Auckland Bridge Club
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The Club holds 750 activities a year and has over 700 members
We offer a range of lessons, tournaments, general bridge sessions and a social atmosphere to suit all levels from beginner to international players. You can view or download the annual events programme from the Calendar page, and see the general programme of activities on the Sessions page.
The Club is committed to helping members enjoy and improve their game. We provide day and evening lessons for novices in sessions which are usually held in the upstairs bridge room: a course of ten lessons costs $120. To get further information on lessons, click Enroll in Lessons or take a look at the Lessons calendar. And the Club can also organise one-on-one and small group training.
A game is guaranteed to any member who arrives without a partner and reports to the Director 15 minutes before play at Club sessions as below:-
The Director will call on volunteers who are Standby players. The Club wishes to thank those who generously give their time. And if you'd like to volunteer as a Standby, please contact John Collins who will make sure you are properly looked after (incidentally, Standby's do not pay Table money).
The Saturday PM Social session also guarantees you a game so come along, with or without a partner and without fixed start and end times.
At all times members are expected to dress to a reasonable standard, and be polite and courteous.
You have two options on this website. Either fill in our structured form Find a bridge partner or go to the Blog members only and submit a free-format blog. Or do both to cover all the bases. Both are password protected and are for members only.
The Blog members only is visible to all authorised users.
The structured Find a bridge partner list of people interested in finding a bridge partner is only visible to those completing the form, which is different to the Blog members only. At any time there are perhaps ten people looking for regular partners and your information will be shared within that group by email. You will be sent an email with the details of the others and then is it up to you and them to get together, or not. Please advise when you want to be removed from that email list simply by sending the form a second time but writing Remove or similar in the Comments area.
If you don't fill in the form or the blog, and nobody else does ... it won't work.
Cash ticket sales at the table are $8 per Club session. The Club is offering pre-paid tickets, ten sessions for the price of nine meaning $7.20 per session. Club Members may order Bulk Tickets from the password-protected area Bulk Tickets of this website. Visitor’s table money remains $8 for up to six attendances a year. Prices include GST.
The Club from time to time provides complimentary tickets for non-members. Typically these are valid for three months. Importantly, they can only be used at general sessions and are NOT accepted for special events, competitions, InterClub and trials. Please see the Sessions page for a Club session list.
Trophies and winners
The photo is some of the winners at the Club's 2013 Queen's Birthday Congress.
Road-test your partnership understanding
The idea is to print off two copies of Partnership_agreements.pdf which includes 40 bidding exercises, and give one copy to your partner. Then complete the answers separately. Do not consult one another. What are the differences? These are the kind of exercises international reps run through to highlight and agree on style and meaning.
If you are interested in hiring our Club Rooms, please see the Rental page: all kinds of groups use the premises --- Akarana Bridge Club, Apres Ski AGM,Chess Power, Eastern Bridge Club, Innes House, Laura Ferguson Trust, Melting Pot (Whist group), Mt Albert Scrabble Club, Mt Hobson Probus Group, Red Cross - Bridge Luncheon, Remuera Junior Chess, Seriously Board (Board games group), Victoria League (Bridge Club) --- as well as private parties.
To get further information on becoming a member, click Join the Club.The main categories of membership are:-
*Pay on time and receive a $20 discount
NZ Bridge makes two charges to affiliated clubs: an annual $18.40 per person levy, and about 35 cents per member per session played. So if you play once a month the Club passes about $22 a year to NZB on your behalf. NZB runs the Masterpoints system and promotes Bridge throughout the country. NZB has about $600,000 annual income. There are over 14,000 affiliated players in NZ.
From 14th January 2013 a member bringing a non-member to a Club session you may claim a free ticket for a future Club session: so bring a friend and play for free next time. Leave space in your bookings for guests. Free session tickets must be claimed through the Club Office within two working days of playing. The Club Office may apply terms and conditions to the issuance of free session tickets on a case by case basis.
A fabulous way to meet lots of players from around the region in friendly competitive environment. Played on Friday evenings, Teams format with separate sections for Junior, Intermediate and Open players, ten sessions through the year, about 15 Auckland clubs represented. Bar open after play. At least 168 people from 42 teams from clubs all around Auckland have signed up for the ten matches in 2013, a very similar number to 2012. We are keen to see more clubs and more people participating. Complimentary light snack offered by the Club in the break between the two sessions. A great way to learn Teams play in a social environment. Join or start your own team of four in January, see Club notice boards for details. Hosted by Auckland Bridge Club. To enroll a team in Interclub in Dec/Jan click Teams Entry --- depending upon your preferences you might want to register a five or six person team for the year. Click here for the InterClub schedule.
Auckland Region 2012 InterClub Junior Champions from Auckland Bridge Club
The Club rents its premises to other Bridge clubs, Chess and social groups. Please ask at the Club Office for rental options.
This event runs in September/October each year in Hamilton and provides challenging Team and Pairs contests at Junior, Intermediate and Open levels with 650 attendees over the week, many from overseas. The Club usually has 70 representatives and thus the Club operates a reduced programme during that period.
Winners of the 2012 New Zealand National Intermediate Teams from Auckland Bridge Club
The Interprovincial championships take place just before the start of Congress with qualifying teams from Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago/Southland, Top of the South, Waikato, Wellington and the Auckland provinces. Our Club usually has many qualifiers in the IPs. Our province includes the following clubs: Akarana, Auckland Bridge Club, Dargaville, East Coast Bays, Franklin, Hibiscus, Howick, Kerikeri, Mt Albert, North Shore, Orewa, Papakura, Papatoetoe, Royle Epsom, Paihia, Waiheke, Waitemata, Warkworth and Whangarei.
The prestigious Dougal McLean Trophy is awarded to the most successful province at the completion of the Interprovinical Championships. After ten rounds Auckland won in 2012, ahead of Central Districts, Otago/Southland, Waikato, Top of the South, Canterbury and Wellington. Many of the players came from Auckland Bridge Club.
Winners 2012 NZ Interprovincial Senior Teams, mostly from Auckland Bridge Club (and not a police lineup nor identity parade as so heartlessly suggested)
The Club publishes ten newsletters a year and members are encouraged to keep their email addresses up-to-date at the Club Office in order to receive their copies in a timely manner. In addition members may pick up a paper copy at the Club.
While care has been taken to ensure that the contents of this website are comprehensive and accurate, please watch the Club notice boards for any changes and the announcement of new events.
Available Mon AM, Wed AM, Fri AM, InterClub and during Tournaments, the kitchen offers sandwiches, snacks, tea and coffee and sometimes soup. Please pre-order snacks before play starts. Click here for the Kitchen snack menu.
Available Tue EVE, Wed EVE, Thu EVE, Fri PM and at Competition and Tournament days. The bar offers soft drinks, wine and beer.
The Club encourages members and their guests to all events.
The Auckland Bridge Club was first registered on 21stNovember 1931 and is one of the largest and oldest clubs in New Zealand. The original clubrooms were rented in the NZI Building on Queen Street, later in His Majesty’s Arcade and then in the Pacific Building. In 1959 the Club built its own premises in Airedale Street, and in September 1971 built the current premises in Remuera. The Auckland Bridge Club Incorporated is a NZ charity registration number CC38616, and is also an Incorporated Society number 459147.
The grounds are patrolled regularly by a security firm. Nevertheless the Club asks members to protect their property and vehicles as the Club is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur to members' property while members are at the Club. Valuables can be left with Club Office if required.
The Club operates a zero tolerance policy towards rudeness. Turn off mobile telephones during play.
Section 10 of the Club's Constitution.pdf covers discipline and/or suspension of members. At all times members are expected to dress to a reasonable standard, and be polite and courteous.
A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times and carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game. A player should conform to correct procedure in calling and playing. A player should refrain from:
There may be a natural reluctance to complain about fellow players. Should it become necessary to call the Director simply state ‘my opponent is interfering with my enjoyment of the game’.
Players are reminded that the opening lead should not be recorded at the start of play and that the appropriate time to record information is after play of the hand is complete. To record the opening lead sooner is seen as an aid to memory (not permitted), delays plays and may unnecessarily irritate others. Furthermore play should not be delayed by players completing their own personal score sheets, ever.
When explaining the significance of partner call or play in reply to an opponent’s inquiry, a player must disclose all special information conveyed through partnership agreement or partnership experience, but need not disclose inferences drawn from general knowledge and experience.
A psyche is a deliberate and gross misstatement of honour strength or suit length. The key words are deliberate and gross. If your partner opens 1NT and you respond 2H on a singleton because you had forgotten that with this partner you don’t use transfers then that is a mistake, not a psyche. Likewise if you choose to open 1S holding 5 spades and 9 points then that is not a psyche as it is not a gross misstatement of honour strength.
A typical psyche is used when you strongly suspect that it is the opponent’s hand and you are trying to disrupt their bidding. For instance, opening third in hand with only 4 points or perhaps bidding 1S after your partner has opened 1H, when holding few spades and lots of hearts to stop the opponents competing in that suit.
Psyching is legal and it does add an extra element to the game, but excessive psyching can cause problems, particularly when partner begins to half-expect them in certain situations, thus creating implicit partnership agreements.
Persistent psyching is not permitted. Directors should regard two deliberate gross mis-descriptions by a partnership in one session as evidence of persistent psyching. Psyches are discouraged at Monday AM and Mon EVE sessions.
The Club welcomes visitors and guests of members. All visitors are to abide by the Clubs rules.
Members and guests are expected to dress to a reasonable standard, and be polite and courteous at all times.
Club Points are awarded up to and inclusive of the second to last session of the year. The scale of points awarded is dependent on the section played and the type of event. Cups are awarded to the highest point scorer of every session at the end of the year.
Appeals of a Director’s decision must be lodged by the end of the session. If the Appeal is without merit then the appellant’s score may be decreased at the discretion of the Appeal Committee.
Only ABC members are eligible for the award of prizes at Club events. To be eligible to qualify a player must be a financial member by the start of the final session of the event. Restrictions apply to eligibility for Monday and Wednesday pm session cups and trophies.
Unless a Director indicates otherwise, results from Club sessions can be amended up to two working days after a session. The time period for adjustments for events eligible for A or B Masterpoints may be as short as 30 minutes from the end of the final session of that event, and is also determined by the Director of the event. If prizes have already been awarded at an event they will not be taken back and given to other entrants, should a scoring adjustment alter final placings. However any scoring adjustment will be recognised for Masterpoint purposes so long as the adjustments are made within the correct time periods.
All Pairs substitutes must be ABC members. Any substitute must be advised before the start of play and only one substitute is allowed. The Director must approve any substitute for the final session. The Director may choose not to validate a substitution that substantially improves the partnership. For five session or longer events any one session may be missed, in which case all scores count. If all sessions are played the worst score is discarded.
The Director has discretion to allow a substitution that might otherwise be rejected as being out of time. A substitution at the start of the event may later be altered to accommodate a change to the pair. e.g. A and B intend to play an event but because B is unavailable A plays with X as a substitute on the first week. If B then becomes unavailable for the rest of the event then X might be treated as a substitute for C (if A-C is the new partnership) or the substitution might be cancelled and A-X might play the whole event together.
Teams may consist of 4, 5 or 6 players. There are no limits on the number of substitutions. Someone who is a member of one team may only substitute for another team in special circumstances. Permission must be obtained from the Director in time for a different substitute to be found if the Director declines the original substitution.
For Swiss, two substitutes are allowed, either as individuals at different sessions, or as a substitute pair for one session. The Director must be contacted in advance to approve the substitutions.
No player may substitute for a player who is playing with another partner in the same session.
The Club operates a zero tolerance policy towards rudeness. Turn off mobile telephones during play.
While playing at the Club you may find yourself taking strange and twisty routes around the tables. The attached Movements for Bridge.pdf document gives the instructions for Extended, Hesitation, Pivot, Bowman Ewing, Rover, Web, Continuous, Mitchell and Tournament movements.
In recognition of their support of the Club, Life members have full use of the Club and are not liable for any Club subscription. They are elected at the AGM following nomination by a Committee Member and 75% voting support.
The Club’s Officers and Committee members are elected at the AGM held in September or October each year. Readers are encouraged to click on the delightfulful Diamond Jubilee 1931-1991,a short history compiled and written by member Marie Rice.