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  • TALES OF AKARANA

    20 Oct 2017

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

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    19 Oct 2017

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

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

    18 Oct 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    17 Oct 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    17 Oct 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    13 Oct 2017

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    11 Oct 2017

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

  • Website enhancements

    11 Oct 2017

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

  • 5 Kiwis and 1 Aussie take out the NZ Teams

    8 Oct 2017

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

  • Unsung heroes at Congress

    8 Oct 2017

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

  • Winners at Congress

    8 Oct 2017

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

  • NZ Teams A points

    6 Oct 2017

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

  • THank you Cynthia

    6 Oct 2017

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

  • Auckland-Akarana Quinella

    3 Oct 2017

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

  • 2017 AGM

    30 Sep 2017

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

  • First Congress Bulletin now online

    29 Sep 2017

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

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    29 Sep 2017

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

  • WANT EMAIL UPDATES FROM CONGRESS ?

    28 Sep 2017

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

  • MEET THE NEW REGIONAL BRIDGE MATES

    27 Sep 2017

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

  • Our National Congress is almost here.

    25 Sep 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    21 Sep 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    20 Sep 2017

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

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    20 Sep 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    18 Sep 2017

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

  • Auckland News

    15 Sep 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    15 Sep 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Sep 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    12 Sep 2017

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

  • Macleans College retain Auckland-Northland School Teams Trophy

    11 Sep 2017

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

  • Vodafone announcements about their email service stopping

    10 Sep 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    8 Sep 2017

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

  • Website Q & A

    8 Sep 2017

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

  • We are now Live on the new website

    5 Sep 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    4 Sep 2017

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

  • Website change over happening 5th Sept

    2 Sep 2017

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

  • National 15A Swiss Pairs Tournament

    1 Sep 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    1 Sep 2017

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

  • Director Exams - 28-29 Oct 2017

    30 Aug 2017

    information here read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    30 Aug 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    30 Aug 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    30 Aug 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    30 Aug 2017

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

  • WOULD YOUR CLUB WELCOME A HELPING HAND?

    30 Aug 2017

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

  • Southland News with Moss Wylie

    29 Aug 2017

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

  • Summer Festival of Bridge - Canberra Jan 2018

    29 Aug 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    28 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    26 Aug 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    25 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    25 Aug 2017

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

  • The crowd goes wild !

    25 Aug 2017

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

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

    24 Aug 2017

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    24 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    24 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    23 Aug 2017

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

  • Link to Lyon

    22 Aug 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    22 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    22 Aug 2017

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

  • New Zealand Bridge Youth Weekend

    21 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    21 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    20 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    19 Aug 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    18 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    18 Aug 2017

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

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    17 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    17 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    16 Aug 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    15 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    15 Aug 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    14 Aug 2017

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

  • The Bowl at Lyon

    14 Aug 2017

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

  • 43rd World Teams Championships

    11 Aug 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    11 Aug 2017

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    11 Aug 2017

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

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

    10 Aug 2017

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

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

    9 Aug 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    8 Aug 2017

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

  • FIRST TIME PARTNERSHIP WINS NORTH ISLAND PAIRS

    8 Aug 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Aug 2017

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    8 Aug 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bidding for Newer Players

    7 Aug 2017

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

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

    5 Aug 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • National Bridge Congress update

    4 Aug 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    4 Aug 2017

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

  • YOUTH SQUAD UPDATE FROM TRACEY LEWIS

    4 Aug 2017

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  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    2 Aug 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 Aug 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    31 Jul 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bidding for Newer Players

    31 Jul 2017

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

  • Revised WBF Rules- Effective from 1 Aug 2017

    31 Jul 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    28 Jul 2017

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

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    26 Jul 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    25 Jul 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    24 Jul 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    24 Jul 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    21 Jul 2017

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

  • International Programme for 2018

    20 Jul 2017

    Bulletins and information read more here

  • Canterbury News

    19 Jul 2017

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

  • Newsletters from Chairperson Alan Dormer

    18 Jul 2017

    Newsletter No 5 added 18 August 2017 read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    18 Jul 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    17 Jul 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bid for Newer Players

    17 Jul 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    14 Jul 2017

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

  • Bridging The Gap for our Migrants

    13 Jul 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Jul 2017

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

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    12 Jul 2017

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    12 Jul 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    11 Jul 2017

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

  • Play, Defence even Bidding for Newer Players

    11 Jul 2017

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

  • Recent High Session Scores

    10 Jul 2017

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

  • South Island Pairs Title Heads North

    10 Jul 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    10 Jul 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    10 Jul 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    10 Jul 2017

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

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    6 Jul 2017

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

  • South Island Pairs

    6 Jul 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS PAGE read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    5 Jul 2017

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    4 Jul 2017

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

  • NZB Regional Bridge Development Proposal

    4 Jul 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    3 Jul 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    30 Jun 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    27 Jun 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    26 Jun 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    23 Jun 2017

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    21 Jun 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    20 Jun 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    19 Jun 2017

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

  • Schools' Bridge Pairs

    19 Jun 2017

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

  • NZ 15A Pairs -Wellington

    17 Jun 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    16 Jun 2017

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

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    14 Jun 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    13 Jun 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Jun 2017

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

  • Recent High Session Scores

    10 Jun 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    10 Jun 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    10 Jun 2017

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

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    10 Jun 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    9 Jun 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Jun 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 9

    7 Jun 2017

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

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    7 Jun 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    6 Jun 2017

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

  • APBF Championships

    6 Jun 2017

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  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 8

    6 Jun 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 7

    5 Jun 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 6

    4 Jun 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 5

    3 Jun 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea....Day 4

    2 Jun 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    2 Jun 2017

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

  • July Director Exam Series Postponed

    1 Jun 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 3

    1 Jun 2017

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 Jun 2017

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

  • Queens Birthday Weekend Events- Link to Results

    1 Jun 2017

    Auckland Hawkes Bay Otago read more here

  • New Zealand in Korea...Day 2

    31 May 2017

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

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    31 May 2017

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

  • New Zealand in Korea Day 1.

    30 May 2017

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

  • A Lighter Look

    29 May 2017

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

  • New Zealand at the APBF

    29 May 2017

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    26 May 2017

     ACES ARE FOR DEFEATING SLAMS…EVEN GAMES! A troublesome night for many on defence where many a defensive ace went to bed without winning a trick. Sometimes we wait. Occasionally we under-lead. On this night, we needed to score them... read more here

  • Canterbury News

    24 May 2017

    The "All Blacks" of Bridge At about the time you are likely to read this feature, two of Canterbury’s best will be heading off to Korea to take part in this year’s Pacific Asia Bridge Championships. In August, they will represent New... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    23 May 2017

                                      How Could I Know? Lightning struck twice in one... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    22 May 2017

                        LONG ODDS AND CLUBS What are the odds of you winning Lotto, not a welcome but unstartling $30 or $40 but the real big money? OK, I... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    22 May 2017

    May 2017. Heini Lux - Rotorua Heini has been a member of the Rotorua Club for over 30 years. He has been a President of the Club, is currently a Vice President and has served on the committee for many years. His work for the club has included... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month - The First Year

    22 May 2017

    This award has been running for one year. With our game so reliant on the support of volunteers, New Zealand Bridge thinks it is really worthwhile to acknowledge some of those who contribute to our game. We also believe that the volunteers... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    19 May 2017

    ONE CHANCE Leading partner’s suit is not always a good idea as North was to find out on the first board of this evening at Akarana. There was to be no recovery when dummy proved to be rather unusual:   Board 1North... read more here

  • Souhland News with Moss Wylie

    18 May 2017

    Weekend at Winton April 1st kicked off with the Winton 5A Open Teams. This event was well supported by Otago Club players. The catering was excellent thanks to generous country hospitality. Craig Rogers directed the round robin affair with... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    16 May 2017

    Don’t you love it? You are, probably like most other pairs, in 3NT. You have 8 tricks on top and have different ways of playing to try and get the 9th trick. One false move and they will have 5 tricks before you get 9. And then there is the... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    15 May 2017

    Showing Your Hand There are many important things to learn about bridge. You probably know that….and are still struggling with about 60% of them (you would not want me to put a higher percentage, would you?). What follows is about a... read more here

  • WOMEN TRIUMPH UP NORTH IN THE INTER-PROVINCIAL TRIALS

    15 May 2017

    This last weekend has been Inter Provincial Trials Weekend in all regions. In our two Northern regions, there were very impressive results by two Women’s pairs. Most regions ran the trials Butler Pairs or Swiss Pairs style with combined... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    13 May 2017

    Here are the highest session scores achieved in April 2017. Congratulations to all the following pairs.  Pair  Tournament Session % Position Carol Richardson - Matthew Brown Hibiscus Open Pairs 2 72.22 1... read more here

  • Interprovincial Trials- Link to results by Region

    12 May 2017

      Auckland Northland  Waikato Bays Central Districts Wellington Top of the South   Open, Womens & Senior     -   Intermediate Canterbury Otago Southland read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    12 May 2017

    Critical Choices Challenging, frustrating, at times exhilarating.  Could it be marriage about which we are talking? No! Partnership of another kind. Defence, of course! Drawing inferences, looking for signals from partner. Knowing when to be... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    12 May 2017

    Here are the April 2017 results in the Auckland- Northland and Waikato Bays regions. The highest two session score is that of Julia Zhu and Tony Jiang, 136.46 at Hibiscus and in a three session event of Andrew Liu and Herman Yuan. 179.89 at the... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    12 May 2017

    Here are the April 2017 results from the Central Districts and Wellington Regions. The top two session score was achieved by Marcus Smith and Edward May, 135.09%, at the Upper Hutt Junior Pairs. Waipukurau 5A Open Pairs (1st April)  ... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    12 May 2017

    Here are the South Island Tournament Results for April 2017. The top two session score was achieved by Karen Sullivan and Bob Smith, 132.73 in the Picton Junior Pairs while the top three session score was that of Arleen Schwartz and Chris... read more here

  • Auckland News by Douglas Russell

    11 May 2017

    As wintry weather settles in over the big smoke, many of us seek escape in our favourite pastime. No, not following the latest twists and turns in the ever more bizarre political scene in the USA, but crossing swords with opponents at the bridge... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    9 May 2017

    AWAKE ON THE JOB That’s part of what good defence is about. Staying awake. Staying alert. Where possible guiding your partner. With all that in mind, plan the defence as East. You did not have much for your bid but at least it’s an... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    8 May 2017

    “COUNT ON ME, PARTNER” Partners are very very reliable in not producing the hand you want them to have. When you need them to have a nice maximum for their weak no trump, they tell you as they put down dummy that they stole a point as... read more here

  • TV Interview- Shirley Newton & Jenny Wilkinson

    6 May 2017

    Video Interview read more here

  • National Bridge Congress update

    5 May 2017

    Time to plan and even start the booking process. Saturday September 30th – Saturday October 7th 2017 (NZ Youth Teams – Friday September 29th) “It’s only May” you may say…. but soon winter will be over and... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    5 May 2017

    EIGHT PLUS ONE EQUALS ….EIGHT Would you say that J862 opposite a void is a good enough hold for no-trumps? Your left hand opponent has bid the suit and their partner said it was OK to lead that suit if you chose to play the board in no... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    3 May 2017

    Lots of Learners in Kerikeri Sue Brown reports that Kerikeri has done a big advertising campaign this year for its beginners classes and is delighted with 20 new people learning bridge plus four returnees!  This is the most this club has... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    3 May 2017

    Bad Breaks: Good Plays When suits break normally and you have sufficient high cards, most players are able to make their contracts. There’s no finesses, no doubleton queens to drop. It all sounds pretty straightforward. Look at the... read more here

  • Bridge for the new New Zealanders

    2 May 2017

    The following article appeared recently in the Manukau Courier. We know that our game is a wonderful game at all levels, for those who like strong competition, for those seeking company, for those who want a challenging activity and also here for... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    1 May 2017

    “NO SENSE” BIDDING  dedicated to all those who have momentary lapses in the bidding of some hands. Imagine you have a bidding sequence for which you have no meaning . Not just “no meaning” but you have an agreement... read more here

  • alan dormer

    28 Apr 2017

    NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT FOR OUR CHAIRMAN On 27th April 2017, New Zealand Bridge Chairman, Alan Dormer, received his award of the New Zealand Order of Merit from the Governor General for services to law. He follows in the footsteps of the... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    28 Apr 2017

    News from the eastern side of our area features four recent tournaments. The Waipukurau Open tournament attracted a field of 26 pairs and after two sessions there was a very close finish with Bob Hurley and Deb Smith winning with an average of... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    28 Apr 2017

    WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE “BOSS” SUIT? You like to have a handful of spades. They are pretty good to have in any competitive auction. Yet, this suit did not get a look-in in either of the hands which follow. However, the possessor of... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    26 Apr 2017

    “Guiding Partner” It’s a sensible thing to do in order to get a good score. We often “guide partner” by a particular signal, suggesting they play a certain suit though another way is by taking away all other options... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    25 Apr 2017

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  • A Lighter Look

    24 Apr 2017

    LIGHTNING DOES STRIKE TWICE Conceding a slam when one plays duplicate bridge is annoying unless it is likely to be bid by every other pair sitting the same way. (It rarely is!) You can also hope that your teammates will do so as well. Playing... read more here

  • Wellington Region - Congress 22-25 April 2017

    22 Apr 2017

    Link to Results Pairs Link to Results Teams read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    21 Apr 2017

                 BRING IT ON: THE BARELY USED BLUE CARD When did you last use it? It sits there in your bidding box almost untouched. Compare that to the state of your 1 club card. However,... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Lindsey Guy

    19 Apr 2017

    Saturday 25th March saw 16 teams competing at the Marlborough Bridge club. There had been a late withdrawal so that the kitchen helpers were pulled into play on the day. There was a ring around to find extra people to fill the gaps.  Kate... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    18 Apr 2017

    A “SPECTACULAR” START......or "Jumping Jack Flash" First board of the day. Lots of laughter. Friendly opponents. A day of Pairs ahead. All good. You’ve even got a good hand too! A strong no-trump. You are North. So, off you go... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    18 Apr 2017

                                 A “SIN” WORTH CULTIVATING Are you a greedy player? There is... read more here

  • Auckland Easter Congress - 15th - 17th April 2017

    15 Apr 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS PAGE read more here

  • Canterbury Easter Congress 15th-17th April 2017

    15 Apr 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS PAGE read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    14 Apr 2017

    The Natural Psyche…or “Bidding the Boss Suit”. The race to bid spades was a key factor on one particular board this week. Would you bid them in this auction? You are South with:  KQT5  9854  63 986 and... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    12 Apr 2017

    In my last regional update, I mentioned that my partner and I were heading off to the Gold Coast Congress. So were many other Kiwis, including a large chunk of my particular club, the Wellington Bridge Club (WBC). NZBridge reports at the time gave... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    11 Apr 2017

    The “Wake- Up” Signal Taking your mind off the job for even one second could cost you big time when you are playing Bridge. What would you do as West in the following situation when some minutes ago, you overcalled at the one level... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    10 Apr 2017

    Below are the session scores of 66% and above in March 2017 in tournament play. Look at that fantastic score by Norma Mcdonald and Ruth Slee at the Invercargill Junior Pairs. Also, Jenna and Christine Gibbons had a great morning at Te Puke.... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    10 Apr 2017

    Here are the March 2017 Tournament Results for the upper North Island Regions. Te Puke 8B Restricted Pairs (4th March)     Howick Restricted Pairs (11th March ) 1. Amanda Smith- Joy Bates 121.52   1. Jan Ashwell -... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    10 Apr 2017

    Here are the March 2017 Tournament Results for the Central Districts and Wellington Regions. Taradale Intermediate Pairs (4th March)     Marion Hill Pairs, New Plymouth (11th March)   1. Carol Fraser- Judy Inzunza... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    10 Apr 2017

    Here are the March 2017 Tournament Results from the three South Island Regions. Westport All Grades (4th March)   Invercargill Intermediate Pairs (4th March)   1. Lindsey Guy- Steve Gray 116.27   1. Yvonne Hughes -... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    7 Apr 2017

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  • Gold Coast Congress Masterpoints

    5 Apr 2017

      The Masterpoints for the 2017 Gold Coast Congress have been processed today. read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    5 Apr 2017

    Guiding Partner Sometimes it may seem obvious for our partner to switch to a different suit, “obvious” that is from our seat. Since it is not so obvious all the time from the other side of the table, we adopt ways of signalling to our... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    5 Apr 2017

    Waikato Bays news in April We have moved from the summer of competitive teams events into the autumn of more relaxed restricted, multigrade as well as the start of the Junior and Intermediate tournaments in the region.  Hamilton's... read more here

  • Start Thinking About Our National Congress

    3 Apr 2017

    COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CONGRESS Whether you know it all about our National Congress (maybe you have been to all or most of the previous Congresses) or Are unsure what it’s all about (we... read more here

  • Welcome to the new team on the Board

    3 Apr 2017

    As you all now know, the Board has 3 new members after the recent elections. Alan Dormer (Chair), Clare Coles and Jane Stearns.  Click here to view details of all Board members Alan Dormer promises to keep the Bridge community up to... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    31 Mar 2017

    Good Defence: Bad Luck If there was voting for the “Good Defence” and “Bad Luck” categories at the end of a year’s bridge at Akarana, then I would have a couple of nominations from this week’s play. Firstly,... read more here

  • A Lighter Look

    30 Mar 2017

    A LIGHTER LOOK It can all get a bit too much at times, saving overtricks, watching partner’s discards. (You do, don’t you?). Say “yes” and promise you will…at least until the tea break! So, relax and take in some... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    30 Mar 2017

                Derek Rankin - Taupo   Several years ago the committee of this club decided to take on electronic scoring. Derek agreed to have a look at what was on offer and in his... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Craig Shanahan

    29 Mar 2017

    PROMISCUITY AND BRIDGE Gottcha!   Rangiora Bridge Club celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend of 24th – 26th March.   It was a huge success with a Mix and Mingle on the Friday evening of 60 current and former... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    29 Mar 2017

    That Precious Entry “I have not got much” said dummy as he laid his hand down, with a smile. “You can cope”. So, thanking your partner for all that he gave you, you had to set about getting 9 tricks in 3NT. West, on your... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    24 Mar 2017

    The Card that never came and the ace that came too soon High level decisions often end with “if onlys”. One player per side could have been saying those two magic words on the first of the two featured deals from this evening’s... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    22 Mar 2017

    Bridge in the South starts each year with one of the more popular events, the Alexandra Holiday Pairs. This perennial favourite had 42 pairs competing over two nights (and enjoying the weather during the days) up in Central Otago and was won this... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    21 Mar 2017

    Safety in Signalling “I did not want to give a trick away” North was heard to say in the post-mortem which came too soon after another game had slipped through. “Too soon” was because it occurred at the table rather than... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    17 Mar 2017

    “A Very Successful Operation….” And you know what happened to the patient! Why? The preparation (the bidding) had gone perfectly. On a part-score deal, the opposition were heading for either -200 or -500, certain imps in. Let... read more here

  • AUCKLAND NEWS with Douglas Russell

    16 Mar 2017

      On the Move Your Humble Correspondent has been a little preoccupied with domestic matters over the past few weeks, as I am shortly about to move house. Biritch the Russian Blue is not at all happy about this state of affairs, as not only... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    15 Mar 2017

    Break a Rule: Keep a Rule It’s tough, this game of Bridge. The experts give you rules to follow and then not just let you break them but tell you it’s correct to do so! Take this situation. You are in 3NT and you have a heart suit of... read more here

  • Board Elections- Results

    14 Mar 2017

    Board Elections March 2017     New Zealand Bridge congratulates the following who were successful in the recent Board elections and will commence their term of office from 1 April 2017. Chairperson: Alan Dormer   Board... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    13 Mar 2017

    Here are the names and scores of those who scored 66% and over in the first two months of 2017:       RECENT HIGH SCORES 2017                      ... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    13 Mar 2017

    Here are the first results for 2017, for the months of January and... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    13 Mar 2017

    Here are the first results for 2017 from the Wellington and Central District regions, for the months of  January and February 2017: Central Districts/ Wellington         Wanganui Picnic Pairs (5th February)... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    13 Mar 2017

    Here are the results from the three South Island regions for January and February 2017: Alexandra Holiday Pairs (6th/7th January)   Christchurch Holiday Pairs (5th,10th12th January) 1. Elwyn Hughes - Elspeth Welsh 118.99... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    10 Mar 2017

    A Deal of Problems Two bidding and one play problem from the same deal. Sounds like worth a little look. Pre-empts usually make life difficult for someone. This one made life rather so for everyone including the pre-emptor. Yet, what would be... read more here

  • Director Exams - Dates for 2017

    9 Mar 2017

    Directors Exam dates for 2017 15th & 16th July 2017 -  Club & Tournamament Papers  Flyer Club & Tournament 15 & 16 July 2017.pdf  28th & 29th October 2017 - Club Paper   Alister Stuck National... read more here

  • North Island Teams in Auckland

    8 Mar 2017

    Teams and Slams Galore and even more! What’s the “more”? It’s what you always get when Michael Ware wins a tournament, a good joke, of course. Yet, we are going to concentrate here on the large number of teams, 42, and... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Mar 2017

    A Different Kind of Finesse Recently, I watched a club player struggle and fail in a relatively tricky contract and it occurred to me afterwards that a technique which seems quite obvious to more experienced players has not been explained even on... read more here

  • Announcement- NZ Teams for 2017

    7 Mar 2017

    7 March 2017     Bulletin 3 - International Programme for 2017   I am pleased to announce that the Selectors (myself, Kris Wooles and Richard Solomon) have chosen the following teams for Seoul and Lyon.   APBF... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    7 Mar 2017

    Happy New Year We may be 2 months into the year, but as this is my first bulletin due to a little bit of shirking responsibilities and changing of dates it is my first opportunity to say Happy New Year.  A new Trophy from the Old Year... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    3 Mar 2017

    The Bizarre and The Absurd Fortunately, the following board was only played at two tables as the results achieved at other tables would have taken too long to describe. Why at only 2 tables? Perhaps because all other tables passed the board in?... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    3 Mar 2017

     February 2017   Lester Clark – Milton Hopefully, you know where Milton is and if you do, you would stop as you pass through the small town midway between Dunedin and Balclutha. There, you will find a small bridge club which... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    2 Mar 2017

    We have started 2017 with a hiss and a roar and already have three tournaments under our belts. It was awesome to see some out of towners supporting these as well. A massive welcome to all who have managed to make it up North over the break, One... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    28 Feb 2017

    One Ruff is Enough South should have been very thankful on the following board that West scored a diamond ruff because without that ruff, the 4 contract would have been pretty hard to make. However, South did not take advantage of their good... read more here

  • NORTH ISLAND TEAMS

    27 Feb 2017

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    26 Feb 2017

    4 MAN/ 6 MAN? There has been a lot said over the years about the merits of a 6 person against a 4 person team in a long bridge event. The final of the Gold Coast Teams will add more fuel to the fire. Congratulations to the team of Andy Hung,... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    25 Feb 2017

    Friday’s Bridge Gold Coast Teams – Open, Round of 6 The top two teams were rewarded with the morning off while teams 3-6 slugged out an extra 24 board match. Michael Ware and GeO Tislevoll’s team was in action here, taking on... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    24 Feb 2017

    One Team, One Pair, One Player into the Finals That’s the end result of the Kiwi efforts after the third day of Swiss Pairs. We could have added “one near miss” too. In the Open, the team captained by Andy Hung and which... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    24 Feb 2017

    TAUGHT IN THEORY: PROVEN AT THE TABLE If you were forced to write down good and bad aspects of a bridge hand, then theory suggests that where you only have a 4-4 trump fit, having a singleton in partner’s first bid suit is not a great... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    23 Feb 2017

    KIWIS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE RESTRICTED TEAMS That’s the good news from yesterday’s play in the Gold Coast Teams. After 8 of the 12 matches had been completed, these were the high placed Kiwis in the Restricted competition (94... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    22 Feb 2017

    The Hokowhitu club now has a fifth Life Member. Graeme Donaldson joins Mary Scott, husband and wife Chris and Trish Abbey and Pauline Brown.  Graeme's contribution began in earnest when he represented the club on the Caccia Birch House board... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    22 Feb 2017

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  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    22 Feb 2017

    “Man or mouse”?   or   You cannot defend every hand correctly. So, did West get a poor result on the board below because of a wrong lead, for not being brave enough or from that many times used excuse “bad... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    21 Feb 2017

    MONDAY AT THE GOLD COAST   There are some Kiwi successes to celebrate on day 3 of the Gold Coast Congress. Some of our best results came in the Restricted section of the Bobby Richman Pairs: A Final 2      ... read more here

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    20 Feb 2017

    There’s hundreds of them invading Queensland’s Gold Coast in the name of Bridge. They should certainly have a great time at and away from the bridge table. For all us “Cinderellas” at home (it’s OK, today the sun is... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    17 Feb 2017

    WE LOVE THEM: WE HATE THEM What are “they”? High level competitive decisions, of course! Get them right and the sun shines and the imps flow in. Misjudge and you are left with that “if only” feeling in your stomach. I... read more here

  • YOUTH BRIDGE WEEKEND August 18th-20th 2017

    16 Feb 2017

    Please see the attached for information about the 2017 New Zealand Bridge Youth Weekend.   for futher information or for registering, please contact :   Richard Solomon richard.solomon@nzbridge.co.nz 09 232 8494 read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    15 Feb 2017

    LOOKING AFTER PARTNER Now, there’s an interesting concept. Rather than blaming them for the wrong bid they made, their terrible opening lead, their failure to find the right switch, you should always think about what you could have done to... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    15 Feb 2017

    Like the endpoint of a winter sport increasingly encroaching on summer, the bridge playing season runs from early January to late December. This doesn't give us much of a break between seasons. Local players, winding down from Interclub and the... read more here

  • South Island Teams

    14 Feb 2017

    VISITORS TRIUMPH IN NELSON Many come from England to “summer” in the South Island though two English visitors, Christine Duckworth and Brian Callaghan had a different motive in visiting Nelson over the weekend of 11th/12th February as... read more here

  • The " Toughest" Part of the Game

    13 Feb 2017

    “TRUST ME; I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING!” There are a lot of tough parts of our game. Bidding to the best contract taxes many. Playing hands well is no “walk in the park”. Tough defence can be hard to find, very hard. There is... read more here

  • New Zealand Beaten in semi finals at NEC Championships

    11 Feb 2017

    A New Zealand team reached the semi final in the NEC Cup, a prestigious tournament being played currently in Yokohama, Japan. 53 teams took part in the qualifying stages which consisted of 12 matches over three days. The New Zealand team of... read more here

  • Consultation Report by Allan Morris & Stephen Henry

    10 Feb 2017

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  • South Island Teams

    10 Feb 2017

    SI Teams Entries   Link to Results read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    10 Feb 2017

    Ignore at Your Peril Who cares about clubs? Lowest of rank, outbid by all. They have far more status in “500” than in bridge. Ignore them at your peril, though. Take the opening lead to 3NT on Board 15. West opened a strong 1NT with... read more here

  • 2017 World Wide Bridge Contest

    9 Feb 2017

      Everything is now in place for the 2017 World Wide Bridge Contest, and it is even more exciting ! This year there are eight Simultaneous Pairs tournaments and the prize for the overall winning pairs is amazing ... a 3-day final in Beijing... read more here

  • BRIDGE AT THE MOVIES

    9 Feb 2017

    iT'S HERE. Starting 9th February, New Zealand Bridge is doing a promotion at certain cinemas with the aim of attracting new players to the game. Your club's Beginners' Lessons should be starting soon, hence the timing of the promotion. As in... read more here

  • Seeking Bulletin Editor for 2017 NZ National Bridge Congress

    9 Feb 2017

    2017 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BRIDGE CONGRESS (30th September- 7th October) Key skills required: 1. Gather information which can be reproduced in daily Bulletins, the information being: What Congress players need to know or want to read about the... read more here

  • Youth Camp in Sweden

    9 Feb 2017

    Even if you are unable to attend, we thought we would keep you in touch with what is available in Youth Bridge worldwide.   It's an international game for the young: see the following.   Richard Solomon The Swedish Bridge... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    8 Feb 2017

    Lesson Time Clubs around the Waikato Bays are gearing up for lessons and some clubs are trying out the radio medium for the first time in a bid to attract punters along to lessons taking their lead from the Hamilton Club's successful promotion in... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    7 Feb 2017

    A Good Look at Dummy? Sometimes, declarers are one-eyed and overlook the easiest way to make their contract. The declarer below should have had their other eye open when playing Teams, as they failed in the following game contract.  ... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    3 Feb 2017

    Dangerous Doubling Welcome back to another year at Auckland’s Teams and Swiss Pairs club, Akarana, scene of much interest and excitement at the bridge table. The first night of February was a relatively quiet evening, barring the odd missed... read more here

  • AUCKLAND NEWS with Douglas Russell

    1 Feb 2017

    Hello and Happy New Year from a wild and windy Auckland. Bridge is probably not uppermost in the minds of most of us at this time of year, with family arguments gatherings dominating. Biritch the Russian Blue hates Christmas, and spends much of... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 Feb 2017

    “DON’T JUST LISTEN: ACT!” I have often wondered the virtues of the so called “Lightner” double of a slam contract. In theory, we believe that if a slam is going to be beaten (other than if it was bid as a sacrifice)... read more here

  • Youth Report from Canberra

    31 Jan 2017

    Read the attached report by Tracey Lewis about New Zealand's Youth Bridge successes during January in Canberra. Tracey is New Zealand Bridge Youth Co-Ordinator. read more here

  • Documents referring to proposed NZB changes

    16 Jan 2017

    Recently a number of documents we sent to all Clubs and Regions regarding the proposed changes. The list of documents are below and link to "The Board" section in the Resources tab on this website A letter from Arie Geursen, chair of NZB -... read more here

  • NZ YOUTH CLEAN SWEEP IN CANBERRA

    16 Jan 2017

    New Zealand's Youth players completed a clean sweep of events during Youth Week at the Australian National Congress in Canberra. Following on success in both the Youth Pairs and Youth Teams events, the New Zealand Youth Team won a 48 board Test... read more here

  • Interested in standing for the Board ?

    12 Jan 2017

    If so, please read the Board Manual and Policies document It is held under the Resources/The Board tab of this website or you can click on this link to do there directly to the page. read more here

  • Website update

    12 Jan 2017

    As many know, we did presentations at Regional meetings, sent the information to clubs and attached the same information on our website in September 2016 to show what we have done on the website and the progress we are making on new... read more here

  • KIWI YOUTH SUCCESSES IN CANBERRA

    11 Jan 2017

    New Zealand has 10 players taking part in the Australian Youth Week in Canberra and at the mid- point already has two successes. The team of Nik Mitchell – Brad Johnston and Andi Boughey – Matthew Brown won the Australian Youth Teams.... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    11 Jan 2017

    EARLY IN THE YEAR BUT END PLAY If this deal looks kind of familiar to some of you, then you are “kind of “right. It is a "what might have been" deal, a deal that could have left less experienced declarers moaning at their bad luck.... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    11 Jan 2017

           January 2017.  David Laing, Nelson Welcome back to bridge in 2017. We will continue to recognise some of those people at our clubs whose service is so valuable. It is impossible to recognise everyone but... read more here

  • "Golden" Moment Celebrated Back Home

    4 Jan 2017

    Ashley Bach and Michael Cornell have played a lot of bridge at the Auckland Bridge Club premises whether at the Akarana Bridge Club, the Teams Group (formerly the Auckland Masters Group) or at the Auckland Bridge Club itself. It was thus fitting... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    3 Jan 2017

    “Sorry” but who said it? It was nearly the last competitive bridge board of 2016. Yet, like too many others earlier in the year, it resulted in an oh too familiar result…misdefence. Contract made when not only the so... read more here

  • No need to miss playing...despite the good weather

    30 Dec 2016

    Happy New Year and Start the New Year with BRIDGE Can you think of a better way to start the New Year? A quiet game at home, maybe on-line or if you are anywhere near the Auckland Bridge Club on the evenings of 3rd, 4th or 5th of January, then... read more here

  • Our Youth Prepare for Canberra

    21 Dec 2016

    Tracey Lewis is the co-opted representative on the NZ Bridge International Sub-Committee with special responsibilities in respect of international and potential international Youth players. A Youth squad of eight players has been selected and will... read more here

  • Interesting Bidding

    20 Dec 2016

    CHRISTMAS “CRACKERS” That’s with an emphasis on “cracking good hands”. You know the type of hands you always claim never to hold. “10, 11, maybe 14 counts are my usual limit”. If you say that , then you... read more here

  • Advertising by Radio

    15 Dec 2016

    Getting media advertising for Bridge in this country is neither straightforward nor cheap. This is certainly true of advertising on television but can also be the case for the print media. Have you or your club committee ever thought of... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    14 Dec 2016

    Quick Death, Slow Death or No Death at all? We are talking bridge, of course! There’s no need to be morbid at this time of year! We are talking about another contract which made when it should have been defeated. So, to start, we have... read more here

  • Going to The Movies Again

    13 Dec 2016

    As in early 2016, New Zealand Bridge will be “ going to the movie theatres” to try and promote our wonderful game. We will be using the same 30 second advert to try to encourage some who may not have thought that Bridge is for them or... read more here

  • Interesting Bidding

    13 Dec 2016

    WHERE THE BUCK STOPS When disaster strikes, we are very keen to apportion blame. If you have a good partnership, you will look at what you could have done to avoid what happened. In a bad partnership, your eyes turn towards partner! There’s... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    9 Dec 2016

    AND THE JOKER IS?   We finish the year with a light-hearted look at a recent Akarana deal …and with only 14 boards played on Akarana’s last Wednesday of the year because of the club AGM, we will go back three further days... read more here

  • NZ Bridge Board Elections - March 2017

    8 Dec 2016

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  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    7 Dec 2016

    The social Christmas season arrived early in the Waikato Bays kicking off with Thames Xmas tournament in November (who says November is too early to put up Xmas decorations!), followed by Te Awamutu, Waikato, Rotorua and concludes this weekend... read more here

  • Interesting Bidding

    6 Dec 2016

    Sweet Dreams can turn to Custard! So, you have got a good hand and, yes, the news gets even better because you have got a good fit with partner. Time to be a little adventurous? Why not? You hold:  AKQ4  AQT2  5  KJ93 You... read more here

  • The Dougal McLean Trophy Goes Home to Wellington

    6 Dec 2016

    Wellington has ended Auckland-Northland’s recent dominance of the Dougal Mclean competition by winning the supreme award at this year’s Inter-Provincials in Dunedin. This was the 9th year of the event. Wellington won the first time the... read more here

  • Recently Qualified Club Directors

    4 Dec 2016

      NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series:   Sue Belin Waiheke Nick Cantlon Te Awamutu Graham Cheater Waikanae... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    3 Dec 2016

    STRONG PRE-EMPTS Back even before I started playing bridge, rumour has it that one opened at the 3 level with a hand one trick short of game. I think most players’ 3 level openers today are generally more than one trick short. First or... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    30 Nov 2016

    THIRD PLAYER PLAYS …… “High” says the book when your partner leads a low card. “Just have a look before your follow the book. Playing high and kiss the beating good bye.” Have a look….3NT played 6... read more here

  • Interesting Bidding

    29 Nov 2016

    “Grand Tauranga” by Sam Simpson, Tauranga The following hand was played recently at the Tauranga club during a Swiss Pairs event and only two pairs bid the makeable grand.   Board 16West DealsE-W Vul... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    28 Nov 2016

    The last couple of months have seen TOTS players slog it out over 3 tournaments, Marlborough’s Zonta Charity Pairs, Golden Bay’s 3A and Westport hosting the Region’s 10A in the middle of November.  Pretty much sell out... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    26 Nov 2016

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  • 2016 InterProvincial Teams

    23 Nov 2016

    LINK TO RESULTS  The finals take place in Dunedin over the week-end of November 26th -28th. Good luck to all competing teams. Auckland- Northland  Team 4               Open  ... read more here

  • AUCKLAND NEWS with Douglas Russell

    23 Nov 2016

    Biritch and I have been somewhat absent from the local scene for much of the preceding months, and this report is therefore a little sketchy and largely hearsay. As always, a large number of tournaments have taken place, and many of our local... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    23 Nov 2016

    TEASING DEFENCE Some aggressive bidding put the declarer in a difficult situation on the following 3NT deal. The declarer had already been told by his partner that it had to be a breeze as there were so many high card points in dummy. Such a... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    23 Nov 2016

    Helen Edwards, Paraparaumu. This month, we focus on a club member who according to its Committee, has made “a contribution which far exceeds reasonable expectations.” Let’s take a  look at the contribution made by... read more here

  • As Tight As It Gets. The National Open Teams at New Plymouth

    22 Nov 2016

    The National Open Teams took place at the New Plymouth Bridge Club over the week-end of November 19th/20th. Although it was not one of the events designated as an official trial for those pairs who have formed the squads for the 2017 international... read more here

  • Interesting Bidding

    22 Nov 2016

    The Effect of Nuisance Bidding by Anthony Ker Hot off the press. Our first bidding article fresh from the National Teams held in New Plymouth (19th/20th November) Round 6 saw the decisive clash between the two leading teams in the New Plymouth... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Craig Shanahan

    18 Nov 2016

    BRIDGE, LONGEVITY        AND BANANAS   Writing the history of the Rangiora club for its 50th anniversary next March, the researcher came across this comment from the late Jack Green who died aged 99 years... read more here

  • Interesting Bidding

    18 Nov 2016

    Bridge is not all about Play and Defence. You can play a hand brilliantly and get zero match-points if the contract is wrong. You can defend like a demon but you just will not score that well if you have been out-bid. What else is there? The... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    18 Nov 2016

      Pointless Why do we bid? Maybe the short answer is that if we kept passing, we would end up defending all the time and that’s tough! So, let’s bid and try and be the declaring side, make our contract and get a good score. You... read more here

  • NZ 15A Teams - New Plymouth 19th-20th Nov 2016

    17 Nov 2016

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    16 Nov 2016

    Bad Breaks: Good Play There are a few basic suit combinations you should know how to play. A recent deal featured two quite common situations. One slip on this deal and you would be writing a minus score on your score-sheet. That does not sit... read more here

  • Possible NZB changes

    14 Nov 2016

    Thank you for your comments and feedback we have received since our letter of 08 November.  The attached letter offers clarification in the area of the Financial Implications if a change were to be made. read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    11 Nov 2016

    Chances Both Ways That’s what makes a good bridge hand. Both sides have the opportunity of a good score…and in the case of Board 7, there were a few “if onlys” afterwards. We will look at from the point of view of some... read more here

  • Jane Stearns Recent - Seminars- Otago Southland Region

    10 Nov 2016

    Link to Report read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs 2016

    9 Nov 2016

     LINK TO RESULTS WEBSITE NEARLY 1000 PAIRS, YET AGAIN. The Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs The Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs took place at 59, or was it 60, clubs around New Zealand on the night of Friday November 4th.... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    9 Nov 2016

      International Flavour in Dargaville October 15th saw the Kauri 5A Pairs played in Dargaville. This is an event which historically attracts quite a few out of towners to Dargaville and this year was no exception. At the end of the day we... read more here

  • NZ Team Selections- Open and Womens Squads for 2017

    9 Nov 2016

      We are pleased to announce the Open and Women’s squads for 2017. Teams will be chosen (following the SI and NI teams) for the APBF in Seoul which is being held from the 29th May to 7th June 2017 and the World Team Championships in... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    9 Nov 2016

    Follow the Rule, even if you are not sure why. (for less experienced players…and others!) We create lots of “do’s” and “do not’s” in Bridge and then come up sometimes with reasons why we should break... read more here

  • Letter to all clubs, Regions and players

    8 Nov 2016

    Attached is a copy of a letter sent to all clubs today in response to a letter from Alan Turner last Friday. We ask all Clubs to think carefully about everything you read and hear. The current Board members remain committed to working for NZ... read more here

  • WBF Women's Online Autumn Bridge Festival

    7 Nov 2016

    It’s time to look forward now to the 2016 Autumn Online Women’s Bridge Festival which will be held from 14th – 20th November 2016. The main prize for the Autumn Pairs is offered by the President of the European Bridge League,... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    4 Nov 2016

    PERCENTAGE OR PSYCHOLOGY? Which takes precedence when you have those big decisions to make at the bridge table? At what point is it right to abandon the percentage line in favour of the psychological one? You just cannot apply an exact percentage... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    3 Nov 2016

    October 2016     Ian Drysdale, Whakatane It is a great pleasure to have Whakatane's Ian Drysdale as New Zealand Bridge's  "Volunteer of The Month" for October 2016. With his wife,Bobbi, another staunch Club member, ... read more here

  • NZ Youth Team - Test Match Canberra Jan 2017

    2 Nov 2016

    Congratulations to the following players selected to represent NZ in the Youth Test match against Australia:   Matt Brown (captain) Andi Boughey Brad Johnston Nik Mitchell Feitong Chen Matt Hughes   Jacob Kalma & Jeremy... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    2 Nov 2016

    A lot has happened since you last heard from the South with three players from Otago going over for the World Bridge Championships, multiple podium placings up at the National Congress, and the Regional Congress due to happen in Balclutha.... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    2 Nov 2016

    “The Poisoned Apple” or Is the Dealer to blame? Well, you’ve got to blame someone. You have just gone down in a 3NT contract when you had close to 11 tricks. It must be a really unlucky break that meant you went down. “Not... read more here

  • Tournament Listings

    2 Nov 2016

    Did you know ? You can have your tournament posters and a sponsor's logo attached to your tournament listings on this website.  Just send the files to our Secretary, Alister, and he will attach them for you.  In the near future, club... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    28 Oct 2016

    “TRIED and TRUE” Some of those lessons we learnt many years (well, “very many”) years ago in Beginners’ Classes are still pretty relevant. A couple saved my partnership a lot of anguish this week at Akarana. Try... read more here

  • Board resignation

    26 Oct 2016

    It is with regret, the Board recently received Carol Richardson's resignation due to personal reasons.  We ask the bridge community to respect Carol's decision. In her short time on the Board, Carol contributed... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    26 Oct 2016

    JUST IN CASE Today we look at two 6 slams which occurred in the last week, one in tournament play and the other in club play. One cannot be made and the other cannot be defeated. One is certainly for the less experienced players while the other... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    26 Oct 2016

    It has been a quiet two months for the Wellington Region's Open tournament players with regard to  local Open tournaments. Thank the bridge gods pictured below for Congress and Multigrade tournaments. (or am I a little confused here?... read more here

  • Expressions of interest - Board Vacancy

    25 Oct 2016

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  • Jane Stearns - Seminars- Otago Southland Region

    25 Oct 2016

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  • TALES OF AKARANA

    21 Oct 2016

    The “Get out of Jail Free” Card. How can a lead be right and be so wrong? We will come back to that but will firstly look at a play problem. You have reached, or been pushed to the 5 level by the usual frisky non-vulnerable... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    19 Oct 2016

    A tour this time through recent tournaments…starting in mid-August at Taradale where the Open Pairs was quite a low scoring affair with George Masters and Judith Johnson getting home by 0.30% from Jenny Wilson and Alan Doddridge. Second... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    19 Oct 2016

    BLACK SUIT RED HERRING 31 points in yours and partner’s hands, two missing kings and no real fit, not even a very long suit. It does not augur well for making 6NT, unless the wind is behind you and the finesses work. No, face facts,... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    14 Oct 2016

    It’s Easier for Some Just not for me. Somehow, when I pre-empt the opposition, the sky is the limit if they want to be aggressive. Yet, when the boot is on the other foot, the roof is just about to fall in! I held what seemed a pretty... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    12 Oct 2016

    TOO GOOD TO LEAD Sometimes you do not lead partner’s suit because you have your own agenda, your own suit, have your own entry. They are playing 3NT and declarer has announced a hold in your partner’s suit. Without a fair suit of your... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    12 Oct 2016

    A lot has happened in the region since the last regional round up ... including a missed deadline for last month’s update. So, as penance, I have been given one day to conjure something up. (future contributors, be warned!) The region is... read more here

  • Congress Catch-Up

    7 Oct 2016

    A “BLOOMING” GOOD PLAY When you are playing against Sydney’s Peter Gill, the best place to have him is in the dummy seat. He cannot exert nearly as much influence on the result of a board or match as he can in any other... read more here

  • Congress Catch-Up

    6 Oct 2016

    Dobbing Him In I am not sure if it is a benefit or not in having one’s partner being a prolific writer- up of bridge hands. It has never happened to me. However, it is time for me to tell on my partner, Gary Chen, who was not previously... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    5 Oct 2016

    Winter = Tournaments. Lots of them.  But also for Top of The South, it is a time when our clubs battle it out in a variety of interclub competitions.    This year for the first time, the Howorth Cup, our TOTS Open Teams Event and... read more here

  • Congress Catch-Up

    4 Oct 2016

    THE STRANGEST GRAND OF ALL What do you need for a grand slam? A good grand slam. An unbeatable grand slam. You need first round control in every suit. You need good trumps, a running suit maybe, a source of tricks…..oh and occasionally it... read more here

  • TALE OF TRICK 13

    3 Oct 2016

    CONGRESS CATCH UP The National Congress is over for another year. We have already had a couple of hotel rooms booked for next year. It’s great to get in early. Bulletins have already carried the names of those who have been successful. So,... read more here

  • 7NT vulnerable re-doubled

    25 Sep 2016

    Do you want a customised numberplate Val Gardiner is offering to sell this numberplate. Is 7NT vulnerable Redoubled a contract you want to remember, or dream of? She is asking for offers above $300 and offering half of the amount to support youth... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    21 Sep 2016

    “What If?” Quick to say but not quite as quick to put into action. Those two words should be spoken (well, quietly to yourself!) by every declarer when they see dummy. Our declarer did not do that when as South, he was declarer in 4... read more here

  • Website improvements/changes

    21 Sep 2016

    We have been continually updating our website and are in the process of some exciting new developments that all clubs need to be aware of.  We are a little way off delivering this yet, but it will be good for you all to know and think about... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    20 Sep 2016

    Bet Glengarry – Motueka This nomination has come from the Motueka Bridge Club. Over to club Secretary, Chris Sutton. “Our club would like to nominate Bet for an award acknowledging the work she does for our club and in promoting the... read more here

  • Farewell From Poland

    19 Sep 2016

    The Winners, a “What should have been” and Kiwi Connections. The last report on the World Championships finished with New Zealand’s quarter-final loss to Spain. There is a degree, maybe not of satisfaction, but of say... read more here

  • LATEST NEWS RE NATIONAL CONGRESS

    19 Sep 2016

    The National Congress is Nearly Here (Sat 24th Sep-Sat 1st Oct) In less than one week, we will abandon our normal lives and focus on the National Bridge Congress. The really good news is the number of entries. We now have about 650... read more here

  • ANOTHER GREAT KIWI RESULT IN POLAND

    18 Sep 2016

    CORNELL - BACH Finish 2nd in Open Pairs The Open, Womens, Seniors and Mixed Pairs ran alongside the latter stages of the Teams competitions. Some of the New Zealand Pairs took part. In the Seniors' Pairs, Trevor Robb- Andrew Janisz and Chris... read more here

  • Recently Qualified Tournament Directors

    18 Sep 2016

    NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series: Sandy McKirdy Wellington Cathy  Nijman Wellington     read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    17 Sep 2016

    CREATING YOUR OWN FUN On a night where so many of the deals seemed to be routine games (even 6-6 in the majors is fairly common-place these days!), one player decided to create his own piece of excitement. I am not sure what your thoughts would... read more here

  • MORE KIWI SUCCESS IN POLAND

    15 Sep 2016

    This country has made an impression at the World Bridge Championships at the table. We have another success to report away from the main action. The International Bridge Press Association is what it seems, a body made up of those worldwide who... read more here

  • BEATEN BUT PROUD

    14 Sep 2016

    It was not to be but in going down to Spain, the Kiwis can hold their heads high, not just for their performance in the quarter final but in the 8 days which preceded it. New Zealand started the second half of the quarter final 44 imps down. The... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    14 Sep 2016

    Kia Ora from the North. Looks like the rain has finally stopped and we are able to get out fishing again. Well I am hoping so anyway as it will mean less competition at our tournaments and a wee bit more luck for me. Northland has been enjoying... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    14 Sep 2016

    Just In Case Are you one of those players who last took a successful finesse back in 1986…and you have played a lot of bridge since?! If so, read on. If finessing always works for you, then have a coffee instead of reading this..but take a... read more here

  • The Open Team's Quarter Final Match

    13 Sep 2016

    It Was Never Going To Be Easy Confidence in our Open Team would have been “sky high” after the defeat of France. The next hurdle, Spain, had just won over USA in the Phase of 16. So, while Spain is not a country right at the top of... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland- The Day we Beat France

    12 Sep 2016

    NEW ZEALAND INTO THE QUARTER FINALS Yes, it’s true. Our Open team have beaten France, with just enough to spare while our Women put up a mighty fight against Sweden though the deficit of 90 with 32 boards left proved to be too much. Before... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland - Phase of 16

    11 Sep 2016

        our successful Women's team Let The Fun Begin Once you have qualified for the final stages of any event, you have achieved. In whatever event you are competing, no matter how good you are, qualifying is hard. For our Open and... read more here

  • Kiwi Joy, but Spare a Thought for our Mixed Team

    10 Sep 2016

    In celebrating a great day in New Zealand’s international bridge calendar, let’s start with a sad story. Our Mixed team had started this event well but later results had been disappointing. Nevertheless, they still had a reasonable... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland - Day 5

    9 Sep 2016

    THREE NEW ZEALAND TEAMS WELL IN CONTENTION Qualification for the knock-out stages is looking a real possibility for three of our four teams in Poland. Although the number of qualifying teams in relation to the size of the field is extremely... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    9 Sep 2016

    ‘‘Ducking and Diving” If you play a hand as well as you can, you are sometimes rewarded by an opponent’s slip. That was certainly the case for John O’Connor who is quite a new player to Akarana. He reached 3NT from... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland - Day 4

    8 Sep 2016

    Day 4 – The Reality Check When you play 3 or 4 matches a day for 6 days against strong opposition, you are going to have a day that is tougher than others. Let’s hope that our Women’s and Mixed Teams have just experienced that... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Craig Shanahan

    7 Sep 2016

    A BIT OF COLOUR AND A QUIZ                       On Sunday 14th August at the RANGIORA club, famous for its hospitality, the Rangiora Rascals... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland Day 3

    7 Sep 2016

                    A GREAT DAY FOR THE KIWIS Day 3 at the World Championships was a really good one for the New Zealand teams trying to qualify for the knock-out stages. The... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    7 Sep 2016

    BEWARE THE “DANGER” HAND   Often there is one of the opponents you would like to keep off lead. This can be especially true in no-trumps where one opponent has led their long suit…and you have two holds in the suit... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland Day 2

    6 Sep 2016

      More of Day 1's Results It was a repeat of the first day with our Women and Mixed Teams being very much in the mix, our Open Team in midfield and our Seniors Team wishing they were! The Open Team started with their bye and then produced... read more here

  • Kiwis in Poland

    5 Sep 2016

    OUR MIXED TEAM OFF TO A FLYING START New Zealand’s 4 teams had mixed starts on day 1 of the World Teams Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. The Mixed and Seniors are in Round Robins of 23 and 24 teams respectively with the top 8 qualifying... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    3 Sep 2016

    “The High Road or The Low Road?” There are times when the standard approach to bidding makes it difficult to explore for the best contract especially when you are in the “maybe slam zone”. “One step too many”... read more here

  • 2016 World Bridge Games, Wroclaw

    1 Sep 2016

    Look up the results of the 4 Kiwi Teams competing.  Also a radio interview, some photos and a video. Click here to listen to Richard Solomon being interviewed by RNZ (13th Sept, 2016) Click here to view a video clip from Wroclaw... read more here

  • National 15A Pairs - 3rd & 4th Sept 2016

    31 Aug 2016

    Link to Results read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Moss Wylie

    31 Aug 2016

    South Island Pairs winners from Dunedin Congratulations to Ellena Moskovsky and James Coutts on winning the South Island Pairs, storming home with a 67% session in the second round of the final. They are part of the New Zealand team which will... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    31 Aug 2016

    The “Free” Finesse that “Cost”. Call it a free finesse, one where you will not lose the trick even if it fails. Call it a “Greek Gift”. Whatever you call it, it was one down in a contract that never should... read more here

  • Are you going to Congress ? Then register now on this website

    29 Aug 2016

    If you are going to Congress and not yet registered on the NZB website, you may like to do so now.  We plan to email Congress players notices during Congress, such as session times, when results are posted and anything... read more here

  • Pay for The National Bridge Congress NOW

    29 Aug 2016

    ARE YOU PLAYING IN THE NATIONAL BRIDGE CONGRESS? Saturday September 23rd until Saturday October 2nd 2016 Do you remember the wise old owl? He is a wealthy creature. Why? He paid for the National Bridge Congress BY 31st August. We will give you a... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    29 Aug 2016

    Here are the top session scores for tournaments in July. One unusual fact was the score recorded by Yuzhong Chen and Gary Foidl in the Matamata Open Pairs. We will not mention their first round score but their 71.09% was over a 30% improvement.... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT RESULTS. UPPER North Island

    29 Aug 2016

    Here are the results from tournaments in the Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays regions in July 2016. Howick Open 3A Pairs (2nd July)      Howick 5B Intermediate Pairs (2nd July)   Faisal Alam - Gina Hsu... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    29 Aug 2016

    The South Island Tournament Results for July 2016 follow. Teams results come after Pairs results. See also Recent High Scores for the top scores in the month. Nelson 3B Junior Pairs (2nd July)     Rangiora 8B Open Pairs (3rd... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    29 Aug 2016

    These are the July Tournament Results for the Central Districts and Wellington regions. Teams results come at the end of the Pairs results.   Dannevirke 5B Pairs (2nd July)   Taradale Junior Pairs (9th July)  1 Carol... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    28 Aug 2016

    A joint award this month as Peter Bowyer and Angela Royle have been a real team on the Auckland Northland Regional Committee for a very long time. This award is in recognition of that. While Angela may not be regarded as a "Volunteer" in terms of... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    26 Aug 2016

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

  • 2017 International Squad Application Forms - Released 25 August 2016

    25 Aug 2016

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  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    24 Aug 2016

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

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    24 Aug 2016

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

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

    22 Aug 2016

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

  • Congratulations To Our Recently Qualified Club Directors

    19 Aug 2016

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    19 Aug 2016

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

  • Bingo.. Mafia..Speedball

    18 Aug 2016

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

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    17 Aug 2016

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    17 Aug 2016

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

  • Plenty of Fun at The Cambridge 6's

    16 Aug 2016

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

  • Website improvements

    16 Aug 2016

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    12 Aug 2016

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

  • AUCKLAND NEWS with Douglas Russell

    11 Aug 2016

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    10 Aug 2016

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

  • Seniors' Success at Hamilton

    9 Aug 2016

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

  • Pacific Asia Women's On-Line Bridge Festival

    8 Aug 2016

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

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    5 Aug 2016

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

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    3 Aug 2016

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    3 Aug 2016

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

  • MacLeans College remains top Bridge School in Auckland

    1 Aug 2016

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

  • RICHARD'S THOUGHTS

    1 Aug 2016

    Well done, Whakatane. I am going to cheat a little this month and give my typing finger a rest(it’s the most well- worn finger in New Zealand!)and give the floor to one of our smaller bridge clubs which has something important to say. For... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    30 Jul 2016

    Janice Jones, Orewa This feature started in June with the award to Rona Driscoll, who is known nationally as well for the huge amount of time given to her own club. As we stated, a volunteer can help a club in many ways and to be our... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    29 Jul 2016

    “Good Prediction, Owen” When the opposition have done well against you and say words like “obvious defence” or “everyone will do that”, you have a little hope that your world has not caved in. Last night, it... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    27 Jul 2016

    SIGNAL and SAVE Save what? Today it is saving an overtrick. Tomorrow it may mean defeating the contract. So, get in the habit if you can. You are playing Pairs and just perhaps you forced the opposition higher than they wanted to go. By the look... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    27 Jul 2016

    The first comment below and the picture above should tell you which region is reporting its news this week. Is there really something more important than bridge? Gee these regional round-ups sneak up on you quickly, right in the middle of calving... read more here

  • The Anatomy of Success and Failure

    26 Jul 2016

    Grant Jarvis Auckland Provincial Pairs and Teams A Win, a “Draw” and a Loss The weekend of July 22nd/23rd saw a good weekend of bridge at the Auckland Bridge Club. Here is a slightly quirky look at a little of what happened in the... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    22 Jul 2016

    “Michaels Issues” solved by James.                        How do you play Michaels Cue Bids? There are more theories than there are bridge players... read more here

  • Yo'd Wish You'd Been There

    22 Jul 2016

                     THE NATIONAL BRIDGE TEACHERS' CONFERENCE What makes a National Conference? One aspect is meeting up with others from around the country who share similar... read more here

  • Northland News

    21 Jul 2016

    “The other side of the coin”: A Piece of Good Fortune? A new award is born.     Do you ever moan about your bad luck? Like maybe when your brilliantly bid small slam on a combined 21 hcp goes down when a side suit... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    20 Jul 2016

    THE BIDDING TO THE RESCUE How do you feel about the following two hands? A combined 22 hcp and you are playing in 1NT with every chance of at least one hold in every suit. It sounds quite straightforward to make your contract. They even led a... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    20 Jul 2016

    June 2016.  Only two session scores of over 70% in June, occurring in Levin and at the Otago Bridge Club. Read on to see then who scored over 66% in a session last month, including the two high scoring pairs. RECENT HIGH SESSION SCORES... read more here

  • Tournament Results Lower North Island

    20 Jul 2016

    June 2016.  Here are the top three placings from the Hawke's Bay Congress and other tournaments this month in these two regions.       Hawkes Bay Congress (June5th-7th)   Taihape Intermediate/Junior Pairs... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT RESULTS. "North" of the North Island

    20 Jul 2016

    June 2016. Here are the winners from our two northern regions during this month. Jeter Liu was not just the most generous sponsor of the Auckland Queens Birthday Congress but returned a huge average score to win one of the events. It was though... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    20 Jul 2016

     The top placing at South Island tournaments in June including the Otago/ Southland Provincial Pairs and Teams follow. Read on to see the successful pairs and teams.   Otago Southland Provincial Pairs (5th June)   Otago... read more here

  • Youth Advocate

    20 Jul 2016

    The International committee of the Board welcomes Tracey Lewis, taking over from Susan Humphries as the youth advocate on this committee.  Tracey is widely known in the Auckland/Northland area as a keen bridge player, teacher and fundraiser.... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    15 Jul 2016

    What Every Aspiring Golfer Needs….. If you hit those golf balls regularly down the fairway onto the green and then with minimum shots into the hole, there are some basic things you need….rub of the green, a good swing, a reasonable... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Giles Hancock

    13 Jul 2016

    Two ladies from Wellington came down to play a double-date with two local gents. What happened next? Sorry.... you will just have to wait to find out. Firstly, though, the Rangiora 8B on July 3rd. Rangiora 8B July 3rd was a glorious... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    13 Jul 2016

    MISBID…BUT HOPEFULLY NOT MISDEFENCE That’s your aim this week. When the opposition appear to have gone astray in the bidding, you must make sure they pay the price by defending accurately. Surely on the board below the opposition... read more here

  • It's when the music stops that counts

    12 Jul 2016

    South Island Pairs 42 pairs contested the South Island Pairs held over the week-end of July 9th-10th at the Christchurch Bridge Club. One spectacular round when it mattered proved to be the winning of the event. The early leaders after the first... read more here

  • Preserving the image

    8 Jul 2016

    The image. What image? It’s not an image. It’s a cold hard fact, a black fact, set in concrete. Well, you need a spade or two to “set concrete”. The image…the fact…is that if you hold more spades, you are... read more here

  • Remembering Paul Hobbs

    8 Jul 2016

    Paul Hobbs, a Life Member of New Zealand Bridge, passed away this week, aged 91. Paul was a founder member and first President of the Te Awamutu Bridge Club back in 1961. Both Paul and his wife Kathy played in the late 1950's at the newly formed... read more here

  • South Island Pairs- Link to Results

    8 Jul 2016

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  • TALES OF AKARANA

    8 Jul 2016

    The “slow” or the “fast” lane? A night of fairly routine games and part-scores was brought to life at some tables by a deal where no pair could bid the better of the available slams but where there was much interest in... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    6 Jul 2016

    Tournament results have been flying in fast and furious over the last few months, but thanks to Richard's write-ups on these for each month, it means I can instead focus on those that deserve special mention. Congratulations to Chris Ackerley and... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    6 Jul 2016

    TAKING INFERENCES AND AVOIDING LOSERS A good declarer should do both of the above. Also, we know that one of the worse parts of bridge is a two way finesse. When your finesse is one way, you just know if you have to take it, there seems to be a... read more here

  • Update on Improver Lesson material

    6 Jul 2016

    We have the next installment of teaching material now this website.  This is the Powerpoint presentations for Improver classes.  A big thank you to the Teaching committee and Amanda Smith for their hard work in providing the... read more here

  • RICHARD'S THOUGHTS

    2 Jul 2016

    September in Hamilton Our National Congress is less than three months away. We hope many of you are not just thinking of coming to Hamilton for all or part of the week but have started planning to do so. Some have already registered and paid. For... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    1 Jul 2016

    LEADING AGAINST SLAMS There are those who think leading against slams is a pretty random occupation. Actually, “leading” against any contract is pretty random. By the time they have key carded or cue-bid their way to slam, you may... read more here

  • Share The Moment

    30 Jun 2016

    Nice Defence If defence is regarded as the hardest of the difference aspects of playing the game, then when it goes right, it can be the most rewarding. Maybe we should find a dynamic defence to beat a cold slam or at least a cold game but the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    29 Jun 2016

    Tried and True Sayings “When all they have is trumps……. Playing Teams, the 5 level can be a risky place. In a recent Teams match, one North-South pair decided to shoot it out at the 5 level while the other made a good bidding... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    29 Jun 2016

    The Wellington Regional Committee has thanked and farewelled Dinnie Hall, our chair over the last 6 years. She was still smiling as we broke up, which is a tribute to the enervating effect of bridge administration. Or maybe it's just the way... read more here

  • International Programme for 2017

    27 Jun 2016

     27 June 2016 Bulletin 1 - International Programme for 2017     In 2017 NZ Bridge has decided to send teams to the APBF in Seoul, Korea and the World Championships in Lyon, France.   The provisional dates for the APBF are... read more here

  • Volunteer of the Month- June 2016

    27 Jun 2016

    This is a new award, to be made monthly, to someone in our bridge community who “gives”, a true volunteer. So many people volunteer to help make our game so enjoyable. New Zealand Bridge wants to highlight, say “thank you”... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    24 Jun 2016

    Which is more important: The Bidding or the Play? It’s a long-standing debate. Is the battle won or lost when you reach the right contract or has the real battle not started yet? Let’s judge from two hands from this week’s play.... read more here

  • Draft 2017 tournament schedule

    23 Jun 2016

    The draft 2017 tournament schedule is available for checking so please have a look at the Tournament page and address any queries or corrections to your regional committee. read more here

  • Share The Moment

    23 Jun 2016

    Here’s an opportunity for you to tell an interesting,perhaps funny story about some recent bridge happening. Maybe your partner or an opponent did something pretty smart. (You are far too modest to own up to your own brilliancies, I hope!).... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    22 Jun 2016

      Junior/Intermediate Teams winners at the Hawke's Bay Congress, Susan Brown, Karen Eriksen, Jolene Zink and Judith Lucas There’s only one place to begin, at this year’s, the 24th, Hawke’s Bay Congress. It was held as... read more here

  • Novices To The Fore at Tauranga

    22 Jun 2016

     A "Recipe for Success" by Karen Martelletti The Tauranga club decided to take a leaf out of the book of the Hamilton club and run a novice session alongside their Intermediate and Junior tournaments (all held on the same day). The novices... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    22 Jun 2016

        You wish, don’t you that the line you take for any contract is the right line, the play that ensures your contract is “cold”. You do not want always to have easy contracts, at least not if you want to do well,... read more here

  • Sweet Success for Jeter and Fuxia

    22 Jun 2016

    National Swiss Pairs, Auckland. (18th/19th June) Akarana’s Fuxia Wen and Jeter Liu had only played one tournament together before they agreed to play The National Swiss Pairs this year. They struck gold on this occasion when a series of... read more here

  • A "Royle" Fundraiser

    17 Jun 2016

    Congratulations to the Royle Epsom Bridge Club and especially to the club owner, Angela Royle, who organized a 24 hour Bridge Marathon on Friday/ Saturday 11th/12th June in the clubrooms. The event raised $7245 for children with severe burns... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    17 Jun 2016

    The Art of Diving Two boards offered East-West the chance of diving at perhaps uncomfortable levels but few achieved the optimum results on the two boards. Certainly, one required North-South to take mildly aggressive action before the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    15 Jun 2016

    Why Take One Finesse When You Can Take Two? Good players do not take them if there is any way to avoid doing so. Their track record is no better than yours or mine. They have a habit of failing! So, why am I suddenly advocating taking more... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    15 Jun 2016

    Like all regions it’s been a busy couple of months with tournaments on many weekends, IP Trials, club champs well underway, learners’ lessons in full swing and I have even had a grammar lesson from Richard Solomon! (no charge!)... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores in May

    14 Jun 2016

    To average over 73% in a two session tournament is a great achievement. Genevieve and Tim Webb did that last month at Gore with the top two scores anywhere in May and two of the four highest scores in tournaments anywhere this year. They are still... read more here

  • Tournament Results: Lower North Island

    14 Jun 2016

    Here are the May 2016 results for the Central Districts and Wellington Regions. The Inter-Provincial results have been shown already and are not repeated here. Upper Hutt Open Pairs (1st May )   Feilding Intermediate Pairs (7th May)... read more here

  • Tournament Results: South Island

    14 Jun 2016

    Here are the results for May for the South Island regions. Once again, the Inter-Provincial week-end has been ignored. Look at that huge percentage at Gore for Genevieve and Tim Webb winning a two session tournament by over 32%. Naturally, they... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Upper North Island

    14 Jun 2016

     Here are the May 2016 results from the upper North Island. The Inter-Provincial Results have been shown previously and are not included in these or the other areas' results. High Session scores follows as well. Kerikeri Open Pairs... read more here

  • Have you seen the cinema advert ?

    11 Jun 2016

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  • Our Kids Can Enjoy Bridge with Your Help

    10 Jun 2016

    We bridge players are used to hearing comments made like “My grandmother plays bridge.” The comments we want to hear more of are ones like: “My grandchildren are playing bridge…and love the game.”   New... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    10 Jun 2016

    Wild Weather and Hands The dealing machine was certainly in tune with the elements this Wednesday night and threw up some freaky hands with awkward decisions in the bidding and play. One of the more awkward ones came early in the evening.... read more here

  • AUCKLAND NEWS with Douglas Russell

    8 Jun 2016

           Douglas's co-correspondent. Read on to find out more. Well, the weather in Auckland might be pretty chilly at the moment, but the bridge is hot hot hot, with tournaments just about every weekend (and more) to... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    8 Jun 2016

    “Be Prepared” That’s the motto for boy scouts and for bridge players, especially defenders. You know those precious few moments when you as a defender see dummy…and the declarer does their thinking about how to play the... read more here

  • Queens Birthday: Sunshine, Drama and Bridge

    8 Jun 2016

    East Pier Hotel, Napier, the new Hawke's Bay Congress venue. Yes, plenty of all three this past weekend with major bridge congresses in Napier and Auckland along with two major tournaments at the Otago Bridge Club. A teaser though to whet the... read more here

  • NZ Bridge- 2016-2017 Business Plan

    7 Jun 2016

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  • TALES OF AKARANA

    3 Jun 2016

    31 POINTS FOR 6H? “NOT TODAY, JOSEPHINE”. No, we are not referring to the wife of one of the bridge greats, Ely Culbertson, who was no slouch of a player herself. If you read the advice given to beginners, you need at least 31 points... read more here

  • FUN(D) RAISING FOR OUR INTERNATIONALS

    2 Jun 2016

    It’s not easy when you are a full-time student and are aiming to play against the world’s best bridge players in this year’s World Championships in Poland. There’s the little question of finding enough time to practice and... read more here

  • RUBBER BRIDGE NEWS

    2 Jun 2016

      EXTRA PLACE IN RUBBER BRIDGE FINALS   Each year, the National Rubber Bridge finals take place at the National Congress. Each of our seven regions is currently running a knock-out event to determine which pair will... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    1 Jun 2016

    MAKING THE MOST OUT OF A PART-SCORE DEAL A recent part-score deal shows the difference between positive and passive defence. Although there is a time for “going passive”, to get a good score you have to do just a little more than sit... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    1 Jun 2016

    The Waikato Bays news is brought to you on Gypsy Day … the time of the year that the weather turns to shite and the roads are congested with stock trucks and dodgy ute loads heralding the start of the dairying year. The Waikato Bays... read more here

  • RICHARD'S THOUGHTS

    31 May 2016

      Giving Status Not all our tournament players will get their chance to represent this country playing bridge. It’s a neat feeling to have done so. We want if possible to give as many players as possible the chance to represent and if... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    27 May 2016

    BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS So you thought 15-17 was a range in respect of strong no trump openings or overcalls? That maybe but at Akarana Bridge Club, it spelt out some boards which attracted some rather hefty scores. Board 15 was fairly tame at all... read more here

  • "Nice to have known you, Lindsay"

    26 May 2016

    A tribute to the late Lindsay Adams who “passed peacefully away” on May 19th stated “Just a warm, gentle, very kind man, a privilege to have known Lindsay.” That too is my memory of Lindsay, coupled with a lovely little wry... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    25 May 2016

    Welcome all to the Regional Round Up from Northland. Sue Brown is away at present swanning around some exotic countries. Thus, the reporting is down to me. Whangarei was proud to host its 5A Teams early in April. We had a large contingent from... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    25 May 2016

    YOUR JOB You know that old saying about “second player playing low”. Just like every “old saying”, there are times when you these wise sayings do not apply. East really should have been a little more alert on this deal.... read more here

  • Tournaments in June 2016

    23 May 2016

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  • TALES OF AKARANA

    20 May 2016

    A little luck goes a long way “Nice hand” partner, declarer said on surveying dummy. What he was probably thinking was “could you not have given me the HQ as well?” but what he had was surely good enough to make your... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Craig Shannahan

    18 May 2016

    Bon Jour Mesdames and Messieurs Peninsula Akaroa held its annual 8B tournament on Saturday 9th May with a healthy 20 tables of players present, including players from faraway Wellington and Timaru.   A group of six ladies from the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    18 May 2016

    Counting Tricks It’s not so easy in a low level part-score. It’s vital when you are playing a game contract. It’s absolutely critical in the slam zone. You have got to have a plan for making your 10, 11,12 or 13 tricks before... read more here

  • DEADLIER THAN THE MALE

    16 May 2016

    Are they good enough? Can you get a realistic Swiss Pairs comparison by involving them? They just distort the normal results and we are better off without them. Who are they? Why, men, of course! Fortunately, we did not have to compare our scores... read more here

  • Forums on this website are live !

    16 May 2016

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  • Board News

    13 May 2016

    With Richard Solomon. Bridge Development Officer The New Zealand Bridge Board met twice during April, firstly by Conference Call and then face to face. The two new Board members, Akarana’s Carol Richardson and Havelock North’s Noel... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    13 May 2016

    “Four Play” Are you ready to see how to execute a “Guard Squeeze” or a “Mole Squeeze?” Yes, they exist but they must wait for another day. Today could be a case of “being on your guard” as we... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Moss Wylie

    11 May 2016

    Welcome to Invercargill correspondent, Moss Wylie. Good weather and plenty of good bridge down South. The “Indian summer” continues down south with long warm days. (It’s not too bad further north, either!) With duck hunting... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    11 May 2016

    That Same Old Message A solid 8 card suit, plenty of aces and other honours. Looks good for a slam though partner made the bidding a little harder when they opened a Multi 2. The opposition had nothing to say. Your nice collection was:  KJ... read more here

  • BOOK AND PAY ON-LINE FOR THE NZ NATIONAL BRIDGE CONGRESS

    10 May 2016

    New Zealand Bridge hopes that you will be coming to all or some of this year’s National Bridge Congress in Hamilton from 23rd September to 1st October 2016 with events open to all levels of players from experienced to less... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    10 May 2016

    Here are the top session scores in April. We have three scores over 70% with a Junior Pair leading the way                 Session % Final Position        ... read more here

  • South Island Tournament Results

    10 May 2016

    Here are the April 2016 Tournament Results from the South Island. We hope these will appear monthly from now on. Session High Scores will follow in the next news item.   Picton Junior Pairs (2nd April)   Ashburton Anniversary... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT RESULTS from Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    10 May 2016

      Here are the April results from our top two regions. High session scores from all regions follow shortly. We hope these will be produced monthly from now on.         Howick 1 session Junior... read more here

  • Tournament Results from Central Districts and Wellington Regions

    10 May 2016

    There's some very high scoring down Kairangi,South Wairarapa and Wanganui way. Session High Scores will follow very soon. Waipukurau 5A Open Pairs (2nd April)     South Wairarapa Junior Pairs (3rd April)   John... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    6 May 2016

    An Unfortunate Bid The textbook definition of a balanced hand is getting stretched these days.5 card majors in a 5332 shape,  5-4 shapes, 6 card minors (like one last night), even the odd singleton…almost anything goes. For some... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    4 May 2016

    Play Card: Have Meaning You have opened the bidding with a pre-empt and partner leads the ace of your suit. Dummy has queen and another. Your partner knows how many cards he holds in the suit. He can do a quick count as to how many cards declarer... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS with Paul Maxwell

    4 May 2016

    It's been a busy time for tournament players in Wellington. While the local regional congress over the Anzac weekend was a great success by all accounts, I'm coping with a trying situation. Against expectations, the weather was superb. Again.... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    29 Apr 2016

    Playing Russian Roulette with Michael Cornell Or “How high do you go, Joe?” Joe is not his real name. If you are really interested, you could flick through the results on Board 26 at Akarana last night. What you do need to know is... read more here

  • ANZAC WEEKEND BRIDGE IN WELLINGTON

    28 Apr 2016

    It’s the final round of qualification in the Open Teams. You have not had a particularly good match so far against strong opponents. You need a few imps quickly. Those annoying opponents are in the auction again being disruptive.... read more here

  • RICHARD'S THOUGHTS

    28 Apr 2016

    That big step. An important time in the bridge calendar will soon be here for most bridge clubs. It is not the fact that there are lots of tournaments as that seems to be true all year round….or even that elections for regional committees... read more here

  • Central Districts' News with George MacLachlan

    27 Apr 2016

    News about a Central Districts’ player now on the NZ Bridge Board, another who has become a father and one who has been showing his club members how a top player thinks, news of Hawkes' Bay Congress and all the recent Tournament Winners.... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    27 Apr 2016

    MAKING IT TOUGHER That’s what you are there for as a defender. Some contracts cannot be beaten. Some contracts cannot be made. There’s unlucky leads, misplays and misdefences all amounting to some contracts making when they should not... read more here

  • Website Improvements

    27 Apr 2016

    Just to let everyone know that we are working on the Login issue when you select the "Remember Me' option, but it does not work.  We appreciate this is a hassle and do want this fixed as much as you do. Booking and paying... read more here

  • Announcement- NZ Mixed Team for 2016

    26 Apr 2016

    The Selectors are pleased to announce that the following self-funded team has been chosen to represent NZ at Wroclaw in September of this year:   Tom Jacob (playing captain) Andi Boughey James Coutts Ellena Moskovsky Nick Jacob Ella... read more here

  • Tournaments in May 2016

    24 Apr 2016

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  • TALES OF AKARANA

    22 Apr 2016

    THE HIGH ROAD OR THE LOW ROAD? Many Acol pairs rebid 1NT after a suit opening and response from partner with 15-17 hcp and 2NT with 18-19. The rebid of 3NT becomes something of a redundant response, giving you the option of choosing a meaning. My... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    20 Apr 2016

    Time to Shine. So much about play and defence is in the avoidance of errors. So, here’s an opportunity for you to do something positive to beat a contract. Down to business. You are West, playing Teams:   South... read more here

  • Top of the South News

    20 Apr 2016

    A warm welcome to our new correspondent, Jenny Pomeroy. Jenny will be well known to regular players in the TOTS region, always a plus for a regional correspondent, and has been serving on the Regional Committee. As this is the first report... read more here

  • Youth Bridge Weekend 12-14 August 2016

    18 Apr 2016

    Starts Friday evening and finishes Sunday afternoon Learn and enjoy more about bridge and meet other young people who play ... Lots of fun events plus learning more about the game AND plenty of playing bridge Organised by Richard Solomon and... read more here

  • Recent High Session Scores

    15 Apr 2016

    Here are the top session scores from up and down the country from the first three months of 2016. Find a friend's name...maybe even your own. Scores listed are 66% and above.                ... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    15 Apr 2016

    The Effect of Heart Overcalls There is a saying that pairs would be a lot better off as far as imps are concerned if they had never bid a slam. That saying was reinforced for the North-South pairs in the second match at Akarana this week. For... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT RESULTS South Island

    15 Apr 2016

    See the first three months of 2016 results from the South Island regions. Apologies that these have been published a few days after North Island results.  Canterbury Holiday Pairs (January 5th,7th,12th) Otago/Southland Swiss... read more here

  • TOURNAMENT RESULTS from Auckland-Northland and Waikato Bays

    14 Apr 2016

    It's wonderful to participate but it is also nice to achieve and for such achievement to be recognised.   So, while the top placings in most of our tournaments can be found on a club website, it is also nice to see them all... read more here

  • Tournament Results from Central Districts and Wellington Regions

    14 Apr 2016

    See the first three months of 2016 results from the Central Districts and Wellington regions.                                   ... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    13 Apr 2016

    WATCH THOSE PIPS When you start playing bridge, it is all you can do to remember if the ace of a suit has gone, maybe try and count trumps but no more! Usually, even that much is too much. Yet, it does get easier the more you play and after a... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    13 Apr 2016

    Firstly, congratulations to our newest Gold Grandmaster, Jenny Millington, who joins just a handful of females who hold this rank.  Jenny is a great ambassador for bridge in the region and puts a lot of energy back into the game especially... read more here

  • Grosvenor is alive and well..and living in New Zealand

    11 Apr 2016

    Fact is so much weirder than fiction. A “Grosvenor Gambit” is described as “a deliberate error by a defender giving declarer an opportunity to make his contract which the declarer refuses because he expects rational... read more here

  • Tournaments in April 2016

    10 Apr 2016

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  • AUCKLAND NEWS

    8 Apr 2016

    Here we are again, and apologies for producing this a little late. I can only blame, well, myself. The tournament season is now in full swing, so quite a few results for you. First name for this month is definitely Susan. Back in February, David... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    8 Apr 2016

    Getting to Game…the right game.   When one partner has a really strong strong no-trump hand (18 count) and their partner a good long heart suit, you would think getting to 4 would be a formality… but this was not always the... read more here

  • Launch of Directing, Teaching and Master Solvers forums

    7 Apr 2016

    Over 2,000 people have registered on the this NZB website and it seems a good time to add new forums to encourage exchanges of ideas and opinions within the bridge community. These replace the Directing and Teaching forums moderated by Peter... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    6 Apr 2016

    SPOT THE LOSER You accepted your partner’s invitation. So, as they say, it’s your fault if game does not make. You know from the bidding that East has a weak 2 in hearts. West leads 10 to East’s king to be followed by the A on... read more here

  • GOLD COAST CONGRESS - MASTERPOINTS

    4 Apr 2016

    I have recieved and have processed the file from the ABF which includes the Gold Coast Congress Masterpoints. Players records have now been updated to include these awards.   Regards   Alister read more here

  • Heartland New Zealand

    4 Apr 2016

    You may not associate that phrase with Whangaparaoa but one board at the Hibiscus 3A and 8B tournaments last Saturday changed all that. We are all still waiting for the “perfect” hand to be dealt but Board 2 of the second session came... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    1 Apr 2016

    WHEN WILL YOU EVER LEARN “Where have all the trump leads gone, long time passing. Where have all the trump leads gone, long time ago. Where have all the trump leads gone, gone to wise bridge players every one. When will they ever learn,... read more here

  • Canterbury News

    31 Mar 2016

                                Find out who has been doing well in recent Canterbury events. Daylight saving ends... read more here

  • RICHARD'S THOUGHTS

    31 Mar 2016

                            As promised, a look each month at one aspect of our game. This time, we have an interesting idea on the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    30 Mar 2016

    Too Good To Lead We all have been frustrated when we fail to beat 3NT when the computer analysis says 8 tricks is the limit…but when 6 tricks is the limit for declarer, it is even more frustrating. What went wrong? Firstly, though, you... read more here

  • Double and Off

    29 Mar 2016

    That’s Susan Humphries  who had a wonderful Easter Week-end at the Auckland Bridge Club with victory in both the Open Pairs (with Michael Whibley) and with Steph Jacob, Michael Whibley and Matthew Brown in the Open Teams. Then, later... read more here

  • It's crazy...but it's true

    29 Mar 2016

    Easter Madness at Auckland The two day Teams event at the Auckland Bridge Club brought out the bizarre in the card dealer…and where the cards were not wild, the players contrived to make them so. This is not really an article about good... read more here

  • Board News

    25 Mar 2016

             They meet almost every month, have phone-ins at regular intervals and as individuals are constantly working for the betterment of our game. What do they talk about? Well, we can bring you some of... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    25 Mar 2016

    JUST ANOTHER DEFENSIVE DECISION…. You’ve got the bidding, your hand and dummy to look at. You’ve even seen the play to the first three tricks. It can’t be too hard…can it? You are North. South... read more here

  • Beginner Lesson Quiz 6 error

    24 Mar 2016

    There was an error in Quiz 6 for the Beginner Lessons.  The hands for the first question were incorrect.  They have now been fixed and reloaded on the website.  Open this news item, then click on the links if you wish to open them... read more here

  • Northland News

    23 Mar 2016

    Welcome to Sue Brown who presents the first on-line news from Northland....and what a great piece of news she has to start with, a great success for a Northland player. Northland is celebrating its first ever player to achieve selection for the... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    23 Mar 2016

    THOSE PART-SCORES ARE IMPORTANT TOO. No matter what form of the game you are playing, you want to be on the right end of the part-score battles, both in the bidding but also in the play and defence. Many examples deals are about the action in... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    18 Mar 2016

    WILD and WONDERFUL That’s if you end up on the right side of the pendulum. I was a little surprised that only just over half the tables got to grips with Board 26. Firstly, let me give you the problem I faced…and really did not find... read more here

  • The 30th WBF WORLD WIDE BRIDGE CONTEST

    18 Mar 2016

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  • SPRING WORLD ON-LINE WOMEN'S BRIDGE FESTIVAL

    17 Mar 2016

    The World Bridge Federation and BBO present the Spring Online Women's Worldwide Bridge Festival. Calling Women's Pairs. To be held from 4th – 10th April 2016              ... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    16 Mar 2016

    Brad and Moss Wylie will share the reporting duties in bringing bridge news from down south every couple of months. They are two of the keenest bridge players in their region and will keep you up to date with what is happening. G'day from down... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    16 Mar 2016

    “THEY ARE NOT THAT BRILLIANT, ARE THEY?” Just another board to plan at trick one. You are in 4 having shown great discipline in not opening a weak 2 with a good four card heart suit in your hand. They lead an annoying Q. Over to you?... read more here

  • A BUSY WEEK-END'S BRIDGE

    15 Mar 2016

    Some nice weather and plenty of bridge played last week-end. Here are the names of those who won the various competitions. Bridge is very much alive and well.   Taranaki Congress     click here for all results Marion... read more here

  • What's new ...

    15 Mar 2016

    Welcome to the updated New Zealand Bridge website:  you should notice a few improvements.  If you register once1 on the My NZB page using your NZB Computer number your Masterpoints will appear automatically each time you visit the... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    11 Mar 2016

     AVOIDING FAILURE : Once more to Wednesday night at the Akarana Bridge Club.... When 9 out of 13 Akarana declarers fail in a reasonable and according to Deep Finesse makeable 4 contract, we should have a look and see what went wrong. At the... read more here

  • A GREAT WELLINGTON WEEK-END;NORTH ISLAND TEAMS

    10 Mar 2016

    Wellington was the venue for the third qualifying event for the 2016 National Trials. Not that all 36 teams had a trip to Poland on their mind. The large field, following on 38 in Auckland and 28 in Dunedin, was proof that these events are... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    10 Mar 2016

    SPOT THE DANGER HAND Can you? If you can, it will help you to find the winning play on the following deal. Here is your hand and dummy after the 9 lead from West. Both sides are vulnerable.        ... read more here

  • Board Elections- March 2016

    9 Mar 2016

      New Zealand Bridge congratulates Carol Richardson & Noel Woodhall the successful candidates in the recent Board elections. Carol and Noel will commence their term from 1st April 2016.     read more here

  • New Zealand International Teams Announcement

    9 Mar 2016

    The make-up of the three teams to represent New Zealand at the 2016 Olympiad In Poland in August has just been announced. The following have been selected after the completion last week-end of the third of the qualifying events, the North Island... read more here

  • WELLINGTON REGIONAL NEWS

    9 Mar 2016

    Welcome to the first news from the Wellington area with Paul Maxwell. The weather has been great and so has the bridge. Read on.  The Wellington Regional Bridge Committee ran a Junior League during 2015. This initiative was well received by... read more here

  • GOLD COAST TEAMS FINAL UPDATE

    4 Mar 2016

    Congratulations to Royle Epsom's Kinga Hajmasi and Andrew Michl whose team won the Restricted Teams competition. Kinga (far left) and Andrew with their Australian teammates. Their team won the 48 board final 113.1-108 imps after a 30-15 win... read more here

  • TALES OF AKARANA

    4 Mar 2016

    For those of you who do not know, the Akarana Bridge Club is different from any other in this country in that it plays only Teams events. When we say “Teams”, we also include Swiss Pairs and even the occasional “Point A... read more here

  • New Zealand National Bridge Congress Update. What's New in Hamilton?

    3 Mar 2016

    Saturday September 24th –Saturday October 1st 2016 Many have just returned from a glorious week at the Gold Coast Congress. It seems months away until our own National Congress in Hamilton, seven at the time this was published. Watch out... read more here

  • Central Districts' News

    2 Mar 2016

    As usual, the western area started the year with three Picnic Tournaments, at New Plymouth, Hawera and Wanganui. The overall winner, and winner of the Upson Cup, was New Plymouth’s Pushpa and Ravi Modgill with the respective heat winners... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    2 Mar 2016

    OVERBIDDING SHOULD NOT PAY “They overbid to a silly slam and it was just too hard to find the lead to beat it” said a mournful South after a slam had slithered home giving the defenders a rank bottom board. Judge for yourself whether... read more here

  • FINE WEATHER, FINE COMPETITION IN DUNEDIN

    1 Mar 2016

    THE SOUTH ISLAND TEAMS Yes, Dunedin produced both for the South Island Teams whose field of 28 teams contained all those trialling for this year’s international selection. The only thing missing for those who sat North-South was a total... read more here

  • THE GREAT UNDERLEADS OF 2015 by Richard Solomon

    1 Mar 2016

    Lead low and down they go.....   No!      We’ve had a lot of reminiscing in the media about sporting and musical exploits in 2015. This is one category of “greats” which so far has not been seen. We... read more here

  • GOLD COAST TEAMS

    26 Feb 2016

    Some Kiwi successes, some near misses at the end of the three days, 12 rounds Swiss Teams. Congratulations to Michael Ware, GeO Tislevoll, Michael Cornell and Ashley Bach whose respective teams made the top 6 in the Open competition and... read more here

  • RICHARD'S THOUGHTS

    26 Feb 2016

    This is the first of a monthly series when "the floor is mine". THE WAY WE WERE: THE WAY WE WILL BE This may just go on to the New Zealand Bridge website to the “converted” though hopefully also it will be seen by others more used... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    24 Feb 2016

    “DON’T GO DOWN, PARTNER” 33 points, plenty of trumps, no threat of a shortage in the opponents’ hands but several declarers failed to make their 6 slam. Let’s look at the deal below and see what happened.  ... read more here

  • WAIKATO BAYS NEWS with Anna Kalma

    24 Feb 2016

    Hello from the Waikato Bays region and my first column as the nominated correspondent (i.e. couldn’t think of an excuse fast enough when asked). What to write? No sweat – I will ring around some of the movers and shakers in the region... read more here

  • KIWI NEWS FROM THE GOLD COAST

    23 Feb 2016

    Are there any New Zealand Bridge players still in New Zealand?  By a rough count, 177 of them have crossed the Tasman to go to the Gold Coast Congress. By the end of Monday, the Pairs competitions had been completed. There is a pretty good... read more here

  • AUCKLAND NEWS

    18 Feb 2016

    Auckland News with Douglas Russell This week's News comes from the city with the most bridge clubs and traffic jams in the country. Any connection between the two? If only.... Well, it is nice to see that reports from the regions have come... read more here

  • RIGHT TIME: RIGHT PLACE

    18 Feb 2016

    So you think that knowing the time and the place of a bridge tournament are pretty important? Many bridge players struggle to remember the starting time. “Was it 9.30am or 10.00am?” “Was that the time for morning tea or when... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    17 Feb 2016

    As a defender, one of your aims is to make life as easy as possible for your partner. With that in mind, plan your defence on the following deal. Teams. Dealer North. Vul E/W. You are South.... read more here

  • BEV SMITH 1940-2015

    10 Feb 2016

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  • NEWS FROM THE REGIONS: CANTERBURY

    10 Feb 2016

    Welcome to the first of what we hope will be a regular weekly review of what has been happening bridge-wise around the country. Our aim is to focus on one region per week…and seeing it is summer, and we have some lovely summery news,... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE for Improving Players

    10 Feb 2016

    HOW MANY TRUMPS? Trumps can be dangerous objects in the hands of the defenders. Sometimes, though, we have to leave them in play, waiting to cause us grief. What’s your plan in making 11 tricks with the following cards?... read more here

  • THE LEGAL DRUG

    9 Feb 2016

    Say “No” to Drugs” Google quotes Pattaya as “a town on Thailand’s Eastern Gulf Coast known for a wild nightlife scene that attracts international visitors, weekenders from Bangkok and expats.” Not any more.... read more here

  • 2017 tournament schedule

    7 Feb 2016

    The Regional Committees are refining the 2017 club tournaments timetable and the national tournament scheduler Rona Driscoll expects the 2017 tournament to be finalised by July or earlier. If you need sight of the draft schedule (which is subject... read more here

  • Kiwi busted in Thai bridge scandal

    5 Feb 2016

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11584884 read more here

  • Bridge at The Gay Pride Festival

    4 Feb 2016

    PLAY BRIDGE AT THE "PROUD TO PLAY" GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL You do not have to be gay. Anyone can play. The Trusts Arena65-67 Central Park DriveHenderson, Aucklandstarts      February 15th 2016 (Monday) at... read more here

  • PLAY and DEFENCE

    3 Feb 2016

    NOT FOR THE DEFENCE’S BENEFIT. What’s the ultimate insult for a defender, defending a no-trump contract? You make a bad lead…and…get the suit you led played straight back at you! You may feel deflated… but do not... read more here

  • TALES OF TAURANGA

    2 Feb 2016

    Strange stories of those who did not win.  The Tauranga Mini Congress  Week-end. January 30th- February 1st 2016 The Bay turned on a pretty good wettish weekend for bridge which suited the host club with a roomful of players for all... read more here

  • KIWIS IN CANBERRA

    29 Jan 2016

    Of all the Kiwis who went across to Canberra’s Summer Festival of Bridge, the most successful was Auckland’s Nick Jacob. Nick certainly landed himself a very good partner in the shape of Ishmael Del’Monte. Nick and Ishmael... read more here

  • 2016 Lesson material

    28 Jan 2016

    The 2016 Lesson material has now been transferred over from the old site, INCLUDING the revamped powerpoint presentations. Please note, the layout on the page is a little different (for the better we hope). The Dealer files are now lower... read more here

  • REMEMBERING ALEX

    28 Jan 2016

    Past Editor of New Zealand Bridge Magazine, bridge club founder, Alex Moore, a very colourful character, died on the 30th December 2015. He was 68 and suffered a major heart attack. Alex Alex had a variety of careers and a very varied life. He... read more here

  • PLAYING THE CARDS

    26 Jan 2016

    In this series of articles, we will feature hands played well or where there could be, shall we say, a little room for improvement. You learn to finesse at an early stage in your bridge career. It is so often the pathway to scoring extra tricks.... read more here

  • Young,Enthusiastic and with Passion

    25 Jan 2016

    Yes, we are talking about bridge, not always an activity associated with the youth of our society. When we talk of young bridge players, some say we are talking about those in their 30’s and 40’s. Not any more as there is a quiet,... read more here

  • BRIDGE ARTICLES ON THE NEW WEBSITE

    19 Jan 2016

      Welcome to the new New Zealand Bridge website. We hope it will retain the best of its predecessor but in other aspects will be a big improvement. Technology is fast changing. We aim to keep New Zealand Bridge abreast of the latest changes.... read more here

  • PLAYING THE CARDS

    19 Jan 2016

    In this series of articles, we will feature hands played well or where there could be, shall we say, a little room for improvement. We will start off with a deal which was played very nicely by a bridge personality more associated with directing.... read more here

  • THAMES TEN YEARS ON

    15 Jan 2016

    The second week-end of January saw the eleventh anniversary celebrations of the Thames Coromandel Summer Bridge Festival. The Congress was the idea of the late Allan Barclay and was started at the time when January was a relatively uncluttered... read more here

  • International Squads for 2016

    13 Jan 2016

    OPEN Matthew Brown and Michael Whibley Nick Jacob and Glenn Coutts Tom Jacob and Brian Mace Michael Ware and Geo Tislevoll Ashley Bach and Michael Cornell James Coutts and Sam Coutts Alan Grant and Anthony Ker... read more here

  • List of Club & Regional Secretaries - Updated 24 Jan 2016

    13 Jan 2016

    Club & Regional Secretaries.pdf  read more here

  • Qualified Directors

    13 Jan 2016

    List of Qualified Directors 5 January 2016.pdf (0.21MB) read more here

  • Playing the Game

    12 Jan 2016

    In this series of articles, we will feature hands played well or where there could be, shall we say, a little room for improvement. We will start off with a deal which was played very nicely by a bridge personality more associated with directing.... read more here

  • Playing and Defending - for Those new to the Game

    22 Dec 2015

    by Richard Solomon THE WAY WE WERE A neat song and a title so true of our wonderful game. If you can play a bit now, remember back to those oh so confusing days when you started. The play of the following hand really happened. I know. I watched... read more here

  • Running Diamonds

    22 Dec 2015

    Two successive deals on a recent Monday night had a certain theme connecting them. On both of them, the opening lead was a diamond and in both cases, dummy had a five card diamond suit. This was the first: Dealer... read more here

  • SAVING YOUR TEAM

    22 Dec 2015

    When your opposition get into an aggressive but making contract, a defender has to do something pretty drastic to save the day for their team. That was certainly the case when Franklin Club player, Christine Egelmeer, found herself on lead to... read more here

  • Rejuvenating a Bridge Club Presentation

    24 Sep 2015

    Jane Stearn's presentation "Rejuvenating a Bridge Club" is now available to view on YouTube. read more here

  • Appointment- New Zealand Bridge Foundation

    23 Sep 2015

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  • NZ Bridge- Social Media Policy

    22 Sep 2015

    NZ Bridge Social Media Policy Document read more here

  • Club Directors Exams

    10 Sep 2015

    EXAMINATIONS FOR DIRECTORS 2015 31st Oct & 1st Nov 2015 (Club Directors Exams) read more here

  • Documents Released for 2016 International Team Selections

    24 Aug 2015

    Follow the link to download the documents for 2016 read more here

  • Recenlty Qualified Club Directors

    24 Aug 2015

    Congratulations!! read more here

  • NZ National Congress

    6 Jul 2015

    26th September - 3rd October. Don't forget to register now. Entry fees for main events/packages are discounted if paid by 31st August. Click here to visit the Congress website to enter or view entries read more here

  • The Young are coming and getting good, too

    6 Jul 2015

    by Richard Solomon Those who say that bridge is just something one’s grandmother plays have not been to the Howick-Pakuranga area recently. There is plenty of bridge being played there by those who are still at school. The... read more here

  • NZ Youth Teams Event - 25 September 2015

    24 Apr 2015

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  • BULLETIN ANNOUNCING 2015 TEAMS

    18 Mar 2015

      The Selectors have chosen the following teams:   APBF BANGKOK   OPEN Ashley Bach and Mike Cornell Gary Chen and Richard Solomon Glenn Coutts and Nick Jacob   Reserve... read more here

  • NZ Youth Teams Event

    15 Feb 2015

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  • Youth Bridge Weekend

    28 Jan 2015

    Learn and enjoy more about bridge and meet other young people who play ... Lots of fun events plus learning more about the game AND plenty of playing bridge read more here

  • NZ Bridge Inc - 2015 Annual Report

    22 Sep 2014

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  • NZ Bridge Electronic System Card Now Available

    15 Aug 2013

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  • New Grand Masters

    5 Jul 2012

    Congratulations to all our new Grand Masters who are rising up in the ranks. Updated 10 July 2015   read more here

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