April showers bring choice of events to bridge players

The Open Team to represent NSW at the ANC Interstate Teams Championship is selected over the weekend 25th – 26th March, congratulations to Pauline Gumby - Warren Lazer, Maurits van der Vlugt - Andre Korenhof, David Hudson - Paul Lavings. Read the results with Julian Foster's story will give you some inside views of the Final match. Read his article "The ITS Open Finals 2017 – How high will you ruff?" here.

While the Womens' and Open Teams are ready, we are going to select the Seniors' and Youth Teams this month. New for this year, that the Seniors' ITS Qualifying and the Finals will be held over two weekends – a one-day qualifying will be held on Sunday 9th April and the Finals over the weekend 22nd – 23rd April. The Youth ITS will be held on Sunday 23rd April. Enter now and earn the honour to represent NSW.

For novice and restricted players, don't miss the State Novice and Restricted Pairs Championship at Mittagong by end of April! First place-getters in the Restricted section will receive a subsidy from the ABF in the form of allowance and entry to the ANC Restricted Butler Pairs in Canberra on 22nd – 23rd July 2017.

Want to sharpen your bridge skills before all these state events? There are a lot of local congresses around NSW every week. Check out the Upcoming Events. In the meantime, let us review some of the local congresses in March:

Forbes Bridge Club Swiss Pairs
An enjoyable day with 60 players attending from local areas and interstate

Trumps Bridge Centre Autumn Teams

It's all the wild stories which give us laughter at the tables!

Batemans Bay Bridge Club's Bridge at the Bay

– To encourage youth players, the NSWBA and BFACT jointly provide funding for the weekend

Inverell Delvyn Bridge Club Pairs
A friendly congress attracted even visitors from WA

2017 Open ITS winners – Maurits van der Vlugt, Andre Korenhof, David Hudson, Warren Lazer, Pauline Gumby and Paul Lavings.

Congratulations to the winners of Forbes Swiss Pairs (Left) 1st place Jyotsna and Jay Kulkarni with Vice President Kay Toohey. (Middle) Runners up Betty-Ann McFarland and Helen McQuie. (Right) Restricted winners Kay Toohey and Doddy Englert with Judy Kerr the Secretary.
It's encouraging to see so many youth players in Batemans Bay Super Congress (Left to right): Zac, Peter, Max, Erin, John, Helena, Mitch, Ailsa, Andrew, Charles, Shannon, Jess, Stuart, Shane, Tamsin, John. Absent from photo: Matt, Dave, Edmond, Ernie.
Winners of Inverell Pairs (Left) Overall winners were the Inverell pair of Pat Yee and Jan Anderson. (Middle) The Plate was won by the Glen Innes pair of Zoe Boyd-Law and Valmai Stevenson. (Right) Peter Cannon and Judy Noad won the prize for Best Restricted Pair, both under 35 masterpoints.
Winners of NSBC@East Lindfield Pairs (Left) 1st – Peter and Nadia Jeffery. (Middle) 2nd – Fraser Rew and Colin Baker.(Right) 3rd Equal – Jenny Barnes and Catherine Else third equal with Helena Dawson and Ann Baker.

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 1st April to 7th May. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
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
Pairs and Teams

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Apr 9 (Sun) Tilligerry Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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Apr 14 (Fri) Trumps Bridge Centre
Good Friday Pairs

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Apr 16 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre 
Easter Teams

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Apr 23 (Sun) Kings and Queens Sydney
Autumn Swiss Pairs
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Apr 23 (Sun) Taree Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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Apr 29 – 30 (Sat – Sun) Tamworth Bridge Club

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May 6 – 7 (Sat – Sun) Bathurst and District Bridge Club Congress 
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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May 6 – 7 (Sat – Sun) Yamba Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

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May 7 (Sun) Maitland Bridge Club

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NSWBA Events
Apr 9 – 23 (Sun – Sun) NSWBA Seniors' ITS
Qualifying and Finals
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Apr 10 (Mon) NSWBA Invitation Pairs
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Apr 23 (Sun) NSWBA Youth ITS
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Apr 24 – May 8 (Mons) NSWBA State Mixed Pairs Qualifying
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State Events
Apr 29 – May 30 (Sat – Sun) Southern Highlands Bridge Club
State Novice and Restricted Pairs
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National (ABF) Events
Apr 28 – May 1 (Fri – Mon) QBA Barrier Reef Congress
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May 4 – 8 (Thu – Mon) SABF Autumn Nationals
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Apr 8 (Sat ) Peninsula Bridge Club Ladies Going Places: An All Day Affair at Peninsula Bridge Club
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Featured Articles
Being the only table finding and making a grand slam made the Watts team shine like a diamond at the Trumps Autumn congress!
Let Rakesh Kumar tell you all about it in "Trumps Autumn Teams".
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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 28th February 2017.

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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