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Ready, Set, Go NSW
All the teams to represent NSW in the Open, Seniors, Youth and Women's events at the Australian National Championships (ANC) have now been selected. Our representatives in Perth in July are:
The Australian National Championships (ANC)  involve much more than just an interstate competition, they include major events and sessions open to all bridge players. Check out the detailed program on MyABF and join our representatives for a great game in Perth.
More than 10 clubs from all over New South Wales have already run club qualifying events and submitted the names of their representatives for the State Mixed Pairs Championships weekend on 29-30 May. This very popular event will be held at the NSWBA clubrooms: at the time of publication of this newsletter, there are 37 pairs listed as participating. Note that players who were unable to play in a club qualifying event are welcome to enter directly for this two-day championship. Or you might like to play in the one-day Autumn Swiss Pairs congress, which will  be held on Sunday 30 May. If you are concerned that the number of entries for that seems very small, don't worry, many of the State Mixed Pairs contestants will be playing in it after the Saturday qualifying event.
Not all State events are held at the NSWBA! In fact NSWBA welcomes the involvement of local clubs in organising and hosting some state events, so that more players can participate without travelling. The upcoming State Seniors Championships from 15th-18th June (comprising 2 days of Pairs and 2 days of Teams) is an initiative of Central Coast Leagues Bridge Club. For details, please see the program brochure and then enter via the NSWBA website.
The Teams of Three is another well-liked NSWBA event, which offers a great learning experience. NSWBA invites experienced players to coach each table by partnering with each player in at least one round. This year the event can only accommodate 36 tables under Covid restrictions, so enter now to avoid disappointment!

The next NSWBA Monday Night Championship will be the City of Sydney Teams starting from 21st June over 3 weeks. 

Other upcoming F2F congresses: If you have been playing in online congresses, you will be interested in this report about the MasterBridge Online Swiss Teams held in April:
At the national level, both the Autumn Nationals in Adelaide and the Barrier Reef Congress in Mackay in April were well supported by players. The next national congress will be the Victor Champion Cup to be held in Melbourne from 10th-14th June. It is exciting to see that the tournament is being held at a new venue, the Marvel Stadium. Details are on MyABF, the new ABF online platform which is also where you can enter for one or more events. 
If you're craving something more than interstate travel, the New Zealand Bridge Association invites you to consider the NZ National Bridge Congress at the end of September in Mt Maunganui/Tauranga.

For those who are tight for time, online Congresses continue to offer convenience:

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.

F2F May 29-30 (Sat - Sun) NSWBA
State Mixed Pairs Championships

F2F Jun 15-17 (Tue - Fri) Central Coast Leagues Bridge Club
State Seniors Championships - Pairs and Teams

F2F Jul 31 (Sat) NSWBA
State Individual

F2F Jun 21-Jul 5 (over 3 Mondays) NSWBA
City of Sydney Teams

F2F Jul 12-19 (over 2 Mondays) NSWBA
State Open Pairs Qualifying

May 30 (Sun) NSWBA
Autumn Swiss Pairs

Jun 6 (Sun) NSWBA
Teams of Three

Jun 12-13 (Sat - Sun) Illawarra Bridge Association
Chris Diment Memorial Congress

Jun 19-20 (Sat - Sun) NSBC@Lindfield
Restricted and Novice Festival

Jun 24-27 (Thu - Sun) North Shore Bridge Club
Festival of Bridge @ North Ryde RSL

Jul 4 (Sun) Trumps Bridge Centre
Winter Teams

Jul 25 (Sun) Peninsula Bridge Club
Swiss Pairs

Jun 5 (Sat) MasterBridge Online
June Matchpoint Pairs

Jul 3 (Sat) MasterBridge Online
July Swiss Pairs

Every Sunday, 2.30pm start. ABF
National Online Pairs (Open, Restricted and Novice)
Congress Stories by
Rakesh Kumar

Playing in a Teams event is attractive in many ways - there is the fun (and sometimes the anguish!) of scoring up with your teammates, the interaction with the other team members etc. If Rakesh had to choose between a Pairs and Teams bridge event, we all know that he would choose Teams! Let's read about his experience playing in the MasterBridge Online Swiss Teams on RealBridge last month:

MasterBridge April Online Swiss Teams
All about courage
Be a Director
Whether you would like to know more about the Laws of the game as a player, or whether you might like to make a career as a bridge director, the upcoming Directors Course will satisfy your appetite for further knowledge.

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 >
Book Review

You can find all book reviews by Paul Lavings on the NSWBA website. You're also welcome to drop in to the NSWBA clubrooms to browse the books on display in Paul Lavings' booth.
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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