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X-Clubs and Pianola

There are a couple of exciting new developments are happening in this area.

  • Vil Gravis, long-time respected Grandmaster (since before 1992) has started contributing commentary on the X-Clubs Home Page
  • Pianola reporting is now available for all X-Clubs sessions. Click here to Register for Pianola results e-mails.

Nominations for Regional Committee

The close-off date for nominations to your Regional Committee is just a week away. Nominations must be made in writing using the appropriate form which is attached below.
They must be in the hands of the secretary of the Waikato-Bays Regional Committee by the 30th of April.

Round Three of the WAPs now detailed under the tab above

Waikato Area Pairs Begins

Although not strictly a Waikato-Bays Regional event, the Waikato Area Pairs certainly involves at least half the region. It has its equivalent on the other side of The Hill in its sister event, the Bay Pairs. In recognition of the popularity of these two features in our local calendar these events now have their own sets of pages under the tab in the main menu above.


National Bridge Teachers Conference Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2016.

Clubs have been notified about this event via a poster from Richard Solomon ( As it is a two day event, please contact Richard if billeting is required.

The Waikato Bays Regional Committee would like to see as many of our teachers attend this conference as possible. Therefore, club teachers attending this conference can apply to the regional committee for a $50.00 contribution towards costs, and we hope that clubs can also make a contribution.

Should you wish to apply for this, please email the WB secretary and provide your bank account details. Payment will be made in the week after the conference.

Team Foidl takes a First in the Kelly Pierse

Congratulations to Gary Foidl/Brett Glass and Mark Robinson/Sylvester Riddell for winning the Waikato Bays Kelly Pierse Memorial Teams. Hosted by Rotorua, this iconic 10A Teams event is run annually and named in memory of Kelly Pierse who died in a tragic car accident in 2001. This year the occasion attracted 24 teams with players from as far away as Wellington.

NZ Bridge Switches on its New Website

Under development for some time, the new-look website for NZ Bridge appeared quietly in the second week of January.

A major change on the new site is the ring-fencing of the Masterpoints section in a user-only area. To access your own data and that of others it is now necessary to first register as a user on the My NZB page .. a one-off job. Full detail on this tricky process can be found by clicking here.

WB Thames Festival Hugely Successful

Your regional committee's foray into Tournament Management over the weekend of January 8-10 went very satisfactorily. Thanks to the hard work of several Thames club members ably lead by new president Carol Crowfoot with great backup from a surprising number of non-combatants, the players were able to enjoy an almost seamless delivery of this iconic event.

Live across the Universe ...

NZ Bridge unleashes its series of ten Lessons for Beginners as YouTube videos

Filmstars of CambridgeFilmstars of CambridgeThe links to the YouTube videos are available on the NZB website but more readily accessible here to the right of the page. Each lesson is presented by Jane Stearns. In her own words:

The idea came from my husband. He works at the Uni and as I explained my frustration at trying to arrange catch up lessons for students he told me uni students no longer attended lectures ... they could watch all their lectures online as the tutors filmed them all and uploaded them to the web. Couldn't NZB do the same?

New Deal for Compass Users in 2016

The clubs of the Waikato-Bays Region predominantly using Compass Scoring, this seems a good place to announce that the latest release of Compass contains a brilliant new feature called Dealer Assist. This module will definitely ease the task of those of your members on the dealing roster. You can read about it by clicking this link to go to the X-Clubs Site.

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