March on the future

The Women's Interstate Teams Selection was held on 4th – 5th February. We are pleased to have Linda King, Kim Neale, Helene Pitt, Ruth Tobin, Sophie Ashton and Anita Curtis to represent the 2017 NSW Women's Team at the ANC (Australia National Championship) in Canberra from 16th – 21st July. Full results can be found HERE.

Top 9 pairs from each direction were qualified to Stage II (Semi-Final) of the Open Interstate Teams Selection, which started on 27th February. The top 3 pairs will be chosen in the Final on 25th – 26th March. Follow the results HERE.

Start your bridge journey with local congresses! Here are some reports from our clubs around NSW:

Great Lakes Bridge Club Teams Congress

34 teams contested on this two-day tournament

Trumps Bridge Centre Festival Teams

Heatwave at the congress!

2017 Women's ITS winners Sophie Ashton, Kim Neale, Linda King, Anita Curtis, Helene Pitt, Ruth Tobin.
Congratulations to the WITS Swiss Pairs winners: (Left) 1st place Warren Lazer and Pauline Gumby. (Middle) 2nd place went to Johnno Newman and Shane Harrison. (Right) Equal 3rd were Eva Shand & Les Varadi (absent) and Andre Korenhof & Fraser Rew.
Joint winners of the Great Lakes Bridge Club’s Teams Congress held on the weekend of February 11 12, pictured with club president Des Ford (centre front), were the Weston team (David Weston, Helena Dawson, Johnno Newman and Matt Smith) and the Mayo team (Greg and Sharon Mayo, Ken Wilks and Michael Simes).

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 4th March to 9th April. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Mar 4 5 (Sat Sun) Griffith Ex-Servicemens Bridge Club
Wine Country Pairs and Teams

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Mar 5 (Sun) Forbes Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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Mar 5 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre 
Autumn Teams

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Mar 10 – 12 (Fri — – Sun) Batemans Bay Bridge Club Walk-in Pairs, Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Mar 11 – 12 (Sat – Sun) Armidale Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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Mar 18 – 19 (Sat – Sun)  Ballina Bridge Club Swiss Matchpoint Pairs
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Mar 18 – 19 (Sat – Sun) Inverell Delvyn Bridge Club

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Mar 19 (Sun) NSBC@Lindfield East Lindfield
Swiss Pairs

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Mar 25 – 26 (Sat – Sun) Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Assoc
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Mar 25 – 26 (Sat – Sun) Wellington Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Mar 26 (Sun) Kiama and District Bridge Club
Novice Swiss Pairs

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Mar 26 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Swiss Teams

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Mar 31 – Apr 2 (Fri – Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club Super Congress
Pairs, Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Apr 1 – 2 (Sat – Sun) Sapphire Coast Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Apr 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun) Hawkesbury Bridge Club Autumn Congress
Pairs and Teams

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NSWBA Events
Mar 20 – Apr 3 (over three Mons) City of Sydney Teams
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Mar 25 – 26 (Sat – Sun) NSWBA Open ITS Final
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Apr 9 – 23 (over two weekends) NSWBA Seniors' ITS
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Apr 10 (Mon) NSWBA Invitation Pairs
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National (ABF) Events
Mar 16 – 19 (Thu – Sun) TBA Tasmanian Festival of Bridge
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Featured Articles
The importance of stretching to bid and make game in IMP events is demonstrated by hands in the Same Sex Teams event at North Shore Bridge Club. Let Rakesh Kumar
show you some interesting hands in the "Battle of the Sexes".
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Congress Player of the Year
Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2017 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 December 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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