A New Month Full of Possibilities

A lot of excitement is coming our way from September on till the end of the year.
SOT Metro Final will be held on 18th September (Sun), the winners will go to a 3 days State Final in December. Feel free to enter the Metro Teams Final directly if you missed the chance to get qualified via club heats. The GNOT Metro Final will be held on 8th - 9th October (Sat-Sun), follow the results HERE. The Sydney Spring National from 19th - 27th October is now open for entries! Check out the Sydney Spring National official website HERE.

At the regional level, the Southside Bridge Centre will host the 2016 South Sydney Championship Trophy day on 25th September (Sun). Clubs will compete against each other for the Sydney South trophy. Enter via your local club. For more details consult the brochure HERE.

The UHMP (Under Hundred Master Points) Pairs Championship improves its format and looks to continue last year's success. You can now enter the Final via two channels – (1) Get qualified in one of the local clubs. There are more than 20 local clubs hosting the qualifying event during September and October, or (2) Enter directly to the Finals on 27th November with one of the 11 hosts. View the full list of hosting clubs HERE.

Another brand new event, Women's Teams of Three, is introduced to our female players! The event will run over two Wednesday nights at Goulburn Street from 2nd - 9th November. Enter HERE.

Some state events are held to specifically accommodate players of certain levels eg novice and restricted and they are awarded to players according to their categories. However, the State Individual Championship held on 6th August attracts players of all levels.

State Individual Championship
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w the NSWBA Chairman Julian Foster shared the fun of playing with different partners and his view on scarifice contracts.

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

Ingleburn RSL Bridge Club Teams
– A story from the top four finalists: The three tales of the king of diamonds by Rakesh Kumar

Toronto Bridge Club Annual Congress Teams

– 38 teams entered from all parts of NSW

Central Coast Novice Pairs and Teams

A 13-year-old boy came 3rd in Pairs took 1st in Teams! How encouraging!

Tamworth Bridge Club Swiss Pairs
The winners were first timers in Tamworth! So you never know until you start playing in congresses

All the local congress results can be found HERE.
Congratulations to the winners at the Wagga Wagga Congress  – (Left) Pairs winners: Richard McAuliffe and John McMahon (Right) Teams winners: Jan & Tom Hackett with Kae French and Tania Gariepy.
Cheers to the winners at the Toronto Congress: (Left) the Open Teams Winner – David Weston, Helena Dawson, Greg & Sharon Mayo with Margaret Ingold (the club president) in the middle. (Right) Lynne Saunders collects for her team as winners of the Restricted section.
Applause to the winners of the Central Coast Novice Congress: (Left) Hugh Makin and Michael Hogan won 1st in Pairs. (Right) The 13-year-old boy Morgan Gao won 3rd in Pairs with Edward Gao and game 1st in Teams with Delia Dan and Gwen Harrigan.
Congratulations to the winners at the Tamworth Congress: (Leftmost) First place winners, Barbara Dawson and Judy O'Malley with president Cherie Morgan-Jones. (Left) 2nd place winners – David Tucker and Sarah Strickland with Cherie Morgan-Jones, President. (Right) 3rd place winners – Arun Tiwari and David Bonsey with President Cherie Morgan-Jones. (Rightmost) Best Restricted Pair winners – Julid and Kevin Willcocks.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 3rd September to 2nd October. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Sept – 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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Sept 10 – 11 (Sat – Sun) Sapphire Coast Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Sept 11 (Sun) Hunters Hill Bridge Club

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Sept 11 (Sun) Lismore Bridge Club

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Sept 17 – 18 (Sat – Sun) Cowra and District Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Sept 17 – 18 (Sat – Sun) Glen Bridge Club

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Sept 17 – 18 (Sat – Sun) Great Lakes Bridge Club Annual Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Sept 18 (Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association
Swiss Pairs
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Sept 24 – 25 (Sat – Sun) Mollymook Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Sept 25 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club

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NSWBA and State Events
Sept 5 – 19 (three Mondays) NSWBA State Swiss Pairs
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Sept 18 (Sun) NSWBA State Open Teams Metropolitan Final
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National (ABF) Events
Aug 31 – Sep 4 (Wed – Sun) NTBA Territory Gold Bridge Festival
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Sept 17 – 18 (Sat – Sun) BAWA Hans Rosendorff Memorial Congress
Restricted Swiss Pairs and Women's Swiss Pairs
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Sept 30 – Oct 3 (Fri – Mon) BFACT Canberra in Bloom Bridge Festival
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Bridge Holidays
Oct 4 – 23 (Tue – Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre Silk Road Tour by Private Train
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Oct 31 – Nov 3 (Mon – Thur) Bridge with Beauchamp Gerringong Bridge Experience
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Oct 31 – Nov 4 (Mon – Fri) Finesse (Lugarno) Terrigal Pairs and Teams
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Oct 31 – Nov 12 (Mon – Sat) Holiday Bridge Singapore Cruise
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Sept 25 (Sun) Southside Bridge Centre South Sydney Championship Trophy Day
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Featured Articles
How to rule the hand when the king is the key? Let Rakesh Kumar share some interesting hands in the "Ingleburn 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 31st July 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.

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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