The Commonwealth Nations' Bridge Championships

Representing New Zealand, a squad of six players including two from Waikato Bays region, Barry Jones and his partner Jenny Millington, members of the Hamilton Bridge Club, will be taking part in the fifth Commonwealth Nations' Bridge Championships. The other members of the team, from Christchurch,include John and Jane Skipper and John Wignall and Kris Wooles. Australia hosts this year’s Championships which will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre between the 14th–18th February.

Allan Joseph Delivers Seminars for Directors

Allan's mantra for the recently introduced Law 23 concerning Comparable Calls is ... "The same, similar, or more precise meaning or a call of similar purpose".

The Cambridge club hosted one of Allan Joseph's two director's seminars over the first weekend in February. Sponsored by the Waikato Bays Regional Committee, at no cost to members and with lunch provided, twenty keen bridge players from several clubs in the area attended. Allan was welcomed and introduced by Vicki, the Cambridge President.

2018 WAPs kick off this Sunday 11 February in Cambridge

Yes, that's right! The first of the Waikato Area Pairs 2018 is this Sunday in the newly refurbished Cambridge club rooms. We are looking forward to seeing as many attendees as possible. It is not just for Open players. There is always a prize for the best non-Open pair on the day as well as best Junior and Intermediate pairings with Open players for the series. The WAPs is a marvelous way to develop your bridge and make a bridge partnership stronger. If you are learning the Nesting Pairs system, playing in the WAPs is an ideal practice ground.

The Wisdom of Solomon

Submitted by Eunice Eccles on Mon, 2018/02/05 - 6:32pm.

Organised by Anna, an exciting and informative evening was held on Friday evening, at the Te Aroha Bridge Club, when Richard Solomon visited Te Aroha and twenty enthusiastic members were treated to an excellent workshop, explaining how Splinters and Cue bids can be used to enhance and improve their bidding.

Letter from the New Chair of NZB

31st January 2018
This newsletter is tinged with some sadness but also a real commitment towards the future. On Sunday the 21st the Board regrettably accepted the resignation of Alan Dormer as Chair.

Alan was hopeful that his recovery would be speedy and that he would be in a position to commit fully to the task of Chair. Unfortunately Alan has hit a few road bumps and has concluded he has not got the strength to continue. The Board was united that Alan’s health and recovery must come first.

Waikato Bays directors seminars 3-4 February with Allan Joseph

Whether you missed last year's excellent seminars or not, here is an opportunity to come again, with the seminar updated for the new laws.
Come to Saturday 3 February at Rotorua, or Sunday 4 February at Cambridge, whichever suits you best. Lunch is provided, and there is no cost to members of Waikato Bays bridge clubs. Please enter on the tournaments link above.
You can read about previous seminars here: http://www.waikatobays.bridge-club.org/node/473

Shock News - NZB Chairman Resigns

Due to continuing ill health Alan Dormer, chair of New Zealand Bridge is tendering his resignation. Having made such a promising start to reviving confidence in the Board, Alan is sad that he must step down. The full text of this announcement is in his letter attached below. We thank Alan for his efforts to date and wish him well.

2018 Season Opens

The first major event took place at Thames over the second weekend of January. Although table numbers were down on last year due to the attractions of the Canberra Festival of Bridge it was still a respectable turnout. Canberra had slipped back in the calendar to clash with our Thames event. Richard Solomon was one such attendee and has done a great job of covering the whole event on the NZ Bridge site - you can read about it by clicking here.

Alan Turner Awarded QSM

Alan CelebratesAlan CelebratesYes - it's true. There is an award for Services to Bridge and Tauranga's Alan Turner has been officially acknowledged. Full coverage is given on the Tauranga site.

It's pretty quiet this time of year but there is a sense of anticipation about several things as we look forward to the start of the new season. Amongst other things:

Season's Greetings

Season's GreetingsSeason's GreetingsWishing all the members of W/Bays Bridge clubs,the Regional and National Committees, a very Merry Christmas and a world of good Wishes. One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you to everyone and wish you all a happy new year. I couldn't have managed without your help, you have all been fantastic! Looking forward to successful year ahead.

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