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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 Jul 2023

    Trumps are Tricks: aces too! When you aim to make lots of tricks, like in the slam zone, you do not necessarily need that many high card points. Aces, or voids, are very important and you can do extremely well with great length in one suit. Take... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 Jul 2023

    Semi- Final Spingold appearance for Michael Whibley. Michael Whibley has been making a name for himself on the international bridge scene in recent years both playing for New Zealand and also individually. He further enhanced his and his... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Jul 2023

    for Junior, Intermediate and Novice players..and others. It's Friday. What a shame. Great bidding to a slightly aggressive but very reasonable contract…and yet our North-South pair recorded a minus score all because the declarer... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Jul 2023

    Troubles at Five. Maybe today’s deal illustrates the value of bridge insurance and the difficulties, vagaries of 5-level competition. You have a very insignificant hand and yet you are being asked to make one, maybe two, big decisions. The... read more here

  • Baden Wilson Awards- Position year to date

    19 Jul 2023

      Updated as at 30 June 2023 read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 Jul 2023

    Not our holding, today! Spot the Stop? Sometimes, you pick up your bridge hand and see card after card in one suit…7 card, 8 card maybe even more. Then, there are times when it is difficult to see whether you have any 4-card suit, let... read more here

  • Ranks Report - 2023 Year to date

    19 Jul 2023

      Updated as at 30 June 2023 read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -255

    19 Jul 2023

    Link to this week's show read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 Jul 2023

    Passing Penalty Doubles, perhaps: Part 2. Yesterday, we gave you a situation where passing a penalty double by your partner in a competitive auction at the 4-level was not the best thing to do. We have got another situation today where it may or... read more here

  • Top All Time Masterpoint Award Winners

    18 Jul 2023

      Updated - as at 18 July 2023 read more here

  • Congratulations to our new Gold & Silver Grandmasters

    17 Jul 2023

    Details here read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 Jul 2023

    Passing Penalty Doubles, perhaps: Part 1. How are you feeling as this slightly unusual auction developed? Everyone seems to have thrown away their “pass” cards! West DealsE-W Vul    ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    14 Jul 2023

    For Junior, Intermediate and Novice players… and others! It’s Matariki Day. Being a Real Nuisance! Sometimes you make a bid without real expectation of making your contract but in order to make life harder for your opponents. That... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    13 Jul 2023

    An Unusual Bid. You can play bridge for quite a long time and still come up with fresh bidding sequences which you and your partner have not discussed. What does partner mean by their bid and what should you bid? These are the 2 questions raised... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 Jul 2023

    A Touch of Discarding: touch or tough? It’s not the part of the game that most players enjoy. Declarer is in 3NT and has a long suit to run. They know it is a good idea to do that not just because they score tricks but also they might get... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -254

    12 Jul 2023

      Link to this week's show read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 Jul 2023

    Diamonds are the Panel’s best friend. Are they yours? Well, no-one has mentioned them yet. Is now the hour to do so?             West DealsBoth Vul   N... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Jul 2023

    is this how you feel? No Good Action. Good bidding problems produce a variety of answers because there surely is no one answer that satisfies all our concerns. Today’s falls into that category. It occurred at the Akarana club’s... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Jul 2023

    It's Fri Day: for Junior, Intermediate and Novice players...and others. More Chance of Success. We would not put all our eggs in one basket if we do not have to. We know what happens when we drop the one basket: our contract fails. So, how are... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Jul 2023

    Even World Grandmasters Nod. For a change, today’s article is a salute to this country’s first World Grand Master, Michael Cornell. It is written by Auckland’s Alan Taylor who for many years produced the daily Bulletins at our... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 Jul 2023

    With finesse: without finesse! After the excitement of two rather wild 6H contracts, we go for something a little more technical and a little…well, not much…lower as you are declarer in 6D! There has been no interference bidding... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -253

    5 Jul 2023

      Link to this week's show read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 Jul 2023

    2 of these are missing! Where are they? 6 Hearts again! For the second day running, our contract is 6H with one hand holding H AQT to 6 hearts and once again, the opponents have done their hardest to disrupt the bidding by pre-empting to 5D. It... read more here

  • A Great Contribution

    3 Jul 2023

    Mary Wood, fund-raiser extraordinaire. Hospice day at Howick Bridge Club. This is the story of an incredible fund-raising effort from one of our bridge clubs. Howick Bridge Club commenced having an annual charity event for the Totara Hospice... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 Jul 2023

    The New and the Established take the North Island Teams. One very fresh and one very established partnership won the on-line North Island Teams, hosted by the Tauranga Bridge Club this past weekend. The “ established” are Liz and... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 Jun 2023

    For Junior, Intermediate and Novice players…and others. It’s Fri Day. It’s Friday not Doomsday! It is though a day when the opposition attack your weakest suit. Why do they always seem to find the right lead when you are... read more here

  • North Island Teams (Online) 1-2 July 2023

    30 Jun 2023

      Link to Results read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 Jun 2023

    or as close as we can! The Percentage Line. Today’s story involves percentages, well at least if you want to understand why it is correct to take a rather unusual action in declarer play. Even if you are not into percentages, it’s... read more here

  • A Tribute to Michael Sykes

    28 Jun 2023

    Michael on his wedding day.    It is very sad to have to report the sudden passing of Michael Sykes earlier this week. For many years in the 1980’s and 1990’s, he was one of this country’s most prominent players and... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    28 Jun 2023

    A Lesson for both sides. Today’s deal might seem rather mundane and uninteresting and indeed would have been had most who held it followed our Panel’s advice. However, the statistics indicate that most of the 94 East players who held... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -252

    28 Jun 2023

    Link to this week's show read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    27 Jun 2023

    Achieving Par. That’s what we aim to do with every deal: correct? I will answer that question. “Maybe.” Yesterday, we alluded to the fact that (very occasionally) the “master-suit” is the lowly club suit. Normally,... read more here

  • Communications, Marketing, and Relationships

    26 Jun 2023

    I am delighted to share with you the appointment of Mel Auld as our new Marketing and Communications resource. Mel joins us with a quality resume and unwavering support from her prior employers.   I hope you will reach out and welcome... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 Jun 2023

    not today! The “Master- Suit”. Four of the nine New Zealand teams recorded victories in Round 5 of the Trans- Tasman Challenge, played last Friday night. However, at the top, Australian teams have started to gain a small lead at the... read more here

  • Looking positively at our National Congress

    26 Jun 2023

      NATIONAL CONGRESS 2023: CALLING INTERMEDIATE, JUNIOR AND NOVICE PLAYERS.   This a great opportunity for players of all ranks – including Novice. Freddy Wilkie was a nationally ranked Junior player in 2022 when he attended... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 Jun 2023

    It’s Fri day…for Junior, Intermediate, Novice players…and others! Bidding high and Playing safe. Today, we have a bidding and a play problem. Let’s begin at the beginning. What would you open with the hand below?... read more here

  • Honouring our volunteers in National Volunteer Week

    23 Jun 2023

      Dealing for Bridge. National Volunteer Week 18-24 June 2023 honours the collective energies and mana of all volunteers in Aotearoa. Bridge clubs function because of the huge number of people who give time in many ways. ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 Jun 2023

      Defending on your own: not always pleasant! Yes, you do have a partner across the table but in today’s hand you are very much on your own because your partner has to follow suit while you have to find four discards. Your partner is... read more here

  • Relaxed Teams Events at Crockfords Bridge Club

    22 Jun 2023

    Crockfords Bridge Club Mixed Teams’ Nights: A Great Concept.   Thanks to the energies of one of Crockfords' popular directors, this bridge club in Christchurch has been running very successful teams’ events on the second Friday... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    21 Jun 2023

    A Problem 21-count. 21 high card points in your hand is usually something we look forward to having, a slam possibly, surely a game or maybe taking a penalty off your opponents who are making life as awkward for you as they can. Here, though,... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -251

    21 Jun 2023

    Link to this week's show read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    20 Jun 2023

      a view you might have seen were this tournament not on-line.  Aussies to the fore in the South Island Teams. The Picton Bridge Club hosted the on-line South Island Teams over 2 days this past weekend. It consisted of 8 rounds of 14... read more here

  • Michael Cornell, World Grand Master

    19 Jun 2023

    In playing in the New Zealand Zone 7 Open Team win over Australia in Hong Kong last Friday, Michael Cornell has become the first Kiwi, indeed the first player from Zone 7, to achieve the rank of World Grand Master. He gathered the last 0.5 points... read more here

  • SI Teams Kibitzing link

    17 Jun 2023

    If you want to kibitz the SI Teams then use this link.   Kibitz read more here

  • Day Seven in Hong Kong

    16 Jun 2023

    Second is No Disgrace. Failing to win the APBF Open Championships may feel very disappointing for our Open Team, understandably, especially as victory was in their own hands. To have led the event for all but the last two rounds, early in the... read more here

  • South Island Teams (Online) 17-18 June 2023

    16 Jun 2023

      Link to results read more here

  • Congratulations to our new Grandmasters

    15 Jun 2023

      Details Here read more here

  • Day Six in Hong Kong

    15 Jun 2023

    Matches lost but not the lead. A run of 18 matches without defeat by our Open Team came to an end with a 2 imp loss to Indonesia yesterday morning, a match in which the Kiwis could not quite peg back enough 1 imp swings to catch up their... read more here

  • Day Five in Hong Kong

    14 Jun 2023

    Four More Wins. Big, small, lead from the front, come from behind. It does not matter how they come but at the end of the day, the New Zealand Open Team finished each match with more imps and vps than their opponents. Still unbeaten, they drew... read more here

  • NZ Youth Team 2023

    14 Jun 2023

      NZ Bridge is proud to share details of the players selected to represent NZ at the 18th World Youth Bridge Team Championships, (under 21 section),  Veldhoven, Netherlands which take place from July 30 - August 7, 2023. Prior to... read more here

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