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More Face-to-Face Congresses on offer

After more than a month of zero cases of local transmission of COVID, there is an increasing number of face-to-face congresses and events scheduled in the bridge calendar. The Central Coast Mini Congress on 27th - 28th March was overbooked by mid March! For those who have been looking forward to playing face-to-face, here are some more options in the next few weeks:
For those who are tight for time, online Congresses continue to offer convenience:

The NSWBA has been making full use of both Online and Face-to-Face bridge in organising the Open Interstate Teams Selection (OITS) this year. The two stages (each of 3 sessions) of qualifying were held on RealBridge from January to March, with 12 pairs qualifying to a F2F Final on 17th - 18th April.

More State events and congresses are now scheduled to be played F2F, including the Women's Interstate Teams Selection (WITS), the Youth Interstate Teams Selection (YITS) and the State Mixed Pairs Qualifying

Please check the NSWBA Tournament Calendar for the most up-to-date list.
The ABF has also resumed some national events with the further relaxation in domestic travel restrictions:
Please note that most of the national events now require online entry via MyABF. MyABF is a new online platform for players to manage their event entries and payments. 

Upcoming Events

The NSWBA Tournament Calendar now allows you to filter the list of congresses so that you can see which are face-to-face and which are online – the online congresses can be filtered by platform.

RealBridge Apr 12 - 19 (over 2 Monday nights) NSWBA
Men's and Women's Pairs

F2F Apr 14 - 21 (over 2 Wednesday nights) NSWBA
Youth Interstate Teams Selection (YITS)

F2F Apr 17 - 18 (Sat - Sun) NSWBA
Open Interstate Teams Selection Final

F2F Apr 23 - 25 (Fri - Sun) NSWBA
Women's Interstate Teams Selection (WITS)

F2F Apr 26 - May 3 (over 2 Monday nights) NSWBA
State Mixed Pairs Qualifying

F2F May 10 - Jun 7 (over 5 Monday nights) NSWBA
GNOT Direct Qualifier

Mar 27-28 (Sat-Sun) Central Coast Bridge Club
Mini Congress - Swiss Pairs and Teams

Apr 2-5 (Fri-Mon) Trumps Bridge Centre
Easter Festival

Apr 5 (Mon) Sydney Bridge Centre
Easter Monday Matchpointed Pairs

Apr 25 (Sun) NSWBA
WITS Swiss Pairs

May 2 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Autumn Teams

May 16 (Sun) NSWBA
SITS Swiss Pairs

May 30 (Sun) NSWBA
Autumn Swiss Pairs

May 15 (Sat) Coffs Harbour Bridge Club
Online Swiss Pairs

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

Apr 11 (Sun) MasterBridge Online
April Online Swiss Pairs

Apr 18 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Online Swiss Teams

May 1 (Sat) MasterBridge Online
May Online Swiss Pairs

Congress Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh continues to compete online and also re-started playing in face-to-face congresses last month - what a balanced bridge life! 

And for a reminder that bridge is more than just a game, you won't want to miss the lovely story of the father and daughter competing in the MasterBridge Online Congress:

Trumps Summer Teams
Good things in small packages

MasterBridge March Online Swiss Pairs
No-fear youth bridge
Book Review
Planning The Defense The Next Level
by Barbara Seagram & David Bird

This is a more advanced version of "Planning the Defense" by the same authors, with 10 chapters divided into four parts entitled:
  • Managing Defensive Communications
  • Making life awkward for declarer
  • Further defensive techniques
  • Defense in the endgame
Click on the image for a full book review by Paul Lavings:
Be a Director

Club Level Directors Course (F2F)
Date: Saturday 5th June, 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: NSWBA, level 1, 162 Goulburn Street, Sydney
Course Fee: $55 (lunch included)
Please enrol online on the NSWBA website.

If you represent a club and would like to host Directors Course, please contact NSWBA for further details. 

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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