The Wow Factor

The 2015 Australian National Championship in Fremantle has been run and won! Congratulations to the NSW Senior's Team of Peter Jeffery, Bob Sebesfi, Heather Cusworth, Richard Douglas, Mike Hughes, Kim Morrison and David Beauchamp (NPC) who won the Senior's division of the Interstate Teams. Also done well in ANC was the NSW Women's Team of Monica Ginsberg, Sybil Hurwitz, Avril Zets, Giselle Mundell, Patsy McCartney, Cathryn Herden and Judy Mott (NPC), who were runners up in the Women's.

Thank you to all our players who competed in all the ANC. All details can be found on the official website, including all the full results, photos and daily bulletins. Marcia Scudder, who played in the ANC Women's Butler Pairs, shared her lucky experience with us. Read MORE >

We always feel lucky when we are dealt powerful hands. One hand in the Sydney Bridge Centre Winter Teams created a wow factor, how did your team go? And plenty of interesting boards in the Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress. Click the following to read some detailed reports from congress players. All results and photos can be found HERE.

Sydney Bridge Centre Winter Teams

– a one-day team tournament on six 9 board rounds

Grafton Bridge Club Swiss Pairs
– 16 grade A and 18 grade B pairs on 9 x 9 board matches

Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress
– this two-day event attracted 58 Open and 19 Restricted teams to compete in the format of 6 x 10 board matches

Our roving writer Rakesh Kumar went to the Brisbane Water (Woy Woy) Super Congress Teams on the 26th July, and showed us why sometimes any form of ace-asking is unnecessary to bid a slam. Matthew McManus had been busy directing in the ANC (a two-week national congress!) and well deserved a break. Let us review one of his previous articles "How hard is Bidding?"

Winners of Taree Bridge Club Teams on the 5th July. The winning team (left) – Greg and Sharon Mayo, Amber Noonan (host), Sally and Garry Clarke. Runners up (middle) – Ken Wilkes, Tony Howes (Director), Rosalie Broughton, Amber Noonan (host), Mike Simes, Michael Johnson. 2nd Runners up (right) – Jenny Michaels, Amber Noonan, Shirley and Noel Crockett, Anne Rutter.

Winners in the Intermediate and Novice division in the Taree Bridge Club Teams. Intermediate (left) – Jim Thatcher, Carolyn Seymour, Trish Thatcher, Amber Noonan. The best Novice Team (right) – Judy Haliday, Margaret Sylow, Bev Cleary and Patricia Healey with Amber Noonan.

Champions of the Grafton Bridge Club Swiss Pairs. A Grade Winners (left) – David Tucker and Sarah Strickland. B Grade winners (right) – Margaret Lawrence and Adele Liddle.

Upcoming Events
Want to plan further ahead? Click HERE to view the full congress calendar.

August Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Aug 1 – 2 (Sat – Sun) Orange Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Aug 2 (Sun) Ingleburn RSL Bridge Club
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Aug 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun) Moree Bridge Club
Open Pairs
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Aug 8 – 9 (Sat – Sun
) Wagga Wagga Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Aug 9 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs
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Aug 23 (Sun) Kings and Queens
Nearly Spring Teams
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Aug 23 (Sun) Toronto Bridge Club Annual Congress
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Aug 23 (Sun) Tweed Bridge Club Birthday Congress
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Aug 29 – 30 (Sat – Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club
Novice Swiss Pairs and Teams
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Aug 29 – 30 (Sat – SunDubbo Bridge Club
Pairs and Teams
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Aug 30 (Sun) ) Trumps Bridge Centre Friendly PairsEvent Details > 

September Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Sep 5 (Sat – Sun) Blue Mountains Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs and Teams
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State Events
Aug 31 – Oct 19 (Mon) NSWBA State Swiss Pairs
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National (ABF) Events

Aug 11 – 16 (Tue – Sun) Coffs Harbour Bridge Supercongress Association Coffs Coast Gold Congress
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Aug 29 – 30 (Sat – Sun) BAWA Swan River
Open Swiss Pairs
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Featured Articles
Does slam must involve ace-asking?
Let Rakesh Kumar show why sometimes it is unnecessary.
 Read the full article >

Why pass after taking too long to decide will put your partner under ethical pressure? Let us review one of Matthew McManus's previous articles "How hard is Bidding?"
Read the full article >
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HOLDING THE MAN is released nationwide on August 29.

17 Aug (Mon) 18:15
Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne

17 Aug (Mon) 18:30
Dendy, Opera Quays

18 Aug (Tue) 18:30
Dendy, Newtown

19 Aug (Wed) 18:30
Palace, Norton Street

20 Aug (Thur) 18:30
Dendy, Newtown

24 Aug (Mon) 18:30
Ritz Cinema, Randwick
Palace, Verona

25 Aug (Tue) 18:30
Palace, Norton Street

Congress Player
of the Year

Your Association is pleased to acknowledge this 2015 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 April 2015.

This award is based on masterpoints earned at NSW Congresses held under the auspices of NSWBA during the year.

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