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Tournament Information

The NSWBA runs events at the Goulburn St premises and in its affiliated bridge clubs around the state (See below for details.)

Congresses run by the NSWBA and its affiliated clubs are held throughout the year. The dates of these events are available on the Calendar.

STATE EVENTS

In 2019 State Championship events are being run by the NSWBA, the Orange Bridge Club, the Bowral Bridge Club and the Illawarra Bridge Association. Players from all clubs may play in any of the State events.

All clubs are invited to participate in the State Mixed Pairs, State Open Pairs and State Open Teams Championships and also the State Wide Pairs and State Under 100MP Pairs Championship conducted by the NSWBA each year.

For more details refer to the State Events page.

EVENTS HELD AT THE NSWBA (MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS)

INTERSTATE TEAMS SELECTION (ITS) - 2019

The NSWBA will send 4 teams to the Australian National Championships in Melbourne, 14-18 July to compete in the Open, Women's, Seniors' and Youth Interstate Teams.

The Interstate Teams Selection events run in four separate divisions - Open, Women's, Seniors and Youth. Seniors must be born before 1/1/1959 and Youth must be born on or after 1/1/1994.

Open I.T.S.

Stage I: Mondays 21 January, 4 & 11 February
Stage II: Mondays 25 February, 4 & 11 March
Final: Saturday 23 March & Sunday 24 March

Women's I.T.S.

The Women's I.T.S. will be held over a single weekend.
Qualifying: Friday 12 April
Final:
Saturday 13 April & Sunday 14 April

Seniors' I.T.S.

The Seniors’ I.T.S. will be held over a single weekend.
Qualifying: Friday 17 May
Final:
Saturday 18 May & Sunday 19 May

Youth I.T.S.

Wednesdays 8 & 15 May, 6.30pm (2 sessions)

The full ITS Supplementary Regulations (when available) can be found at: Tournament Regulations.

ITS SWISS PAIRS

Swiss Pairs with Butler scoring. Held in parallel with the Open ITS Stage II, Mondays 25 February, 4 & 11 March. All players are welcome.

GNOT NATIONAL FINAL QUALIFYING EVENT

A 5 week knock-out teams event (28 board matches) with Swiss repechage (14 board matches) commencing 18 March. Two teams qualify directly to the National Final, held from 29 November - 2 December. One seventh of the field will qualify for the GNOT Metropolitan Final to be held on 21-22 September. Gold masterpoints.

MASTERS TEAMS

A Swiss teams event, Tuesdays 23 & 30 April, 7 May. The field will be split into three prize pools: teams containing silver and gold grandmasters, teams without silver or gold grandmasters, and teams without any grandmasters. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team in each pool.

STATE MIXED PAIRS QUALIFYING

A 2 week match-pointed pairs event commencing 29 April. Non-mixed pairs may play in the qualifying rounds. The NSWBA will pay the entry fee to the week-end final on 25-26 May for the top 6th of the field.

ANC BUTLER PAIRS

A 4 week Butler pairs event commencing 13 May. Winners of the Open and Women's fields will receive grants (in the form of having their entry fees paid) to attend the ANC Butler Pairs in Melbourne in July, 2019.

SCHAUFELBERGER TEAMS

A 4 week Swiss teams event with scoring based on a combination of IMPs and board-a-match commencing 17 June.

STATE OPEN PAIRS QUALIFYING

A 2 week match-pointed pairs event commencing 15 July. The NSWBA will pay the entry fee to the week-end final on 23-24 November for the top 6th of the field.

STATE SWISS PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP

A 3 week Swiss pairs event with Butler scoring commencing 29 July.

JOHN ARKINSTALL STATE OPEN TEAMS QUALIFYING

A 4 week teams event commencing 19 August. Two teams will qualify to the Finals to be held 15-17 November. Teams from the affiliated clubs, representing the metropolitan, outer metropolitan and country regions, also qualify for the Finals.

MATCHPOINT SWISS PAIRS

A 3 week Matchpointed Pairs event with matchpoints converted to VPs commencing 16 September.

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S PAIRS

A 2 week Matchpoint pairs event commencing 28 October. Mixed pairs may enter but will be ineligible for title or prizes.

STATE MIXED TEAMS

A 3 week Swiss teams event commencing 11 November. Each partnership must contain one female and one male player (TBC). Non-mixed teams may enter as non-contending teams.

CITY OF SYDNEY TEAMS

A 3 week Board-a-match teams event commencing 2 December. Every team scores either 0, 1 or 2 on each board.

OTHER EVENTS

GRAND NATIONAL OPEN TEAMS

The Grand National Open Teams is an Australia-wide event conducted by the Australian Bridge Federation Inc (ABF). It is the only opportunity for players to earn Gold Masterpoints in their local club. The NSWBA is the Organising Body for all regions in NSW. The National Finall will be held in Tweed Heads on 29 November - 2 December and the NSWBA will send 22 teams, 7 of the teams coming from the Sydney Metropolitan region and the remaining teams from elsewhere in NSW. More details can be found on the GNOT page.

BRIDGE FOR BRAIN RESEARCH CHALLENGE - First week of May

All clubs are invited to participate in the 2019 Bridge for Brain Research Challenge and support Neuroscience Research Australia. The ABF has approved red masterpoints at B4s level.

TEAMS OF THREE CONGRESS - 2 June

Three players enter and randomly draw a Master player as their fourth for the day. Only simple bidding systems may be used and no Grand Masters may enter (except as team captains). The captain will play two matches with each of the team members.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - 13-25 July

The ANC rotates around the states and territories on a 7-year cycle and in 2019 the Victorian Bridge Association will be holding this prestigious event at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. Players must be prequalified for the ANC Teams Championships. For full details, see www.abfevents.com.au/events/anc/2019/. Stage I of the Australian Butler Pairs is open entry and Gold masterpoints are awarded.

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