Bring On Sydney Spring Nationals

Sydney Spring Nationals is around the corner, have you entered yet? If you have, don't forget the early bird rate is going to finish this Friday 6th October. This national congress from 18th - 26th October will be held at Canterbury Racecourse. If you're interested in any event, and your partner is not available, give Mike Prescott a call on
0435 528 872 or email him at He will be very happy to help you out. For details please check out the Sydney Spring National official website HERE.
18th – 26th October 2017
Canterbury Race Course

The Matchpoint Swiss Pairs starting next Monday at NSWBA provides a perfect opportunity for practice before the Sydney Spring Nationals. It is held over 2 Monday nights 9th and 16th October. Want to get involved but can only play 1 night? Contact office at 9264 8111 to find out the possibility of being standby.

Right after Spring Nationals, comes the State Mixed Teams over 4 Monday nights on 30th October, 6th, 13th and 20th November. This event requires each pair contains one male and one female in all matches. Please find the details HERE.

Last but not the least, upcoming is an important event specially designed for Novice and Restricted players – The State Novice & Restricted Teams at Wollongong on 4th - 5th November. Start your bridge journey there and you may surprise yourself and be the next raising star! Want to get over the congress nerves? Practice in Bathurst Novice Pairs and Teams the weekend before on 28th - 29th October.

September was a busy month - we had 5 local congresses in one weekend and all recorded great success. Follow the results of all the congresses HERE.

Blue Mountain Bygone Beautys Congress

The congress recorded a maximum entry

Cowra Swiss Pairs & Teams
Over 100 people played in this two day congress

IBA Swiss Pairs
The congress demonstrated a joint-effort of organizers and volunteers

Central Coast Novice & Restricted Pairs & Teams
Who has offended the convenor that she would like to send him behind bars?

Mollymook Swiss Pairs and Teams

bridging with celebrities
Congratulations to the winners of Blue Mountains Bygone Beautys Congress (Left) Dominic Kwok the convenor presented the trophy to Pairs EW Winner – Helena Dawson and Richard Douglas (Middle) Pairs NS – David Weston and Julian Foster (Right) Teams winner – Garry Clark, Toni Sharp, Marilyn Chadwick and Sally Clark.
Well done in Cowra Swiss Pairs and Teams (Left) Open Pairs – Tiit Tonuri, Club Treasurer with Liz Loneragan and Gaely Braddock, Mudgee. (Middle) Runners-up Open Pairs – Robyn Pearce and Di Payten with Tiit Tonuri , Club Treasurer. (Right) Chris Stead, Richard Hills. John and Val Brockwell , winners of the Swiss Teams, Canberra.
Jill MacRae congratulated the winners in Illawarra Bridge Club Swiss Pairs (Left) Winner Richard Douglas and Ross Stuart. (Middle) The Best Placed Restricted <100MPs Jenny Muscio and Erica Gray. (Right) Best Placed Novice <10MPs Joan Bell and Anne McInnes.
The raising stars in Central Coast Novice & Restricted Pairs and Teams (Leftmost) Novice winner – Fiona Lavery and Fiona Fawcett. (Left) Restricted winner – Mary Poynton and Sarah Carradine. (Right) Novice Teams – Ruth Perris, Kay Hale, Bob and Dianne Cass. (Rightmost) Restricted Teams – Robyn O’Hara, Molly O’Neil, Bev Sivewright and Margaret Regan.
Congratulations to the winners in Mollymook Swiss Pairs and Teams (Left) Liz Sylvester and Peter Gill, winners of the Swiss Pairs. (Right) Kaye Hart, Jeff Carbery, Helen & Paul Lavings winners of the Swiss teams.
Girls power! An event to make women shine – applause to the winners of the Women's Teams of Three (Left) Overall winner – Wing Roberts, Kinga Moses (Captain), Sarah Carradine and Alexandra Bradley. (Middle) Contending 1st place – Sally Lazer, Marcia Scudder (Captain), Fiona Fewett and Sarah Young. (Right) Contending 2nd place – Catharina Muller, Faith Blake, Frances Lyons (Captain) and Margarita Beker. Proudly sponsored by Fernwood Fitness Centre Broadway, all participants were given a 14-day pass.

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 7th October to 12th November 2017. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Oct 6 – 8 (Fri – Sun) Commercial (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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Oct 14 – 15 (Sat – Sun) Dubbo Bridge Club
Pairs and Teams
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Oct 15 (Sun) Pennant Hills Congress
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Oct 28 – 29 (Sat – Sun) Bathurst & District Bridge Club Central West Novice Tournament
Novice Pairs and Teams
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Oct 28 – 29 (Sat – Sun) Tomaree Bridge Club Inc
Pairs and Teams
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Oct 29 (Sun) Manly Leagues Bridge Club
Margaret Smith Memorial Teams
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Nov 4 – 5 (Sat – Sun) Mudgee Bridge Club Congress 
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 4 – 5 (Sat – Sun) Taree Bridge Club 
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Nov 4 – 5 (Sat – Sun) Tumbarumba Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 5 (Sun) Parramatta Bridge Club Foundation Day
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Nov 11 – 12 (Sat – Sun) Armidale Bridge Club
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Nov 11 – 12 (Sat – Sun) Southern Highlands Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Nov 12 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Spring Teams
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NSWBA Events

Oct 9 – 16 (over 2 Monday nights) NSWBA Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
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Oct 30, Nov 6 – 20 (over 4 Monday nights) State Mixed Teams
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State Events
Nov 4 – 5 (Sat – Sun) State Novice & Restricted Teams – IBA
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Nov 18 – 19 (Sat – Sun) State Open Pairs Championships
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National (ABF) Events

Oct 18 – 26 (Wed – Thu) Sydney Spring Nationals
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Nov 11 – 16 (Sat – Thu) Australian Team 2018 Open Playoff
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Featured Articles
Some hands have much more playing strength than the high card point count would suggest.
Rakesh Kumar shares with you how he evaulate these hands and bid "Slams from the State Teams Qualifying".
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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 August 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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