It is the Season to Sparkle

Coming to the end of the year, a few state events which have been running through the year reached their final stages. The NSW State Open Pairs (incorporating the Country Open Pairs) found the best of the best competing from 19th - 20th November. Peter Gill and
Peter Livesey won the State Open Pairs Championship, Liz and Steve Hurley came first in the Country Open Pairs, Peter Jeffery and David Hudson took the honours of Spring Swiss Pairs. More results can be found HERE.

Our Sydney Teams in the GNOT sparkled, shimmered and shone with joy. There were 22 teams representating regions of New South Wales at the Grand National Teams Final at Tweed Head from 25th – 28th November. Sydney Team 1
(Peter Buchen - David Beauchamp - Terry Brown - Avinash Kanetkar - Ron Klinger - Kim Morrison) and Sydney Team 2 (Liam Milne - Nye Griffiths - Sartaj Hans - Tony Nunn - Sophie Ashton - Paul Gosney) were the last two standing teams in the Final. Congratulations to Sydney Team 2 who won the GNOT Championship. Check all the results HERE.

While the Open players were competing at Tweed Heads, Novice players took part in the UHMP (Under Hundred Master Point) Pairs challenge in 18 different clubs all over NSW on Sunday 27th November. As soon as all clubs send in their results they will be ranked statewide. Keep yourself current with the most updated news HERE.

The ABF 2017 Seniors' and Women's Playoffs will be held at Canberra from 3rd – 8th December. A match for the top performers of the year. Follow the news here at the official website. BBO VuGraph is going to broadcast the Semi-Finals and the Finals, don't miss out the opportunity to watch the matches online.

The Nambucca Valley Bridge Club is planning to polish themselves with good marketing ideas next year and has invited our ABF National Marketing Officer Sandra Mulcahy to conduct a Marketing Workshop in their club. Date yet to be confirmed. If you would like to express your interest in attending, please contact us HERE.

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

Manly Leagues Bridge Club Margaret Smith Memorial Teams
– this event is in its 9th year and is generously sponsored by the Smith family.

The NSW State Novice & Restricted Teams at Illawarra Bridge Association
– a great opportunity for players to compete at their level of experience.

Results and photos of all congresses
can be found HERE.

Merry Christmas and we wish you unleash your inner sparkle in the new year!

The prizewinners in the State Open Pairs (incorporating the Country Open Pairs): (Left) State Open Pairs Winners Peter Gill and Peter Livesey. (Middle) Country Open Pairs Winners Liz and Steve Hurley. (Right) The Spring Swiss Pairs Winners Peter Jeffery and David Hudson with Julian Foster (NSWBA Chairman).
The champions in the Southern Highlands Congress: (Left) The Open Pairs winners Charles McMahon and John Newman. (Middle) Alison Minchin, the club president, congratulated the Restricted Pairs winners Rosemary Hassall and Susan Boyd. (Right) Adriene Stephens, Pam Crichton, Ann Pettigrew and Ross Crichton came first in the Teams.
Congratulations to the winning team in the Margaret Smith Memorial Teams – Wayne Zhu, Terry Bodycote, Ian & Vicky Lisle with Ron Smith.

Happy winners in the State Novice & Restricted Teams at Illawarra – (Left) The Novice Teams Winners went to Marie Pickering, Carol Jeffs, Jeanette Marvell and Pat Berry. (Middle) The top performing team in the Restricted Division: Steve Dynan, Karen Irvine, Margaret Carr and Peter Graham. (Right) The raising star Edward Gao, Morgan Gao, Michael Robinson and Delia Dan came 2nd in the Novice section.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 3rd December to 1st January. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Dec 3 – 4 (Sat – Sun) Goulburn Bridge Club
Teams and Restricted & Novice Pairs
Event Details > 

Dec 4 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
Event Details > 

Dec 11 (Sun) Sydney Bridge Centre
Summer Swiss Pairs
Event Details > 

Dec 26 – Jan 2 (Mon – Mon)
Trumps Bridge Centre Festival of Bridge
Swiss Pair and Teams, Gourmet Pairs, Festival Pairs & Teams, Open & Restricted Pairs and much more
Event Details > 

State Events
Dec 9 – 11 (Fri – Sun) NSWBA John Arkinstall
State Open Teams Final
Event Details > 

National (ABF) Events

Dec 3 – 8 (Sat – Thu) ABF 2017 Seniors' and Women's Playoffs
Event Details > 

Dec 12 – 19 (Mon – Mon) Holiday Bridge Norfolk Island
Event Details > 

Dec 29 – Jan 2 (Thu – Mon) Finesse (Peakhurst) Celebration Pairs
Event Details > 

Featured Articles
There were a lot of bidding tasks in the Margaret Smith Memorial Teams, and how did Rakesh take on
these challenges? Read the article of Margaret Smith Memorial Teams by Rakesh Kumar.
 Read the full article >

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 November 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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