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Game On!

Recent online congresses have been really popular and well received by players. For the very first time, players can enjoy total freedom to "travel" around NSW to have a great game!

Join the crowd (!) to compete in the following BBO congresses:

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

F2F congresses are also starting to return to the scene:

Congratulations to the winners of recent congresses:
Central Coast Leagues Online Swiss Pairs on 26 September:
Jan Clarke - Di Coats

Illawarra Bridge Association Swiss Online Pairs on 27 September:
Elliott Kaplan - Nigel Rosendorff (Open)
Pat Berry - Stephen Smith (Restricted)

Wollstonecraft BBO Pairs on 4 October:
Sean Mullamphy - Tony Bond

Sydney Bridge Centre Labour Day Swiss Pairs on 5 October:
Hugh Grosvenor - Tania Lloyd (Open)
Kit Meyers - Kerry Rymer (Restricted)
Ray Spurr - Paul Molloy (Novice)

Pennant Hills Online Swiss Pairs on 11 October:
David Boga - Rosa Pang (Open)
Pauline Caust - Alan Bustany (Restricted)
Here are the reports of two of the congresses:

NSWBA has restarted Monday Night bridge in October. Trial events have been run using a new online platform called RealBridge, on which players can actually see and talk to one another while playing online.

These Monday Night events have attracted players from far and wide, becoming more inclusive as a state level game since their first launch. Please follow these events on the NSWBA website, under At the NSWBA / Coming Up.
The NSWBA Jacaranda Online Teams on Sunday 25th October will be the very first online congress run on RealBridge ! So form a team to experience this fantastic online platform, which allows you to discuss hands with your partner and teammates after each round. Even better, it's FREE to celebrate being the first congress on RealBridge

The NSWBA regulations apply. 

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 Insight for bridge during COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

NSW events from now to 30 November (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.

Oct 19 (Mon) NSWBA
Online RealBridge Swiss Pairs

Oct 25 (Sun) NSWBA
Jacaranda Online Teams

Oct 24 (Sat) Coffs Harbour Bridge Club
Online Swiss (IMPs) Pairs

Oct 31 - Nov 1 (Sat - Sun) Mudgee Bridge Club
Online Congress - MP & IMPs Pairs

Nov 7-8 (Sat - Sun) Southern Highlands Bridge Club
Online Pairs Congress - Matchpoint & Swiss IMPs Pairs

Nov 14 (Sat) Griffith Ex-Servicemens Bridge Club
Online Swiss Pairs

Nov 29 (Sun) Wollstonecraft Bridge Club
IMPs 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)

Nov 8 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Spring Teams
BBO Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

Online congresses have given a new meaning to travelling and meeting people. From the Central Coast to the Illawarra, Rakesh maximised the benefit of playing online and attended two congresses in one weekend:

Central Coast Online Swiss Pairs
All about interference

Illawarra Bridge Association Online Swiss Pairs
(Not) bidding slams all day
Book Review
Symmetric Relay
by Nick Hughes

As a devotee of strong club and relay for many years the author has at last put pen to paper. Nick Hughes starts off with examples of why these type of systems are a big improvement on standard.

Click on the image for a full book review by Paul Lavings:
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 reviewing newly published bridge books.

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