The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 3 June 2020


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The seven dwarfs

  100 podcasts coming up

  Will we get a song out of Kate Terry again?

  What a special milestone, thank you Bridge Zone followers

  And a huge High Five to NZ Bridge, you rock



The seven dwarfs







         We finish our chat with Judge Julie

         Barry is up to play with our friend Nigella

         Can we crash BBO…watching the fun

         Auckland Social Distance Teams – the June event started this week

         Catch up with the results on their website


Snow
Forest
Mountains

         Barry shouts out to the Take Out Double again

         He answers a question for me, banging the same ole drum

         Judge Julie underlines and shouts --- LEAD YOUR PARTNERS’ SUIT


  Someone getting a kick in the rear
 








         I interview a person I have known my entire short Bridge life

         They share some tidbits of their very lengthy Bridge world, thoughts and experiences

         Been through some super highs and super lows, we talk about partnerships , age, gender – does it matter?

         We have a fair bit of material to air and will share this over the next few weeks

         You can make you own mind up, its all interesting

  Friends
 





         June and July

         Tournaments may be coming to Hamilton Bridge Club

         Listen all about it

       Have a great week


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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 27 May 2020

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The seven dwarfs

  The Seven Dwarfs or some of them get a mention on the Bridge Zone






         Judge Julie is in the house and we talk up a storm

         Nigella has a question for his favourite Judge

         But what do you self alert, how much is giving too much information to the opps

         What is it about alerting…some still find it hard

         Hand evaluation – up or down – whatever feels right!

         We all open slightly outside partnership system

         Remember the last time you opened a strong 2C – did you actually have 23

         Weak 2’s – vul against non vul – how many hcp’s do you really need?

         Sometimes you just have to get in there, don’t you

         How many ways can you value your hand?


The Litmus Test
 





         The Litmus test

         How many times has your partner rolled their eyes when you put dummy down?

         When it becomes more than often then your explanation should be reviewed

         Barry gets the sack as a Director on BBO

         He got his marching papers or something similar.....

  Someone getting a kick in the rear
 





         Judge Julie tells us about her lessons and the presentations she has been facilitating

         Socialisation is mentioned, playing or director – whose prefers what.. mis-clicks, BBO chat, CAPITALS is shouting, undo’s

         How long do you have to ask a question before the table gets on your case, no emotion on BBO chat,
         how do you be bouncy when typying the chats

         Smiley faces help – who goes onto Wikipedia to look up how to do flash emojis’

  Friends
 





         Bailiff is certainly in his element – a massive shout out to Patrick Carter

         He is definitely in his element and provides such a wonderful service to the masses of Bridge addicts around the motu

         That Knighthood must be in the pipeline

       Have a great week


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NORTH ISLAND PAIRS 2020 – WEEKEND of June 20...21st

The Hamilton Club and NZ Bridge have been in discussions about the hosting of this event at Hamilton in approx. 1 months’ time. Both of us are keen to see if a way forward can be found for the event to take place.

It would seem that as the severity of the pandemic is decreasing in the community that there is a reasonable chance that this weekend, June 20...21st will allow the Club to host this event as well as signalling the restart of bridge at Hamilton

Confirmation of both these events happening may be available as early as next week after Cabinet has discussed the state Covid-19 in NZ after the move to Level 2

However none of this will happen unless

- the Club gets solid affirmative advice from both Ministry of Health / NZ Government and NZ Bridge, and

- the committee agrees with this advice and also agrees that this advice will allow the club to be open for play for our members, and that

- the committee is able to take all the necessary precautions to ensure the club rooms are a safe environment both for players / helpers during the event as well as ongoing for our members after the event


Ella

Survey Results

The Club would like to thank all members who completed last weeks survey

We had 121 responses to the survey from the 220 odd email addresses of club members we have - an around 45% response. If you consider only around 200 of our 270 members actually play bridge at all during the year this response level climbs to 60%. Thank you also to the 40 odd members who provided feedback commenting on the questions. Most organisers of surveys would be overjoyed with this level of response so well done all !

From the results it is obvious that, although many members are enjoying playing on BBO, they are very keen to get back to both see and play bridge with their friends and other members

( N.B. Click on "Read More" below if the results of the survey are not displayed )

The results of the Restart Bridge Survey

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 20 May 2020

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North Island - New Zealand

  North Island Pairs


  NZB and Hamilton are considering continuing with the event

  Dependant upon the COVID restrictions this may go ahead

  What are your thoughts?

  Would you play if you could?

  Barry and I talk about numbers, distancing, and very important…..lunch




World Bridge Logo







NZ Bridge & the Australian Bridge Federation have approached WBF about the two majors tournaments set down for 2021

  The Worlds and the Mens, Womens and Senior events

  IT may cause quite a stir and we are finding that were have support Internationally

  Read all about it on the NZB website


Judge Julie








Poor Judge Julie has to put up with both Barry and Mereana

   We talk gloating or not, holding space for your partner who is offline when registering on BBO


Aussie v Kiwis








  The Mixed Teams had a match up on Sunday

  When the scores are known, how far will you go?

  Barry ignores his own advice and wusses out

  You heard it here on the Bridge Zone

  Who’s a wuss……..and a winner 2nd

Lady playing bridge








Cynthia Clayton's quizzes have a good following

  I wonder if she is going to provide counseling services ?


Have a great week everyone

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 13 May 2020

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Have Fun......


  Confessions hit the Bridge Zone





  Is any punishment dished out?

  Can it be that bad?

  Father Barry gives his opinion yet sits on the fence and awaits Judge Julie's call

A passport


  When we get back to the tables – are you going to revert back to face to face alerting




  BBO may become the norm – what are our thoughts?

  Directors Exams – Judge Julie confirms the next Club Directors Exam info

A passport



  When does PASS have to be alerted




  Is 7 minutes a long time?

  Can you last to concentrate for 1 entire hand

  One of the most important things to do is

Have a chat








  Bridge Clubs – we talk about potential return dates

  And a club completes a member survey

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 6 May 2020

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The Bridgezone for 6 May 2020







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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 29 April 2020

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Self Alerting on BBO

Man using megaphone

  its really hard to remember who is meant to do it when Opps ask the table a question

  Self alerting is - you make a bid you complete the alert



COVID 19 Level 3

2 Covid-19 bubbles
 





         Bubble bubble boil and trouble ,

         Stay in your old bubble or blow another small one to float around in

         Wonder when the Bridge Clubs will be reopening

         We debate the possibility of that day coming

         Discussion points

         Passive verses Aggressive leads

  Aggressive v Passive Leads
 





         Singleton Leads

         Doubles - who is Theodore? and why we talk about him

         Here's a clue...

  Bidding
 





         Judge Julie continues spreading the word on the experience of BBO

         Stay in your old bubble or blow another small one to float around in

         Particularly when you bid outside your system

         She talks Psychs, lying and traffic build up

         Barry lights up - his pine tree left overs went up in smoke

         He is very lucky the Fire Brigade didn't visit

         The all important Table 1

         Been there, got the tee shirt

         Does just making it there count............

  Black teeashirt
 





         VANILLA - would you agree BBO is vanilla?

  Teddy bear !
 




         Remember to email us about joining the BAMSA Bridge research project

         Send in your contact details

         Let's continue to support the Keep Bridge Alive Campaign

       Happy Days team

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The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 22 April 2020

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Zoom Pub Quizzes on the rise

Trivia Night


  Have you joined one lately as well…

Barry Jones and Donald Trump
  Mereana wins $2…. or not

Goat the goat
 





         Judge Julie rules on gloating, alerts, chatting and possibility of gaining masterpoints

         Watch out and be careful on what you type as chat

         Posting chat during bidding, chats to the table, security whilst playing online and ethical behaviour

         Thanks to the directors helping with the online sessions

  No phones !
 




         A personal insight on JJ’s life as Julie shares some Easter memories

Playing Bridge online

  Has this had an impact on your Bridge….has there been a massive disruption to your Bridge routines…

  We have an offer from our friend Prof. Sam Punch from Scotland – Stirling University asking if we would be happy to

  participate in a new Bridge Research Project with her team

  We said yes, but it was more like yeah boy!!!

Bridge – A MindSport for All BAMSA

Would you like to join us…..

Please reach out to us as we would love to have a large number of KIWI volunteers, sharing their experience of Covid 19 and its impact, of our enjoyment of the game Bridge

What a wonderful way to contribute - Sam continues with the Keep Bridge Alive campaign and now you can add your 2 cents worth as well

Email us and we will send you the information

Anyone is welcome to share their views

In due course, all findings will be freely available and the final report will be sent to all participants

What are you waiting for……….

Have a great week everyone and spare a thought for Judge Julies’ grandson

  Teddy bear !
 




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Hamilton Bridge Club suspension of bridge - Updated 22 April

Hello All

We are now four weeks into our self-isolations within our respective bubbles. The Bridge Club committee trusts that all members and their bubbles are safe and well. At our online meeting yesterday, we discussed possible ways forward to enable some form of regular bridge to be played safely at the club when more social options become available. To this end, we are keeping in touch with NZBridge and will follow their recommendations based on Ministry of Health advice. This means the Club will remain closed for the period of Level 3 when we will again report back to members.

There are many opportunities to play Bridge online – BBO have kiwi sessions each afternoon and night and WaikatoBays are arranging sessions for Waikato and Bay of Plenty members to join together for an afternoon or evening of Bridge. Check the WaikatoBays website for more details and instructions if you have not yet played on line. It is like most things - very easy once you know how.

Ella

On Line Bridge – BBO

As many of you likely know there are numerous games of NZ organised bridge taking place on BBO ranging from pseudo tournaments run by Auckland Bridge to smaller sessions hosted by other clubs to private games. Waikato-Bays (our regional bridge group) has taken a lead here in the Waikato organising and running what have become daily bridge sessions using BBO.

Many of these sessions are aimed at junior and intermediate players in the region so don’t be put off thinking you will be playing against open players - dependent on numbers, more qualified players requests may be declined.

Should you be interested, there are detailed instructions on the
Waikato Bays site - https://www.waikatobays.bridge-club.org/node/1099 on how to register and access these sessions/tournaments. To be able to play in these events you need two things – a partner and you need to pre-register with Waikato Bays - details can be found on the Waikato Bays site on how to accomplish both of these tasks.
If you would like to know more about BBO and playing online these are both good resources to start with -

NZ Bridge - http://www.nzbridge.co.nz/latest-updates,listing,6073,instructions-for-bbo.html

Ashburton Bridge Club - https://sites.google.com/site/ashburtonbridgeclub/home/bbo


Payment of Club Subscriptions

Our subs were due on the last day of February but as at the end of March about 22% , some 60 odd members, have still to pay!

We know that times are not easy at present with no bridge and in some cases probably worse things are happening but the Club is also suffering. We still have our fixed overheads to pay along with commitments made in the days before the word Covid-19 existed and none of us had heard “lockdown” being used

So please, can you pay your outstanding subs as soon as possible

Apologies to those who have paid since the end of March but without access to the club building we may be a little out of date

Thank you

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