Almost a Clean Sweep

Congratulations to all the NSW State teams for the best NSW performance at the Australian National Championships in many years. In fact we were within 2 imps of a clean sweep! All 4 teams qualified for the finals. The Women's, Seniors and Youth teams all won their division and the Open came about as close as possible getting pipped by South Australia in their final by just 1.1 imps. Well done! All results can be found HERE.

Warren Lazer who represents in the Open Teams and Julian Foster, the NSWBA Chairman who played in the Butler Pairs shared some stories behind the triumph:

North Shore Bridge Club Super Congress
North Shore Bridge Club generously gave a free entry to any pairs who were representing NSW in the ANC.

ANC Butler Pairs — A Wild Ride
A large number of crazy distributional hands and some wild scores

ANC Butler Pairs — Problems, Answers & Discussions
Test yourself see how you would cope with these hands and sequences

The ANC Teams — Open, Seniors', Women's and Youth.

The NSWBA State Open Teams Qualifying over 5 Monday nights from 28th August to 25th September. Check it out and ENTER now!

Let us have a look at congresses around NSW last month:

State Veteran Pairs hosted by Bowral Bridge Club

And celebrating Christmas in July as well!

Taree Bridge Club Teams
A full house with great atmosphere

Congratulations to the winners of State Individual! (Left) State Individual 1st Cath Whiddon (Middle) The Best Youth Lakshmi Sunderasan (Right) The Best Restricted Lavy Libman
Applause to the champions of the State Veterans Pairs — (Left) Winners Ian McKinnon and Virgina Dressler (Middle) Runners Up
Rosa Lachman and Bill Hunt (Right) Third John Brockwell and Richard Douglas

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 12th August to 10th September. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Aug 12 – 13 (Sat – Sun) Wagga Wagga Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Aug 20 (Sun) Kings and Queens Sydney 
Nearly Spring Swiss Pairs

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Aug 20 (Sun) Toronto Bridge Club

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Aug 26 – 27 (Sat – Sun) Tamworth Bridge Club
Spring Pairs
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Aug 27 (Sun) NSBC@Lindfield East
Lindfield Teams
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Aug 27 (Sun) Tweed Bridge Club
Birthday Congress Teams
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Sep 2 – 3 (Sat – Sun) Blue Mountains Bridge Club Inc
Bygone Beautys Bridge Congress
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Sep 9 – 10 (Sat – Sun) Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Assoc
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Sep 10 (Sun) Hunters Hill Bridge Club
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Sep 10 (Sun) Lismore Bridge Club 
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NSWBA Events

Aug 28 – Sep 25 (over 5 Monday nights) NSWBA State Open Teams Qualifying
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Sep 13 & 27 (over 2 Wednesday nights) NSWBA Women's Teams of Three
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National (ABF) Events

Aug 19 – 20 (Sat – Sun) Swan River Swiss Open Pairs
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Sep 6 – 10 (Wed – Sun) Territory Gold Bridge Festival
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Featured Articles
After a series of articles,
Rakesh Kumar is taking a break this month. Sure there are articles worth reading again and again.
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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 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?"
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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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