Together Everyone Achieves More

A lot of teams events in the coming month! Continuing last year's great success, the Women's Teams of Three will be held over two Wednesday nights on 13th and 27th September. We have made improvements in the entry format after considering your feedback. You can now enter as an individual or a group of two / three. So don't miss out and enter NOW!

Another inspirational one-day congress The NSWBA Spring Teams will be held on Sunday 17th September. This event is open to public and a day of good bridge will be guaranteed. As the event incorporates the Metropolitan Teams Finals, two teams will qualify directly to the John Arkinstall State Teams Finals on 8th - 10th December. Direct entry is welcome. Check out the details HERE.

The GNOT Metro Final will be held on the following weekend, 23rd - 24th September.
The Grand National Open Teams is an Australia-wide event conducted by the Australian Bridge Federation Inc (ABF). It is the only opportunity for players to earn Gold Masterpoints in their local club. Go to the GNOT page to better understand the structure and follow the results.

The Sydney Spring Nationals will be from 18th - 26th October is open for entries now. Check out the Sydney Spring National official website HERE. Enter now to enjoy the early bird rate before 6th October.
18th – 26th October 2017
Canterbury Race Course

Some of the club congresses have recorded good numbers of entries, East Lindfield is one of them:

East Lindfield Teams
Quite some interesting hands testing your choice of bidding
Congratulations to the winners of Tamworth Swiss Pairs and East Lindfield Teams (Left) President of Tamworth Bridge Club, Frank Gooley presented the award to the Open winner – Jim and Ellie Fitz-Gerald (Right) Wayne Zhu, Judy Osie, Witold Chylewski, Mike Prescott (Manager) & Yumin Li came 1st in the East Lindfield Teams.

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 2nd September to 8th October. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Sep 2 – 3 (Sat – Sun) Blue Mountains Bridge Club Inc
Bygone Beauty 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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Sep 16 – 17 (Sun) Cowra and District Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Sep 16 – 17 (Sat – Sun) Glen Bridge Club
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Sep 16 – 17 (Sat – Sun) Great Lakes Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Sep 17 (Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association
Swiss Pairs
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Sep 23 – 24 (Sat – Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Sep 23 – 24 (Sat – Sun) Mollymook Bridge Club Congress 
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Oct 1 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club 
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Oct 2 (Mon) NSBC@Lindfield Labour Day 
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Oct 6 – 8 (Fri – Sun) Commercial Club (Albury) Bridge Club Super Congress 
Welcome Pairs, Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Oct 7 – 8 (Sat – Sun) Camden Haven (Lusc) Bridge Club Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Oct 7 – 8 (Sat – Sun) Muswellbrook Bridge Club Congress
Pairs and Teams
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Oct 7 – 8 (Sat – Sun) Tenterfield Contract Bridge Club
18th Annual Congress Butler Pairs
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NSWBA Events

Sep 13 – 27 (over 2 Wednesday nights) NSWBA Women's Teams of Three
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Sep 17 (Sun) NSWBA Spring Teams (incorporating the State Open Teams Metropolitan Final)
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Sep 23 – 24 (Sat – Sun) NSWBA GNOT Metropolitan Final
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National (ABF) Events

Sep 6 – 10 (Wed – Sun) Territory Gold Bridge Festival
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Sep 16 – 17 (Sat – Sun) Hans Rosendorff Memorial Congress
Restricted Swiss Pairs and Women's Swiss Pairs

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Sep 29 – Oct 2 (Fri – Mon) Canberra In Bloom Bridge Festival
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World Events
Sep 30 – Oct 7 (Sat – Sat) New Zealand National Congress
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Featured Articles
Sometimes small decisions can have big impacts.
Rakesh Kumar obviously witnessed this in the "East Lindfield Teams".
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Question of the Month
A new section introduced to the eCongress newsletter. We often receive all sorts of questions from players, we are happy to find answers from experts for you. We have directed the following question to Matthew McManus:
"When should the bidding sequence be removed from view?"
Find the answer here >

You have question too? Send it to, depends on the availability of our experts, but we will try our best to find the answer for you.

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 July 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.

About the eCongress
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