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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 May 2021

    “Make it Easy on yourself”. Burt Bacharach may not have been thinking of playing a 6 spade contract when he wrote a song with these words but he might have done! They applied to the following contract. Your partner had taken a plunge... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 May 2021

    “Pass” in the “Pass Out” seat? For less experienced and others. Recently, I surveyed a row of +140s for North-South, in 2 hearts making an overtrick almost without exception. East-West were cold to make 3 clubs and there... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    6 May 2021

    Northland's Player of the Year 2020. Greetings all. It’s me again, here from the Winterless North. The last few months have been very busy with tournaments galore and we are seeing more and more visitors to the North attending these... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 May 2021

    Jan’s Day: Bold Bidding..and Play to match. Today’s deal features some adventuresome bidding and required some excellent declarer play to bring home the contract. If you are going to “bid them up”, at times you will need... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 145

    5 May 2021

      Click here to enjoy the show Included ths week:   Hairy sasquatch hits the Bridge Zone         Judge Julie   gives some tips when partners argue at the table        ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 May 2021

    Give us a Break. A good break, a favourable break. There seems nothing much wrong with the contract and indeed, the computer analysis has a “7” under the spade column indicating you can wrap up all 13 tricks. Yet, this is not some... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 May 2021

    Any Regrets? You have opened very light in high card points, with just 9 to be exact. You have good holdings in both major suits and had every intention to play in one of them if your partner drove the partnership to game. Yet, an... read more here

  • The new Congress Entry system is good to go !

    3 May 2021

    Like a fine cheese, good things take time ! We are pleased to announce that because we no longer have packages, we are able to introduce a proper shopping cart for Congress events on our website.  This reduces the steps for users... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    30 Apr 2021

    Welcome back (again!) to the Auckland/Northland Regional Roundup. We are now pretty much back to normal, with the tournament schedule running full tilt. Phew! But first, a shout out for our local megastar and NZ’s only Platinum Grandmaster,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Apr 2021

    QUICK THINKING NICK. Today’s hand comes from the recent Anzac Teams in Wellington. Winning this event were Peter Newell, Martin Reid, Malcolm Mayer and Michael Ware. Michael, in particular, has had a fabulous few months at the bridge table... read more here

  • Improve your Defence

    30 Apr 2021

    Check out this free video course on defence by our own Pam Livingston (current member of the NZ team).   To sign up click this link:  https://learnbridgeonline.com/pam-livingston/   In half of all bridge hands your side is... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Apr 2021

    Trump support? Is that all, partner? Minimal Support…for less experienced players and others. There are times in bidding when you have to raise your partner to game with very little support for the intended trump suit, even occasionally... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Apr 2021

    Jan’s Day. The “Weak” No Trump Overcalls. The two hands below were dealt some 35 years apart. One may not even have been dealt by a dealing machine! The other occurred very recently! Take a look at them and guess what they have... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 144

    28 Apr 2021

    Click here to enjoy the show Included this week:  Whoops – what went wrong… Judge Julie shares   At the pond with Kermit Pam has a hand that gets a write up in the local rag That rag is The London Daily Times... read more here

  • 2021 National Bridge Congress Update April 2021

    27 Apr 2021

    We know that many of you are wanting to enter the National Congress. We are requesting you to enter all events in advance. Just now, you are unable to do so. We are introducing a changed system for entering and paying for events. This has... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Apr 2021

    You Failed? Well, your contract did and you seemed to do nothing wrong: just bad luck, perhaps. Occasionally, you get that no matter at what level of bridge ability you play. How “bad” was the luck here? North... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Apr 2021

    Cracking an old chestnut? Can we? We want to show a long strong suit in a good hand by jumping but that tends to hide our good holding in the other major, responder’s suit. There again, how good is our long suit? Can we solve that problem,... read more here

  • New Zealand vs Australia - ZONE 7 Playoffs

    23 Apr 2021

    Sat 22 and Sun 23 May 2021 Zonal Playoffs NZ vs Aus.pdf read more here

  • Wellington Regional Congress- Link to Results

    23 Apr 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Apr 2021

    Remember the Bidding? It can throw up plenty of clues when you later end up as declarer or even with a key decision as a defender. Sometimes the bidding is a guide: on other occasions, it throws up stone-cold certainties. The bidding happened... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Apr 2021

      Which bridge player is in this picture and where is it taken? My guess is that you do not know the answer to either question. That is why you will need to read today’s Jan’s Day article to find out the answers.  ... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 143

    21 Apr 2021

      Here is the link to this week's show. Included this week:   Rugby is the new Bridge       Do you bring home or find dirty laundry     Daniel Sivan’s Upcoming Bridge documentary  ... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    20 Apr 2021

    Geraldine 8B February 21st.             There were two noteworthy surprises at this tournament. On the weekend before I had broached with my partner Neville Newburn, what system we might... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Apr 2021

    CHOICES… Restricted ones. I hate the sound of the words, “Restricted Choice”  (did West have to play an honour or choose to?) so much so that even though today’s hand seems to centre on a “Restricted... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Apr 2021

            But worth a mention? Bidding with not much. Recently, I played with a first-time partner. We had a chance to have a brief system discussion covering the main areas of bidding and, as usual, about 3.5... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Apr 2021

                    Egg on One’s Face? Some bidding situations seem easy. Others are a wee bit harder and then there are those which seem much worse! Opposition... read more here

  • Congratulations to our new Grand Master

    15 Apr 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Apr 2021

      score.  The Aim is for making Game.. for less experienced players and others Well, you like to make overtricks especially if you are playing Pairs but number one rule whatever version of the game you are playing is to make the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Apr 2021

     Jan Cormack. The “Joys” of Pre-emption. Pre-emptive bids not only describe a particular hand shape very well (that is most people’s pre-empts do!) but they can make the bidding extremely difficult for the opposition: very... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 142

    14 Apr 2021

    Here is the link to this week's show.   Included this week:       Mouse C Darling fesses up     Barry and Improvers Lessons  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Apr 2021

    The Killer and the Argument at Tauranga. A nice friendly game is bridge. We are all friends even when the action at the table does not go our way. So, today, we look at the “Killer Lead” and the argument. Well, who would dare pick a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Apr 2021

    A Fine Line…. Both between success and failure and also taken by the declarer in the final contract…..which was? Let’s review the bidding to reach that final spot with the Panel today coming down with a vengeance against an... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Apr 2021

             The Simple Way? Bidding is simple. Well, it can be. Shall we take the simple line on today’s deal? Shall we simply tell our partner we have support for their suit? If the answer is... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    9 Apr 2021

    This report picks up at the start of March, with the Invercargill 8B Pairs on March 6th . 18 pairs contested this, with locals taking out the trifecta in the main competition.     % 1st Kevin Skoropada... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Apr 2021

    Damned if you do: Damned if you don’t. Covering Honours. For less experienced players and others Is that how you feel when you cover an honour with one of your honours? If you do, you seem to solve declarer’s problem for them and if... read more here

  • A Passion for Bridge

    7 Apr 2021

    Meet Sonya Adams. You may not have heard of Sonya especially if you do not live in Central Otago. However, she is having a big impact on the Wanaka Club which has just started two Learners sessions at the club with 44 attending, more than double... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Apr 2021

    Listening and Caring. A title which applies equally to life and to bridge. Clues of how to play a board can often come from the bidding. Take a look at the following and decide how you would play your game contract before reading on.... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 141

    7 Apr 2021

      Click here to enjoy the show Included this week:     At the pond with Kermit             Pam shares the third discipline  ... read more here

  • World Bridge Tour Open On-line Teams

    7 Apr 2021

    World Bridge Tour (see below) is the result of leading bridge players wishing to arrange international online tournaments while at the same time ensuring the integrity of those tournaments. About World Bridge Tour At the World Bridge Tour (WBT)... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Apr 2021

                    Too Obvious? My comment to the Panel when giving them the problem that follows was that if anyone suggested that there would be a united panel in respect... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Apr 2021

    Ruth Brucker Neat play and bidding for first A Point victory. Today’s hand featured in a tournament last Saturday at the Marlborough Bridge Club and forms part of an article submitted by one of the victors, Wellington’s John... read more here

  • Baden Wilson Trophy- 2021 Year to date

    1 Apr 2021

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Apr 2021

    Are you having us on? As if I would. On any day. Even maybe on this day. Recently, a rather unusual occurrence took place in an Open tournament. Your partner led the Q against a major game. Dummy held  52 doubleton and you held K3 doubleton.... read more here

  • Top 10 in each Rank - Ranks Report- Year to date 31 Mar 2021

    1 Apr 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 Mar 2021

    Jan’s Day: Remembering John Today’s deal is in memory of NZ Bridge Life Member, John Evitt, who died recently. A potentially tough play hand for many but grand slam bid and made for John.   South DealsBoth Vul... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -140

    31 Mar 2021

    Click here to enjoy the show Included this week: Top of the world to ya   68.98%  Results Waikato Area Pairs Hamilton Intermediate and Junior Marlborough Teams NZ Bridge Board elections Bridge Zone – Zone 7... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    31 Mar 2021

     Sharleen's been on the move. See below. Congratulations to our newest Silver Grand Master, Brian Cleaver. His most recent tournament was the Paraparaumu Open, just a few days ago on the 28th March. He started off well, topping the EW pairs... read more here

  • Announcment- NZ Teams to contest the Zone 7 Play Offs against Australia

    30 Mar 2021

    NZ Teams 2021 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Mar 2021

    Disappointed Opponents. It is kind of what you would like to see on every board though that of course does not happen. However, on the following deal both the opponents were to be disappointed about the lie of a red suit, once by the dastardly... read more here

  • Our New and Re-Elected Board Members

    30 Mar 2021

    Welcome to the new and returning New Zealand Bridge Board Members. With 7 candidates standing for 4 places, there will be some disappointments. New Zealand Bridge really appreciates the level of interest shown and hopes that those who were not... read more here

  • Board Elections- 2021

    29 Mar 2021

     New Zealand Bridge congratulates the following who were successful in the recent Board elections and will commence their 3-year term of office from 1st  April 2021. Sam Coutts Anna Kalma Karen Martelletti John Skipper  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Mar 2021

    Hard to Make: Hard to Defeat. When a game contract is made 14 times, even a few times with an overtrick, and fails just four times, you would think the right is on the declarer’s side, that the contract should be made. Indeed, that would be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Mar 2021

                                     And Double is? Well, we know what our double meant... read more here

  • Remembering John

    26 Mar 2021

    John Evitt - 1946-2021. A strong force at and away from the table. Recent converts to the New Zealand bridge world may not be too familiar with the name of John Evitt. John passed away last weekend in Auckland after a period of ill-health. He... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Mar 2021

    Call the police! SUIT STOLEN …for less experienced players and others. What do you do when instead of opening your lovely long and strong suit at the 1-level, the opposition open it for you? You might think you could bid the suit... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    24 Mar 2021

      Twenty years ago, Hawera club stalwarts Alan and Kevin Upson donated an impressive trophy to be presented to the highest net score pair after the three picnic tournaments played at New Plymouth, Wanganui and Hawera.  All three... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Mar 2021

           It’s Jan’s Day.     Calling Sherlock. Well, actually, you do not need him as you can do all the detective work yourself. So, do you have your magnifying glass ready? Be prepared... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -139

    24 Mar 2021

      Here is the link to this week's show   INcluded this week:   Focus   How do you turn it on from the start at a tourney…         Lies at the table  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Mar 2021

    Out of this World. It started as a “will I/won’t I” double a pre-emptive opening. It ended as a rather amazing auction. South DealsNone Vul     ♠ A 10 9 ♥ A K... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Mar 2021

      The importance of Signals. They can only be a guide but at times a really useful guide. Sometimes, though, to get the right answer, you have to ask the right question and, arguably, our West on the deal below did not do that, to their... read more here

  • Passing of a Great New Zealand Bridge Personality

    22 Mar 2021

    It is with great sadness that during last weekend, we have to report that, in Auckland, John Evitt died. John was a former Chairman and Member of the Managment Committee which preceded The Board and was also for very many years a member of the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Mar 2021

    Damned if you do..and damned if you don’t...  ....bid, that is! Making a bid on the hand below seems extremely risky but then so is passing! As you are in the “pass-out” seat, there is no-one left to save you if you needed... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Mar 2021

    For the right event.                        A Wish comes true. It sounds like when it happens you should then have made your contract.... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -138

    18 Mar 2021

        Judge Julie rules     Bid out of turn     The Birds are in town this week       Albatross   Swans   Dodo’s   and the …….    ... read more here

  • Club Level Director Exams May 2021

    17 Mar 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Mar 2021

    Jan’s Day: A “Freaky” Day. There’s nothing very balanced about the two deals featured today. Indeed, of the 8 hands, the closest to being balanced had two doubletons! The two deals include 4 void suits and 5 singletons.... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    17 Mar 2021

     in memoriam: Naida and Howard Sadd. It has been a busy start to the year for the dealers with most tournaments being either Teams or Swiss Pairs.  We kicked off this year with the Marlborough 10A Teams at the end of January.  A... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Mar 2021

     National Swiss winners, Michael Ware and Grant Jarvis. Great Weekend: Freak Hands. National Swiss Pairs. The National Swiss Pairs, held last weekend at the Wellington Bridge Club, provided interest from start to finish. It started with a... read more here

  • Congratulations to our new Silver Grand Master

    15 Mar 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Mar 2021

    Creating an Illusion? Psychology is one aspect of bridge. What does it mean when an opponent fires back at you the suit you have just played? When you are in a small slam and have lost one trick, you cannot afford to make too many wrong guesses!... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Mar 2021

      A Lighter Look.     “Memories”.  For many years, our National Congress featured an “Even Homer Nods” award where an award was made at the end of Congress for the top player who made a bit... read more here

  • NZ 15A National Swiss Pairs Wellington

    12 Mar 2021

    Link to Results read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Mar 2021

      “I heard you, partner….but!” For Less Experienced Players..and Others When only 1 out of 8 pairs reached the right game on the following deal in a “not so new” player session, it seemed worth investigating... read more here

  • National Swiss Pairs Update: There WILL be bridge

    11 Mar 2021

      With no government announcement yet as to whether Auckland will move to Level 1 for this coming weekend, the situation over the status of the event remains unclear.   What is clear is that there will be a 2- day 15A Swiss Pairs... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    11 Mar 2021

    Read on to see the bridge connection...well, maybe! Greetings once more from the Winterless North. It seems like forever ago I did my last round up and, checking in, it was indeed way back in 2020. So, we have a fair bit of catching up to do.... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -137

    11 Mar 2021

      Included this week:     Larry Cohen talks about online resources and Marty Bergen At the pond with Kermit Touching cards Judge Julie Rules on flashing cards Barry and Mereana chat about having a pulse   Click... read more here

  • 2021 National Bridge Congress Update March 2021

    10 Mar 2021

    At a time when so many are sad about the cancellation of the Taranaki Bridge Congress, let’s look for some better news with respect to our National Congress. Sponsorship from Apex Car Hire We mentioned last time that Apex will be a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Mar 2021

    “You get the coffees, partner!” Jan’s Day: Who Gets to Play? One decision we have to make during the bidding is the level we wish to play. Another is which partner should be declarer. When you have bid and agreed a suit, or... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Mar 2021

    8 + 2 = Not Enough That’s enough tricks when you are in 4 of a major contract but the answer is one short of what you need when you are in a minor suit game. 10 tricks equate to down 1. Oh, from where do those numbers come? The number of... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 1 for 2021

    9 Mar 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Mar 2021

    Choices! You have had one or two little problems going round the room, some tricky decisions and you did not get them all right. Why are you always in the hot seat…or so it seems? Anyway, you pick up a flat four count. It’s time for... read more here

  • Tournament Level Directors Assessment Weekend

    8 Mar 2021

    TMT Level Directors Assessment April 2021 read more here

  • National Swiss Pairs Update: There WILL be bridge

    6 Mar 2021

      This event is scheduled to take place over the weekend of March 13th/14th at the Wellington Bridge Club. As at 6th March, there are 84 pairs entered of which 17 contain at least one player from the Auckland “lockdown” area and... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Mar 2021

    Judgement Call Well, nearly every bid we make at the bridge table involves some level of judgement, unless we literally answer how many aces we hold or the like. We are not nearly at that level yet. We are about to, maybe, open the bidding and,... read more here

  • Gold Coast Congress Announcement

    5 Mar 2021

    Many Kiwi bridge players will be delighted to hear this announcement from Queensland Bridge Association Manager, Kim Ellaway. "After many months of negotiation, the Gold Coast Convention Centre has been secured for the 2022 Gold Coast Congress,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Mar 2021

             For Less Experienced Players…and Others.          Some Days it isn’t and Some Days it is! That is the worth of King doubleton! Only a few days... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News from Anna Kalma

    4 Mar 2021

    101 years young, Mavis Meyer. We’ve seen a great start to the year based on participation at local tournaments with booked out notices going up well in advance of the event day.    Of course, the latest change to alert... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    3 Mar 2021

    Welcome back (again!) to another report from Fortress Auckland. What with Christmas, New Year, summer breaks and snap lockdowns, it has been a bit of a stop-start period for us here. Nevertheless, we have managed to sneak in some live bridge in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Mar 2021

      Jan’s Day: Exciting Slam Leads   We gave you one lead problem overnight. Today, we have two slams as reported by Jan where the lead was or could have been crucial. This is what we left you with yesterday:  ... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -136

    3 Mar 2021

    Included this week:     At the pond with Kermit   Defenders tip – touching cards             Taranaki Congress  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Mar 2021

    A Difficult Deal. You have been dealt a strong hand and with your partner in the bidding, you know you are going to be in game. Indeed, on a different day, you might even have been thinking of slam. Yet, there’s a good philosophy that you... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Mar 2021

      A No Trump Link. We left you on Friday with two bridge hands and asked you the link between the two of them. A little unfair question, really, considering the lack of information given. Hopefully, you have not spent too much of the... read more here

  • Taranaki Bridge Congress

    28 Feb 2021

      Following the events of yesterday the organisers of the Taranaki Bridge Congress have made the very difficult decision to cancel the event.   The organising committee agonised over this decision but the risk of waiting for a change... read more here

  • Covid Advisory with respect to Bridge

    27 Feb 2021

    Deep down we all know we have not reached the end of this awful virus, but we all hoped that the authorities would control the virus at the border and avoid community spread.We now know our ordinary lives have once again been put on hold. Auckland... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Feb 2021

      Don’t Change Course: You might just be steering in the right direction.   Well, that statement is not always true as there are times when a switch is required when you are defending. However, sometimes the most passive defence... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 135

    26 Feb 2021

      Included this week:   At the pond with Kermit   Plonk, the beach and Congress Email winner announced Book competition Gaining the mental edge at Bridge The book heads off to Invercargill   Judge Julie rules... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Feb 2021

      For Less Experienced Players:  Minor Nightmare!   Well, it should have been a fun hand. You have 13 cards distributed as evenly as possible among the two minor suits, two decent suits as well, as both were headed by the KQ..and... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Feb 2021

      Wise old owl!   Jan’s Day: Smart Defence Only a few days ago, we told you how Bridge is a game of mistakes, or of avoiding them. Today’s article is an exception, with the hand won by good inspired defence. Equally... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Feb 2021

                        Planning….   You are lucky if you can make a plan to make your contract, “lucky” in the sense that you have a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Feb 2021

      On the same Wavelength.   Are you? You and your partner. Every so often, even the most experienced partnership will sometimes hit unfamiliar territory in their bidding but they should have the more common situations off pat. That... read more here

  • Message from the Organisers of the Taranaki Bridge Congress

    22 Feb 2021

          Thank you for entering the Congress. Whilst all details are on the flyer, we are reminding players of the following:     All events are being held at the Plymouth International Hotel (5 minutes’ walk from... read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    19 Feb 2021

    Recently a couple of people have asked whether I was still writing reports for New Zealand Bridge and the Canterbury region. Well in 2020, Covid threw the reports schedule into disarray as many tournaments were cancelled. Even Nationals at... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Feb 2021

      If it’s in the way, discard it! Would you believe that we are talking about an ace…and that we are playing a no-trump contract? Aces are normally handy cards to have… and so was this particular ace for a while.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Feb 2021

      Whichever guess is wrong!   For the less experienced   The right finesse is no finesse!   This is a story of two declarers. One was rather more successful than the other in their quest for 10 tricks. Indeed, while one... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 134

    18 Feb 2021

    Included this week:   Results   South Island Teams         Christchurch Bell Taylor... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Feb 2021

      Partner’s Error is Your Mistake. So, you want to see brilliancies? Then, do not look at most stories about bridge hands. Occasionally, a good lead or play or defence, a thoughtful bid, perhaps. For the main, it is a story of... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Feb 2021

     Jan Cormack Jan’s Day: Attitude.   “If only they would learn to concentrate, then perhaps they could become a top player!” This seems to be a common complaint regarding most up and coming bridge players. In fact, it... read more here

  • South Island Teams A Big Hit in Christchurch

    17 Feb 2021

      Christchurch was the place to be last weekend for 192 bridge players, along with the many involved with the event’s organisation. A turn-out of 48 teams was a wonderful number and hopefully, all enjoyed the weekend. There was a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Feb 2021

      A Slim Chance? We left you on Friday with a play problem with South the declarer in 6D. You might have wondered how South got to be declarer and so the sequence is included below. Some who play transfer responses to 1C open 1C with all... read more here

  • Covid 19 - Advisory

    14 Feb 2021

    Advisory No 12 14 Feb 2021.pdf read more here

  • South Island Teams Christchurch 13th - 14th Feb 2021

    13 Feb 2021

    Link to Results read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Feb 2021

      Saving Space – For Less Experienced Players. Jumping the bidding to tell your partner you have a strong hand is often a good idea but it can come at a price, the price being too high before the proper exploration for the best... read more here

  • Daily Hand

    11 Feb 2021

    Apolgies but due to technical issues, we have been unable to publish today's article. Daily Hands will resume as normal on Friday.   Richard Solomon read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Feb 2021

    Jan Cormack “Tentation” It is 4 high card points for an ace, three for a king, two for a queen and one for a jack which leaves nothing for any of the spot cards. Yet, we would rather have 4 10’s than 4 2’s, wouldn’t... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News with Brad Johnston

    10 Feb 2021

    Unlike the last recap I wrote, it feels like no time has passed since I’ve penned one of these. Then I think back to all the new happenings since then and find that it has actually been a while. Time is a weird thing. We’ve had a few... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -133

    10 Feb 2021

        Results                 Waitangi Pairs – Auckland                ... read more here

  • 2021- NZ Youth Weekend- 6th-8th Aug 2021 Wellington

    9 Feb 2021

    Youth Weekend Advert 2021.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Feb 2021

    Evaluation. How good is our hand? Not many high-card points but trump support and some good shape. So, do we bid it up or just on the basis of our high card points?   ♠ Q 10 4 2 ♥ J 6 5 4... read more here

  • 2021 National Bridge Congress Update

    5 Feb 2021

    Firstly, a reminder of our new home, Lion Foundation Centre, Bay Park, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga….and the dates of the Congress: Saturday September 25th until Saturday October 2nd 2021 Changes covered in our previous update No night play... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Feb 2021

    Not so “useless” after all. A hopeful but not outlandish slam which seems to depend on one of two finesses working. That’s 75%, reasonable odds and let’s face it, you would claim that you are due to have a few successful... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Feb 2021

    Friendly lead? For Less Experienced Players. The Lead and The Line. Is there a connection? There certainly can be. Sometimes you receive a very friendly lead and can play the board in a relatively easy manner, whatever that means! Then, there... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Feb 2021

     It’s Jan’s Day, a day for Imagination! Yesterday, we left you with four hands from a deal and asked you to guess (maybe you knew and no guess is required!) the contract and the result. You might have gathered it was not a normal... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -132

    3 Feb 2021

    Included this week:     The Age talk What does percentage and age have in common?     Judge Julie When should you bring an infraction to the attention of the Director Barry wants to determine the outcome on one of... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    3 Feb 2021

    Welcome back to our Regional News Reports with the first of the year coming from Wellington. As you might expect, there is more of bridge at the end of 2020 in this update, and very little of 2021. But there’s the prospect of much club... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Feb 2021

    Rubbish! 13 Cards. That is one way of describing a hand of dubious worth. You must have held such a hand like  765   865  9762   543 and hope that your partner does not make you bid too many times. Only very... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Jan 2021

    Who’s to bless: who’s to blame! When one reaches a small slam, which has less than a 50% chance of being successful, someone in the partnership has usually overbid/ misbid a little, maybe more than a little. So, we asked you and the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Jan 2021

    For Less Experienced Players. The Good, The Bad and the Greedy! Today’s story is about the play of a board. Yet, we left you yesterday with a bid to make. So, let’s see which contract you are going to play. Oh, you may be setting the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Jan 2021

        Jan Cormack Jan’s Day: No Substitute for Experience. A play problem for today and then a “Jan’s eye” view on how to solve it. You love bidding slams, don't you? Well, only when you make them!... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 131

    27 Jan 2021

    Self-Alerting Bids   Bailiff calls the shots here                   Did you know…..... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Jan 2021

    choices! Tricky Trick 3. It’s time to defend and it’s time to be careful. You have taken two tricks, half the number you need to defeat their game contract. It’s time, perhaps, to get off lead, but how? South... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Jan 2021

    The Uncooperative Partner! A nice hand, an extremely nice hand, especially when you find a fit. You have three suits, a void and over 20 hcp. Can you risk opening such a hand at the 1 level or is it right to use what for most pairs these days is... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Jan 2021

                    But is it?  SAFE BUT UNSOUND. When you hold KQJT or QJ109 or J1098 you have very safe leads when you are defending a no-trump, or perhaps any... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Jan 2021

    For Less Experienced Players. The Wrong Hand. It did not seem at the time such a big error to make…and it was not 100% terminal but a tiny mistake caused our declarer today to fail in what seemed to be a rock-solid contract.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Jan 2021

    Cunning! Welcome to “Jan’s Day” where we will find the answer to the problem opening lead we left you with yesterday. The following Precision auction left you on lead as East:      ... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -130

    20 Jan 2021

      Included this week:   Join us at the Pond with Kermit   Rest time, pillows and blankets   We have an email competition Let us know your thoughts We need some help here   Rise up to a challenge   are... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Jan 2021

      Discovery Day. It seemed a pretty sensible line to play the overcaller for a key ace. It was a vulnerable overcall, after all, and we all know that vulnerable overcalls are respectable, don’t we! So, at least one declarer, probably... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Jan 2021

    I hate the concept. Life is worth far more than a chance. So, why did I employ it at the bridge table? At least, in my bridge version, I did have a 50% chance of survival, maybe 51!   ♠ A 10 8 ♥ A... read more here

  • A Tribute to Pete Benham

    16 Jan 2021

                         Remembering Pete. The second session of the Young Cup Pairs took place at the Wellington Bridge Club on the evening of... read more here

  • The Coat of Many Colours

    16 Jan 2021

    as worn by Pete Benham. This article is dedicated to the late Pete Benham and is reproduced from a 2008 NZ National Congress Bulletin. It reflects the way Pete and his teammates played the game, very competitively but always with a sense of... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Jan 2021

    Every Dog has its Day…but was this it? The answer to the above question maybe “no”, but maybe “yes”! Maybe!  This deal centres around a Michaels Cue-Bid and whether you are prepared to take what could be a... read more here

  • Baden Wilson Trophy- 2020 winners

    14 Jan 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Jan 2021

    For Less Experienced Players. (it's Thursday)     Spot the Danger. If only our South had. Then, they would have recorded a plus score in their game contract. No overtricks, as you cannot always make them, especially when the... read more here

  • Top 10 in each Rank - Ranks Report for 2020

    14 Jan 2021

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Jan 2021

    Jan Cormack. How High on Jan’s Day? Today’s "Jan’s Day" article features a classic “how high do you pre-empt” situation. Before we see the winning answer, we checked with our Panel some 45 years after the problem... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -129

    13 Jan 2021

      Included this week:     Competition Coming Win a signed personalised book Gaining the mental edge at Bridge with Kim Frazer Details coming soon     Thames Festival   well supported thanks to... read more here

  • Congratulations - To our recently qualified Club Directors

    12 Jan 2021

      NZ Bridge congratulates the following people who were successful in the recent exam series: Keng Choon Lee       Mt Albert Marion Arlidge           Waiheke... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Jan 2021

     A decent minor hand!  It’s All About the Minors. Who cares about the major suits when you can play in a minor? The opposition have one major while the other one seems spread around the other three hands. We have those precious... read more here

  • List of qualified Directors- Updated

    12 Jan 2021

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Jan 2021

                Help at hand. Discarding to a long suit can be, well may be, one of the most difficult and frustrating parts of the game. Sometimes your partner, even indirectly the declarer,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Jan 2021

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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Jan 2021

    For Less Experienced Players. Too Weak to Bid?             We will try, on Thursdays, to look at problems affecting our less experienced players. For many, every hand of 13 cards is a new... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Jan 2021

     Jan Cormack Timing: Looking Both Ways. As promised, we start our Wednesday “Jan’s Day” feature hand today. These articles featured in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly for about 10 years. They are fun and easy to read... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Jan 2021

                                      A Diamond in with your... read more here

  • All time Masterpoint lists updated

    1 Jan 2021

    Details here read more here

  • Arch Jelley: Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit

    31 Dec 2020

    The New Year’s honours announced today include that for “Mr Albert Archibald Jelley (Arch), as a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics and the game of bridge”. Today is Arch’s day and not one to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 Dec 2020

    Judy Holdom The Joy of Winning. It’s been quite a year for everyone. So, it is great to be able to finish it on a mainly positive and happy note, tinged like everything this year with a little sadness. Firstly, let’s look at our... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Dec 2020

                                           “Bread and... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -127

    30 Dec 2020

      What Nigella and the Boss have in common Golf is meant to be relaxing Who goes for a wee dip with the eels     Balls ups at the table Diamonds are the new hearts Flicking cards from the table Zero – horrible... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Dec 2020

                                  Too good to pass but nothing to say! The Christmas holidays have... read more here

  • 2021 National Bridge Congress Update

    24 Dec 2020

    2021 New Zealand National Bridge Congress At Lion Foundation Centre, Bay Park, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga    Saturday September 25th until Saturday October 2nd 2021 This is the new home of our National Bridge Congress. On behalf... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Dec 2020

      Safety First. Were this not the season of goodwill (why cannot all seasons be such?), then a level of criticism could be levelled at our declarer today who may have felt a little deflated at failing in their contract. North... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -126

    24 Dec 2020

        Kim FRAZER   Secretary of Australian Bridge Federation   Australian female Olympic shooter wins   2020 International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year Award       Papatoetoe Bridge... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Dec 2020

    Christmas Cracker! In this case, “cracker” should be divided into two. “Crack” or “solve” the problem! Most defensive issues seem to be problems to a greater or lesser degree and we often fail to solve them, in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Dec 2020

    “Where have all the diamonds gone..long time passing…?” A vanishing suit, one that questions whether we dare take a bid. Why would we bid, in the pass-out seat when we have a four-card holding in the opposition suit, a partner... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Dec 2020

    Mismatch When you and partner find a fit, you can happily explore which level you wish to play. However, when you have no apparent fit and each partner has their own good, long suits, finding the right denomination in which to play can be tough.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Dec 2020

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  • Merry Christmas from the NZB team

    18 Dec 2020

    This year has been like no other. At the start of the year, we looked forward to a year of club, tournament, and international bridge. Alas COVID-19 hit the world like a bombshell, resulting in economies being shut down, communities thrust in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Dec 2020

                                 A Bidding Dilemma! One would normally be more than happy to hold a 21 hcp... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -125

    17 Dec 2020

      Included this week:     Kermit’s Bridge Tips     Pam Livingston joins the Bridge Zone for a weekly tip Bid what’s in your hand     Judge Julie rules on announcements  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Dec 2020

    Puppets on a string. It is rather nice when we can make our opponents do what we want them to do. That is much better than leaving the success or failure of a contract to good fortune or bad defence. The defenders would not like to admit it but... read more here

  • Congratulations - To our new Grandmasters

    15 Dec 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Dec 2020

    A Clear Head? Have you got that? You are defending and it does not look that easy. A glass or two of your favourite alcoholic beverage is not recommended before you embark on a tricky defence. Indeed, that really is the only advice needed before... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Dec 2020

    Hand for a strange year. Everyone says it. So, it must be true. 2020 has been the most unusual year for a very long time. That comment needs no further explanation in a bridge column. Here though is a hand befitting this year, a hand not right to... read more here

  • PLYMOUTH INTERNATIONAL - TARANAKI CONGRESS - 6 - 11 March 2021

    14 Dec 2020

    Plymouth International Taranaki Congress Flyer.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Dec 2020

    Keeping Options Open. Whether or not you can use the “undo” button when playing bridge on-line, you get no second chance to withdraw your lead in real life. There is certainly no second chance when you see immediately that you regret... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    10 Dec 2020

    The Central Districts region is fortunate in having two 10A point tournaments each year. The John Fullarton Memorial Teams is hosted by clubs on a swap-around basis but unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 emergency, the competition was... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Dec 2020

                Beware the successful finesse. So, your finesse worked. A time for celebration, an extra trick, maybe more. Indeed, but it is not time to be casual. Look what happened to our... read more here

  • 2021 Inter-Provincials Announcement

    9 Dec 2020

    The 2021 Inter-Provincial Championships will be held at the Auckland Bridge Club over the week-end of Saturday November 20th until Monday November 22nd. Thus, the Auckland-Northland Region will be defending the Dougal McLean Trophy on home soil.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Dec 2020

    Awkward Choices (Part 2). Damage Control. Yesterday we survived. We made a bid most of the Panel would not have made and then was left with an ugly choice next time round. Would we be so lucky, or so intelligent (let’s face it, our second... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -124

    9 Dec 2020

        Kermit hits the Bridge Zone     Break out the champagne Pam Livingston launches her new venture as a Bridge Coach She shares her views on Women’s Bridge, advice – quality over quantity A Luddite no... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Dec 2020

    Awkward Choices (Part 1) Today and tomorrow, we will look at a couple of problems which arise when one plays reopening doubles. A reopening double keeps the bidding open with the possible intention of one’s partner being able to penalise... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Dec 2020

    The Best Chance. Recognising the best chance in making your contract is step one to success. Then, if you fail, there will surely be someone to tell you what you should have done! If you have taken the best line, then someone, your partner, even... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 9 for 2020

    7 Dec 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Dec 2020

    Planning for the Inevitable. What’s that? Nothing so morbid as a will! For many, well, let’s say all, bridge players, “the inevitable” is that you take a losing finesse. If not on this board, well, it will happen soon. In... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    3 Dec 2020

    Welcome to my final offering in this on, off, on again, off again and back on again season. Absolutely amazing that we have actually managed quite a bit of live bridge during the year. As I have not played a great deal myself, much of this report... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Dec 2020

                                Pull the trigger? Sayings in bridge are useful, to an extent. One issue is when... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -123

    3 Dec 2020

        Who got stopped by the Police for running orange lights   Barry shares a yarn     Judge Julie rules on              Claiming... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Dec 2020

                      Danger in unexpected places. When one defender opens the bidding and the other maintains total silence throughout the auction, one would think... read more here

  • Waikato Bays News from Anna Kalma

    2 Dec 2020

    Christmas must be approaching... After apologizing for the lack of bridge results and fodder over the past six months, we have finally turned a corner … heaps to report on! The IP’s have just finished and we must make special... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Dec 2020

                 Low Level: High Stakes To quote a well-known and much abused rule, “when your side has the majority of the high-card points” and your side is defending a suit... read more here

  • World Bridge Federation- Combating Online Cheating

    1 Dec 2020

    Letter from the WBF President.pdf  WBFDisciplinaryCode.pdf  ABF and NZ Bridge- Against Cheating.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Nov 2020

    A Nice Hand. Welcome to the world of overcalls, reopening doubles and avoiding the axe! There are a number of questions that could have been posed around today’s hand. In our problem from Friday, we looked at the deal from the view-point... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Nov 2020

    Multi Choice! Multi Problem: Multi Answers. When eight panellists provide six different answers to a bidding problem, it looks like it might be a tough one. It is our friend, the Multi 2 which is partly responsible for this problem, and as often... read more here

  • National Rubber Bridge Final

    27 Nov 2020

    You need some good hands no matter how good you are. Clare Coles and Kevin Whyte of Cambridge were in the wrong place when they played the final of the National Rubber Bridge tournament against Christchurch’s Stuart Grant and Tony... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Nov 2020

     The Guide. As a defender, it seems you are always struggling to do the right thing. Of course, you tend to forget the countless normal and successful defences you find, let alone the seemingly rare occasion when you does something really... read more here

  • Wine Winners at the Babich

    26 Nov 2020

    Erlier this month, the Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs was held at 57 clubs around the country. We thought we would let you see the "wine winners" or most of them with their Babich prizes. Prizes went initially to the top 5:    ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Nov 2020

    GOOD IMAGINATION. Today and tomorrow, we will look at two boards from the recent Inter-Provincials where the defence could either get it right…or not! Do you want a plus score or a minus score? So, let’s pose you the problem for... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -122

    25 Nov 2020

        It’s been a bad week at the office for the Bridge Zone Team   Mereana gets snapped with her phone ringing during recording the show this week     Barry gets sookie over a negative number    ... read more here

  • The Inter-provincials. The final count-down

    24 Nov 2020

    Clean Sweep for the North Island. It was North Island all the way in this year’s Inter-Provincial Championships with each of the four North Island Regions taking out one title and Auckland-Northland the all-important Dougal McLean trophy... read more here

  • Day Two at the Inter-Provincials

    23 Nov 2020

    Dougal McLean Wide Open. Wellington’s Seniors and Women’s teams will need to improve their current lowly positions if that region is to retain the Dougal McLean Trophy. Wellington’s Intermediates appear to have their competition... read more here

  • Day One at the Inter-Provincials

    22 Nov 2020

    Central Districts Early Leaders. Central Districts are the early leaders in the chase for the Dougal Mclean Trophy at this year’s Inter-Provincial Championships. After 5 of the 7 rounds in the first round-robin (each team has one bye), they... read more here

  • Dougal McLean Trophy

    22 Nov 2020

    The Dougal McLean Trophy is awarded to the region that performs the best at the Interprovincial Competition.  The result will be update after each match here. read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Nov 2020

    Which Major First? Some slams are a straightforward make while others provide options with the declarer hoping to take the route with the most chance of success, in bridge terms, the best percentage line. The following slam certainly fell into... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -121

    20 Nov 2020

    Included this week:         What’s up Doc….   Happy hunting grounds to those heading to the capital for the IP’s Don’t forget to head onto BBO to link into the Vugraph to watch as... read more here

  • 2020 Inter Provincials

    19 Nov 2020

    The 2020 event will be held at the Wellington Bridge Club on the 21st to 23rd November.  LINK TO RESULTS Results will be displayed live. As each team completes a board their result will be uploaded.  Click here to view the... read more here

  • 2021- NZ Youth Bridge Champs -

    19 Nov 2020

    2021 NZ Youth Bridge Championships Flyer.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Nov 2020

    High Stakes from the Start. I have a little confession to make, to the Panel. When today’s deal occurred, it was in the Pairs’ environment where if one makes the wrong decision, it is only a maximum of around 4%. 16 or 17 imps in the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Nov 2020

    How Strong’s Your Weak No-Trump? Yes, that’s all your hand is….and a minimum point-count 12 hcp at that. Yet, it is starting to look a little better….but how much better? Good enough to advance the bidding freely to the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Nov 2020

    The Achilles Heel. One advantage of keeping a strong hand hidden as declarer is that the defence are less able to know for sure which honours declarer has or may not have. One would think that when the “monster” hand is exposed as... read more here

  • Congratulations - To our new Grandmasters

    16 Nov 2020

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Nov 2020

                                  Don’t Go Chasing Rainbows. We all like to look for any way... read more here

  • PLYMOUTH INTERNATIONAL - TARANAKI CONGRESS - 5 - 11 March 2021

    15 Nov 2020

    Taranaki Bridge Congress Mar 2021 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Nov 2020

    A Dangerous action?                              Sound or... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Nov 2020

    Winners and Losers Today’s deal is about winners, about keeping them and not discarding them, about saluting them, the team above who won the National Open Teams in Auckland last weekend in some style and who got our deal today just right.... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -120

    12 Nov 2020

      Included this week:   New Plymouth Bridge Club has A points Galore   Plymouth International Congress  -  March 6th to march 11th 2021     Colin Carryer shares the gossip on the Taranaki Congress next... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Nov 2020

    A Baker’s Dozen. It is not very often that your side holds all 13 cards in one suit. It is even rarer that you know from the start of the bidding that this is the situation…and you are the only one at the table who knows it! How do... read more here

  • Otago/Southland News

    11 Nov 2020

    Wow, it’s been over 6 months since most of you have heard from me. For most of you, that’ll be too short of a time—and for that I apologise. The Otago Club lost a lot of momentum over lockdown, but due to a strong effort of the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Nov 2020

    No Half Measures: All or Nothing. Some declarers in the recent National Open Teams in Auckland failed in a game contract to a rather unkind ruff but should never have been in that position because they either drew one trump too many or one trump... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Nov 2020

    or Attack or Defence Today’s problem is not just about an opening lead but it is an opening lead problem with which we left you, maybe a rather random problem because you neither have much nor have much information on which to base your... read more here

  • NZ 15A National Teams - Auckland

    7 Nov 2020

    Link to Results read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Nov 2020

    “D” for Diamond: “D” for Disaster! A plan to avoid one! Part of successful defence is co-operating and guiding your partner, if possible, to the winning defence purely through the card(s) you play. This can be both hard... read more here

  • National Rubber Bridge Finals update

    6 Nov 2020

    Canterbury v Waikato Bays in National Rubber Bridge Final Tony Quinlivan and Stuart Grant of Christchurch will take on Cambridge’s Clare Coles and Kevin Whyte in the final of the National Rubber Bridge competition. Tony and Stuart won their... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    6 Nov 2020

    First in New Zealand: that's Maureen Russ and Vivienne Sexton. Greetings from the Winterless North yet again. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun. My turn again with all the news that is news from the fabulous upper part of NZ.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Nov 2020

    All that Glitters… A nice- looking hand, great potential, two good suits….and, wait a moment. Someone has opened the bidding in one of them…but it is not your partner. What should you do?   South... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 8 for 2020

    5 Nov 2020

    Our Latest Newsletter read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -119

    5 Nov 2020

      Included this week:   changements de notation – changes to ratings points   Mr Secretary joins us today Alister fills us in on what’s happening with the flow from Open to Intermediate This recalculation will... read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    4 Nov 2020

    Amendment to Prize Winners. Unfortunately, the original list of the top 100 published in the Restricted Open category was not shown correctly. A new list has now been published and as a result of this, there are some changes to the prize-winners... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Nov 2020

          Walk in the Park? Some contracts seem impossible to make but the defence is not the sharpest or the breaks are very kind. Others seem quite straightforward but can catch out the unwary. Come, join me, for this... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Nov 2020

    Living Dangerously? Today’s hand centre’s around two issues, firstly about whether a double in a low-level auction is for penalties and then, assuming it is, whether that is the choice you would make.   East... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    3 Nov 2020

    I am a little tardy with the Top of the South bulletin,but it does mean that I can include Friday night’s Babich Wines NZ Wide Pairs and the Michael Green Trophy.  A good turn-out of both clubs and players in the Babich NZ Wide Pairs... read more here

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    2 Nov 2020

    Saluting the winners. The Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs took place on the evening of Friday October 30th at 57 clubs all around New Zealand. That was the same number of clubs as in 2019 though there were 26 fewer tables this year. That was... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Nov 2020

    “Hidden Treasure”.          A fairly straightforward bidding sequence with presumably a fairly strong hand which opened the bidding about to go down in dummy. They need a stop in the suit... read more here

  • Australian on-line Teams competition using Real Bridge

    30 Oct 2020

    Calling for New Zealand entries. All those who have been to any NZ National Congress will know the name if not the face of the most popular Australian visiting director, Matthew McManus. We also know that in many parts of Australia, live bridge... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Oct 2020

                       Just waiting….   Nearly Positive. Bidding styles continue to change with bidding after a strong Game-Forcing 2 opening no... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -118

    30 Oct 2020

      This weeks show includes:     We discuss this with Liam Milne   NZ gets their 1st official complaint   Hamilton Labour Weekend Congress - some results   Judge Julie with overhearing/eavesdropping... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Oct 2020

    Dispensing with the safety barrier. I have no head for heights, or to be exact sheer drops. If I am somewhere high, I like to feel there is a good strong safety barrier between me and the world down below. In bridge terms, my safety barrier, in... read more here

  • National Rubber Bridge Finals update

    29 Oct 2020

    National Rubber Bridge update. The first semi-final in the National Rubber Bridge event was played earlier this week and saw Clare Coles and Kevin Whyte from Cambridge (Waikato Bays) take on Wellington’s Russell Dive and Anthony Ker. Three... read more here

  • NZ Wide Pairs 2020

    29 Oct 2020

    Link to online results read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Oct 2020

    “IF”   So, what do you do when dummy appears which is some two or three tricks short of what you anticipated, or hoped for rendering your contract next to impossible? Thanking partner is of course, the polite thing. No need... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Oct 2020

    Make them vanish! Ruff Away If you have not got enough top tricks to cash in your suit contract, then using your trumps separately to create extra tricks seems a good way to try to make your contract. When most of your trumps are above the level... read more here

  • Decision- NZB Conduct, Discipline and Disputes Committee

    27 Oct 2020

    The New Zealand Bridge Conduct, Discipline and Disputes Committee considered a situation that occurred during the Auckland Bridge Club BBO sessions during lockdown. A player was found to have been using two BBO logins and computers for the purpose... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Oct 2020

    Did you see it? Dallas’ Diamond Double. An interesting double in a recent hand led to an unusual sequence of events in which the other three players were not leave the table without a little piece of egg on their faces. Was the double an... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Oct 2020

          Partner. Our trump suit is..? Setting Trumps. The sun is shining today. Partner has made a take-out double of a weak 2 and you have a goodly 18-count including a decent 5 carder in a suit partner is almost certain... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Oct 2020

    Declare or Defend? We seem to have too much support for our partner’s suit to allow our opponents to play in their major suit game but too much defence to want to sacrifice. Do we bid on and sacrifice or trust our defence will prevail?... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -117

    21 Oct 2020

      Afternoon Delights   What a round from the Bristow’s 73% to take out the Forsyth Barr All Grades Taupo 8B I could certainly of done with some of that cream     And  INT opening bids Have you ever heard... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Oct 2020

    The Wrong Road. This might seem a strange title for an article which we hinted yesterday would come under the overall heading of “You never know your luck”. Yet, both statements are relevant as most declarers, given the opportunity to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Oct 2020

    You Never Know your luck. Today and tomorrow, we feature a couple of deals where the defence and declarer can earn themselves a piece of good fortune. That’s right. It does not come on a silver platter but if you do the right thing, you... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Oct 2020

    Common Mistakes in Bridge taught by Tina McVeigh. Today’s article is a taste of some excellent free videos produced and made available by Tina McVeigh who has run the most successful House of Cards Bridge Club in Christchurch for some... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -116

    16 Oct 2020

        Celebration of Bridge       Enter a tournament     Count, counts and counting                   Tips for you... read more here

  • A sneak peek of the new Congress venue

    15 Oct 2020

  • Congratulations - To our new Grandmasters

    15 Oct 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Oct 2020

    Enough Stuff? Are you? Have you? Your partner has used a Michaels bid, quite an aggressive one as it took your partnership to the 3-level opposite what could be a misfitting yarborough in your hand…and you have much more than that. So,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Oct 2020

          A “Cross” Ruffer! A look today at playing a hand where you seem to have very few losers but on the other hand, not that many winners. The answer in many such cases is to make good use of the asset you do... read more here

  • Online Bridge Event - Open to all Players

    14 Oct 2020

    Presentation - Bridge International...  read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    14 Oct 2020

    Fingers crossed on history not repeating. I started the previous update at level one, but sent it north under the uncertainty of new community cases of Covid-19. We did have to cancel some tournaments during the second lockdown, and, of course,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Oct 2020

    A Multi Problem. It is pretty certain when an opponent starts with 2and you have the hand below, that they will have a Weak 2 in one of the major suits. You are strong enough to rule out their strong option. Yet, which suit do they have and how... read more here

  • National Rubber Bridge Finals update

    13 Oct 2020

    There may have been no National Congress this year but we are still able to complete the final stages of this one National event, thanks to BBO. The 8 pairs are playing their matches on BBO, 30 deals as usual, and with a supervisor present for... read more here

  • CLub Level Director Exams 2020

    12 Oct 2020

    Information- Club Level Exams   Nov 2020 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Oct 2020

    Where to from here? To bid? If so, what? Or maybe to pass? If we choose to bid, what do we bid? What does partner’s double mean, anyway? Too many questions! Suddenly, a fairly simple hand has become rather less simple to handle. It looks... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Oct 2020

    Saved from the Brink of Disaster. So, sometimes you make the right lead and it turns out to be an unlucky lead. Sometimes, you make the wrong lead and pay the price. Maybe West on today’s deal deserved the latter fate as the lead made was... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Oct 2020

    don't stay where you are! The “Strength” of Weak Jumps. We are not talking about Weak Jump Overcalls, though they can be quite useful, too. We are talking about Weak Jumps when your partner opens the bidding. You can play Weak Jumps... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Oct 2020

    Strong and hard to handle. That’s a reasonable description of today’s hand. Hard to decide where to start and then if you decide on a simple overcall, even harder to know where to go next. Was that overcall right in the first place?... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -115

    7 Oct 2020

      Pianos and Barry   Any excuse to play Bridge     Congress Gatekeeper talks it up about the Congress venue for the next 3 years   Over leading verses Underleading Reverse Dummy   Somethings to think... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Oct 2020

    ONE GOOD PLAY NEGATES ANOTHER. When both the declarer and a defender find a good play on the same board, you might expect each to achieve an average result. That was not quite true in reality.        ... read more here

  • Covid 19 Advisory

    5 Oct 2020

    From 11.59pm on Wednesday the entire Country will be at Alert Level 1. This is good news, allowing resumption of club bridge and tournaments. We want to thank Auckland players for supporting the guidelines to take your Alert Level with you when... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Oct 2020

    All over an overtrick..well almost all! Well, you are playing Pairs and as we all know so often to our cost, +140 can be a top and +110 a bottom. So, the battles over an overtrick in a part-score deal can be as meaningful as one’s attempts... read more here

  • Bulletin - International Squads for 2021

    2 Oct 2020

    Information from Derek Evennett Bulletin Announcing NZ Squads for 2021.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Oct 2020

    No Time to Fail. We can all go down in our contract when finesses fail and suits break badly. Oh, you hear during the post-mortem how you could have end-played one opponent or squeezed them and be like the computer analysis making an overtrick!... read more here

  • Breaking News - Congress 2021 and beyond.

    1 Oct 2020

    The new venue for our National Congress is Baypark Arena, Mount Manganui, Tauranga and will be a long term booking. The Trustpower Baypark location is central to all services in Tauranga, effectively ten minutes from Tauranga... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Oct 2020

    Moving Forward….and “Minties’ Moments”. A board for all tastes, whether you like the difficult problem an opposition bid can cause or some lighter moments that happen frequently at the table. Let’s look:... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -114

    1 Oct 2020

      Results – wahoo we have some:   Invercargill New Plymouth Tauranga Cambridge   COVID   May have meant visitors still came up to this part of the motu... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    30 Sep 2020

    The Hawera Open Pairs tournament held on September 6th attracted a high quality field and indicated that players were keen to re-establish their links with competitive bridge play after such a disjointed programme in recent times. Players from New... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Sep 2020

    (well almost!) Too Low, Jo(e). The title is no attempt at personalising a poor score: hence, the bracketed letter! We are all capable of over and under bidding a particular board! Some hands are, like the problem we gave you yesterday, very hard... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Sep 2020

                            Choices? Some bids are easy, come from a beginners’ textbook on the game. At other times, we have a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Sep 2020

    Grand’s Over the Horizon. Well, it may be but you would like to get close. While at times we have to acknowledge that pre-empts do work, we would still like to make a decent effort at what is “our hand”. Take the following:... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Sep 2020

          DOWN! The feeling you get when you make less tricks than you needed for your contract. It’s also the term to describe your result. As usual, the finesse failed and there seemed no recovery. Did it have to be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Sep 2020

    The good and the bad. One of the advantages of a splinter bid (showing a side-suit singleton or void with trump support for your partner) is to identify when the two hands do not match so that you can sign off at the game level. A sign of such... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Sep 2020

    Taking the Right Lead. Today’s story revolves not just around making the right opening lead but is also a story of bridge ethics, of doing the right thing at the right time. Ironically, the choice of opening lead did not matter greatly as... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Sep 2020

                        But you gain! Sacrificed in a Good Cause. You are defending a no-trump contract, a tell-nothing about my suits 1NT opening. There... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -113

    24 Sep 2020

      Included this week: Holy moly – Mereana feels chuffy   The trick to avoid a rusty brain     Judge Julie gives the official word on tempo At the tables and also on BBO  Who, like me does other things... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Sep 2020

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  • Supplementary Tournaments - Approved

    23 Sep 2020

    Regions in conjunction  with their Clubs are able to schedule supplementary tournaments during the two weekend freed up as a result of Congress being cancelled. A list of the events will be published here.  Players can make online... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Sep 2020

    A Safe Haven? Many years ago, my partner opened their weak 1NT and my right-hand opponent doubled. I held, for once, a very reasonable 9 or 10 count…no singleton or void, no 5 card or longer suit. It seemed reasonable to stick around in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Sep 2020

    Useless! Aces can be as useless as Jacks! We know that jacks are often not worth one high card point. Yet, sometimes aces are just as useless! Today’s story centres around an event that never happened, though the deal itself certainly... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Sep 2020

    No Time for a Peek. Yesterday’s introductory title did not have the word “no” included. A subtle change. Today’s article is for our newer players and also for those who want to beat the opposition’s contract. So, I... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Sep 2020

    Which way? SPLIT DECISIONS. “Four trumps” for Bidding: “Four Trumps” for Defending. You may have only a very average weak no-trump hand though you have suddenly been thrust into the limelight, perhaps by partner’s... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Sep 2020

    Remember the Dummy? As a declarer, it is there to help you. You are the boss in that you tell your partner which card to play from their hand. Whichever hand wins the trick is good as long as it is not the opposition. Do not forget your dummy.... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    17 Sep 2020

    Well, well, well. In my last missive I was crowing about how lucky we were to be able to play live bridge in New Zealand. Sadly, the evil Bridge Gods exacted swift and savage revenge for my temerity by visiting the plague upon us once more,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Sep 2020

    The Least of All Evils. It’s lovely having a decent hand but it has brought you a few problems. Three great suits, over half the high-card points in the pack but you are struggling to find an opening bid.    ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Sep 2020

    Is that wise? Silence is….. You have just 5 high-card points (and included in that are two jacks which we are told are often worth less than one point each) and your only decent suit is the one indicated by the opponent’s take-out... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 112

    16 Sep 2020

      Nau mai haere mai ki te wahi arawhata   I tenei kei ti whakanuia   I te wiki o te reo Maori     New Bridge Regulations Judge Julie gives Barry a migraine   Mereana heads for the medicine cabinet... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Sep 2020

    Managing the “Multi”. The Multi 2 Diamond convention has both its fans and its haters. Advocates of Weak Two openings criticise it because it can lose the pre-emptive advantage when the partner is unsure which suit opener has 6 cards... read more here

  • DOWN UNDER 3 Day Bridge Online Tournament 25th, 26th and 27th September 2020

    15 Sep 2020

    New Zealand based players are invited to participate in this online teams event     Details here read more here

  • Waikato Bays News from Anna Kalma

    15 Sep 2020

    Another suspension of bridge means a bit less fodder to write up although there has been a bit of bridge happening in the background, an IP team selected, the Rubber Bridge competition decided and even some tournaments since my last July round up... read more here

  • Congress 2020

    14 Sep 2020

    We are sad to advise that a decision has been made today to cancel Congress 2020. Please see the bulletin attached. CONGRESS 2020 - Issued 14th Sept 2020.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Sep 2020

    Not To Your Advantage. You have made quite a good lead. Well, the look of dummy tells you that you could have made a worse one! You have a nice suit which would seem very safe to lead, QJT7, against 3NT. Yet, you remembered the saying that when... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Sep 2020

    The Almost Forgotten Suit. In that vacuum which declarers find themselves in so often in a no-trump contract, we would like to run our long suit, make our opponents discard and then judge how to continue from what they have discarded, the shape... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Sep 2020

                                     Camouflage. Would you ever? Could they pick it? Is... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Sep 2020

    Where are you? High Level Bidding: Low Level Finessing. All you will see below is not perfect, whether it be in the bidding or in the defence. It was all a little unusual and, of course, it really did happen this way. The truth can be much... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Sep 2020

    looking for clues... Is it a Vacuum? I hate the phrase “Restricted Choice”. I hate having to guess whether the opponent has chosen to play the queen from QJ doubleton or have played it because that was the only card they have in that... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 111

    10 Sep 2020

      Twits, twats and twots Got an issue – see the Appeals Advisor     CONGRESS fingers crossed Stay positive peeps   Judge Julie talks Directors  Qualification criteria  Age and golf... read more here

  • Youth Bridge on BBO every Sunday in September (7pm start)

    10 Sep 2020

    Dear Youth Bridge Players and Supporters,   Youth Bridge continues online every Sunday in September on BBO (https://www.bridgebase.com/) starting at 7pm and finishing before 9pm. Well done to Hamish and Emily for their performance last... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Sep 2020

    Partner’s Right…even when they are Wrong! (Part 2) Perhaps in yesterday’s problem, the partner of the player who made the penalty double had no reason to pull the double. They had accurately described their hand as a Weak 2.... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    9 Sep 2020

    Auckland 8B Thursday Pairs 10 Sept Howick 3A Open Pairs 12 Sept Howick 5B Intermediate Pairs 12 Sept Rotorua 8B Restricted Pairs 12 Sept Victoria 3B Junior Pairs 13 Sept... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Sep 2020

    Partner’s Right…even when they are Wrong! That’s part of the package when you play Bridge. You are in it together and you just have to go along with what they decide to do, even though you feel they are wrong. Nowhere is this... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Sep 2020

                         Leave the lady alone. It could come down to a finesse.. and if the finesse works, you will be recording a plus score in your... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Sep 2020

    The embarrassing three imp gain. It’s Sunday, maybe a day of rest. Not rest from bridge, though. There’s 3NT to be made! It seems quite straightforward and indeed it is. Not too hard but if you are a newish player, not so easy to find... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Sep 2020

    A few weeks ago, four friendly bridge players were engaged in their favourite pastime. The bidding, naturally, was competitive. East, who will not remain nameless for long, Dave, had bid 4 over North’s 3 call and this had indeed got passed... read more here

  • National Congress Update 5th September

    5 Sep 2020

    We have said this before and it is worth repeating. The Board of New Zealand Bridge wants the National Congress to happen if at all possible, starting on September 26th. Previously, we have said the final decision will be made on Friday September... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Sep 2020

    Third Player Plays….Right! So, partner leads a fourth highest, fifth highest, who knows how many highest. Actually, you probably know the answer to that question, or nearly. They led opener’s suit and opener had promised at least... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Sep 2020

    On style and judgment. Two questions revolving around one hand today. The first is how one is best to take action when the opposition start with the awkward bid of 2NT, showing a weak hand with both minors. The second is a judgment call when the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Sep 2020

    Happy Ending? Well, it could have been, should have been…despite the gloomy outlook. What declarer did was not stupid and, on some days, might have worked, except not this one….and there was a little hopeful clue that they seemed to... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 110

    2 Sep 2020

    This week's show oncludes: Wear a mask – help the country Aucklander’s – behave yourself We know some most definitely will and some most definitely won’t Love the ones that are doing the right thing  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Sep 2020

    A Way to 10 tricks. The opposition got off to the best lead..for them! Yet, your rather reluctantly bid game contract is there to be made as long as you tread the right path. One little slip and +790 would become -200. Watch…... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    1 Sep 2020

    Waikato Bays Region 10A Swiss Pairs 5 Sept Westport 8B Pairs 5 Sept Royle Epsom Int & Jnr Pairs 5 Sept Marlborough 8B Pairs 5 Sept Gisborne 8B Pairs 5 Sept Central... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 Aug 2020

    “Hotting up” the action.  So, do you like most hands to be 4333 shape or do you like some of them to be a little “spicier”? Today’s deal has a touch of both types about it, eventually! First up, we seem to have... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    31 Aug 2020

    Waikato Bays Region 10A Swiss Pairs 5 Sept Westport 8B Pairs 5 Sept Royle Epsom Int & Jnr Pairs 5 Sept Marlborough 8B Pairs 5 Sept Gisborne 8B Pairs 5 Sept Central... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 7 for 2020

    31 Aug 2020

    Latest new from Allan read more here

  • Covid-19 Situation- Further Advisory

    30 Aug 2020

    Advisory No11. 30th Aug 2020. read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Aug 2020

    Nowhere to hide? I enjoy playing the Weak No Trump. I like defining that hand type in one bid meaning when I open a suit at the one level, I do not have that hand-type. I do not, though, enjoy, its “Achilles” when the opponents take... read more here

  • NATIONAL CONGRESS PAYMENTS

    30 Aug 2020

    STILL HOPING FOR A NATIONAL CONGRESS. As per previous years, we ask that full Congress registrations and those who take NZ Pairs/ Restricted Pairs and NZ Teams/ Restricted Teams packages will pay for their packages by the end of... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Aug 2020

    (Jo making a Limoncello Spritzer). Who remembers the programme called “not the 9 o’clock news”? by Jo and Sam Simpson. Well, Saturday 22nd August was the day that we were supposed to start playing the World Bridge Champs in... read more here

  • Bulletin - International Squads 2021

    28 Aug 2020

    Bulletin Squads 2021 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Aug 2020

    You hope! Finding the Ending. Some boards which seem easy to play end up as unmakeable because of opposition ruffs or bad breaks. Others which initially seem to have very little chance can turn out to be quite straightforward, as long as you... read more here

  • Covid-19 Situation- Further advisory

    27 Aug 2020

    Advisory No 10. 27th Aug 2020 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Aug 2020

    Or is it too late?  Bidding or Leading? That is frequently the question when you are in the “pass out” position, whether it be in the part-score or game zones. Would you do better by keeping the auction open, by pushing the... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    27 Aug 2020

    Auckland 3A Billie Tohill Pairs 29 Aug Auckland 5B Intermediate Pairs 29 Aug Napier 5A Teams 29 Aug Levin 8B Swiss Pairs 29 Aug Tauranga 5B Intermediate Pairs 29 Aug... read more here

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    27 Aug 2020

    Zoe and Milla with one good reason for live bridge! see below. There has certainly been a “make up for lost time” attitude to bridge in Top of the South since lockdown 1 restrictions were eased.  The appetite for face to face... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Aug 2020

    No “walk in the park”. A decent dummy with excellent trumps augurs well for the making of our heart game. Yet, there are some disturbing features. The opposition’s 2NT bid showing the minors not only signalled that there could... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 109

    26 Aug 2020

      Included this week: Blood on the floor that’s what you get when you double and double well     Do the maths   When partner doubles opps 1NT Get those telephone numbers Judge Julie    We... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Aug 2020

                         Our Youth are Playing. Naturally, there will be a bridge hand but today’s article is more about highlighting our young... read more here

  • SOUTH ISLAND PAIRS

    25 Aug 2020

    At its Board Meeting this evening, the Board of New Zealand Bridge confirmed, with regret that this year's South Island Pairs, scheduled for August 29th/30th in Invercargill has had to be cancelled in line with current New Zealand Bridge... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Aug 2020

    Ugly and Uglier? That was the title we left you with yesterday. You never had much of a hand but it did not get any better when partner opened in your singleton suit. You had an easy bid, first up, when you could call the other major at the one... read more here

  • LIst of cancelled Tournaments

    24 Aug 2020

    Auckland 3A Billie Tohill Pairs 29 Aug Auckland 5B Intermediate Pairs 29 Aug Napier 5A Teams 29 Aug Levin 8B Swiss Pairs 29 Aug Tauranga 5B Intermediate Pairs 29 Aug... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Aug 2020

    Unmakeable or Unbeatable? The declarer took a long time to play a card to trick 1, longer than normal. Was it just that the auction had worn them out? It was a “battle of the minor suits” with clubs coming out on top! They had a... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Aug 2020

    Damage Control. Bridge is a fascinating game in that you can lose and yet win at the same time! This is especially true when playing for match-points. On the following deal, the declarer could hardly believe he had scored a 76% board when he... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    22 Aug 2020

    August 2020           Chris Marshall   Picton. Our Volunteer this month is a huge contributor at Regional and Club level. The nomination comes from the Picton Club Committee with words... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Aug 2020

    A DEAL TO PROVE THE RULES Often, boards written up create exceptions to what seem to be the rules or guidelines created to help us through a particular deal. It’s fun seeing when and how and why we should “break” those rules.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Aug 2020

    Any Action? With today’s hand, the above comment could apply equally to the opening bidder and to their opponents. We focused in our question as to what might happen after the bidding started with a 3H pre-empt but should there have been a... read more here

  • National Congress Update 20th August

    20 Aug 2020

    We really hope the news about this year’s National Bridge Congress is and remains good. The best news we can give this year is that it will take place as scheduled between Saturday 26th September and Saturday 3rd October at the Sir Don... read more here

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    20 Aug 2020

    a happy team from Whangarei...see why below. Greetings to all from “Whangarainy”. I normally say the "Winterless North" and although we are not cold, boy has it been wet. A devastating flood here July 17 saw many homes and businesses... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 108

    20 Aug 2020

      Included this week: Undies Undies Togs Togs Parachutes…………   We make face masks out of scarves, headbands, socks and undies Join Judge Julie online for BBO fun if you are just out of the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Aug 2020

    To Win the Yeh Cup Online Teams. “Slowly but Surely” Were this a normal year, then the prestigious Yeh Bros Invitation Teams would have been taking place. This is no normal year and an on-line invitation Teams event took place over... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Aug 2020

    Down to the Wire. The National Rubber Bridge competition has been an important if not over-popular part of our bridge calendar for many years. It presents a very different way of playing the game. We hand deal, really want to pick up lots of... read more here

  • LIst of cancelled Tournaments

    18 Aug 2020

    Paihia 5B Intermediate / Junior Pairs 22 Aug Paihia 8B Open Pairs 22 Aug New Plymouth 5A Open Pairs 22 Aug New Plymouth 5B Int & Jun Pairs 22 Aug Akarana 5A Swiss Pairs 22... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Aug 2020

             WRONG BUT ALL RIGHT. A couple of days ago, we gave an example of being “wrong” but “right” in the bidding. Here, we look at a play problem where being wrong did not mean that... read more here

  • LIst of cancelled Tournaments

    17 Aug 2020

    Paihia 5B Intermediate / Junior Pairs 22 Aug Paihia 8B Open Pairs 22 Aug New Plymouth 5A Open Pairs 22 Aug New Plymouth 5B Int & Jun Pairs 22 Aug Akarana 5A Swiss Pairs 22... read more here

  • Congratulations - To our new Grandmaster

    16 Aug 2020

    Details Here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Aug 2020

         Wrong but Right. Can you be both right but wrong? Five imps in in a Teams match sounds a fair pick-up but were you a little fortunate? Our Panel thinks so:         East... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    16 Aug 2020

    Paihia 5B Intermediate / Junior Pairs 22 Aug Paihia 8B Open Pairs 22 Aug New Plymouth 5A Open Pairs 22 Aug New Plymouth 5B Int & Jun Pairs 22 Aug Akarana 5A Swiss Pairs 22... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Aug 2020

    Strong Preference…and Restricted Choice! Maybe you rather regret your opening bid after partner’s quadruple jump. They certainly had a fine hand and perhaps did not expect you to have problems with the suit which became trumps. Yet,... read more here

  • LIst of cancelled Tournaments

    15 Aug 2020

    Marlborough 8B Restricted Pairs 15 Aug Te Awamutu 5B Intermediate Pairs 15 Aug Christchurch Sixes 15 Aug Fullarton 10A Teams 15-16 Aug Fullarton 3A Restricted Teams 15-16 Aug... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Aug 2020

    Into the stratosphere? When your part-score contract is defeated by four tricks and you were cold for an overtrick in game in a different suit, something must have gone wrong in the bidding. Was it bad luck, wrong judgment or the... read more here

  • Tournaments cancelled this weekend

    14 Aug 2020

    The following events scheduled for this coming weekend have been cancelled:   Fullarton  Teams - Hastings Fullarton  Restricted Teams - Hastings Te Awamutu Intermediate Pairs Marlborough Restricted Pairs Oamaru Intermediate... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Aug 2020

    IDEAL If “I” was to create the perfect “deal” to demonstrate a certain convention, then this would be it. It had all the ingredients, all the clues, to make one glad one had this weapon in one’s armoury. Let’s... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 107

    13 Aug 2020

      Included this week:   Here we go again   Talking about Gold Coast, Canberra Congresses being cancelled and under review Our Congress was going full steam ahead Numbers were looking good   And then…..... read more here

  • Covid-19 Situation- Further advisory

    12 Aug 2020

     URGENT - ADVISORY NUMBER 9  Bang, the balloon went up last night when the Government announced that Auckland would be going into Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2 from midday today (12th August). The alert... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Aug 2020

    Scoring well. Stopping that Overtrick. Well, you are playing Pairs and even if you cannot beat their contract, you do not want to concede any overtricks. That’s your aim with today’s problem. An under-trick would be nice but at least... read more here

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    12 Aug 2020

    a double celebration for Barry Smith (pictured here with his wife, Judith). See below what he was celebrating. It was back to bridge, as if we had never left it. Unfortunately, as I was about to send this update to NZBridge, we found our first... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Aug 2020

    Where is the queen? Maybe you should have taken the money assuming there was much to be had (there was not!) but you hope that “the 5 level does not belong to the opposition” this time. You are in 5 with an 8- card trump fit and with... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Aug 2020

    Avoiding the “ruff”. No matter how it is spelt, you want to avoid it whether you have a club or 13 cards in your hand. We cannot be much help here with the former but let’s see if a ruff can be avoided at the table.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Aug 2020

    Should we pass: can we pass? The two parts of the title refer to two separate bids, one which we have already made and the other to a situation we helped to create. We did not pass at the first opportunity and are faced by rather a strange couple... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Aug 2020

    Potentially wonderful. Sometimes, you hear some excellent news when you ask your partner to bid. They bid your best and longest suit and jump the bidding to show they have high-card points as well. Which way forward and how far are the questions... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Aug 2020

    Part 2. Well, today, unlike yesterday, you really have nothing, not even one jack over which to gloat! Do not let anyone ever tell you that 10’s are wonderful cards. They are when they are the fifth highest card in a suit: otherwise not... read more here

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    6 Aug 2020

    The covid-19 lockdown affected almost our total population for the best part of 3 months.  Die-hard bridge players were really keen to take part in normal club and tournament competition and like many organisations were impatient for... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Aug 2020

    Part 1. Well, it was “much ado” about not much since you were dealt one jack. Partner was silent during the bidding and thus there was no stress involved there. Up and up they went with spades looking like their preferred suit until... read more here

  • Gold Coast Congress 2021

    6 Aug 2020

    Message from the Organisers     It is with great sadness that we have to announce that after much consideration we have decided to cancel the 2021 Gold Coast Congress. Due to the Covid-19 Restrictions currently in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Aug 2020

    “Silence is golden.” Can “pass” be correct? This is not really the story of the East hand you see below. Yet, without East who faced this problem, there would have been no story! The story concerns a pair of bridge... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 106

    5 Aug 2020

      This week's show includes:   Number One     We did it We knocked the bugger off Thanks so much for your support Listening to the Bridge Zone Our leader, Mr Chairman - Alan Morris is thrilled Alan will be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Aug 2020

    Is anyone watching? We should be familiar with the concept of giving one’s partner a ruff. When you do so, you suggest what partner plays next after the ruff. By playing a high card in the suit in which the ruff is given, you suggest... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Aug 2020

    Onwards and Upwards? You have 18 hcp and a decent 6 card suit and your partner opened the bidding at the 1 level. With opening bids seemingly getting weaker and weaker, should we give up at the Game level? After all, we have no fit established.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Aug 2020

    Take advantage of it! Working Finesses. They really do, sometimes, and when they do, you want to take advantage of them. Yet, some finesses are not quite as straightforward as you imagine. South DealsBoth Vul ♠ A... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Aug 2020

    Hand.. Full of Potential. With many aces, first or second round control of all four suits and a fit established, it would seem the “sky could be the limit”, certainly the 7-level. The opposition have been kind enough to let you... read more here

  • National 15A Pairs- Palmerston North

    1 Aug 2020

    LInk to Results read more here

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    31 Jul 2020

    Jane Lennon has plenty to smile about. She has achieved something quite remarkable this month…….. read on to find out more. Covid-19 smashed a huge hole in our tournament program, and of course all tournaments for March, April, May... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 Jul 2020

    It’s not what they play….. Which way? What to do? It looks like you can beat the contract. Maybe but you have an important decision to make and if you get it wrong, the score is -620. Decision time!   East... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Jul 2020

    “Bread and Butter” Bidding. 2 Level Overcalls revisited. It really is important to get the basic bidding right. Then, you can concentrate on the harder bidding decisions. There should have been no hard decisions to make on... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 105

    30 Jul 2020

        Included this week: National Congress We talk about the changes of the programme Accommodation is being found in Cambridge Anyone want a chef’s job  We can refer you   Larry Cohen Our last... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Jul 2020

    Breaking the Rules? Should You? You know the rule, or do you? Let’s just check and see if there is any reason to break the rule. It is one of those “we have got hearts: they have got spades” boards. How high should we go?... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Jul 2020

    The missing queen. Where is she? You are not allowed to look at your opponents’ cards or even rearrange them to suit your purposes but you can play a board in such a manner that the opponents’ cards are sorted such that would suit... read more here

  • Successful School Bridge Competition at the Auckland Bridge Club

    28 Jul 2020

    12 pairs representing five Auckland schools took part in the annual Auckland-Northland Schools Pairs competition held at the Auckland Bridge Club on the morning of Sunday July 26th . There was a very friendly and competitive atmosphere as the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Jul 2020

    Rate this bid! Your Kind of Overcall? What constitutes a vulnerable 2 level overcall? How bad can it be? These two questions are lurking behind today’s problem. While the actual deal is a freak, the question one might ask is whether you... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Jul 2020

    Keeping Options Open. While there are times when playing or defending a hand that you have to go down one path for success, that is not always the case. Let’s look at the following defensive situation: South DealsE-W Vul... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Jul 2020

    Getting a Plus. It may not be a big plus but to go negative would be an absolute disaster. Your partner had a decision to make when you doubled for a second time. They thought that beating the opponent’s game contract would more easily... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Jul 2020

    Controlled Optimism. If I were to put down a hand as dummy with three suits headed by AK, I would not be ashamed of my bidding if I had started it with a game-force opening. That could well be the case with today’s hand though does it... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 104

    24 Jul 2020

      This week's show includes:   National Congress     Or   We talk to the Gatekeeper of National Congress – Richard Solomon He shares with us the reasons behind the selection of The Don Rowland Centre at... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Jul 2020

    Walking a Tightrope. It’s Pairs and the bidding is fast and furious. You have rather pushed the opponents higher than they probably wanted to go and for that to be the right thing to do, you need to defend accurately. There’s no room... read more here

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    22 Jul 2020

    First, many many thanks to our great team of 5 million for working so hard together to ensure that we can start to play live bridge again! Seriously, we must be the envy of the bridge playing world to be able to reconnect with friends and rivals... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Jul 2020

    Whose Hand is this, anyway? We do not mind overcalling at the one level with a shapely hand and not many high-card points, even perhaps if we are vulnerable. We might be a bit shy at doing so if we are at the 2-level. How would you feel at doing... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Jul 2020

    Desperate Measures. The contract is 3NT. You are playing Teams. You want to beat every contract the opposition bid. So, don’t let the sight of dummy put you off. Until declarer takes 9 tricks, there is still hope.  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Jul 2020

    The Grass is Always Greener….at the other table! “I wish” thought both declarers in a recent Teams match when they surveyed dummy “that I was in a different contract, in 4 of the other major suit.” What was similar... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 6 for 2020

    20 Jul 2020

    Latest news from Allan read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    20 Jul 2020

    Julie Sheridan - Mt Maunganui. Julie has been a stalwart of the Mt Manganui club for many years. She has been nominated by the club committee. The following piece, highlighting a typical month, has been submitted by club Secretary, Gilda Rowland.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Jul 2020

    asset poor. Not much, how much? It’s not how strong you are but where your meagre assets are that really counts. Take a look at the following collection:         West DealsBoth Vul... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Jul 2020

    Making it hard for the opposition? A Time to Pre-empt? A decent eight-card suit, first-in-hand, great shape with a four-card suit on the side that is not spades. Everyone’s vulnerable. Could it be the time to start at the 4 or even the 5... read more here

  • Congress 2020

    17 Jul 2020

    Announcement - Congress 2020.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Jul 2020

    The Importance of Signalling. Today’s deal might seem straightforward though when at five of the seven tables where 4S by South was the contract, the declarer made 10 tricks, one more than which they were entitled. The only reason can be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Jul 2020

    String of Diamonds. A nice suit but nothing outside and a singleton in partner’s suit. What action would you take? You are playing Teams. North DealsE-W Vul     ♠ 8 ♥ 10 9... read more here

  • National Congress Update

    16 Jul 2020

    This is just an update to say we will make an announcement within 48 hours, hopefully sooner. Please bear with us...and apologies for the delay.   Richard Solomon pp National Bridge Congress Organising Committee read more here

  • Waikato Bays News from Anna Kalma

    16 Jul 2020

    Lockdown lifted and so onto the much anticipated first tournament since March in the region … the Spa Town 5A teams … usually the biggest event on the Te Aroha calendar but this year it was decided to run the event using the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Jul 2020

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. All you need is one finesse to work and then you can claim your 9 tricks and move on (maybe with an overtrick on a good day!). Both opponents are in the bidding. Both could have the missing king. You know... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Jul 2020

    Carefully Does It. Maybe only two losers in your major suit game. That sounds not too hard an ask. However, we did say "maybe". "Maybe", there could be one or two more lurking. "Carefully does it."   South DealsE-W Vul... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 103

    15 Jul 2020

      This week's show includes: What is the link between Bridge and Ballet?     New Plymouth features in a Road Trip Whitebait fritters anyone 3 in a car travelling across the motu North Shore to Hamilton to New Plymouth,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Jul 2020

    Michael Miles: original show compere. “Open the Box”..or “Take the Money”. Am I showing my age in quoting from a very old English television game show called “Take Your Pick” where contestants were given the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Jul 2020

    A Rightful Reason? A little look at defending a part-score, today and, in particular, in what you would lead at trick 1. Just a simple no -trump opening and a transfer. No help from your partner. No stand-out obvious lead. So, anything could be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Jul 2020

    Making the most of good fortune. You escaped the lead which would defeat your slightly ambitious contract. Yet, the contract failed, partly through sensible defence, partly because of a bad break in a side suit and partly because the declarer... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Jul 2020

    “DODGING BULLETS.” A mild auction, at least initially but it “hots up”. Today’s deal focuses initially on what your partner might expect from support of their overcall and whether a decision to double the opponents... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Jul 2020

        Danger: Beware! It is not that the path you are walking on is slippery. You are safe at the bridge table!  It is that the finesse you are about to take would end the hopes of making your contract if it fails.  ... read more here

  • Online Israeli Bridge Congress

    9 Jul 2020

    Please find details of the Israeli Online Bridge Festival starting on Friday July 10th.  for further details Online 1st Israeli International Bridge... (0.45MB) read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Jul 2020

    A Strange Choice? How can a decision seem both obvious and yet very strange? Such are the mysteries conjured up by bridge bidding. On one hand, the bid I chose (yes, I own up before anyone else is tainted with the decision!) seemed obvious and on... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 102

    8 Jul 2020

      Included this week: Isolation closes down National Congress’s normal venue Richard Solomon shares a smidgen of info with us that it will continue Down to 2 venues and all will be revealed – fingers crossed – next... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Jul 2020

    BOLDNESS PAYS. It does not always. You make an attacking lead and immediately, you know that it is an absolute disaster. Sit there and wait to score your honours and you will be rewarded. Sometimes. The trick is to know when to wait and when to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Jul 2020

    Not so strong any more. You start off with a more than decent hand, a solid suit, top honours in a second, and a void as well. However, by the time your partner has not only bid this void suit, but gone on to suggest slam in that suit, you must... read more here

  • New Youth Bridge Appointment

    6 Jul 2020

    New Zealand Bridge is pleased to welcome Paul Coleman to the role of National Youth Development Worker. This is a part-time role which oversees the development of our new young players whether in schools or tertiary education. It covers their... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Jul 2020

    Entry to the “Club”s When you are setting up a long suit in a weak hand, you must be very mindful of entries to that hand. "Being mindful"means taking small risks that a suit will not break too badly to ensure that you make the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Jul 2020

    Follow Suit? Actually, you cannot because it is the fourth round the club suit has been played and everyone followed to the first three rounds. So, you just have to find one discard.Only one. Surely, that cannot be too painful?  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Jul 2020

    “Don’t put all your eggs in just one basket”. Options…keeping them open for as long as you can. If you do not succeed at first, then perhaps you can try again. Once you commit down one road, it may be impossible to turn... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Jul 2020

                     The auction..that is! Reopening Issues. How and when to reopen in the balancing position? What to do when partner does reopen with a double? These... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Jul 2020

    “Rock Crushers”. During the course of a bridge competition, you pick up some fairly dull 2 or 3 counts, some with a bit more interest, even a few opening hands and just occasionally one that stands out from the rest. Like the one... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 101

    1 Jul 2020

      This week's show includes:     Face to Face Bridge tournament starts in Hamilton   Hear some new jokes on the this show We laugh out loud with Zia He a new book being released soon We talk about regular contact... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Jun 2020

    Unforeseen Danger. A play problem for today. You receive a pretty friendly lead to your game contract. It should be an easy make…should be. Sometimes players can take their mind off the ball…. East DealsNone Vul... read more here

  • National Congress Update

    30 Jun 2020

      On behalf of New Zealand Bridge and the National Bridge Congress Organising Committee, I would like to thank all players who have made suggestions as to alternative venues as to where we could hold this year’s National Congress. We... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Jun 2020

    How high and how? The opposition are not giving you an easy run. Vulnerability is in their favour and you have managed one bid and you are already at the 5-level for your next. The first decision to make is whether you should “take the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Jun 2020

    The Sun Can Still Shine. Some contracts look quite easy to play and indeed are. Others may look easy though unpleasant breaks, some other bad news, an opposition ruff perhaps, get harder as the play develops. Where there is life, though, there is... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Jun 2020

    Game Selection. Choosing the right game in all kinds of scoring is so important. No-trumps can often be the best choice when all games are making the same number of tricks though 4 of a major can produce an extra trick where there is ruffing to... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Jun 2020

    You might need it! DISCARDING DILEMMA The one good thing when you are defending and having to decide which cards you will keep is you are not on your own. Your partner is there to help, or at least in theory! There are a few basic rules which... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Jun 2020

    It’s Good News Week. Well, it must be. Most of our bridge clubs are back in operation while there are several tournaments taking place this coming week-end like: “Spa Town”... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    25 Jun 2020

    Gisborne 8B Multigrade Pairs 27 June Dannevirke – 5B Intermediate & Jnr Pairs 27 June Oamaru 8B All Grades Pairs 28 June South Island Teams - Picton 4-5 July Bay Pairs... read more here

  • URGENT MESSAGE- National Congress 2020

    25 Jun 2020

    Earlier today the Management of the Distinction Hotel Hamilton advised New Zealand Bridge that they would not be honouring our booking for the 2020 National Congress. The venue is to be used as a quarantine facility for returning Kiwis until at... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Jun 2020

    Fast Arrival….or Take it Slow? Below is the bidding sequence and hand we gave you yesterday. We asked you what action you would take at this point of the auction. We asked that of our Panel too but we also asked the Panel whether they... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - Turns 100 !!!

    24 Jun 2020

        Included this week:     Singing Happy Birthday, whoop whoop 100th episode – it’s here       Welcome Alan Morris – thanks for the kind words Boss   Alan shares with us... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Jun 2020

    The hunt for another queen. Yesterday, we found that a little investigation beforehand made it absolutely clear which opponent held a key queen, thus ensuring the contract’s success. It is the same contract, today, with once again the... read more here

  • Volunteer of The Month

    23 Jun 2020

      Richard Andrew. We were poised in April to make New Zealand Bridge’s regular Volunteer of the Month Award though, with our bridge clubs shut, no presentation could be made. Therefore, our April award is being made a couple of... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Jun 2020

    The “hunt” for the queen. Where is she? She is not singleton. Either defender could hold her. There are only four cards missing in that suit which is often but not always the trump suit. It was not trumps in the deal below. It seems... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Jun 2020

    Communication Crisis. You are almost certainly in the wrong contract but one which probably should make but with less tricks than in at least one, maybe even both higher – scoring major game contracts…and to make matters worse, a key... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Jun 2020

    The Aim against the Rubber Game....or Slam! How adept are you in the delicate art of sacrificing in Rubber Bridge, the form of bridge from which today’s hand arose? Rubber Bridge is not that common in this country, especially around club... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Jun 2020

    The Power of a Pre-empt. Sometimes they do backfire. There is a risk in making such a bid. An understanding partner must appreciate that if your action was sensible but wrong. However, I would think the effect of a pre-empt (and a weak jump... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    19 Jun 2020

    Hastings 5B Intermediate Teams 20 June Marlborough 5B Intermediate Pairs 20 June Marlborough 3B Junior Pairs 20 June Winton 5B Intermediate Pairs 20 June Winton 3B Junior Pairs... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Jun 2020

    It’s Amazing what You can do. Yes, you. You have powered your way to slam and get some rather bad news at trick 2. You have two alternatives: Moan about your bad luck (No-one is listening, least of all your opponents) and give up or Get... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Jun 2020

    Fighting for The Plus-Score. You cannot make a game or slam on every deal. Sometimes, despite having the majority of the high-card points, you cannot make a contract! Weird distributions are all part of the fun, in a “weird” or... read more here

  • National Congress update

    17 Jun 2020

    WE HAVE A NATIONAL CONGRESS. The big news to come from this newsletter is that New Zealand Bridge will be running this year’s National Bridge Congress on schedule this year, that is from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October.... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 099

    17 Jun 2020

      This week's show includes     One more week listeners – such a nice Birthday milestone to have reached We have tears on the Bridge Zone today, Master Jones is huffing and puffing, very unfit and lateness is a poor... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Jun 2020

    Two Strange Views on One Hand. When you are in a hole, do you accept your fate or try and dig your way out of it? If you take the latter course, there is a chance that you may slip even further down…and, of course, there is a presumption... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Jun 2020

    Redouble: lots of trouble! We do not use this bid much but when we do, it will cause some heartache for at least one player at the table. Is it you? There are various meanings attributed to the least used bid, “redouble”. It can... read more here

  • News from the Chair- No 5 for 2020

    15 Jun 2020

    From the Chair 2020 #5.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Jun 2020

         Two-way mirror. Same Board :Different Seats. It is not often you are asked to bid for one side and then defend for the other on the same board. You would think, then, that with some inside knowledge of declarer’s... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Jun 2020

    “HIGH FIVE” The ace is the highest card of a bridge pack where we do not allow any jokers or give special privileges to bowers. However, we all know how important those little cards at the bottom end of a pack can be. I was rather... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Jun 2020

    The Swinging Pendulum. The pendulum swings…and so does the fate of many bridge contracts. Cold off one minute, making the next but finally? Who knows? Will the pendulum ever stop swinging? North DealsN-S Vul... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Jun 2020

    “FREAKY” DOUBLES -Part 2. Blood on the table..but whose? Are you still here after yesterday? Like all good 2- part stories, we give you the highlights from Part 1 where we saw a penalty double with 5 decent trumps and a couple of... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Jun 2020

    “FREAKY” DOUBLES -Part 1. Our two boards over the next two days have a common theme where a player has five trumps to the ace, and in one case, decent cards below in that suit, and has a seemingly obvious penalty double as the... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 098

    10 Jun 2020

      This Week's show includes:   Countdown on….to our 100th show Which is not the only one that is ageing!!! We have a special guest getting primed to share the milestone with us   Super Duper Exciting Tell... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Jun 2020

    Bid ‘em Up: Play ‘em Safe. “Well, I kept my part of the equation” muttered North as he put down dummy in the grand slam contract to an expectant South, who would like nothing better than to say “thanks” and... read more here

  • Advisory No 8 - Returning to the Bridge Table

    8 Jun 2020

    Advisory No 8- 8 June 2020.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Jun 2020

       A real hand to open! “How Low, Joe?” What does a minimum opening bid with both major suits look like? It really can be a little less in strength than if you had both minors, or even just one major since you do not need... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Jun 2020

    You wish! The Best Guess is “No Guess”. How often have you been in the situation at the bridge table when you know whichever card of two you play will be wrong? Typically, it occurs when you lead towards KJ with absolutely no idea... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Jun 2020

    Life on the Wild Side. There are times when we get a little tired of trying to restrict overtricks in an opponent’s 1NT or 2H contracts, especially playing Pairs when it is really important. “Something more exciting, Mr. Card-Dealer,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Jun 2020

    A Smooth Duck? Well, it has to be smooth, doesn’t it? There is no point in going into a 90 second huddle and then ducking. The secret is out: you had something to think about…and not whether you were playing D4 or D6! If you are... read more here

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    5 Jun 2020

    Temuka 8B All Grades Pairs 6 June Morrinsville 8B Open Pairs 6 June Nelson 5A Open Pairs 6 June Paihia 5A Open Pairs 6 June Karori 3B Junior Pairs 7 June Bay Pairs Heat... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Jun 2020

    Avoiding 3NT. When one partner shows a flattish hand and there is no obvious major fit available, it can be difficult to avoid the no-trump game. “If in doubt, bid 3NT.” is a common enough saying when looking for a game contract. Yet,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Jun 2020

    Winners never give up. Well, I hope that makes me a winner because I am very reluctant ever to concede! One thing that causes players to lose focus is the sight of a very strong dummy. It can be very intimidating, if you let it. When you see such... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -097

    3 Jun 2020

        This week's show includes:   100 podcasts coming up Will we get a song out of Kate Terry again? What a special milestone, thank you Bridge Zone followers And a huge High Five to NZ Bridge, you rock    ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Jun 2020

    How Good is your hand? There are several advantages in playing an Acol 1NT rebid as 15-17 balanced as opposed to 15-16 and therefore a 2NT rebid as 18-19. Bidding 3NT with a balanced 19 takes away so much valuable space to explore for the right... read more here

  • Westport Radio Podcast

    2 Jun 2020

    WP Bridge May 30 (003).mp3  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Jun 2020

    Time for A Change. When to switch: when to keep going? These questions are central to defending so many hands. You can play a suit for one round too long and pay the price and equally switch too soon. There’s no guiding rule with every deal... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 May 2020

    Locating Honours. We feature today two deals united by the fact that declarer’s success depends entirely on finding which opponent has a missing honour, in one case the queen and in the other the lowly jack. They are separated in time by 23... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 May 2020

      A Certain Way. You will probably say there is nothing certain about the problem given to you for today. Even that statement contains too much doubt! While we think we can make 3NT much of the time (slight tinges of optimism now!) with a... read more here

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 7 from Allan Morris

    29 May 2020

    Advisory No7 29 May 2020.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 May 2020

    this suit? Which Suit is Trumps? For a reason which I cannot fully explain, I find a Weak 2 in diamonds a very awkward bid against which to defend. (I can now just see everyone opening this bid against me, no matter what their diamond holding... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 May 2020

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    28 May 2020

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

  • Bridge Zone Radio Show - 096

    27 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 May 2020

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

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 6 from Allan Morris

    25 May 2020

    Advisory No 6 25 May 2020.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 May 2020

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

  • News from the Chair- No 4 for 2020

    22 May 2020

    From the Chair 2020 #4 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 May 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 095

    20 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 May 2020

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

  • North Island Pairs update.

    19 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 May 2020

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

  • Information for players in Auckland Northland Region

    18 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 May 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 094

    15 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 May 2020

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

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

    14 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 May 2020

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

  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THOSE PLAYING ON BRIDGE BASE ONLINE

    13 May 2020

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

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 5 from Allan Morris

    12 May 2020

    Advisory No 5 12 May 2020.pdf  read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 May 2020

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

  • Why play Bridge ?

    10 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 May 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 093

    7 May 2020

        Here is the link to enjoy the show       read more here

  • Waikato Bays News from Anna Kalma

    7 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 May 2020

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

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

    5 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 May 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Apr 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 092

    29 Apr 2020

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

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    29 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Apr 2020

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

  • News from the Chair - 2020

    25 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Apr 2020

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

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    23 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Apr 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 091

    22 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    20 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Apr 2020

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

  • 2020 World Championships Postponed

    18 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Apr 2020

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

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    17 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 Apr 2020

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

  • Our Internationals play Australia on BBO TONIGHT

    16 Apr 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 090

    16 Apr 2020

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

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Apr 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Apr 2020

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

  • Instructions for BBO

    14 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Apr 2020

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

  • The New Normal.

    13 Apr 2020

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

  • Announcement - NZ International Teams

    12 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Apr 2020

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

  • Note From Allan Morris - Regarding BBO

    12 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    10 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Level Director Exams 2020

    10 Apr 2020

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Apr 2020

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

  • Lesson hands for BBO

    9 Apr 2020

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

  • List of cancelled Tournaments

    9 Apr 2020

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

  • Watch our Top Internationals on BBO

    9 Apr 2020

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    8 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Apr 2020

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

  • News from the Chair - 2020

    8 Apr 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 089

    8 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    7 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    6 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Apr 2020

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

  • Gold Coast Congress Masterpoints

    6 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    4 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Apr 2020

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

  • Club Happenings Around the Country

    3 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Apr 2020

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

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

    2 Apr 2020

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

  • Social Distancing Round Robin Teams. Need Teammates?

    2 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Apr 2020

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

  • New To Bridge Base On-Line (BBO)?

    1 Apr 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 088

    1 Apr 2020

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    1 Apr 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 Mar 2020

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

  • Another Opportunity for Bridge

    30 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Mar 2020

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    27 Mar 2020

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

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

    26 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Mar 2020

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

  • iNFORMATION REGARDING NATIONAL RUBBER BRIDGE COMPETITION

    26 Mar 2020

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

  • News from the Chair -

    26 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Mar 2020

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

  • ON LINE PAIRS BRIDGE FOR NEW ZEALAND PLAYERS

    25 Mar 2020

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

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Mar 2020

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

  • WHILE YOU CANNOT PLAY BRIDGE

    24 Mar 2020

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

  • ABF Daily Bridge Column courtesy of Ron Klinger

    23 Mar 2020

    LInk to articles read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Mar 2020

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    20 Mar 2020

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

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    19 Mar 2020

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

  • A Happening Event. The National Bridge Congress

    18 Mar 2020

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

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 4 from Allan Morris

    18 Mar 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 087

    18 Mar 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    17 Mar 2020

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

  • Tight Finish at the North Island Teams

    17 Mar 2020

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

  • Coronavirus- Bulletin 3 from Allan Morris

    16 Mar 2020

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

  • North Island Teams - Wellington

    13 Mar 2020

    Link to results read more here

  • Waikato Bays Autumn News with Anna Kalma

    13 Mar 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 086

    12 Mar 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Mar 2020

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    6 Mar 2020

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

  • Gold Coast Congress Masterpoints

    5 Mar 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 085

    4 Mar 2020

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

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    3 Mar 2020

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    3 Mar 2020

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

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 8, Saturday

    2 Mar 2020

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

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 7, Friday

    29 Feb 2020

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

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 6, Thursday

    28 Feb 2020

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

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 5, Wednesday

    27 Feb 2020

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

  • Gold Coast on the 9 News

    26 Feb 2020

    Click on this link to watch the news read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast -Day 4, Tuesday

    26 Feb 2020

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

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

    26 Feb 2020

    Link to the show here read more here

  • Kiwis on the Coast -Day 3, Monday

    25 Feb 2020

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

  • Kiwis on the Coast - Day 2

    24 Feb 2020

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

  • Kiwis on The Coast

    23 Feb 2020

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    21 Feb 2020

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    21 Feb 2020

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

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    20 Feb 2020

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

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

    19 Feb 2020

    LInk to this weeks show read more here

  • Emphatic win at the National Swiss Pairs

    17 Feb 2020

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

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    16 Feb 2020

    Details here read more here

  • National 15A Swiss Pairs Christchurch

    14 Feb 2020

    Link to Results read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    14 Feb 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 082

    12 Feb 2020

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    11 Feb 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Feb 2020

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    7 Feb 2020

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

  • "Thanks, Teamies"

    6 Feb 2020

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

  • NZ Mixed Team for 2020

    5 Feb 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    5 Feb 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 081

    5 Feb 2020

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

  • New Zealand Mixed Trial

    4 Feb 2020

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

  • All time Masterpoint Winners-

    31 Jan 2020

    Top 100 & top 200 lists updated read more here

  • Announcement- Additional Tournament offering for 2020

    31 Jan 2020

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

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

    31 Jan 2020

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

  • Auckland Solvers The Answers Part 2

    29 Jan 2020

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

  • Opportunity: Youth Programme Coordinator

    29 Jan 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players revisited

    29 Jan 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 080

    29 Jan 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    28 Jan 2020

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

  • Auckland Solvers - The Answers

    22 Jan 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    22 Jan 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 079

    22 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra National Open Teams Final

    20 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra National Open Teams Semi - Finals

    19 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra National Open Teams Quarter Finals

    18 Jan 2020

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

  • Auckland Solvers

    17 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 4

    17 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 3

    16 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 2

    15 Jan 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show -078

    15 Jan 2020

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

  • Canberra Week 2: South West Pacific Teams Day 1

    14 Jan 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    14 Jan 2020

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

  • A Week in Canberra

    13 Jan 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 077

    8 Jan 2020

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    7 Jan 2020

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

  • Player Rating Points & Tournament Grades 2020

    1 Jan 2020

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show 076

    1 Jan 2020

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

  • Top 100 All Time Masterpoint Earners

    1 Jan 2020

    Updated- as at 31 Dec 2019 read more here

  • 2019 and all that Monday answers.

    31 Dec 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show 075

    31 Dec 2019

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

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

    30 Dec 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    30 Dec 2019

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

  • 2019 and all that. Saturday answers and more questions

    29 Dec 2019

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

  • 2019 and all that. Friday Answers and more questions

    28 Dec 2019

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

  • 2019 and all that: Friday Questions

    27 Dec 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Dec 2019

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

  • Christmas Greetings from New Zealand Bridge

    24 Dec 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 074

    18 Dec 2019

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

  • Waikato Bays Christmas Cheer News from Anna Kalma

    18 Dec 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    17 Dec 2019

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

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Dec 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 073

    12 Dec 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    11 Dec 2019

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

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    10 Dec 2019

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

  • Congratulations - Recently Qualified Club Level Directors

    6 Dec 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    6 Dec 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 072

    4 Dec 2019

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

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    4 Dec 2019

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

  • Babich Revisited

    3 Dec 2019

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

  • News from the Chair -

    3 Dec 2019

    Latest Newsletter added 3 Dec 2019 read more here

  • World Online Championship

    3 Dec 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    29 Nov 2019

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    28 Nov 2019

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

  • Inter-Provincial Championships: Day 3 Report

    26 Nov 2019

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

  • Inter-Provincial Championships: Day 2 Report

    25 Nov 2019

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

  • Inter-Provincial Championships: Day 1 Report

    24 Nov 2019

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

  • Interprovincial Championships- Christchurch

    22 Nov 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    22 Nov 2019

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    21 Nov 2019

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

  • Inter-pROVINCIALS ARE A' COMING

    20 Nov 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 071

    20 Nov 2019

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

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Nov 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • Date Change: North Island Pairs 2020

    15 Nov 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    15 Nov 2019

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

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    14 Nov 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    13 Nov 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 070

    13 Nov 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    12 Nov 2019

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

  • National Teams in Nelson

    11 Nov 2019

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

  • National 15A Teams - Nelson

    8 Nov 2019

    Link to results read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    8 Nov 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    8 Nov 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show -069

    6 Nov 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    6 Nov 2019

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    5 Nov 2019

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

  • Looking Back at the Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    4 Nov 2019

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

  • Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs

    1 Nov 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    1 Nov 2019

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

  • Central Districts News with George MacLachlan

    31 Oct 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    30 Oct 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 068

    30 Oct 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    29 Oct 2019

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

  • News from the Chair -

    25 Oct 2019

    No 7 Added 25 Oct 2019 read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    25 Oct 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 067

    24 Oct 2019

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

  • Decision- Conduct Discipline and Disputes Committee

    23 Oct 2019

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    22 Oct 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    21 Oct 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    18 Oct 2019

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

  • Canterbury News with Naomi Hannah Brown

    17 Oct 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 066

    16 Oct 2019

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

  • Congratulations- To Our New Grand Masters

    15 Oct 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • Congress Survey extended

    14 Oct 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    11 Oct 2019

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

  • Attention Youth Players- Opportunities for International Representation in 2020

    10 Oct 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 065

    9 Oct 2019

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

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    9 Oct 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -064

    3 Oct 2019

          Link to this week's show read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    26 Sep 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    26 Sep 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -063

    25 Sep 2019

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

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    25 Sep 2019

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

  • Our National Congress Update

    24 Sep 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    24 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 8

    23 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 7

    22 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 6

    21 Sep 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    20 Sep 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    20 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 5

    20 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 4

    19 Sep 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 062

    18 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 3

    18 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 2

    17 Sep 2019

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

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

    16 Sep 2019

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

  • World Championships in Wuhan. Day 1

    16 Sep 2019

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

  • Congratulations!! Our New Grand Masters

    15 Sep 2019

    Details here read more here

  • 44th World Bridge Championships start This Sunday

    13 Sep 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    13 Sep 2019

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    11 Sep 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 061

    11 Sep 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Sep 2019

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

  • Congratulations - Recently Qualified Club Level Directors

    9 Sep 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    6 Sep 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    6 Sep 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 060

    4 Sep 2019

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    3 Sep 2019

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

  • Pairs The Great Leveller

    3 Sep 2019

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

  • Three New to Gold

    2 Sep 2019

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

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

    1 Sep 2019

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

  • National 15A Pairs- Auckland Bridge Club

    30 Aug 2019

    Link to results read more here

  • New To The Table

    30 Aug 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    30 Aug 2019

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

  • Central Districts News with George MacLachlan

    29 Aug 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 059

    29 Aug 2019

      Click this link to enjoy the show read more here

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    28 Aug 2019

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

  • One Month to go: One Week to go

    26 Aug 2019

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

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

    25 Aug 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    23 Aug 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    23 Aug 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show -058

    21 Aug 2019

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    21 Aug 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    19 Aug 2019

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

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

    18 Aug 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    17 Aug 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    16 Aug 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    16 Aug 2019

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

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    15 Aug 2019

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

  • Congratulations to our 3 new Siver Grandmasters

    15 Aug 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 057

    14 Aug 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    13 Aug 2019

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

  • The Youth Weekend That Was

    13 Aug 2019

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

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

    12 Aug 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    9 Aug 2019

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

  • Nominations open - International representative teams for 2020

    9 Aug 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    9 Aug 2019

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

  • Top 100 and 200!

    8 Aug 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 056

    7 Aug 2019

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

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    7 Aug 2019

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

  • Gold and Silver for North Island Pairs Winners

    6 Aug 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    6 Aug 2019

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

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

    4 Aug 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    3 Aug 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    2 Aug 2019

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

  • North Island Pairs- Wellington Bridge Club

    2 Aug 2019

    LInk to results read more here

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    31 Jul 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show- 055

    31 Jul 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    30 Jul 2019

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

  • Resignation from the Board- Jane Stearns

    30 Jul 2019

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

  • Lots of Laughs, Bridge and Pizzas in Auckland

    29 Jul 2019

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

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

    29 Jul 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    29 Jul 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    26 Jul 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    26 Jul 2019

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

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    25 Jul 2019

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

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

    24 Jul 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 054

    24 Jul 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    23 Jul 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    22 Jul 2019

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

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

    21 Jul 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    19 Jul 2019

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    19 Jul 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    19 Jul 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 054

    17 Jul 2019

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

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

    15 Jul 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    15 Jul 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    12 Jul 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    12 Jul 2019

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    11 Jul 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Jul 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -53

    10 Jul 2019

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

  • Ace Raiders from The North Take Out South Island Pairs

    8 Jul 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    7 Jul 2019

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

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

    7 Jul 2019

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

  • South Island Pairs- Crockfords Christchurch

    5 Jul 2019

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    5 Jul 2019

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

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    4 Jul 2019

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

  • National Congress News July 2019

    4 Jul 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -052

    3 Jul 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    2 Jul 2019

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

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

    30 Jun 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    28 Jun 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    28 Jun 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 051

    26 Jun 2019

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    26 Jun 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    26 Jun 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Jun 2019

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

  • RBM PROJECT UPDATE

    25 Jun 2019

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

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

    23 Jun 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    22 Jun 2019

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

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    21 Jun 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    21 Jun 2019

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

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

    20 Jun 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 50

    20 Jun 2019

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

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 8

    19 Jun 2019

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

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

    18 Jun 2019

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

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 6

    17 Jun 2019

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

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

    16 Jun 2019

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

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

    16 Jun 2019

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

  • Congratulations!! to our latest Grandmasters

    15 Jun 2019

    New Grandmasters read more here

  • NZ 15A Swiss Pairs - New Plymouth

    15 Jun 2019

    Link to Results read more here

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 3 Revisited

    15 Jun 2019

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

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

    15 Jun 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    14 Jun 2019

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

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 3

    14 Jun 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    14 Jun 2019

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

  • Otago- Southland News with Moss Wylie

    13 Jun 2019

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

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 2

    13 Jun 2019

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

  • Our Kiwis in Singapore Day 1

    12 Jun 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 49

    12 Jun 2019

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

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

    11 Jun 2019

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

  • Follow Progress of our Teams in Singapore

    10 Jun 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    10 Jun 2019

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

  • QUALIFIED DIRECTORS LIST

    10 Jun 2019

    NZBridge Directors June 2019.pdf read more here

  • Singapore Preview

    10 Jun 2019

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

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

    9 Jun 2019

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

  • Singapore Preview

    9 Jun 2019

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

  • Singapore Preview

    8 Jun 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    7 Jun 2019

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

  • Singapore Preview

    7 Jun 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    7 Jun 2019

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

  • 2019 Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Championships

    6 Jun 2019

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  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    5 Jun 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 48

    5 Jun 2019

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

  • Wellington News with Paul Maxwell

    5 Jun 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    4 Jun 2019

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

  • Emerald, Gold and Glory at Auckland

    4 Jun 2019

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

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

    2 Jun 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    31 May 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    31 May 2019

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

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    30 May 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 047

    29 May 2019

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

  • Transfer of Australian Masterpoints

    28 May 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    27 May 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    27 May 2019

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

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

    26 May 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    24 May 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    24 May 2019

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    22 May 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 047

    22 May 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    21 May 2019

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

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

    20 May 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    17 May 2019

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

  • NZ Bridge - Draft Constitution - Feedback Invited

    17 May 2019

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

  • Congratulations!! to our latest Grandmasters

    16 May 2019

    Details Here read more here

  • ABF Daily Bridge Column

    15 May 2019

        Link to Information       read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 046

    15 May 2019

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    14 May 2019

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

  • Inter-Provincial Results

    14 May 2019

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

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

    12 May 2019

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

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    10 May 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    10 May 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    10 May 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 045

    8 May 2019

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

  • Introducing the "Mixed Blacks"

    7 May 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    7 May 2019

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

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

    5 May 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    3 May 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    3 May 2019

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

  • Club level Director Exams for 2019

    2 May 2019

    Details here read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Show -044

    1 May 2019

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    1 May 2019

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

  • National Congress News - April 2019

    30 Apr 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    30 Apr 2019

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

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    29 Apr 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    28 Apr 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    26 Apr 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    26 Apr 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    24 Apr 2019

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

  • Quick Reference Guides for Directors

    24 Apr 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 043

    24 Apr 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    23 Apr 2019

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

  • Welcome to our First Platinum and Emerald Grand Masters

    23 Apr 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    21 Apr 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    19 Apr 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    19 Apr 2019

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

  • Otago- Southland News with Brad Johnston

    17 Apr 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show - 042

    17 Apr 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    15 Apr 2019

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

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

    14 Apr 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    12 Apr 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    12 Apr 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    11 Apr 2019

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

  • New To The Table

    10 Apr 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show -041

    10 Apr 2019

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

  • Wellington News with Katherine Gough

    10 Apr 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    9 Apr 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    8 Apr 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    5 Apr 2019

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

  • Waikato Bays News with Anna Kalma

    4 Apr 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show -040

    3 Apr 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    2 Apr 2019

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

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

    1 Apr 2019

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

  • a lighter look

    1 Apr 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    29 Mar 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show 039

    28 Mar 2019

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

  • Auckland News with Douglas Russell

    27 Mar 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    25 Mar 2019

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

  • Keep Bridge Alive Global Campaign

    22 Mar 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    22 Mar 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show - 038

    22 Mar 2019

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

  • Northland News with Tania Brown

    20 Mar 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    19 Mar 2019

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

  • National Congress News March 2019.

    18 Mar 2019

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

  • Message from Allan Morris - Christchurch

    16 Mar 2019

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

  • CANCELLATION OF CANTERBURY INTER-CLUB TEAMS

    15 Mar 2019

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

  • National Bridge Teachers' Conference

    15 Mar 2019

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

  • Newsletter- International Programme 2019

    15 Mar 2019

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  • Tales of Akarana

    15 Mar 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    13 Mar 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -037

    13 Mar 2019

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

  • Top of The South News with Jenny Pomeroy

    13 Mar 2019

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

  • STRENGTH and SINNERS in TARANAKI

    12 Mar 2019

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

  • Volunteer of The Month

    12 Mar 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    8 Mar 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    8 Mar 2019

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

  • Central Districts News with George McLachlan

    7 Mar 2019

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

  • Congratulations Michael Ware

    6 Mar 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show- 036

    6 Mar 2019

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

  • FAVOURITES WIN NORTH ISLAND TEAMS

    5 Mar 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    5 Mar 2019

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

  • Canterbury News with Max Robb

    4 Mar 2019

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

  • North Island Teams- Tauranga

    1 Mar 2019

    LINK TO RESULTS read more here

  • Tales of Akarana

    1 Mar 2019

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

  • The Bridge Zone Show -035

    27 Feb 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    26 Feb 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    26 Feb 2019

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

  • Wellington News with Dean Sole

    25 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 24th February

    24 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 23rd February

    23 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 22nd February

    22 Feb 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    22 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 21st February

    21 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 20th February

    20 Feb 2019

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

  • THE BRIDGE ZONE SHOW- 034

    20 Feb 2019

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

  • A Lighter Look

    19 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 19th February

    19 Feb 2019

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

  • Play and Defend Better: for improving players

    18 Feb 2019

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

  • Gold Coast Report 1

    17 Feb 2019

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

  • "Double Dummy", a film about Bridge

    15 Feb 2019

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

  • Tales of Akarana

    15 Feb 2019

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