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The on-line sites in our list are the most highly regarded ones (on other bridge sites), along with any sites that someone from the club has played at successfully - if anyone uses a site that's not in the list please let me know the website and a few details and I'll add them in.
If you haven't played on-line before you should give it a try - it's very easy - and it is just for fun at most sites. Although there are serious competition levels available too.
There are often a number of 'players' who obviously have never played the game, and on-line etiquette can be a bit lacking, so a bit of patience is sometimes needed (we've found this is mostly on the free sites and is not such a problem if you join a site - i.e. pay).
Having said that if you find a sociable foursome you can get a very good game on both the membership sites and the free sites.
Bridge Base Online
This site is completely free, does not require any software download (it is browser based) and is quite sociable. Added to that, when we've been on it the standard has been good and there were plenty of Acol players to play with or against.
Bridge Club Live
This site is run by New Zealanders based here and in the UK - it is linked to from the English Bridge Union pages (www.ebu.co.uk).
The site gives you a month trial in the social bridge area, which they often extend to three months (I think if you do play a few games you'll get this extension). The social area was a good standard but there are often more SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card) players than Acol players. You can see the sayc system info in this booklet :
Annual Fees vary by country - NZ annual membership rate of NZ$84 (or NZ$210 for 3 years).
There used to be a further discount for 2 people at the same address - but you would need to enquire if this is still available.
This is a US on line site that has a good reputation on bridge web sites.
We haven't tried it yet, has anyone played on here ?
New Zealand Contract Bridge Asscociation
This site is linked to from the NZCBA site (www.nzcba.co.nz).
It appears to be run from the same address as the House of Cards bridge shop in Christchurch.
The site offers a 7 day free trial and is then NZ$10 a month subscription.
We've tried this site just once and were disappointed. It is a very basic on line site - there are few of the features found in other sites (such as detailed information on your own scores, the ability to see how others played the hands etc) and it seems to be very poor value.
Please send me your comments if you have played on this site.
Just recently found this site which offers *FREE* on-line bridge.
You need to register before playing and it is not browser based so there is software to download and install.
StepBridge Australia is the sister organisation of the official internet bridge club of the Dutch Bridge Federation, the software is developed by Step Software.
In South Australia, StepBridge is a partner of the South Australian Bridge Federation. StepBridge also promotes the wireless scoring system Bridgemate in Australia and NZ.