Happy New Year

We wish you a fabulous New Year full of great great achievements and experiences in bridge. More interesting hands waiting to be played in 2016. Happy New Year!

Congratulations to the
NSW Congress Players of the Year 2015
. Courtesy of NSWBA , each Division winner wins a $30 voucher towards a 2016 Congress of their choice in New South Wales.
Open Division
Witold Chylewski (Jun)
North Shore Bridge Club

Intermediate Division
< 750 Masterpoints
Johno Newman
Sydney Bridge Centre

Restricted Division
< 300 Masterpoints
Sophie Ashton
Sydney Bridge Centre

Novice Division
< 100 Masterpoints
Yumin Li
North Shore Bridge Club

The final results for the inaugural UHMP (Under Hundred Master Points) Championships are now available. Congratulations to Ken and Susan McMahon from Wagga Wagga, who won over 276 pairs. Check all the results HERE.

The Trumps Bridge Centre Festival of Bridge, which run from 26th Dec to 3rd Jan, added more fun to this holiday season. Read the report HERE.

You can also find results and photos of other congresses HERE.

The winning Festival Teams in the Trumps Bridge Centre Festival of Bridge – Michael Courtney, Terry Brown, Sue Ingham and Jeanette Reitzer.

What's NEW in 2016
Events highlights from 10th January to 7th February. Our tournament calendar has a new look, click HERE to view congresses in the full year.

Congresses In NSW Local Clubs
Jan 10 (Sun) Double Bay Bridge Centre
Pre-Canberra Swiss Pairs
Event Details > 

Jan 31 (Sun) Kings and Queens Summer Congress
Swiss Pairs
Event Details > 

Feb 7 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre Summer Congress
Summer Teams
Event Details > 

NSWBA Events
Feb 1 – 29 (Mons) Open ITS Stage I

Event Details >

National (ABF) Events

Jan 9 – 15 (Sat – Fri) ABF Australian Youth Week
Event Details > 

Jan 12 – 24 (Tue – Sun) ABF Summer Festival of Bridge
Event Details > 

Featured Articles
Defence is the most challenging part of the game. Rakesh Kumar puts together some hands from congresses in 2015 and explains the concept with examples.
Read the article of The Most Difficult Part of the Game by Rakesh Kumar.
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Our editorial team is updating Matthew McManus's archive of valuable articles, they will be posted online soon. In the meantime, please refresh yourself with the bridge law with Matthew McManus's previous articles.
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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
31st December 2015.

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 Chairman of NSWBA, answers players' common question "Why haven't I got my masterpoints yet?"
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Congress Psyche Register
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.

About the eCongress
The eCongress is a monthly newsletter published by the NSW Bridge Association. It updates you with the latest congresses in the month, interesting hands and analysis from events, and tips regarding the bridge laws.
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