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Good to Go
The Bridge Club will be open for playing sessions next week

The first competition day of each of our days will vary until all synchronise with the regular sessions in your programme book. Welcome Back Pairs will fill the void with these organised along the same lines as the Club's regular summer bridge sessions ( all players irrespective of grade can play at any session ) – each session will be stand alone with ticket winners ( vouchers ) for each session
Sessions will start as follows:

  Session   Week starting 15th June   Week starting 22nd June
  Monday    ( 7pm )   NO BRIDGE   Welcome Back Pairs
  Tuesday Day    ( 1pm )   Welcome Back Pairs   Welcome Back Pairs
  Tuesday    ( 7pm )   Welcome Back Pairs   Welcome Back Pairs
  Wednesday    ( 7.30pm )   Welcome Back Pairs   Welcome Back Pairs
  Thursday    ( 7.30pm )   David Head Trophy Individual #1   David Head Trophy Individual #2
  Friday Day    ( 10am )   Peter Kunac Trophy round #1   Peter Kunac Trophy round #2

Health practices:

All players are required to use the hand sanitisers outside playing rooms before entering to play at the start of the session and after a toilet or cigarette break and to continue to follow the sensible health practices of:
•   staying away if you have Covid19 or flu-like symptoms or if you have a cold
•   washing your hands with soap and water
•   avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

In addition the committee has provided:
1.   a Health table - tissues and hand sanitisers will be positioned on a table in the centre of playing tables.
    Players are required to move away from the playing table if they are anticipating sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose,
    use the tissues that have been supplied, place the used tissue in the receptacle at the table and re-sanitise your hands
    before returning to your playing table

2.   masks that will be available free of charge for any member to wear during play if they so choose

New practices:
1. Table Money - the club will not collect table money in coins or give change for notes from the start of play next week.
    All players please bring notes to purchase a set of table tickets - $10 for 3 tickets ( limit of 2 sets )
    The club will shortly be moving to a system where members will pay their table money on-line (or through the Secretary)
    Table money for each session you play will then be automatically deducted from your personal Compass account each time
    your computer number is entered for a session into the Bridge Mate

2. Sets of boards used will be set aside for at least 3 days before they are dealt again

3. The Covid Tracing App QR Code will be available for members to use to record their personal movements

4. The kitchen will be open for Tea & Coffee - members will be required to sanitise their hands before entering the kitchen

First visit to the Club – ALL members are required to check that their personal details the Club has for you are correct
There is still a recommended Covid tracing requirement for clubs to follow

Have a great time returning to the tables

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 10 June 2020


Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

 

Snow
Mountains

  Countdown on ….to our 100th show

  Which is not the only one that is ageing!!!

  We have a special guest getting primed to share the milestone with us


  Super Duper Exciting

  Tell all your Bridge friends that they will need to listen in – you won’t want to miss it

  And we announce the name of our new segment of The Bridge Zone

  Did you catch it? I dunno

A spa salon







  Spa Town Teams

  Anna Kalma talks about the tournament coming up June 27th


  Judge Julie

   Is off someone’s Christmas card list

OMG







  She shares fantastic news about the Auckland Bridge Club , BBO and Patrick’s last hoorah

  What a response!


  Wayne Burrows

  We have another segment of my chat


Why the   Poker Face....
 

Have a great week


Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 3 June 2020


Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

 

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


Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 27 May 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

 

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


Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 20 May 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

    

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

Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

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 13 May 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

    

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

Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 6 May 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves

The Bridgezone for 6 May 2020







Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 29 April 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves
 

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

Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

The Bridge Zone - Broadcast on 22 April 2020

Proudly supported by NZ Bridge – taking Bridge to the airwaves
 

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 !
 




Want a call – drop us an email – bridgezoneshow@gmail.com and we will contact you…….     It’s that simple !

THE BRIDGE ZONE   ( click to listen )

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