New Zealand BRIDGE CONGRESS -
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR NATIONAL CONGRESS HAS MOVED HOME.
THE NEW VENUE IS: Lion Foundation Centre, Bay Park, 81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui
After the disappointment of not being able to hold a National Congress in 2020, we look forward to staging the event in a new venue this year. There will not just be a new home but there will be many other changes as well. The 35th New Zealand National Bridge Congress is the premier bridge event in our annual calendar and was last attended by over 700 players in 2019. In 2021, it will be held at "The Mount" from Saturday 25th September to Saturday 2nd October 2021 with events open to all levels of players, from grand-master to Novice players. One change, is that there will no longer be Packages. You enter as many or as few as you wish. Each event, including the different stages of the New Zealand Open Teams, has its own separate price.
NO MORE PACKAGES but:
We encourage players to pre-enter all events in which you might play even if your progress in the New Zealand Open Teams may cause that to change. You do not have to pay at the time you register for events though payments made by 31st August 2021 will attract a 10% discount. Unfortunately, there will no longer be subsidies for South Island players.
The total cost for playing 8 days of bridge from Saturday to Saturday will be $520 per player. Take advantage of the prompt payment discount and that reduces to $468. The prices before discount per player are:
|New Zealand Open/Restricted Open Pairs||$160||25-27 Sept: Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning|
|New Zealand Open/Restricted Open Teams||$160||27 Sept: Monday afternoon, Tuesday, Wednesday morning|
|Open/Restricted Swiss Pairs or NZ Teams Round 16 & QF||$80||29 Sept: Wednesday afternoon, Thursday (R16 Wed afternoon only)|
|Intermediate Swiss Pairs||$60||30 Sept: Thursday morning and afternoon|
|Open/Senior Match Point Swiss Pairs or NZ Teams SF||$60||30 Sept: Thursday afternoon and Friday morning|
|Intermediate/Junior Pairs||$60||1 Oct: Friday morning and afternoon|
|BOP Open/Senior/Intermediate Teams or NZ Teams Final||$60||2 Oct: Saturday morning and afternoon|
|Novice Pairs||$10||2 Oct: Saturday 2nd October|
- Those who are knocked out of the Top 16 can play in the Thursday part of the Swiss Pairs.
- Entry to the Novice Pairs can be made right up to the start time of the event.
ENTERING AND PAYING
We are now using a web based shopping tool which is much easier to use. Click here to read about the new process
Please note there are special events for Intermediate and Junior players.
You are welcome to play in any Congress event but the following are just for Intermediates and Juniors:
|New Zealand Intermediate Pairs||Thursday – 30th September||2 sessions (morning,afternoon)|
|New Zealand Junior Pairs||Thursday- 30th September||2 sessions (morning, afternoon)|
|Intermediate Swiss Pairs||Friday – 1st October||2 sessions (morning, afternoon)|
|New Zealand Intermediate Teams||Saturday 2nd October||2 sessions (morning, afternoon)|
FULL-TIME STUDENT YOUTH PLAYERS
Youth players will get a 50% discount on any Congress event. You must have your Year of birth registered with NZB for this to automatically calculate. Your club should have provided NZB with this so your levyy is calculated accurately, so you should not have to do a thing, but if you go to pay and the discount is not offered, contact NZB immediately.
All prices are per person in New Zealand Dollars and include GST. Our refund policy is 100% up to one week before the start of Congress, with the Organisers having flexibility on refunds against written requests after that date.