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  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -250

    14 Jun 2023

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  • New Zealand in Hong Kong Day 4

    13 Jun 2023

    Day 4 in Hong Kong. In past years, New Zealand teams have done well in international events against the stronger teams but have struggled against teams that were near the bottom of the table. Not so the current Open Team who finished up Round... read more here

  • Club director training courses

    12 Jun 2023

    Club Directors training courses hosted by Allan Joseph  online directors poster.pdf  home club directors training.pdf club directors training.pdf read more here

  • Day Three in Hong Kong

    12 Jun 2023

    Still Unbeaten. That is the situation of the New Zealand Open Team after Day 3 in Singapore. It is a slightly strange statistic, but true, after what proved an extremely tough day for the Kiwis. Just look at their results: 1 New... read more here

  • Interprovincials – 2024

    12 Jun 2023

    The Interprovincials will revert to f2f format and will be held in conjunction with the National Congress at Mt Maunganui. Likely timetable is Wed 25 Sept 2024 commencing early afternoon concluding Friday 27 Sept 2024 by early afternoon. The... read more here

  • Day Two in Hong Kong

    11 Jun 2023

    A Second Day Unbeaten. That’s the story of the New Zealand Open Team at the APBF Championships in Hong Kong. They made steady progress, retained pole position and each match scored more vps than their opponents. These are their results on... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 Jun 2023

    Day 1 in Hong Kong: a fabulous start in the Open. Here is the first daily report from the Asia Pacific Bridge Championships in Hong Kong. New Zealand has an Open, Women and Mixed Team taking part. All events are double round-robins of 14 board... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 Jun 2023

    It’s Fri Day ..for Juniors, Intermediates, Novices and others! A Two- Sided Threat. You can sometimes exert great pressure on a declarer by simply playing your cards in the prescribed manner, nothing flash but doing what the textbook says.... read more here

  • Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Championships 2023

    8 Jun 2023

    Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Home c bridge federation ZONE 6 – Asia Pacific Bridge Federation (APBF)   This year’s Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Championships starts on Friday 9th June in Hong Kong. New Zealand will be... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 Jun 2023

    Second encounter. It’s the second board of the day, the second board of three days with lots of bridge to be played. You have been fired up by making a part-score on the first board and sort your hand for the second encounter.... read more here

  • Fun Bridge in Kaikoura

    8 Jun 2023

    What makes the Kaikoura Bridge Tournament so popular?The beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura held their annual 8B Tournament on 20th May. 124 players entered. Each year the tournament gets bigger and is now held in the Memorial Hall on the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    7 Jun 2023

    Winners over Kings’ Birthday Weekend That applies to the following who were successful at the three Congresses over the recent King’s Birthday Weekend. King's Birthday Winners            ... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -249

    7 Jun 2023

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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    6 Jun 2023

    An interesting inference. I wonder if at trick 2 below, you thought to ask one rather relevant question. It might just help your defence. Making the wrong decision below will not prove fatal but it would save both you and your partner a lot of... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    2 Jun 2023

    for Junior, Intermediate and Novice players...and others, too. It's Fri day.  Doubletons can be good leads too! Many players are taught that doubleton leads are to be avoided, that they help out the declarer with the playing of difficult... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    1 Jun 2023

    or so I think! The Right Occasion for….. a bid that is rarely used, certainly rarely used at the right time. On this particular occasion, I rather wished it had not been used. More of that later. Let’s begin with a question. What... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    31 May 2023

    Everybody’s guessing! Pre-emption is a delicate art. You want to make it as hard as possible for your opponents, to make them guess. The problem is knowing when they have guessed right! With that in mind, what is your bid with the following... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -248

    31 May 2023

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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    30 May 2023

    No exception to this saying. Don’t you love defending? I am sure you do, sometimes. It can, though, be pretty challenging. So, today, the defence seems to start quite well. Partner leads your suit and has a decent holding in your suit, too.... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    29 May 2023

    Trans-Tasman Challenge – Round 4 Friday 26th May saw Round 4 of this on-going challenge between Australian and New Zealand teams, 8 rounds in all. Thus, at the half-way point, these are the current leaders. Round 4  ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    26 May 2023

    For Junior, Intermediate and Novice players …and others. It's Fri Day Few points should be no deterrent. We are told we need at least 25 hcp to bid and make a game. That may be true in no-trumps (and even then game has been made on less... read more here

  • International News and News of Trans Tasman Challenge Round 4

    26 May 2023

    Announcement re New Zealand International Teams HONG KONG The APBF bridge Championships start in two weeks  on 9th June. Our Open, Women and Mixed teams are all set to go - we wish them well. Following the Championships, all three teams... read more here

  • Youth Bridge Weekend- 1-3 Sept 2023

    26 May 2023

        Youth Weekend 2023 .pdf read more here

  • Congratulations to our recently qualified Tournament Directors

    25 May 2023

    Marilyn Jackson – Invercargill Colin Haywood – Wellington Justine Hart - Hawera   read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    25 May 2023

    The Missing Jacks. They are usually the least important of the honour cards, that is the honours we attribute points for. Let’s see how we fare when we have four aces, three kings, four queens but no jacks! North DealsBoth Vul... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    24 May 2023

    Does partner know best? This unusual deal occurred in the recent Seniors’ Zone 7 match between New Zealand and Australia. It provided a 3 imp swing to New Zealand though far more imps perhaps should have flowed the other way. Let’s... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -247

    24 May 2023

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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    23 May 2023

    An Awkward Two-Suiter. I thought life was easier when one holds spades, the “master-suit”. Not so. We have three suits between our two hands and yet the opposition are making it awkward to find our best fit.    ... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    22 May 2023

    Leading partner’s suit: good or bad? Zone 7: Seniors. Match 2. The second half of the Zone 7 Seniors’ match between Australia and New Zealand took place last Saturday afternoon on Real Bridge. After 28 boards, New Zealand held a... read more here

  • Congress 2023- Clubs Promotion

    19 May 2023

    $500 for your Club Congress attendance.pdf read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    19 May 2023

    For Junior, Intermediate and Novice players…and others. It's Fri Day. A Strange Selection. Why would you ever want to choose a suit bid by your partner where you have only two cards in that suit and have three cards in your... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    18 May 2023

    The Route to a Making Game. On a different day, we might be debating the merits of opening the North hand below 1H. Such a good suit and just about the only suit you would not want your partner to lead were your side to end up as defending! Yet,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    17 May 2023

    A Kiwi Come-Back. The first half of the Seniors’ Zone 7 on-line play-off between Australia and New Zealand took place yesterday with New Zealand staging a fine recovery after a dismal first 14 boards which saw Australia lead 25-6. A... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -246

    17 May 2023

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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    16 May 2023

    or bid? First time at a high level. There is a useful guideline that when we introduce a new suit at the three level that the bid is forcing for at least one round. That’s fine for the three level but what about when the bid is made at the... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    15 May 2023

    High scores at Christchurch events. The Christchurch Bridge Club held two 10A events and Intermediate/Junior events this past weekend. They attracted players from KeriKeri to Invercargill (and in-between!) with quality and quantity to the fore.... read more here

  • News of up-coming Zone 7 Seniors Play-Off

    15 May 2023

    ZONE 7 SENIORS PLAY-OFF BERWEEN NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA ZONE 7 Seniors Play-off between Australia and New Zealand will be played on    Tuesday 16th May, start 1pm NZ time, 2 X 14 boards, and Saturday 20th May, start 1pm NZ time,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    12 May 2023

    for Junior, Intermediate and Novice players...and others. It's Fri Day. Calming those Nerves! Well, bridge is not stress-free. While you all have, I hope, understanding partners, who will be most sympathetic when something goes wrong in your... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    11 May 2023

    Make Aggression Pay. Today’s deal seemed a little tricky both to reach game and then to make it. There were certainly losing options. How would you fare? South DealsNone Vul ♠ K J 7 ♥... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    10 May 2023

    4+2+3= 8! Having 9 tricks does not always mean it is easy to make 3NT. They can be awkward to unravel and if you are not careful, 9 could easily become 8. With that in mind, have a look at today’s deal. South DealsNone Vul... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -245

    10 May 2023

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  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    9 May 2023

    Too Aggressive? We all have, or maybe should have, unwritten rules about when to pre-empt. It is common to be “a little frisky” when the vulnerability is in our favour. However, what about when only our side is vulnerable? How good do... read more here

  • Remembering Tony Thomson

    9 May 2023

      Within the space of six months, New Zealand Bridge has lost four of its Life Members. In November 2022, we said farewell to Shirley Waymouth and in March 2023 to both Alan Turner and John Wignall. Last week, it was to Tony Thomson. Tony,... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    8 May 2023

    Now is the hour. Overbidding can sometimes be rewarded with a helpful dummy, maybe even helpful defence or a fortunate lie of the cards. On other occasions, you need to find some way to avoid the inevitable defeat. The dummy below was not all... read more here

  • Tournament Session Charges Increase & New Sales & Marketing Role

    8 May 2023

    Bulletin 8 May 2023.pdf      Advertisment - Sales and Marketing Role.pdf read more here

  • Announcement. New Teaching and Learning Committee

    7 May 2023

      NZ Bridge is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Teaching and Learning Committee. Members of the Committee are: Douglas Russell (Chair) Kate Terry Anna Kalma Babs-Merel de Visser Shirley Newton Phil Noye   The... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    5 May 2023

    It's Fri  Day... for Junior, Intermediate and Novice players....and others! A Valuable Asset? We are on lead again, in the spotlight but are not leading blind or in hope. There’s been a bit of bidding from our partner… and that... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    4 May 2023

    A “Maybe” Slam. When opener shows a minimum hand and the responder is in the “maybe slam” zone, it is good to keep the bidding as low as you can to see if a slam move is warranted. Today’s deal raises questions in... read more here

  • Daily Bridge in New Zealand

    3 May 2023

     A “No Go” Area? When the opposition show a flat 20-22 hcp hand to open the bidding, it is normally a “no go” area for the opposition. You would need something special to bid at the 3-level when 2NT is opened on your... read more here

  • The Bridge Zone Radio Show -244

    3 May 2023

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