Play at Locals and
Reach the State Finals

Winter is finally here, and it's great to stay warm and indoors playing bridge! The 2018 State Mixed Pairs Championship (incorporating Country Mixed Pairs) held on 26th - 27th May registered a record-high entries of 71 pairs this year, thanks to all the participating clubs who sent their representative(s). The results have also never been seen before that Kevin Rosenberg - Susan Humphries and Warren Lazer - Pauline Gumby came to a tie, and won equal 1st in the State Mixed Pairs. The Country Mixed Pairs title went to Marjorie Askew - William Powell. Congratulations! Click here to view FULL RESULTS and PHOTOS.

Benefiting from the high number of entries to the State Mixed Pairs Championship, there were actually 50 pairs playing in the side event
NSWBA Autumn Swiss Pairs on Sunday 27th May. Some direct entered players were surprised by a full field and delighted to have a challenging game. So don't get fooled by the entry number online of this congress next year, and enter early!
Congratulations to the State Mixed Pairs winners – (Left) The joint winners were Susan Humphries - Kevin Rosenberg and Warren Lazer - Pauline Gumby. (Right) Runners up were Helena Dawson - Tony Ong.
(Left) The 2018 State Country Mixed Pairs Winners Bill Powell and Marjorie Askew. (Middle) State Country Mixed Pairs Runners Up Sylvia Foster and Jaan Oitmaa. (Right) State Country Mixed Pairs 3rd Place Martin Johnson and Christine Hadaway.
(Left) Autumn Swiss Pairs Winners George Finikiotis and Liz Fanos. (Right) Autumn Swiss Pairs Runners Up Patrick Neary and Liz Wilkinson.
Upcoming state events in the second half of the year include The State Veterans Paris, State Wide Pairs, State Individual, State Open Pairs, State Novice & Restricted Teams, State Under 100 Masterpoints Pairs and State Open Teams. There are different types of state events – some will be run by hosting clubs on behalf of NSWBA, some will be run and be held at NSWBA directly, some involve club qualifying events in local clubs and progression to the finals held at NSWBA. Details of all state events can be found HERE.

For example, the
State Veterans Pairs is the type of state events run by a hosting club on behalf of NSWBA. This year the State Veterans Pairs will be again hosted by the reputable Bowral Bridge Club on the 27th - 29th July.

John Arkinstall State Teams (State Open Teams) is another type of state event. It starts with qualifying events from regions. Non-metropolitan Teams compete in local club heats, progress to Country Teams Regional Final, then further progress to Country Teams Zone Finals on 30th June – 1st July. Follow the results of the Country Teams Championship HERE. Metro Teams also compete in local club heats, then progress to Metropolitan Teams Final. The two winning teams from NSWBA direct qualifying events will enjoy a bit of a privilege in being able to bypass the Metropolitan Teams Final and progress straight to the Grand Final.  At the end 10 teams from the two worlds will join in at the John Arkinstall State Open Teams Grand Finals on 14th - 16th December. Keep an eye on the eCongress newsletter, or alternatively, details can also be found HERE.

While eyeing for the state honours, local congresses become the best opportuntiies for traveling around and practice:

Yamba Bridge Club Swiss Pairs
– The club continues to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter through fund raising raffle draw in the congress

Trumps Autumn Teams
– Minor slam is always difficult to bid, not to mention a minor grand slam. Let's see how these two pairs found the 7D contract in the Trumps Autumn Teams.

IBA Chris Diment Memorial Congress
– while overtricks are important to matchpoints events, deciding when not to be greedy is also critical. Rakesh Kumar explains the concept with some interesting hands in the congress.

Trumps Winter Teams

– Less than 1 VP separated the top three teams. How would you play this hand?
Winners of the Yamba Congress – (Left) Overall winners Helen and Peter Tootell. (Middle) Runners p Frank Campbell and Heather Grant from Yamba. (Right) Plate winners David Alexander and Sharyn Dilosa with the treasurer Allan.

Winners of the Maitland Teams – (Middle) The winning team Michael Seldon, Eileen Humphries, Mike Parfait and Chris Dibley. (Left and Right) How suitable it is to have heart shape chocolate decorated brownies and playing card biscuits in between games!

Trumps Bridge Centre has run two Teams events the last two months. (Left) Winners of the Autumn Teams – Les Grewcock, Warren Dobes, Mark Kolodziejczyk and Witold Chylewski. (Middle) Winners of the Winter Teams – Berri Folkard, Inez Glanger, Kinga Moses and Marcia Scudder. (Right) Runners up of the Winter Teams – Liz Sylvester, Peter Gill, Axel Johannsson and Paul Weaver.
Winners of the Coffs Harbour Teams: (Left) Winners of the Open Section – Danny Xi, Michael Chang, Xiao Yang and William Zhang. (Right) Runners up in the Open Section – William Powell, Eric Hurley, Anne Jackson and Marjorie Askew.

Upcoming Events
Events highlights from 16th June to 22nd July. Click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Jun 16 – 17 (Sat – Sun) Newcastle Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Jun 17 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club

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Jun 23 – 24 (Sat – Sun) Grafton Bridge Club 
Swiss Pairs

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Jun 23 – 24 (Sat – Sun) NSBC@Lindfield Restricted and Novice
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Jun 28 – Jul 1 (Thu – Sun) North Shore Bridge Club Bridge Festival
Matchpoint Pairs Open Senior & Womens, Friday Swiss Teams, Watermark Swiss Pairs and TBIB Swiss Teams

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Jul 7 – 8 (Sat – Sun) Brisbane Water Bridge Club (Woy Woy) Super Congress
Open Swiss Pairs, Restricted Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Jul 14 – 15 (Sat – Sun) Sydney Bridge Centre Winter Congress
Swiss Pairs and Teams

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Jul 22 (Sun) Kings and Queens Sydney Mid-Year Congress
Swiss Pairs

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NSWBA Events
Jun 18 – Jul 9 (over 4 Monday nights) NSWBA ANC Butler Pairs
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Jul 16 – 23 (over 2 Monday nights)
NSWBA Men's & Women's Pairs

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National (ABF) Events
Jun 28 – Aug 9 (Sat – Thu) Australian National Championships
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Bridge Holidays
Jun 17 – 22 (Sun – Fri) Trumps Bridge Centre Dormie House Holiday
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Jul 7 – 21 (Sat – Sat)
Helane K Tours Russia Cruise & World Cup

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Jul 8 – 15 (Sun – Sun)
Holiday Bridge Tangalooma Resort
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Featured Articles
How does the structure of scoring change your game? Rakesh Kumar has put in some thoughts and planned his tactics in a match points event in Illawarra. Let him shares his thoughts with you in "IBA Chris Diment Memorial Congress – When not to be greedy at matchpoints".
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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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