Cheer for our ANC Teams

Our ANC Teams have been busy equipping themselves last month for the battle in Canberra from 15th – 27th July! The Open and Seniors' Teams had a practice game at the NSWBA on 18th June. The North Shore Bridge Club also offers free entry for all ANC representatives to any one of the three day events at the North Shore Super Congress from 30th June – 2nd July. Miss Kitty (the mascot for the NSW Teams) is traveling around to local congresses as an ambassador to gather fans for our ANC Teams. Join her on Facebook to support our NSW representatives now! And don't forget to follow ANC Canberra HERE.

The country teams who achieved qualiification in their regions have progressed to the Zonal Finals on the first weekend of July. Wagga Wagga Bridge Club, Coffs Harbour Bridge Association and Central Coast Bridge Club (representing the South/West, Northern and Outer Metro zones) will send their winning teams to compete with three teams from NSWBA and two from Sydney Metropolitan region in the John Arkinstall State Open Teams Championship on 8th – 10th December. Follow the Country Teams results HERE. The NSWBA Qualifying events will be held over 5 Monday nights on 28th August, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th September. The event will qualify three teams direct to the John Arkinstall State Open Teams Championship in December. Don't miss the chance to ENTER now!

Want to practice as a pair before teams event? The NSWBA State Open Pairs Qualifying over 2 Monday nights on 17th and 24th July will be a great opportunity then. Check it out and ENTER now!

On local level, Miss Kitty has been busy visiting local congresses. Let her share her journey with you:

Illawarra Bridge Association Chris Diment Memorial Congress
a full house of success

Trumps Winter Teams
Rakesh Kumar shared with you his bidding decisions

Nambucca Valley Congress
– Even the heavy rain couldn't deter the committed bridge players

Newcastle Bridge Club Congress
the home club members took out 11 awards and 3 best unplaced Newcastle pairs/teams!

Congratulations to the winners of the Illawarra Bridge Club Congress! (Left) Tony Sharp and Marilyn Chadwick came first in Pairs. (Right) The winning team — John Brockwell, Kevin Tant, Graham Evans and Chris Stead.
Applause to the champions of the Trumps Winter Teams — Anita Curtis, David Weston, Sophie Ashton and Kim Morrison.
Congratulations to the titlists of Nambucca Valley Congress: (Left) Sarah Strickland and David Tucker came 1st in Pairs. (Right) Eric Hurley, Anne Jackson, Janet Brown and Gary Lynn won in the Teams.
The home club members shone in the Newcastle Congress: (Leftmost) Open Swiss Pairs NS — Ken Wilks and Michael Simes. (Left) Open Swiss Pairs EW — Geoffrey Lee and Robert Shearer. (Right) Restricted Swiss Pairs NS — Kerry Norris and Lynne Saunders. (Rightmost) Restricted Swiss Pairs EW — Sue Harrison and Alison Lea.
Novice and restricted players had a great game at East Lindfield Congress: (Left) David & Kanchan Factor won the Novice Pairs and Len Evershed and Sarah Young the Restricted Pairs. (Middle) 1st Novice Team — Mike Prescott the Manager at the back row presented the prize to Kit Meyers, Michelle Levy and Kerry Rymer (Fiona Fawcett absent). (Right) 1st Restricted Team — Hans van Weeren, Peter Clarke, Heidi Colenbrander and Ray Hurst.
Well done the champions in the Kings and Queens Mid-Year Swiss Pairs: (Left) The winners Mathew Vadas and Tony Nunn with Liam Milne, the convenor in the middle. (Middle) 2nd was Lee and Frank Dreyer. (Right) 3rd was David Hudson and Paul Lavings.
Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 3rd July to 6th August. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Jul 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun) Brisbane Water Bridge Club (Woy Woy) Super Congress
Novice & Restricted Swiss Pairs, Open Swiss Pairs and Teams

Event Details > 

Jul 15 – 16 (Sat – Sun) Sydney Bridge Centre Witner Congress
Pairs and Teams

Event Details > 

Jul 29 – 30 (Sat – Sun) Taree Bridge Club

Event Details >

Jul 30 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
Event Details >

Aug 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Moree Bridge Club
Event Details >

Aug 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Orange Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
Event Details >

NSWBA Events

Jul 5 (Wed ) NSWBA Ladies Going Places: Workshop to Develop a Winning System for your Partnership
Event Details > 

Jul 17 & 24 (over 2 Monday nights) NSWBA State Open Pairs Qualifying
Event Details >

State Events
Jul 28 – 30 (Fri – Sun) Bowral Bridge Club Inc State Veterans Pairs
Event Details >

Jul 31 – Aug 6 (Mon – Sun) NSWBA State Wide Pairs
Event Details >

Aug 5 (Sat) NSWBA State Individual
Event Details >

National (ABF) Events

Jul 15 – 27 (Sat – Thu) BFACT Australian National Championships
Event Details > 

Aug 8 – 13 (Tue – Sun) Coffs Harbour Bridge Supercongress Association Coffs Coast Gold Congress
Event Details > 

Bridge Holidays
Jul 9 – 16 (Sun – Sun) Holiday Bridge Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort
Event Details > 

Jul 28 – Aug 3 (Fri – Thu) Bridgefolk Cook Island Pairs
Event Details > 

Jul 31 – Aug 7 (Mon – Mon) Trumps Bridge Centre Norfolk Island Holiday
Event Details > 

Featured Articles
Decisions, decisions, decisions... Your choice of bidding determines whether the team reaches the right contract and progresses to slam.
Rakesh Kumar shows you his dilemma in "Trumps Winter Teams".
Read the full article >

Matthew McManus has recently answered a club administrator regarding slow play. He revised and expanded one of his previous articles "So you think you're a fast player" for both players and club administrator. Are you ready to take he quiz?
Read the full article >
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 30th April 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?"
Read the full article >

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.
 Subscribe Now >

NSW Bridge Association
+61 2 9264 8111
1/F, 162 Goulburn Street,
East Sydney 2010

Send us your stories
Do you have a story to tell or a photo to share after playing in a congress? Let us know, we will be pleased to publish them.
Submit your stories / photos >

It is important for us to know your feedback. Write to us and let us know what kind of topic you would like to know more about.
Write to the Editor >

Tony Bemrose
Insurance Brokers

For all your insurance needs - including travel insurance!
Red Plum Automotive
Broking Service
Buying a new car? Check out the price from the guys at Red Plum.
TFE Hotels
Discounted accommodation in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe.