2015 September newsletter


Kia ora tatou

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly newsletter. In this newsletter we have:

  • Welcome - nau mai
  • Upcoming Club Events - This Month
  • Up Coming Club Events - Mark Your Calendar
  • National Congress
  • Interprovincial Championships
  • Advancing Player Seminar
  • Achievements
  • Ethics, Laws and Sportsmanship



Welcome - Nau Mai


Nau mai to new members, Chris Glyde and Sondra Wigglesworth

Upcoming Club Events - This Month


September 5th - 3A Billie Tohill / 5B Tudor Biggs Rosebowl

Upcoming Club Events - Mark Your calendar


AGM - November 8th. Now is a great time to think about representing us in our committee, or submitting remits for consideration.

November 1st -Ron Klinger is coming. Details to be confirmed. This will be a remarkable opportunity to gain knowledge from one of the leading teachers and players on the international bridge scene. You definitely want to save this date.


Club Restricted Tournament - December 5th. This is a member only end-of-year event, where no two open grade players may enter as a partnership. Its purpose is to encourage experienced players to play with lower grade players, and all members to mix and mingle with players they may not otherwise meet due to playing different sessions.

Now is an excellent time to start thinking about playing, so save the date.






National Congress

The Premium National Bridge Event begins at the end of this month. Held in Hamilton at the Kingsgate Hotel, players of all levels gather from around the country, and the world, to play the game we love.

The programme includes events catering to encouraging mixed grade pairs, open, intermediate, junior and even novice pairs to compete. Check out the New Zealand Bridge website for more details on The 2015 National Congress programme. While the early entry discount period for open grade players has closed, it is not too late to enter - particularly for Intermediate, Junior and Novice players, who can take advantage of the permanently lower entry fees.

While Patrick and Julie are away competing, Tony Morcom will be assuming all Directorial duties, leaving all club sessions in very capable hands.

Last year our club won the John Wignall Trophy awarded to the winners of the National Club Championship, for the first time. This year we are fielding a team to defend the cup against the top club from each region. Congratulations to the full team selected:

Open Grade: Julie Atkinson/Patrick Carter and Sylvester Riddell/Mark Robertson

Intermediate Grade: Dave Garrett/Denise Mayhew and Peter Hensmen/Richard Parkinson

Junior Grade: Tony Jiang/Julia Zhu and Babs-Merel de Visser/Fiona Moon

We wish the team every success. You will be able to follow their progress, and all Congress results on the New Zealand Bridge Results page. The Club Championships are played on the evening of Friday the 2nd of October and all day on Saturday the 3rd of October.





Inter-provincial Championships

On August 15th the Inter-provincial Trials were held at our club, to select the best players from the region to send to Christchurch in November to defend the title of top region in the country. Last years national event was hosted at Auckland Bridge Club and saw our region come out tops. Congratulations to our club members who won the right to defend our regions supremacy:

Senior Team: Glenis Palmer/Christine Wilson and Janet Barnard/Allan Morris with Nola Clark and Russell Watt finishing third, thus being on standby as the reserve pair.

Women's Team: Anne Barrowclough/Deborah Tangney and Jan Cormack/and partner.

Intermediate Team: Tony Jiang/Julia Zhu with Dave Garrett and Denise Mayhew finsihing third and also being on standby as reserves.

Advancing Player Seminar

 On August 26th, Richard Solomon presented a seminar on making the most of your oppositions over-call on your 1NT opening. 40 members attended and benefited from Richards excellent presentation and words of wisdom on how to capitalise in this bidding sequence. Tracey Lewis organised for the provision of a delectable post-seminar buffet, allowing an opportunity to informally discuss the material presented, and ask any further questions of Richard. Thank you to all members who contributed to the success of this event.  



Several series and events occurred or were concluded during the month of August. Congratulations to the following winners, and our thanks to our wonderful sponsors of those events.

Monday Morning  

Winter Pairs: Suzanne Stevenson/Peter Hoskin

Star Print Pairs: Brett Hart/Ruth Filler

Monday Evening

Traude Leitl Novice Salver: Jan Boyd/Deborah McCutcheon

Tuesday Evening

Championship Teams: Anna Barrowclough/Deborah Tangney and Beverley Morris/Allan Morris

Matchpoint Pairs:  Pat Milliner/Sandra Pearce

Wednesday Morning

Littlewood Pairs (section1):Jo Clarke/Trudy Lange

Littlewood pairs (section2): Glen Thompson/Carol Unsworth

Wednesday Evening

Championship Teams: Richard Parkinson/Leif Hakansson and Rita Kale/Stephen Kale

Winter Pairs: Alma Priest/Margaret Green

Thursday Remuera Rise Tournament

Nola Clark/Miriam Hobbs (1st)

Allan Morris/Janet Barnard (2nd)

Glenis Palmer/Christine Wilson (3rd)

Friday Morning

Northern Pairs (section1) Peter Bach/Setsuko Lichtneker

Northern Pairs (section2) Maureen Hooker/Beverly Gentles

Friday Afternoon

Teams: Team Somers (Margaret Somers, Trudy Lange, Roy Ballard, Judith Chandler, Anne Gelb)

Malcolm Sims Pairs: Glenis Plamer/Christine Wilson

Tournaments around our Region

Julie Atkinson and Patrick Carter finished 2nd in the Howick 8B Open on August 8th.

National Tournaments

On August 1st, Wellington Bridge Club hosted the North Island Open Pairs. A few of our members made the trip down including junior pair, Tony Jiang/Julia Zhu. Kathrin Boardman and partner and Russell Douglas and partner finished 6th and 7th respectively. Tony and Julia had a tremendous performance, qualifying in the top 18 for the final, and finishing a very respectable 16th. Congratulations on this astounding achievement!


Congratulations to our club members who have been awarded the following certificates by New Zealand Bridge

Gold Grand Master: Julie Atkinson

Silver Grand Master: Glenis Palmer

Certificate of Proficiency: Pam Browne, Colleen Cowley, John Dell, Richard Doull, Darshani Jayasinghe. Robert Jones, John Kriletich, Lee McGovern, Roger Shaw, Peter Vickers

These certificates are awarded to players who have accrued the required masterpoints for the rank. You can find details on the New Zealand Masterpoint System on the New Zealand Bridge website.


Ethics, Rules, Sportsmanship

Bridge players at our club come for an eclectic range of reasons, whether it is social play, competitive play, mental stimulation or something else, we are all bound by the same rules. The Director's role is to make rulings in the event that an irregularity has occurred during play. Their primary goal is to rectify the situation so that play may continue as normally as possible for both pairs at the table to create as equitable a situation as feasible.

We are bound by law 9 to call the Director when an irregularity occurs. The limitations on who may call, and when, will vary depending on the nature of the irregularity. Ultimately the majority of players are ethical players who use fair play and good sportsmanship. Occasionally an irregularity may not be observed until sometime after the close of play...

The international bridge scene has been rocked over the last week as four members of the 6 person team to have won major competitions in 2013 and 2014 have handed in their titles and winnings, claiming to have recently become aware that the remaining pair had cheated in those competitions. Boye Brogeland, one of the four to make this claim has written a fairly detailed account of the hands that led him and his three team mates to come to the conclusion.

The accused pair have denied the allegations and announced their intention to rebut the details.

Whatever the outcome, it is likely that the findings will result in careful consideration and possible amendments to the current Laws during the 10 yearly review of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge.

October Edition

Our October edition will be published a week after Congress, so we can bring you all the news from that event.

Kind Regards
Club Office
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