A Month for Champions

The chilliness in June couldn't cool the passion of our congress players! Following the popular Les Longhurst Teams of Three fun event by end of May, different pairs and teams congresses were held all over NSW in June by Nambucca Valley Bridge Club, Illawarra Bridge Association, Newcastle Bridge Club, Wollstonecraft Bridge Club, Kings & Queens Bridge Clubs and the North Shore (Willoughby) Bridge Club. How many of these congresses did you go to and how did you do? All results and photos can be found HERE.

Whether you are a passionate player who would like to relive the honour in the event
or a yet-to-be congress player who would like to get a taste of it, click the following to read some detailed reports from insiders:

Les Longhurst Teams of Three

– an annual fun 6-round Swiss Teams State Event hosted by Sydney Bridge Centre. Want to have some fun again? Enter online now for their Winter Teams Congress this Sunday on the 5th July.

The North Shore (Willoughby) Super Congress
– the three-day-event of Open Teams, Swiss Pairs and Novice & Restricted Teams, attracted over 160 tables.

This last month, our revolving writer Rakesh Kumar went to the Wollstonecraft Teams Congress on the 14th June, and elaborated the importance of making a plan with the hands that day. Do you know how to react correctly when your partner misinterpret your bid to the opponents? Here are some tips from our Chief Tournament Director, Matthew McManus and his article "Did you hear your partner speak?".

Winners of Nambucca Valley Congress on the 6th – 7th June. The winning team (left) – Chris Birch, Colin Tolley, Barbara Herring and Mike Siford. The winning pair (right) – Janet Brown and Eric Hurley.

Champions of the North Shore (Willoughby) Super Congress. Winner of Mr Solace Swiss Teams on the 26th June (left) – David Hudson, David Beauchamp, Pele Rankin and Paul Hooykaas.
The winning team of Two Men & a Truck Open Teams on the 28th June (right) – Leo Goorevich, Kevin Davies, Richard Kuipers (Proprieter of Two Men & a Truck), Elli Urbach and Frank Budai.

Champions of the North Shore (Willoughby) Super Congress. Richard Kuipers (Proprieter of Two Men & a Truck) presented prizes to the winning Restricted Team (left) – Shanti Korathota, Julie Moloney, Jamal Rayani and Parveen Rayani and the winning Novice Team (right) – Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Berenice Air, Stephanie Mathews and Gary Barwick.

Nada Vescio (GM of Watermark Castle Cove) presented prizes to the winning Swiss Pairs of the North Shore (Willoughby) Super Congress on the 27th June. Swiss Pair E/W (left) Peter Jeffery and Heather Cusworth; (right) Swiss Pair N/S (right) Anita Curtis and David Hudson.

Upcoming Events

July Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Jul 4 – 5 (Sat – Sun) Taree Bridge Club
 Event Details >

Jul 5 (Sun) Sydney Bridge Centre
Winter Teams
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Jul 18 – 19 (Sat – Sun) Grafton Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
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Jul 25 – 26 (Sat – Sun
) Brisbane Water Bridge Club
(Woy Woy) Super Congress

Swiss Pairs and Teams
Event Details > 

August Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Aug 1 – 2 (Sat – Sun) Orange Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Aug 2 (Sun) Ingleburn RSL Bridge Club
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State Events
Aug 1 (Sat) 2015 NSWBA State Individual
Event Details >

National (ABF) Events

Jul 11 – 23 (Sat – Thu) BAWA Australian National Championships
Butler Pairs and Swiss Pairs
Event Details > 

Featured Articles
The 2015 Wollstonecraft Teams was convincingly won by the BURKE team!
Let Rakesh Kumar show you the champions' secret.
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Your opponents are entitled to an accurate explanation of your agreement. What should you do if your partner has made an incorrect explanation? Our Chief Tournament Director Matthew McManus explains when you should or shouldn't "hear your partner speak.
Read the full article >

Insider's Fun
The idea of the Teams of Three is that 3 players below the rank of Grand Master are captained by a more experienced player.
Highlights of the day >

The odds is part of the fun in playing bridge. Ferenc Budai and Chris Sundstrum definitely found theirs in the North Shore (Willoughby) Super Congress on the last weekend of June!
Reports of the Congress >

Congress Player
of the Year

Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2015 Award. There will be four categories.

• Open
• Intermediate < 750 MPs
• Restricted < 300 MPs
• Novice < 100 MPs

Click HERE for our current "interim" list, as at 30th April 2015.

This award is based on masterpoints earned at NSW Congresses held under the auspices of NSWBA during the year.

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