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2018 NSW Under 100 Masterpoints Pairs Championships

Blue Mountains

Ian & Jan Maclean; Ian & Christine Jackson; Kerry Garnsey & Muriel Tonkin; Gayle Calvert & Steve English

Great Lakes

Great Lakes UHMP Certificate Winners

3rd place for 50-99.99 Mps Finalists - Stewart Barnsley and John van Doorn.


1st Place Under 10MP Ken Jones (partner Jeanette Walker absent)

1st Place Under 50MP Isobel Johnstone and Geoff Davis


Jayne Pynes and Brenda Whitman

Jacqui Harris and Alan Meikle

Barbara Barton and Barbara Jones


The results for the 2018 Under 100 Masterpoints Championships Finals, played between Nov 26 and Dec 2 at various venues around NSW, are now available. The scores from all 13 separate venues were matchpointed across the state and the results for all 211 pairs who competed are shown in the following files:

Updated 29th December 2018

The results posted last week have been modified because a case of mistaken identity of one of the players has been discovered. The affected pair has moved out of the 25-50 category into the 50-100 category and this has affected the 25-50 Category prize list.

Detailed results, including score frequency tables for each board played, can be found at  Follow the links on the left of screen to Overall Results and Frequency Tables.  Ignore any masterpoint awards shown on this site – they are incorrect.

Masterpoint awards

In accordance with the ABF Masterpoint Scheme, all awards were calculated on the non-handicapped results and include a Master Factor (shown in the following table). Awards are made to the top half of the field in each masterpoint division.

Masterpoint Division 0-9.99 10-24.99 25-49.99 50-99.99
Master Factor applied 0.450 0.575 0.650 0.800

The awards are somewhat less than in previous years as the event was reduced from two sessions (with sessional and outright awards) to just a single session.


The top prize of free entry and an ABF grant to attend the Restricted Butler Pairs at the Melbourne ANC (July 20 & 21) is based on the non-handicapped scores. Congratulations to Anthea Piddington and Warwick Birch from Trumps Bridge Centre.

All other prizes are awarded on the basis of the handicapped results. Clearly the handicapping is having the desired effect as the top five place-getters were all within 0.9% of each other and represented 3 of the 4 different MP groups. Cash prizes ($300, $200 & $100) are awarded to the pairs coming first, second and third overall. The handicapping procedure is explained here.

Overall results

1st           Paulina Martin - Ming Li (50-99.99)

2nd          Marian Wallis - Lee Buckland (10-24.99)

3rd           Anthea Piddington - Warwick Birch (50-99.99)

Winning pairs in each Masterpoint Division win $100, whilst each runner-up receives a voucher from the Bridge Shop worth $30. These Divisional prizes will be awarded to those pairs who have not already received a cash prize for finishing in the top three places overall, so will devolve to the pairs running 4th in the 10-24.99 division and 4th and 5th in the 50-99.99 division. In addition, all the prize winners listed have won subscriptions to the Novice Edition of Australian Bridge magazine. Each winner needs to email and provide your email address so that your on-line subscription can be set up.

Certificates will also be issued to the winners in each division at each of the centres holding local finals. Winners of major prizes can expect to receive them sometime in late January.

List of divisional prize winners based on handicapped results

50-99.99 Masterpoint Division

1st           Paulina Martin - Ming Li

2nd          Anthea Piddington - Warwick Birch

3rd           Stewart Barnsley - John van Doorn

4th           David Higgins - Stephen Smith

5th           Georgina Kus - John Price

25-49.99 Masterpoint Division

1st           Isobel Johnstone - Geoffrey Davis

2nd          Chris Moore - Noreen Moore

3rd           Denise Franklin - Mary Abbey

10-24.99 Masterpoint Division

1st           Marian Wallis - Lee Buckland

2nd          Marcelle Goslin - John Drew

3rd           Sue Wood - Meg Gardiner

4th           Penny Powell - Philip Powell

0-9.99 Masterpoint Division

1st           Jeanette Walker - Ken Jones

2nd          Jayne Pines - Brenda Whitman

3rd           Frank Marchand - Sue Dorrington

Comments from the Organiser

It was pleasing that the number pf pairs participating increased by over 25% compared to last year. This was almost certainly due to reducing the Final to a single session and allowing it to be played anytime over a one week period. There were 211 pairs playing at 13 different venues, but our aim should be to double both those numbers over the next few years. It was disappointing that a few clubs that participated in 2017 did not do so in 2018.

All aspects of the event are up for discussion. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please email .

Thanks to all the players for being involved. I hoped you enjoyed it. The UHMP Finals will be held in the week November 25 to December 1 in 2019. I hope you’ll take part.

Yours sincerely,
Warren Lazer (Organiser)

Finals: Sometime in the week November 26 to December 2 at a local club.

Club sessions are held in September and October in your local club. Entry fee: $2. Check your local club for session times.

Over 70% of the registered active players in the state have fewer than 100 masterpoints.
Masterpoint range % of registered
active NSW players
0-9.99 MP 34%
10-24.99 MP 14%
25-49.99 MP 12%
50-99.99 MP 12%

The Under 100MP State Pairs Championships are restricted to those players with fewer than 100 masterpoints as at August 31, 2018.

Early rounds (club sessions) will be played in affiliated clubs and scored locally. Local Finals are played simultaneously over a single session in the last week of November at about 20 different centres scattered around NSW. 

Red masterpoints are issued at level B4s and will be paid for by the NSWBA. Masterpoints are calculated and awarded separately in each masterpoint division.

Entry fee is just $2.00 per player, payable when you play your club session.

Prizes will include free entry to major Australian Restricted and or Novice events (donated by the ABF), cash, certificates and subscriptions to the online Novice Edition of the Australian Bridge magazine.

Clubs that will be participating are listed below.

The following clubs are holding UHMP sessions during September and/or October. UHMP Finals will be held by the following clubs between November 26 and December 2. Contact the club for further details.
Armidale Bridge Club (2-010)
Ballina Bridge Club (2-016)
Batemans Bay Bridge Club (2-019)
Blue Mountains Bridge Club Inc (2-020)
Camden Haven (Lusc) Bridge Club (2-024)
Central Coast Bridge Club (2-025)
Cowra & District Bridge Club (2-038)
Dubbo Bridge Club (2-130)
Great Lakes Bridge Club (2-081)
Moruya Bridge Club (2-241)
Nambucca Valley Bridge Club (2-170)
Tomaree Bridge Club (2-254)
Urunga Bridge Club (2-269)
Wellington Bridge Club (2-268)
Illawarra Bridge Association (2-105)
Kiama and District Bridge Club (2-086)
Armidale Bridge Club (2-010)Wed 28 Nov1.00pm
Ballina Bridge Club (2-016)Thu 29 Nov12.15pm  for 12.30pm
Batemans Bay Bridge Club (2-019)Sat 1 Dec 1.00pm
Blue Mountains Bridge Club Inc (2-020)Sun 2 Dec1.00pm
Camden Haven (Lusc) Bridge Club (2-024)Sun 2 Dec10.30am
Central Coast Leagues Club Bridge Club (2-036)Sun 2 Dec1.00pm
Cowra Bridge Club (2-038)Tue 27 Nov12.00pm
Great Lakes Bridge Club (2-081)Thu 29 Nov9.00am
Illawarra Bridge Association Inc (2-105)Sun 2 Dec10.00am
NSBC @ Lindfield (2-074)Sun 2 Dec10.00am
Peninisula Bridge Club (2-210)Fri 30 Nov12.30pm
Trumps Bridge Centre (2-259)Mon 26 Nov9.50am
Wellington Bridge Club (2-268)Tue 27 Nov9.30am
For Clubs

The NSWBA invites all affiliated clubs to conduct qualifying events for the 2018 Under 100 MP Pairs Championships.

Click here to enter your club

Click here to apply to host a local final

The Tournament Organiser of this event (on behalf of the NSWBA) is Warren Lazer. All correspondence and queries should be sent to or ring Warren on (02) 9744 1555 after 10.00 am.