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Have a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2020! If you want an early (or should that be late) Christmas present, feel free to download the complimentary preview movie ticket at the bottom of this newsletter. 

All the 2019 State Championships are now over. It's wonderful to be cheered on, but it's also fun to cheer for others. Did you follow the Final of the State Open Teams, bid by bid and card by card, on BBO?

The John Arkinstall State Open Teams runs every year. Beginning in March with qualifying events held in clubs around the state, it culminates in a 10 table Final held at the NSWBA in November. Country teams progress via Regional and Zonal Finals, with six teams (two from each Zone) proceeding to the State Final. There they are joined by four Metropolitan teams, two from the NSWBA Monday night event and two from the Metropolitan Teams Final.

The 2019 John Arkinstall State Open Teams Championship Final was held on 15-17 November. Congratulations to the winners: Dave Wiltshire, Sophie Ashton, Shane Harrison, Jessica Brake, Andrew Peake and Susan Humphries. The Country Teams was won by Sue McMahon, Ken McMahon, John McMahon, Charles McMahon and Georgina McMahon. Photos and full results from the above link.
The 2019 State Open Teams was won by David Wiltshire, Sophie Ashton, Shane Harrison, Jessica Brake, Andrew Peake and Susan Humphries (absent). The Country Open Teams was won by Sue McMahon, Ken McMahon, John McMahon, Charles McMahon and Georgina McMahon (absent).
The State Novice and Restricted Teams was held on the same weekend in Wollongong. There’s no prequalification: 13 teams played in the Novice and 16 teams in the Restricted division. The 2019 State Restricted Teams was won by Michael Hogan, Martin Brown, Gail McKenzie and Robbie Feyder. The State Novice Teams was won by Norman Johnston, Frank Hardiman, Mahendra Parekh and Mukesh Parekh. Well done!

The next State Championship for Novice & Restricted players will be the State Novice & Restricted Pairs at Orange on 21-22 March 2020. The 2020 State Novice & Restricted Teams will be held at Central Coast on 14-15 November 2020.
The 2019 State Restricted Teams Winners - Michael Hogan, Martin Brown, Gail McKenzie and Robbie Feyder.
The State Open Pairs also runs every year. Players either qualify via club heats or enter directly via the NSWBA website. The 2019 State Open Pairs Championship Final was held on 23-24 November and attracted a record entry of 39 tables, nearly 40% of whom were Country pairs. The State Open Pairs was won by Ashley Bach and Arlene Dalley. The Country Open Pairs was won by Sally and Garry Clarke. Congrats to both pairs! 

The 2020 State Open Pairs Championship Final will be held on 21-22 November.
The 2019 State Open Pairs Winners Ashley Bach and Arlene Dalley. State Country Pairs Winners Sally and Garry Clarke.
There are State events specially designed for different levels of players. The Under Hundred Masterpoints Pairs Championship is restricted to players with less than 100 masterpoints as at 1 September each year. This event offers clubs the opportunity to run UHMP sessions during September & October and/or a Final. This year’s Final was held from 25 November to 1 December at twelve different venues, enabling players to participate in a state event at their local club. It was matchpointed state-wide and then handicapped. The winners (on handicap) were Jane Ryan and Sarah Edelman. Congratulations also go to Jo Morgan and Gale Spalvins who had the top raw score and won the ABF grant to compete in the Restricted Butler Pairs at the Adelaide ANC in 2020. We wish them good luck! Next year’s UHMP Finals will be held in the week November 23-29, 2020. 
Everything related to State events can be found on the NSWBA website under Tournaments/State Events:
After a hiatus of many years, the State Youth Pairs Championship was held on 7 December 2019. The event attracted 18 players, ranging from 7 to 26 years old. Congratulations to Raveen de Silva and Gungor Almir who won the State Youth Pairs. Tomer Libman and Lara Topper finished second.
The State Youth Pairs Winners Raveen De Silva and Almir Gungor. Runners Up Lara Topper and Tomer Libman.
Congratulations to the winners of the Armidale Teams - Brian Glover, Gerald Dawson, Eric Baker and Sarah Strickland.
Applause for the winners of the Southern Highlands Congress - Open Swiss Pairs winners Steve & Liz Hurley with Craig Curry (President) & Pat Fulton (Treasurer). Ros Hayden & Vivienne Kissane won the Restricted Swiss Pairs. The Teams was won by Ian McKinnon, Virginia Dressler, Kerrie & Peter Johnman.
The side congress of the State Open Pairs Final, the NSWBA Spring Swiss Pairs was won by Warren Lazer and Pauline Gumby, second were Peter Gill and Peter Livesey and third Fraser Rew and Andre Korenhof.
The Central Coast Summer Teams was won by Dennis Zines, Kevin Davies, Steven Bock & George Finikiotis (with Club President Jean Moran, centre)
The Manly Teams was held on the ground floor of the club for easy access this year. Taking home first prize was the Sylvester team of Nick Hughes, Nicoleta Giura, Liz Sylvester and Peter Gill, Second was Steven Bock's team and third Kim Morrison’s. The best Manly team was Leslie Treasure, Yvonne Perkins, Jan Steward and Jan Chivers.

Upcoming Events

Events highlights from 25 December 2019 to 31 January 2020. Click HERE to view all events for the coming year.

NEW 2020 Tournament Calendar is now available online. You can always collect a print copy from the NSWBA when you drop by. 

Dec 26-Jan 1 (Thu-Wed) Trumps 
Festival of Bridge

Jan 5 (Sun) NSWBA
Summer Teams

Jan 26 (Sun) NSWBA
Matchpointed Swiss Pairs

Jan 6-20(over 2 Mondays) NSWBA State Mixed Pairs Qualifying

Jan 4-10 (Sat-Fri) Australian Youth Week

Jan 8-19 (Wed-Sun) Summer Festival of Bridge

Jan 24-27 (Fri-Mon) 2020 Mixed Team Playoff

Jan 4-14 (Sat-Tue) Helane K Tours
South Pacific Cruise
Congress Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

Aggressive bidding makes a difference in Swiss Pairs competitions; let Rakesh show you some examples from the NSWBA Spring Swiss Pairs.

NSWBA Spring Swiss Pairs

Fund Raising for Southern Highlands Bridge Club
Do you like reading Rakesh Kumar's columns? Would you like to support a good cause?

Rakesh Kumar has been busy writing two booklets about Better Partnership Bridge, for improving and intermediate club players. If you would like to support a good cause, you can acquire these booklets in return for a donation to the Southern Highlands Bridge Club, which is in the process of building its own clubhouse. For more information, click here.

To obtain copies, please email the Treasurer of Southern Highlands Bridge Club at:
and provide your name and address. You will be sent confirmation and SHBC account details, so that you can deposit the appropriate amount (including postage) with your name as a reference. The booklet(s) will then be posted to you.
Be a Director
Whether you want to learn more about The Laws as a player or pursue a career as a director, here comes the opportunity! The next Director's Course (Club Level) will be held at the Trumps Bridge Centre on Saturday 15 February 2020. Please find the details and book online HERE.

To understand situations better where a director is called, Matthew McManus has explained them in detail and the reasons behind the rulings in his articles. They are written from the angle of players. Review his columns to be a better congress player. Review his columns here >
The Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2019 Award. There are four categories:
  • Open
  • Intermediate <750 MPs
  • Restricted <300 MPs
  • Novice <100 MPs
Click HERE for our current "interim" list, as at 30 November 2019. This award is based on masterpoints earned at Congresses held under the auspices of the NSWBA during the year.
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.
The eCongress News is a monthly newsletter published by the NSW Bridge Association. It updates you with the latest congress info, interesting hands and analysis from events, and tips regarding bridge laws.

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