News Archive > 2022
2022 Under 100MP Results

The results for the 2022 Under 100MP Championships have been finalised. Congratulations to Stephanie Price and Kyna Foo from the Sydney Bridge Centre who were the winners on handicap.

Congratulations also to Margaret and Dave Havyatt from the Illawarra Bridge Association. who won the top prize of free entry and an ABF grant to attend the Restricted Butler Pairs at the Perth ANC.

» results

State Open Teams

Congratulations to the BLOOM team Paul Dalley - Peter Gill - Martin Bloom - Tony Nunn - Liz Sylvester who defeated BOWERMAN in the final of the 2022 State Open Teams held at the NSWBA, December 9-11.

The BOWERMAN team - David Bowerman - Dasha Brandt - Sylvia Foster - Jaan Oitmaa win the Country Teams Championship.

» Results, Photos

State Open and Country Pairs Championship

The State Open and Country Pairs Championships were held at the NSWBA on November 19-20.


State Open Pairs Winners:
Pauline Gumby and Warren Lazer


State Country Pairs Winners:
John McIlrath and Trish Grigson

The winners of the Swiss Pairs Congress were:
Zhuqiang Tian and William Zhang

» more photos and results

NSWBA Strategic Review - Update

We have just concluded our survey phase!! And thank you very much to those who have participated. We had an outstanding response and feel confident that you have given us the input we need to plan for the future of Bridge in NSW over the next five years.

» read more

Club Survey

The NSW Bridge Association will be conducting a survey of representatives of affiliated clubs, commencing this Monday 19 September.

As we have previously advised, the NSWBA is seeking feedback directly from club representatives to provide input into a "where should we be in five years" warts and all review of strategy. Your insights will help ensure that the research will deliver valuable data to help NSWBA better understand your needs so that it can focus its activities on the services that are most important to your club.

Your feedback will also help to shape future activities and marketing so that we can best help you address your needs and challenges as bridge clubs and can look to ensuring the future of bridge in NSW.

As a way of saying thank you, every club that completes the survey will have the chance to go into a draw to win two free entries to the 2023 State Open Pairs.

Think: Insight & Advice and Survey Matters, two independent research agencies, have been engaged to conduct the survey on behalf of the NSWBA so you can be sure that your answers will remain confidential. I encourage you to provide us with honest and objective feedback.

John Scudder

2023 NSWBA Calendar

Applications for 2023 congresses and holidays are now open.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the NSWBA will be held on
Wednesday December 14 at 5.30pm
Level 1, 162 Goulburn St, Sydney.

» Notice, Nomination and Proxy Forms

State Veterans Championships

The State Veterans Championships concluded on Friday, August 5. 32 pairs and 14 teams competed. The winners were:

Pairs: Helen Milward and Adam Rutkowski
Teams: Chris Dibley, Michael Simes, Michael Seldon and Paul McGrath

2022 State Veterans Pairs Winners
Adam Rutkowski and Helen Milward

2022 State Veterans Teams Winners
Paul McGrath, Michael Simes, Michael Seldon and Chris Dibley

» more photos and results

NSW State Online Individual

The 2022 State Individual was held online on Saturday, July 30. The winner was Michael Courtney.

» results

New South Wales Strikes Gold in Adelaide

In the 2022 Interstate Teams competition our teams acquitted themselves with distinction.

The Open, Women's and Seniors teams all won their events. The Youth was in the hunt with one match to go but suffered a loss to finish third.

It was an exciting last 12 boards with the Open team withstanding a surging Victoria to win by 4 imps; the Women's team was 1 imp ahead with 12 boards to go but surged to win by 17 imps; and the Seniors team held off a fast-finishing ACT team to win by 9 imps.

The presentation stage was a sea of blue as our teams accepted their trophies in their State jackets.

Congratulations to the teams

Open: Liam Milne, Sophie Ashton, Tony Nunn, Paul Dalley, Wayne Zhu, Simon Zhang, David Fryda (NPC)
Women: Nazife Bashar, Kinga Moses, Rena Kaplan, Giselle Mundell, Avril Zets, Helena Dawson, Marcia Scudder (NPC
Seniors: Peter Buchen, Avi Kanetkar, Robert Krochmalik, Paul Lavings, Pauline Gumby, Warren Lazer, John McIlrath (NPC)
Youth: Lara Topper, Jacob Rose, Annie Ma, Catherine Ma, Stephen Guo, Patrick Chen, Julian Foster (NPC)

» results

Sydney Spring Nationals

Spring has Sprung the f2f Bridge has riz, I wonder where Spring Nationals iz?

We are back at our usual venue for the 2022 Sydney Spring Nationals. Canterbury Race Course offers a great venue with plenty of parking. Check out the website. Events for all categories.

Hope to see you there.
Ian Lisle

Introducing a Strategic Review of Bridge in NSW

The NSWBA is undergoing a "where should we be in five years" review of strategy.

» read more

NSW Online Pairs League

In July, NSWBA launched the NSW Online Pairs League, a state-wide IMPs Pairs competition particularly aimed at non-metropolitan players, which was played on the RealBridge platform every Thursday night for 8 weeks. The Winter season results are on the NSWBA website - the event was a real hit with those who participated! The Spring season commences on 6 October. This flyer has detailed information.

Here are some reasons you should really want to play:

  • short (12 board) sessions (start at 7:30 pm, no more than 1.5 hours)
  • separate divisions for players at every level
  • a full round-robin with North-South and East-West winners in each division (a truly fair IMPs pairs event)
  • lots of social interaction
  • half-price entry (only $20/player for 8 weeks - what a bargain) for less experienced players (<100 masterpoints) whom NSWBA is keen to encourage
  • Red masterpoints
  • substitutes allowed for matches where life gets in the wayv
  • NSWBA returns $10 to the NSW registered Home Club of each participant!

Go on, what are you waiting for? Enter via myABF (if you haven't already joined up, do so here).

Relaunch of

The website has been relaunched. Paid members enjoy the full benefits of the platform, including five emails a week of bridge columns, as well as access to the archive of previous bridge columns from 2022 onwards. For more details, please check out our updated website,

State Seniors Championships

The winners of the 2022 State Seniors Championships held at the Central Coast Leagues Club, June 14-17 were
Pairs: Pauline Gumby and Warren Lazer
Teams: Peter Gill, Liz Adams, Martin Bloom and George Bilski

» photos and results

Gold Coast Congress Online Rescue Series 3

Note new dates

Entries are now open for the Gold Coast Rescue Events Series 3.
Saturday September 3: Open, Under 1500 and Under 300 Butler Swiss Pairs
Sunday September 4: Open Swiss teams

Starting time for this Gold Point event on both days: 10.00am AEST.

Entries on My ABF

Social experiment!

Face-to-face bridge returns to Monday nights!

The State Swiss Pairs Championship will trial a hybrid format where you can opt to play F2F or Online. If you want to see hybrid F2F AND online bridge events regularly on a Monday night we need you to support this trial.

Entry via MyABF closes on Sunday as "flexible" entrants need adequate notice if they need to travel to the NSWBA.

Presentation of Dealing Machine to Lismore Bridge Club

The NSWBA has come to the aid of the Lismore Bridge Club who suffered catastrophic damage during the recent floods. Pictured Rebecca Rogers, NSWBA Regional Representative for the Far North, presenting a dealing machine to the President of the Lismore Bridge Club, Graham Askey.

Club Directors Course - Glen Innes

A very successful Club Directors Course, presented by NSWBA Director, Ian Lisle was held at the Glen Bridge Club (Glen Innes) on Wednesday 1st June. The course was funded by the NSWBA and attended by 20 members of a range of local bridge clubs.

State Veterans Championships

The Tomaree Bridge Club on behalf of the NSWBA invites players who are members of a NSW Affiliated Club and who have turned 70 on or before December 31, 2022 to play in the NSW State Veterans Championships to be held on August 2-5, 2022 at the Horizons Golf Resort in Port Stephens.

» Details and Entry on My ABF

NSW State Online Individual

The NSW State Indiviual will be held online on the BBO platform on Saturday July 30 commencing at 10am. ALL players are welcome to enter but only those with a home club in NSW will be eligible to win the title.

The scoring is normal matchpoints, but your partner and opponents are different each round. Depending on the size of the field, you play with or against most of the other players. Everybody is playing the same system. It's a fun competition without the hassle of arranging a partner and is also a great opportunity to meet people from around the state!

Expressions of Interest for 7th World Youth Transnational Bridge Championships.

The ABF is calling for expressions of interest from eligible youth players for the 7th World Youth Transnational Bridge Championships to be held in Italy in August, 2022.

Further details can be found on the ABF Website:

COVID-19 and our ANC Teams

The NSWBA has developed a contingency plan if any of our team members get COVID-19 or flu in the week before the ANC and are unable to represent NSW.

We require a list of emergency replacements for the Open, Women's and Seniors' teams. The ANC dates are Sunday 3rd - Thursday 7th July. If you are prepared to fly to Adelaide at short notice, please email specifying the team(s) for which you wish to be considered. Applications from both pairs and single players are acceptable. Seniors must be born before 1/1/1961. If required in Adelaide, replacements will receive the standard ANC Team grant to help cover flight and accommodation costs.

If team members get sick during the ANC, we are allowed to use substitutes. If you will be in Adelaide during the ANC dates and are available to be a substitute, please let us know.

National Volunteer Week

The ABF applauds all of our amazing volunteers giving so freely of their time.

This year's National Volunteer Week theme is 'better together'. Volunteering at club, state, or national level is widespread and diverse with thousands of players volunteering every year. Bridge in Australia could not function without the loyalty and patronage of our wonderful volunteers.

» read more

NSW Online Pairs League RealBridge Tasters

The NSW Online Pairs League begins on July 7. Players who have any questions about the competition or are unfamiliar with RealBridge and want to check their audio or video are welcome to attend any of the taster sessions we are holding from 7:15pm each evening from Tuesday June 28th to Friday July 1st the week before the League starts. Play a couple of hands, test out optional settings and ask any questions that arise. Club Administrators might like to get on the Tuesday taster to invite others for the later sessions.

» Link to Q&A taster session

2022 ANC Youth Team

The team to represent NSW in the ANC Youth Teams will be:

Lara Topper - Jacob Rose
Annie Ma - Catherine Ma
Stephen Guo - Patrick Chen

2022 ANC Seniors Team

Congratulations to the ANC Seniors Team for 2022.

2022 Seniors ITS Winners
Paul Lavings, Robert Krochmalik, Peter Buchen, Avi Kanetkar, Pauline Gumby, Warren Lazer

The team to represent NSW in the ANC Seniors Teams in Adelaide in July will be:

Avinash Kanetkar - Peter Buchen
Paul Lavings - Robert Krochmalik
Warren Lazer - Pauline Gumby

» results

2022 ANC Open Team

Congratulations to the ANC Open Team for 2022.

2022 Open ITS Winners
Liam Milne, Sophie Ashton, Tony Nunn, Paul Dalley, Wayne Zhu, Simon Zhang

The team to represent NSW in the ANC Open Teams in Adelaide in July will be:

Tony Nunn - Paul Dalley
Liam Milne - Sophie Ashton
Simon Zhang - Wayne Zhu

» results

2022 ANC Women's Team

Congratulations to the ANC Women's Team for 2022.

The team to represent NSW in the ANC Women's Teams in Adelaide in July will be:

Nazife Bashar - Kinga Moses
Rena Kaplan - Giselle Mundell
Avril Zets - Helena Dawson

» results

State Seniors Championships

All players born before January 1, 1961 are invited to enter the 2022 State Seniors Championships to be held at The Parkview Room Central Coast Leagues Club, June 14-17.

Pairs: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 14-15
Teams: Thursday-Friday, June 16-17

Entries via My ABF

2021 State Seniors Pairs Winners
Eunice de Vries and Wendy Mitchell playing against Eric Lindh and Patricia Phillips

» read more


Entries are now open for the 2022 VCC to be held at the Batman Royale in North Coburg.
Thursday-Friday June 9-10: Open, Mixed, Under 200 and Under 300 Butler Swiss Pairs
Saturday-Monday June 11-13: Teams

Entries on My ABF

Attention all NSW Youth players, those born in 1997 or later.

The NSWBA is calling for expressions of interest from all youth players who are available to represent NSW in the Australian National Championships in Adelaide from 3-7 July, 2022. Partnership applications are preferred, but those from individuals will be considered as well. Please outline your level of experience (if any) in playing duplicate bridge. Successful applicants will be provided with a grant to cover the cost of flights to Adelaide (and a few other perks). If you are under 18 years of age, the application should be made by a parent or guardian.

Applications should be emailed to Warren Lazer at before 6.00pm Thursday 19th May.

NSW Online Pairs League

A new tournament organised by the NSWBA, the NSW Online Pairs League is  open to all bridge players, with separate divisions for players at every level. It is particularly aimed at non-metropolitan players and will be played on the RealBridge platform. A fully fledged competition is scheduled to commence 7th July.

There will be a trial event of four 12-board matches, one match per week, separate NS and EW fields, scored as cross IMPs, commencing Thursday 28th April at 7:30pm. Registration fee $5 per player.

» Seating and RealBridge Links

Gold Coast Congress Online Rescue Series 2

Entries are now open for the Gold Coast Rescue Events Series 2.
Saturday April 9: Open, Under 750 and Novice Butler Swiss Pairs
Sunday April 10: Open Swiss teams

Starting time for this Gold Point event on both days: 10.00am AEST.

Entries on My ABF

2021 McCutcheon

Congratulations to David Weston, the winner of the McCutcheon Trophy for the most masterpoints earned in 2021 with 310.97 masterpoints.

For all McCutcheon lists go to National Masterpoint Reports

Gold Coast Congress Online Rescue Series 1

The 60th Gold Coast Congress is currently running face to face. Although the event will run at a huge loss, the organisers were committed to holding this special event. The ABF has kindly approved some online events to be run over the next couple of months with the first being March 5 Pairs (Open and Restricted) and March 6 Teams (Open).

 The format will be 6 x 9 board matches each day at a cost of $40 per player, per day i.e. $80 for the Open and Restricted Butler Swiss Pairs Events on Saturday 5th March 2022 and $160 for the Open Teams Event on Sunday 6th March 2022. Starting time for this Gold Point event on both days: 10.00am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Entries on My ABF

Open ITS

Stage 2 of the of the Open Interstate Teams Selection begins Monday February 28 on RealBridge. All players who have qualified for Stage 2 are required to enter and pay via My ABF.
» Stage 2 Qualifiers
» Enter Open ITS Stage 2

All other players are invited to play in the ITS Swiss Pairs, Mondays February 28, March 7 & 14 on RealBridge.
» Enter ITS Swiss Pairs

Job Vacancy

The North Shore Bridge Club is looking to fill the position of General Manager (GM), a newly-created role designed to reflect the growth plans of the club in a post-Covid world.

The GM is both responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the club, requiring a strong background in management, governance, marketing, human resources and finance.

To be successful in this role you will have a background in leading a team in the clubs or community services sector. Reporting to the club President, you will enjoy a high level of autonomy while demonstrating a focus on collaboration and delegation.

More details about the position can be found on the link below on Seek.


ABF Foundation Pro-Am Tournament

UPDATE: The auctions for the PRO-AM tournaments have closed with over $10,000 raised. Details of the the event to be held on February 15 at 7pm (AEDT) can be found at 2022 ABF Foundation PRO-AM.

The ABF Foundation organised pro-am tournaments on February 1 and February 15 to raise funds in support of the ABF Foundation.

Proceeds will support the ABF Foundation, established in 2020, to assist participants of all skill levels to enjoy and promote our fascinating game. The Foundation hopes to provide scholarships, promote regional bridge and bridge for youth right through to the retirement community; indeed, it will support any activity that is considered positive for the future of bridge.

» ABF Foundation website

Women's Interstate Teams Selection

The Women's Interstate Teams Selection to select the women's team to represent NSW at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide in July is being played on RealBridge on Friday-Sunday January 28-30.

Kibitzing (with delay) is available at

Women's Interstate Team Selection

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 infections the Women's Interstate Team Selection will be played online using RealBridge. All entrants must have a working camera and microphone.

Open Interstate Team Selection

Stage I of the Open Interstate Team Selection begins on Monday, January 10 at 7:15pm on RealBridge.

All players who are members of a club affiliated with the NSWBA are invited to play.

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