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Letters from The Chair in 2020 - the second one has arrived

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.

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

Final News from the Chair for 2020

Allan Morris writes on the following points. Full letter including survey results attached below:

  • Completion of the NZ Wide Pairs - $18k raised for Youth Bridge - National Teams in Nelson and the Inter-Provincials in Christchurch
  • The Wellington region takes Dougal McLean trophy for the fourth year in a row
  • Subcommittee on track with recommendations re the future of Regional Committees - nothing to happen before 2021 so elections will be held mid-2020
  • RBM job vacancies in Otago/Southland and Central Districts
  • Board is working on a handicapping system based on the Compass model
  • Key findings of the post-Congress survey attached below

2019 Babich Nationwide Pairs Champions from Rotorua

Ruth Lewis and Trish Stephens take Gold!

Trish and RuthTrish and RuthA fantastic achievement, playing against over thousand other pairs from clubs across New Zealand, Ruth and Trish took top place on the podium. With fourteen pairs playing in the event at Rotorua, Ruth and Trish won with a fantastic score of 69.35%.

When this score was evaluated by X-Clubs against everyone else who had played the same hands throughout New Zealand, they had done even better and increased their final score to 75.67%, leading the field by a clear 6%, a remarkable feat against such a high quality field.

News from the Chair #7

Allan Morris updates us with a summary of what's been going on lately. The new Constitution has been registered and the revised Manual is under way. Congress was very successful with record numbers attending. Special mention of Michael Whibley being awarded for Best Declarer Play in the World for 2019. Upcoming in November is the Babich Simultaneous Pairs, the National Teams in Nelson and the IP's in Christchurch. A special word on clubs having a Health & Safety Policy - a template is available. Review of the roles and functions of RBM's and Regional Committees is under way. And changes to director training and assessment. It's all go Folks. Download the attachment for a good read.

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