Rubber Bridge Entries About to Close

We're not fooling! Entries for the knockout competition to find the region's winning pair to contest the inter-regional final at Congress close on the 1st of April.

Bridge - Your Private Brain-Care Specialist

Check out this article that appeared in the NZ Herald on the 11th of March.

Staying Alive

Listeners of The Bridge Zone Show will know of Professor Samantha Punch's innovative work in exploring the sociology of bridge. Working at Stirling University in Scotland Professor Punch oversees a PhD research project in an emerging academic field exploring interactions within the mind sport, well-being, healthy ageing and social connection as experienced in the bridge world.

Latest Letter from The Chair

NZB chairman Allan Morris writes a newsy report of big tournament successes and what your Board has been up to including notice of impending rotational retirements. Click here to download it.

First of the WAPs ... plus ...

WAPs in 2019WAPs in 2019Coming up this Sunday 9th February. Always a good day at Cambridge. You know the drill - pitch up with your lunch, enjoy the morning tea, sit down and slap $10 on the table.

Also and after that on Thursday, 7th February from 7-9pm at the Cambridge clubrooms: Clare Coles and Jane Stearns welcome their own and members of other clubs to their lesson. Two great subjects to enrich your bidding:

No Trumps bidding refresher... and Stayman

Come along and join them for a fun session. Come as a group, work and learn together, it really helps to have someone you can discuss things with!

One HUGE step forward for X-Clubs

Every day the same hands are played simultaneously at several clubs. At 5pm and 11pm they get scored "across the field" - often over 100 pairs and sometimes over 300 pairs take part from 37 different clubs. The results have always been of interest to many but they're about to get even more interesting to many, many more. Check out this article to see what it's all about.

Waikato Bays Director Seminar

By popular request, we are targeting this years seminar at qualified or very experienced directors in the Waikato-Bays Region, with a view to increasing our pool of tournament directors. There will also be email training on tournament planning during the weeks before.

Director’s Seminar By Allan Joseph
Rotorua Bridge Club
Sunday 17 March
Fee : Free
Morning Tea from 9:30. 10:00 start.
Morning and Afternoon session, lunch is provided.

Please enter on the NZB website by 23 February if you wish to take part in the Pre-Seminar Correspondence Course.

Important Information for Players

Rating Points & Tournament Grades 2019

Player rating points updated correctly on Jan 1st and the new tournament grades for 2019 are now available on the NZB site.

NZB Secretary Alister reported the transfer of Australian Masterpoints has not worked for a number of months. He expects the developers to put a fix in place when they return to work. All of the files received from the ABF have been saved and will be uploaded as soon as possible.

WBRC Road Map for 2019

In a recently released newsletter (attached below) your Regional Committee lays out its plans for the 2019 season. Key items include:

  • The Thames Festival which runs from 11-13 January
  • The Intermediate Champions League with double the prize money - $1080
  • The Junior Champions League with four times the prize money at $960
  • A directing seminar by Allan Joseph - date tba
  • Rubber Ducky Day at Putaruru on 7th April
  • Re-Introduction of the Youth Policy
  • Congress Sponsorship for aspiring debutantes
  • The Regional Conference set for 22nd September at Matamata
  • Plan and intent for the IP Trials to be held at Tauranga on 11th & 12 May

The committee wishes all bridge players a safe and happy new season.

Dust Settles from the 2018 IP's

Kathy and JoKathy and JoUnder the expert captaincy of CDM Karen Martelletti your Waikato team contesting this year's Inter-Provincials in Auckland did very well this last weekend. Karen reports it was touch and go as to whether they brought home a trophy. Kathy Yule is said to forever blame herself on a board in the last match where she was in 4SX and the opponents gave her a chance to make it ... but she she didn't.

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