Honour their Commitment
and Celebrate the Victory

The state is in celebrating mood! Our Open and Youth Teams have claimed victory in the Australia National Championship in Brisbane on 1st July. The Women's Team came third and the Seniors' Team forth. We are proud of their achievement. Press release and photo gallery HERE.

On the state wide level, the Country Teams have just competed with each other in the Zonal Finals over the weekend of 16th - 17th July. Please find the results HERE. The winning Country Teams are going to compete with the Metro Teams on 9th - 12th December. The Metro area is trying to form their Team to play against the strong Country opponents through an Open Teams Qualifying process over five Monday nights at the moment. Follow the results of the State Open Teams Qualifying events.

A state event is not necessarily held in the city. Thanks to the Bowral Bridge Club, we have the State Veterans Pairs held there on 29th - 31st July this year. Please find results and photos HERE.

State Veterans Pairs at Bowral
– The Bowral Bridge Club on behalf of the NSWBA invites players who have turned 70 on or before December 31, 2016 to play in this State Championship event

Our affiliated clubs offered a variety of local congresses to bridge players last month:

Sydney Bridge Centre Winter Congress
– While the Country Teams Zonal Finals was on, the city players were having fun in this Pairs and Teams event

Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress
– The event can be summarised with beautiful suburb, great food, friendly players and interesting hands

Grafton Bridge Club Swiss Pairs
An event by the Clarence River

All the local congress results can be found HERE.

Well done NSW! Congratulations to the winners of ANC  – (Left) Open Team: Nick Hughes, Mathew Vadas, Nicoleta Giura, Paul Lavings (Captain), Michael Wilkinson, (Right) First in Restricted Division: Johnno Newman (Captain), Peter Buchen and Terry Brown. (Right) John McMahon, Charles McMahon, Matt Smith, Ailsa Peacock, Johnno Newman (Captain), Lakshimi Sunderasan and Alex Phillips.
Congratulations to the 2016 State Veteran Pairs: (Left) State Veterans Pairs Winners Carolyn Dowling and Anne Small. (Right) Equal Runners Up Ian McKinnon and Virginia Dressler, Jayant Kulkarni and Ashok Tulpule (absent).
Applause to the winners of the Sydney Bridge Centre Winter Congress: (Left) Peter Gill and Jane Dawson won in the Open Division. (Right) Warren Robinson and Cheryl Henke came first in the Restricted Division.
Great team efforts paid off in Sydney Bridge Centre Winter Congress (Left) Andrew Peake, Peter Gill, Sartaj Hans and Sophie Ashton came first in the Open Teams. (Right) Matt Smith, Ann Moase, Penny Rowe and Lakshmi Sunderasan won in the Restricted Teams.
Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress awarded pairs in NS and EW: (Left) Matt Smith and Johnno Newman won the Best NS Pairs in Open Division (Right) Julian and David Weston the Best EW Pairs in Open Division.
The winning pairs in the Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress: (Right) Claire Langford and Mitch Dowling won the Best NS Pair in the Novice Division. (Middle) Their opponents Stephen Calcroft and Peter Cloughessy won the EW title in the Novice Division. (Right) Jeff Conroy and Roy Cotton won the Best EW Pair in the Restricted Division.
Congratulations to the winning teams in Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress: (Left) Open Teams Winner – Michael Simes, Michael Johnson, Rosalie Broughton, Ken Wilks. (Middle) Restricted Teams Winner – Julie Moloney, Shanti Korathota, Parveen Rayani and Jamal Rayani. (Right) Novice Teams Winner – John Russell, Judith Parsons, Wing Roberts and John Rogers.
Applause to the winners in Grafton Swiss Pairs: (Leftmost) The Championship Winners Gerald Dawson and Eric Baker. (Left) The Championship Runners-up Eric Hurley and Anne Jackson. (Right) The Plate Winners Chris and Jennifer McDowell. (Rightmost) Plate Runners-up Barbara Backshall and Ruth Spears.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 6th August to 4th September. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Aug 6 – 7 (Sat – Sun) Moree Bridge Club
Open Pairs

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Aug 6 – 7 (Sat – Sun) Orange Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Aug 7 (Sun) Ingleburn RSL Bridge Club

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Aug 13 – 14 (Sat – Sun) Wagga Wagga Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Aug 21 (Sun) Toronto Bridge Club Annual Congress

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Aug 27 – 28 (Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club Novice Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Aug 27 – 28 (Sat – Sun) Tamworth Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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Aug 28 (Sun) Double Bay Bridge Centre Spring Congress
Swiss Pairs
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Aug 28 (Sun) Tweed Bridge Club Birthday Congress
Swiss Teams

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Sep 3 – 4 (Sat – Sun) Blue Mountains Bridge Club Inc Bygone Beautys Bridge Congress
Belle Property Leura Swiss Pairs & Bygone Beautys Swiss Teams

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NSWBA and State Events
Aug 6 (Sat) NSWBA State Individual
A fun day to play with many different partners!
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Sep 5 – 19 (three Mondays) NSWBA State Swiss Pairs
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National (ABF) Events
Aug 9 – 14 (Tue – Sun) Coffs Harbour Bridge Supercongress Association Coffs Coast Gold Congress
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Aug 20 – 21 (Sat – Sun) BAWA Swan River Swiss Open Pairs
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Aug 31 – Sep 4 (Wed – Sun) NTBA Territory Gold Bridge Festival
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Bridge Holidays
Aug 7 – 14 (Sun – Sun) Finesse (Lugarno)Bula Vinaka Pairs & Teams
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Aug 13 – 23 (Sat – Tue) Holiday Bridge Greenland Cruise
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Aug 7 – 14 (Sun – Sun) Finesse (Lugarno) Bula Vinaka Pairs and Teams
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Featured Articles
Life is about timing, so is bridge.
What's the importance of timing the play to keep the danger hand off lead?
Let Rakesh Kumar share his experience with you in the "Brisbane Water Teams".
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Congress Player of the Year
Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2016 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 June 2016.

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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