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     Level 1 Lock-down Policy applies from Thursday 18th February   
     Those rules the Club observes for Lock-down Level 1 now apply   
  Saturday 27th Mar   Hamilton Intermediate, Junior & Novice Pairs   Play from 10am
  Sunday 28th Mar   Cambridge - Waikato Area Pairs #2 (note venue change)   Play from 10am
  Updates -   February 2021 Newsletter  

Change in WAP Venue

Promo for the 2021 Waikato Area Pairs

Level 2 Lock-down - February 2021

The Government tonight announced a 3 day Level 2 lock-down for New Zealand excluding Auckland which is now at Level 3.

NZ bridge has previously advised that Bridge clubs can play at Lock-down Level 2 if they choose with certain safety standards.

The Club has decided these rules that applied then during the last Level 2 Lock-down in September 2020 will again apply and will be in effect for the next three days - Monday 15th thru the end of Wednesday 17th

Obviously, it is an individual decision whether you wish to play in Level 2 and the Club understands that

Face masks - Many members have their own face masks and if you do please bring them should you decide to play. The club however does have a limited number of disposal ones available and will seek more tomorrow

At the current Level 2 our safety precautions are the following:
•    If you come to bridge you must be well and have no symptoms of any illness
•   The use of face masks is mandatory.
•   The kitchen will be closed
•   You bring your own pen that travels with you
•   Only South will handle the Bridge Mate. East will verbally agree to the score

If we find that insufficient numbers decide to play at the current Level 2, we will close again until Lock-down Level 1

There will be further communication from us on the club website after the next Government announcement that changes the current status

Nigel - on behalf of the Club

Kay Dixon

A photo of the late Kay DixonThe Hamilton Bridge Club sadly notes the passing of Kay Dixon yesterday, February 9. Kay was a long-standing regular player at both Hamilton and Cambridge along with tournaments in the region. Kay unfortunately passed away after the surprise discovery of an unfortunate condition and the resulting short final illness. Kay was a member of Clubs in the greater Hamilton area since 2007 with her second club currently Cambridge. Kay very much enjoyed her bridge believing the playing experience was far more important than the place that resulted from the day's play - a quick look at her on-line playing history will show this.

We extend our sympathy to Kay's family, friends and members of the Hamilton and Cambridge Clubs who played with and knew Kay.

WAP's for 2021

Promo for the 2021 Waikato Area Pairs

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 10 February 2021

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves


   Waitangi Pairs – Auckland
   Franklin Swiss – Pukekohe

Shower Witch over Plonk
   Well I never…

Te Reo


   South Island Teams
   Barry is too chicken to make a selection

Judge Julie

   Vacant Spaces
   Helping Others
Te Reo

New Partnerships

   Ace Asking
   Quantitative Bids

New Email

   We share the entries
   Which one do you like?

Book Competition

Te Reo
   We announce our question
   Do you have the answer?
   Two weeks is the deadline
   Get your entry in
   The book is personally signed and a wee note added by Kim
   Kindly donated by NZ Bridge

At the pond with Kermit

Kermit in the pond

Listen to THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

Monday night bridge dates in the programme book

Players at Hamilton Bridge's Pairs Tournament

Sorry folks - we got a few dates wrong !

To all you sharp eyed members out there you will have noticed the dates for Monday Night Bridge in February don't match those in the 2021 calendar !

So sorry for the confusion but to make it clear Monday Bridge is on Mondays for the month of February and not a different day in the week as the programme book would suggest

Monday Night Bridge for February - 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 3 February 2021

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

The Age talk

  What does percentage and age have in common?

Te Reo

Judge Julie

   When should you bring an infraction to the attention of the Director
   Barry wants to determine the outcome on one of the score ups from last weekend

Kim Frazer

   Fast play and mental focus
   The last of her interview is aired today
   Her Bridge Life in 2021
Our competition is coming next week

At the pond with Kermit

   Forcing bids
   Opening 2C

Kermit in the pond

Upcoming Tournaments
   Waitangi Pairs
   Franklin Swiss

Normal Bridge starts this week – awesome

A Bridge Zone hikoi

We could look to visit somewhere in Aotearoa

Listen to THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 27 January 2021

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

Bailiff calls the shots here

     Did you know…..

Te Reo

Tauranga Anniversary Weekend Congress

     No more bets people
     It is full at the Inn
     They can’t possibly squeeze in anymore
     The Church is the back up
     Thanks heavens - it’s right next door

At the pond with Kermit

Bridge – a mind sport

Medicine Cabinet

   Plenty of Bridge out there to play folks
   How much have you traveled so far this year…
   Kms to A’s or B’s and C’s
   And how many tournaments
   Normal bridge is starting up this week in Hamilton

   Check out Waitangi weekend   Franklin Swiss Pairs

Listen to THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

2021 Grades

Checking grades

NZ Bridge has released the grading for all its members and as they have already announced there have been major changes in the step between Intermediate and Open grades. These changes are retrospective and have been applied to current grading which means the Club now has a smaller number of Open Players and an increased number of intermediates.

If you would like to know more on this change then read this from an Allan Morris update of 7 December:

Alister shared a bulletin with all clubs earlier this week reiterating our plans for the end of year roll over. A change to open grade will be implemented whereby all players ranked at provincial Master and above will be graded Open. Opening rating points will not be depreciated by the usual 20% as part of the recalculation for the 2021 playing year

See his update 8 (5 Nov) http://www.nzbridge.co.nz/user/inline/3591/From%20the%20Chair%202020%20%238.pdf

As a result of these changes these new grades apply to our members

Name Computer Current (new) Grade Old Grade
 Angela Lovell  25226  Intermediate  Junior
 Catherine Cameron  41259  Intermediate  Open
 Cathy Nolen  24570  Intermediate  Open
 Colleen De Luen  5208  Intermediate  Open
 Elaine Rayner  34178  Intermediate  Open
 Joan Egger  24651  Intermediate  Open
 June Rogers  14732  Intermediate  Open
 Karen Thomson  37470  Intermediate  Open
 Nigel Gresson  34162  Intermediate  Open
 Pam Burns  17000  Intermediate  Open
 Phil Thompson  16817  Intermediate  Open
 Phillipa Kilpatrick  9829  Intermediate  Open
 Thelma Bird  32380  Intermediate  Open
 Val West  18000  Intermediate  Open

All Time Greats

As well on New Years Day New Zealand Bridge released the top 100 players based on all time Master Points earned as at the end of 2020
7 Hamilton Club members make it on to the 2020 version of the list......

The full 2020 Top 100 list can be found here

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