An ABF Youth event is being held on BBO from 26 June to 26 July, 2020.
The team to represent NSW is:
Alex PHILLIPS, James PALMER, Jacob ROSE, Lara TOPPER, Tamara DE MEL, Cameron WEBB, Will JENNER-O'SHEA (NPC)
For more details go to www.abfevents.com.au/events/yot/2020/
Due to the CV-19 pandemic the ABF Management Committee regrets to advise it has taken the decision to cancel the GNOT final at Tweed Heads for 2020.
They note that very few clubs have held qualifying events and no regional finals have been held before the Corona Virus shutdown.
However, they have advised that should any clubs or regions be able to return to bridge and wish to hold scheduled GNOT qualifying events or regional finals for the purposes of awarding gold points, they may do so.
The ABF has prepared two documents to assist clubs as they prepare to return to bridge in clubs.
Players who have turned 70 on or before December 31, 2020 are invited to play in the NSW State Veterans Online Pairs Championship to be held on Bridge Base Online on 24-26 July 2020.
All players must be Registered Users on Bridge Base Online (BBO).
The document below updates information on the Government support most likely to be of relevance to NSW affiliated bridge clubs who are suffering a loss of all or most of their income as a result of COVID-19.
Last time I wrote to you, I promised that, at its meeting on the 15th April, the NSWBA Council would review the decision to close the club. The closure was discussed at length last night (via Zoom, of course!).
The policy agreed was that the club will remain closed until the government regulations allow the gathering of people without the 1.5 metre social distancing requirement. This is likely to be several months.
Media reports suggest that the regulations will be initially eased for younger age groups but maintained for the 70+ age group, our main demographic. When this occurs, the Council will approach the NSW Department of Health to seek guidance on reopening the club for face to face bridge.
Meanwhile, the club is exploring ways of offering online games for you. A guide for online bridge has been compiled by one of our Tournament Directors, Johnno Newman. It has a tree structure with two initial branches, BBO & Other resources. Click on a branch to explore it. We intend to improve this guide over time to make it easier for our members to access and enjoy online bridge. If you have suggestions on improvements or additions to the guide, please communicate with Wing in the Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our Councillors is in negotiations to provide mechanisms for the affiliated clubs to offer their members regular online duplicate sessions that provide masterpoints. The Sydney Bridge Centre / NSWBA is anticipating offering such sessions for a nominal cost in the near future. We will email you and also post on our website when these become available.
The document below provides some details of the JobKeeper government wage subsidy scheme and how it might be applicable to bridge clubs.
NSWBA is lobbying the ABF on matters of concern to the affiliated clubs which has resulted in some good news in these uncertain times! The ABF has decided that the number of B4c certificates for 2021 will be the same as the number to which a club was entitled in 2020 (unless the number of green points issued in 2020 indicate a higher number of certificates are warranted).
The Council of the NSWBA has voted to close the NSWBA (trading as Sydney Bridge Centre) at midnight on Tuesday 17th March.
All Club sessions at Rozelle, Henley & the City are cancelled.
These NSWBA events are cancelled:
- State Open Pairs Qualifying, July 13 & 20
- The Killara Golf Club Pairs, July 12
- SBC Congress, July 18-19
- Peninsula Swiss Pairs, July 26
- Orange Congress, August 1-2
- Central Coast Novice and Restricted Swiss Pairs, August 8-9
- Wagga Wagga Congress, August 8-9
- Ingleburn Teams, August 9
- Coffs Coast Gold Congress, August 11-16
- Manly Leagues Teams, August 23
- Tweed Birthday Teams, August 23
- Territory Gold Bridge Festival, August 26-30
- Glen Pairs, August 29-30
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Teams, September 5-6
- Great Lakes Congress, September 12-13
- Lismore Swiss Pairs, September 13
- Mollymook Congress, September 19-20
- Tamworth Swiss Pairs, September 19-20
- Canberra in Bloom Festival, October 2-5
- Commercial Club (Albury) Congress, October 9-11
- Gunnedah Congress, October 24-25
- Grand National Open Teams Final, November 27-30