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NSW Blues a big success in the ANC

It's never too late to share great news. Congratulations to all of the NSW teams at the recent ANC in Hobart! NSW repeated our performance from 2017 by qualifying for all 4 finals and winning 3 of them. Once again there was an excellent spirit among the teams who all supported each other. Their distinctive blue team jackets also meant they stood out everywhere they went (as well as keeping them warm in Hobart)!

They were not only winning by the look. The Youth team dominated their round robin, but then had to come from behind to beat SA in the final, completing a 3rd successive win in the event. The Seniors won their round-robin and also comfortably beat ACT in the final. The Open finished 2nd in the round robin, beat Victoria in the 2nd v 3rd playoff, then came from behind in the last set to win the final against ACT. The Women also finished 2nd in the round robin, comfortably beat SA in the 2nd v 3rd playoff, and narrowly lost to WA in the final. More photos can be found on the NSWBA front page and the ABF official website.
The State Veterans Pairs was held by end of July at Bowral. This state event continues its success and has attracted 40 pairs this year. The title was won by John Brockwell and Richard Douglas. Congratulations! More results can be found HERE
Congratulations to the State Veterans Pairs winners – (Left) John Brockwell and Richard Douglas with organiser Rob Ward. (Right) Runners up Judy Marks and Adam Rutkowski. Don and Jan Plumb came third (photo not available).


State events can be fun, the State Individual held on 11th August proved the joy of playing bridge with different partners. Yumin Li is the winner, followed by Julian Foster and Hans van Weeren who came second and third. Please click HERE to read more.
State Individual winners (from left to right) - 1st Yumin Li, 2nd Julian Foster and 3rd Hans van Weeren. The Best Restricted Prize was awarded to Catherine Chaffey.
GNOT Metro Final is around the corner. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday 15th - 16th September. It is a knock-out teams event (28 board matches) with Swiss repechage (14 board matches). Two teams from the knockout section and two teams from the Swiss repechage will qualify to the National final, held from 30th November - 3rd December. Check details HERE for forming your teams and entry regulations.

Upcoming Events

Events highlights from 15th September to 14th October. Click HERE to view all congresses in the whole year.

Sep 15 - 16 (Sat - Sun) Glen Bridge Club
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Sep 15 - 16 (Sat - Sun) Great Lakes Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
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Sep 16 (Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association
Swiss Pairs
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Sep 22 - 23 (Sat - Sun) Mollymook Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Sep 23 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Spring Teams 
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Sep 15 - 16 (Sat - Sun) NSWBA GNOT Metro Final
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Oct 8 - 29 (over 3 Monday nights) Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
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Sep 15 - 16 (Sat - Sun) Hans Rosendorff Memorial Congress
Restricted Swiss Pairs and Women's Swiss Pairs
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Sep 28 - Oct 1 (Fri - Mon) Canberra in Bloom Bridge Festival
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Oct 7 - 14 (Sun - Sun) Holiday Bridge Norfolk Island
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Hand evaluation in bridge is an important skill involving valuing your cards, shape and trumps. The true value of a hand sometimes is more about its trick taking potential. Coming second in the Brisbane Water Super Congress Teams, Rakesh Kumar shares his decisions in evaluating his hands in "Brisbane Water Super Congress 2018".
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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 30th May 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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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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