Papatoetoe Contract
Bridge Club

 An affiliated member of NZ Bridge

Lessons are scheduled for 2021 on a Monday Evening

Lessons will start in May this year. Mondays 7pm to 9pm

Lessons in May are free for everyone and cover basic play and bidding

All lessons are free for current club members

Questions & Registration contact Lance Bowden by email using

or ring 021 855 032

DateLessonLesson Subject
03 May* 1 Introduction to Bridge
10 May* 1A MiniBridge – NT Play
17 May* 1B MiniBridge – Suit Play
24 May* 1C MiniBridge - Defence
31 May* 2 1-Level Opening Bids
07 Jun QB Just play Bridge
14 Jun 3 Responding
21 Jun 4 Balanced Hands
28 Jun 5 Responder's New Suit Bids
5 Jul 6 Responder's Rebids
12 Jul 7 Overcalls
19 Jul 8 Takeout Double
26 Jul 9 Pre-emptive Openings
02 Aug 10 Strong Opening Bids
09 Aug Just play Bridge
16 Aug Just play Bridge
23 Aug Just play Bridge
30 Aug Graduation

* Free lessons for non-members

Location of Club

Kolmar Centre - Click Here For Map

Improvers Lessons

There are no more Improver lessons until after Beginners finishes


Bridge is a trick-taking card game using a standard deck of 52 playing cards, played by four players in two competing partnerships.

In contract bridge you always play with a partner against another pair. All the 52 cards are dealt out, each player receiving 13 cards. For most recreational players, bridge is simply an interesting and fun game that never gets boring and is always challenging. However, with practice and experience, any person with a good memory can, during the course of a game, pretty much work out who holds which cards.

What makes bridge different from many other card games is its bidding system. Bidding often takes up half of a game, while the other half comprises the actual playing of the cards. The side that “wins” the bidding is contracting to take a certain number of tricks in the play, and will be rewarded in the scoring if they do so, but punished if they fail.

We teach the Acol bidding system - weak 1 NT Opener