Spring into the Spring Nationals

It's like the beautiful yet surprising spring weather, October is full of competitive tournaments but also challenging events. The Sydney Spring Nationals from 19th – 27th October is definitely the highlight of the month, enter now to enjoy the early bird rate before 7th October! Check out the Sydney Spring National championship website HERE. If you are interested in any of the events but haven't got a partner / teammate, talk to Marcia Scudder the tournament organiser at sn@abf.com.au or the NSWBA office at office@nswba.com.au, we will be happy to play match maker.

19 – 27 October 2016
Canterbury Race Course
The GNOT Metro Final will be held on 8th – 9th October (Sat – Sun), direct entry is now available, form a team and enter HERE. Another state event, The State Mixed Teams, will be held over four Monday nights from 10th October – 7th November. You only need at least 1 member of the opposite gender to form a mixed team. Details can be found HERE.

The Southside Bridge Centre initiated a regional event, South Sydney Championship Trophy Day, on 25th September. A total of 14 teams from Port Hacking, Southside, Hurstville, St. George Budapest, Finesse and Ingelburn played in one field. Congratulations to the Southside team who won in this interclub competition with home advantage. Please view the full results HERE.

Due to the positive feedback from our players, 16 clubs from all over NSW are going to host The UHMP (Under Hundred Master Points) Pairs Finals on 27th November (Sun). Choose the Final you would like to play in and enter directly HERE.

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

Our affiliated clubs offered a variety of local congresses to bridge players the last few months:

Wagga Wagga Bridge Club Pairs and Teams
The Annual Congress celebrated the 40th birthday of the club

Cowra Pairs and Teams
How can you say no to bridge on a rainy day?

Hunters Hill Teams
When and when not to upgrade your hand may make a big difference to the outcome. Rakesh Kumar will tell you about it in the Hunters Hill Teams.

All the local congress results can be found HERE.
Congratulations to the winners at the Blue Mountain Bygone Beauty Congress  – (Left) Pairs winners: NS Michael Prescott & Marlene Watts; EW Mick McAuliffe & Richard McAuliffe (Right) Teams winners: Murray Green, Michael Prescott, Marlene Watts, Dominic Kwok (convenor) and Sue Crompton.
Cheers to the winners at the Cowra Congress: (Left) Gwenda Bunworth and Anne Tonna came first in the Swiss Pairs. (Right) John Brockwell, David & Helen Lander and Niek Van Vucht won in the Teams.
Applause to the winners of the Great Lakes Annual Congress: (Left) Ken Bridges (centre) the Vice President congratulated the winners in Pairs – Kim Morrison and Marilyn Chadwick. (Right) Des Ford, the President was proud of the winning team Lorraine Lindsay, Michael Johnson, Di Coats and Rachel Rich.
A direct entry team won in the NSWBA State Metropolitan Teams Congress, well done Murray Green, Helen Horwitz, Tony Nunn and Liz Adams.
Happy smiles of the champions in the Mollymook Congress: (Left) The Club President David Lardner shared the joy of the victors in Pairs – Sheila Bird and Karen Creet. (Right) David Weston, Helena Dawson, Johnno Newman and Sebastian Yuen came first in Teams.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 3rd October to 6th November. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Oct 2 (Sun) Kings and Queens Sydney
Spring Swiss Pairs
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Oct 3 (Mon) NSBC@Lindfield
Labour Day MP Pairs

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Oct 7 – 9 (Fri – Sun) Commercial Club (Albury) Bridge Club
Interstate Bridge Super Congress – Pairs and Teams

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Oct 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun) Muswellbrook Bridge Club Congress
Pairs and Teams

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Oct 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun) Tenterfield Contract Bridge Club
17th Annual Congress Butler Pairs

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Oct 15 – 16 (Sat – Sun) Dubbo Bridge Club
Pairs and Teams

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Oct 16 (Sun) Pennant Hills Bridge Club 

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Oct 29 – 30 (Sat – Sun) Gunnedah Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Oct 30 (Sun) Tomaree Bridge Club Inc Annual Congress
Swiss Teams

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Oct 30 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Spring Teams

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Nov 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Southern Highlands Bridge Club

25th Annual Congress – Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Taree Bridge Club
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Nov 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Tumbarumba Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 6 (Sun) Parramatta Bridge Club
Foundation Teams
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NSWBA and State Events
Oct 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun) NSWBA GNOT Metropolitan Final
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Oct 10 – Nov 7 (four Monday nights) NSWBA State Mixed Teams
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Nov 2 – 9 (two Wednesday nights) NSWBA Women's Teams of Three

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National (ABF) Events
Oct 19 – 27 (Wed – Thu) Sydney Spring Nationals
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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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Nov 8 – 15 (Tue – Tue) Bridgefolk Norfolk Island Bridge Holiday
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Featured Articles
We all have done this – key in 2D as the lead when we couldn't recall the exact lead and thought it's no big deal. Let Matthew McManus tell you why it is important to record the right lead in "The Ubiquitous Lead of 2 of Diamonds".
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This was the first time that the State Teams Metro Finals was open to direct entry. It attracted 20 teams on 18th September.
Let Rakesh Kumar share some interesting hands in the "State Teams Metropolitan Final 2016".
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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 September 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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