Letters from The Chair in 2020 - #4 has Landed

Allan Morris writes of how the Board is reacting to the Covid-19 situation. Click on any attachment below to read all about it. These letters are filed in dropbox/Waikato-Bays Clubs Info.

Organised BBO in the Waikato-Bays

Waikato-Bays players now have special areas in BBO to maintain their skills while enjoying the company of others in the Region. Each of the region's bigger clubs is hosting a session or two every week so there's something on offer for everyone.

Organising clubs will set up their own sessions influenced by what works best for their timeslot. We place emphasis on the need to encourage mainly newer players to take part while more experienced players will appreciate the opportunity to compete against their friends at other clubs in the region. The schedule laid out below offers something for everyone.

  • Monday 7pm Te Awamutu hosts Matchpoint Pairs open to Waikato-Bays Listed players only - must register with Mike Neels nzw247@gmail.com
  • Tuesday 7pm Te Aroha hosts Matchpoint Swiss Pairs open to Junior and Intermediate players throughout NZ.
  • Wednesday 7pm Matamata hosts Matchpoint Individuals open to Junior/Intermediate players throughout NZ.
  • Thursday 1pm Te Awamutu hosts Junior/Intermediate players at Matchpoint Pairs open to anywhere in NZ.
  • Friday 1pm Piako hosts Swiss Pairs open to all NZ players.
  • Friday 7pm Cambridge hosts IMP Swiss Pairs open to all NZ players.
  • Saturday 7pm Hamilton IMP Swiss Pairs open to all NZ players.

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Clubs Recommended NOT to Open Until Level One Earliest

Click here to download the strong message from NZB's having taken advice from the authorities.

Until Further Notice ...

.. bridge is cancelled - in case you hadn't heard. Mostly. There's still the Rubber Bridge competition. The deadline for entries has been extended to the 30th April. Should be money for jam - only four pairs in it with a week to go and a purse of $50 each to the victors. Or, if we get the numbers up to eight or nine pairs there'll be an extra $20 each, and if ten pairs the prize money jumps to a massive $100 each!! Wow! The winners also get to represent the Region at Congress (if we have one). And, of course, there's always on-line bridge. The best known site is BBO - Bridge Base Online - but there are plenty of others to be found in a Google search.

Good luck to you all over this unprecedented time. Our family could always tell when my mother was crook. First she'd stop eating. Then, if she got worse, she'd stop playing bridge. This is serious!!

Corona Virus

Received from the Chairman of NZ Bridge:

Good Morning
We continue to receive requests for updates.

Each day we are bombarded by reports in the media. Some quite disturbing.

We are seeing some sporting events being cancelled, postponed, or taking place in stadia without spectators. The Ministry of Health is still viewing the risk here as “low”.

So what should you be doing?

Upcoming Tuition and Tournaments

The first event in the Judith Howard League was played at Waihi last Saturday 14th of March. Judith is donating $2000 of prize money in favour of those turned newly Open. The field is restricted to members of clubs in the Waikato-Bays who are ranked no higher than Provincial Master. Players earn points for playing and placing in a series of events - see under the WB Events tab above. While the major prizes of the League will be awarded at the end of the series, part of the plan is that there are also $170 worth of prizes for the top three places at any event. Saturday's inaugural winners were Ross Stewart and Elaine Rayner with Shirley Bain and Graham Young taking second, and Tim Rigter and Jan Baker coming third.

There seems to be a bit of a respite in the tournament scene this week. Perhaps an harbinger of things to come? Meanwhile life will continue in the class room with Clare and Kate covering Multi-2D at Cambridge on Tuesday night and Rona conducting Supervised Play at Taupo on Wednesday 7-9pm.

Enjoy your bridge - who knows if it'll still be possible in the near future.

The Kelly Pierse Teams and Director Seminar at Rotorua

To be held on Saturday 8th February at the rooms of Rotorua Bridge Club in Neil Hunt Park on Tarawera Road. This iconic event 10A Teams event always attracts a large field. Be in early. Enter on the NZ Bridge site.

Following the 10A teams on Sunday 9th February, National Director Allan Joseph presents a seminar aimed at those wishing to help out at their local club by learning a bit about directing. This session comes at no charge to attendees from the Waikato-Bays region. Even those who do a little directing and wish to brush up their skills are welcome. Again, entries may be made on the NZ Bridge site.

NZ Bridge to Continue RBM Scheme

Download the attached news from Waikato RBM Eunice Eccles to catch up with her plans for the 2020 season. Eunice is available to assist any club with advice particularly in the ares of recruitment, teaching, and retention of new members.

New Season Starts Soon with the Thames Festival of Bridge

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