Let Autumn bring Red & Gold to your Masterpoints

After two stages' qualifying over 7 Monday nights, 8 top pairs went through all the hurdles and proceeded to The Open Interstate Teams Selection Finals over the weekend of 17th – 18th March. Congratulations to Peter Buchen – Matthew Thomson, Johnno Newman Nye Griffiths, David Weston Julian Foster, who are going to represent NSW in the Australia National Championship (ANC) in Hobart in July/August this year. Read the results with Julian Foster's article on the Final match.

Open ITS Finals
Learn from the state representatives how they made their decisions

2018 Open ITS Winners — Peter Buchen, Matthew Thomson, Johnno Newman, Nye Griffiths, David Weston, Julian Foster
The Women's Interstate Teams Selection has a new structure this year. A one-day qualifying event was held on Friday 6th April, followed by a two-day Final over the weekend of 7th – 8th April. 8 pairs reached the Final, salutes to Susan Humphries – Sophie Ashton, Frances Lyons – Heather Cusworth, Lorna Ichilcik – Lynn Kalmin.

The Seniors' and Youth Teams will also be selected this month. The Seniors' ITS Qualifying and the Finals will be held over two weekends — a one-day qualifying will be held on Sunday 22nd April and the Finals over the weekend 28th – 29th April, while the Youth ITS will be held on the same Sunday 29th 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 hosted by Southern Highlands Bridge Club on 28th – 29th April. Mittagong should look spectacular with the Autumn leaves! We hope you will collect a lot of red masterpoints from this State event while enjoying your weekend escape. The winning Restricted pairs will also receive a subsidy from the ABF in the form of an allowance and entry to the ANC Restricted Butler Pairs in Hobart on 4th – 5th August 2018.

A lot of clubs have been running their Club Qualifying events for the State Mixed Pairs Championships over the last few months. If you missed out on the chance to get qualified via club heats, you may want to consider the NSWBA State Mixed Pairs Qualifying over 3 Monday nights on 30th April, 7th and 14th May. Players can choose to play 2 or 3 sessions, the best two sessional results will be calculated. Or you can enter directly to the Finals which will be held over the weekend of 26th – 27th May.

The World Bridge Federation has announced that a Mixed Teams Event will be added to the Open, Women's and Seniors' divisions at the World Teams Championships in odd numbered years. The ABF is currently running a survey asking players for their opinions on how best to select the Australian Mixed Team. If you want to have your say, complete the survey HERE.

There are a lot of local congresses around NSW every week providing opportunities for practice games and weekend escapes. 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 of bridge in Forbes

Trumps Bridge Centre March Teams
What does partner's pass mean to you when 1-of-a-suit has been redoubled?

Batemans Bay Bridge Club's Bridge at the Bay

– The congress was so successful that a visitor had to beg to play on his knee!

Wellington Bridge Club Pairs and Teams
150 players were attracted to the congress and enjoyed the beautiful lunch served al fresco on the deck

Peninsula Interclub Challenge
the event attracted 36 teams from 6 clubs!

Kiama Bridge Club Novice Pairs
– Even though bridge is a number's game, however, a cozy and friendly environment makes a big difference to a congress!

NSBC@East Lindfield Swiss Pairs
The room was filled with 58 enthusiastic pairs. Rakesh Kumar, the much-loved columnist, was one of the players there.

Central Coast Bridge Club Super Congress
A welcoming congress to novice and restricted players

Trumps Easter Festival
Let the winning Easter Sunday Team share the most offsetting hand they had on the day

The Youth Team is the overall winner in the Batemans Bay Congress (Left) Sebastian Yuen, Nico Ranson, Lakshmi Sunderasan and Zachary Neulinger. (Middle) The Afflick Team came 2nd in the Open Division – Trish Affllick, Sharon Danhel in the uniform (Soldiers Club presenter) , Richard Prickett, Richard Bodell and Chris Fader. (Right) The De Livera Team came 3rd in the Open Division – Arjuna De Livera, Tony Marinos, Elizabeth Havas and Peter Grant.
The top 3 pairs in Wellington Congress are from different regions, it could have been an Interclub Challenge! (Left) Open winners – Anne Tonna and Gwenda Bunworth from Orange. (Middle) Open runners up – Janet Ruskin-Rowe and Penny Meers from Dubbo. (Right) Restricted winners – Jean and Ronald Moran from the Central Coast.
It is heart-warming to see novice players having a good time in the Kiama Congress. Congratulations to (Left) 1st place Wining group. Back row Phillip Barker and Maria Christensen (winners), Conny Szenczy and Graham Jones (third); Aileen O’Brien and Christine Yates (second) all from Illawarra club. (Middle) Under 50 MP winners Carol Wett and Christine Mahler with Kiama President Jeannette Horrocks. (Right) Under 10MP winners Lorna O’Leary and Judy Sheehan with President Jeannette.
Peninsula Bridge Club has successfully initiated and hosted the Interclub Challenge. Trumps Bridge Centre won the Club Teams Challenge this year.
The top 3 scores were very close in the NSBC@East Lindfield Swiss Pairs Congress! (Left) Sally and Gary Clarke came first, with the club manager Mike Prescott on the right. (Middle) In second place were Jessica Brake and Paul Dalley, (Right) with George Finikiotis and Liz Fanos finishing third.

Congratulations to the winners of the Trumps Easter Festival: (Left) The Easter Sunday Teams was won by Witold Chylewski, Mark Kolodziejczyk, Cevat Emul and Titus Ling. (Right) Swiss Pairs winners – Peter Gill, Elliott Kaplan (runners-up), Yumin Li, Wayne Zhu (winners).

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 14th April to 6th May. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Apr 14 – 15 (Sat – Sun) Sapphire Coast Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Apr 15 (Sun) Kings and Queens Sydney Autumn Congress
Swiss Pairs

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Apr 21 – 22 (Sat – Sun) Inverell Delvyn Bridge Club

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Apr 22 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club

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Apr 22 (Sun) Tilligerry Bridge Club 
Swiss Pairs

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Apr 28 – 29 (Sat – Sun) Yamba Bridge Club Tenth Annual Congress 
Swiss Pairs

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Apr 29 (Sun) Taree Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
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May 5 – 6 (Sat – Sun) Bathurst and District Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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May 6 (Sun) Maitland Bridge Club

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May 6 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre Autumn Congress

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NSWBA Events
Apr 22 (Sun) 28 – 29 (Sun – Sun) NSWBA Seniors' ITS
Qualifying and Finals
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Apr 29 (Sun) NSWBA Youth ITS
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Apr 30 – May 14 (Mon) NSWBA State Mixed Pairs Qualifying
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State Events
Apr 28 – 29 (Sat – Sun) Southern Highlands Bridge Club
State Novice and Restricted Pairs
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National (ABF) Events
May 3 – 7 (Thu – Mon) Autumn Nationals
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May 14 – 18 (Mon – Fri) Barrier Reef Congress
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May 19 – 20 (Sat – Sun) Western Senior Pairs
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Apr 26 – May 31 (Thu) North Shore Bridge Club GNOT Direct Qualifier
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May 1 – 4 (Tue – Fri) Trumps Bridge Centre Leura Waldorf Resort May
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Featured Articles
There are a lot of strategic thinking and scoring consideration behind bidding decision.
Let Rakesh Kumar tell you more about it in "NSBC@East Lindfield Swiss Pairs – on bidding 4 (or more) spades".
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Congress Player of the Year
Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2018 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 2018.

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 former Chairman and current Treasurer 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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