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Online Congresses

The weather is warming up, so are bridge congresses! Following teams and pairs event by Masterbridge Online and the Blue Mountains Bendigo Bank Online Congress, there will be more congresses held on BBO:

The Metronorth Interclub Challenge on Sunday 27 September will also be held on BBO. 

These online congresses using BBO are run under NSWBA regulations and limited to players who are home club members of a NSW or ACT affiliated club. We suggest all players using BBO should read the rules for online bridge

Congratulations to the winners in the August congresses:

August Teams Championship by Masterbridge Online on 23 August:
Martin Bloom – Peter Gill, Matthew Vadas – Michael Courtney

August Pairs Championship by Masterbridge Online on 30 August
Ellie Fitz-Gerald – Jim Fitz-Gerald (Open)
Sandy Spencer – John Delaney (Restricted)

Blue Mountains Bendigo Bank Online Swiss Pairs on 5 September
Liz Sylvester - Peter Gill (Open)
Richard Lindsay - Heath Henn and Richard Sheldrake - Paula Nigem equal first (Restricted)

Here are the reports of the congresses:

The ABF is now running a National Online Pairs on BBO every Friday evening starting at 7.30pm and every Sunday starting at 2.30pm. There is a separate field for Restricted players (fewer than 300 masterpoints) and Novice players (fewer than 100 masterpoints). Details about how to enter etc can be found on the ABF website.

What you can and can't do in NSW under the rules

The Australian Government is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and restrictions are currently in place regarding travel and public gatherings.
For the latest information about restrictions in NSW, please refer to the NSW Government COVID-19 website.
Please also take reference to the NSWBA friendly reminder for bridge during COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

NSW events from now to 15 October (events that were planned for the coming year and have not yet been cancelled are shown HERE).

For face-to-face events, please double-check with the host to confirm whether it is proceeding as planned.

Sep 26 (Sat) Central Coast Leagues Club Bridge Club
Online Swiss Pairs

Sep 27 (Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association
Online Swiss Pairs

Sep 27 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Metro North Online Interclub Pairs

Oct 5 (Mon) Sydney Bridge Centre
The Labour Day Online Swiss Pairs

Oct 11 (Sun) Pennant Hills Bridge Club
Online Swiss Pairs 

Every Friday, 7.30pm start. ABF
National Online Pairs (Open, Restricted and Novice)

Every Sunday, 2.30pm start. ABF
National Online Pairs (Open, Restricted and Novice)

Oct 4 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

Oct 12 - Nov 2 (over 3 Mon) NSWBA 
Matchpoint Swiss Pairs
BBO Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

It isn't easy to organise a teams event online using current BBO settings. MasterBridge Online therefore limited entries to 16 teams in their August Teams Championship. Rakesh's participation in this virtual congress became a special experience. He also reports on the inside story of the Blue Mountains Online Pairs congress.

MasterBridge August Teams
Finally, a real (well... virtual) congress!

Blue Mountains Bendigo Bank Online Congress
Perfection not required
Book Review

There is no new book review this issue. Why not revisit all the book reviews by Paul Lavings on the NSWBA website? 
Be a Director
The Director's Courses have been put on hold for the moment. However our service of marking exam papers is still available. If you would like to make use of this unexpected free time to complete your examination, please feel free to email the paper to

We will keep you informed about when we will be able to resume the Director's Courses. In the meantime, please express your interest in hosting Director's Courses (if you represent a club) or in taking the Director's Course (if you're a player).

To better understand situations that arise when a director is called, Matthew McManus has explained several of them in detail, together with the reasons behind the rulings. His articles are written from the perspective of players – you may find them helpful in your quest to be a better congress player. Review his columns here >
The NSWBA has established 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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