Hamilton's Open Swiss Pairs & Junior Tournaments

Rip Roaring Success

It was a great day for our club on Saturday with two events being held at the same time.
The Open Swiss Pairs attracted a huge field of 46 pairs while in the other room 32 pairs battled it out in one of the biggest fields of junior pairs I've ever seen in Hamilton.

By my calculation that makes 156 bridge players taking part, many of them our own club members, I counted 56. I never heard from anyone who didn't thoroughly enjoy the day. Even the weather was ideal for playing bridge.

Melinda Wang and Bruce Cresswell were leading the juniors after the first session so would have enjoyed their lunch but Megan Jolly and Graeme Hope who didn't go so well in the morning scored a massive 67.73% in the afternoon to grab 3rd prize and be the highest Hamilton pair on the day with Bruce and Melinda ending up a creditable 5th.
Congratulations to the Putaruru Pair of Ross and Susan Provan who won by nearly 4%.

The Open Swiss Pairs was looking like a formality for last year's winners Grant Jarvis and Ian Berrington from Auckland who were leading by more than 12 Victory Points going into the last round but as Grant told me they saved their worst bridge for the last round suffering a big defeat at the hands of Russell Wilson and Patrick Carter scoring just 2.89 out of 20.

In the end it came down to only the decimal points but Grant and Ian hung on by a nail biting 0.87 of a point to win from Wayne Burrows and Clair Miao. Local pairs were the next two - Jenny Millington and Barry Jones 3rd , Richard Hooper and Gary Foidl 4th. Russell and Patrick's big win in the last round got them into 5th place.

Much kudos for the smooth running of the day goes to the tournament convenor Ella Gray and the wonderful team in the kitchen. Please take a bow.

Hamilton 5A Swiss Pairs results

Congratulations to Hamilton's Malcolm Smith and Michael Neels who were the winners in the Clubs 2017 5A Swiss Pairs
Coming from a long way back being in 7th place overall with 2 rounds to go Mike & Malcolm played some terrific bridge to come out top at the end of the event

Well done to the pair of you.......

Hamilton Bridge Club Constitution

On Sunday 6 August the Club held a Special General Meeting to vote on the proposed new Club Constitution. Sufficient club members were present for the quorum and the motion voted on gained the necessary votes so the Club has now a new Constitution. The new Constitution has been sent to the Companies Office to have the new document registered and once this is complete the new rules will apply

Attachments :

Pending Constitution for the Hamilton Contract Bridge Club - release II

Superceded Constitution of the Hamilton Contract Bridge Club - 1970 plus amendments

References :

Other Bridge Club Results - finding the webpage that takes you there........

Have you had troubles finding the link or page that will take you the results page of a tournament at another club ? Well I did have troubles so I did something about it - added a page on our web site that lists and provides links to most of the results pages of the Bridge Clubs in the Waikato & Bay of Plenty

This page can be accessed by any of the following :

⚛ Select the 3rd selection down under Results on the left hand side of the front page - "Other Club Results"
⚛ Type this link into your browser http://www.hamilton.bridge-club.org/others
⚛ or click here to be taken there........

Mona Corlett

The Club sadly notes the passing of our member Mona Corlett, with the club extending its sympathy to Mona's family and friends. Mona, who was the club's oldest member, passed away last weekend.

A Tribute to Mona, a Floral Artist
For many, many years, Mona's beautiful, elegant fresh floral arrangements greeted us at our bridge club's front door.
At the beginning of the year I became aware of the bare front door table, but as I am not a floral artist I have been purchasing artificial flowers at a variety of charity shops to fill the void.
Mona's beautiful floral arrangements at my daughter, ex club-member Penelope's wedding were so elegant and admired.
Keitha Burton

A little more on Mona's life can be found here in this short item published in 2015 on our website as part of a series on some of our well known members

A tribute to Mona from Billie Phillips can be found here

Another tribute to Mona, this one from Malcolm Smith is found here

2017 Waikato Interclub Teams

Sunday at the club was a mass of over 100 players – 27 club teams from the Waikato area competing for the grade honours to represent their clubs against the top clubs from the Bay of Plenty in August. Two Hamilton teams qualified for this final – the Open and Intermediate teams both finishing 2nd in their respective grades with our Junior team performing very creditably against strong opposition.

A huge thanks go to all the club members who spent many hours preparing for this event – Cathy who dealt the untold number of boards necessary, Dallas and David for setting up the innovative computing system to run the scoring, Karen and Gwyn who come and quietly do all the necessary tasks that need to be completed, Jane and her team in the kitchen and Cherie as the Director, brought in on Sunday morning due to an illness, who kept the playing room running smoothly in a very efficient and convivial manner.

Phil's Occasional Blog #3

Did you ever play and make 6S holding a spade void?
Take a look at the Hamilton Results page "Back to the Future" on 3rd May, Board 5. The result for NS5 v EW3 shows 6S by W making 6. But this was incorrectly recorded: it was actually 6S by E making 6.
East opened a preemptive 3C, west bid 4NT (key-card) and E replied 5S holding 2 key cards (AK of clubs) with the QC. West had no hesitation in bidding 6S, and East trusted his partner, despite the spade void, and played and made 6S. Note than anything other than a Diamond lead yields 13 tricks.

Teaching Migrants and Refugees bridge

In my work as a volunteer with English Language Partners I have often thought how easy it should be to combine my skills and teach bridge to those who do not have English as their first language.
I am helping the Papatoetoe Bridge Club this year - and Ayako (from the Cambridge Club) and I were interviewed on Monday. The result is the article below which I hope you enjoy.

Teaching bridge to migrants and refugeesTeaching bridge to migrants and refugees

I have gone into the Cambridge and Papatoetoe English Language classes to teach students there minibridge and hope to go into the Nelson class next month. My goal is to set up a class for migrants and refugees at the Resettlement Centre out near Claudelands in Hamilton.

PHIL's occasional blog: #2

An interesting hand cropped up on Friday morning

In the E seat, most ACOL players would find a 1NT opening bid, followed by 2D from W as a transfer to 2H. Following the 2H bid, my bold partner (sitting N) bid 3C (well, he did have more points than anybody else, and we weren't vulnerable), the EW pair bid 4H, Being not vulnerable, I bid 5C, based on the fact that:
1: I had 5C. my partner must have had some points elsewhere.
2: 5C doubled not vulnerable is -500 (3 light) and our opponents would make 620 making 4H (vulnerable)
Our opponents then bid 5H, and we (inexplicably) omitted to double. The ultimate result was that my partner and I defeated the 5H contract an got a decent score.

Hamilton Restricted - "The place getters"

On Sunday Hamilton ran an 8B Restricted Tournament which was one of the best ever events hosted by the club. 58 Pairs took part and together with one of Jane's excellent lunches it made for a very successful day of bridge. Jeffrey Chang's Urge Coffee & Tea Boutique was the sponsor for the day which helped make for a record number of prizes - 18 being presented at the "after bridge" function

Congratulations also go to Melva Johnstone for getting a session prize after playing in a great number of tournaments - well done Melva

With so many prizes being presented it's not possible to show all the winners & runner ups on this page but photos of all place getters and the club on the day can be found here - View PDF of all Place Getters

The Restricted "winners"

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