Congresses for all levels

The Canberra Festival of Bridge highlighted January, what a great event to start a year! Thank you for everyone who supported the congress and congratulations to those who performed well. RESULTS and daily BULLETINS can be found in this official website.

Our roving reporter, Rakesh Kumar, played in the Seniors event and shared with us some
interesting hands. What makes a minor contract a good one? Read HERE.

The Gold Coast Congress is around the corner, it is held from 19th – 27th February. There are programs for all different levels from super novice to grand master. Check it out and be a part of it!

In the meantime, local congresses will provide great practice during weekends. Have a look at the coming events in the month.

Bridge players play hard play social. Exclusive to our members, Kabuku Public Relations offers 10 Double Passes to the stunning Academy Award nominated movie Brooklyn. Click HERE to find out how to win.

With great gratitude and excitement, we announced the launch of the NSW Bridge Association Facebook page! The players from ITS Open Stage I on 1st February have posted some of the hands of the night there and exchanged their opinions, more will follow. Please visit our page, be sure to like us and share our links with others! Visit our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 6th February to 6th March. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Feb 7 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Summer Teams
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Feb 13 – 14 (Sat – Sun) Great Lakes Bridge Clubs
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Feb 14 (Sun) Canberra Bridge Club
Valentines Teams
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Feb 14 (Sun) Double Bay Bridge Centre
Pre-Gold Coast Swiss Pairs
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Feb 14 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Margaret Smale Sydney North Inter-Club Teams Challenge
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Mar 4 – 6 (Fri - Sun) Batemans Bay Bridge Club
Friday Evening Walk-in Pairs, Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Mar 5 – 6 (Sat - Sun) Griffith Ex-Servicemens Bridge Club
Wine Country Pairs and Teams
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Mar 6 (Sun) Forbes Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
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Mar 6 (Sun) Forbes Bridge Club Swiss PairsEvent Details > 

NSWBA Events
Feb 1 – 29 (Mons) Open ITS Stage I

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Mar 7 – Apr 4 (Mons) Open ITS Stage II
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Mar 7 – Apr 4 (Mons) NSWBA ITS Swiss Pairs
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National (ABF) Events

Feb 6 – 11 (Sat – Thu) ABF 2016 Open Playoff
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Feb 19 – 27 (Fri – Sat) QBA Gold Coast Congress
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Featured Articles
Is it all about points to bid a 5C or 5D contract? What do you need to consider when you are bidding five of a minor?
Rakesh Kumar explains it in details in his "On Bidding Five of a Minor".
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Unauthorised information (UI) is one of the most common questions among bridge players. Let Matthew McManus answer your query in his article "Information, and what to do with it".
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Matthew McManus has covered a lot about The Law in the last few years. He is going to contribute to this column every two issues from now on. Tell us what you would like Matthew to talk about!

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

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.

About the eCongress
The eCongress is a monthly newsletter published by the NSW Bridge Association. It updates you with the latest congresses in the month, interesting hands and analysis from events, and tips regarding the bridge laws.
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