Nov 2019

    For Successful Finessers Only. If you do not know how to take a successful finesse, then this week’s hand is not for you. Pack up, accept that you will get a minus score, never upgrade any hand again (just because you have a good 5-card... read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    14 Nov 2019

    There have been a few tournaments in the region since Moss last touched base. Seems like as good a time as any to celebrate the winners.   Taieri Junior Pairs 29th September. 7 tables of Juniors played in this event. Wanaka pair Bridget... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    13 Nov 2019

    Patience and Prayer: The Day of the Jack (all!). It’s time to defend a hand. It’s one of those 3NT contracts where it looks like you are on your own. You have an 11 count, declarer a 10+ overcall and dummy an ominous 14. Partner could... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 070

    13 Nov 2019

      Todays show includes:   This week’s show includes:   Feedback from Tasmania bridge Club – hosting their own Melbourne Cup Events Listener, John Grosvenor, takes out the best male hat competition at... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Nov 2019

                              A “Ballsy Auction” by Pam Livingston. The National 15A teams in Nelson on the... read more here

  • National Teams in Nelson

    11 Nov 2019

    Problems Getting in and out ……but all good while there. That might sum up the National Open Teams held over the last weekend at the Nelson Bridge Club. There were some minor issues over the start time and some major ones involving... read more here

  • National 15A Teams - Nelson

    8 Nov 2019

    Link to results read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    8 Nov 2019

    TRUMP LEADS….WHEN THERE’S NO ALTERNATIVE? The problem was that there was an alternative, a very real one. Three small trumps and a side-suit singleton. That was enough for everyone to avoid a trump lead on the following:... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    8 Nov 2019

    October 2019 - Ayako Imahashi, Cambridge.  The Cambridge Bridge Club is one of the most successful in the country. Like all clubs, it relies on help given by its members. Club Secretary, Jenny Oxley explains why one of the club members,... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -069

    6 Nov 2019

      This week's show includes:     Mereana’s pick           Vow and Declare Barry’s pick            ... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    6 Nov 2019

      November 2019 - Irene Carson, Balclutha. Irene has been a major contributor to her local club for a very long time. Club committee member, Jane Whitmore, reflects below on the tremendous contribution that Irene has made to her local... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    5 Nov 2019

    Sunday Millar, a testiment to the longievity of bridge players. ... read more here

  • Looking Back at the Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    4 Nov 2019

    Ruth and Trish Top the Field. The Rotorua pair, Ruth Lewis and Trish Stephens had a wonderful evening on the 1st November when they topped the field in this year’s Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs with a huge 75.67%, over 6% clear of... read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    1 Nov 2019

    This event was held on the evening of Friday November 1st at 57 clubs from KeriKeri in the north to Winton in the south. That's two more clubs than last year. Over 1,000 pairs took part. As usual, our team of X Club scorers, Jan Spaans, Michael... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    1 Nov 2019

    Right Sided: Right Result. The task for the East-West pairs on Board 26 was to ensure that East got to the declarer seat before their partner. If they did, then all routes should lead to +620. If West did become declarer, then a... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George MacLachlan

    31 Oct 2019

    My first New Zealand Bridge Congress Experience by Garry Hodge, Palmerston North. “A little background on the decision to go to Congress... Debbie Marcroft, Laura Griffin, Cindy Lowndes and myself decided to join up as a team and try to... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    30 Oct 2019

    Boards 4 Remembering. If I was to tell you what is my lucky number (I might some day), then the answer would be “4”. I am sure you are not interested why. 26 teams contested the qualifying Swiss of the Waikato Bays Regional Teams in... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 068

    30 Oct 2019

    This week's show includes:     NZ Wide Pairs Get your entries in to a club near you Thanks to Babich Wines for their continued support     Judge Julie talks about psych bids     Mike Neels continues his... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    29 Oct 2019

    Nice One, Michael. Two questions for you this week but do not feel too bad if you get the answers wrong. You would have plenty of top players for company. Firstly, you are on lead to 3NT and choose to lead the spade Jack. This is what you,... read more here

  • News from the Chair -

    25 Oct 2019

    No 7 Added 25 Oct 2019 read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    25 Oct 2019

    The Night of The Long Suits. They were not all diamond suits but they mostly were…. and the suits were not all bid to the optimum, which was somewhat annoying when this one was…and all I could do was follow suit! What is your plan... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 067

    24 Oct 2019

      This week's show includes:   Nigel Gresson interviews Malcolm Smith – National Recorder We learn about the role of the Recorders     Barry has read a chapter of his old yet new book, Match Point Bridge... read more here

  • Decision- Conduct Discipline and Disputes Committee

    23 Oct 2019

    A complaint against Susan Sykes was determined by the Conduct Discipline and Disputes Committee on 20 September 2019. Susan Sykes was found to be in breach of Laws 74Al ., 74A2. and 74B2. of the Laws of Bridge and in breach of the New Zealand... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    22 Oct 2019

    Richmond hosted the Ernest Rutherford 8B tournament over three Thursday afternoons, 29th August, 5 and 12th September.  Spreading the sessions over three weeks like this works well for those who are less keen to play a whole day or who... read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    21 Oct 2019

    Bid it…and Make it. Catering for Normal Breaks. It was really good that 9 out of the 16 pairs who played the following board in Teams matches bid to the excellent 6 spade contract. What was a shame was that of those 9 pairs who were... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    18 Oct 2019

    The Power of Aces:Golden. Have you ever doubted it? If you ever thought your aces were worth only 4 high card points, then you were not playing at Akarana this Wednesday night. Firstly, a bidding problem for you. It was for me and I am not sure I... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Naomi Hannah Brown

    17 Oct 2019

    Bad weather but great Bridge on Banks Peninsula. Beautiful Banks Peninsula was shrouded in cloud for the Canterbury 10A Pairs tournament in September, but despite the cold and persistent rain, the warmth inside the Duvauchelles Golf Club was... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 066

    16 Oct 2019

      This week's show includes:   Snot – yes reach for the tissues     Puppy School – hear about Barry and Jenny’s new puppy – Rosa   X Club  Learn all about it. Mike Neels joins us... read more here

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Oct 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • Congress Survey extended

    14 Oct 2019

    If you attended our National Congress, we want to hear from you.  Your feedback is important to us, so please take the time to complete this short survey.  This survey has been extended to 18h October.  Click here to... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    11 Oct 2019

     Little Club Action                    Welcome back to some of the happenings at the regular Akarana club nights. The club as always did not play... read more here

  • Attention Youth Players- Opportunities for International Representation in 2020

    10 Oct 2019

    Please see information attached Bulletin NZB Youth 10 Oct 2019.pdf  International Squad Application form (Youth)...  read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 065

    9 Oct 2019

       This week's show includes:     Results from Congress Numbers 6 and 66 Numbers – record breaking 730 odd       Click this link to enjoy the show read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    9 Oct 2019

    We’re back from Congress, with its record total of a reported 141 tables one morning. It was good to see so many Board members out there playing and enjoying their bridge. So, bridge admin doesn’t have to mean the end of your playing... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -064

    3 Oct 2019

          Link to this week's show read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    26 Sep 2019

    News from the Deep South.        With the National Congress just around the corner, many pairs took the opportunity to get in some practice at Alexandra on the 7/8th September. The bridge was held at the RSA... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    26 Sep 2019

                            Following and Breaking the Rules. If the rather dull series of mainly part-score boards from this evening... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -063

    25 Sep 2019

      Mugs away – at CONGRESS           Send us in an email to win a reusable cup         Savings are to be made at Congress for the Barista Coffee... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    25 Sep 2019

    There seems to be a bit of an imperceptible buzz around the traps in the Waikato Bays … some might attribute it to the first proper week of spring … it could be due to the kicking off of the World Cup in Wuhan and the other one in... read more here

  • Our National Congress Update

    24 Sep 2019

    Nearly There…. Are you counting down the days now to the start of this year’s National Congress? If you are a Youth Player or are in the Quarter Finals of the National Rubber Bridge Competition, it’s only three days now. Four... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    24 Sep 2019

    Chris Glyde – Franklin. Chris has been nominated by the committee of the Franklin Bridge Club. These are the words of Secretary, Jenny Colgan: “Chris is current Computer Manager for the Franklin Bridge Club in Pukekohe and has done... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 8

    23 Sep 2019

    They Won and They Lost. 9 out of 10 wins with 8 of those wins by 13 vps or more… and a single loss by two imps in their last 10 matches proved just not quite enough to secure a top 8 finishing round-robin position for the Bridge Blacks.... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 7

    22 Sep 2019

    Down to the Wire for the Bridge Blacks Three Kiwi teams are now playing for respectability. Even the Seniors’ run of victories came to a dramatic end with a huge loss to USA 2. However, our Open Team are still alive with 8th place a... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 6

    21 Sep 2019

    8th is Getting Closer. Two Kiwi teams continued excellent winning runs. While for the Bridge Blacks, the realistic aim is a top 8 finish, for our Seniors, all that can be achieved is respectability. Five wins in a row now for the Bridge Masters... read more here

  • New To The Table

    20 Sep 2019

    “Shut Your Eyes and Bid”. We are going to introduce a slightly different concept this week as we are going to look at the bidding of the same hand at two different tables. Let’s call it a Teams match and see what can happen. It... read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    20 Sep 2019

    Safety Plays..if you can afford them. Two 3NT contracts illustrated principles of safety plays though in one case, it was doubtful that the declarers could afford to take one. Here was one which should be taken. Board 19South... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 5

    20 Sep 2019

    Losing Streaks are Over. Spare a thought for the Bridge Masters who have had a tough time with little going right at the table. 13 successive losses. So, the small wins over Turkey and Bulgaria should bring just small smiles, perhaps of relief.... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 4

    19 Sep 2019

     Bridge Blacks Back on Track. An excellent day for both the Bridge Blacks and Bridge Ferns. The Bridge Blacks did what they had to do against weaker opposition and then had the bragging rights over Australia while the Bridge Ferns were... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 062

    18 Sep 2019

        This week's show includes:   We are in China, attempting to collect silverware Check out the NZ Bridge website to keep up to date with the play Results so far – for NZ and Australia This is what we are playing for... read more here

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 3

    18 Sep 2019

    Although position-wise, the Bridge Blacks (and the Bridge Masters) stayed just where they started the day, our Open Team ended their run of five poor losses with two wins and a small loss. Meanwhile it was pretty much the same at the end of the... read more here

  • 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

  • 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

    Details here read more here

  • 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