Celebrating the Seasons

Christmas is around the corner and we have more reasons to celebrate this year. There were 22 teams representing regions of New South Wales at the Grand National Teams Final at Tweed Head from 27th – 30th November. Our Sydney Teams had been doing well in the knock-out rounds, 3 of them played in the Semi-Final. Congratulations to Sydney Team 1 (
Ron Klinger - David Beauchamp - Avinash Kanetkar - Kim Morrison - Terry Brown - Peter Buchen) who won the GNOT Championship. Check all the results HERE.

While the GNOT players were competing at Tweed Heads, the final of the new UHMP (Under Hundred Master Point) Championship was being held in clubs all over the state on Sunday 29th November. Over 1000 qualified UHMP finalists played in 20 clubs and more than 100 players (who missed the club qualifying event) competed at Lindfield with set hands. As soon as all clubs send in their results they will be scored and hopefully finalised before Christmas. Follow the progress HERE.

There was a variety of congresses organized by local clubs last mo
nth, here are their reports:

Gunnedah Swiss Pairs and Teams
– the largest bridge congress in the North West

Bathurst & District Bridge Club Central West Novice Tournament
– a two day event for bridge players with 35MPs or less

Trumps Bridge Centre Spring Teams
– have you seen the same bid 5 times on a roll by both sides?

Southern Highlands Bridge Club 24th Annual Congress
– a successful two day event with over 150 players in Pairs and Teams

Results and photos of all congresses
can be found HERE.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! Exclusively for our members, Studiocanal Films Ltd offers us 5 Double Passes to the advanced preview screening of a movie "YOUTH". Click HERE to find out how to win.

The champions in the Bathurst Central West Novice Congress: (Left) Charles and John McMahon – 0 to 10 MP Pairs winners with club president Bill Keirath and tournament organiser John Shield.(Middle) Thi Pham and Lydna Atkin – Overall Pairs winners with Bill Keirath and John Shield. (Right) Team McMahon Overall Teams winners with Karin Le Roux and Bill Keirath.
Prizewinners in the Southern Highlands Congress (Left) Open Swiss Pairs winners Ken Colbert and Alexander Hewat with club president Alison Minchin. (Middle) Restricted Swiss Pairs winners Margaret Duncan and Elizabeth Loneragan. (Right) Teams winners Emlyn Williams, Lisa Ma, Vicky Lisle and Ian Lisle.
Happy Teams winners in the Manly Margaret Smith Memorial Teams Congress – Anita Curtis, David Hudson, Garry & Salky Clarke with Dana Dupérè, daughter of Ron & Margaret Smith.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 5th December to 10th January. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Dec 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Goulburn Bridge Club
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Dec 6 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
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Dec 13 (Sun) NSWBA
Summer Swiss Pairs
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Dec 26 – Jan 3 (Sat – Sun)
Trumps Bridge Centre Festival of Bridge
Swiss Pair and Teams, Gourmet Pairs, Festival Pairs & Teams, and much more
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Jan 10 (Sun) Double Bay Bridge Centre Trumps Bridge Centre Festival of Bridge
Pre-Canberra Swiss Pairs
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State Events
Dec 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Brisbane Water Bridge Club (Woy Woy)

State Novice and Restricted Teams
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Dec 11 – 13 (Fri – Sun) NSWBA John Arkinstall
State Teams Final
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National (ABF) Events

Dec 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) ABF Youth Triathon
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Jan 9 – 15 (Sat – Fri) ABF Australian Youth Week
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Featured Articles
Christmas is the best time to give, but Rakesh Kumar would rather "No gifts"... at least at the table. Let Rakesh Kumar tell you why giving negative numbers to opponents is not a good idea.
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Continue the series of "They don't have what they promised", Matthew McManus explains in what situation you will / will not get penalized by giving opponents inaccurate information, and what is the right procedure in these situations.
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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
31st October 2015.

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

So how are masterpoints updated? Why haven't they been processed yet? Julian Foster, the Chairman of NSWBA, answers players' common question "Why haven't I got my masterpoints yet?"
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Congress Psyche Register
The NSWBA has decided to establish a central psyche register for all congresses held in NSW.

The laws permit players to deviate from their systemic agreements so long as the partner of the player who does so has no greater reason to be aware of this deviation than the opponents. Once your partnership has a history of deviating from its agreements in a certain situation you are required to inform your opponents of this tendency.

If you feel that your opponents have psyched against you, please email details of the hand to the psyche register – no action will be taken against players who are reported to the psyche register but once a pair has multiple entries in the psyche register, congress directors will be informed so that they are aware of this history when making their rulings.

A form which can be used for submissions is available HERE.

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